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Day: August 2, 2017

  • Microsoft announced a new offering today called the Surface Plus Program. Microsoft’s new Surface Plus Program allows consumers to purchase Surface laptops and tablets in much the same way that many people purchase smartphone every eighteen months to two years. The program lets participants upgrade to a new machine after 18 months when they return their existing hardware in good condition. Microsoft’s Surface Plus Program includes all model of surfaces Surface Laptop Surface Pro Surface Book Surface Studio The Surface Plus Program offers great benefits for financing and support. Low monthly payments: Customers can purchase a Surface device with an easy, 24-month payment plan at 0% APR.1 Device upgrades: Customers can upgrade to the latest Surface after just 18 months.2 Dedicated Service & Support: Surface Plus offers best in class service and support from Microsoft Stores. Customers also have the option to add the Microsoft Complete extended service plan. Microsoft Store Benefits: All customers who shop at Microsoft Store enjoy access to benefits like a 30-day hassle free return policy, a Surface training and health check as well as a year of free in-store support and technical assistance. Liz Hamren / CVP, Microsoft Devices Marketing states in her Microsoft blog “With school starting soon, there’s never been a better time for students to find the best Surface that’s right for them. Whether it’s a Surface Laptop, Surface Pro, Surface Book or Surface Studio – Surface Plus provides a simple, no-hassle plan to help students unlock their productivity and be more creative with Surface.” This is a great move for Microsoft in the education market space of as Google Chromebooks and iPads have been pushing their way into schools with cheaper price points then computers and less maintenance. Microsoft announced Surface Plus for Business which is something I am happy to see...
  • Apple forecast current-quarter revenue largely above estimates on Tuesday, helping allay some investor concerns about a possible delay in the launch of the iPhone’s 10th-anniversary edition later this year. Shares of the world’s most valuable technology company, which also reported better-than-expected third-quarter iPhone sales, were up 6% at $ 159.16 in extended trading. The launch of the latest iPhone could potentially move to October or November, instead of September, due to production issues, according to media reports and analysts. Fortune One thing I have learned about Apple is no matter how long they wait to launch the iPhone people will still wait in line for it all over the world. Investors have nothing to worry about with Apple.
  • Facebook Inc. is working on a video chat device for the home — the first major hardware product from its experimental Building 8 lab. Featuring a laptop-sized touchscreen, the device represents a new product category and could be announced as soon as next spring’s F8 developer conference, according to people familiar with the matter. They say the large screen and smart camera technology could help farflung people feel like they’re in the same room, which aligns with Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg’s mission of bringing Facebook users closer together. The device is in the prototype phase but is already being tested in people’s homes. The social media giant is working on at least one other product — a standalone smart speaker that would compete with the Amazon Echo and Google Home, said the people, who asked not be named discussing unannounced products. Facebook is hiring Apple Inc. veterans to help it create a Siri-style voice assistant that would run on both devices, they said. Bloomberg Facebook is working on a smart speaker and now video chat device to compete with the Amazon Echo ecosystem. I think if anyone could compete with Amazon it would have to be Facebook or Apple because of their large already established user base. We all remember the Facebook Phone rumors but this seems to be legit.
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies arose out of a natural technological trend: Students and educators alike started to bring their own smartphones, tablets, and laptops to school. At first, it may have been just for recreation outside of the classroom, but soon people realized the benefits of BYOD for teaching and learning. According to EdTech, 85 percent of educational institutions allowed students, faculty, and staff to use personal devices on their school network in 2013. That number is likely even higher now. The key to successfully harnessing the power of BYOD is coming up with a policy that keeps tech use productive, not to mention beefing up school network security and IT resources so it can handle the influx of devices. If schools can do that, they’re poised to reap the rewards of this technological opportunity. Here are four benefits to BYOD policies in the classroom. Helpful Device Familiarity Instead of getting used to an OS or PC device at home, then coming to school and having to switch gears, just to go back home and work from the preferred device, students can streamline their tech use. Instead of just seeing a phone, tablet or a device to accomplish a certain goal, they can explore how it fits into a larger context: computing, learning, creating, writing, etc. As Wired points out, writing was a brand-new technology at its advent. What if people would have resisted and ignored writing? It would be simply unthinkable now. That’s exactly how using mobile technology is—a new frontier for connecting, synthesizing and deep learning. Versatile Classroom Use One of the biggest perks of successfully implementing a BYOD policy in your classroom is the sheer versatility. You can personalize students’ lesson plans, give them access to their grades, or ask them to collaborate on projects....