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    iPads Versus Android Tablets in Classrooms

    Tablets have revolutionized the modern world. For one thing, it had one significant technical potential: the possibility of replacing traditional educational media with a convenient form factor that is efficient, lightweight, and comprehensive. That is the reason Android Tablets and iPads have been envisioned as the standard educational tool in classrooms. However, how would the two play out? How would standard Android Tablet models fare with iPads when they are used by students in an educational setting? Let’s look at these three determining questions to give us a glimpse of both sides, good and bad points. What is the implementation strategy? In other words, how does the school envision the…

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    Chrome App Puts Tabs to Sleep

    The Chrome browser is great. Its simple, easily navigable interface has some of the coolest apps and extensions around (Kami), and it is fully integrated with most of Google’s primary services. However, there’s one problem: it is a memory hog. Thankfully, we have one more digital vanguard that can help us mitigate this inherent problem, and this new Chrome app can wilfully put the browser to a partial sleep. The Great Suspender, this new Chrome extension has the specific function to negate Chrome’s greatest drawback by suspending tabs that you are not currently using. It does this by letting the user set an amount of time for how long the…

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    3 Devices that Work Well in the Classroom and Why

    The use of gadgets and devices in classrooms is now as prevalent as in just about any other setting or location. However, as diverse as the number and types of gadgets are for classrooms and educational institutions, we can probably enumerate only a very select few that stand out with their potential. Take a look at these three examples: Chromebooks This one probably needs no introduction, and those who are familiar with Chromebooks already know why they are often recommended in classrooms. Still, we’ll enumerate some of the general reasons. First and foremost, it is a laptop, a medium of data that we are already largely accustomed to using whenever access to information is required.…

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    Google Hangouts Now Has its Own Website

    If you are one of those people who use Google+ for video chats, then you must have seen Hangouts grow from a simple messaging medium to a huge multi-platform chat service. If not, however, don’t worry, here’s a little fact guide to help you get started on knowing and using one of the largest growing communication platforms, one that just recently opened its dedicated website. Google Hangouts =/= Google+ Hangouts Contrary to our introduction earlier, Google Hangouts isn’t exactly the direct successor of Google+ Hangouts. While it does have video chat features, its most basic features are more akin to Google Talk, which was previously the company’s primary communication platform until…

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    Introducing Project Sunroof

    The viability of solar energy systems has always been a hit or miss for home keepers. It’s tempting if you have the capital. However, you still need to know if your residential area is optimal for it or not. That’s where things get a little… tricky. Fortunately, Google Maps can now tell you firsthand if your home is viable for the green plug or not with its latest feature. Project Sunroof, as it is named, is a feature of Google Maps that can deliver direct and detailed information about the solar energy output that individual user homes can make for that specific area in the world. Currently available only in Boston,…