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Informs and engages the UNB community on IT developments and news

4 useful Android functions to make note of

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Posted: August 31, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest, Tips and Tricks


Think you know everything you need to about your Android device? Here are 4 neat features many people are unaware of and—trust us—you don’t want to be missing out on: Note: Some directions may vary depending on your device Enable Smart Lock by going to Settings > Security > Trust Agents (you may then have to turn on Smart Lock and return to Security to configure the Smart lock settings). This...

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Download the latest update for your Apple iOS device today to prevent online spying

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Posted: August 31, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Security Alerts


Do you own an iPhone, iPad or iPod? Due to a security flaw recently found in select Apple products, anyone with an Apple mobile device is strongly encouraged to download the latest software update from Apple, iOS 9.3.5, in order to reduce any risk to their personal information. What you need to know: - A company called the NSO Group has reportedly been taking advantage of security...

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Mark your Calendars for ITS Day 2016 Thursday September 15

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Posted: August 31, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Events, Our Community, General Interest


Faculty, staff and students – ITS is pleased to invite you to join us on Thursday, September 15 in the Wu Conference Centre for #ITSday2016. What is ITS Day 2016? This one day event is a unique opportunity for you to get up to speed on all things IT at UNB. We hope you’ll be able to join us: - Morning snacks and lunch provided- Q&A and information sessions on how to make the most of your IT...

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tidBiTS App of the Week Cozi

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Posted: August 31, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest


With the upcoming school year fast approaching, getting your household organized is very important, and this week’s App of the Week—Cozi—is all about helping you do it. Cozi is designed to help you coordinate with your family more effectively for maximum household efficiency; however, as a student, you may find that sharing the app with your roommates can also make your living situation operate...

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5 things that could be slowing down your computer

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Posted: August 25, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks, General Interest


A computer’s performance can decrease with age, but if yours suddenly isn't working the way it used to and you’re not sure why, there could be other factors playing into the issue. Here are 5 common (and fixable) explanations for why your computer may not be as up to speed as it once was: 1. A cluttered desktop2. Too many browser tabs open at once3. You need to clean out your trash bin (and...

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Are you staying safe on public Wi-Fi networks

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Posted: August 25, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest, IT Security


Many people are unaware that they can be putting themselves and their personal information at risk while using public Wi-Fi networks. Even if the network appears to be secure (it requires a password), you are still leaving yourself extremely exposed to anyone you’re sharing the “secure” network with. Lifehacker has offered some tips on How to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi Networks: 1. Adjust your...

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tidBiTS latest App of the Week - SleepBot

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Posted: August 25, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest


As students, instructors, and even employees, getting a good night’s sleep is extremely important to allow for proper brain function, for your memory to work more effectively, and for you to work more efficiently. Our latest App of the Week is called SleepBot and is designed to help your body get the rest it needs, which can reduce stress, boost your energy levels, and improve your physical and...

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UCard Cash Vs Meal Plan Cash What s the Difference

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Posted: August 25, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Our Community, General Interest


Thinking of getting a meal plan for the fall semester? Before you decide on the plan that’s right for you, take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the difference between Meal Plan Cash and UCard Cash. When setting up your meal plan, you have the option between either an unlimited plan or a limited plan. You will notice the unlimited meal plan is accompanied by $100 and the limited meal...

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4 Tricks to Help Your Laptop Battery Last Longer

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Posted: August 17, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks, General Interest


Ever realize you’ve forgotten your power cord just as you notice your laptop isn’t going to last for as long as you need? If you haven’t been there yet, you may find yourself in a similar situation in the future –just in case, here are 4 tricks to help you get the most out of your laptop battery between charges: 1. The first thing you should do is activate your laptop’s Battery Saver/Eco Mode...

