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postheadericon MIT Student Invents “Smart Gun”, Called The “Zuckerberg Of Firearms” — Can We Stop, Please?

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — Working out of his parent’s home, MIT student and entrepreneur Kai Kloepfer has successfully built and fired a handgun equipped with a fingerprint sensor like the ones commonly seen on new smartphones. The device stops the gun from firing unless Kloepfer’s finger is specifically pressed against it. If the gun falls into another person’s hands, it’s essentially useless.

“I think this could be huge. I think it could really be the future of firearms,” Kloepfer said to WDEF News 12.

But, as the president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation pointed out, there’s plenty to make gun users wary.

“Good intentions don’t necessarily make good inventions,” said Stephen Sanetti, president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

The device works off of battery power. The fingerprint has to be clear and legible in order to activate the device and discharge the firearm. However, when the battery runs out, the device won’t be able to send a signal to turn the gun on.

“The firearm has to work. And a firearm is not the same as a cell phone,” Sanetti said. “The consequences of a cell phone not working are inconvenience. The consequences of a firearm not working could be someone’s life.

Kloepfer described his invention as “relatively reliable.”

But that’s where I’m going to stop you.

As someone who follows firearms-related news and politics, this isn’t even close to the first time I’ve read about someone inventing a way to stop a gun from firing.

Back in 2014, Armatix was a smart gun manufacturer that produced a gun that wouldn’t fire unless you had a certain watch on your wrist. Gun owners protested in mass from selling it in stores because the gun was considered to be a big liability.

That didn’t stop New Jersey from threatening to require “smart guns” for anyone wishing to buy a handgun. Even the New Jersey legislature — one of the most adamantly anti-2A legislatures in the country — was forced to back down from that. Why?

Because there’s nothing smart about “smart guns”.

The only way these types of guns will succeed in the market is if they are forced upon people who don’t have a choice but to buy them.

This recent example is just another version of the same thing: a gun that may or may not fire on request.

Is that something anyone would want to protect themselves with?

And every single time, the same tired statistics get dragged out of the closet. We get the number of deaths resulting from accidental (negligent) discharges. The number is hovering over 600.

Okay, what’s the next one? Suicides. Something to the order of 20,000 deaths a year due to firearm-related suicide.

How does a smart gun stop either from happening?

It’s not like the gun can detect which direction you are pointing it and stop the trigger from firing — if it even fires in the first place.

It also can’t stop a person from negligently shooting himself or another person. That’s something only stopped through proper handling of a firearm. You can’t slap another piece of technology and magic away the dangers of improper handling of a firearm.

And let’s add one more important piece of the equation — if a smart gun isn’t activated by an electrical device, it doesn’t shoot. Let that sink in. So if you dive behind a vehicle and it’s pouring rain outside and you’re forced to wait in a puddle because it’s the only cover you have available, now you have to hope the rain and water hasn’t shorted out your gun.

Heck, if you carry the gun in an OWB holster while out in the rain, you have to hope it doesn’t short out the device’s electronics.

Unlike a smartphone, we can’t just buy a $ 60 Otterbox to keep our guns dry. Modern guns are made to go through the ice and snow, swamp, and sand. Now there’s a device that can stop them from working when exposed to those conditions.

Okay, another scenario: you’re out camping in the woods for three days. Your pistol ran out of battery life or doesn’t have enough to recognize your fingerprint. And, for some reason, that’s the day a bear or a moose decides your camp looks awfully inviting…

See where we’re going with this?

If there is any common situation or circumstances where a gun could potentially fail due to a completely optional electronic piece of equipment that’s critically embedded into the firearm, that device is a liability.

It’s hard enough designing firearms to work with manual external safeties — an extra step that needs to be artificially engineered in the gun’s process. Now we’re going to trust technology that routinely fails on smartphones to save our lives?

No, no, no. These “innovators” need to stop “being the next Mark Zuckerberg” of “smart guns”. Mark Zuckerberg learned how to make billions of dollars off harvesting and selling people’s metadata. That’s not a great analogy when considering a tool you depend on working reliably in the event of an emergency.

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postheadericon Student arrested for grade changing school data breach

A 17-year-old student in American has been arrested and charged with illegally accessing government computers, months after the data breach took place.

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postheadericon Thailand selects Office 365 for every student nationwide

Editor’s note – May 21, 2014 – The information below about access to Office 365 for Education was updated following initial publication.


Bangkok May 21, 2014 The Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) and Microsoft (Thailand) Limited on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding that will provide 8 million students and 400,000 teachers across Thailand with access to Microsoft Office 365 for education. The agreement, which also includes the extension of the highly successful Partners in Learning initiative to 2019, represents the single biggest cloud service deployment for Microsoft in the education sector globally.

