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October 2013


Tech Talk iOS 7: Worth It?

by Jackson Voynick Staff Writer

As many students who own iPhones or other Apple devices should know, Apple has released a major update for its recent Apple products that are for the iPhone 4 version and up, the fifth generation of the iPod and up, and the second generation of the iPad and up. The features that Apple brings to the table in this behemoth of an update may seem quite astounding when compared to the others. This update has a plethora of new features; however, most of these features are purely cosmetic, and have no real effect on the way the mobile device functions. In this update, users will have access to new features such as new icon colors, a different lock screen layout, and the option to change the gender of Siri, among many other features. However, if you’re more interested by the features that better your device when it comes to functionality rather than the purely visual features of previous versions, then you may appreciate this update for what it offers. According to Apple, the update has a much better system for browsing, notifications from games, and ability to use social media. There will be a better system for turning on WIFI, sharing photographs and videos, multitasking, creating slideshows, and keeping tabs on your passwords and credit card information. The camera’s editing capabilities will be greatly enhanced. This could’ve been due to a response from Apple about the complaints of the iPhone 4S’ camera and how underwhelming it was. Of course, an update will not magically shift around the hardware of your phone as if this was 2001: A Space Odyssey. But to aid this lack of technology, Apple has released the new iPhone 5S with camera hardware that vastly outweighs that of the iPhone 4s. Now, there’s a possible downside which could affect you greatly, and that is that an early version of almost any update will have some security flaws. When Apple you install this iOS 7 features a new interface for update (which you probably alApple users. ready have) you need to keep in mind that there will be aspects of the update that won’t function properly, even though Apple has thrown millions of dollars towards research and development. It may sound unlikely, and I may just be paranoid, but the chance that Apple could make a mistake with the iOS update isn’t unheard of - actually, it has happened before. Back when the iOS 6 was first released, many users who had jailbroken their phones were having extreme difficulties using their devices - which Apple had eventually fixed. On the topic of jailbreaking, it seems that the future of jailbreaking for iPhones will be slightly underwhelming for a while, as those who develop these programs that allow you to jailbreak your device need to modify their program according to Apple’s new code for this new iOS 7. In case that you don’t know, “jailbreaking” is the term that is used when somebody installs a program that allows a high-level of customizability. This program isn’t released by Apple - it’s released by a third-party that wishes to break the restrictions on the phone ,almost as if those restrictions are like a jail, hence “jailbreaking”) If you were to install this kind of update onto your phone, it voids any existing warranty that you may have with Apple. So, if you would like the opinion of somebody who thinks that he knows what he’s talking about, I would be glad to indulge. A lot of the new features are purely cosmetic - and a quick jailbreak allows for a fair amount of customizability and freedom (keep in mind that jailbreaking your device will not have the same look as the update will). Any changes that are jailbroken features are removed once you either update your phone or revert your phone from

