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Kingston University had third highest number of cheats in UK
7:00am Saturday 19th March 2011
Kingston University had the third highest number of students caught cheating in the UK, according to new research.
The 799 incidents of academic misconduct uncovered in 2009-10 included 67 during exams and 732 in coursework.
According to the research, 37 people were caught taking unauthorised materials, including notes, into exam halls, while 14 had mobile phones ring during their examinations.
The university was only ranked behind Greenwich which had 838 incidents and Sheffield Hallam with 801.
Chris Dingle, vice president of the students’ union, said: “Plagiarism awareness is drummed into students at Kingston from their first year onwards and the university is very strict in the application of its policies and procedures.
“Strict liability is applied at Kingston, and ‘I didn’t know’ or ‘I got it wrong’ is not a defence.
“We will continue to support the work of the university in combating academic misconduct.”
The research also showed the majority of the students, 524, were caught using plagiarised material in their work, with poor referencing found in 150 cases and 70 instances of collusion.
One person falsified mitigating circumstances paperwork.
Under the university’s academic regulations, penalties include a zero mark for the module, final qualifications being reduced by one level and expulsion.
A university spokesman said: “Kingston University has a rigorous, zero-tolerance policy on cheating, whatever forms it takes.
“We are determined the actions of the few will not undermine the genuine hard work and dedication of the majority of Kingston University students.
“Our academic misconduct policy is strictly enforced, and we have comprehensive guidelines on what constitutes cheating, which includes poor referencing, mobile phones ringing in exams (regardless of whether they are answered) and resubmitting sections of work which have already been handed in.
“The number of students caught cheating during 2009-10, however, still represents only a very small percentage of the university’s 25,000 students – 3.2 per cent.”
Nationally, the number of students caught cheating rose 50 per cent in four years, with three cases of impersonation in Derby.
Keele students had concealed notes in toilets and on tissues, while numerous universities found essays which had been bought on the internet.
State-run telecom company Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. lost 10,355 users since the launch of mobile number portability, or MNP, junior Telecom Minister Sachin Pilot said Wednesday.
But MTNL gained 4,486 new users from other telecom companies through MNP, a service that allows mobile phone users to switch their service providers without changing their numbers, Pilot told lawmakers in the lower house of the parliament.
MNP service was launched on Nov. 25 in the northern Indian state of Haryana, and subsequently extended it across the country on Jan. 20. MTNL provides communications services only in the Delhi and Mumbai service areas.
State-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. lost 223,824 users to other mobile phone companies post the launch of MNP, and gained 92,243 new users from others, Pilot said.
BSNL offers services in the remaining of 20 of India’s 22 telecom service areas.
“The main reasons for porting out [switching from] have been reported to be network/coverage issues, tariff issues…,” the minister said.
Pilot said that BSNL has waived off an INR19 fee for users opting to change their service provider to the company, formed special cells to address user grievances, introduced competitive tariff plans, and also has given additional incentives for its distributors and retailers selling its services.
MTNL has also waived off the fee for users in Mumbai, introduced competitive tariffs and improved its mobile phone network coverage and capacity to retain old users and add new subscribers, the minister said.
There are few technologies that I’ve promoted as relentlessly as Google Voice. In several columns and in a video, I’ve lauded the service for transforming how I use my phone. Instead of having one number for your home phone, another for your office, and another for your mobile, Voice gives you a single phone number for everything. When someone calls me, the service rings all my phones (or any subset of phones, depending on a schedule I’ve set). Plus, you can even answer your phone in Gmail (which is really handy when you’re in a place with bad cell coverage but great Internet coverage).
But that’s not all! Voice transcribes my phone messages and e-mails me the text, freeing me from the scourge of voice mail. Even though these transcriptions are often hilariously inaccurate, it lets me get the gist of my calls in an instant. It also lets me respond to text messages from my computer, which is much easier than fumbling on a phone. And, finally, because the service offers free calls across the country and cheap calls overseas, it has breathed new life into my home phone, which mobile phones had long ago promised to kill off. Best of all, Google Voice is free.
Yet despite my fevered proselytizing, I’d be surprised if I’ve convinced all that many people to use Voice. For many years, Google Voice were open only by invitation. The service also took some time to add key features—like text messaging—and it’s gone through a few buggy periods. (The site was unbelievably slow just after the Google acquisition.) But the biggest shortcoming, by far, has been Voice’s lack of number portability. When you signed up, you had to pick a new Voice-enabled phone number. Since most of the service’s features only work when people call your Voice number directly, that meant you had to give all your friends and work contacts new digits. For most people, this was a nonstarter.
