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The downside of having a web-based or cloud-based email account is that it could be hacked. Accessing email online has many advantages that outweigh the possibility of hacking. Besides, those using computer-based email can still become victims of hacking by opening suspicious attachments or clicking phishing links.

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The advent of cloud computing technology has certainly brought more than a slight hint of flair, practicality, and increased convenience to the management of business operations as well as individuals’ lives. After all, since when could you travel from one continent to another and not even have to bring along any of your office paperwork, hard disk, or USB drives?!

With the use of cloud computing and applications like Drop Box and GoogleDocs, all you need is access to the World Wide Web, and you’ve got it all at the tip of your fingers. You can store tens and thousands of important business documents in what feels like ‘extra-terrestrial digital zones.’ You can see cloud computing is going to be bringing about some revolutionary changes in how technology stores and manages data in the future. There have already been some very innovative and funny ways in which we’ve seen people using this nifty cloud system. We share with you 4 of the best we’ve found.

1. Printing off the Clouds

Printing off the Clouds

Yes, this seemingly impossible feat has finally become possible. Thanks to our trustworthy friend – Google. It sort of is, anyway. What you’ll be needing is a development build from Chrome for your Windows. You can remotely print documents held anywhere in your cloud computing network with this feature.. If you’d rather not use Google, you can throw in a few bucks for another remote printing option like Pogoplug or Dropbox.

2. Don’t Forget the Milk!

Remember the Milk

You may or may not be amongst those absent-minded ones amongst us who regularly forget to pick up the milk, but one thing is for sure – a running and easily customizable to-do list 24/7 will help keep you on your toes. Cloud computing applications like TeuxDeux and Remember the Milk are task management tools that will let you prioritize and list your tasks, tick them off as you go, and even ‘remind you’ of deadlines. This could be an email or text message sent to yourself. Looking to procrastinate on your to-dos by going offline? This clever technology works offline and syncs with your calendar on Google while it has access to wi-fi, keeping you on track even in annoying service areas.

3. Panda Anti Virus on the Cloud

Panda Anti Virus on the Cloud

You’ve seen it all now. It’s the first ever free anti-virus software on the computing cloud network, and it’s offered online for free download. Indispensable services like anti-virus can be priceless for your company. Although the level of security on offer is still disputable, and it’s in its initial development stages. The extremely light interface due to its cloud-based system means high speed protection. They really might be onto something here.

Now, that must have given you a hearty laugh! The ironic thing is, as funny as these situations where cloud computing stepped in to save the day may seem, they’re actually quite practical and potential occurrences in your daily life. Makes you think whether you’ve optimized your use of those clouds yet, doesn’t it? Or have you still got your head stuck in the clouds?

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After a period lasting thousands of years in which teachers had only basic language and writing tools at their disposal, the technological age has made electronic wonders instantly available to the hands of educators and students alike, presenting the ability to enrich the learning environment exponentially.

The Apple iPad tablet computer in particular has proven to be an invaluable aid in classrooms of all types, allowing teachers to better present, test and track their material and helping students to better study, research and understand the ideas being taught to them.

If you’re a teacher at any level looking to integrate the awesome power of the Apple iPad into your classroom, get started with these eight best iPad apps for educators:

1. WritePad

WritePad

Keeping track of tens of students, each with their own needs and requirements, can be an overwhelming task, but the WritePad app for iPad makes it simple to take quick, handwritten notes with each converted into readable text with the touch of a button; for every moment that brings an important idea to mind, your iPad offers the convenience of a notepad and the power of a personal computer.

2. Fast Forward Academy

FastForward Academy

This is a must-have app for those into financial accounting and reporting. From various tests and cpa examination available to the online community to help your students in group learning, this collection of apps is simply awesome!

3. Numbers for iPad

Numbers for iPad

This Microsoft Excel-compatible spreadsheet app for the iPad helps you to keep track of students’ grades with ease, allowing you to import your existing spreadsheets in .xls format or start fresh with the iPad.

4. Discover Wikipedia

Discover Wikipedia

This incredible app combines the nearly endless educational resources offered by Wikipedia with a magazine-style overlay in order to turn potentially stale text into a more interactive and pleasant-looking experience. With a built-in search feature, the Discover app can be used easily as a reference for any topic under the sun, both in the classroom and at home.

5. QuickVoice Recorder

QuickVoice Recorder

Record mere seconds of a fleeting thought or an entire lecture with the QuickVoice Recorder app for iPad! This useful tool allows you to record any length of audio, limited only by your iPad’s available storage space, offering an excellent way to review your in-classroom process, including lectures, student interaction and question and answer periods.

6. Teacher’s Assistant Pro

Teacher's Assistant Pro

The Teacher’s Assistant Pro iPad app gives educators the ability to quickly and easily track all aspects of their individual students’ progress, allowing for quick notes on everything from behavioral incidents to personal achievements. The app’s extreme customizability makes it suitable for any classroom and student demographic, providing both general and specific tools for different scenarios.

7. Keynote

Keynote

Keynote provides teachers with the ability to create full-featured presentations directly on their iPad, combining textual data with pre-made themes or custom animations, graphics, charts and tables, videos, audio and more in order to deploy an interesting and interactive experience to students. Combined with the iPad’s ability to be easily hooked up to an external monitor or projector, the Keynote app for iPad suddenly becomes a dream for presenting engaging material to any classroom.

8. gFlash Pro

gFlash Pro

Whether you’re a teacher, a student or simply someone with an interest in trivia, the gFlash Pro app for iPad provides you with endless variations of tests, quizzes, games and flash cards on a wide variety of subjects, serving as a standalone tool for educators looking to brush up on a given topic or a source of infinite inspiration when it comes time to construct your own classroom materials.

9. Evernote

Evernote

If you prefer to type on your tablet rather than take handwritten notes then taking advantage of the fantastic Evernote iPad app is practically required! The hassle-free interface allows for typed or voice entries, syncing your notes between computers and other mobile devices in order to allow you to access them from anywhere at any time.

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