Bretford Publishes iOS Deployment Guide

Bretford Publishes iOS Deployment Guide
Comprehensive resource assists with configuration and management of Apple devices; available free on the iBookstore

CHICAGO, IL – JANUARY 29, 2013 — A leader in technology-enabled furniture, Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.®, today announced the interactive book, iOS Deployment: A Guide to Managing iPad, iPhone and iPod touch in Your Organization, is now available for free on the iBookstore. The book created with iBooks Author provides a complete picture of how Apple iOS devices can be integrated and managed effectively within an organization. Readers will learn what they can expect during the critical initial setup and how to avoid possible pitfalls throughout deployment. The intuitive guide was designed to receive updates as the family of Apple iOS devices continue to evolve.

“iOS devices have transformed work and learning environments forever by providing access to the latest information and data from anywhere at anytime,” said Huey Ng, the book’s author and Business Development Manager at Bretford. “As Apple iOS devices become ubiquitous in industries such as education, healthcare, enterprise and government, the need for such a guide became apparent. Whether a person has dealt with challenges in the past or is new to the process, they will find the insight they need for an effective deployment within the pages of the guide.”

The easy to understand book provides a comprehensive look at iOS deployment and is aimed at assisting anyone involved in managing or evaluating the use of iOS devices within their organization. Some of the topics covered in the book include the activation and configuration of devices, management of media and documents, ownership of apps, data backup and restoration.

“The success of an iOS deployment is largely dependent on the initial setup and ongoing management,” said Matthew Petrick, Director of Research and Development for Bretford. “For over a decade we have assisted thousands of organizations with Apple device deployments and have developed a working knowledge that we want to share with all types of organizations.”

This book for iPad is available for download on the iBookstore by visiting:

Since its founding in 1948, Bretford has designed and manufactured technology-enabled furniture products built to improve how people work and learn. Headquartered in Franklin Park, Illinois, Bretford began supporting Apple hardware and customers in 1998. Since then, Bretford’s Apple-centric products have evolved to enable the charging and syncing of multiple iOS devices across a variety of industries that include education, business, healthcare and government. Bretford’s innovative designs and superior workmanship ensure dependable products that are backed by an industry leading warranty. Bretford is a certified CarbonNeutral® company and manufactures its products in the US. Visit for more information.


University of San Diego Professional and Continuing Education Accelerates Growth with Next Generation of Non-Traditional Software Platform

Adoption of Destiny One Software Platform Plays Integral Part in Comprehensive Growth Plan

The University of San Diego Professional and Continuing Education (USD PCE) is implementing a comprehensive growth plan, enabled by a partnership with leading software provider, Destiny Solutions. A prestigious California university, USD PCE plans to expand market reach and increase student engagement. Destiny One, the business software solution by Destiny Solutions, was chosen to facilitate these aims as it will provide USD PCE with the business agility and process governance needed to fully tap market potential.

The University of San Diego Professional and Continuing Education already offers hundreds of courses and numerous professional and certificate programs.Once Destiny One goes live in spring of 2013, USD PCE will be able to provide students with a richer online experience, while also automating routine administrative tasks enabling staff to increase productivity and focus on high-value differentiating tasks, such as new program development.

“In today’s competitive education landscape, every school is looking to do more with less,” said Jason Lemon, Dean of The University of San Diego Professional and Continuing Education. “Destiny One provides the front-end capabilities needed to give students a rich online experience as well as the back-end functionality needed for us to manage our growth—all while increasing our staff’s productivity so that we can expand our offerings without expanding our staffing needs.”

The University of San Diego Professional and Continuing Education offers a number of online and in-class programs as well as customized corporate training. The school’s legacy software platform was unable to provide the capabilities needed to expand in today’s competitive higher education market. As a software platform created exclusively for non-traditional education programs, Destiny One provides the flexibility and functionality needed to effectively manage these programs and students in an integrated and intuitive manner. Furthermore, with built-in automated workflows, strict governance controls and the highest industry security standard (PCI PA-DSS v2.0), Destiny One will allow USD PCE to increase revenue growth without compromising on quality.

“The University of San Diego Professional and Continuing Education offers a number of sophisticated programs,” said Shaul Kuper, President and CEO of Destiny Solutions. “Combined with the equally sophisticated business infrastructure provided by Destiny One, USD PCE will be able to entirely reimagine its market potential.”

