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Sony, Panasonic Reveal 1 TB Archival Optical Disc Roadmap

Sony and Panasonic have revealed their latest disc-based storage roadmap, with 300 GB and larger Archival Disc media set to ship beginning next year.

CoSN Issues Guidelines for Designing Optimal Education Network

A professional association of K-12 IT leaders has defined the specifications for a district network that can keep up with current and future instructional and learning requirements.

FCC Looks To Boost Broadband Support for Schools as It Reviews E-Rate Modernization

The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comment on changes to the E-rate program that are likely to go into effect next year.

Infinitely Virtual Intros Cloud Hosting Plan for Education

Cloud server provider Infinitely Virtual today announced Virtual Terminal Server — Standard, the first of what will eventually be four cloud hosting plans for the education market.

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PCs See 'Most Severe Contraction on Record'

The PC market tanked last year, but not quite as badly as expected. Overall PC shipments fell 9.8 percent in 2103, slightly better than the 10.1 percent decline previously forecast by market research firm IDC.

Forecast: Billions Will Have High-Speed Mobile Broadband Within 5 Years

High-speed mobile broadband is poised to explode within the next five years. According to a new forecast, by 2019, subscriptions to LTE and LTE-Advanced will reach into the billions.

EducationSuperHighway Responds to E-rate Data Collection Concerns from Superintendents Association

Advocacy group EducationSuperHighway is refuting claims made by the School Superintendents Association and the Association of Educational Service Agencies that its data collection initiative might be detrimental to districts' E-rate applications. The two groups warned members yesterday that use of ESH's Item 21 Portal might slow down the processing of their applications or make use of private data in unforeseen ways.

Oakland Unified Rolling Out 8,000 Chromebooks

Oakland Unified School District in California plans to implement more than 8,000 Chromebook laptops in classrooms for grades 3 through 12.

Consumer Adoption of 802.11ac Outpacing Enterprise Adoption

Consumer adoption of 802.11ac access points is set to accelerate drastically this year. In 2013, about 8 percent of consumer APs supported 802.11ac. That figure is expected to swell to 45 percent this year.

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Samsung Reveals 8-Core Chromebook 2

Samsung has unveiled its next-generation Chromebook 2 line, which will sport Exynos 5 Octa processors with eight processing cores. The Chromebook 2, designed for schools, will be available in two configurations, offering different screen sizes and processor speeds of up to 2.1 GHz.

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