Archive for December, 2013

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postheadericon New study reveals most important skills for students

REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 15, 2013 — Top candidates for current and future jobs will be measured by capabilities and competencies, with 20 distinct skills bubbling up to the top in millions of high-growth, high-paying job postings, according to a white paper commissioned by Microsoft Corp. and released by IDC. The study provides insight into the skills students need for the top 60 high-growth, high-wage occupations that will account for 11.5 million new hires and 28 percent of job growth by 2020. Out of those skills, oral and written communication, detail orientation, and Microsoft Office proficiency top the list.

IDC Study: Top Skills Comparison
IDC Study: Top Skills Comparison
October 14, 2013
IDC Study: Top Skills Comparison – High-Growth/High-Wage Positions Versus All Occupations (* Indicates Communication, Integration, or Presentation skill; Source: IDC, based on Wanted Analytics and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Data, October 2013)

With technology and innovation booming, the global economy is changing and business needs are evolving. IDC research found that although a number of positions require technical skills, even more require knowledge and cognitive skills.

“Educators need to focus on teaching a breadth of skills. IT skills are important, but soft skills, while not evaluated in school, are fundamental to every job students are pursuing today and in the future,” said Anthony Salcito, vice president of Worldwide Public Sector Education at Microsoft. “IDC’s research reveals that although a number of positions require technical skills, even more require knowledge and cognitive skills gained from use of personal productivity applications and services. For this reason, Microsoft is committed to investing in students around the world to ensure they have access to the tools that teach these skills.”

IDC ‘Skill Requirements for Tomorrow’s Best Jobs’ key findings

In looking at the job skills of the future, both hard and soft skills are important, according to IDC and Microsoft’s “Skill Requirements for Tomorrow’s Best Jobs: Helping Educators Provide Students with Skills and Tools They Need” white paper. By leveraging job and skill requirements from 14.6 million job postings from the second and third quarters of 2013, IDC identified the 20 most common skills required for those positions. To validate the importance of those skills, IDC examined 60 occupations that have above average growth potential and salary potential between 2013 and 2020.

“Of the more than 11,000 skills we examined, it is interesting to see the play between hard and soft skills,” said Cushing Anderson, program vice president of Project-Based Services at IDC. “Many of the top 20 skills reinforce the other; the skills we identified are not taken in isolation but rather are a golden set of skills that are consistently important. Seventy percent of the high-growth, high-wage occupations frequently require at least one of the top 20 skills.”

Key findings from this research include the following:

• The 60 high-growth occupations include jobs in medical support and nursing; sales and marketing professionals; education, teaching, and instruction; computer programming and specialists; and office managers/business operations.

• These high-growth, high-wage positions are in demand across multinational companies, with more than 53,000 companies looking for them on a recent weekday. Global companies posting for these positions include financial services firms like CITI and Santander; consulting and accounting firms like Deloitte and PwC; manufacturers like General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Corp.; and retail giants like Home Depot and Advanced AutoParts.

• Communication, integration and presentation skills (CIPs) are required for about 40 percent of all positions and make up 11 of the top 20 skills that are required by 39 percent of the fastest growing, highest paying positions.

• The only software package called out within the top 20 skills across all occupations is Microsoft Office, explicitly required in 15 percent of high-growth, high-salary positions. Microsoft Office is No. 3 on the list of skills most required, and Microsoft PowerPoint and Word are No. 11 and No. 13 most required skills.

• Assessments should be used to demonstrate students’ mastery of material and help improve the teaching and learning process. IDC calls for programs to include formative adaptive assessments, performance-based tasks to demonstrate CIPs capabilities, and appropriate technologies to facilitate consistent administration and evaluation of assessments.

Student advantage

In an effort to help prepare students for the technology skills required in the workforce, Microsoft on Tuesday announced Student Advantage, a new benefit to qualifying institutions that brings Microsoft Office 365 Education to more students worldwide. Microsoft Office 365 Education, an always-up-to-date cloud productivity service, is currently used by 110 million students, faculty and staff around the world. Office 365 Education enables students to communicate and collaborate more efficiently, access assignments in shared workspaces, have notes synchronized in OneNote and have familiar Office applications such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel anywhere, across virtually any device.