On Tuesday, Google fixed that lingering problem. If you pay Google $20, you can sign up for Voice with your existing mobile phone number. (You can find step-by-step instructions here.) Once you convert your cell number to a Voice number, it will get all the Google superpowers you’ve been missing, including voice-mail transcription and the ability to ring all your phones simultaneously. The catch is that the Voice conversion will require you to call up your cell provider, and if you aren’t careful, it may end up costing you an early termination fee. If you’re willing to put up with a string of potentially maddening interactions with customer-service reps, then I’d highly recommend making the switch to Voice immediately.
To see why porting your number to Google Voice could be an annoying process, you need to understand how the system works. Think of it as something like an old-timey phone operator. When someone calls your Voice number, Google routes the call through the Internet to your multiple phones. In order for you to receive calls, you need to have a service plan for each of your phones—that is, you still need a cell provider, and if you want to get calls at home, you’ll still need to pay for a landline.
That’s the complication in porting your mobile phone number to Voice. If you assign the number to Google without telling your mobile provider, then Verizon or AT&T will think you’re canceling your plan. If you’re under a contract, the phone company is going to charge you a fee for canceling early. Those fees can run into the hundreds of dollars depending on what kind of phone plan you have and how much time remains on your contract. (Verizon’s fee for smartphones is $350, and AT&T’s is $325.)
Google has released the number portability feature to users of its Google Voice internet platform.
The company’s Google Voice platform allows users to create a Voice number, which is integrated with all their existing mobile phones and landlines. This means that if someone ring’s the Voice number, all the devices connected with the number will ring at the same time.
Until now, the one drawback of the service was that users would have to share their new Google Voice number to each and every contact. With the number portability feature users can now copy their current phone number over to the platform.
In order to port an existing mobile number to Google Voice, users have to pay a $20 charge and wait 24 hours for Google to port the number. Users also have to cancel their voice contract with their service provider, which could incur contract cancellation charges.
In a blog post, Google software engineer Robert Dong said:“After porting your number to Google Voice your mobile service plan will be cancelled, and there are a couple of steps that you’ll have to take to continue making and receiving calls on your mobile device.”
Google Voice Number Portability May Not Spur Adoption
By: Clint Boulton
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Google Voice users will have the option to port their mobile phone number in the coming weeks. The service costs $20 for U.S. users only, but will it boost adoption of the service?
Today (1/25/11), the Google Mobile blog announced a new feature it has gone live with called “Number Porting.” In a nutshell, this feature allows you to convert a number you have directly with you carrier into a Google Voice number. The benefit of this is now being able to take advantage of Google Voice’s myriad features with the phone number you’ve undoubtedly had for years! It seems like a fairly straight-forward process, but it’s not free. Watch the following video for an explanation of how Number Porting works:
If you are unable to watch the video above, the process of Number Porting is roughly as follows:
1 - Log in to your Google Voice account, visit “Settings” and click on “Change /Port” as located next to your Google Voice number.
2 - Once the number has been ported, your mobile service plan will be canceled. You will then have to purchase a new mobile plan from your provider which means you will have a new mobile phone number.
3 - You take your new phone number and tie it to your Google Voice account. Once complete, the number you ported will now ring through to all the services you choose that are available to you from Google Voice’s features!
As for cost, it will run you $20 to port your number to Google Voice and the porting process is “usually completed with 24 hours.” Number Porting is noted as being available now for all existing Google Voice users and will be opened to new users “within the next few weeks.”
What do you think? Do you see yourself porting the phone number you’ve had for years to your Google Voice account or do you not trust the longevity of the service enough to make such a permanent step? I have my reservations at the moment but I absolutely see the potential in this! How about you?
Source: Google Mobile Blog
Google is testing a number portability for its Google Voice application that will let users use their personal mobile phone numbers as the digits through which to route all of their calls for $20.
Google Voice is a phone management application that lets any user route all of their landline, work and mobile calls through one special number and mailbox, accessible through the Web via Google’s cloud computing infrastructure.
More than 1 million people use the free service, which launched to the entire U.S. in June. Google Voice provides some neat perks such as call management and archiving, automatic voice mail message transcription, SMS support, conference calling, and low-cost international calling.
But assigning each user a special number seems onerous for Google and for the user. To wit, Engadget found that some Google Voice users are seeing a “change/port” option under their phone settings in Google Voice.