Technology Reaching New Heights by Thiago Najdek Staff Writer

Just like the Federal Aviation Administration is allowing its passengers use their electronic devices throughout a whole flight, St. Benedict’s Prep is easing its restrictions on cell phone and tablet use.Technology is slowly becoming an essential part of the school’s life. The push for technology was easier than some expected.“It was a natural shift,” said Dexter Lopina, Director of Technology. The community’s computer system has now upgraded to Google Tools. The students and teachers have access to Google drive, docs, mail, calendar, store, and much more. Paper is becoming an unnecessary part of the classroom because almost everything is being done through the web. The school has also upgraded the WiFi network, and students will have WiFi available to them almost everywhere in the school. Upgrading the WiFi networks and computer system has greatly changed the life at the school. Students and teachers are constantly on their electronical devices. Faculty realized that technology was going to take over one way or another; they decided to change the school’s policy. One day the request was brought up to Father Edwin Leahy, and “Fr. Ed didn’t oppose it,” Mr. Lopina said. The WiFi has its own set of rules and regulations. The WiFi network is monitored and has a firewall. There are websites that students cannot go to because they are either inappropriate, contain a virus or can harm the students. The WiFi is monitored to also protect the students, but it saves everything the students go on. The WiFi password changes every two weeks because Mr. Lopina doesn’t want students to have the password all year and use it for nonsense and non-educational purposes. All teachers know the password and will give it to their students when it is needed. The Google service was free, but the school had to pay for a lot of upgrades in order to set up Google. The school had to pay for the WiFi networks and the Firewall. College is slowly approaching, especially for seniors, and students will be required to use electronic devices almost all the time. “We are prepping you for college,” Mr. Lopina said. Even during high school, students are using their electronic devices more often. “We are very dependent on internet access’” Mr. Lopina said. Technology is already helping the school especially in Media Corps and the blogging community. Dr. Dennis Lansang is taking advantage of the three new iMacs moved from the publications room. The computers are used to edit video for The Benedict News Online and to upgrade and improve the yearbook. Google drive is a key component to help all of this happen. “I love it,” Dr. Lansang said. Dr. Lansang has his own WiFi network in his class, but he only gives it out for educational purposes. He is strict when it comes to using it because he said students need to learn integrity, but he isn’t so strict all the time “How do you learn responsibility? You need a little freedom,” Dr. Lansang said. Mr.Lopina is working hard to get this school on track, but he’s not doing it alone. Sylvers Owusu, the IT Assistant, been installing things on the computers and making sure every computer is available, Jeff Austin, coaches fencing and gives information services in the Advancement and Business offices. Michelle Tuorto, Dean of Faculty, has been helping faculty to learn how to use the new system. Dr. Lansang said the school is on the right path byresponding in a positive way to technology in the 21st century. “The students just need to learn how to be responsible and control themselves,” Dr. Lansang said.

“Expectthepossibilityofsome unforseen issues.” - Jackson Voynick an iCloud backup. This is because an Apple device doesn’t recognize the files, so the device doesn’t know to save them. I would let Apple smooth over any new security flaws that may arise and put my device at risk before I install the update. If you wish to, and need assistance on downgrading your device, a simple Google search will suffice along with being cautious about what you do with your phone. All in all, I’m quite glad to see that Apple is attempting to get a firmer grasp on the smartphone market that they kick-started. I expect to see many more major updates such as this to be announced in the near future. However, If you plan on keeping this update, expect the possibility of some unforeseen issues.

Media Corps

UDII Jaheer Jones, above, has been using his iPad to stay organized in Civics class.

Media Corps

UDII Said Daniel uses his phone discreetly during class. Soon, there may not be a need to hide phones.

Students Use Tablets For Success During School by Andrew Sosanya &

Jackson Voynick Staff Writers

A couple of years ago, UD1 student Marcellus Blount purchased an iPad 3. He plays games,talks to friends and watches movies. However, his iPad 3 is starting to have a more influential role in the classroom. With the more flexible rules on electronics in classrooms, he brings it everyday to school for use in his classes. This change has been convenient for him.“Usually, I type some notes, [or] maybe take a picture of the homework,”Marcellus said. Marcellus uses the application “Parallels Access” and is able to access his home computer from his iPad so that he can print out or edit documents that he needs. He said it’s extremely useful application is able to help Marcellus whenever he finds himself unprepared and not able to turn in an assignment from his desk. For example, if Marcellus finds himself without his assignment that is due one day, he can simply send it to his teacher from his iPad whenever he wants. “I’m more likely to check my iPad than going to my planner, which I used to,” Marcellus said. Marcellus is able to use his iPad with a stylus, and an application that turns the iPad into “electronic paper”.These two features of an iPad show just how eco-friendly and convenient that an iPad can be. However, there are some possible downsides to using an iPad for school. Sometimes he strays away from the rules. Marcellus said that he is, “sometimes tempted to do other things such as play games and go on Twitter.” Even with the current rules, some teachers still discourage of the use of tablets in the classroom. They say it is a nuisance and distracts students from doing the actually work. Sometimes there are students who hide their tablets under their books and play around and not do their work. However, Marcellus agreed with the idea of putting a filter in place to regulate what students are allowed to view in school. And while other students may fool around, Marcellus plans on continuing his use of his tablet for a much more convenient education.

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