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Graduate accounting student Kang Gao (left) and Nino Mebuke, graduate sports psychology student, work on computer workstations Monday night on the second floor of Founders Memorial Library. The university has plans to expand its Wi-Fi, potentially providing it to portions of downtown DeKalb.

NIU Wi-Fi could expand to city

By Chris Raufeisen | October 20, 2014

The university’s wireless network may expand down Lincoln Highway to downtown DeKalb by fall 2015, said Chief Information Officer Brett Coryell.WirelessBy the end of the semester, the Division of Information Technology will have reached a decision with...

Useful inventions for college students

By Hayley Devitt | October 2, 2013

As we get deeper into the semester, schoolwork and other responsibilities seem to pile up fast.To combat feelings of overwhelming stress, there are a few ideas I have for inventions that would benefit college students.First, we need teleportation docks...

Top apps to download

By Deanna Frances | March 5, 2013

There’s a reason why the younger generation is considered the technology generation. With smart phones, iPods, iPads and everything in between, youths are set when it comes to electronics and technology. Apple customers download 5 million games a day...

Phil Schiller, Apples senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, speaks in front of an image of the 4th generation iPad, at left, and the iPad mini in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. The iPad has a screen thats about two-thirds the size of the full-size model, and Apple says it will cost $329 and up.

Apple unveils a new line of products

By Roy Herrera | October 28, 2012

Apple held a media event on Tuesday in San Jose, Calif., to unveil its new line of products. Experts speculated Apple would announce a smaller version of the iPad, and they were right. Apple announced the iPad mini and the fourth generation iPad. The...

iPad mini not worth the buzz

By Troy Doetch | October 28, 2012

Please do me a solid and stop talking about greatness of the iPad mini, which almost sold out in preorder this weekend. It’s sick. And not in a good way, like, “Shoot, bro, your slacklining skills are sick.” No, the iPad mini and its buzz is making...

Apple rumored to unveil new iPad model in near future

By Roy Herrera | October 15, 2012

Is your iPod Touch screen too small? Is the iPad too big for your taste? Well, Apple came up with the perfect solution: the iPad Mini. While the name may not be official, this is the next product experts believe Apple will release in the very near future....

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Tablet devices may have advantages over traditional textbooks

By Chelsey Boutan | March 21, 2012

When Jeffrey Hecht watches his 14-year-old daughter head off to class with a 30-lb. backpack, he starts to wonder. He thinks about if all students had to carry was a 1.6 lb. iPad like the one he has. Students could access the internet, their notes, textbooks...

E-books offer alternatives to traditional textbooks

By Felix Sarver | January 24, 2012

Textbooks may no longer have to be carried in a backpack but stored in an iPad, Nook or Kindle.Many digital books can be read on PCs but now publishers have begun adapting them to handheld devices, said Don Turk , manager for the NIU university bookstore...

The Associated Press - A computer screen displays a picture of
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs with the inscription 1955-2011 at an
Apple store in Mexico City, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011. Jobs, 56, died
Wednesday following a long battle against pancreatic cancer.

Steve jobs: businessman, inventor, visionary.

By Jessica Cabe | October 6, 2011

Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs was a visionary businessman who changed the way we communicate.He shaped the music industry and, arguably, saved it from complete collapse with the development of iTunes. He changed the way we surf the web with his handheld...

The Associated Press - Flowers, apples and notes are displayed
in tribute to Steve Jobs outside of an Apple store in Chicago,
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011. Jobs, the Apple co-founder and former CEO
who invented and masterfully marketed ever-sleeker gadgets that
transformed everyday technology, from the personal computer to the
iPod and iPhone, has died. He was 56.

Students show mixed reactions to death of former Apple CEO

By Olivia Willoughby | October 6, 2011

Facebook and Twitter overflowed with numerous "R.I.P. Steve Jobs" statuses and updates in reaction to the Apple co-founder's death Wednesday night."I was on Facebook and I saw everyone's statuses saying ‘R.I.P. Steve Jobs,'" said freshman marketing...