For $20, users will be able to move their person mobile phone numbers — not landlines or corporate mobile numbers — to Google Voice, just a if they were switching it from, say, AT&T to Verizon Wireless.
However, the port will also terminate users’ current service plan with U.S. This likely means carriers will charge users early termination fees into the hundreds of dollars. GigaOm has more on this.
A Google spokesperson confirmed the portability test:
“We’re continually testing new features to enhance the user experience. For a limited amount of time, we’re making the Google Voice number porting process available to users. We don’t have any additional details to share at this time, but plan to offer this feature to all users in the near future.”
What Google is allowing with this feature is essentially calling in the cloud — the ability to allow one number to free associate among multiple devices rather than be strapped to a single desk phone or handset.
It’s a potentially disruptive force that carriers cannot like at all. Google already tried to disrupt the current carrier model by selling the Nexus One over the Web only.
It will be interesting to see whether many people, beside the cloud aficionados, embrace Google’s cloud calling model.
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Facebook is giving developers access to addresses and mobile numbers but users have to allow it for each App they install
As Huffington Post reported, Facebook on Friday announced on its developers blog that it is making users addresses and mobile phone number available to developers “as part of the User Graph object.”
Because this is sensitive information, Facebook said, “permissions must be explicitly granted to your application by the user via our standard permissions dialogs.”
What that means is that users will see a dialog box every time they install a new application that will ask them to “allow” that app to have access to their basic information and contact information. That’s great but a lot of people never bother reading those notices and are likely to just click “Allow” without thinking about what they are doing. It’s not that people are stupid, we’re just busy, a bit overwhelmed and not always paying attention to all of those boxes that pop-up when we install applications.
Easy to Delete Contact Information
The good news is that if you don’t have this information on your Facebook profile, it can’t be passed on to developers or anyone else and to make it easy to delete that information, I’ve outlined some simple steps on my CNET blog.
For more detailed information on how to control Facebook privacy settings for kids as well as adults, please take a look at A Parents Guide to Facebook which I co-wrote with my ConnectSafely.org co-director, Anne Collier.
Disclosure: Larry Magid is co-director of ConnectSafely.org which receives financial support from Facebook. He is also founder of SafeKids.com and LarrysWorld.com.
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The number of mobile broadband users in Africa could increase from the present 400 million to 3.5 billion by 2015. The prediction was made by Hans Vesberg, President and CEO of Ericsson earlier this week.
Vesberg said competition for consumers was becoming increasingly advanced and demanding, making the operating environment more complex.
He said: “We have just seen the beginning of the massive data growth, driven by smart phones and other mobile devices. These new devices provide operators with new charging capabilities.
“Consequently, we are beginning to see signs of changed operator tariffs and pricing models aligned to consumer needs, especially for mobile broadband services and data usage. It is important for us to follow this development.
“These fundamental industry drivers require operators to focus on network quality and efficiency. In addition, in the developed world, where the networks have been up and running for quite a long period, we will see operators modernise their infrastructure not only to meet increased data usage, but also to reduce power consumption and use frequencies better.
“These are challenging operations, requiring deep technology understanding and services capabilities as well as insights on advanced business support systems and understanding of consumer needs.
“We will see new business models emerging and so called competition among operators, where they will share platforms and build scale together around applications,” Vestberg said.
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The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has decided to introduce a new 24×7 helpline telephone number, 155363, from January 1, 2011.
A DMRC press release said the new number would replace the existing one, 128128 from that date and would provide better connectivity from GSM and CDMA mobile telephones.
It hoped the new number would help provide easy access and speedy solutions to public queries and complaints. The old number would become non-functional from the same day, it said.
The release said DMRC had received many complaints from commuters that the old number did not connect from some GSM/CDMA mobile phones.
The new number has been provided with caller identification and recording facility. The concerned officials will be immediately informed about the complaint to ensure that a quick solution is provided to the same.
Mobile users and even callers residing outside Delhi can avail the service by calling on the number 011-155363. However, the calls made on this service are not toll free.
The service would be of special benefit to the physically challenged commuters who can call on this number and seek assistance from the Metro staff by informing in advance which Metro station they would reach so that they can be helped. Delhi Metro provides wheel chair facility to old and physically challenged commuters in all the Metro stations.
The online customer care cell is working from Delhi Metro’s Shastri Park depot since October 2008 and answers on an average about 150 calls in a day pertaining to train timings, feeder bus services, fares, Metro routes and so on, the release added.