(softpedia.com): For a long period of time, especially in the last century, humankind settled into its role as a consumer society. Information, products, everything was produced by few and consumed by many. Thanks to the Internet, that is changing, everyone is a creator today, for example, by simply posting a tweet. This newfound creativity, though, has a very measurable side effect, it produces a huge amount of digital data. In fact, 'huge,' may not even begin to cover it, this year, the "Digital Universe," the total amount of data stored in the world's computers, will surpass a zettabyte. One zettabyte is equal to a million million gigabytes, a number so large it is hard to get our minds around it.
(onlinetmd.com): Prior to implementing an ECM solution to capture, manage, store, preserve, and deliver content and documents related to organizational processes, when a job order was received, that information was printed out and put into a folder, which employees walked from department to department throughout a 155,000ft2 plant. It was difficult to track the status of these folders at any given time. Folders went missing and people spent a lot of time trying to locate them. In addition, machinists had to wait for engineers to show them the prints and specs for the various parts they were responsible for producing, which caused production delays.
(austin.dbusinessnews.com): Abilene Christian University continues to advance mobile learning as ACU Online and Embanet announce the launch of the Leadership of Digital Learning program, a graduate certificate designed to produce innovative K-12 leaders for the 21st century classroom. The graduate program begins May 3, 2010, with students able to able to begin the program every eight weeks. As part of a research case study, each student will be provided with a 3G-enabled Apple iPad, connected to new learning applications embedded in the curriculum.
(businessweek.com): Apple's newest iPad, the 3G-equipped model that arrived Friday, is identical to the earlier Wi-Fi-only model, save for a plastic black strip running along the top of the device -- for 3G reception -- and a SIM card slot on the lower left side. Otherwise, the iPad 3G offers the same features as the model that arrived April 3: same solid design and construction, same bright and sharp 9.7-inch screen, same battery life.
(yosemite.epa.gov): The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a new set of web tools, data, and interactive maps to inform the public about serious Clean Water Act violations in their communities. Improving water quality is one of EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson's priorities and in 2009, Administrator Jackson directed the agency to develop concrete steps to improve water quality, to better enforce the Clean Water Act and to use 21st Century technology to transform the collection, use and availability of EPA data. The web tools announced today is part of EPA's Clean Water Act Action Plan to work with states in ensuring that facilities comply with standards that keep our water clean.