Beginning Dec. 1, 2013, any institution worldwide that licenses Office 365 ProPlus or Office Professional Plus for staff and faculty can provide access to Office 365 ProPlus for students at no additional cost. Today, more than 35,000 institutions are automatically eligible to deliver the Student Advantage benefit to their students. Office 365 ProPlus includes all the familiar and full Office applications — locally installed on up to five devices and available offline. When a school combines Student Advantage with Microsoft’s other cloud services, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online, all available free through Office 365 Education, students have access to the same set of gold-standard productivity tools and services used by Fortune 500 companies all over the world.

“Students use Office every day for school work and activities that are most important to them. Office not only helps students stay organized and get their work done today but at the same time develops skills that will be required when they enter the work force. In fact, no other software or services show up in the top 20 most important skills identified in the research report,” Salcito said. “We are thrilled to offer Student Advantage to schools across the globe so students have access to the latest, most up-to-date version of the world’s leading set of productivity tools in order to give them a competitive advantage when entering the workforce.”

Nearly 98 percent of students using productivity software currently use Office. Student Advantage enables students to access the familiar experience of Office in an always-up-to-date cloud service across their compatible PCs, tablets and phones.

IDC methodology

The research was conducted by scanning 14.6 million job postings from April to September 2013 supplied by WANTEDAnalytics, a provider of real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. Of those jobs, IDC analyzed the posting and identified the 20 most common skills required for those positions. IDC also leveraged data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, including data on 2010 employment and forecasts for 2020. IDC analyzed employment data for 748 Standard Occupational Classifications and selected the most attractive classifications according to three criteria: size, growth and wages.

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postheadericon Gift Ideas for the College Student Studying Abroad

Holiday Gift For Traveling Student / Your Traveler
Christmas is quickly approaching, folks, and holiday shopping days are disappearing at a rapid rate. We’ve already tried to do our part to simplify the process, offering our Overlooked Tech & Gadget Gift Ideas Guide for those of you with friends or relative in need of a technological upgrade during this holiday season, but we thought we could get more specific for people with very particular shopping needs.

In that spirit, we thought we’d focus on an oft-overlooked subset of gift-givers; gift ideas parents with college-aged students studying abroad. After all, staying overseas for an extended period creates all sorts of situations that need to be prepared for; new languages, new urban environments, different terrains and, most importantly of all (at least, to us), a completely different online experience that needs to be carefully navigated. So we’ve tried to do our part to help you prepare your son and daughter for life on their own in an unfamiliar place. We hope you find some worthwhile suggestions below.

Gift Ideas for the College Student Studying Abroad

The Tortuga Traveling Backpack

The Tortuga Traveling Backpack

Tortuga Travel Backpack

Let’s start with a few of the basics. Of course, your kid is going to need a good, sturdy backpack, one that is capable of carrying a lot without sacrificing comfort or being too awkward and bulky. With that in mind, we recommend the Tortuga Travel Backpack; it’s incredibly well-organized, designed to minimize discomfort, and works perfectly as a carry-on or a hiker’s companion.

Brita Hard Sided Persimmon Filtering Bottle

Next, whether your child is backpacking across Europe or staying in one centralized location, you’re going to want to make sure they have access to clean water and lots of it. For this purpose, we recommend the Brita Hard Sided Persimmon Filtering Bottle; this durable, 23.7 oz. is the perfect way to stay hydrated on long hiking trails or if you’re just bouncing around big cities like Barcelona or Berlin.

Hiking Boots For Studying Abroad

Of course, if your college-aged kid is planning on spending most of their time roughing it outdoors, traversing wide swaths of landscape, they’re going to need some proper shows. That’s why we’re recommending the Timberland’s Men’s Chocorua Gore-Tex Hiker for your son or the Women’s Ahnu Montara boots for your daughter. For the former, we’re attracted to the boot’s many features, such as the comfort provided by its contoured EVA footbed, its durability, and the versatility its many adjustable straps provide. Similarly, the woman’s Montara boots boast a breath-ability and protection that is absolutely essential on long stretches of walking.

