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Informs and engages the UNB community on IT developments and news

Do it yourself with Instructables

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Posted: April 30, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks, General Interest


Want to learn how to make a laser? How to make banana bread? Make a survival kit? Build a Bluetooth speaker? At one time or another, most of us have wanted to create something with our own hands rather than buy it from a store.  But where do you go when you need to learn how to make that contraption or gadget? Instructables.com is a site that is perfect for the Do-it-yourselfer.  It has...

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Expand on your Learning

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Posted: April 30, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks, General Interest


Do you have a passion for learning and want to take some courses from the world’s top universities? Then you should check out Coursera.org. Coursera brings a premiere education to the masses online.  Partnering with over 100 of the top universities worldwide, Coursera offers courses on everything from linear circuits to computational investing to Hebrew. Coursera allows you to learn on your own...

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Get a great night s sleep with F Lux

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Posted: April 30, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks, General Interest


We rely on our computer for so many things: our main communication tool, our main source of news and increasingly, our source of television. But what does all this screen time mean? Well unfortunately for many people, it means either lying in bed wide awake long after we should be asleep or suffering from debilitating headaches.  So what’s the cause? Our monitors emit something call blue...

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Imaging Print Services is now named Print Services

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Posted: April 30, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest, IT Announcements


UNB Imaging and Print Services has been re-named to Print Services. Even though their name has changed they continue to offer quality products for your printing needs. Whether you need photocopying, posters, booklets, lamination, thesis binding and more – Print Services has you covered. Keep an eye out over future weeks for specials on their most popular services. Check out the new Print...

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Management Briefing - Print Services

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Posted: April 30, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Management Briefings


Background ITS’s Imaging and Print Services unit has fully consolidated operations into its Marshall d’Avray location, offering professional print shop capabilities and services to the entire university. In recognition of this leaner, more focused approach to meeting UNB printing needs, the unit will henceforth be called Print Services, but will continue to produce high quality printed...

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Add productive time to your day using Pushbullet

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Posted: April 23, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks, General Interest


According to a new study, cellphone users check their phone 150 times per day – that’s once every 6.5 minutes you’re awake! But that’s not even the worst part. Most of the time we check our phones we haven’t even received any new notifications. So how can you focus a little more on your work and a little less on obsessively checking your smartphone? By using Pushbullet. Pushbullet delivers all...

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Free Movies Online With Crackle

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Posted: April 23, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks, General Interest


These days, most TV shows are available to be streamed for free on the network’s website a day or two after the program is shown on live TV. But what about movies? Unfortunately, there are not many movies available online legally without a Netflix subscription. So how can the movie fanatic still get a great theatrical experience without a paid subscription? With Crackle.com. Crackle is a free...

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Get off on the right foot with your studies this summer with iStudiez Pro

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Posted: April 23, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks, General Interest


Want to achieve better marks while in intersession this summer? It has been proven that one of the biggest keys to a student’s success in school is organization, but between all the essays, midterms and assignments it’s often hard to keep track of everything you have on the go. That’s where iStudiez Pro can help. iStudiez Pro allows you to track everything to do with school in one place – your...

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Virus Protection for your Android

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Posted: April 23, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest, Tips and Tricks


Did you know virus protection is just as important for your Android as it is for your laptop or desktop? Just like with your computer, Smartphone viruses and malware have the ability to take over your device and steal all your private information if you’re not careful. So how can you keep your Android and all your personal information safe? AVG Mobile’s AntiVirus Security is an App for Androids...

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Happy Studying UNB students

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Posted: April 16, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks, General Interest


Congratulations students, on completing another semester of classes at UNB! Just think, only a few more exams to go until a well-deserved break. If studying is getting to you, take a walk outside and welcome in the new spring weather.  If you’re not in the mood for a stroll, keep your brain sharp by trying out dual-n-back, a memory game that has been proven to increase your fluid intelligence...

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Hunt for Easter Eggs Online with Google

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Posted: April 16, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks, General Interest


Everybody loves online Easter Eggs and Google is no exception. Although typically known for changing their logo in honour of different events or occasions, Google has also been known to fill their pages with Easter Eggs.  Here are a few of our favourites: 1) Ever dreamt about touring the world from the sky? Now you can with Google Earth.  All you have to do is press Ctrl + Alt + A and your...

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Microsoft Office goes Mobile

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Posted: April 16, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks, General Interest


Ever wish you could pack all the functionality and resources provided by Microsoft Office into a package that is smaller than your laptop or desktop computer? Great news! Now you can thanks to Microsoft Office Mobile. Microsoft Office mobile lets you do everything with Office that you would from your computer at home or at work, all on your Smartphone or Tablet. Whether it’s writing an essay...

