Software & Systems

Getting Out of the Laptop Giveaway Business

George Fox University CIO Greg Smith discusses top challenges--and their solutions--when adopting mobile computing in higher education.

iOS and Android tablet purchases will grow to a combined total of about 252 million by 2015.

Google Android Tablets To Gain on Apple iPad

Over the next five years, Android-based tablets will gain on Apple's iPad, though iOS will lead (by a declining margin) at least through 2015, according to a new report from market research firm Gartner. Devices based on HP's webOS and BlackBerry's QNX will also gain traction in worldwide market share. Releases Tutoring Service on iPad has launched To-Go, which makes homework help available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Buena Vista To Go Campuswide with iPad Program

All 1,100 students at Iowa's Buena Vista University will receive an Apple iPad 2 along with a laptop computer. The university said students wouldn't face any additional charges or pay fees as a result of receiving the iPad.

Computer Labs Report to the Holodeck

Virtualization can transport the benefits of even specialized computer labs to students anywhere, alleviating crowding and saving money.

Fredonia Professor Tackles Android Apps for Educators

A professor and a former student at State University of New York at Fredonia have recently updated one of their Android applications for academic use.

Microsoft Shows Private Cloud Features of Upcoming System Center 2012

This week Microsoft is showing off its next version of System Center, a set of products for managing a Windows network. System Center 2012 will include a Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) when it's released later this year that will enable administrators to manage private and public cloud services.

Microsoft Launches Enrollment for Education Solutions Licensing

Microsoft has opened a new long-term subscription licensing program for academic institutions called "Microsoft Enrollment for Education Solutions." The program offers "reduced entry requirements" and is based on an annual head count rather than the number of devices.

Cisco Launches Cross-Device Unified Communications App

At the Enterprise Connect 2011 trade show last week, Cisco debuted Jabber, a unified communications application that brings together presence, instant messaging, voice, video, voice messaging, desktop sharing, and conferencing into a single, consistent interface on PCs, Macs, tablets, and smart phones, including iPhone and Android.

iPad 2 Doubles Processor Cores

Apple reported it will ship the new dual-core iPad 2 next week. At a special event in San Francisco Wednesday, the company unveiled the second generation of the iOS-based mobile device, which has to date sold more than 15 million units since its introduction last year.