About Destiny Solutions

Destiny Solutions is the leading innovator of lifelong learning business solutions. Our flagship product, Destiny One™, is the only business solution for non-traditional higher education that offers integrated constituent, enrollment and administrative management on a single software platform so educators can grow revenue, enhance student experience and success, and improve operational efficiency.

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About University of San Diego Professional and Continuing Education

The University of San Diego is committed to advancing academic excellence, expanding liberal and professional knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community, and preparing leaders dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service. The Division of Professional and Continuing Education shares this mission through academic outreach to adult and professional students.
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10 least expensive private colleges and universities

Private colleges often come with hefty price tags, which can be an automatic turnoff for prospective students, U.S. News reports. Close to 43 percent of incoming freshmen said they “carefully considered” cost when choosing which school to attend, according to an annual survey of more than 190,000 first-time, full-time students by the University of California–Los Angeles. For price-conscious students, the cost of private school can be difficult to reconcile against their less expensive public counterparts. Average private school tuition for the 2012-2013 school year was $28,946, compared with $8,176 (in-state) and $18,855 (out-of-state) at public institutions, according to data reported by 1,088 ranked public and private universities in an annual survey by U.S. News

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Microsoft wants you to pay $100 a year for Office

Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500) is offering Office as a subscription service for consumers, CNN Money reports. For $100 a year, “Office 365 Home Premium” customers can put Office on up to five computers (including Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) Macintoshes and Windows 8 tablets) and store up to 27 gigabytes of data on Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud storage service. The subscription includes frequent software updates and allows users to automatically load their customized Microsoft Office settings on each different device. Office 365 users will also be able to get “Office on Demand,” a feature that allows them to temporarily access the latest version of Office on any computer through a Web browser — whether or not that device has the program installed. One caveat: Once you stop paying, you lose the software…

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The Vietnamization of public education

Here’s an interesting look at the false metrics of success that characterized the Vietnam War, and now, school reform, by Steve Cohen, a senior lecturer in education at Tufts University, says the Washington Post. I have been reading a new book, “The Generals,” by Tom Ricks, says Cohen. He looks at individual American military leaders from World War II until the present day and offers thumbnail sketches of their successes and failures. Ricks also made some interesting points about the changes in personnel policy in the military over time. One of his arguments was a critique of common practice in the late 1950s and leading into the Vietnam Era when the Army decided to rotate officers to provide them with more and varied experiences…

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IBM sends its Watson supercomputer to college

This is the first time hardware fully dedicated to running the Watson software is being installed at a college.

Watson, the IBM supercomputer famous for beating the world’s best human “Jeopardy!” champions, is going to college.

IBM is announcing Jan. 30 that it will provide a Watson system to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the first time the computer is being sent to a university. Just like the flesh-and-blood students who will work on it, Watson is leaving home to sharpen its skills. Course work will include English and math.

“It’s a big step for us,” said Michael Henesey, IBM’s vice president of business development. “We consider it absolutely strategic technology for IBM in the future. And we want to evolve it, of course, thoughtfully, but also in collaboration with the best and brightest in academia.”

Watson is a cognitive system that can process massive amounts of data, including natural language. To beat “Jeopardy!” champions in 2011, it was fed the contents of encyclopedias, dictionaries, books, news dispatches, and movie scripts. For its medical work, it takes in medical textbooks and journals. After it takes in data, Watson can provide information like a “Jeopardy!” answer, a medical diagnosis, or an estimate of financial risk.

IBM, which provided a grant to RPI to operate Watson for three years, sees it as a way to help it boost the computer’s cognitive capabilities.

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Microsoft retools Office for touch screen, web use

The revamped Office boasts touch controls, just like the redesigned version of Windows that Microsoft released three months ago.

Microsoft is aiming its redesigned Office software at the growing number of people who expect their favorite applications to be at their fingertips, wherever there’s an internet connection.

In an attempt to extend a lucrative franchise beyond personal computers, the world’s biggest software maker is selling a retooled version of Office as an online subscription service to consumers for the first time. It’s a departure from Microsoft’s traditional approach of granting permission to install Office on solitary machines for a one-time fee.

