Archive for June, 2010
Friday, June 25th, 2010
The iPhone and now with the iPhone 4 release, is a ubiquitous device on most college and university campuses. While many might casually assume that college and university students are using their iPhones just for texting, talking and social networking, a quick analysis indicates that college and university students are able to utilize their iPhones in new and unique ways because of the host of iPhone apps that are available and useful to the college student. Below is a list of some of the more popular and effective student oriented iPhone apps:
1) BigWords: this app provides college students the ability to comparison shop college
and university textbooks
2) CliffsNotes: this is a popular application that builds on the utility of the well-known study guides that students have been using for years
3) History: Maps of the World: this really neat application allows users to download and view maps of the world as they would have appeared in different historical eras
4) Pandora Radio: of course college students must have time to relax and increasingly they can accomplish this by listening to their favorite music genres on web-based radio streams through their iPhones
5) Mathematical Formulas: this app preserves the most common algebraic, trigonometry and related mathematical formulas for easy reference
In addition to these popular and useful apps there are a host of others. College and university students can considerably ease their academic and scholarly burdens by making full use of their iPhones in addition to enjoying the everyday utility that the iPhone provides.
Saturday, June 19th, 2010
Mortgage fraud, foreclosures and home lending have been extremely popular topics for essays, thesis topics and dissertations over the past several years. For example, the FBI has noted that there has been more than $1.5 billion in financial losses due to mortgage fraud during 2009 with this year likely to equal or surpass 2009. Many academic programs in finance, accounting and criminal justice find mortgage fraud and home lending issues, such as consumer credit counseling, to be quite useful topics to study and to assign for research papers. This is because consumer credit counseling that purports to guide consumers through improving their credit, easing consumer debt such as credit card debt and in negotiating better mortgage repayment terms, have been yet another source of financially oriented criminal activity because many of the firms in this industry are themselves fraudulent. Finally, finance, accounting and criminal justice programs as well as economics classes like to monitor the foreclosure crisis in the United States because it is a key metric in determining the fundamental health of the national economy but is also indicative of how long the economy will continue to suffer. In fact, recent data indicates that in April of this year, the number of homes that were actually taken over by banks rose by 35% over the previous year which itself had increased substantially. Nationally, the estimates indicate that almost 1 million homes are involved in some stage of delinquency or foreclosure and this number is rising. Producing academic research and essays on these topics is a useful way to train and educate future economists, financial advisors and criminal investigators alike.
Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
The amount of and variety of technology available today is incredible. Certainly the iPod, iPhone, and now the iPad have changed the way college students and university students communicate and work in order to be successful in school. Of course everyone is aware of Apple’s applications or “apps” as they have come to be referred to but not everyone is aware that there are a few apps that are great tools for college and university students. We have identified the 10 best apps for college and university students available from the iTunes store below:
1) Numbers—this app costs $9.99 and it is a spreadsheet program useful because its data is compatible with Numbers for the Mac, Microsoft’s Excel and even converts into PDF format for Adobe’s products
2) Pages—this app costs $9.99 and it is a word processing program that contains templates, tools, and a host of touch commands. Pages is simple to utilize for students and is compatible with Pages for the Mac, Microsoft Word as well as PDF reliant programs
3) Things for iPad—this app is expensive at $19.99 and it is a great time management program that allows improved scheduling with a nice user interface and is designed for the iPad’s larger screen
4) Articles for iPad—this app is $0.99 which makes it a nice and easy addition to a college student’s set of software tools. This app has a nice interface and provides direct access to Wikipedia which may not be accepted by college professors as a credible source but which is largely viewed by all others as a constantly accessible easy and reliable quick reference database
5) Dictionary.com—this is a free and includes access to the site’s database of more than 1,000,000 unique words and also includes access to the site’s thesaurus functionality as well
6) IM+–this app is $9.99 and is an effective way to gather all your IM channels into a single app. This app integrates Twitter, Skype Chat, Google Talk, Facebook, Yahoo, MSN/Live, AIM/iChat, ICQ as well as several others
7) Scrabble for iPad—this app is $9.99 and provides a nice, useful game to break up the monotony of your classes or unforeseen downtime and, even better, it also integrates with Facebook to enable game sharing as well as wireless interactivity with other iPad or iPod users
8) Instapaper Pro—this app is $4.99 is essentially collects articles and web pages that you like while you have wifi access for later viewing and reading when wifi may not be available
9) Netflix—this app is free but requires that you already have an online Netflix account. This app allows you to view all your Netflix movies from the iPad or iPhone/iPod and we all know that Netflix now has a host of movies available for immediate viewing with a simple membership plan
10) The Elements: A Visual Exploration—this app is $13.99 and if you are a science major or interested in science then it is a must have. This app provides background information and graphics on each element listed in the periodic table of the elements
These top ten iPad apps for students in school can make your life a lot easier and if you need help with school like writing a term paper then place us on your favorites in your web browser. Sorry, we don’t have an app for that but for custom writing services you won’t find a service any better or responsive than ours and we can free up your time for the other important aspects of your college or university life.
