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iPad is an Apple on January 27, 2010 released tablet PCs, positioned between the Apple iPhone smartphone and notebook computer products (MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air) between the provision of access to the Internet, send and receive e-mail, view e-books, play audio or video capabilities.
C-4 THE NEW MEXICAN Saturday, September 18, 2010 Tech campus TECH spends week without social networking By Kathy Matheson The Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. — A central Pennsylvania technological college with fewer students than many Facebook users have friends is blacking out social media for a week. The bold experiment at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology — which has drawn praise, criticism and even a jab on late-night TV — means students and staff can’t access Facebook, Twitter or a host of other ubiquitous social networks while on campus. Provost Eric Darr said the exercise that began Monday is not a punishment for the school’s 800 students, nor a precursor to a ban, but a way for people to think critically about the prevalence of social media. The blackout comes on the heels of a report that Web users in the U.S. spend more time socializing on Facebook than searching with Google, according to data released last week from researchers at comScore Inc. Still, Darr said he can’t believe the controversy generated in the Twitterverse, blogosphere and aca- demia, with some accusing the school of inflicting “a terrible thing and an infringement upon people’s Customers await the launch of the new iPad tablet computer in May at an Apple store in central Rome, Italy. At first glance, the rights.” iPad looked like a heavy, overgrown iPod touch to this reviewer. But with a few months use, it became apparent to him that it’s one “By and large, the students are supportive of the of those devices he’s always needed. ANgElo CArCoNI/THE ASSoCIATEd prESS whole exercise and don’t get so worked up over it,” Darr said. On campus, attempts to log in to MySpace or Tech TeST LinkedIn return the message: “This domain is blocked.” E-mail, texting and other Web surfing is still iPad wins over skeptic allowed, but not instant-messaging. Student Ashley Harris, 22, said the blackout has freed her to concentrate on her classwork instead of toggling on her laptop between social networks and the lesson at hand. “I feel obligated to check my Facebook. I feel obli- gated to check my Twitter. Now I don’t,” Harris said. “I can just solely focus.” For one user, device fulfills tablet computer when it came out in April. It cuts the mouse and keyboard out of the hold comfortably in one hand. In particular, I need one hand free to steady myself on the Part of Harris’ willingness to disconnect stemmed promise of tablet computer equation, giving us a straight, tactile connec- New York subway. from her feeling that the experiment demonstrates the young university’s focus on innovation. The pri- tion. While the iPad builds on the iPhone, I was wrong. The iPad isn’t too heavy if I By Peter Svensson it feels like a bigger achievement. The first support it on a bag when standing. And the vate nonprofit institution was founded in 2003 and The Associated Press iPhone was a great phone, driven by far- screen is just big and sharp enough to display operates out of a 16-story building in downtown Har- thinking new ideas. But other people had decently a letter-sized document or a refor- risburg, the state capital about 95 miles northwest of NEW YORK — At first glance, the iPad made good phones before. Before the iPad, matted newspaper page with teasers for a Philadelphia. looked like a heavy, overgrown iPod Touch. no one had made a good tablet computer. couple of articles. Adam Ostrow, editor-in-chief of the social media After just a few months of use, however, When I first got my hands on an iPad for Replacing paper was the rationale of news site Mashable.com, said he’d be interested to see this iPad skeptic realized that it’s so much a review, I played games on it for about a Amazon.com Inc.’s Kindle e-reader, but the if the university collects any hard metrics from the more — it’s one of those devices I’ve always ban, such as better class attendance or more assign- month. My favorite strategy game, Battle for multi-purpose iPad beats it at its own game. needed. Those don’t come around very often. ments turned in on time. Wesnoth, was written for the PC, but actually The Kindle was revolutionary, but it has been But he doesn’t think a blackout is feasible over the Most things get less interesting the more works better on the iPad, thanks to the imme- held back by a screen technology that’s slow long-term. Though Facebook has been blocked in examples you see of them. If you’ve never diacy of the touch interface. Several other to react to our commands. It can display some workplaces as a time-waster, it is a crucial tool seen a computer before, the first one is a rev- games conspired to suck away my productiv- static page after static page, but scrolling and for college students to coordinate social schedules, elation, but each model gets less remarkable. ity, so it took me a while to realize that the zooming don’t really work. organize events, plan study sessions and collaborate Apple Inc.’s iPad is the other way around. iPad actually fulfills a longtime tablet vision Amazon launched a new TV spot this on assignments. It looks more impressive in light of what’s as well: It’s like a sheet of paper, electronified. week, showing a man struggling to read “You really can’t disconnect people from it in the come before it. I’ve seen many tablet com- That’s what made me plunk down $499 for an iPad poolside in bright sunlight, while a long run without creating some real inefficiencies and puters of different stripes since 2002, when one of my own once I was done with the bor- bikini-clad woman next to him is reading backlash,” said Ostrow. Microsoft introduced Windows XP Tablet rowed review unit. a Kindle comfortably. It’s true that Kindles Ironically, the university hosted a social media Edition. The quality has varied, but they’ve all I knew I was waiting for a device that are more readable than iPads in bright light. summit on Wednesday — mid-blackout. That caused been failures, even the recent ones. They’re a could replace printouts, magazines, news- What the ad doesn’t mention is that that’s the some angst for guest