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Training in the 21st Century creates blended learning programs

Unlike traditional training programs that involve substantial travel expenses and lost work time, our blended programs are a combination of multiple training methods tailored to cost-effectively fit your needs. We teach vital new business skills, increase productivity, and create a more effective workforce.

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The Irynsoft Tablet Code-Named VIRTUOSO

While we have made our reputation as being the mobile educational platform for the iPhone and Android phone, we ve always looked to push the bar in new ways. Heavily influenced by our participation in the Kauffman Foundation s Education Ventures Program, we ve taken a dramatic step in the evolution of the company to not only extend our offering to higher fidelity devices, but actually offer these devices directly to our customers. Irynsoft-branded and co-branded tablets will be offered this fall direct to consumers. We see the tablet form factor as one of the most significant innovations in education technology and by partnering with tablet manufacturers to create dedicated devices, we are able to create an affordable alternative for learners to gain access to the wealth of education resources available on the web. In the meantime, as you know, we ve been working on our low-cost educational tablet. Well, I m pleased to say we went code complete at the end of October and are just doing some final testing. We ve already shipped some beta units in September, but we ve improved based on feedback and are really excited with how it looks. We re creating a software-only BYOD Bring Your Own Device version that anyone with an Android Gingerbread device and sufficient screen resolution–we require 800×480 or above) can install on their own. That will be available on the Android Market and Amazon App Store. In addition, we intent to be fully compatible with Kindle Fire, though that device will lack some of the hardware features required to use all of the software. We plan to offer a free version and an extended version for the additional features. Here is a 3+ minute demo of our tablet.

Social Networking Safety Tips

Using social networks only to send bulletins and promote your business is bad form. The first thing you want to do is create an engaging profile. It s often the first thing people notice. Taking the time set up a simple bio page is well worth the effort. If you re over thirty it may be difficult to grasp the personal nature of online networks.

When I went through on-campus recruiting for accounting firms in 1997 it was all about the navy suit and the ability to make vanilla small talk. We were taught to blend. Not anymore. Today

The Facebook :Timeline Now Available Worldwide

Last year we introduced timeline a new kind of profile that lets you highlight the photos posts and life events that help you tell your story. Over the next few weeks, everyone will get timeline. When you get timeline, you ll have 7 days to preview what s there now. This gives you a chance to add or hide whatever you want before anyone else sees it.
You can learn more about these new features by taking the quick tour available at the top of your timeline. If you want to get timeline now, go to the Introducing Timeline page and click “Get Timeline.” Or you can wait until you see an announcement at the top of your home page When you upgrade to timeline, you ll have seven days to review everything that appears on your timeline before anyone else can see it. You can also choose to publish your timeline at any time during the review period. If you decide to wait, your timeline will go live automatically after seven days. Your new timeline will replace your profile, but all your stories and photos will still be there.
If you want to see how your timeline appears to other people, click the gear menu at the top of your timeline and select View As.You can choose to see how your timeline appears to a specific friend or the public.

Mobile Social Learning

Study Hall is a new website and iOS app for sharing and studying with friends. Even though the service is still in a beta phase it seems promising. The basic idea behind Study Hall is to enable teachers and students to upload content to a common place and access it through an iPad, an iPhone, or an iPod Touch. When using the free iPad app students can communicate in real-time about the content that they are sharing. When using the free iPhone app students can post comments about the content but cannot see each other s comments in real-time.
Applications for Education Study Hall is a promising application for moving course content into a collaborative mobile platform. Once Study Hall publishes their Android app I think there is very real potential for it to be the preferred place for teachers to upload content and for students to study together remotely Math Practice Flash Cards is a free Android App from TeachersParadise.com. The app designed for elementary school students. As the name implies, Math Practice Flash Cards is a set of flashcards for practicing addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The app allows you to use pre-made sets of flashcards or create your own set of flashcards. To create your own set of flashcards just choose the parameters of largest numbers and smallest numbers in the flashcard set. You also have the option to choose from fun mode which is not timed or the timed mode.
I gave Math Practice Flash Cards a try on both my Samsung Galaxy Tablet and my Motorola Photon. The app does not appear to be optimized for tablets yet, but it does work very well on my phone.

NY Times Announces a TV Show

In 1994, The New York Times bought a videojournalism business I had founded called VNI, Video News International.

