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Articles tagged with: academic

3 Students Drop Out To Create Academic Software

TechCrunch reports that three students from the University of Pennsylvania have recently quit school to pursue their own startup. The product? CourseKit, an online platform that will allow professors to better manage their classes, and it works similar to the current course management software, Blackboard.

Having graduated University within the past year, I have used Blackboard and while slightly disorganized, I’ve found it to be ‘useful’ enough to grab documents, download my syllabi, and get the homework readings. I mean, who needs anything more? Just get the assignments, page readings, and begin to hit the books, right?

Electromagnetic Sheet Powers Up And Networks Devices

The National Institute of Information and Communications Technology showed an efficient wireless power transmission system, demonstrated at the Wireless Japan 2011 conference. The system works as a 2D communications device and requires the user to place a gadget on the flat board.

The board then generates electromagnetic waves towards the gadget, rather than having an even distribution throughout the board. The underlying concept behind the system uses a 2.4GHz high frequency signal to capture the electromagnetic waves where the gadget is placed.

Adobe Enhances Learning Software

Adobe has just released an update to its current eLearning Suite platform. If you haven’t yet heard of eLearning suite, it’s basically a collection of tools that are used to make educational content for academic and professional purposes. The updated version 2.5 of the eLearning platform includes: a focus on creating more streamlined workflows, more output options, and is more user friendly.

Adobe is also allowing customers license the eLearning Suite through a monthly or yearly subscription (as it is doing for its photo editing software).

Georgia Tech Leads 5 Year Homeland Security Program

Georgia Tech Research Institute will lead a five-year Homeland Open Security Technology program that will cost $10M. The program is geared towards finding new ways to handle the country’s cyber security, as we had just mentioned yesterday, President Obama is taking this initiative very seriously. The researchers in the program seek to convince opponents of the program, that open solutions are safe.

The program will seek to discover and collaborate in open source software and practices, thereby producing a ‘measurable impact’ for cyber security systems.