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University of Advancing Technology is an elite, private college that serves its student body by fostering knowledge creation and academic excellence in an environment that embraces the young technophiles of the world. With three centers of research and a suite of technology-centered undergraduate and graduate degrees, the University is a recognized leader in technology education.

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    Create a jQuery Website in a Day


    jQuery and HTML5 are taking over the web. The combination of both make it so easy to create dynamic websites that look like the heavier Flash websites of the past. Base Creative UK has set up a website with a great tutorial on how to create a jQuery website in less than a day. Using the jQuery Javascript Library, jQuery UI Widgets, and some jQuery syntax, you...

    jQuery and HTML5 are taking over the web.

    The combination of both make it so easy to create dynamic websites that look like the heavier Flash websites of the past.

    Base Creative UK has set up a website with a great tutorial on how to create a jQuery website in less than a day.

    Using the jQuery Javascript Library, jQuery UI Widgets, and some jQuery syntax, you can create a nice looking website that can be built upon. Check out the tutorial on the jQuery Site In A Day website.

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    Why You Should Study Blockchain


    On April 27, 2018, North Korea and South Korea signed the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula. Two electronic versions—one in English and one in Korean—have been stored on the ...

    On April 27, 2018, North Korea and South Korea signed the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula. Two electronic versions—one in English and one in Korean—have been stored on the Ethereum blockchain. The energy industry alone has invested $1 billion in blockchain. 

     

    And four of the world’s largest automakers want to put blockchain technology in your car.

    “Blockchain is right up there with the invention of the Internet,” said Damian Chung, Sr. Director of Cybersecurity Engineering and Development at Dignity Health. Chung thinks blockchain has the potential to revolutionize healthcare, empower businesses to bypass the middle man and even safeguard democracy. “We can apply it infinitely, so it’s here to stay,” Chung said.

     

     

     

    Blockchain may lead to unprecedented business agility and help companies save time and money, but few people know how to harness the power of this emerging technology. According to TechCrunch, 14 blockchain job openings exist for every one blockchain developer.

    The talent shortage prompted Chung to develop and teach a blockchain course at the University of Advancing Technology, where he is an adjunct professor in the cyber security department.

     

    Students who take Chung’s Summer 2018 blockchain class will be able to:

     

    • Explain the benefits of blockchain and how it differs from cryptocurrencies
    • Understand blockchain architecture
    • Present use cases to CEOs, devs and non-technical folks
    • Design smart contracts
    • Produce an architectural proposal for a real-world blockchain application

     

     

    The 15-week course will cover blockchain transactions, keys, miners, distributed ledgers, blockchain wallets, hash functions, pseudonymity, Solidity, Go, private blockchain on Ethereum, Hyperledger Composer and MultiChain. Even though the class will incorporate some coding, students do not need to be strong programmers to do well.

     

    Chung recommends starting with Blockchain Revolution by Don and Alex Tapscott and watching some YouTube videos.

     

    Students should also capitalize on the power of the magic words, “I am a college student, and I need help.” Reach out to professionals who are already doing cool things with blockchain. Tweet to SEMs who tweet about blockchain. Ask questions on blog posts. Utilize LinkedIn. Create your own internship.

     

    Search for and join Meetups such as Desert Blockchain. Professionals go to Meetups because they want to connect with other innovators, give back to their communities and meet and mentor (and possibly hire!) curious students.

     

     

    Learning how to develop blockchain solutions will prepare students for careers as disruptors. Studying how blockchain is transforming industries such as banking and real estate will also help students to forecast, visualize and implement change in other industries such as energy, gaming, HR and cosmetics.

     

    Interested in collaborating on a blockchain project with UAT or hosting a blockchain event on campus? Reach out to Ashley: amurry@uat.edu.

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    Voice Recognition AI for Audio


    Voice recognition is a prominent technology that is being used in more and more places today. There is voice recognition for recognizing the speaker. This type of voice recognition is used for security (physical access and access to files in computer network). ...

    Voice recognition is a prominent technology that is being used in more and more places today. There is voice recognition for recognizing the speaker. This type of voice recognition is used for security (physical access and access to files in computer network).

     This is also evolving to give specific instructions/information to the speaker as well.

     

    There is voice recognition for translation, as well. This allows for written transcripts of audio events. The benefits are not limited to ADA compliance but useful for translating into other languages and to have a searchable transcript of an event.

    In both cases, artificial intelligence (AI) is utilized to have the computer learn and improve on its success of voice recognition.

