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Informs and engages the UNB community on IT developments and news

A New Development in Classic Technology

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Posted: October 30, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest, Tips and Tricks


There has been one piece of technology that really hasn’t evolved much in the modern day – the watch.  That’s all starting to change. Many of the largest computer and internet companies are now developing smart watches. These watches are able to tell you the weather, take pictures, show smartphone notifications such as email or text, make phone calls and control your media. For more information...

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How to Type Hands-Free

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Posted: October 30, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest, Tips and Tricks


Do your hands and wrists get exhausted writing reports or papers day after day? Microsoft has a neat piece of software built in every Windows computer to help. Windows Speech Recognition allows you to control your computer, run programs and even write papers using your voice instead of your hands.  After a short set-up you’ll be able to write entire novels without touching a key. This handy...

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Last Year s Student Technology Fee Projects

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Posted: October 30, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Announcements, General Interest


If you’ve been paying attention to tidBiTS lately, you’ve probably read our recent article on the Student Technology Fee. But what does the Student Technology Fee get used for? The 2012 – 2013 Student Technology Fee was used to complete 25 projects, with many others still in progress. Some highlights include brand new computers in the Harriet Irving Library Learning Commons as well as the...

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Printing Spy-Style

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Posted: October 30, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest, Tips and Tricks


Not all information is meant to be shared, but sometimes it’s tough not to share when you’re printing in a public place. Secure printing is a little-known feature that lets you create a password for your print job so your document doesn’t actually print until you’ve entered your password at the printer. To secure print to a Ricoh copier, for example: Within your document, go to...

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The Return of BlackBerry Messenger

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Posted: October 30, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest, Tips and Tricks


BBM is back! But on Android and iOS? BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) has always been known as the cream of the crop of instant messengers. Original it was only available on the BlackBerry but now you can use it to message friends and colleagues on any device, whether it’s a BlackBerry, Android, or iOS. Get the BBM app for free from Google Play and the App Store.

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IT Advisory - Do not install new LinkedIn Intro App on iOS devices

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Posted: October 25, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Announcements, General Interest


The Information Technology Services Security Team is advising the UNB community not to install the new LinkedIn "Intro" App on any UNB-owned or personal Apple smartphones or tablets. This new app reconfigures iOS devices to route emails from the device through LinkedIn's servers. It does this by changing the security profile on devices, which LinkedIn or someone able to hack LinkedIn, could...

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Congratulations to UNB Grads of 2013

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Posted: October 23, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest


It’s been 4 or 5 or maybe even 6 long years.  After many late nights, thousands of cups of coffee and perhaps even a few tears, they’ve finally reached their goal, and now it is time to celebrate.  ITS and tidBiTS would like to congratulate all the UNB 2013 grads who will be receiving their diplomas during this week’s Fall Convocations.  No matter how long your journey was getting here, your...

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Educational Transformation

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Posted: October 23, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest, Tips and Tricks


With midterms right around the corner, most students are desperately studying to get every last bit of information in their heads. But what should you do if there are a few concepts that you don’t understand? Try checking out Khan Academy. Khan Academy is a free website with the mission of “providing a free world-class education from anywhere.” The site delivers beginner to advanced lessons in...

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Having Trouble Keeping Notes Organized Try OneNote

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Posted: October 23, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks, General Interest


Having all your notes in one place makes studying much easier and much more productive. Microsoft OneNote is a note-taking program you can use for both handwritten and typed notes. It lets you insert pictures and sound and even type anywhere on the page without restriction. To help keep you even more organized, OneNote allows you to create separate “notebooks” for your different classes and...

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Saving Personal Numbers on Your VoIP Phone

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Posted: October 23, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks, General Interest


Do you have a non-UNB phone number that you frequently call? If so, did you know you can save  your personal contacts on your VoIP phone? The "Personal Directory" feature on your VoIP phone allows you to manually add and save personal contacts. Although not enabled by default, this feature can easily be added by submitting a request to the ITS Help Desk with your phone number and contact...

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October is cyber-security awareness month

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Posted: October 18, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Announcements, Tips and Tricks, General Interest


While October is probably best known for Halloween costumes, trick or treating and scary movies, there's another reason for students, faculty and staff to take notice of the month.It's also Cyber Security Awareness month in Canada and in countries around the world.Cyber Security is a growing area of concern for individuals, organizations, government and police. At the University of New...

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Change IT on Your Campus

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Posted: October 16, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Projects, IT Announcements, General Interest


Every year, students pay a ‘Student Technology Fee’ along with their tuition and other fees. But what, exactly, is the Student Technology Fee and what is it used for? The Student Technology Fee is used to improve information technology for students throughout the Fredericton campus. In the fall, students are asked to submit their ideas for how IT can be improved. Once all the ideas have been...

