How an Open Source Software is Developed

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in Software, Technology | 0 comments

How an Open Source Software is DevelopedThe development of open source software involves a process where the codes are made available to the public and can be used and modified by anyone. It is made by developers for end users. Because of the huge demand for software development in the past, new techniques had to be used to come up with a faster and more efficient process of creating varied computer applications. The previous methods were so structured because not many tools and technologies were available.

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Using an Open Source Licensed Software

Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in Reviews, Software, Technology | 0 comments

sing an Open Source Licensed SoftwareA lot of widely used computer applications now are results of developments done by a community of users on software that have carried open source licenses. This is a type of license which permits different users to utilize the program and apply modifications following a specific set of conditions. Users can change the codes to suit their needs and test the capacity of the program. There are other types of licenses that are also given like the special and superceded licenses. This is the one though that’s preferable when developing web applications because of the flexibility that it allows. The ease of use that it gives users is the reason why it has also been called “free software”.

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Fruity Loops for Mac

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in General | 0 comments

Fruity Loops, the legendary music production software used by the greats such as Deadmau5 and Skrillex, has finally been ported to Mac operating systems. So has it been worth the wait? Find out here!

It’s here.

For years, the music production community who chooses to work on an iOS platform has been unable to use Fruity Loops, the ground breaking software by Image Line. However, in late 2013 the company announced that they were in the BETA testing phase for the Mac release of their coveted program. Now, in 2014, the software is finally available for download AND it’s a freeware program, encouraged to be spread around to those who have waited patiently for it. So what does FL Studio offer the producer?

1. Piano Roll

Recording your MIDI track has never been easier with the piano roll feature on FL Studio. Upon opening your DAW, the piano roll will automatically pop up, allowing you to switch between virtual instruments, adjusting the sound and feel of your track in a heartbeat.

To actually record the MIDI notes, you can either hand draw them all in, or connect a MIDI controller to your computer. If you don’t have a MIDI keyboard yet, head over to MBMK for some of the best deals around.

2. Mixing

Fruity Loops has a 64 track mixer, which means that you can create an incredibly deep track without the need to switch between windows and programs. Layer on up to 64 different instruments and sounds to fill out the melodies, harmonies and bass lines of your masterpiece with the incredible mixer FL Studio offers.

Distort the parameters of your track by incorporating up to eight different effects through your mixer, and even split the sounds between left and right stereo channels.

3. Additions

FL Studio comes pre-equipped with nearly 40 different synthesizers, pads, samples, drums and other effects. On top of that, there is an almost unlimited amount of downloadable plug-ins, which will help you create an infinite combination of sounds, making your track as unique as your style.

The latest and greatest addition to the FL plug-ins is the Groove Machine Synth, which is a wavetable synthesizer that allows instant modulation of selectable effects with the use of the X/Y pads on your screen or MIDI controller. The pads are large and easy to control, which means that you’ll be getting only the sound you want from them, without trying to tweak tiny amounts here and there on the fly.

4. Legendary Support

Fruity Loops has been around for almost two decades, dominating the dance music and hip hop production scenes. They didn’t get this far without having stellar customer support and retention perks. Once you purchase FL Studio, you have access to lifetime upgrades of the program, never spending another penny on what you’ve already purchased. On top of that, Image Line has several ways to get ahold of the service team behind the software: a 24 hour phone service, email support and a 24 hour online chat support service, as well as the Fruity Loops forums, where you can talk with other producers and share ideas with the community.

Overall, Fruity Loops for Mac is a welcome DAW for all of those who have been longing to use the program all these years! Comparable to the likes of Reaper and Logic, FL Studio won’t disappoint this entirely new generation of users.

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Half of Pizza Hut’s Customers Order Using Mobile Technology

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in General | 0 comments

Pizza Hut’s investment in mobile commerce is paying off. The company states that in the past three years, sales coming from its mobile commerce app and website has grown by over 4,000%.

Fans of all types of pizza toppings are turning to their smartphones, tablets and laptops to order their next slice of pizza.

