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To snack or not to snack? That used to be the question. Now college students do not need to choose between grabbing a treat and breaking up a study session. The PepsiCo Hello Goodness Snackbot, a self-driving robot, will now deliver snacks on select college campuses. Students, staff and faculty at the University of Pacific in Stockton, California can now order snacks from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the Snackbot app. The robot will deliver goods at 50 designated areas across the campus. The Snackbot can go more than 20 miles on a single charge and includes a camera, headlights, and all-wheel drive to help it navigate. It is important to note that the Snackbot app is currently only available for... Read more...
It is back to school season and many new students are stepping onto college campuses for the first time. Social media may be one way to ease the difficulty of making friends or finding a study buddy. Instagram just introduced their college community feature to help bring together students on the same campus. Users will be prompted to select their university and graduating year and add the information to their profile. The student will then have access to a list of classmates who have also agreed to publish their university information on their profile. Students will be able to message and watch each other’s Instagram stories. They can also still ignore or block messages they do not want... Read more...
Amazon is steadily whittling down the amount of time it takes to receive a purchased item after hitting the “Place your order” button. We used to be happy to receive an item in 3 to 5 days using Amazon’s free shipping service; then we got spoiled by “free” two-day service with an Amazon Prime subscription. More recently, Prime Now provides a two-hour delivery window for free to subscribers, or a one-hour window for an added fee. So, what’s better than one-hour delivery? How about two minutes? That’s exactly what you can expect with Amazon’s new Instant Pickup service, which will be rolling out to select college towns across the country. These will be “fully staffed” locations that will stock... Read more...
If you're one of the holdouts that doesn't believe eSports has a future, you may want to step back and look at the big picture, because it's here to stay and having significant impact. In fact, we're sure that many gamers who grew up any time before eSports began to explode is probably surprised that it wasn't so popular until fairly recently. To be fair, Nintendo did treat us to some cool competitions revolving around the NES in the 80s, but that was but a minor appetite whetting. Today, eSports is such big business, that it seems like no peripheral vendor is without a sponsored team. Those who do well at eSports are not just "gamers"; they're doing this for a living. In fact, if you're skilled... Read more...
What would you describe yourself as doing right about... now? As in, right now. This very moment. Are you educating yourself? Taking a breather? Blowing off steam? Perhaps you're wasting time on the Internet, but perhaps that's not such a bad thing. Starting in a few months, the University of Pennsylvania will be offering an official on-campus course entitled "Wasting time on the Internet." For those unaware, UPenn is an Ivy League school that's rather difficult to get into, and even more difficult to afford. A degree from there goes a very long way -- just ask any number of lawyers, doctors, and political figures. In case you're suspecting that this is all a joke, it's not. Part of the course... Read more...
Including room and board, it now costs over $50,000 per year to attend Stanford University. That's a lot of cash to cough up to send your son or daughter to the second ranked university in the world (according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities), but money well spent when you consider your offspring will be tackling the tough issues, like iPhone addiction.Huh? Believe it or not, a new Stanford study set out to discover just how attached college kids are to their Apple-inspired smartphone, and as it turns out, the results are pretty creepy.Out of the 200 students with iPhones who participated in the survey, 75 percent fessed up to being bed mates with their handheld gadget. Think about... Read more...
Next time your college professor glances at his phone or stops to type something on his laptop, check your Twitter stream.A survey of about 1,958 higher education professionals - professors, instructors, deans and others - across the nation found that nearly a third are using Twitter in some way, shape or form. Even so, more than half said they had never used Twitter in any way, shape or form.Some highlights of the 20-page study, "Twitter in Higher Education: Usage Habits and Trends of Today's College Faculty":30.7 percent of those surveyed are using Twitter in some capacity56.4 percent have never used Twitter12.9 percent of respondents say they tried but no longer used it because it took too... Read more...
Putting off those college applications to the last possible minute? Can't get motivated to further your education? Well, have a look at what's offered over at ACU. Years after Duke University began handing out iPods to incoming freshmen, Abilene Christian University in Texas has one-upped the aforesaid institution by distributing the new iPhone 3GS to new students for "mobile learning." As the first college to do so, ACU has already handed out a wave of the handsets to incoming freshmen so that they can get familiar with the features over the summer. According to ACU, the second phase of implementation of mobile devices will continue ACU’s efforts to provide new opportunities for professors and... Read more...
Well, it now appears that an 11-year-old has raised the bar so high that others entering college can just give up. Yes, we said others entering college, because Moshe Kai Cavalin, 11, has just graduated from  East Los Angeles College, with a 4.0 GPA, no less. His favorite subject: astrophysics. Yep, we pull open astrophysics books every day for casual reading. Cavalin is the only child of a Taiwanese mother and an Israeli father. To embarrass us still further, Cavalin is also an accomplished martial artist, who has won several national martial arts championships. As opposed to sports figures, his idols are Albert Einstein and Bruce Lee (well, OK, a movie star; what can you expect?). Now... Read more...
While one study indicates that a little Internet leisure time at work can increase productivity, a second study now shows college students who regularly use social networking site Facebook have lower GPAs than those who do not. My comment, or rather question: they actually found college students who didn't use Facebook? Researcher Aryn Karpinski conducted the study with a colleague at Ohio State University. They questioned 219 undergraduate and graduate students about their study habits and Internet use, as well as their specific use of Facebook. The study showed that 68% of the students who used Facebook had a "significantly" lower GPA than those who did not use the site. Karpinski said: "Every... Read more...
College students are always looking for new and creative reasons to ditch class.A new study has just given them teflon ammo: New psychological research suggests that university students who download a podcast lecture achieve substantially higher exam results than those who attend the lecture in person.The reasoning behind it, according to study author Dani McKinney, a psychologist at the State University of New York - Fredonia, is that the students who attend via podcast can rewind parts they miss or don't understand the first time. They can take better notes that way and absorb the content of the lecture more deeply.A couple years ago, Apple launched iTunes University, where professors can upload... Read more...
It use to be that video game developers were geeks in their basements crunching code for hours on end until their eyes bled, with hardly a business plan behind them, never mind a justifiable business case that would support making a career out of their artform.  In fact, gaming itself only really took off in the mass market as recent as the past ten years or so.  Let's face it, back then, with a customer base of predominantly kids in their teens or less, the average PC or Console game consumer just didn't have the disposable income to support anything more than a niche' market.  Likewise, if you were a gifted computer programmer, cinematographer or the like, you probably... Read more...
Some sites are making a big deal about this, but when you think about how much tuition costs: who cares?Choosing a college or university is no easy task.  There are so many factors to consider: social life, breadth of majors, sports reputation and gadgets.  Abilene Christian University (ACU) has become the first to offer iPhones or iPod touches to incoming students making the gadgets standard equipment for learning.  Almost makes me want to go back to school.Some people might think that the money would be better spent on say, lowering tuition.  Naaaah.... Read more...
Federal financial aid is always an arm-twisting manuever used against colleges, and this is no different.  Colleges must, according to Congress, make more of an effort to police their students, or face the "music" (pun intended).New federal legislation says universities must agree to provide not just deterrents but also "alternatives" to peer-to-peer piracy, such as paying monthly subscription fees to the music industry for their students, on penalty of losing all financial aid for their students.The U.S. House of Representatives bill, which was introduced late Friday by top Democratic politicians, could give the movie and music industries a new revenue stream by pressuring schools into... Read more...
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