     

    While everyone has heard of Siri or Alexa for voice recognition, there are innovative uses far beyond the home or smartphone. One recent example is in forensics. A voiceprint can be created in less than two minutes of speech. Crime experts are now using voiceprints for identity of voices from wire taps. This application is unique in that it uses the sound of one’s voice rather than the shape or pattern. That means that a voice match can be found regardless of the language or accent of the person.

     

    At UAT, we implement both of these types of voice recognition in our classes, such as AI, machine learning, and deep learning. Some of the examples of what our students have done are:

     

    • Coding by Voice – This allows visually impaired or those driving to speak their code. The cool part is that when you write a line a code then you can say “check” and it will make sure your syntax is correct or make suggestions on corrections.
    • Speech Analysis for Intent – When you send an email, write a blog, or read a news article, the content can be analyzed for intent – positive or negative. This could be used to find only positive new stories. This way, you could filter out the negative stories or blog posts. It could also be used in emailing your boss about a problem. This is important because in the written word, some meaning is lost without the actual interaction and this would help to insure that the message you want to convey has the proper intent.

     

    Voice recognition is just one of the technologies that UAT students master – because we excel at implementing new technology as it occurs. UAT is truly a University of Advancing Technology.

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    Alternative Careers for Game Development Majors


    The gaming industry continues to grow, but there are still more game developers than game development jobs. So, it’s a good thing that game developers have tons of transferable skills in programming, UX design, graphic design, project...

    The gaming industry continues to grow, but there are still more game developers than game development jobs. So, it’s a good thing that game developers have tons of transferable skills in programming, UX design, graphic design, project management and more. We wanted to learn how game dev majors forged successful career paths in other industries, so we invited a software engineer, 3D artist, frontend developer and UX designer to campus to share their career stories.

    WebPT Software Engineer Jasmine Hegman thinks her game design degree gave her a leg up. “If anything, I think games are a little more difficult because they often have a run loop and all these other things that other developers don’t have to worry about,” she said. “Programming at the end of the day, whether it’s for a game or not, works equally,” she added.

    UX Designer Nick Reed and 3D Visual Artist Michael Licavoli encouraged all design and art majors to master programming and Photoshop while they are still in school. Nick noted that a lot of students choose game design because they want to become the "idea guy.” “Unfortunately, the idea guy doesn’t get hired. As [Professor Hue Henry] used to say, ‘That’s usually one of the developer’s kids,’” Nick said. Adding strong coding and digital art chops to your skillset will make you more marketable.

    Michael mastered AutoCAD out of necessity and encouraged game art students to pick it up too. “It’s really not scary at all. It’s like the base of 3D,” he said. A lot of industries need CAD developers, including architecture, aerospace, manufacturing, mapping, transportation, interior design, facilities management, education, engineering and more. Excel also makes Michael’s life easier.

    Everyone agreed that communication is key. When Nick interviews UX designers, programmers and graphic designers, he always asks how candidates did what they’ve done. “You can show me a portfolio piece, but be prepared to talk about it,” he said. Practice explaining your thought process, how you reached certain conclusions and how you research.” Jasmine added, “If you have to Google something, that’s OK.”

    All four panelists landed at least one job from a referral. In order to build a large, engaged network, you have to talk to people. Each of them has also worked with at least one recruiter, so remember to be kind to recruiters.

    In summary, if you can make games, then you can develop mobile apps, design user interfaces and create graphics. Diversify your skillset, and get out there and talk to people.

    UAT alumni can audit classes for free for life. Check out our catalog to learn more about programming, digital asset creation and other classes at UAT here.

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    Yahoo! Selects Google’s Marissa Mayer as CEO


    Yahoo! has selected 37-year-old Marissa Mayer as their fifth CEO in 4 years. Mayer could be a perfect fit for Yahoo!, who has struggled to find a focus that will make the company profitable again. Mayer was Google’s 20th employee, and first woman engineer. Yahoo! hopes Mayer’s experience in software engineering, product and user experience design will make...

    Yahoo! has selected 37-year-old Marissa Mayer as their fifth CEO in 4 years.

    Mayer could be a perfect fit for Yahoo!, who has struggled to find a focus that will make the company profitable again. Mayer was Google’s 20th employee, and first woman engineer. Yahoo! hopes Mayer’s experience in software engineering, product and user experience design will make Yahoo! relevant again as a technology company, rather than the media company which former CEO Terry Semel turned it into.

    Mayer’s first priority at Yahoo! might be to make Yahoo! Mail more secure by adding HTTPS connections. Yahoo! also needs to focus on several of their popular products such as Flickr and Yahoo! News, and to innovate (and purchase) new products to keep up with the likes of Google and Facebook.

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