Sunday, October 14, 2018

Exciting New Teams Devices

During Microsoft's Ignite conference, I learned of a new lineup of devices designed specifically for communicating via Microsoft Teams. They are all Teams Certified, and they will work seamlessly with the software. These devices will range anywhere from web-cams for video conferencing, to wireless earbuds for convenient voice calls.

Logitech Brio 4K Webcam

Jabra 65T Wireless Earbuds (Coming Soon)

They also have more devices such as full conference room setups and speakers, but the one that has me really excited is one of their mobile docks.

The device pictured on the left in the image above would allow one to turn their mobile device into a teams-driven desk-phone simply by placing it on the dock. While docked, it would also be able to receive calls through the Jabber app, though it's not clear at this time if Jabber calls will work with the headset. It's also likely that the mobile device would need to be NFC capable, as it looks like the dock is powered by a wireless charging pad.

Overall, these devices are pretty exciting from the perspective of an institution that uses Teams heavily!

Tyler Gastineau
Digital Experience Coordinator
Information Technology

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Microsoft Ignite 2018 - My Review!

New Enclosure for Surface at Microsoft Ignite
New enclosure for Surface Go
In September, Tyler Gastineau, Doug Polston and I attended Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft's annual technology conference in Orlando, FL.  During the event, we learned about a lot of new things coming from Microsoft including updates to everything from Windows to Office and impacting services like SkyLab and Hornet 365.

We all attended different sessions and demos throughout the week.  Here are my top takeaways:

  • The OneDrive for Mac client is getting an update to bring it more on par with the Windows version!  The best new feature--files on demand.  This means you don't have to sync all your files down to your Mac.  OneDrive will intelligently sync only those you're using to avoid filling out your hard drive!
  • There are a lot of new SharePoint features coming that will greatly enhance our intranet capabilities with Hornet 365.
  • One of the new features is News, which syndicates user-personalized news feeds across all of SharePoint.
  • Teams is now feature equivalent to Skype for Business, plus lots of new integrations are being added making Teams the hub for your collaboration and communication needs.
  • Office 2019 was released the day of the conference, but ESU will not be using Office 2019.  We will be moving to the newly branded version called Office 365--it's the same desktop software we're used to using at home and, unlike our current version, it'll be patched and have features added automatically!
  • There's an all-new version of Microsoft Project Online coming!  Unlike the current version, it looks more modern and is expected to be available April 2019!
Brian Osbourn
Director, Web & Digital Strategies

Walking on an interactive video board at Ignite!

HornetCAST 360 - ESU's first 360 degree IT Podcast!

This week we embarked on a new endeavor--podcasting!  But this is no normal podcast--this one is video and 360 degrees!  That means you can interact with the video by scrolling around the video or watching it in your favorite VR gear.  Since this was our first attempt, it's a little rough and we're working on adding in graphics and more features.  For our inaugural episode, Tyler and I discuss our experience at the annual Microsoft Ignite conference, then Sandy joins us to cover all the latest devices and technology news from the past couple weeks that will impact ESU.  Check out HornetCAST 360 and let us know what you think!

Watch it here!

Brian Osbourn
Director, Web & Digital Strategies

Friday, October 12, 2018

Did you know what our digital signs can do?

The digital signs around university bring campus into life. The services and features that the digital signs offer are incredible and very helpful. If you go to any digital sign and touch the menu, it will provide you with many services and features.

Some of those features:
  • Interactive Maps. This feature can provide  you with many locations by touching each internal category. For example:
    • It shows academic and administrative buildings.
    • Parking permits and free parking locations.
    • Bicycle stations, where you can do some fixes to your bike.
    • Emergency phone stands, where you can call help from different locations around campus.
    • Athletics, etc.
  • Campus Map. This gives you some useful information. Like:
    • It shows each parking permit color 
    • Provides you with  Hornet Nation Wi-Fi coverage.
  • News. This tab gives a wide variety of announcements and events around campus.
  • Weather, which includes two features:
    • Includes the weather straight from the National Weather Service.
    • It shows a radar view of Emporia and surrounding areas.
Now you can get many things you want, right at our digital pulse!

Ahmad Alaliwi
Student Web Developer
Web and Digital Strategies

Friday, October 5, 2018

iPhone XS Max

Following up on the Apple new products we're taking a look at the iPhone XS Max to analyze. And for any ESU Faculty or Staff: if you are eligible for an upgrade, and you would like the XS Max, then contact the IT Help Desk for more information.

Below are the features of the phone: 
  • iPhone XS Max come in three different colors, Gold, Space Grey, and Silver.

  • Capacities vary from 64GB, 256GB, to, and for the first time, 512GB.
  • Size of iPhone:

  • The display is Super Retina HD display with 6.5-inch (diagonal) all-screen OLED and Multi-Touch HDR.
  • One of the cool features about this phone that it’s splash, dust, and water resistant with maximum depth of 2 meters up to 30 minutes.
  • The processor is an A12 Bionic chip. Next generation neural-engine.
  • Some of the camera features (not all included):
o   Dual 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras
o   2x optical zoom; digital zoom up to 10x
o   Dual optical image stabilization
o   Autofocus with focus pixels
  • Some of the video recording features (not all included):

o   4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
o   1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
o   720p HD video recording at 30 fps
o   2x optical zoom; digital zoom up to 6x
o   Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
o   Time-lapse video with stabilization
  • Enabled by TrueDepth camera for facial recognition
  • Some features about the power and battery (not all included):

o   Lasts up to 1.5 hours longer than iPhone X
o   Up to 50% charge 30 minutes
o   Wireless charging

Ahmad Alaliwi
Student Web Developer
Web and Digital Strategies
Information Technology

Apple Watch Series 4


On September 12, 2018, Apple held its annual special event where they released the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max, and the Apple Watch 4. After taking it all in, I knew I had to have the new watch.

I recently had the opportunity to daily drive the Apple Watch Series 4 (44mm) and it is a beautiful combination of machinery and technology.

  • A larger LTPO OLED Retina display in same form factor (40 mm and 44 mm), previously (38 mm and 42 mm).
  • Along with a 2x faster S4 processor
  • Better Haptic Feedback
  • New Digital Crown
  • FDA approved ECG feature (coming soon)
  • Fall Detection that can contact Emergency SOS if you've taken a hard fall
  • Optional  Improved Cellular Connectivity
  • Louder Speakers
  • New watch faces
  • New workouts added
  • Apple Pay

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For me, personally, it's a nice extension of my phone and productivity while tracking various health elements. I'm sure as time goes on there will be various applications that one could use straight from the watch. On top of all that, it gives me the excitement and feelings of a a child with a new toy. What more could you ask for?

If you're on the previous generation Apple Watch, you can get the software upgrade to watchOS 5 now!

Emporia State University Faculty and Staff: If you think you might be able to use the the Apple Watch 4 for work, contact the IT Help Desk for more info.

Saandhyarag Sasidhar
Student Operations Manager
Web and Digital Strategies

LinkedIn: How Students can Optimize Job Search

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Photo Source: LinkedIn
Here are a couple ways to optimize social media job searching as a college student:

Post complete self-image: Have all professional information uploaded onto LinkedIn. If an employer can visit a student's page and see past job experience, technical/soft skills, and what they want in a career, then that student will have a much easier time being recruited by companies that fit their agenda.

Stay updated: whether it's in a specific industry's news or a particular company, being in the know gives an advantage. This can be helpful when meeting recruiters or during an interview because it shows that the interviewee has been doing their research.

Donald Goode
Student Web Developer
Web and Digital Strategies