December 13, 2015

We’re a proud sponsor of the Future Learning Device Pilot in Sydenham School

Here is a short report from Sydenham School in London that I just found in their newsletter, edition 125. We’re proud to have sponsored this wonderful school.

Future Learning Device Pilot

In January this year, two tutor groups of Year 7 students were provided with a tablet device as part of our Future Learning Device Pilot. The students were able to take the devices home and brought the devices into school to use as part of their lessons, and we are currently evaluating the impact these devices had on their learning experiences.
We understand this is the biggest such pilot ever to be conducted in a UK school, and are grateful for the support of our sponsors, Dell, Lenovo, Getech and Cetrix for making this possible, as well as to the staff, students and parents of those involved.

You can take a look at the whole article here:

Nasa unveils stunning colour image of Pluto's surface

It's highly unlikely that anyone alive today will set foot on Pluto, so this high resolution colour image of the dwarf planet's surface is going to be the closest we get.

November 28, 2015

It's Not a Technology Issue

Eric Sheninger

Technology still gets a bad rap in many education circles. Perception and lack of information influence the decision making process. This ends up resulting in the formation of rules and policies that severely restrict or prohibit student use of mobile technology and social media as tools to support and/or enhance learning. Even with the proliferation of technology across all facets of society, we still see schools moving at a snail's pace (if at all) to adapt, or better yet evolve, to a digital world. In my opinion, sheer ignorance is to blame. From this ignorance a plethora of excuses arise. Educators and administrators are quick to point to technology as the main culprit for an array of issues. 

Five Ways to Restore Humanity to the Classroom

When I look back on the great teachers who shaped my life, what I remember isn't the way they prepared me to take a standardized test. What I remember is the way they taught me to believe in myself. To be curious about the world. To take charge of my own learning so that I could reach my full potential. They inspired me to open up a window into parts of the world I'd never thought of before. -- President Obama, "An Open Letter to America's Parents and Teachers," October 26, 2015

On Gender, Violence, and the Right to Education

Children and youth of all genders have a right to inclusive, quality education--the foundation to improving people's lives. Yet an estimated 62 million girls are out of school. And with 1 in 3 women experiencing physical and/or sexual assault in her lifetime, we're beginning to understand that the interplay of violence, gender, and education is powerful and complex and demands more of our attention.

November 27, 2015

Bringing Magic into your classroom

Okay, I’m going to get right to the point! I saw these stats on google the other day:
“Spending on the worldwide education sector, which includes higher education, primary and secondary schools, is forecasted to grow by 2.3% to reach US$67.8 billion this year”. That’s good money!
Now, do you want to know what I think? (Please say yes!) We should spend that money on digitizing our classrooms.

November 24, 2015

Broward County School District Accelerates Internet Content Delivery

Broward County Public School District in Florida has implemented open content caching in an effort to deliver online content to classrooms faster.
The district's network infrastructure covers 270 sites, including schools, technology centers and administration buildings, and 225,000 students and 32,000 employees use it on a daily basis to access cloud services, digital instructional materials, personalized learning and collaboration tools, rich media activities and online testing. Teachers have been increasing their use of online educational resources in the classroom, and consequently straining the district's network capacity.

Collaboration System Gives Multiple Students Access to Shared Display

The Nureva Span system lets students create content on their devices and then move it to a larger digital display board.

The Nureva Span allows students to collaborate on a large shared canvas.
A new collaboration system allows students to create content on their own devices and combine it with that of other students on a 10- or 20-foot digital display board.
Nureva has introduced two models of its Span product, a collaboration system that uses a cloud-based application to move students' notes, sketches or images from their personal devices to a shared screen that can be projected on any large surface (like a classroom wall, for instance). Once projected, the content can be moved around or changed in any way desired.

Colorado State U To Debut Online Teacher Licensures in Math, Science

Colorado State University-Global Campus has unveiled new online teacher licensure programs in science and math set to debut this spring.
"The Bureau of Labor Statistics is projecting the number of STEM occupations will continue to grow significantly faster than other job areas. Therefore, the need for quality math and science teachers to help inspire and encourage children to pursue these areas is greater than ever," said Jon Bellum, provost and senior vice president at Colorado State University-Global Campus, in a prepared statement. "We are excited to offer these new teacher licensure programs as a way to help fulfill this need."

Virtual Reality Tech Company Partners With Content Provider On Science Resources

Cyber Science 3D and Cengage Learning will join forces to produce educational science products for K-12 and higher ed schools and libraries. The partnership will combine Cyber Science 3D's expertise with virtual reality tools and Gale's access to parent company Cengage Learning's educational content and resources. Cyber Science 3D will provide the platform for Gale's content.
According to representatives from both companies, the collection of integrated products will deliver more vivid content that will enhance teaching and learning. At the same time, Cengage Learning and Gale will provide Cyber Science 3D more access to markets when the first suite of products is introduced in early 2016.

November 23, 2015

Robin Rivers: Getting Back Up

The story originally appeared on A Teacher Like You. 

We get so caught up in testing that we're forgetting to nurture kids. We forget that school isn't just a place to learn, but a place to grow and become a person. That person in charge of that classroom, who kids are looking up to, needs to be a nurturer and a caregiver, a counselor and a relationship guru. This person is everything to these kids, because they may never have had someone like that in their lives.

