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Apple iOS 5 Released Today!

In an ironic sort of requiem for the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs last week, the release date for Apple iOS 5 is finally upon us. It promises a wealth of new features, such as wireless syncing, iMessage for any device, and a new notification center to replace those annoying red push alerts we’ve come to know and love.  Interested in a guided tour? Schedule an Ask-A-Trainer appointment and one of us will walk you through the new horizon that is iOS 5, from installation to configuration and everything in between.

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Google Font Directory. Amazing.

Can you imagine a world wide web that isn’t solely made up of text in Arial, Verdana, or Times font?

Well, the times are changing (pun intended). Check out Google Font Directory, free fonts to use on your website and hosted by Google.

Since we at STS first found Google Font Directory about a month ago, a few new fonts have been added, which makes us think someone at Google is still working hard to bring beauty to the web.

Interested in learning HTML and CSS so you too can use Google Font Directory? Click here to sign up for an STS class!

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Computing@UW Orientation a Success!

After months of planning and skillful script writing, Software Training for Students (STS) delivered 12 “Computing@UW Orientation” sessions to 2200 dazzled incoming freshman Aug 31, Sept 1 and Sept 2. The sessions taught incoming UW freshman about the tools and services that DoIT provides to them during their time at the University; this year they were taught with a twist. A twist that contained a wizard, a tin man, a scarecrow and a lion.

Yep! You guessed it. This fall, STS delivered the orientation sessions in a “Wizard of Wisc” format (a play on the Wizard of Oz), hoping to: keep students engaged in the presentation, make the information easier to remember, and to keep them interested in the topics they were taught.

Candid feedback so far has been very positive. Several students even told us “you were the talk on campus” and that they began using some of the tools right away.

Below are photos from the sessions:

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apple claims jailbroken iphone could be threat to national secuity

apple informed the US copyright office that jailbreaking an iphone (or modifying the software to get around copyright control features that prohibit using competitor applications) could potentially pose a threat to national security. According to apple “a local or international hacker could potentially initiate commands (such as a denial of service attack) that could crash the tower software, rendering the tower entirely inoperable to process calls or transmit data,” Apple wrote the government. “Taking control of the BBP software would be much the equivalent of getting inside the firewall of a corporate computer — to potentially catastrophic result.” An EFF (http://www.eff.org/) attorney states this is more bull than truth.

jailbroken iphone running cydia

jailbroken iphone running cydia

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YouTube Will Be Next To Kiss IE6 Support Goodbye

YouTube Will Be Next To Kiss IE6 Support Goodbye

by Robin Wauters on July 14, 2009

Judging by this screenshot taken by an IE6 user who was watching some videos on YouTube, it appears the Google company will be phasing out support for the browser shortly. I don’t have Internet Explorer 6 installed on my computer, so I can’t verify this first hand, but illogical it seems not and a simple Twitter search shows multiple people confirming the news. Heck, some are even downright ecstatic over the news.

The online video behemoth is pointing to ‘modern’ browsers like Google Chrome (twice on the same page even, unsurprisingly), Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 3.5 as alternatives.

With the impending move, YouTube follows in the footsteps of that other Web 2.0 poster child, Digg, which recently hinted at wanting to cut support for the browser too. Digg’s User Experience Architect Mark Trammell at the time wrote that the site is strongly considering removing essential features like digging and commenting for IE6 users. He explained that while IE6 users make up around 5% of site traffic, it only accounts for 1% of diggs, buries, and comments.

YouTube so far hasn’t officially communicated about the desire to drop support for IE6, but it’s conceivable that like Digg it would rather have its developers spend time optimizing the service for newer, better browsers than wasting man hours on the oft-despised Microsoft browser. We recently reported that Internet Explorer is losing market share to Firefox and Safari at a rapid pace.

(Thanks to Valieriy Slysarenko for the tip)

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Jailbreaking Ipod/Iphone

STS does not support the jailbreaking (essentially breaking the licensing code of your touch or iphone to access free applications) of any apple product but if you were to do Wired.com has the steps! read this nifty article to run a ponzi scam, remove a fishhook and most applicable jailbreak an ipod!st_howto5_f

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Communication Arts presents 2009 Illustration Award Winners

Communication Arts announces the winners of its 2009 illustration competition. Now in its 50th year, this year’s prestigious competition selected 207 projects representing the work of 161 artists for inclusion.

The winning illustrations and a list of the award-winning artists can be viewed at:http://www.commarts.com/annuals/2009-Illustration

You may believe that illustrations are always made with a pencil and hand, but with today’s technology, many of the entries for the Communication Arts competition were done on the computer. STS actually teaches courses in some of these programs, in particular Adobe Illustrator, that the illustrators used in this competiton. So sign up for one today at wisc.edu/sts!

Lexi Wachs

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