The Jan. 29 release comes six months after Microsoft previewed the new-look Office, which includes popular word processing, spreadsheets, and eMail programs.

“This is a fundamental shift in our business that began a several years ago,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer wrote in a blog post.

The revamped Office boasts touch controls, just like the redesigned version of the Windows operating system that Microsoft released three months ago. The company, which is based in Redmond, Wash., is trying to ensure that its products retain their appeal at a time when people increasingly rely on mobile devices instead of personal computers.

To tap into that trend, Microsoft is promoting Office 2013 as a program tailored for use over the internet. All information is automatically stored in Microsoft’s data centers, allowing for access to the same material on multiple devices. The content also can be stored on the hard drives of devices.

But Microsoft still isn’t trying to get Office on the largest number of devices possible. Office 2013 doesn’t include an option that works on Apple’s iPhone and iPad or smart phones and tablet computers running the Android software made by Google Inc. That leaves out the majority of smart phones and tablets sold in the past two years.

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Free Training Videos Provide Educators with Helpful Tips for Using Vernier’s Popular Sensor Technology in STEM


Daylene Long
Vernier Software & Technology

Christine Allman
KEH Communications

Free Training Videos Provide Educators with Helpful Tips for Using Vernier’s Popular Sensor Technology in STEM

Video Training Library includes 32 new instructional videos covering LabQuest 2, iPad data collection, Vernier sensors, and more

BEAVERTON, Oregon, January 28, 2013 – Vernier Software & Technology has created 32 new instructional videos to help educators better use and understand the many features of its most popular STEM technologies, including LabQuest 2, iPad data collection, and many of Vernier’s popular sensors. The videos were developed by Vernier’s technology experts and are found online in the Vernier Video Training Library.

“Vernier’s collection of technology offerings provides students and teachers with tools for engaging, hands-on scientific discovery,” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and a former physics teacher. “To help teachers maximize the power of these technologies with their students, the new instructional videos provide useful tutorials and tech tips to help them easily implement and use Vernier technology in their science and STEM curricula.”

Below is a sampling of videos now available for LabQuest 2 in the Video Training Library:
● Introducing Vernier LabQuest 2
● Getting Started with LabQuest 2
● Graphical Analysis for iPad Overview
● Wireless Networking Overview with LabQuest 2
● Using Vernier Data Share Web App and LabQuest 2
● LabQuest Viewer Overview
● LabQuest Charging Station

In addition to these videos, Vernier’s STEM Training Director, David Carter, hosts a series of instructional videos – called Tech Tips – that provides useful tips for Vernier technology. These videos cover the Differential Voltage Probe, High Current Sensor and 30-Volt Voltage Probe, Magnetic Field Sensor, Hand Dynamometer, O2 Gas Sensor, pH Sensor, Light Sensor, Conductivity Probe, Dual-Range Force Sensor, and more.

To view all of Vernier’s instructional videos, visit the Vernier Video Training Library at

About Vernier Software & Technology
Vernier Software & Technology has been a leading innovator of scientific data-collection technology for 32 years. Focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), Vernier is dedicated to developing creative ways to teach and learn using hands-on science. Vernier creates easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, and graphing/analysis software. With world-wide distribution to over 130 countries, Vernier products are used by educators and students from elementary school to college. Vernier’s technology-based solutions enhance STEM education, increase learning, and build students’ critical thinking skills. Vernier’s business culture is grounded in Earth-friendly policies and practices, and the company provides a family-friendly workplace. For more information, visit
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Overeducated and underemployed

Getting a college degree still helps your chances of getting a job, but not necessarily a good one, CNN Money reports. Some Americans are becoming overeducated for the jobs that are available to them, as data shows more college educated workers are taking low-skill jobs that are clearly below their qualifications. Take taxi drivers for example. About 15%, or more than than 1 in 7, had at least a bachelor’s degree in 2010, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Compare that to 1970 when less than 1% of taxi drivers had college degrees. And the job description hasn’t changed much, if at all, since then.

“A lot of people, particularly people with bachelor’s degrees, are getting jobs, but not good jobs,” said Richard Vedder, an economist at Ohio University.

In a study released Monday, Vedder shows that about 37% of employed U.S. college graduates are working in jobs that require no more than a high school diploma…

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