Thursday, June 3rd, 2010
Tony Hayward, the CEO of BP, is a whiny little bitch. Certainly I’d like to be more sophisticated than that but there’s just no other way to explain it. Tony’s company is responsible for what is likely going to turn out to be the worst oil spill in history and all he can do publicly is infer what an inconvenience the entire ordeal has been on his life. Certainly his life seems to be more important to him than the 11 people that were killed on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig that blew up because BP’s engineers were cutting safety corners in the interest of profit, ROI and scheduling. But his life of luxury is definitely more important to him than the countless millions of people along the gulf coast in the US whose lives are almost certainly wrecked. So I encourage the boycott BP campaigns but I do so because I too want Tony to get his life back. This BP oil spill is a national catastrophe of global proportions and the idiots still can’t seem to come up with a clear solution or strategy to address the problem. Currently, there are solutions being thrown around outside of BP to lower high explosives to collapse the wellhead and even a nuclear device which would, because of the extremely high heat it generates, seal the wellhead completely. Feasible or not this is the type of creative solution that this type of singular problem requires. Rather than persisting in following protocols for sealing wellheads on the surface, BP and the government must begin to examine innovative, creative and singular strategies that have not been tried previously because these are the types of solutions that will solve this type of unfamiliar problem. Furthermore, BP continues to attempt to downplay and minimize the breadth and scale of the catastrophe and won’t even admit to the existence of the underwater oil plumes which three independent scientific teams have verified—instead Tony personally and BP officially continue to argue that these do not exist. Right, Tony says, “trust us.” Okay, Tony, the American public trusts what you say because you have our interests at heart because we all know you want your life back. BP and the government absolutely cannot let that wellhead leak until August when the relief well will be completed. Do something-anything but start by coming up with original solutions for what amounts to a never before seen problem so that whiney little bitch can get his life back!
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
The University of Phoenix is one of the most unethical companies in corporate America, and that is saying something considering that ethics and business seem to be mutually incompatible these days. The University of Phoenix is an online university whose programs have been the subject of much ridicule over the past several years as the university has focused almost purely on enrollment numbers rather than educational delivery. This has led to the University of Phoenix being referred to as the McDonald’s of higher education and an internationally horrible reputation. Because the University of Phoenix is a for-profit institution, it is clear that the ultimate mandate is in generating profits rather than delivering quality education with lasting impact. That the university adheres to this mandate is evident by the number and type of lawsuits that have been filed by the university’s parent corporation, The Apollo Group, such as its recent settlement in which it paid 10s of millions of dollars in order to settle financial aid fraud issues with the Department of Education and the Justice Department. While the settlement allows the University of Phoenix to state that the settlement in no way implies that the company defrauded students and the government by compensating enrollment counselors on a performance basis, among other nefarious practices, no company pays millions of dollars just to placate a few disgruntled students and a government investigation. Simply put, while the University of Phoenix does allow students to obtain degrees, the quality of these degrees conferred by online universities that are purely for-profit enterprises begs the question, just where do students fit into the institutions’ profit equation? The Apollo Group derives the vast majority of its revenues from the U.S. Department of Education’s various financial aid programs and thus this is a company that depends on generating as much student churn as it can in order to constantly renew its revenue stream as students apply for and obtain financial aid and, conveniently enough, the majority of which is retained by the University of Phoenix as revenue. Even from an investment perspective, The Apollo Group is suspect because of the way it books these revenues and its ongoing business practices. The best advise if you have not yet succumbed to the University of Phoenix’ marketing efforts is to pursue your education with a local community college or university that offers a mix of online and on-ground classes. If you are a University of Phoenix student, the best advice is to withdraw and ensure that it does not attempt to bill you for unpaid tuition which it will most likely attempt to do.