“OBEC and Microsoft have enjoyed 10 years of collaboration for the betterment of Thailand’s future under Partners in Learning,” said OBEC Senior Advisor in Technology for Teaching and Learning Anek Ratpiyapaporn. “The 11th National Economic and Social Development Plan states that Thailand’s top priority is to develop its human resources through improvement in education. Microsoft’s support will ensure that educators and students are empowered with solutions and platforms that are aligned with their needs.

“This initiative will play a key role in our preparations for ASEAN Economic Community integration and drive the development of 21st century skills that are vital to the Smart Thailand 2020 strategy, whose key objective is to foster sustainable national growth and raise the standard of living through technology,” Ratpiyapaporn added.


Thai students utilizing access to new Office software
Thai students utilizing access to new Office software
Eight million students in Thailand now have access to Office 365 to help maximize their learning potential.

Conceived in 2003, Partners in Learning is a global Microsoft program that fosters innovative use of technology in education to help students and teachers around the world maximize their potential. So far, the program has provided training to more than 12 million educators and enhanced the learning experience for 200 million students in 119 countries. In Thailand, Partners in Learning has reached out to more than 164,000 teachers and 8 million students across 39,000 schools nationwide.

Haresh Khoobchandani, managing director of Microsoft (Thailand), said, “Microsoft has always seen technology as an important enabler of quality education, and this memorandum of understanding underscores our long-term commitment to Thailand and our vision of a holistic transformation of the Thai education system. Throughout Microsoft’s 20 years in Thailand, we have invested $ 5.2 million (156 million THB) in Thai education as part of our vision of We Make 70 Million Lives Better. This dedication to education in Thailand is part of our global YouthSpark initiative to help young people capture opportunities, to learn skills, to prepare for the jobs of the future or even to start their own business.

“Two million university students and staff members are already taking advantage of cloud technology through Office 365 for education, and this landmark partnership with OBEC will increase the number of users to more than 10 million,” Khoobchandani continued. “This enables schools and universities across Thailand to create massive repositories of knowledge that can be accessed and shared anywhere, any time, and on any device in a secured and trusted environment.”

Under this memorandum of understanding, schools under OBEC jurisdiction will gain access to Office 365 for education, giving students and teachers alike the ability to create, connect and collaborate on an advanced and enterprise-ready cloud platform that is safe and secured. A 2013 IDC study commissioned by Microsoft found that proficiency with Microsoft Office applications ranks high at No. 3 of the top 20 in-demand skills globally. The study also found that 29 percent of high growth or salary occupations call for Microsoft Office or Microsoft Office-related skills, such as word processing, spreadsheets and financial reporting.


Teachers and educators across Thailand now have better access to teaching software
Teachers and educators across Thailand now have better access to teaching software
400,000 teachers across Thailand have access to Microsoft Office 365 for Education.

Microsoft YouthSpark is a companywide, global commitment to provide young people with opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship, and Partners in Learning is a key element of this commitment that helps students and teachers benefit from Microsoft’s academic and technical resources. These include free educational materials through the Microsoft IT Academy, various teacher and school development programs, access to professional-class development tools and technical guidance through the Microsoft DreamSpark program. They will also be able to benefit from tech startup support through the Microsoft BizSpark program, and opportunities to showcase their creativity and expertise in the Microsoft Imagine Cup competition.

“With young people between the ages of 15 and 24 forming the largest segment of the unemployed in Thailand,1 there is a pressing need to drive transformational change in education,” said Anthony Salcito, vice president of Worldwide Public Sector Education for Microsoft. “The full impact of Microsoft’s partnership with OBEC is not simply in the millions of students that will have access to the most compelling and engaging technology for education and collaborative learning. It will be seen in how we are able to effectively integrate technology into the classroom to help prepare these students with the skills of the future.”

Wednesday’s announcement surpasses Microsoft’s previous largest cloud education partnerships — a partnership with the Sao Paulo State Department of Education to provide Office 365 to more than 4 million students; the 7.5 million Office 365 seats that the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) deployed across 11,500 technical colleges and institutions in India; and the 4.5 million seats that the Catholic International Education Office deployed globally in 2012.

The memorandum of understanding between Microsoft and OBEC will cover a five-year period from June 1, 2014, to May 31, 2019.

For more information on Partners in Learning and Office 365 for education, visit http://www.pil-network.com, http://www.pil.in.th and http://office.microsoft.com/en-001/academic.