A High Quality Digital Camera

Whether you’re dealing with a son or daughter who simply wants to chronicle their trip, or is seriously considering a photography-adjacent career, there are plenty of great options available. For the former category, we recommend the Canon PowerShot A2500, which takes clear pictures, is easy to use, and doesn’t break the bank (get it for $ 69 today!). A more serious photographer, one who may need that extra bit of money spent for a professional-grade camera, could go for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V 18.2 MP Exmor R CMOS Digital Camera, which comes with 30X optical zoom and a 3.0-inch LCD screen. It offers Optical SteadyShot image stabilization and takes tremendous photos, even in darkness and without the flash, but it’ll run you around $ 400. The choice is yours.

Outside the Box Traveling Student Gift Ideas

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Privacy, Identity Protection & Security with VPN Service

One of the most crucial assets a traveling student can have is VPN service. With the help of any number of VPN service providers, your child can protect their sensitive online information (such as e-mails and credit card numbers) lest they fall into the hands of identity thieves or hackers. Believe us when we tell you that’s not the type of thing you want to happen to your traveling son or daughter.

Better yet, VPN service allows users to access geographically restricted websites, which means if your kid wants to stay connected to your Netflix or HBO Go account, all he has to do is log in to his VPN and pick an American server. If you’re having trouble picking a VPN, we can point you to our Official Supported VPN Service Provider List, which helpfully distinguishes the various upsides of the VPNs with which we’re affiliated.

Enhanced Firmware Wireless Router

VPN service is a great way to improve the security and versatility of a student’s wireless network while abroad, but if you want to make their VPN experience that much simple, all the while transforming their online experience, then a VPN WiFi Router is the only way to go. Aside from allowing them to connect multiple devices to their VPN and to do so with minimal hassle, a FlashRouter is guaranteed to revolutionize their network. Using DD-WRT and Tomato firmware – replacement firmwares designed to boost a router’s functionality – a FlashRouter allows a user to explore a variety of options not available on conventional routers.

You can extend your wireless range, access advanced security options, and even control how your bandwidth is allocated! Check out our recent best-selling router & VPN provider  list and see if there’s a router that suits your child’s needs. If you want one of our absolute, top-of-the-line devices, then we’d direct you towards the Asus RT-AC66U Tomato FlashRouter. This dual-band beast is one of our new Wireless-AC devices, which means intimidating power and dizzying speeds for whoever uses it. Of course, if you prefer something less costly and lightweight, we can heartily recommend the Cisco Linksys E1200 DD-WRT FlashRouter, a fantastic, reliable, and super-affordable router.

Streaming Media Player

Now that you’ve got the VPN service in place and the FlashRouter to go with it, this soon-to-be international traveler is going to need the Roku or AppleTV to make the package complete. After all, what’s the point of being able to access US Netflix from another country if you don’t have the media player on which to stream it? What’s more, a Roku will provide your traveling child with access to Pandora, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime Instant, and a whole variety of channels filled with streaming media.

As an added bonus, will keep them indoors once in a while, you know after they study, and when they need to keep a few extra bucks in their pocket. Because you know who gets asked for money once the wallet is emptied. Plus, the easiest way to make new friends fast is to have something they all want, a little bit of connection to home a FlashRouter-Roku combo.

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postheadericon Windows 8.1 is available now

REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 17, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. on Thursday announced the global availability of Windows 8.1, a feature-rich update to its popular Windows 8 operating system, enabling customers to create experiences that keep pace with their lives — at work, at home or on the go. Beginning Oct. 17, consumers with a Windows 8 device in more than 230 markets and 37 languages can download the free update via the online Windows Store. Windows 8.1 will also be available on new devices and as boxed software starting Oct. 18 at retail locations around the world.