Pizza Hut reports that around 50% of their orders came from smartphones and tablets using their mobile site and not their app. Pizza Hut invests between 15% and 20% in their e-commerce budget which has helped fuel the large growth of their mobile division. Today, websites account for a large portion of Pizza Hut’s orders. Nearly one-third of their orders are made using their desktop and mobile websites.

The chief marketing officer for Pizza Hut, Kurt Kane says, “Customers are becoming more familiar with purchasing products using their smartphones and we’ve seen this across our mobile sites. It’s going to continue to grow, just as traditional websites continued to grow after the e-commerce boom of the early 2000′s.”

Kane says he predicts Pizza Hut’s mobile says doubling in the next five years.

According to Pizza Hut, their mobile app is available on 95% of smartphones including phones running Google Android, Apple iOS and Microsoft Windows.

“We understood early on that our customers were spending more of their time online, so we invested our money so we could be there with them”, says CEO Scott Bergren. “As they switched from desktops to smartphones, we were there as well.”

Pizza Hut has plans to expand beyond mobile apps and launched their first Xbox 360 app in April of 2013. The Pizza Hut for Xbox 360 app contains plenty of features to help gamers order their pizza without having to leave their game. The app features high-definition graphics, voice commands and hand-motion recognition.

Not only has Pizza Hut increased their mobile presence but they have also increased their social media presence. Their social media following is strong with more than 10.9 million Facebook fans and over 640,000 Twitter followers.

In January of 2014, Pizza Hut celebrated the 20th anniversary of their first online order. They launched their online ordering system in 1994 and the first order was a large pepperoni, mushroom and extra cheese pizza.

Digital Timeline

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their online presence, Pizza Hut posted a timeline of their digital technology. After launching their first website in 1994, they began providing advanced ordering in 2003. In 2007, they jumped head first into the social scene by launching a Facebook page.

Sales from online ordering hit $1 billion dollars by 2008 and by 2009, Pizza Hut launched their first ordering app. Based on the popularity of their iPhone app, they soon expanded into Android and Windows operating systems. In 2013, they launched their first Xbox app which allows gamers to order pizza right from their gaming console. Mobile app orders have increased by 100 percent since the first app was launched in 2009 and, today, makes up over half of their pizza orders.

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Tools for plagiarism detection in 2014

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in General | 0 comments

While students struggle to keep up with homework assignments, long-term projects and their work and social lives, plagiarism has become increasingly common. Some students still think it’s fairly easy to slip in some copy and pasted text to bulk up paragraphs. The truth is that plagiarism checkers have become the first stop for plenty of teachers who do routine searches for plagiarized material. Here we’ve rounded up the Top 5 tools for detecting plagiarism in 2014.

1. Google (Google.com)

The old tricks are still the best and the number one resource for checking suspicious text is still the powerhouse search engine Google. Instructors can search for plagiarized material simply by entering a specific sentence or longer phrase with quotations around it into the search engine. A hit doesn’t necessarily mean plagiarism, depending on how common the phrasing is or if was used as a quote but not cited properly.

2. PaperRater (paperrater.com)

When you whant to get research papers for sale then the PaperRater service will be the best option to check them for plagiarism. The PaperRater service goes beyond the usual plagiarism check and includes help with both spelling and grammar. This combination of services makes it easy for students to find support in tweaking later drafts of their paper while flagging sections that could cause problems once it’s submitted to their professor. This approach can help reduce ‘accidental plagiarism’ which can occur when students copy and paste material with the intention of rewording it but then forgetting about it or, more commonly, not citing and properly formatting direct quotes.

3. The Plagiarism Checker (dustball.com/cs/plagiarism.checker)

The Plagiarism Checker by Brian Klug is clean, simple and free to use. Students and teachers can check papers for sections that raise red flags free of charge and without having to go through complex downloads or account registration. In addition to the free version, there is a premium options for a monthly subscription charge which offers better plagiarism checking and enhanced convenience such as skipping cited text and uploading Word documents directly.