Instructure Rings the Bell

Instructure Rings the Bell
By Betsy Corcoran

Yes, the panda got to ring the bell, too.
On the auspicious day of Friday, Nov. 13, Instructure became a public company on the New York City Stock Exchange, opening at $16 a share under the symbol INST and ending the day at $18 a share. Instructure sold 4.4 million shares, raising approximately $70 million.
Based in Salt Lake City, Instructure offers a cloud-based learning management system, Canvas, first to universities and more recently to K-12 schools. The company got started in 2008 by two computer science graduate students who wanted to create a platform for organizing learning materials. Their advisor, computer scientist, Josh Coates, had previously started several companies (Scale Eight and that were sold to bigger industry players.
Coates first invested in his students’ venture then rolled up his sleeves and joined as chief executive in 2010. He brought both a discipline of how to build a company—and a quirky sense of humor. The company’s annual user conference, InstructureCon, has the usual keynotes and panels—interspersed with music, mini-golf and trapeze artists.

The Big, Big Problem with Current K-12 Investing

The Big, Big Problem with Current K-12 Investing
By Alex Hernandez (Columnist), Aylon Samouha and Jeff Wetzler

If public K-12 invested 2% of its national spending on research and development (R&D), that would total $12 billion every year.
For perspective, Tesla, widely considered one of the world’s most innovative companies, raised approximately $200 million for the R&D required to put its first electric vehicles on the road. With that aforementioned 2%, K-12 could finance 60 new organizations like Tesla... every year.
Our public schools have big problems worth solving and big opportunities worth seizing. Yet it is difficult to point to the breakthroughs that define so many other industries—and it’s equally unclear who we’d entrust with $100 million to solve a problem that makes teachers and students better off.
Yet, we believe K-12 should invest significantly more money in R&D—making smart bets on dozens of “big problems” every year—while radically changing how those dollars are allocated.

How to Champion the Four C’s in the Classroom

How to Champion the Four C’s in the Classroom
By Kyle Pace

The flood of edtech tools that teachers are presented with has been staggering over the last several years, and continues to be this way. A quick glance on Twitter or any edtech conference program shows this. In fact, just typing “edtech industry” into a Google search can show the magnitude of the edtech business world.
In my experience, edtech tools tend to revolve around the 4Cs of 21st century skills: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking. I would argue that there is not "one tool to rule them all" in education. (In fact, looking for one of those is like looking for a unicorn. Good luck.) Any tool that is worthy of consideration by a teacher should first clearly represent how it will impact student learning: What will my students be able to do when using XYZ? How will using XYZ in my classroom create a richer learning experience for my students?
While it’s great to have so many choices, this is also what can hold a teacher back from trying something new in their classroom--especially if the tool is cumbersome or does not show meaningful purpose in students’ learning. But, it’s also up to the educator him or herself to decide how best to integrate the 4 C’s into daily lesson plans. It’s safe to say… both educators and companies can do their part.
And so, let’s start by looking at strategies educators can try when exploring new edtech tools.

What Educators Should Do


Don’t try to use a dozen edtech tools at one time. Don't even try tackling all 4 Cs at the same time. Pick one or two of these 21st century learning skills  to focus on during the school year and then ask which tools help students develop those skills. Here are a few that I support:
If you try to use too many tools at once, you’re likely to feel overwhelmed and become frustrated. Get really good at using one and then continue on from there. As long as you’re moving forward, don’t get caught up on how fast you’re moving.

Don’t Try to Stay on Top of it All--And Have 'Sandbox Time'

Teachers, you know the name of the game in education is “flexibility.” Edtech tools come, they go, they’re free, then they’re not. It’s the nature of the beast. This is one of the many great reasons to have a personal learning network (PLN) that you can tap for advice, resources and ideas. This also means that you have to keep a “learner first” mindset with all of these tools that come your way.
Make the time for “sandbox time" with a tool you’re thinking about using in your class. Get together with other teachers and practice using it before you try it out with kids. Then, be sure to get back together with your colleagues to share your classroom experiences with one another. You’ll grow, your students will grow and everyone will win.

What Companies Should Do

When It Comes to Pricing, Be Upfront

This is always a popular topic with edtech companies, isn’t it? If a tool is "free," does it offer teachers and students enough capabilities that they can do something useful? If teachers only have a “freemium” option, is that useful? Will they only get to enjoy, say, 30 days of using the tool before they are expected to pay?
Look, I get that at the end of the day, edtech companies are businesses that need to make money. Teachers and administrators get this, too. Just make it easy for teachers to understand what they’re getting when they click that sign-up button. I have seen some edtech tools that make it ridiculously difficult to locate pricing/trial period information. Don’t make it a guessing game.
Teachers and administrators--at least the ones who are paying--don’t have time for this. My personal opinion on this is that if you want to have a pay version, then great--have it. However, please offer teachers and students a decent free version to use, too. I’ve found more often than not that the free version does just fine for most students and teachers.
Please don’t make your premium version a budget buster, either. Administrators are the ones having to constantly find ways to do more with less. Make it a reasonable annual price and make it clear exactly that the teacher gets (and how it will benefit student learning). A student tool that I believe does this well is Kidblog. Yes, they recently started offering a 30-day trial of their premium version. But even the premium version is affordable at $29 per year per teacher. For what you get, I think this is a very good value.