About Microsoft (Thailand) Limited

Established in 1993, Microsoft (Thailand) Limited provides world-class software that is easy to use and localized to suit the local market’s needs. It also has a compelling and consistent platform to build powerful business solutions that can scale from a notebook computer to a mainframe – class multiprocessor systems using Microsoft technology. For further information, please visit the Microsoft (Thailand) website at: http://www.microsoft.com/thailand.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

1 International Labour Organization, Unemployment distribution by sex and age, Thailand (2012)

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at http://www.microsoft.com/news. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://www.microsoft.com/news/contactpr.mspx.

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postheadericon Thailand selects Office 365 for every student nationwide

Editor’s note – May 21, 2014 – The information below about access to Office 365 for Education was updated following initial publication.


Bangkok May 21, 2014 The Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) and Microsoft (Thailand) Limited on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding that will provide 8 million students and 400,000 teachers across Thailand with access to Microsoft Office 365 for education. The agreement, which also includes the extension of the highly successful Partners in Learning initiative to 2019, represents the single biggest cloud service deployment for Microsoft in the education sector globally.

“OBEC and Microsoft have enjoyed 10 years of collaboration for the betterment of Thailand’s future under Partners in Learning,” said OBEC Senior Advisor in Technology for Teaching and Learning Anek Ratpiyapaporn. “The 11th National Economic and Social Development Plan states that Thailand’s top priority is to develop its human resources through improvement in education. Microsoft’s support will ensure that educators and students are empowered with solutions and platforms that are aligned with their needs.

“This initiative will play a key role in our preparations for ASEAN Economic Community integration and drive the development of 21st century skills that are vital to the Smart Thailand 2020 strategy, whose key objective is to foster sustainable national growth and raise the standard of living through technology,” Ratpiyapaporn added.


Thai students utilizing access to new Office software
Thai students utilizing access to new Office software
Eight million students in Thailand now have access to Office 365 to help maximize their learning potential.

Conceived in 2003, Partners in Learning is a global Microsoft program that fosters innovative use of technology in education to help students and teachers around the world maximize their potential. So far, the program has provided training to more than 12 million educators and enhanced the learning experience for 200 million students in 119 countries. In Thailand, Partners in Learning has reached out to more than 164,000 teachers and 8 million students across 39,000 schools nationwide.

Haresh Khoobchandani, managing director of Microsoft (Thailand), said, “Microsoft has always seen technology as an important enabler of quality education, and this memorandum of understanding underscores our long-term commitment to Thailand and our vision of a holistic transformation of the Thai education system. Throughout Microsoft’s 20 years in Thailand, we have invested $ 5.2 million (156 million THB) in Thai education as part of our vision of We Make 70 Million Lives Better. This dedication to education in Thailand is part of our global YouthSpark initiative to help young people capture opportunities, to learn skills, to prepare for the jobs of the future or even to start their own business.

“Two million university students and staff members are already taking advantage of cloud technology through Office 365 for education, and this landmark partnership with OBEC will increase the number of users to more than 10 million,” Khoobchandani continued. “This enables schools and universities across Thailand to create massive repositories of knowledge that can be accessed and shared anywhere, any time, and on any device in a secured and trusted environment.”

Under this memorandum of understanding, schools under OBEC jurisdiction will gain access to Office 365 for education, giving students and teachers alike the ability to create, connect and collaborate on an advanced and enterprise-ready cloud platform that is safe and secured. A 2013 IDC study commissioned by Microsoft found that proficiency with Microsoft Office applications ranks high at No. 3 of the top 20 in-demand skills globally. The study also found that 29 percent of high growth or salary occupations call for Microsoft Office or Microsoft Office-related skills, such as word processing, spreadsheets and financial reporting.


Teachers and educators across Thailand now have better access to teaching software
Teachers and educators across Thailand now have better access to teaching software
400,000 teachers across Thailand have access to Microsoft Office 365 for Education.

Microsoft YouthSpark is a companywide, global commitment to provide young people with opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship, and Partners in Learning is a key element of this commitment that helps students and teachers benefit from Microsoft’s academic and technical resources. These include free educational materials through the Microsoft IT Academy, various teacher and school development programs, access to professional-class development tools and technical guidance through the Microsoft DreamSpark program. They will also be able to benefit from tech startup support through the Microsoft BizSpark program, and opportunities to showcase their creativity and expertise in the Microsoft Imagine Cup competition.

“With young people between the ages of 15 and 24 forming the largest segment of the unemployed in Thailand,1 there is a pressing need to drive transformational change in education,” said Anthony Salcito, vice president of Worldwide Public Sector Education for Microsoft. “The full impact of Microsoft’s partnership with OBEC is not simply in the millions of students that will have access to the most compelling and engaging technology for education and collaborative learning. It will be seen in how we are able to effectively integrate technology into the classroom to help prepare these students with the skills of the future.”

