Software & Systems


Apple’s App Development Curriculum for Community College, High School Students Now on iBooks

Apple has released its first full-year course to teach college students how to design mobile apps using the Swift programming language.

Google I/O 2017: Standalone Google VR Headsets from HTC, Lenovo Coming Soon

At the annual Google I/O 2017 developer conference, Google unveiled an upcoming “revolutionary” standalone VR headset that will be manufactured by HTC and Lenovo.



CMU Researchers Roll Out Machine Learning App to Manage App Privacy Settings

A team of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) researchers launched a mobile app that helps Android users configure many privacy settings necessary to take control of their personal data. The project expands the frontiers of the university’s “IoT expedition,” a collaboration with Google and several other higher ed institutions that aims to create new technology for the Internet of Things.

U-M Researchers Expose Open Port Vulnerabilities on Android Apps

Open port backdoors on mobile phones, especially Android devices, could be exploited to illegally obtain personal information and perform other malicious activity. According to a new study from U-M researchers, it may be more widespread than previously thought.

Microsoft Debuts Surface Laptops, Windows 10 S for Education, Teams for Office 365 for Education

Microsoft has unveiled several new offerings for education, including the forthcoming Surface Laptop and a new version of Windows 10 designed for school environments — Windows 10 S.

Apple, Samsung Flat as Mobile Market Grows Beyond Expectations

Despite gloomier predictions, the mobile phone market grew 4.3 percent worldwide in the first quarter of 2017, with No. 1 Samsung and No. 2 Apple declining slightly in their overall share of the market as Chinese manufacturers surged upward.

Google Cardboard Users Can Now Play WebVR Experiments

The company has added support for Google Cardboard and launched a new homepage for web-based VR experiments.

Hackers are Attacking Word Users with Microsoft Office Zero-Day Vulnerability

Hackers are exploiting a previously undisclosed vulnerability in Microsoft Word, which security researchers say can be used to quietly install different kinds of malware — even on fully patched computers, according to tech news and analysis site ZDNet.

California State University System Streamlines OER Adoption for Faculty and Students

Through a new partnership with VitalSource, faculty and students within the CSU system will be able to access CSU-created OER materials and other digital content on the VitalSource Bookshelf Platform.

Apple Unveils $329 iPad With Improved Display and Performance

This week, Apple released a slew of product updates that included a more affordable iPad device with an enhanced display.

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