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Sales of augmented and virtual reality headsets will rise 108.3 percent by 2020, says a new report from International Data Corp. A projection on Campus Technology reports that with this growth rate, 76 million units of AR and VR technology will be shipped in 2020.

“The more affordable VR devices will continue to lead the market in terms of volume. However, IDC expects AR headsets to pick up momentum over the forecast as more affordable technologies and more original equipment manufacturers enter the market,” reports IDC.

In 2016, 10.1 million VR headsets were sold and Campus Technology reports this number is expected to reach 61 million in 2020.

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Despite their changes, higher education libraries remain a vital part of campus, in part because notions of what a library can be are always evolving, says Joan Lippincott, associate executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information. She points to several roles that colleges and universities have developed within their new and renovated libraries:

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One of Microsoft's biggest announcements at its annual developer-focused Build conference on Wednesday was the practical applications for Conversations as a Platform

During the conference's opening keynote, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Conversations as a Platform could revolutionize business productivity and give transactions a personal flavor. By combining voice and image recognition technologies with artificial intelligence APIs, Microsoft's engineers have created applications Nadella referred to as "chatbots" that can assist users in anything from an everyday business transaction to helping the blind visualize the world around them.

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John King Jr. was confirmed Monday as the new US Secretary of Education.

The vote to confirm king was passed Monday by the Senate in a 49-to-40 vote.

King has served as acting education secretary since December, after former secretary Arne Duncan stepped down. Before joining the US Department of Education in 2015, King was the education commissioner of New York State.

In a statement, President Barack Obama applauded King's confirmation.

"In this role, John will continue to lead our efforts to work toward high-quality preschool for all, prepare our kids for college and a career, make college more affordable, and protect Americans from the burdens of student debt," says Obama. 

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Google's Chrome browser is slated to receive an update soon that will speed web page load time.

Chrome's development team has been rolling out a series of updates in recent months that speed up the browser. But a new update will build in a new compression algorith called Brotli could provide a dramatic improvement, up to 17-25 percent faster page loads, according to a Google+ post. 

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Microsoft announced that as of Jan. 12 it will no longer be providing technical support and security updates for its Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 web browsers. The company is encouraging customers to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 or to Microsoft Edge, its new web browser that comes with Windows 10.

If customers stick with older versions of the web browser they could be exposing themselves to security vulnerabilities and malware, Microsoft says.

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As more devices arrive on campuses, IT teams have to always stay one step ahead of bandwidth usage.

High-speed Wi-Fi has become a selling point for dorms. Universities have been shoring up wireless networks in residence halls in an ever-growing bid to attract more students. The arms race of bandwidth never ceases, particularly when the average college student brings seven connected devices, according to the latest College Explorer report from Refuel Agency.

A new infographic from CDW•G, Enabling the Connected Campus, shows how an expanding web of connected devices is shaping higher education and influencing how students pick their campuses.

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Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled the Surface Book, what it's calling "the ultimate laptop."

Microsoft came to its latest press conference on Tuesday armed with more than a few announcements. But none shook the tech world quite like the news that Windows creator was entering the notebook market.

After concluding the announcement of the new, slimmer and more powerful Microsoft Surface Pro 4 tablet, Surface creator Panos Panay teased audiences with a new addition to the Surface family — a device performs like a tablet and a notebook computer.

"We made the ultimate laptop," Payan said. "This is the fastest 13-inch laptop ever made, anywhere, on any planet."

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Microsoft made a surprising move this month, announcing that its new cloud software system runs on a Linux-based operating system.

The Windows giant has historically been at odds with Linux and the open-source community, but a Sept. 17 post by Kamala Subramaniam, principal architect for Azure Networking at Microsoft, explained why the company’s adoption of a Linux solution makes sense.

"The Azure Cloud Switch (ACS) is our foray into building our own software for running network devices like switches. It is a cross-platform modular operating system for data center networking built on Linux," wrote Subramaniam. "ACS allows us to debug, fix, and test software bugs much faster. It also allows us the flexibility to scale down the software and develop features that are required for our data center and our networking needs."

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