The latest version of BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) – BBM 5 – makes it easy for BlackBerry Smartphone users to share their BBM pin codes with each others using two-dimensional barcodes (QR codes) that can be scanned directly into BlackBerry Smartphone using their integrated cameras.

You can add new contacts to BBM simply by using your BlackBerry Smartphone’s camera to scan a barcodes off your computer screen or the screen of a BlackBerry device. You can also share and display your own barcode on your phone, email signature or social networking profiles to make it easy for your friends to add you to their contact lists. Read More

Here’s how to make BBM barcodes work for you. Remember to upgrade to the latest version of BBM before you try.

To display and share your personal barcode:

* Click the BBM icon

* On the contact list screen, press the Menu key

* Click My Profile

* Click Display My Barcode

* Another BlackBerry Smartphone user can then scan the barcode from your phone using his or her device’s camera

Sharing your BBM barcode via social media and email:

* Follow steps above, then press Menu and select Save Barcode Image.

* From your pictures folder, select Send or Share for the social networking app of your choice (including Twitter and Facebook) to share the barcode and a caption or Tweet with your friends

* You can also email the barcode to yourself and then save it on your computer to use as your email signature

* Using the Facebook BBM PIN barcode app, you can generate your BBM barcode for your Facebook friends to scan

To scan a personal barcode from a BlackBerry screen or the screen of your computer:

* Click the BBM icon

* On the contact list screen, click Invite contact

* Click Scan a person’s barcode

* Hold your device so that all four corners of the barcode appear on your device screen and wait for confirmation that it has been scanned.

 

Robert Morris - UNIX developerRobert Morris, a mathematician and cryptographer who was among the top U.S computer security experts and a leading developer of widely used UNIX operating system, died on June 26th at age of 78yrs.

Morris began his work on the groundbreaking OS back in 1970 at AT&T's Bell Laboratories, where he played a major role in developing Unix's math library, password structure and encryption functions. His cryptographic exploration continued into the late 1970s, when he began writing a paper on an early encryption tool from Germany. But the paper would never see the light of day, thanks to a request from the NSA, which was concerned about potential security ramifications. Instead, the agency brought Morris on board as a computer security expert in 1986. Read More

To know more about Robert Moris visit:-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Morris_(cryptographer)

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/30/technology/30morris.html?_r=4

May his soul rest in peace.

Just three months after the release of Firefox 4, Mozilla has pushed out Firefox 5 for the desktop and Android devices. That is a big change from the two years it took to move from Firefox 3.5 to Firefox 4.

Firefox 5 is part of Mozilla’s new rapid release development cycle. This cycle (which is more akin to what Google does with its Chrome browser) promises faster, more iterative updates. With any luck, Mozilla expects Firefox to hit version 7 by the end of the year.

Visually, Firefox 5 looks identical to Firefox 4. Every feature that Firefox 4 had applies to this release. Rather than reinventing the wheel, Mozilla has added better support for web standards, fixed some bugs, made performance enhancements and added a few additional code touches. Read More

The big new features include: Support for CSS animations, better visibility for the Do-Not-Track header preference, improved canvas and JavaScript support, better standards support for canvas, HTML5, XHR, MathML and SMIL, better tuned HTTP idle connection logic.

In another move that mimics what Google does with Chrome, Mozilla now has more options for users who want to partake in the beta and testing process. In addition to nightly and beta channel releases, users can also opt to use the new Aurora channel, which will give users access to features before they hit beta, but with limited QA testing that you don’t get with nightly releases. This is akin to Chrome’s developer channel.

In most tests, Firefox 5 has been fast — even faster than Firefox 4. Most people also love the more frequent update cycle, because it means that the browser will be more able to support the latest and greatest browser features. To update to the latest Firefox, click on the “check for updates” button in the “About Firefox” menu.

