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1 in 10 Phishing E-mails Fool Users in Education

In a recent study, 10 percent of simulated phishing e-mails sent to users in education institutions were successful, triggering the recipient to click on a fraudulent link. That's according to the 2018 State of the Phish report from Wombat Security Technologies, in which researchers measured the average click rates on phishing tests across various industries. Education had an average click rate of 10 percent; the industries that performed worst in the tests were telecommunications and retail, with 15 percent and 14 percent average click rates, respectively. 

Global Ed Tech Investment Soars to Record $9.5 Billion

There's never been a better time to seek funding for education technology. According to Metaari, 2017 turned out to generate the most investment dollars ever in the learning technology industry. It topped $9.5 billion globally, up from $7.3 billion in 2016, which was itself 46 percent higher than the $6.5 billion in investments made in 2015. The latest year's funding went to 813 ed tech companies, the highest ever recorded, according to the learning market research company.

NC District Hit with Malware Costing $314,000 for Cleanup

Rockingham County School District Superintendent Rodney Shotwell explained that even after all of the infected computers at the district were cleaned and re-imaged, they became re-infected. At that point the district IT team called in the cavalry, including the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as local IT experts.

Apple Waives Developer Fees for Schools, Nonprofits

Members of the developer program are able to distribute apps through the Apple App Store and gain access to tools such as app analytics, beta testing resources such as TestFlight, beta software and advanced app capabilities.

IDC Predicts Increase in Internet of Things Spending in 2018

Worldwide spending on the Internet of Things (IoT) will jump up 14.6 percent in 2018, reaching $772.5 billion, according to the latest report from International Data Corp.

1Million Project Supplies Devices and Internet to LA and Miami Students

The project is intended to help fill what educators have dubbed the "homework gap" — the situation that exists when schools expect all students to be able to use technology to do their homework, even those who lack access to computers or internet connectivity at home.

IT Staff Support is Critical for Success in 1-to-1 Classrooms

Educators typically have mixed views on their school’s IT staff — to put it mildly. In order to better understand IT staff’s priorities, responsibilities and resources, we lunched with them recently. Our eyes were opened by those conversations!

Report: Device Shipments to See Largest Growth Since 2015

Despite a common misconception that the world runs on smartphones instead of PCs, a recent online end-user survey conducted by Gartner suggests that people rely on traditional computers as much as they do phones.

Report: Global PC Decline Stabilizes

The traditional PC market (which includes notebooks, desktops and workstations) in the United States saw shipments of 16.6 million units, with notebook sales dropping noticeably and desktops outperforming forecasts.

Kajeet Updates SmartBus with New Router, More Networks

Kajeet has updated its filtered WiFi hotspot for schools buses, the SmartBus, to allow for more connected devices, offer faster speeds and more.

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