Understand Needs By Having Teachers as Advisors

If an edtech company is 1) not hiring people with education experience and/or 2) not listening to the direct needs of teachers and students, then they’re missing the boat. This is the only way that a web tool or app is going to have an adequate pulse on the true needs of teachers and students.
Many companies have had great success by creating an advisory board of educators, an ambassador program, or something similar. It ensures that teachers and students have a voice within the organization and it is an effective, efficient way to continually iterate impact on classrooms.
I can’t think of a better way for a company to measure their impact on the 4Cs by seeking opinions and evaluations from teachers. Invite teachers to try a beta version, participate in virtual focus groups, and create pilot groups to try out specific components with their students.

Get Out of The Way

I have always said, the best web tools do a great job at getting out of the way of student learning. This means they just work and do exactly what the company says they’re going to do. The login/signup process is simple (hint: let teachers and students use their Google accounts), it’s seamless for teachers to manage and share student work, and it’s easy to learn how to actually use the tool.
For example, my students shouldn’t have to click six times just to get started on collaborating with a classmate online. I think of my own children in this situation: It has become totally normal (not to mention easy) for them to share a story with me that they’ve written or an illustration they’ve created in Google Draw. They share it, I leave them comments, and they keep working. It’s quick, efficient and it’s become the norm. This should be the case no matter which of the 4Cs the tool is focusing on.
Again, if you read the point I made before this one, then this should not be an issue.
Whether you’re a teacher giving some new edtech tools a spin, or a creator of an edtech tool, I charge you with a great responsibility. If you’re a teacher, it’s about remaining a learner first and taking some risks. If you’re making an edtech tool, it’s about truly understanding what teachers and students need. After all, we’re all in it for the same reason--student success.

America’s Classrooms Online: 24.5 Million Students Now Up to Speed

By Patrícia Gomes and Tony Wan

Two years ago, more than 40 million US students could barely stream online videos. Only 30 percent of K-12 districts provided sufficient Internet access speed to support digital learning, defined by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) at 100 kbps per student.
Today, that number has been slashed nearly in half, with 20 million more students enjoying Internet speeds that meet the FCC’s goal. A new report, “ 2015 State of the States,” published by San Francisco-based nonprofit by EducationSuperHighway, found that 77 percent of school districts have hit the target speed. In all, an estimated 24.5 million students and 1.7 million teachers now enjoy enough broadband to make the most out of education technology tools.

November 18, 2015

More Arab Region Universities Offer Blended Learning

These courses combine online and on-ground learning, even as online degree programs are rare in the Arab region.


The use of blended learning is becoming more common at Arab region universities, and can prove an added benefit to traditional learning for Arab international students studying in the region. Somali national Zakaria Mohamed Hagi Hassan is currently taking a mix of in-class and online learning for his course on advanced crop physiology in the College of Food and Agricultural Sciences at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

5 Ways Younger Students Can Be Successful in Online Programs

Traditional-age college students in online programs can benefit from campus access and success courses.



Because online higher education has generally been aimed at older students, so has most advice for online students.
But with an increasing number of 18- to 24-year-olds turning online for at least some of their undergraduate study, perhaps it's time to update that advice.
Here are five suggestions for traditional college-age students considering a new-age virtual approach to a degree.

Top Mobile Trends to Watch in 2016

Two visionary IT experts discuss the biggest trends in mobile for the coming year, from 3D touch and virtual reality to wearables and the Internet of Things.

For years, mobile technologies have had an enormous influence on higher education, changing the way students communicate, access information and learn. And there's no sign of mobile losing steam anytime soon. According to the 2015 NMC Horizon Report, which forecasted the most important ed tech developments in higher education, mobile-related trends will rule for at least the next five years: In the short term, with a time-to-adoption horizon of one year of less, the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon will proliferate; in the mid-term (two to three years) wearable technologies will see significant growth; and in the long-term (four to five years), the Internet of Things (IoT) will have wide-reaching impact.

November 14, 2015

Windows 10: Five Ways to Delete User Accounts

Windows 3.1 crash brought a French airport to its knees

While some of you may not even be satisfied with the RTM versions of Windows 10 and are gobbling up the latest bits to come out of Microsoft using the Insider program, many organisations, especially those in the public sector, aren't so lucky.

Microsoft Office Apps meet Apple’s iPad Pro

During Apple’s last press conference, Microsoft’s Products manager, Kirk Koenigsbauer, presented how the Apple Pencil can work on Microsoft products such as OneNote and Powerpoint in order to add notes and to create content. 

Apple’s last press conference came together with the presentation of Microsoft’s Office Apps on Apple iPad Pro and iOS 9. Under the direction of Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella, the company has refocused its approach to how it provides services to its customers.
Microsoft office for ipad official Microsoft
This is a strategy that has been seen before, with Nadella’s demonstrations of Office on iOS, and aslo on Microsoft Band 2’s cross-platform functionality. Microsoft is focusing mainly on productivity apps, applying most of their weight on Microsoft Office.

Google Chrome stops support for Windows Vista, XP, and older MAC OS X versions

Google announced today that as of April 2016 Chrome will seize to support older platforms due to missing security updates. Platforms such as, Windows XP, Vista, and MAC OS 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 will no longer be supported by Google Chrome.
In today’s announcement, Google encourages users of older platforms to update to a supported and a secure operating system. Google is taking this step, because such older platforms have a greater potential to be infected by malware and viruses.