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Never lose touch with your team with Fleep

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Posted: April 16, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks, General Interest


In today’s busy work environment, clear communication isn’t just an advantage, it’s a requirement.  Between continual group emails, instant messaging and meetings however, sometimes it can be a tradeoff between being up to date with your team or getting work done. That is, until Fleep. Fleep is a communication app that helps you and your colleagues always stay on the same page.  Formed by a...

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Organize your Email with Boomerang

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Posted: April 16, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks, General Interest


Since the beginning of the online revolution, email has been connecting business partners and friends from around the world. As useful as email can be however,  it can also easily get in the way of your productivity. That’s where Boomerang can help. Boomerang is an attachment for both Gmail and Outlook that helps you overcome some of the clutter of email, all while making sure that you never...

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Parking made easy with HotSpot

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Posted: April 16, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest, Tips and Tricks


Parking in downtown Fredericton can be frustrating, especially when it’s midday and you have to settle on a spot that isn’t close to your intended destination.  Even once you find a spot, you have to make the decision between filling the meter with all the coins you can find or just putting in a few and risking getting a parking ticket. Thanks to a former UNB Civil Engineering student, however,...

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5 Odd Questions Kim Washburn

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Posted: April 9, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks, General Interest


Name: Kim Washburn Job at ITS: As a Telecom Anaylst, I am responsible for configuring VoIP telephones, ordering new cellular devices and deactivating old ones, as well as Aliant centrex billing. I also serve at the ITS Procurement window accepting machines for repair and disposal, as well as returning fixed computers and software to their owners. Finally, I take care of early ordering of City...

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Keep your Flash Drive Safe

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Posted: April 9, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest, Tips and Tricks


In the modern age of computing, we go to great lengths to keep our data safe and away from the eyes of others.  We install anti-virus software on our computers, use passwords for our smartphones and protect our wireless router from any would-be intruders.  So why is it that we don't protect our flash drives? Flash drives are one of the most convenient and portable pieces of modern technology,...

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Management Briefing - IT Procurement

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Posted: April 9, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Management Briefings


Background Every year ITS manages procurement of millions of dollars’ worth of computing goods and services essential to the teaching and research mission of the university. Everything from computers and related equipment like printers and monitors, to enterprise‐wide and individual software applications, to maintenance contracts, to services such as Internet connectivity and outside phone...

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Reconnect to your UNB network drives

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Posted: April 9, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest, Tips and Tricks


Faculty and staff, have you ever lost the mapping to your personal (H:) or departmental network drives? Sometimes switching between UNB’s wired and wireless networks can cause laptops to lose connection to the UNB network drives.  This could mean trouble if you’re about to give a presentation or lead a meeting that involves a file stored on the network. So how do you get your network drives...

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Vimeo - High-quality video sharing

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Posted: April 9, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks, General Interest


Looking for an alternative to YouTube for finding or sharing high-quality videos? YouTube is a great resource for videos about almost anything, but let’s face it, sometimes the high-quality content can get lost in the site’s endless clutter of homemade funny cat videos or videos of children coming home from the dentist. This is where Vimeo comes in handy. Vimeo is a more “professional” video...

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Master your Google Skills with A Google A Day

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Posted: April 2, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest, Tips and Tricks


Whether at work or home, we regularly rely on what's arguably the internet's biggest innovator - Google - to provide us with information we need on any given subject. Not only does Google give us answers to questions that range from simple mathematics to the meanings behind Shakespeare's plays, but it can also help us navigate the world and has many other functions. So how good are you at...

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Save time and money with a quick trick

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Posted: April 2, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks, General Interest


What do you do with your computer at the end of the day? Most people do one of two things: shut it off or leave it running. So which is the best to do? Neither. According to PC World, a recent study done by iolo Labs concluded the best procedure is to put your PC in sleep mode. Why? By putting your computer in sleep mode rather than leaving it on all night, you will save about $2 per month in...

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Tricks to help you get started with Windows 8

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Posted: April 2, 2014 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks, General Interest


Just purchased a new Windows 8 laptop or tablet but aren’t familiar with the latest version of the Windows operating system? Here are a few tricks to help you get a feel for Windows 8:  1) Accessing your programs: Windows 8 involved the removal of one feature in previous versions of Windows that many people held near to their hearts, the Start menu.  No longer do you have to click in the bottom...

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