 

Lagos State government introduced an education software known as e-tutor in its schools, as part of its continuous efforts to improve the quality of education in the state.
The software, which was launched, in collaboration with an IT firm, Cognitive Solutions, would complement class teachers' efforts and enable students to learn at their own pace and have fun in the process.

Speaking at the flag-off ceremony, Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Education, Mrs. Omolara Erogbogbo said the move was part of the state government's efforts aimed at exploring additional positive ways of improving on the delivery of quality education to students in its schools.
She said the software, which comes in 15 subjects for secondary schools, was developed after some years of research, which revealed that there was a huge gap between examiners' expectation and students' performance, especially in Mathematics and the Sciences. Read More
According to her, the software has been installed in 28 of the 35 schools approved for the first phase, while the Teachers' Establishment and Pensions Office has trained 1,516 teachers on the use of the software.

“This pilot scheme was encouraged because the government observed that the children, while enamoured of ICT through the use of computers, very often, only play games or chat on-line with their friends. However, with e-tutor, more of our children can now use computers for more rewarding activities that impact directly on their education beyond games, movies, music and word processing.”

She added that the software would assist in integrating information technology into the mainstream of education, as students could study and evaluate themselves at their own pace, using either the practice centre or test centre available in the software, while the counseling centre would counsel them on preparation for examinations, common errors, as well as on subjects leading to career choices. “Additionally, the burden on teachers is eased since it can serve as resource and instructional materials centre to teachers and thus make their jobs easier.”

Another distinctive feature of the software, she said was that it had the added advantage of providing blind students the opportunity of comprehensive self study using materials prepared by the best teachers in the subject fields, thus giving them a fair playing ground.
Chief Executive Officer of the IT Firm, Mr. Kola Omotunde-Young said. “Every child is unique and learns best through a combination of various learning method, which may be different from that of his or her colleague and e-tutor recognises this uniqueness and offers the students variety of ways to learn and have fun doing so.”

Adobe announced it's eLearning Suite 2, a significant upgrade to its tightly integrated, end-to-end solution for easily creating, reviewing and maintaining eLearning content. The suite, now natively compatible with Mac OS in addition to Windows, enables eLearning professionals, educators and trainers
to turn creative ideas into dynamic eLearning materials that engage learners with multimedia and interactivity.

Adobe Captivate 5 — includes Adobe Flash Professional CS5, Adobe Dreamweaver CS5, Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended, Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro, Adobe Presenter 7 and Adobe Soundbooth CS5.

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According to senior vice president, Print and Publishing at Adobe, Naresh Gupta said Today’s educational and professional learning departments are under enormous pressure to deliver impactful content quickly and efficiently.
eLearning Suite 2 addresses the challenge with its tightly integrated toolset that allows content creators to develop powerful media-rich eLearning experiences without the time and expense of programming.

Adobe eLearning Suite 2 enhances productivity with smarter aggregation capabilities included in Adobe Captivate 5, eLearning extensions for Dreamweaver and Flash, and new application round tripping workflows between authoring and asset creation tools. For example, a course designer can now insert Adobe Photoshop CS5 (PSD) files as smart objects into an Adobe Captivate project and update the images with one click should the original files change without having to resave and reinsert images. Similar workflows exist between the other eLearning Suite components including Adobe Captivate, Soundbooth and Flash.

Adobe eLearning Suite 2 and Adobe Captivate 5 are expected to be available via Adobe Authorized Resellers and the Adobe Store at www.adobe.com/store in June. Customers can pre-order Adobe eLearning Suite 2 and Captivate 5 today. Estimated street price for the suite is US$1799; upgrade pricing starts at US$599. Estimated street price for Adobe Captivate 5 is US$799; upgrade pricing starts at US$299. Educational pricing is available for both products.

Both products are compatible with Mac OS X v10.5.7 or v10.6, Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 2  (Service Pack 3 recommended), Windows Vista® Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise with Service Pack 1 or Windows 7 (certified for 32-bit Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7). The Mac OS version of eLearning Suite 2 does not contain Adobe Presenter.