Xbox One update is now available worldwide

According to Xbox One users, the console has been running quite slowly on certain apps or even on Kinect. As of today Microsoft has brought out a new update, the NXOE, that will get rid of the old problems.
An update has come out today for all Xbox One consoles worldwide that will present a new dashboard, faster, and backwards compatibility that will enable you to use Xbox 360 games.
What the new update also brings is the single guide, which will always be available when you tap the Xbox symbol on your controller.

Microsoft Adds Key Enterprise-Features with Windows 10 November Update

With Windows 10´s first big Update Microsoft adds core features for large-scale environments. It brings business optimized versions of Windows Store and Windows Update, improved security and easier management for connected devices.

The Windows 10 November update is the first major Windows 10 update since its public release. With this update, Microsoft has the confidence to recommend Windows 10 to whole organizations.
Windows 10 2015 Fall Update
The Enterprise PC still remains complex, and people want devices they can touch, with an experience that combines personal and professional use. Windows 10 is currently running on 110 million devices including 12 million business PCs.

With quantum computing simulator, Microsoft offers a sneak peek into future of computing

Despite all the advances in computing power, scientists say there are still problems that are so complex it would take a regular computer the lifetime of the universe to solve them.
That’s where the power of quantum computing comes in: Using the principles of quantum physics, researchers believe a quantum computer could solve some of those same problems in a matter of hours, or maybe even minutes.
“Some of these problems, which we think of as very hard on a digital computer, may be easy on a quantum computer,” said Krysta Svore, a senior researcher who manages Microsoft Research’s  Quantum Architectures and Computation Group, also known as QuArC.
There’s no full-scale, working quantum computer yet, but the potential is so great that computer scientists are already building systems that will allow quantum computer scientists to hit the ground running as soon as one becomes available.
Next week, at the SuperComputing 2015 conference in Austin, Texas, Dave Wecker, a lead architect on the QuArC team, will discuss the recent public release on GitHub of a suite of tools that allows computer scientists to simulate a quantum computer’s capabilities. That’s a crucial step in building the tools needed to run actual quantum computers.
Krysta Svore
Krysta Svore
“This is the closest we can get to running a quantum computer without having one,” said Wecker, who has helped develop the software.
The software is called Language-Integrated Quantum Operations, or LIQUi|>. The funky characters at the end refer to how a quantum operation is written in mathematical terms.
The researchers are hoping that, using LIQUi|>, computer scientists at Microsoft and other academic and research institutions will be able to perfect the algorithms they need to efficiently use a quantum computer even as the computers themselves are simultaneously being developed.
“We can actually debut algorithms in advance of running them on the computer,” Svore said.
Svore also hopes that, by making the system more broadly available to developers, it will help draw more computer scientists and students into the quantum computing field because they will get a better sense of its potential.
“If they have no way to play with quantum and understand how it works, they’re not going to be attracted to quantum computing,” she said.
Microsoft’s broad-based quantum effort
LIQUi|> is one of a number of quantum computing projects Microsoft researchers have been spearheading for more than a decade, in the quest to create the next generation of computing that will have a profound effect on society.
In addition to the QuArC research group, Microsoft’s Station Q research lab, led by renowned mathematician Michael Freedman, is pursuing an approach called topological quantum computing that they believe will be more stable than other quantum computing methods.
The idea is to design software, hardware and other elements of quantum computing all at the same time.
“This isn’t just, ‘Make the qubits.’ This is, ‘Make the system,’” Wecker said.
A qubit is a unit of quantum information, and it’s the key building block to a quantum computer. Using qubits, researchers believe that quantum computers could very quickly evaluate multiple solutions to a problem at the same time, rather than sequentially. That would give scientists the ability to do high-speed, complex calculations, allowing biologists, physicists and chemists to get information they never thought possible before.
Dave Wecker helped develop a system to simulating a quantum computer.
Dave Wecker
Fertilizer, batteries and climate change
Take fertilizer, for example. Fertilizers are crucial to feeding the world’s growing population because they allow plants to develop better and faster. But synthetic fertilizer relies on natural gas, and lots of it: That’s expensive, depletes an important natural resource and adds to pollution.
Using a quantum computer, Wecker said scientists think they could map the chemical used by bacteria that naturally creates fertilizers, making it easier to create an alternative to the current, natural-gas based synthetic fertilizer.
The incredible power of quantum computers also could be used to figure out how to create organic batteries that don’t rely on lithium, and Wecker said they could help to create systems for capturing carbon emissions effectively, potentially reducing the effects of climate change.
Researchers believe that quantum computers will be ideal for challenges like this, which involve mapping complex physical systems, but they also know that they won’t be the best choice for all computing problems. That’s because quantum computers operate very differently from classical digital computers.
Although quantum computers can process data much faster, it’s much more difficult to get the results of their calculations because of how qubits are structured. A person using a quantum system needs to know the right question to ask in order to efficiently get the answer they want.
For now at least, quantum computer scientists also are struggling to create systems that can run lots of qubits. Because qubits are essentially a scarce resource, Svore said another big research focus is on how to minimize the number of qubits needed to do any algorithm or calculation. That’s also one of the main focuses of Station Q, which is using an area of math called topology to find ways to use fewer qubits.
Wecker said that’s another major advantage to a system like LIQUi|>: It will help researchers figure out how best to use these unique computers.
“LIQUi|> is helping us understand what we can best solve with a quantum computer,” he said.
Computer scientists, academics and developers interested in exploring the LIQUi|> tool suite can download it here.