4. Doc Cop (doccop.com)

Doc Cop is free to use and checks fill files for plagiarism. Their website is simple and stripped down, making it a dark horse contender in a sea where style sometimes beats out function. While Doc Cop may not be the prettiest website, it does offer a simple to use interface and reliable results. How reliable is Doc Cop? Consider this – their service is used by the Journal of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care to search for plagiarized material. Users can also choose to have their file checked at some point in the future. This feature is not included in their free service but can be useful for writers concerned their work may be being plagiarized by a website.

5. Turn It In (turnitin.com)

From the You Get What You Pay For department comes Turn It In, a comprehensive plagiarism and paper resource, covering everything from originality checking to peer review for students who want feedback from others at their grade level. Turn It In also offers support for instructors overwhelmed by students who want better feedback by offering ETS e-rater tool which provides feedback based on grammar and writing style.

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How to Persuade Upper Management By Avoiding Certain Words

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in General | 0 comments

When it comes to using the right tools for a particular trade, like, say, an automotive warehouse that uses inventory management software to track stock wheels, replacement wheels, and OEM wheels, distributing and implementing that software is often matter of getting the boss’ approval. Car parts are difficult to find these days in online shops these days, and anything that can help it happen can really help improve a business’ margins.

Customers who restore their own cars need help, and any shop that has special software to help them is going to be the only shop they use, which will mean a lot of customers. The mechanic has to use the right words to convince the shop owner to use this software, and when it comes to something like open source software, the right words can make all the difference because some bosses might not trust it. To help anyone that wants to use open source software, here is some advice on what words to not use when trying to convince upper management to use the software.

Avoid Using the Words Open Source Software By Themselves

Some people, who work in upper management, might not have the technology knowledge in order to understand what open source software means, and when employees mention it, the words open source might make them think that the software is not safe to use, and therefore, reject its use. If the words open source are used with other words like “tools,” and “programs,” then they do not sound so bad. Also, it might be wise to mention that some of the biggest Fortune 500 companies in the world are also using open source software tools to help them run their massive companies. After all, if Fortune 500 companies can trust open source to run their day-to-day business dealings, then any company can as well.

The Word Free Can Arouse Suspicion

One would think that anyone that is in the corporate world of business would think that anything for free is good because it means no money has to be invested in it, but the problem is that free these days does not mean no money, but means instead that something is of very poor quality. When it comes to open source software, the word free does not necessarily mean a good thing, and can often suggest something that is junk. Open source software is not junk even if it is for free, and as long as that is explained, upper management should be okay with the fact it has no price attached to it.

Open source software is helping make the world a better place, and now even Fortune 500 are seeing how important the software is. However, before upper management signs off on its use, they must be convinced that it can do their company a lot of good, and using the right language when talking about it will make all the difference in the world.

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5 Open Source Apps That’ll Help You Get Fit

Posted by on Jul 4, 2014 in General | 0 comments

fitnessWhen most people think of using apps and programs to help them get fit, they usually think of an iPhone, Android device, or other popular items. One thing that doesn’t usually cross people’s minds is using open source programs to help them reach their fitness goals. While they may not get as much attention as the major apps and programs do, open source apps are great because they can be completely customized for whatever it is you’re wanting it to do.

You see, the great thing about using open source apps and programs is that the source code is completely open and free to change to your liking. If you have a little technical skill, you can help not just yourself, but others who may just be looking for an app to do the same thing that you are.

Outside of changing and customizing many different programs to fit what you are wanting them to do, we are going to rank and talk about the top 6 open source apps that are out there today and how they can help you reach your fitness goals.

1. G Trainer

This program is basically a Linux operating system program at its core. It does a lot of things, like track your heart rate, body weight, store your exercise programs, and monitor whatever exercise program you are participating in. About the only thing this app doesn’t do is tell you what is the most outstanding testosterone booster and provide you with the most outstanding crossfit shoes on the market today. It was originally created to help track biking training sessions, but has since been expanded to track just about any exercise program.

2. iDiet

What good is a great exercise program if your diet is in shambles? Luckily, there is iDiet, which can easily become your one-stop shop for tracking all your nutritional needs. The initial setup will require you to enter in your weight, height, birthdate, gender and other specifics to help you really track your diet well. Built into it are popular diet programs like Atkins, Body for Life, and more. This program will run on any operating system, so it’s very versatile in that regard.