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Keep an Eye Out for iTunes Security Phishing Scams

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Posted: August 17, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Security Alerts, General Interest


Cybercriminals have come up with another clever phishing idea targeting iTunes users. What to know: Cybercriminals are sending out emails (seemingly) on behalf of Apple The message informs you of a purchase supposedly made on behalf of your iTunes account and (1) asks you to confirm that this was authorized by you, or (2) asks for additional information/confirmation Since the chances of you...

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tidBiTS App of the Week The UCard App

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Posted: August 17, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest


On your way to Domino’s to pick up a delicious pizza but realize you’re running low on UCard Cash? Don’t panic. As many people like to say, “there’s an app for that!” As a UNB or STU student, faculty or staff, the UCard App* lets you easily and quickly check your UCard’s account balances and make deposits while on the go, so you never have to miss out on all the deals and discounts you can...

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3 Tricks to Keeping your Keyboard Clean with Little Effort

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Posted: August 10, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Tips and Tricks, General Interest


Keeping dust, crumbs, and debris from accumulating in your keyboard can seem like an impossible task. Fortunately, there are 3 easy tricks you can follow to help keep your keyboard clean without an expensive toolkit or an annoying, time consuming process (such as removing each key): 1. Turn the keyboard upside down and shake it at different angles. This should cause most of the loose dirt...

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Know How to Stay Safe During the 2016 Olympics

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Posted: August 10, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Security, General Interest


High-profile events – such as the 2016 Summer Olympic Games currently taking place in Rio de Janeiro – create a perfect environment for cybercriminals and hackers to strike. What to know: For those of you who will be following and supporting the Olympics from your televisions and devices, it is important to be on guard – due to the immense global attention the sporting games receive, Olympic...

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tidBiTS App of the Week - Duolingo

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Posted: August 10, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest


This week’s App of the Week is called Duolingo – a tool designed to help past, present, and future learners who are interested in picking up a new language, or maintaining fluency in one. Duolingo allows you to select whether you’re “starting from scratch”, or just trying to brush up on a language you’ve already learned –a placement test is offered in order to customize your learning to the...

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Office365 for faculty and staff

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Posted: August 9, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Management Briefings


Microsoft recently completed building two state-of-the-art data centers in Canada to host cloud services, including Office365 (O365), the company’s premier collaboration and productivity platform featuring tools such as email, calendars, and personal file storage. Microsoft offers O365 to all users at educational institutions free of charge, which is highly appealing considering hosting the...

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5 Odd Questions with Tracy Allen

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Posted: August 3, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest, Our Community


This month, we bring you more of 5 Odd Questions, with our newest edition featuring Tracy Allen. First off, we asked Tracy about her role at ITS: As the Director of the ITS Project Management Office, I set the standards for how ITS does project management and business analysis, and mentor the PMs & BAs.  I also manage large scale, strategic projects. Now for Tracy’s 5 Odd Questions: 1. What...

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Phishing Attack on Illegal Game of Thrones Downloaders

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Posted: August 3, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: IT Security Alerts, General Interest


For many, it may not come as a surprise that Game of Thrones is currently the #1 illegally downloaded T.V. show — which is likely why cybercriminals have chosen to target the latest phishing scam at people who have been illegally downloading the popular T.V. series. What does the phishing scam look like? Cybercriminals are sending emails that look like a notice from IP-Echelon (a company that...

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tidBiTS first App of the Week StudyBlue

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Posted: August 3, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: General Interest


Over the next few weeks, tidBiTS will be presenting an App of the Week based on different iOS and Android apps we’ve found that we feel could benefit you. This week, we’re bringing you StudyBlue, an app meant for students, instructors, and lifetime learners. As a student/learner, it allows you to organize study notes and create flashcards for your own studying and testing, as well as share...

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Briefing note ECN advances shared IT services in Higher-Ed across NB and PEI

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Posted: August 2, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Management Briefings


The NB/PEI Educational Computer Network (ECN) has provided shared IT services to universities and colleges in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island for 45 years. Over this time, ECN membership expanded from just a few schools to include all publicly funded universities and colleges in the two provinces. ECN is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of the Presidents/CEOs of member...

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