Wednesday’s announcement surpasses Microsoft’s previous largest cloud education partnerships — a partnership with the Sao Paulo State Department of Education to provide Office 365 to more than 4 million students; the 7.5 million Office 365 seats that the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) deployed across 11,500 technical colleges and institutions in India; and the 4.5 million seats that the Catholic International Education Office deployed globally in 2012.

The memorandum of understanding between Microsoft and OBEC will cover a five-year period from June 1, 2014, to May 31, 2019.

For more information on Partners in Learning and Office 365 for education, visit http://www.pil-network.com, http://www.pil.in.th and http://office.microsoft.com/en-001/academic.

About Microsoft (Thailand) Limited

Established in 1993, Microsoft (Thailand) Limited provides world-class software that is easy to use and localized to suit the local market’s needs. It also has a compelling and consistent platform to build powerful business solutions that can scale from a notebook computer to a mainframe – class multiprocessor systems using Microsoft technology. For further information, please visit the Microsoft (Thailand) website at: http://www.microsoft.com/thailand.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

1 International Labour Organization, Unemployment distribution by sex and age, Thailand (2012)

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at http://www.microsoft.com/news. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://www.microsoft.com/news/contactpr.mspx.

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postheadericon Brown University offers Office 365 to students at no additional cost through Microsoft Student Advantage

REDMOND, Wash. — April 22, 2014 — Brown University has selected Microsoft Office 365 for its students, and is using the Microsoft Student Advantage benefit to extend the service to its student body at no additional cost using their existing Brown credentials. Available since Jan. 1, Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus gives Brown’s approximate 8,600 students the tools they need to complete coursework from any device while in school and compete in the job market after graduation.

Until now, students who wished to use Office had to purchase it for themselves or rely on third-party programs that didn’t always sync well with one another. Office on the Windows platform offers students a full enterprise experience, but many students use a variety of devices, such as iPhones, iPads, PCs and desktop computers, so Brown needed a unified solution that would provide students with the same, robust experience no matter what device they are using. Microsoft Student Advantage, which launched Dec. 1, 2013, enables academic institutions that license Office for staff and faculty to provide Office 365 ProPlus for students at no additional cost.

“When our chief information officer heard about Student Advantage, he wanted us to make it available to students as quickly as possible, and we were able to extend the service to students in about one month,” said Geoffrey Greene, director of IT Support Services, Brown University. “Students have been champing at the bit for this, and faculty have frequently asked us to help students get the solution, so it’s a great benefit for everyone. Plus, a lot of our students use laptops, iPhones and other devices, so Office 365 was the perfect solution for us.”

Extending the Office 365 service to students helps Brown ensure that students have the technical tools they need to succeed in their classes, and that their software is always up to date. The Daily Herald student blog helped alert students to the new offering in time for the start of the new semester.

“The Microsoft Student Advantage is an incredible opportunity for all students to gain access to the Office programs,” said Sazzy Gourley, student at Brown University. “Especially for incoming first-years, or for those who are purchasing new computers, Microsoft Student Advantage makes accessible the technology students need to be academically successful.”

More information about how organizations are turning to Microsoft technology is available on the Microsoft Customer Spotlight newsroom.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at http://www.microsoft.com/news. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://www.microsoft.com/news/contactpr.mspx.

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postheadericon Microsoft takes a stand on student privacy with best-in-class education solutions

BARCELONA, Spain — March 12, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday opened its annual Microsoft in Education Global Forum by emphasizing the importance of student privacy and reaffirming its commitment to helping ensure that student data is never mined for advertising and marketing purposes. The opening keynote speech, which took place in front of an audience of 1,100, including innovative educators, school leaders and government officials from nearly 100 countries, also saw Microsoft highlight its end-to-end, best-in-class solutions with student success and career and college readiness at the forefront.


Microsoft's global commitment to education
Microsoft’s global commitment to education
March 11, 2014
Microsoft leaders from around the world share their thoughts on the importance of empowering students and educators with technology and training.
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“Privacy concerns are holding educators back from making the most of modern technology and preparing students to succeed in today’s workplace. At the same time, many solutions being used in the classroom are unintentionally putting student data at risk,” said Anthony Salcito, vice president, Worldwide Education, Microsoft. “The private sector has a responsibility to give educators the tools and resources that inspire real learning and have a real impact, while ensuring privacy isn’t a barrier to bringing new and innovative technologies into the classroom. This is why Microsoft is committed to taking every measure it can to ensure student information remains safe around the world. We will not, under any circumstance, mine students’ data.”