speaker Sherrie Madia, commu- Stonehenge’s worth of near-useless slabs. papers and books in my life. At first, I didn’t only situation in which you’ll be happier with nications director for the University of Pennsylvania’s The iPad finally fulfilled the promise of the think the iPad was it, because it’s too heavy to a Kindle. Wharton School, who, like many, is used to tweeting during conferences. She said the buzz around the ban has started a much-needed conversation about effective use of social media and how to balance online life with the coming out: Games world offline. “Do we really want to be enslaved to Facebook or Twitter?” Madia said. “Once you create anything in The following video games are u Cars Toon: Mater’s Tall Tales (Wii, Wii and dS, rated E10+) social media, you have to feed the beast. When you among those set for release this rated E) stop adding content, you disappear.” week, according to vgreleases.com: The university has created course work around the u gladiator Begins (pSp, rated M) Friday, Sept. 17 ban, and some students will write essays about their u UFC Undisputed 2010 (pSp, rated T) Tuesday, Sept. 14 u gormiti: The lords of Nature (Wii u lionheart: Kings’ Crusade (pC) experience. and dS, rated E10+ on Wii and E on Darr acknowledged students can use smart phones u Halo: reach (Xbox 360, rated M) to bypass the university’s computer network or go u Scooby-doo! and the Spooky dS) Today u Truth or lies (Xbox 360, pS3 and u Horse life Adventures (Wii and dS, to a nearby hotel for unblocked WiFi. And at a tech- Swamp (Wii, pS2 and dS, rated E10+) Wii, rated T) rated E) centric school, he said, some students will try to get u The lord of the rings: Aragorn’s around the firewall just to prove they can. Quest (pS3, Wii, pS2, pSp and dS, u legend of the guardians: The rated T) owls of ga’Hoole (Xbox 360, pS3, Mcclatchy Newspapers Yet if people feel that compelled to check status updates or Twitter replies, that’s important to know. “I want an honest reaction to the experiment,” Darr said. The provost also confessed to some trepidation: College officials can’t use social networks this week In brief similar recommendations when you visit a standing a human’s thoughts. either for student recruiting, business networking or new city. curriculum planning. Tech companies are already working to predict what people want, but only in pieces. AT&T, Sprint, Verizon “Next week, I will be as thankful as the next person we’re back on social media,” Darr said. Mind-reading phones? Search engine Google Inc., movie-rental service Netflix Inc. and online radio service to carry Samsung tablet So will junior Giovanni Acosta, 21, who said he’s been texting up a storm trying to coordinate social Pandora try to anticipate what people want NEW YORK — All four major U.S. wire- Tech’s evolving there even before they know they want it. less carriers will sell an iPad-like tablet events without Facebook and Twitter. But student Dan Warseck, 36, said it doesn’t bother SAN FRANCISCO — How smart do you Stringing those functions together with the computer from Samsung Electronics Co., the him — he prefers face-to-face communication and want your smart phone to actually be? Do you wealth of other information that phones col- companies said Thursday. doesn’t even have texting on his phone. want it to read your mind, even a little bit? lect about people could pave the way for even Samsung and the service providers “I’m not one of these people who puts their life more helpful electronics, Rattner said. — AT&T Inc., Sprint Nextel Corp., T-Mobile online,” Warseck said. “My friends have my phone Intel Corp.’s research chief, Justin Rattner, A challenge is training computers to ana- USA Inc. and Verizon Wireless Inc. — didn’t number if they really need to get in touch with me.” says that technology has advanced to the lyze data from “hard sensors” (which mea- say how much the Galaxy Tab will cost, or point that “context-aware computing,” an sure location, motion, voice patterns, tem- exactly when it will be on sale. idea that’s been around for two decades, is perature and the like) and combining those becoming more of a reality with the rise of Verizon Wireless said in a statement that it findings with data from “soft sensors” (such will start selling it “in the coming weeks,” and mobile devices. as calendar appointments and Web browsing Sprint said it will do so “this fall.” T-Mobile That could lead to phones that act as history). and AT&T plan to sell it this holiday season. psychics in your pocket. Rather than simply For example, your phone could detect that amass secrets about you, the devices could The Galaxy Tab has a 7-inch screen, half you’ve just left work and seem to be on your the size of the iPad. It runs Google Inc.’s be doing things with that information, such way home — a location it might know from as predicting what you might do next and Android smart phone software and can play your address book. It could then automatically Flash video from the Web, which the iPad offering suggestions. recommend the best route around traffic. can’t. It also has two cameras for videocon- Rattner showed a few examples during his “Things don’t get really interesting until ferencing, which the iPad lacks. keynote speech Wednesday at Intel’s annual you fuse that hard sensor data with soft sen- The iPad starts at $499. The Tab will prob- developer conference in San Francisco. sor data,” Rattner said. “It gives devices almost ably cost less, both because it’s smaller and Among them: a prototype application Intel this sixth sense of anticipating what a user will because carriers will probably subsidize it worked on with Fodor’s Travel. It learns need in the future, whether that’s the next few when buyers sign up for two-year data ser- People walk by the Harrisburg University of Sci- what types of foods you like to eat and what moments or at dinner later in the day.” vice contracts. ence and Technology building last week in Har- types of attractions you like to visit, based on Rattner added that researchers are even risburg, Pa. The university is experimenting with searches you type into the phone or locations making steps toward the “ultimate form of shutting off Facebook, Twitter and other social identified using GPS. The software makes sensing” — a computer capable of under- The Associated Press networks on campus. MArC lEvy/THE ASSoCIATEd prESS
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