3. Pedometer

This app is designed for Android devices and it does just what you would think it does. It tracks your steps and your pace to help give you an idea of where you stand on your daily walking. It also gives you an alert if your pace becomes too slow. It’s a great and simple app that can help you get in those steps you need everyday.

4. PYtrainer

This software runs on the Linux operating system and helps runners track their mileage, pace, and overall performance. It can be synced with a GPS device that will automatically track your performance for you, but if you don’t have a GPS to use, they still have you covered. You can manually enter in your training performance and still track it well.

5. Sports Tracker

If you’re a nerd and want to see your training statistics broken down into graphs, charts, general statistics, and more, this app is for you. This program runs on Windows, MAC and Linux operating systems, so it’s another versatile program. You can even import data from certain heart rate monitors and mark places you’ve trained so you can really get an idea of just where your fitness goals have helped you reach.

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The top 3 open source exercise applications!

Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in General | 0 comments

exerciseDeveloping and talking about open source software is one of my favorite things in the world! Another hobby of mine that is not talked about on my website too often is exercise and fitness. I have had a steady exercise routine for the last 6 years or so. At one point in time I was considering becoming certified as a fitness trainer and was researching all of the best fitness instructor certifications that are on the market. I decided that it wasn’t for me but I still have a strong passion for it and try to stay as healthy as I can. I have researched and even participated in some great open source exercise applications over the years. This article is going to be talking about the top 2 applications and how they can help you stay in great shape! Let’s get right into it.

Gtrainer

Gtrainer is an open source application that is designed for desktop use. Their original goal of the application was to help track and record biking related cardiovascular exercise routines. Although it was designed for biking related exercise it can also be used with many other variations of cardiovascular routines. Of the application lets you record specific data such as your weight, heart rate, BMI and your body composition. It is also designed to help you keep track and store your fitness routines in one location. Gtrainer runs on a link’s-based system and has its data stored in MYSQL. It is a great up-and-coming application so that you can easily keep track of your fitness wherever you are and analyze it once he gets to your desktop computer.

iDiet

iDiet on the other hand covers the other half of fitness by helping with what you eat. This application is great because it helps you plan your meals in keep track of your calorie intake throughout the day. Just like Gtrainer you need to enter specific data about yourself including height, weight, age, sex and your current body fat percentage in order for the program to get a good baseline. iDiet Is able to estimate your metabolic rate, blood sugar level, blood pressure and a few other metrics before it suggests a diet for you. It will give you a caloric recommendation for the day and it will also help you choose the right types of foods. Throughout the day you can enter each piece of food or meal that you consume and iDiet will keep track of your calories and let you know when you’re coming close to going over them. iDiet is one of the best open source applications for health and fitness that is on the market today. I highly recommend that you check it out!

Conclusion

In combination, these 2 applications can greatly increase the state of your current health. One application covers the physical aspect of exercise. Wall the other covers all you need to know about diet, nutrition and caloric intake. If I was not so successful and passionate about programming I would definitely get into the health and fitness industry. The salary of fitness instructors is not that bad and I could easily see myself being satisfied with helping other people with their health. I hope this article helped you find some great applications for your health and fitness needs. Let me know what you guys think!

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The cost of software: Stuff we just don’t pay for anymore

Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 in General | 0 comments

As life gets even more expensive and technology gets even more advanced, it’s hard to keep up with all of the new software and gadgets that are available to us. It seems that we download everything today, rather than going out and buying a physical copy of our music, films and software, we click a button to get it immediately to our devices .

Illegal downloading is increasing but police are cracking down on this, however downloading software doesn’t necessarily mean it is illegal, many developers are allowing users to download there software for free, making their money from the advertising that comes with it. All this got us thinking, what don’t we pay for now that we once did?

1. Long distance phone calls
Accepting charges to speak to someone abroad is a complete thing of the past. In fact, isn’t using a landline phone at all becoming a fairly ancient concept now? With the invention of Facebook and Skype, we can connect with our friends around the world for free and at anytime without the worry of a hefty bill at the end of it. No getting ourselves into masses of debt with a huge phone bill!