Microsoft technology is used in 98 percent of schools worldwide. The company’s end-to-end education solutions take the risk out of deploying the latest technologies and solve educators’ most pressing challenges across the following key areas:

Productivity and creativity. Microsoft Office 365 Education, an enterprise-quality communication and collaboration tool available in the cloud, is currently used by 110 million students, faculty and staff. This always-on cloud service guarantees that student data will never be mined for advertising. Student Advantage, available for free through qualifying institutions, includes the entire Office suite and more than 4 million students are already getting Office 365 Professional Plus from their schools since it was launched in December 2013. Microsoft Office has also proved valuable to students; a recent IDC study found Microsoft Office proficiency is among the top 20 skills required for high-growth/high-salary occupations.

Safer, more private search. Bing for Schools ensures students don’t see search ads when using Bing and also enhances their privacy by preventing the use of data to create ad profiles — all with no compromise on the exceptional search experience delivered. No other major search engine can make the same promise.

Management. Windows Intune is a cloud service that allows school IT administrators to manage Windows, Windows Phone, Android and iOS devices connected to their network over the Web, eliminating the need to own each device or to use onsite servers.

Professional development. Microsoft offers resources to train teachers on new technology, including the Partners in Learning Network that reaches nearly 1 million educators worldwide and includes online professional development, how-to tutorials, and learning activities created by teachers for teachers.

Technology training. The Microsoft IT Academy provides industry-leading technology skills to more than 8.5 million teachers and students in 130 countries to help bridge the technology skills gap. In addition, Microsoft has helped educators around the world successfully incorporate technology into the classroom to enhance the learning experience for their students through programs such as Teaching With Technology.

Device choice. Microsoft works with its original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partners to bring better choice and quality and more affordable devices powered by Microsoft software and services to market for educators and students around the world.

YouthSpark Initiative. Microsoft’s focus on privacy in education is part of its overall commitment to empowering youth through opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship.

“We’ve chosen Microsoft because the company provides an end-to-end solution that meets all our needs — innovative and secured devices, best-in-class productivity, and collaboration apps and comprehensive management capabilities. In addition, the company provides the training and resources our educators need to ensure that our technology investments are successful,” said Clayton Carnes, school leader, Hermit Park State School in Australia. “Microsoft’s unwavering commitment to student privacy is also extremely important to us because we can rest assured that our students’ data isn’t being mined for advertising and marketing purposes. This commitment really sets Microsoft apart in the market.”

Other news announced today included the following:

• Pearson and Microsoft are joining together to create new applications and advance a digital education model that prepares students to thrive in an increasingly personalized learning environment. One of the first collaborations in the U.S. between the two global companies will combine Pearson’s Common Core system of courses with the groundbreaking capabilities of the Windows 8 touchscreen environment.

• Interactive education technology company Promethean World plc has committed to developing innovative Windows 8 apps and Office 365 integration for its platform ClassFlow, a cloud-based, classroom tool that enables teachers to create lesson plans, connect and deliver interactive content across multiple devices, and assess student understanding.

• BrainPOP has released its third Windows 8 app, BrainPOP ESL. BrainPOP ESL is a comprehensive English language learning program that uses engaging animated movies to model conversational English.

• In support of its long-term goal to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone, Wolfram|Alpha will deliver 22 Windows 8 apps for tablets, including the Wolfram|Alpha App,16 Course Assistant Apps, and 5 Reference Apps.

• Knewton Inc. and Microsoft announced a global alliance to promote adaptive learning and support Microsoft’s partner and publisher ecosystem in personalizing content for students.

• A global partnership with CK-12 Foundation supports the development of innovative Windows 8 apps to provide students and teachers with access to a rich library of K–12 STEM content at no cost.

Now in its 10th year, the Microsoft in Education Global Forum brings together more than 1,100 of the most innovative and committed educators, school leaders and government officials from around the world — including more than 250 Expert Educators and 75 Mentor School leaders. Each year, the Global Forum provides an opportunity for education’s best and brightest to learn from their peers, share classroom triumphs and challenges, and collaborate to help transform education for the 21st century.

Microsoft’s focus on privacy in education is part of the YouthSpark initiative, our global commitment to empowering youth through opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship. In its first year alone, YouthSpark created new opportunities for more than 103 million young people in over 100 countries around the world.

The Microsoft in Education Global Forum is supported by Platinum- and Gold-level sponsors Pearson, Promethean, Dell Inc., Intel Corporation, Acer and the School Improvement Network.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at http://www.microsoft.com/news. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://www.microsoft.com/news/contactpr.mspx.

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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

HideMyAss Holiday 2013 Donkey

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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