I had equipped 100 journalists around the world with Hi-8 this was a long timea ago video cameras with the idea that they could create video for TV. This was before the Internet did video.. or really before anyone had ever heard of the web. I became the President of New York Time Television.

Without a web, the only destination for NY Times videos would be TV. So we set about trying to get The New York Times on the air. Joe Lelyveld, the Managing Editor the the newspaper said that we could not come into the newsroom. He also said that he did not even own a TV. This was off to a bad start.

We made a deal with PBS and NPR to create a TV version of NPR s All Things Considered, but with New York Times reporters doing the video stories.

The International Business Collateral

Starting a business outside the geographical boundaries of a country requires assessing a number of factors. Drawing up a business plan, assessing demand and supply, applying for loans and grants, getting permits and licenses and deciding on the location of the business are important issues that preoccupy the entrepreneur. Very often, an entrepreneur focuses only on the technical aspects and ignores the cultural aspects of a business. A good business plan is useless, unless people believe in the success of the plan and are willing to do business with the entrepreneur. This is when cultural differences gain prominence. An entrepreneur who is unaware of the differences in intercultural communication will find it exceedingly difficult to communicate with potential suppliers and buyers and foster relations, that are necessary for any business.Students pursuing the International Business Collateral gain valuable competency and preparation for the global business market. International Business professionals must be more than aware of the world: they must be able to understand and function in a variety of countries and cultures. They must be able to analyze internationally events and concepts and apply them to the complex dynamics at play in realm of international business including political, economic, linguistic, environmental, and cultural considerations. The specialized training offered in the International Business Collateral prepares students to be business leaders and entrepreneurs in our increasingly complex world of multinational conglomerates, international subsidiaries, and emerging economies on a scale unlike anything we have seen before.

Eric Allam on Code School

Code School runs courses that teach you how to code directly in the browser. We talked to Eric Allam, the brain behind the project and ruby developer at Envy Labs net What s the idea behind Code School
Eric Allan: Most people know how to open up their browser and type into a text field. We think learning to program should be that easy. Most programmers think it s a right of passage to learn the command line and the underlying architecture of computing before ever writing a lick of code

Create Monstrous Characters with illustrator CS5 s Bristle Brush

Unlike the dramatic interface overhaul that accompanied its predecessor, there s so little new to the look and feel of Photoshop CS5 that it s barely worth mentioning.

The Workspace switcher has been modified so that you can drag it out of the drop-down menu across the menubar. Doing so can push the menubar itself down to a second level, which might take up too much screen space for some people. Pre-existing workspaces can be deleted, custom ones added, and generally the workspace concept has gotten a bit more user-friendly.

Toolbox icons have been redrawn with a softer touch. This has the unfortunate effect of making them look mushy and out-of-focus against their gray background. At least the iconography is the same, so the spot healing brush tool still looks like a band-aid, but this was not a welcome change.

Photoshop CS5 greatly expands the toolset that Adobe offers in its flagship product, charting new ways to make image manipulation easier while making older tools work better than before. Don t worry about the lack of a new interface; the new ways to get your project done make this version a must.

Photoshop has been in the English lexicon as a term to edit images for a long time, but the latest version of Adobe s flagship program stretches the canvas of manipulation much further than ever before. The look of the program has changed so little from Photoshop CS4 that users of that version should be instantly comfortable with this major update, but Photoshop Creative Suite 5 Extended gives photographers, artists, designers, and LOLcats obsessives a stunning array of new tools. Among the new features in Adobe s flagship image-editing software are automatic lens corrections, High Dynamic Range toning automated editing tools and significant improvements to creating 3D images.

Develop for as Many users as Possible

John Allsopp, developer and organiser of the Web Directions conferences, responds to Aral Balkan s one version manifesto and argues we should embrace the web s universality and aim to make our sites available for everybody

The fine folks at .net magazine very graciously asked me to comment on Aral s piece, because of a response I recently wrote to the tweet that started the whole conversation, outlining Aral s oneversion manifesto oneversion #manifesto My websites will only support the latest versions of browsers. It s the browser makers duty to get users to upgrade.

There s much I could say in reply to his piece. In fact I ve written a number of detailed responses, but I think it s particularly important to get to the essence of why I expressed, and continue to have, reservations about this.