A Game That Shaped a GenerationWho remembers the game The Oregon Trail? Initially released in 1971, the game went through ten iterations and has sold over 65 million copies. I vividly remember playing the Apple II version, released in 1985, in elementary school. Most prominent are the Latitude 11 Convertible with Dell Productivity Active Pen and Chromebook 11 Convertible. These two devices are the newest additions to our education portfolio, and they bring new ways to collaborate and learn utilizing the PC. Each has a 360 degree hinge, which allows the devices to operate as standard laptops, tablets, or can be put in tent-mode for content consumption. The Windows-based Latitude 11 Convertible is further enhanced by an active stylus with 2048 levels of sensitivity. Studies show that diagramming thinking before solving a science problem leads to higher scores, and that using a pen improves conceptual application. The Dell Productivity Active Pen coupled with the Dell Latitude Convertible allows students to diagram and illustrate their problem solving process, and seamlessly move from application to application while working towards the problem’s conclusion. In addition, there’s a “world-facing” camera when in tablet mode, allowing students to create movies on the go, opening up creative possibilities. You can learn more about these devices here, including specs and configuration options.Traditional Doesn’t Mean BoringNext, we launched two traditional-style educational laptops, each with 10+ hours of battery life. The Latitude 11 and Chromebook 11 each feature a 180 degree lay-flat design for collaborative work, and the Latitude 13 and Chromebook 13 feature even more powerful processing options including Intel Core i-Series processors. Both of these product lines not only have improved battery life over previous products, but they have improved on weight and size, as well. The Latitude 13 features optional E-Rate mobile broadband, allowing education institutions to support connected learning at a discounted rate wherever WiFi isn’t available. In addition, an optional high-quality touch-screen with Corning Gorilla Glass gives these laptops touch-collaborative capabilities.Born of RuggedDell is the only manufacturer of fully rugged compute devices that also designs products for the education market. That experience and engineering capabilities have helped us design systems that can withstand the rigors of the learning environment, be it inside or out. When you have a laptop being handled by kids all day long, with their lids opening and closing constantly, being plugged in for charging and unplugged, and the possibility of spills an ever-present worry, is there any wonder that a school’s IT staff owns stock in Starbuck’s? Well, we build mobile devices for the military, first responders, law enforcement, field services, and other extreme computing environments, and we think we know a thing or two about how to make these laptops stand up to the abuse that kids may dish out. Want to see what kind of testing our fully rugged devices for adults go through? Watch this video: </p><p>Designed to strict MIL-STD 810G specifications, each of our new mobile education laptops and convertibles can withstand bumps, drops, and even spills on the keyboard. The sealed keys and trackpad won’t allow liquid through, which could short out the system. Furthermore, we’ve reinforced the hinges – and we do a lot of testing on those, as well! Next, we’ve added a metal bracket to reinforce the power port – ever had a power jack on your laptop feel a little wiggly after a few years? That could happen very quickly with a system being used by dozens of kids a day, and we’ve reinforced that port to take the abuse. And for those younger kids that are a little more curious about what’s inside their computer, we’ve reinforced the keys, making them 50% more tamper-resistant, so little Johnny will have a harder time prying them off. Next, select models either come standard with Corning Gorilla Glass, or offer it as an option, particular for touch-enabled devices. That’s the same type of material used to keep your cell phone protected from scratches, and it’s very effective.Here’s To Blazing a TrailWe’ve come a long way from the days when computers in the classroom were a novelty. Today, they’re a necessity. Today, the learning environment is student-led and personalized. Students produce, not just consume during the learning process, and that learning is not constrained by time and place. Learning happens inside and out of the classroom, and can happen any time. Educators around the world are finding new ways every day to utilize modern technology. They leverage the latest advanced curriculum, and collaborate in new ways or foster student-led learning. However, budgets aren’t ballooning at the same rate, so Dell understands that purpose-built devices must be affordable without sacrificing functionality. Those devices must also be supported as to not interrupt the learning process. We know that flexibility, choice, and multiple options are going to allow for educators and students make the most of their time together, and we at Dell are proud to be a part of it. (Little known fact: Willamette was the codename for the very first Intel Pentium 4 Processor)Back