November 11, 2015

Solution For Conceptual Design & Prototyping

Solution For Conceptual Design & Prototyping

This kind of functionality is in preparation for an age when data infrastructure is tailored to the needs of users, rather than the other way around. We offer a wide range of solutions across these technology categories. No matter what your unique IT needs are, our expertise providing a full lifecycle of services for each solution ensures you always to get the most out of your investments.


Cetrix offers white label tablets, OEM tablets, and custom built tablets for your own special applications. Do you want to put your apps on the tablets and then sell them to your customers? Do you want to sell your own branded tablets with iPad or Nexus 7 spec and quality? That’s where we can help. You can put your own brand, logo or animation on those white label tablets, pre-install your own apps, and configure the OS to do exactly what you need.

Hardware customization

Hardware Customization

Cetrix hardware improvements are aimed for performance by adjusting configurations, which may also include settings for the motherboard and the BIOS, as well as the bus speeds. With newer technology, Cetrix tablets have following hardware configuration option that can affect performance and system function. This may include:

How the choice of OS platforms effects hardware design

How the choice of OS platforms effects hardware design:

The choice of operating system: Windows 8 or Android or Linux?

Imagine being able to deliver to your customers a tablet solution that bears your company’s logo as opposed to a standard off the shelf solution. Additionally, Tablet PCs by Cetrix Limited are built for business, which means systems powerful enough to run full desktop applications on Microsoft® Windows® 7/8.1 and Linux or Android and rugged enough to be used day in and day out without failing.
If you need a hybrid or tablets for more demanding work, look for devices running Intel Core processors. These range in performance from low-budget Core i3 processors to the middling Core i5, right through to the expensive but powerful Core i7. Windows tablets do have the undeniable advantage of being able to run the same desktop software you would find on a laptop or desktop PC.

Vertical Market

2015 mobility in vertical market Integration

e-Capture Research and Development S.L. “EyesMap”
comes in a Cetrix solution tablet with
Intel’s 4th generation i7 processor and 16 GB
of RAM which gives it an extraordinary performance.
Cetrix’s People-Inspired Innovation philosophy makes the vertical integration of its technology solutions simple, and Cetrix has tirelessly served many vertical industry customers with integrated offerings over the years through a holistic portfolio across mobility, visual display and printing solutions.

Rugged Environment Solutions

2-in-1 Mobility in Rugged Environment

The Cetrix Rugged family line of products are designed to be used primarily in harsh environments and for those businesses who need to have their external workforce always connected wherever they are.
When you leave your home or the office while still working, rugged tablet becomes the only choice! They are designed to bring the full power of desktop computing to your mobile workforce.

Empowering Education

Hybrids for Education and Classroom Use

We must hold a major amount of weight for the future of our educational system. While many governments around the world spend billions every year to improve all aspects of their educational systems. The tablet for education are becoming more and more popular, the idea of replacing print textbooks with tablets with digital textbooks is becoming more prevalent. In fact the transition from textbooks to tablets is already taking place!
Hybrids stand for:
– Portability in comparison with laptops ensuring any field classes
– Pen-based input – Keyboard when input data method necessitates
– Low power consumption ensuring longtime field portability
– Hi-Screen resolution and format

Business Mobility

2-in-1 for business mobility

What platform will dramatically guarantee a robust transformation to make the workflow environment more efficient, connected and productive? The proper step would be to set a target goal of purpose-built mobility solutions in helping the consumers’ change how business is done. Users have long clamored for manufacturers to realize that tablets shouldn’t simply be a toy for kids. We listened to this noble idea and the Cobalt Hybrid, which carries the royal Intel® bloodline, was born. Our customers tell us what they want and we, in turn, tell our RD people and innovation finders what needs to be done.

Transform Your Ideas

Market Analysis: Tablets! Designing from Scratch Vs. Custom Built Flexibility?

Product innovation now lies in “Rapid Engineering”


With the need for media-rich interactions and “computing anywhere”, always-connected tablets and hybrids are taking the place of laptops and desktops. Tablet-centric computing creates a completely different development landscape. While software development has evolved code bases, accessible stacks, and other consolidated tool-chains and libraries, hardware capabilities have only recently started to make progress, with system-on-modules and single-board computers. But the majority of hardware development systems still focuses on basic chipset functionality, leading to expensive and impractical development boards, or relies on unsustainable and extensive modification of consumer devices, such as Apple’s iPad or Amazon’s Kindle Fire. While mobile application marketplaces, such as the Apple App Store, and the Android Market experience explosive growth, tablet hardware is largely constrained to standard mainstream consumer offerings, limiting tablet integration potential in extensive new markets.

Where to Invest?

2015 -2019 Mobility Upward Market Trends: One hybrid to rule them all

Hybrid laptops, or 2-in-1s, are devices that are able to serve as both a laptop and a tablet, either in a detachable design that sees the touchscreen doubling as a tablet, or a convertible approach in which the notebook’s hinge rotates 360 degrees for a similar effect.

How they’re used

Hybrids are popular. If you can have one device that serves both purposes, why not economize? In theory, a hybrid would be split pretty evenly between work and leisure tasks, the keyboard enabling office suite and other software-driven operations, the screen pulling free for book reading, movie watching and Web browsing. But why has this pretty simple approach revolutionized mobility in the second half of this decade?
“Portable but big enough to enjoy media and get the work done”.