Windows 8.1 evolves the Windows vision for highly personalized computing while showcasing Microsoft’s continued commitment to rapid and responsive development. It marks a wave of new, innovative devices coming for consumers and businesses — from the convenience and mobility of tablets and 2-in-1s to the productive experience expected from laptops, all-in-ones and specialized industry devices. Many of these new devices are touch-enabled and will deliver advancements in processing power, battery life and design, across a range of price points.

Windows 8.1 offers a host of increased customization refinements and functional improvements, including the following:

  • Highly personal. An improved and more customizable Start screen offers variable tile sizes, more background designs and colors so each Windows device looks unique and personal to the individual. In addition, customers can choose how to start their Windows experience — at the Start screen or directly in the familiar Windows desktop — while all their Windows devices stay in sync with their Microsoft account.

  • More familiar and easy to navigate. As an iconic part of the Windows experience, Windows 8.1 brings back the Start button as a familiar point of navigation. An updated apps view lets users see all their apps at once for easy access and new clicks and cues, as well as a Help + Tips app that gets them up to speed quickly.

  • Enhanced search. The new Bing Smart Search provides the easiest way to find what users need on the device or on the Web in one beautiful and easy consolidated view that’s built for touch. Simply swipe or type from the Start screen, and Smart Search will find it — whether it’s a document on a PC, a photo album on SkyDrive, a favorite app, a song from Xbox Music or a website.

  • Wide range of apps and services from the Start. Windows 8.1 is the most complete out-of-the-box experience. It offers a range of apps and services from the Start screen, allowing customers to quickly and easily do the things they love on Windows, such as catching up with friends and family via Skype, emailing effortlessly in the Mail app, watching movies and TV shows on Xbox Video, finding new recipes with the Bing Food & Drink app, or listening to free streaming music via Xbox Music. Windows 8.1 also comes with the new Internet Explorer 11, which is fast, fluid and perfect for touch. Internet Explorer 11 brings enhanced touch performance, speed boosts, and synchronized browsing history, favorites and settings across all Windows 8.1 devices. Windows 8.1 also provides native support for 3-D printing, meaning it will have plug-and-play support for 3-D printers, enable apps to seamlessly print 3-D jobs and understand 3-D file formats.

  • The best for multitasking and productivity. Windows 8.1 includes the display and use of up to four apps side by side, flexible windows sizing for each app on the screen, the ability for one app to launch another app, and improved multimonitor support so users can view the desktop or apps from the Windows Store on any or all monitors.

  • Deep cloud integration with SkyDrive. Windows 8.1 makes it easier than ever to work from anywhere and know that files are always accessible — across devices and locations. With SkyDrive, users can create, edit, save and share files anywhere, anytime, on whatever device they’re using.

  • A beautifully redesigned Windows Store. The new design of the Windows Store improves how great apps are showcased and makes it easier for customers to get the apps they want. Fresh layouts and categories, such as New & Rising, make it easier to stay up to date on the hottest new entries to explore. Personalized recommendations use the Bing advanced recommendation and relevance system to help find new favorites. And with Windows 8.1, apps are updated automatically by default, so users always have the newest and best version of any app, such as Fresh Paint, which now includes watercolor, a new graphite pencil set and a new clean, modern user interface for the latest painting or drawing creations. New and updated apps are also continually being delivered to the Windows Store, including Evernote, Facebook for Windows 8.1, Hulu Plus, Adobe Photoshop Express, eBay, Netflix and NOOK.

Customers can go to to learn about the wide variety of new Windows devices available now and throughout the holiday season to find the one that best fits their needs and budgets. More information about Windows 8.1 is at and

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When you sync an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with a Windows computer, one or more of the following alerts may appear: "The [device] could not be synced. A folder was specified instead of a file." "The contents of the iPhone could not be read. You must restore the iPhone" The "Set up your iPhone" prompts may reappear after each time you reconnect the device, even after fully setting up the device’s sync options. The steps below may resolve the issue.
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