2. Software
Even games are often free in the 21st century. Apps like Skype as mentioned earlier is are pieces of software that could easily charge their customers if they wanted to, but they do not, making their revenue with the adverts that are down the side of the Skype bar when it is open. Illegally downloading software that usually costs is damaging to the computer industry, however it is something that goes on and is hard to police, however those who are caught are faced with hefty fines for doing so.

3. Television and Movies
Apps such as Megavideo give us our television and film viewing for free, and we often watch these on the go on our laptops, iPads or tablets. However Netflix is a pay monthly service and is extremely popular around the world, showing that paying for television is not a totally alien concept.

4. Dating Services
There was a time when we would go online and pay to sign up for dating services in the hope of finding the one. Although some online services will still charge, there are so many that are free and popular. Tindr is an App that can be downloaded to your phone and instantly connects you with people in your area, free of charge. Get to know someone’s personality without even having to take them on an expensive date!

5. News
Being so connected online means that we simply do not have to pay for our news anymore. Back in the day when newspapers were invented, they were for the rich middle-classes, who would often stand around in the street reading the latest news to those who could not afford a newspaper or could not read it themselves. Now we just log on to various websites and social media outlets to find out what is going on all over the world.

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5 Reasons Google’s New Self-Driving Cars Are Amazon (+ innovative software)

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in General | 0 comments

carsIf you’re one of the people who fear driving or happen to find driving irritating, frustrating, or a time-consumer, then you may be pleased to hear that Google is on its way to putting a self-driving car on the market for consumers to drive in the near future.  And believe me, I am one of those people! I drive a fairly cheap car that I bought to haul around my whole family. That’s right, Google really has thought of everything. For the past four years, Google has been transforming models of cars into self-driving vehicles with a method to return control of the steering wheel to the driver in case of emergencies.

However, recently Google has stunned the consumers when they released their new model of self-driving cars: a model that had no steering wheel, brake or accelerator. If that doesn’t’ get you excited enough, here are five reasons why Google’s new self-driving cars are amazing for the future.

You don’t have to worry about driving, at all.

If you’re the type of person who has minor (or major) anxiety about driving, this may be just the relief you’ve always dreamed about, but only seemed possible in science fiction. While your Google car takes you to school, you can finish up reading that homework assignment you glossed over, or on the way to work you can reread some notes to prepare for the early morning meeting.

It’s extremely easy and almost effortless

The only things the driver controls are a red “e-stop” button for panic stops or emergencies and a separate start button.

The car would be paired with a smartphone application as well. It would pick up a passenger and automatically drive to a destination selected on an app without any human intervention.

Worried about Safety? Don’t! Google’s Self-Driving Car is extremely safe and reliable.

In most cases of vehicle accidents, human error is the cause. This is either due to distracted driving, misjudgment, or even worse driving under the influence of alcohol or some other substance. These fears are almost eliminated when Google’s Self-Driving car is put on the road.

On top of the car, a sensor monitors all the surroundings in every direction that spans the length of approximately two football fields. The computer in the car takes all the information in through a radar and laser sensor. This elements blind spots completely, and therefore makes merging and switching lanes in traffic much easier and safer.

Since there are no steering wheels, there are two motors to take the place. This way if one of the motors fails, the other motor can steer. The Google car always has control of where it’s going.

Personalized to make you feel more comfortable

The car comes equip with applications that include a personal voice greeting you, and even personalized map points to remember your favorite hot spots, school, and workplace.

Google’s thinking of the world around them

Without the steering wheel, brakes and accelerator place in the car, this means less parts and less harsh materials hurting our Earth. The car also thinks of others on the road, as it features collision protection for both its occupants and the pedestrians with its foam exterior and flexible windshield. 

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New Software Tools For Solving PC Problems

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in General | 0 comments

There are a number of different software programs on the market these days that automate a few annoying tasks that can contribute to the overall health and performance of your computer. It used to be that you would have to go and manually clean out your computer if you wanted to get rid of junk files and folders, clean the registry, and remove any unwanted software programs. While it still does pay to do a few of these things manually so you have more control, there are now some excellent software programs that can save you quite a bit of time and frustration.

