For the tech:
"Portability" is a word you’ll hear a lot this year. More mobile phones will provide desktop computer functions: Web surfing, viewing TV broadcasts, two-way video game playing, social networking, etc. Even so, cell phone prices will drop this year.
Web tablets are on the verge of taking off, with qwerty keyboards on a touch screen and scores of functions for under $250. Size: 6" by 3". Early versions are already available ... the Nokia N800 and Sony’s Mylo, for example. Web tablets are really just big wireless smart phones.
Google will develop a phone with better Web browsing ability. Instead of the small number of Web sites offered by most cell phones now, Google’s phone will enable broad Web access. It’ll speed up searches, and its mapping technology will let users locate nearby restaurants, for example, as well as view menus and read recent reviews.
More service improvements are on tap for 2009 after the sale of airwaves in the Federal Communications Commission auction this month. Once TV stations free up wireless spectrum when they go all digital, mobile technology will be even more competitive, lowering prices further.
Cybercrooks are moving into industrial espionage in a big way. They function as a new breed of widely dispersed organized criminals. Gangs in one country work with servers in another to stage an attack on a company in a third ... stealing secrets to gain a competitive edge for themselves or to sell to competitors of the company being hacked.
Top targets: Financial services, IT, aerospace, and Rx drugs. Ongoing vigilance is the best way to protect against serious damage. . . " Read the full AIArchitect article.
Outside of the AIArchitect article, I read interesting information on podcasting, and YouTube for professors. Continuing education will reap the benefits of these forms of content delivery. What have you experienced as a student that was innovative in delivery approach, and effective in teaching?