September 6, 2015

The ideal technology for our classrooms

To grasp the potential of technology in the classroom, just imagine what you could have done with it back when you were a kid in junior high and high school. I’m talking about 16-17 years ago, when the internet as we know it now didn’t really exist. 

It would have been so awesome to draw, write, and learn directly from a laptop or tablet. Imagine all the possibilities and all the doors that would have opened up to you with a gesture of your hand. 

August 19, 2015

5 Tech Trends That Will Transform Education By 2025 - FORBES


Technology is reshaping how we teach, connecting classrooms and shaking up the fundamental business model of the education industry.
The disruptive potential is evident in the flow of capital investment. Venture funding to education tech companies jumped 55 percent last year to $1.87 billion, with several firms closing in on $1 billion valuations, according to venture capital research firm CB Insights.

August 18, 2015

Skoolbo: The best education app in (and for) the world

Skoolbo looks like a game. It is a game, and a competitive one at that, with each player competing against the recorded performance of another child and a computer generated competitor.

August 10, 2015

Cetrix Awarded 4 Year Framework Contract for London Schools

Cetrix is among 7 industry leaders and major distributors selected to supply tablet computers to schools in Greater London

St. Julian’s, Malta; 8 December 2014: Cetrix Limited, a leading European mobile device manufacturer, is awarded a four-year framework contract to supply tablet computers to schools in Greater London area. In September, London Borough of Lewisham launched a tender for suppliers to provide educational ICT solutions and specialist ICT goods and services to schools, councils and academies. The tender consisted of Lots, covering the full range of ICT goods, services and solutions operated by educational institutions including design, specify, supply, integrate, implement and test, training, support and maintenance. The scope of this tender later expanded beyond Lewisham borough to cover all schools in the Greater London area.

August 5, 2015


A Case Study

InSIST Global initially wanted to create a low cost solution to help schools in Gambia with their administrative work which has now expanded to an ambitious multi-year project to provide an operating platform for schools that will exploit Information Communication and Technology (ICT), to make education more affordable and effective for every Gambian.

July 31, 2015

Obama signs executive order to build first-ever exascale supercomputer


Titan supercomputerWhile the US has plenty of representation in the current TOP500 list of the fastest supercomputers in the world, it lost the #1 slot to China’s several years ago. President Obama wants to fix that immediately, and as such has signed an executive order Wednesday that dictates the creation of a coordinated federal strategy for high-performance computing (HPC) research, development, and deployment. It establishes the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) — tasked with building the first exascale (1,000-petaflop) system, and by extension the fastest supercomputer in the world.

Windows 10’s default privacy settings and controls leave much to be desired


Windows 10 launched yesterday, so it’s time to focus in on some specific issues and evaluate the OS in bite-sized chunks. First up, we’re going to investigate the setup process, privacy options, user accounts, and some under-the-hood basics related to Windows Update and overall update control. Unlike some other writers on ExtremeTech, I deliberately held off spending much time in Windows 10 before Build 10240 so that I could experience the RTM version fresh and cover the changes as I discovered them.

Google brings deep neural networks to your phone with Translate


Google’s neural networks are good for more than just making trippy art. If you download and run the company’s latest translation app, you will be using a deep neural network — and not just through the cloud, but right on your own phone. The network instantly adds twenty additional languages to the existing seven that their app could decode before, but that’s just the beginning.

How to install Windows 10 in a virtual machine

Windows 10 Desktop 
Windows 10 is officially available to the world, and it’s actually a fairly solid release. It’s not perfect, but it’s still worth checking out for the novelty factor alone. That being said, upgrading a production machine immediately after a major OS release is typically frowned upon. For those of us who want to try out all the new features without putting our productivity in jeopardy, virtualization is the best bet for the time being.
Thankfully, setting up Windows 10 in a virtual machine isn’t particularly difficult. I’ll walk you through the process from tip to tail, and by the end of this post, you’ll be ready to try out Cortana and the new Xbox app.

Despite recent claims, the EmDrive remains long on speculation, short on proof

M31 Andromeda GalaxyA new report from German researchers has made waves by claiming to validate the performance of the controversial EmDrive, but many articles on the topic have vastly oversold the results. Let’s see if we can find some clarity here. To begin with, the EmDrive is what’s known as a resonant cavity thruster. It relies on a magnetron to produce microwaves and is designed to produce thrust towards the narrow end of the cavity.

July 20, 2015

Fixed Batman: Arkham Knight for the PC delayed until at least September

Ever since Batman: Arkham Knight vanished from store shelves amid controversy around the terrible condition of the PC port, there’s been questions about when the game might be back on store shelves. A new leaked email to EB Games suggests that the Caped Crusader won’t return to PCs to conclude his adventures for quite some time. “As previously advised,” read an internal EB Games email, “we have stopped sales of Batman: Arkham Knight PC while Warner and Rocksteady work on addressing performance issues with the game. The latest information from Warner is that the updates won’t be available until Spring. Due to this we have made the difficult decision to recall all PC stock from stores to return to the vendor until an acceptable solution is released.”

Windows 10 Updates will be mandatory for Home users — only Enterprise customers get long-term deferral Joel Hruska

Windows 10 is widely believed to have gone RTM this week, even if Microsoft isn’t formally calling it that, and new changes to the company’s License Agreement reflect that shift. According to the terms of the new agreement, Home users explicitly agree to receive mandatory updates from Microsoft with no ability to control the frequency of said updates.