One of the best instances of helpful software that I have seen are the overall computer cleaner software tools. Made popular by programs such as CCleaner, there are now numerous programs that promise to help people get their computers back on track if they have become cluttered with extra files and junk. It can be really annoying and hard for the average computer user to clean out their own computer, so these programs became very popular. They also clean out the registry, which has become a very popular method of improving computer performance and solving errors and other types of issues.

Another great type of software tool that has helped out thousands upon thousands of people are driver update software tools. These programs make the annoying task of updating drivers on your PC automated to a few clicks. Title such as the popular Driver Detective will scan your computer for all installed hardware and the associated drivers, and see if the drivers that you have installed are the most up to date. If they are out of date, you can download the appropriate driver from the database with just a few clicks. If you’ve ever had to search for a proper updated driver, you will know that this is a very annoying issue. However many people don’t realize that drivers can be the root of problems such as errors, crashes and freezes, and general incompatibility of software and hardware. This is because software is constantly updated, and you need to update your drivers in order to ensure that everything can work properly together. Driver update software tools make this quite easy to manage.

Spyware and malware are another concern for Windows users – it can really be a pain in the neck to get rid of these malicious programs as they embed themselves deep within the Windows infrastructure. Thankfully there are professional programs on the market that can help you to quickly and easily get a handle on what’s going on. Software tools such as Spyhunter 4 can help you to quickly fix any spyware that might be lurking on your computer with just a few clicks. The great thing about these programs is how easy they are to use. Although they aren’t always free, they are updated constantly by the companies that publish them, ensuring that you always have the most up to date line of defense against malicious software programs.

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The Undeniable Impact of Software and Computers on Our Lives

Posted by on Jun 7, 2014 in General | 0 comments

We live in a day and age where computers, programs and software are literally an everyday interaction. I sincerely doubt, that unless you purposely went “off the grid” that you could not make it through a day without some time of interaction with a computer or a piece of software.

Software is not only shaping our lives but it is also enhancing our lives as well. Yes, there are some drawbacks to being as “plugged in” as we are as a society but with that there are even more benefits. Computers and software benefits us in many, many ways. Different applications help us in many ways; all the way from supplying jobs for a large portion of our society to helping us cook, drive, clean and feel better.

Again, because there are some drawbacks, this isn’t a perfect world. With so much available at the push of a button and without even leaving our house our nation is becoming more and more unhealthy. But all is not lost. With the drawback comes the benefit. There are now pieces of software and applications like My Fitness Pal, Fit Day and many others that encourage and aid in living a healthy lifestyle.

Recently I was looking over my personal weight loss progress on My Fitness Pal and I was able to see how much progress I’ve been making. I went from tipping the scale at almost 200lbs all the way down to 170lbs. What was awesome is that I was able to track everything! I tracked my workouts, my diet and my recovery time. I was even able to track my progress from the time I started a taking a certain protein recommended by Fitness B&W to see if it increased or decreased my progress.

Overall software and apps are here to stay. With our world evolving more and more towards a software and online supplemented lifestyle it is easy to see that computers and the ease of use is not going anywhere. And as mentioned already, this is both a good and a bad thing. As long as we as individuals are cognizant of this then it is not hard to take needed brakes now and then. Each of us can easily get away from it all for a little rest and relaxation. This will not only prove beneficial for our personalities, mindset and relationships with each other, but it will also improve our health. This world we live in provides us with many opportunities to get out and stretch a bit and it’s up to each one of us to take (and/or make) the time to do so.

If you’re a fan of software being integrated heavily into our personal lives or not, there is no denying it’s presence. We can individually make the best of it if we choose to do so. As Steve Jobs said and is recorded on Brainy Quote it’s going to shape our lives.

“Computers themselves, and software yet to be developed, will revolutionize the way we learn.”

So it’s up to each one of us to make the best of it. After all, there are many, many benefits.

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