then, computers just started to find their way into schools, with the Apple II becoming the first to reach widespread adoption. I remember learning how to touch type, and used basic learning applications that were really just supplemental to traditional analog classroom learning.Ironically, The Oregon Trail was probably the most educational piece of software that I remember, and it was a game that was used as a reward for good behavior during “Computer Class.” It taught resource and risk management, and conveyed a basic lesson on life in the mid-nineteenth century during the western expansion of the United States. There were dangers from wild animals, sickness, starvation, and even crossing rivers in a careless manner. For me, it was the first time that technology aided in my education.Back To the FutureFast forward over thirty years, and PC devices have eclipsed Apple in the classroom and the IT ecosystem that supports them. They have incredible abilities to drive the educational process, and are used for virtually every subject. More and more schools are issuing laptops directly to students to use throughout the day. Loaded with Microsoft Windows or Google Chrome operating systems, these devices will likely be used by students later in their professional lives. Furthermore, PC-based educational devices have exponentially increased in power, performance, and reliability, all the while becoming more affordable. School districts across the nation are finding new and innovative ways of integrating technology into their curriculums, and Dell is at the forefront of helping them drive that innovation and serve the needs of educators and students across the nation and around the world.Recently, we launched three new mobile devices that are designed to embrace new initiatives such as student-led learning. We’ve created these systems to provide the widest range of choice with maximum flexibility to meet the needs of K-12 educational institutions. Each of these devices feature the power of 6th and 7th Generation Intel processors, and deliver 10+ hours of battery life.A Robust 2-in-1 for the Classroom
18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Credit unions saw several victories this week with the House passing a Congressional Budget Resolution and emergency disaster funding legislation that contains several CUNA-supported items. The House voted in favor Thursday of the Senate-passed budget resolution, and approved the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act of 2017 (H.R. 2266) Wednesday.H.R. 2266 was passed by the Senate Tuesday, and President Donald Trump is expected to sign the bill into law shortly.“This emergency legislation is a big victory for credit unions by maintaining the viability of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), allowing credit unions to continue to make mortgage loans to members who live in areas where flood insurance is required,” said Ryan Donovan, CUNA’s Chief Advocacy Officer.The bill provides for $26 billion in debt relief for the NFIP, in addition to $18.7 for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and $576.5 million for wildfire assistance.
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Quest Diagnostics, a major blood testing company, warned that almost 12 million of its customers may have had personal, financial and medical information breached due to a collections vendor issue.In a securities regulator filing, Secaucus, N.J.-based Quest said it received notification that from Aug. 1, 2018 to March 30, 2019, someone had unauthorized access to the systems of third-part vendor American Medical Collection System. “(The) information on AMCA’s affected system included financial information (e.g., credit card numbers and bank account information), medical information and other personal information (e.g., Social Security numbers),” Quest said in the filing.According to published reports, the medical testing company said it learned the affected AMCA system stored information on about 11.9 million of Quest Diagnostics’ patients but had yet to received detailed or complete information from AMCA about the breach. This is the second breach affecting Quest customers in three years. In 2016, the company said 34,000 patients had data stolen by hackers. VALENCIA CA/USA – DECEMBER 26 2015: Quest Diagnostics exterior and logo. Quest Diagnostics Incorporated is a corporation that provides clinical laboratory services.
Burkina Faso’s Aristide Bancé continued his fine form by scoring the only goal of the match in the 36th minute to move the Stallions into second place, to improve his country’s hopes of progressing to the next round of qualification over Group E leaders Congo.In the other Group E game, Gabon dispatched Niger with a 4-1 scoreline, scoring three goals in the 8 minutes added on at the end of the game.