New surgical handheld finds those tough-to-reach nerves and zaps pain John Hewitt

If your neurosurgeon asks you to”‘open wide,” don’t worry — you are not in the wrong place. That’s because many of the most sensitive nerves exiting the base of the brain and upper spine can best be gained through the oral cavity. The problem is that not only do all the neural highways and byways that intersect here at nerve central look exactly like each other, they also look very similar to blood vessels.

Is AMD designing Nintendo’s next-generation NX console? Joel Hruska

Yesterday, on AMD’s conference call, CEO Lisa Su announced that the company had recently added a new embedded design win to its portfolio, though without a firm date on when the company might recognize revenue from the win. One potential candidate for a hypothetical new device is Nintendo, which announced earlier this year that it would launch a new hybrid mobile device in 2016, codenamed the NX.

July 14, 2015

Buy the PlutoX7 and Basalt directly from our website

You can now buy our new PlutoX7 (8-core rugged tablet) and our Basalt rugged tablet directly from our website.
Just go here: and use PayPal to get your hands on of our tablets today. 

July 11, 2015

Cetrix Introduces the PlutoX7 Rugged Octa-Core Android Tablet

For all those waiting for a powerful rugged Android tablet with 2GB of RAM, Cetrix is happy to announce that the long wait is finally over!
This octa-core power machine runs on a MTK6592 chipset with 1.7GHz of speed which makes the GPU Mali450MP4 and great for gaming.
Now, if 32GB of RAM isn’t enough to store all your favorite movies, games, pictures and other stuff on PlutoX7, you can always add another 64GB with a Micro-SD card.

July 6, 2015

Entertainment and Games, Anytime, Anywhere with the Cetrix PlutoX7 Rugged Octa-Core Tablet

Have you ever wished that you could watch your favorite movies or play your favorite games wherever your adventures happen to take you; whether it’s outdoors under the sun, in the rain, by the beach or in the sand? 

Well, we’re happy to announce that now you can do all that and more with the new PlutoX7.
It’s perfect for all your gaming activities, and supports 3D games, with its 8-core power and Mali450MP4 GPU. And of course, the IP67 rating allows you to take all that muscle wherever you want! 

July 3, 2015

Windows 10’s new WiFi Sense shares your WiFi password with Facebook, Outlook, and Skype contacts

Windows 10

As Windows 10 moves towards final status, some of the operating system’s new features and capabilities are getting attention. One new option, brought over from Windows Phone 8.1, is called WiFi Sense, but it’s debut on the desktop could be controversial given what the feature does. WiFi Sense will automatically connect you to detected crowdsourced WiFi networks, acquire network information and provide “additional info” to networks that require it (it’s not clear exactly what constitutes additional info), and can be used to automatically share your WiFi password with your contacts on Facebook, Skype, and Outlook.

Rosetta spots 18 sinkholes on the surface of comet 67P

Rosetta pit

Astronomers have long observed comets from afar, wondering what sort of processes on their surface result in the formation of the halo of dust and gas. Now that the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta probe has settled into orbit of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, we can get a closer look. The newest set of images released by the ESA depict 18 semi-circular pits or “sinkholes” where much of the comet’s tail is released in jets of dust and gas.

July 1, 2015

Best Android games: what you should be playing in 2015 - Scott Adam Gordon

Here at AndroidPIT we've compiled a list of the best Android games to help you navigate the Play Store's myriad of titles. Join us as we explore the various game genres and find all the best titles to install on your Android phone or tablet in 2015. Are you ready?

New Android games this month

Every single month we'll bring you scorching hot new games, plucked from the undiscovered depths of Play Store obscurity, so you always stay on the cutting edge of what's worth playing on your Android smartphone. Be the one to tell your friends what's worth playing right now.

June 29, 2015

The best free games on the PS4

By on June 25, 2015

 Free and free-to-play games have been popular on the PC for years now, but it wasn’t until recently that the console makers had any interest at all in that business model. But now that the PS4 and Xbox One are little more than specialized gaming PCs, we’re starting to see an influx of ports. And as such, I wanted to see exactly how these games stand up.
To get started, I logged into PSN, and downloaded all of the free games currently on offer. After a few dozen gigs trickled slowly into my PS4, I was ready to go. I explored each of the games to get a feel for the value proposition, and quickly found that some titles are much better than others. However, there’s a decent amount of variety here, so you’ll most certainly find something to enjoy.

AirMech Arena

AirMech Arena

AirMech Arena, at its core, is a frantic implementation of the real-time strategy formula. It’s never going to live up to the insane amounts of polish and multiplayer balance that Blizzard achieved with the StarCraft franchise, but it’s an enjoyable and accessible take on the RTS format nonetheless.
What about the cash shop, though? You can spend up to $150 in a single purchase, but that’s an absolutely ridiculous option. Unless you’re an independently wealthy RTS fanatic, there’s no reason to spend that much on this game. The $10 starter pack, however, seems like a pretty reasonable package. If the game gets its hooks into you, dropping ten or twenty bucks to outfit yourself with some new gear seems much more acceptable.

