Google has released a new way to securely log into Google accounts on public computers. Using a smartphone, scan the QR code generated at accounts.google.com/sesame. The Google login prompt will appear on your phone, and logging in there will log you into a session on the desktop.
This prevents the user from having to type sensitive login credentials into a public machine, which could be compromised with keylogging software. The new QR code feature is an alternative to Google’s 2-step verification. This generates a unique short code on your mobile, which you must input for each desktop login, using the presence of your phone as a form of identification.
“… more than 1.5 million iPads are in use in educational programs.… the U.S education system is failing to deal with “swelling class sizes, stretched budgets and other issues” but that students and younger audiences are looking to the iPad as a modern day learning device.”
Methinks: Certainly these announcements are as profound as they are welcome. If you do not think that this can change the entire landscape of first textbooks and then education, do you remember the music industry before iTunes?
It will be interesting to see how the tools for creating iBook 2 evolve. How standards based is the format? How can the content be resused outside of this iBook wrapper. How does collaborative content platforms like CK-12 fit into this picture?
Methinks: This will be the predominant way eBusiness is done not only for iOS but for all platform. The new tool kits for mobile jQuery development are astounding. And with Apple wanting 30% most have no choice.
“In June 2011, Google, Yahoo! and Bing came together to create Schema.org, a website showcasing a unified effort that aims to ensure the consistency of structured data use across the Web. Merchants can especially benefit from the use of structured data by taking advantage of product microdata, the special content included in a Web page’s HTML that helps define specific details about products available on a merchant’s website.”
Methinks: This type of metadata tagging has been around in one form or another for years. But an agreement by the search engines on how to leverage the data is big. That is why Schema.org tagging is part of all of my designs.
Today, only 57% of students who attend college in the U.S. actually graduate. The country ranks 12th among 36 developed countries. President Obama’s administration has astated goal for the U.S.: Take the lead in higher education completion rates by 2020. To accomplish this aim, Obama notes the need to foster critical thinking, champion problem solving and employ innovative knowledge to prepare students for college and careers.
"On Device Research has generated some fascinating research into the mobile-only generation – this is the very significant proportion of mobile Web users who do not access the Web via any other device other than their cell phone. What makes this research even more interesting is that the surveys are conducted exclusively via the mobile Web. In this interview, the founder tells us more about the research and how it was conducted."
"Every since the written word was created, content delivery was curtailed by the media on which it was delivered. In the beginning, clay tablets could only be so big before they became unwieldy. Therefore the amount of material that could be communicated was limited by the media."
The digitization of media has affected most business models over the last few decades. Consumer media such as music and photography were among the first to be affected. Books, and bookstores have seen significant change due to eCommerce,Print-on-Demand and eBooks. The textbook market has been fairly immune until just the past few years, but that is also now changing.