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Create Pages with Visual Impact

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Posted: October 16, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Design Desk


We've all heard the saying - a photo is worth a thousand words. But do you want a thousand good words or a thousand not-so-good words? That's the difference between a photo or image that's just thrown up onto a website and one that is carefully selected and edit. As part of the UNB web refresh, Information Technology Services (ITS) is working closely with Communications & Marketing to help...

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Have You Switched to myUNB WiFi Yet

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Posted: October 16, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

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If you haven’t made the move to myUNB WiFi yet, be sure to do it by October 23, when Wireless@UNB will be removed from the list of available UNB networks. UNB’s new wireless was launched early last week and many students, faculty, and staff have already made the switch and are seeing improvements in capacity, speed and coverage. Don’t wait until the last minute, connect to myUNB WiFi...

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Is the Movie Any Good

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Posted: October 16, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest, Tips and Tricks


Making plans for a movie night? Whether you’re planning a trip to the theatres with friends or watching a movie at home with that special someone, IMDB you want to know if it’s worth the hour and a half of your time. The best way to know how good a movie will be … IMBD. With the movie app you can see ratings, watch trailers, rate movies yourself, look up movie show times in local theatres and...

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You Were Definitely Heard

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Posted: October 16, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest, IT Announcements


Last year, ITS conducted a survey of students, faculty, staff and Level 1s about technology services on campus. We asked if you thought your IT services were either satisfactory or had potential for improvement, you gave us your feedback and we began to immediately implement changes in the top issue areas. Since compiling the survey data, we have diligently been working to make your IT services...

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5 Odd Questions with Mary-Lou Mowat

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Posted: October 9, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest


What do you do at ITS? My title is Senior Procurement Analyst.  I am responsible to ensure that the purchase of Computer systems & Accessories & Printers abide by the Purchasing Policy Act and maintain some of UNB’s site licenses. 1. What do you think is the best invention?  The Car 2. What is your favourite tradition? Annual Family Yard Sale 3. What is a food you can eat and never be tired...

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Data Debacles

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Posted: October 9, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks, General Interest


Ever get your cellphone bill and almost keel over in shock? If you’re like most smartphone owners, almost every month you end up paying $10 to $15 more than what is stated in your plan. This usually happens for one reason and one reason only – you use too much data. Whether you want to be constantly connected with your friends on Facebook, you pass time by watching funny cat videos on YouTube...

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Have You Made The Switch myUNB WiFi is Here

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Posted: October 9, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest, IT Announcements


myUNB WiFi replaces Wireless@UNB and is up to four times faster and has much better coverage throughout our campuses. For those who have yet to make the switch, Wireless@UNB will only be available until October 23. Learn how to switch to myUNB WiFi.  If you have any questions, contact the ITS Help Desk.

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The Wait is Almost Over Switch to UNB s New Wireless on Monday

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Posted: October 3, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest


This Monday you need to switch from Wireless@UNB to myUNB WiFi to fully experience UNB’s new and much improved wireless. What’s so exciting about this new wireless network? Earlier today the Brunswickan published an article with all the details. Check it out.

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It s Happened Again Another Toolbar Has Appeared

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Posted: October 2, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks, General Interest


You just downloaded a great free program you found online. The next time you open your web browser, however, you realize that free software came with something you hadn’t bargained for… Yet another toolbar. These days, toolbars are included with a lot of free software you can download from the web. These toolbars are usually a form of spyware that intentionally direct you to a specific site and...

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Management Briefing - VOIP Project Update

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Posted: October 2, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Management Briefings


Background The Voice‐Over‐IP (VOIP) project on the Fredericton campus was recently completed well within budget and slightly ahead of schedule. Almost 2000 standard phone lines were decommissioned, and replaced with a UNB network‐based system, complete with new desksets. Since implementation, the new phone service has been trouble‐free (other than normal start‐up pains) and calls are...

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The App That Never Skips a Beat

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Posted: October 2, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

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A song comes on the radio and you start tapping your foot to the beat. It’s catchy and you get into it, but you have no idea what it’s called or who it’s by. Fortunately, Shazam is there to help. Shazam is an app that quickly tells you the song, artist and album information of any song as it’s playing so you can remember it for later. Just open the app while your mystery song is playing, tap...

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The Wait is Almost Over Switch to UNB s New Wireless on Monday

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Posted: October 2, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest, IT Announcements


This Monday you need to switch from Wireless@UNB to myUNB WiFi to fully experience UNB’s new and much improved wireless. What’s so exciting about this new wireless network? Earlier today the Brunswickan published an article with all the details. Check it out.

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tidBiTS Asked You Answered - Favourite new features of iOS7

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Posted: October 2, 2013 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks, General Interest


iOS 7 has been out for two weeks now – just long enough for us to learn the ins and outs of Apple’s newest operating system. We already showed you the drastic increase in UNB’s internet traffic on September 18th as many of you downloaded the upgrade, so we thought we would ask ITS staff and students to share a few of your favourite new features since then.  Here’s what you had to say: “Two of...

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