Internet of Things Devices, Applications & Examples

Category: Technology Update
Published: Tuesday, 16 August 2016
Written by Anis Fatiha Ahmad Sahimi@Shuhaimi

You've likely heard the term "Internet of Things" at some point from a colleague, an article, or an advertisement. But the term is broad and can cover an overwhelming amount of information.

In short, the Internet of Things refers to the rapidly growing network of connected objects that are able to collect and exchange data using embedded sensors. Thermostats, cars, lights, refrigerators, and more appliances can all be connected to the IoT.

To help clarify how the Internet of Things works, we've laid out some applications for the IoT, along with some specific devices and examples.

For more details go to http://www.businessinsider.com .

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Kahoot! The Innovative Online Educational Tools

Category: Technology Update
Published: Tuesday, 16 August 2016
Written by Anis Fatiha Ahmad Sahimi@Shuhaimi

What it is Kahoot!???

Kahoot is a user-friendly tool for designing in-class questionnaires and quizzes. A user designs a quiz, survey, or questionnaire to test the knowledge of his or her audience. Audience members can answer questions using a variety of devices. The quizzes and questionnaires, referred to as "Kahoots," are designed to promote a game-like atmosphere in the learning environment.

Kahoot!

Who would love it??

Classroom students of all ages; also recommended for use by businesses.

Why it's good??

Kahoot! is special because it is easy to use, compatible with a variety of devices, and intended to promote a fun learning environment. Kahoot! allows teachers to get a better picture of where their students stand while students are engaged in a fun learning experience.

Why it's relevant??

Although a young company, Kahoot! already has millions of users. A couple of weeks ago, Arctic Startup reported that the company has more than 30 million unique users, with teachers asking 100 million questions and students generating 1 billion answers on the platform. Additionally, Kahoot! is focusing on establishing a Kahoot! community in which users can share ideas, troubleshoot, and ask questions of Kahoot! staff. The company has taken steps to promote this global community by establishing Kahoot! community forums.

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Massive Open Online Course

Category: Technology Update
Published: Monday, 26 October 2015
A massive open online course (MOOC) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as filmed lectures, readings, and problem sets, many MOOCs provide interactive user forums to support community interactions between students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs). MOOCs are a recent and widely researched development in distance education which was first introduced in 2008 and emerged as a popular mode of learning in 2012. Early MOOCs often emphasized open-access features, such as open licensing of content, structure and learning goals, to promote the reuse and remixing of resources. Some later MOOCs use closed licenses for their course materials while maintaining free access for students.Robert Zemsky (2014) argues that they have passed their peak: "They came; they conquered very little; and now they face substantially diminished prospects."

Essential toolkit for web-developers

Category: Technology Update
Published: Thursday, 22 October 2015

EMMET is the name given for a web-developer’s toolkit that can greatly improve your HTML & CSS workflow. Basically, most text editors out there allow you to store and re-use commonly used code chunks, called“snippets”. While snippets are a good way to boost your productivity, all implementations have common pitfalls: you have to define the snippet first and you can’t extend them in runtime.

Emmet takes the snippets idea to a whole new level: you can type CSS-like expressions that can be dynamically parsed, and produce output depending on what you type in the abbreviation. Emmet is developed and optimised for web-developers whose workflow depends on HTML/XML and CSS, but can be used with programming languages too.

Start learning Emmet with the abbreviation syntax and available actions.

Read more about EMMET

Laravel the Latest Web Application Framework

Category: Technology Update
Published: Thursday, 22 October 2015

 

What's Laravel?

Laravel is a free, open-source PHP web application framework, created by Taylor Otwell and intended for the development of web applications following the model–view–controller (MVC) architectural pattern. Some of the features of Laravel are a modularpackaging system with a dedicated dependency manager, different ways for accessing relational databases, utilities that aid inapplication deployment and maintenance, and its orientation toward syntactic sugar.

As of March 2015, Laravel is regarded as one of the most popular PHP frameworks, together with Symfony2, Nette, CodeIgniter, Yii2and other frameworks.

The source code of Laravel is hosted on GitHub and licensed under the terms of MIT License.

 

It's Philosophy

Laravel is a web application framework with expressive, elegant syntax. We believe development must be an enjoyable, creative experience to be truly fulfilling. Laravel attempts to take the pain out of development by easing common tasks used in the majority of web projects, such as authentication, routing, sessions, and caching.

Laravel aims to make the development process a pleasing one for the developer without sacrificing application functionality. Happy developers make the best code. To this end, we've attempted to combine the very best of what we have seen in other web frameworks, including frameworks implemented in other languages, such as Ruby on Rails, ASP.NET MVC, and Sinatra.

Laravel is accessible, yet powerful, providing powerful tools needed for large, robust applications. A superb inversion of control container, expressive migration system, and tightly integrated unit testing support give you the tools you need to build any application with which you are tasked.