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15
May
What do you do when an audience member’s phone rings? Can your smartphone help you give a better presentation? Here are the answers.

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By Kevin Milsap

The advice is to picture the audience in their underwear. However, in the days leading up to your presentation, you dreamt the audience took pictures while you gave a presentation in your underwear.

There are better ways to stay calm and avoid distractions.

Put on your clothes, and consider these tips for keeping the audience focused, even when phones start to ring. When you stay focused, the audience will, too.

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15
Jan

by Angel Brady

We just recently gave a talk about using tablets in the classroom for a Lunch and Learn session here at Princeton. The focus was to address how an instructor can not only use their tablet device for their personal life, but cross over and use the same device in the classroom to teach.

Tablets are becoming more and more popular with instructors and they are opting for them instead of carrying a laptop around. Once instructors get use to using the iPad or any tablet device for their daily personal tasks, it only makes sense that instructors would want to start venturing into use the tablet device for lecture and course work. Worldwide media tablet sales to end users are forecast to total 118.9 million units in 2012, a 98 percent increase from 2011 sales of 60 million units, according to Gartner, Inc. Tablet use in the classroom also goes in the vein of the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) movement which we have been seeing for years with students and instructors bringing their own laptops to class.

Below we have a summary of apps we tested (mostly iPad but a few can be found in the Google Play Store). We have also categorized them by topic. They are listed below:

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19
Dec
How to play PowerPoint on HTC First
HTC First

HTC First is an Android smartphone introduced on April 4. What makes it unique is the pre-installation of Facebook Home, a deep customized app instead of prioritizing apps like other phone interfaces. By doing this, the app can provide a more personal experience to Facebook users. The HTC First smartphone with Facebook Home optimization will be sold via AT&T on April 12, priced at $99.99. Moreover, the Facebook Home app will also be available for specific phone models, like HTC One X, One X+ and the upcoming HTC One, as well as Samsung’s Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note II and new Galaxy S4.

Specs
There’s not much to say about HTC First’s hardware. It has a 4.3-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixels of resolution and 341ppi. Powered by a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, the phone has 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of built-in storage. Unfortunately the storage is non-expandable. For cameras, the HTC First has a 5MP rear one and a 1.2MP front one respectively, which are good enough for shooting daily life photos/videos and sharing them on Facebook.

Highlights
Two new features are brought by the Facebook Home app: Cover Feed and Chat Heads.

Cover Feed is what users see when they turn on the phone. It not only shows time and background but also displays photos and descriptions from Facebook friends. Updated statuses are shown on the upper side, so that users can easily scroll the screen to view photos, like them or leave comments.

Cover Feed
Cover Feed

Chat Heads is a communication interface. When users receive a message, no matter if it’s a SMS or Facebook notification, the sender’s Facebook profile picture can be shown in an icon on the screen. Users can chat with the sender by touching the icon.

Chat Heads
Chat Heads

View PowerPoint on HTC First
As we mentioned above, the HTC First is a deep customized smartphone. Facebook lovers may use it to keep themselves “online forever”. To think further, this phone is not only designed for entertainment, it can do something else. Let’s say, how to play PowerPoint on HTC First?

As an Android device, there are several ways to show PowerPoint on HTC First. For instance, we can convert PPT to PDF, images or use an Android PowerPoint app. However, by using the methods above, some PowerPoint elements and effects like transitions, background music and animations are no longer unavailable. To display PPT on HTC First perfectly, users can convert PowerPoint to HTC First suitable videos, so that they can watch these videos on the phone with PowerPoint effects and elements remained.