Hustle KingsHustle Kings
While Hustle Kings started its life as a standard release on the PS3 and Vita, the PS4 release is free-to-play. You get access to a single-player career mode, one-on-one online matches, and online tournaments from the get go, but you need to wager in-game currency to play against real people. It’s aesthetically appealing, easy to control, and a pretty solid representation of playing real pool.
You can earn currency by performing well in the game, but you can spend between $1.49 and $20 at a time to stock up on credits. Additionally, you can drop $5 for the 8-Ball Exhibition Pack, and play a laid back game of 8-Ball with a friend.

Invokers Tournament

Invokers Tournament

In a way, this game is a mix between Diablo and DotA. While it’s pitched as a MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena), the moment-to-moment gameplay feels a lot like the consolized gameplay from Torchlight or Diablo III. It definitely doesn’t have the same level of complexity as League of Legends or Dota 2, but that’s fine by me. If you’re curious about the genre, but hesitant to jump into the deep end, this is a solid “my first MOBA.”
As for the real money options, you have three ways to spend: costumes, subscriptions, and in-game currency. Costumes cost between $1 and $8, $10 will get you a six month subscription, and you can blow up to $15 a shot on currency. None of this is necessary, though. The cash purchases mostly just facilitate convenience and customization.

Planetside 2

Planetside 2

Described as a massively multiplayer online first person shooter, Planetside 2 has been beloved on the PC since its launch in 2012. And after a long wait, console gamers finally have an opportunity to join in as well. While the gameplay and goals of Planetside 2 are about as straightforward as you get, the draw here is the scale. Thousands of players can meet in the same world, split into three factions, and fight to control the most territory.
You can spend anywhere from $5 to $85 at a time on in-game currency and item packs, but the team at Daybreak have done well keeping the game balanced between free and paying members. If you’re just here to have fun, there’s absolutely no need to spend a dime.

Doping lithium-ion batteries could prevent overheating and explosion

By on June 25, 2015

Despite the lack of a breakthrough in battery technology, the capacity and energy density of lithium-ion technology has crept up slowly but surely. Now you could quite easily be carrying around three or four thousand milliamp hours in your pocket. That’s a lot of energy to be released if something goes wrong, and did I mention it’s in your pocket? Scientists from Stanford University have developed a doping process that could make future batteries safer and less prone to wearing out.
Modern lithium-ion batteries are composed of multiple cells, and within each of them are cathodes and anodes. If a battery is physically damaged or over-charged, the barrier between these halves can be weakened to the point of failure, resulting in a short that can cause an exothermic reaction. This can spread and rupture other cells in a process known as thermal runaway. The end result is a fire or explosion that releases all that energy. Hopefully you’re not holding it when that happens.
One reason this damage can occur in batteries is from the formation of dendrites, finger-like deposits of lithium metal that can pierce the barrier between electrodes. This build up gets worse as the battery is depleted and recharged, and it also contributes to loss of capacity. According to the Stanford research, it may be possible to add a few more compounds to the electrolyte solution and do away with dendrite formation.
battery runaway
One additive, lithium nitrate has been researched in the past as a way to boost battery performance. The second additive used in the study is lithium polysulfide, which is seen as a contaminant in some areas of research. If forms from the breakdown of sulfur electrodes and can cause damage to lithium metal electrodes. However, when paired with lithium nitrate, they form a dendrite-busting solution that coats and protects electrodes. Instead of dendrites, you get flat deposits of lithium that don’t cause damage to the battery.
The research was conducted on small coin cell batteries, not the giant cells found in your phone or tablet. Still, the principal is the same. And as a nice bonus, the treated batteries maintained their capacity better. After 300 discharge cycles, the doped batteries still had 99% efficiency, whereas a battery doped with only lithium nitrate was down to 92% after just 180 cycles.
This technique could be valuable in the ongoing development of lithium-air and lithium-sulfur rechargeable batteries, which are susceptible to dendrite formation. They could also have ten times the capacity of current batteries. You certainly don’t want that exploding in your pocket. You know what they say — with great power comes great responsibility.

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Report claims Intel will delay 10nm Cannonlake CPUs, substitute new 14nm products | ExtremeTech

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June 28, 2015

Ecapture pairs up with Cetrix to make revolutionary 3D Tablet

Ecapture utilizes the powerful Cobalt-i7 for its 3D tablet




For IntelliQuilter, a US based company that makes quilting machines, the tablet computer is the main controller in their iQ system. IntelliQuilter has chosen Linux over other operating systems for its stability and easy accessibility of the computers’ hardware resources without the operating system interfering with the applications. Installing Linux in tablets with the x86 architecture is a serious task since some x86 implementations don’t allow for a complete Linux functionality. This is especially true for the latest Intel Atom-driven tablet models. The situation for IntelliQuilter was made even more difficult by how quickly these models, coming mostly from Chinese manufacturers, became obsolete. Very often, by the time they finally succeeded in installing Linux and their application in a new model, they learned that it was not made anymore and that some newer model had taken its place.

June 24, 2015

Introducing the CETRIX Cobalt Series

Looks like a tablet, feels like a laptop

A full power computer crammed into a touchscreen tablet.

With its sleek design, the 11.6” Cobalt has all the power and performance of a great laptop in a thinner, lighter body. It also comes with an electromagnetic pen, delivering a natural writing and drawing experience. Just slip it in your bag and your good to go.
Offering unrivaled flexibility, you can go from a tablet to a laptop in an instant with the back stand and detachable keyboard.