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (43, 87, 90+8) was the star of the show as he scored a hat-trick of penalties against the hapless Nigeriens, who had two players sent off in the last 10 minutes of the match.Bruno Écuélé Manga was credited with the other goal three minutes from time, after Ali Yacouba had put the Menas ahead in the 14th minute.Zambia extended their lead at the top of group D to two points with a 1-1 draw against Sudan, meaning Ghana can move top with a win against Lesotho on Sunday.After a goalless first half, the game came alive in the second half and Jacob Mulenga put Chipolopolo ahead in the 70th minute. Their joy, however, was short-lived as Mohamed Abdallah netted the equaliser just two minutes later. In a hard-fought encounter at the Lobatse Stadium, Botswana moved clear off the foot of group A with a 3-2 win over Central African Republic.Nicaise Zimbori opened the scoring for CAR in the 33rd minute. With Calvin Tolmbaye sent off for a challenge in the box, Jerome Ramatlhakwane scored the equaliser from the penalty spot.Playing with 10-men did not hamper the Wild Beasts, with Zimbori grabbing his second of the game five minutes into the second half.However, it all fell apart for them towards the end of the match. First Mogakolodi Ngele netted the equaliser in the 74th minute, before Ofentse Nato scored the winner in the 86th minute.In the only Group B match of the day, Heldon scored the only goal as Cape Verde Islands held on for 1-0 win over Sierra Leone at the Estádio da Várzea. Elsewhere Morocco moved into second place in Group C with a 2-0 win over Gambia Stade de Marrakech, with Tanzania facing off against the Ivory Coast on Sunday.Abdelaziz Barrada opened the scoring in the fourth minute for the Atlas Lions, before highly-rated Montpellier forward Younes Belhanda added a second in the 51st minute.Saturday’s World Cup qualifying results:Botswana 3-2 Central Africa RepublicCape Verde Islands 1-0 Sierra Leone Congo 0-1 Burkina FasoGabon 4-1 NigerMorocco 2-0 GambiaZambia 1-1 Sudan
Major League Baseball dipped its toes into the esports world last month with a four-player mini-tournament of “MLB The Show 20.” That, it turns out, was just a hint of what was to come with the actual baseball world on hold, stuck in a coronavirus-mandated shutdown. On Friday, as foreshadowed in Sporting News articles a couple of times, the main event was revealed: a full esports season of “MLB The Show,” played by 30 major league players, each representing his own team. We’ll break down the details in a moment, but basically, each player will play 29 “regular-season” games, and the top eight teams will advance to the playoffs, culminating in a best-of-five “World Series.”MORE ESPORTS: ‘NBA 2K’ Players Tournament results, scheduleIf it’s anything like the four-player tournament, then it should be a lot of fun. Amir Garrett, the Reds’ stellar left-handed reliever, was the champ of the mini-event, knocking off Twins pitcher Trevor May in his first game and then beating 2018 AL Cy Young winner Blake Snell in the championship. Snell beat Hunter Pence in his first game. Streaming information is below, but an MLB source told Sporting News other viewing options could be on the horizon. We will, of course, give you that info as soon as it becomes available. ‘MLB The Show 20’ Players LeagueRegular season: Round-robin. Every team will play every other team one time, for a total of 29 games — three innings per game — per team in the regular season. The regular season opens April 10 and is scheduled to end April 28.First regular-season game: 9 p.m. ET, Friday, April 10; Blake Snell (Rays) vs. Amir Garrett (Reds). This is a rematch of the title game of the four-player mini tournament in March. Drama!Playoffs: The top eight teams will make the playoffs, which will start shortly after the regular season ends and largely mirror the MLB playoffs. The first two rounds are best of three, the “World Series” will be a best-of-five. ‘MLB The Show 20’ Players League contestantsThe league is made up of 30 MLB players, each representing his MLB team Diamondbacks: Jon DuplantierBraves: Luke JacksonOrioles: Dwight Smith Jr.Red Sox: Eduardo RodriguezCubs: Ian HappWhite Sox: Lucas GiolitoReds: Amir GarrettIndians: Carlos SantanaRockies: David DahlTigers: Niko GoodrumAstros: Lance McCullers Jr.Royals: Brett PhillipsAngels: Ty ButtreyDodgers: Gavin LuxMarlins: Ryne StanekBrewers: Josh HaderTwins: Trevor MayMets: Jeff McNeilYankees: Tommy KahnleAthletics: Jesus LuzardoPhillies: Rhys HoskinsPirates: Cole TuckerPadres: Fernando Tatis Jr.Giants: Hunter PenceMariners: Carl Edwards Jr.Cardinals: Matt CarpenterRays: Blake SnellRangers: Joey GalloBlue Jays: Bo BichetteNationals: Juan Soto Host: Robert Flores of MLB Network will “provide commentary, recaps, analysis and conduct player interviews throughout the course of the season, including before, during and after games, via MLB, MLB Network and PlayStation’s social media platforms,” according to an MLB press release. ‘MLB The Show 20’ Players League streaming optionsMLB social: Twitter, Facebook, YouTubeLas Mayores social: TwitterMLB Games and VR: Twitch”MLB The Show:” Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Twitch (https://theshownation.com/livestream)MLB.com: All 30 club websitesMLB Network social: Twitter, FacebookCharitable donations to Boys & Girls Clubs of America/CanadaFrom the MLB release: “Major League Baseball, the MLBPA and SIE will donate $5,000 on behalf of each participating player to a Boys & Girls Club affiliate in their team’s community. The stakes for the competition are enhanced with the championship player earning an additional $25,000 donation to the Boys & Girls Club in his community.”