The Flashcard Mobile App Rises Again…

June 22, 2017 at 11:46 am | Posted in mobile app | 7 Comments
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I have an IT certification exam coming up, but I commute and I need to be able to study on my phone. When are you going to offer the flashcard mobile app again?

After a successful beta run, we are proud to announce that the new and improved TranscenderFlash mobile app has been released for both Android and Apple devices.

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At long last, the question pool is no longer limited to just a few titles. After you download the TranscenderFlash app, you can access our ENTIRE catalog of practice tests through a simple in-app purchase.

What hasn’t changed: the new app kept the same easy, intuitive interface and adjustable display. Simply tap a card to flip it over and reveal the answer, then click the check or the X mark to indicate a pass or fail. The app reports your self-grading at the end as a percentage of correct or incorrect cards.

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One reason the flash card app is an ideal study tool is that you can run through it as many times as you like before you actually grade yourself. Just read the cards but leave them unanswered until you’re ready, then do a self-grading pass. The bar chart button will show your overall results, which shows you which knowledge areas still need work.

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The scoring report will tell you how many you had correct, incorrect, or unanswered for each objective in a vendor’s exam.

The app comes with nearly 200 sample flash cards drawn from some of the industry’s top vendor exams, including but not limited to questions from PMI, Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle, and CompTIA.

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Sample flash cards are available on the home screen. Click a title to start testing.

The TranscenderFlash mobile is free to download and does not include ads. Our full flashcard decks with hundreds of questions each are available for $19.99. Check it out and let us know what you think!

Happy studying!

What happened to my information super highway?

December 27, 2011 at 9:18 am | Posted in Transcender news | Leave a comment
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When I was a kid, the interstate that traveled through downtown Atlanta called the “connector” had only three lanes in each direction. The Department of Transportation (DOT) spent years expanding it. When I graduated college it had so many lanes that traffic was not going to be a problem. I moved away to Charlotte and came back a few years later. All the lanes that were added to the downtown connector did not matter. There were too many cars and not enough lanes. The same problem is happening with our wireless networks.

The Internet was called the informational super highway. This new highway could educate millions all you needed was modem. The modem went by the way side a long time ago because we needed more bandwidth for downloading and watching video. Now we can  surf the Internet with our wireless networks and those airwaves are getting very crowded. If you thought that the problem was caused by people looking a Piano cat videos on YouTube, think again. Now with the surge in smart phones and other mobile devices the crunch on Internet bandwidth is greater than ever before. Those cool iPhones consume 24 times as much data as traditional cell phones. Tablets like the iPad consume 122 times more data than a traditional cell phone. As more people use smart phones and tablets, there will be a 35 fold increase in mobile traffic. The experts say that we will run out of bandwidth in a few years. Can anything be done to stop this catastrophe?

The spectrum is getting thin. Spectrum is used to refer to public airwaves that radios, broadcast television and mobile phones use. These airwaves are overseen by the federal government. Since the public airwaves are getting thin, the Obama administration wants to double the space that serves broadcasters and cell phones in the next decade. Federal government use 18% of all bandwidth in the US exclusively and shares 52% of the US bandwidth with the private sector. 6% of the all bandwidth in the US is for TV broadcasters. The government would like to take back some of the bandwidth spectrum and auction it off and give the current spectrum holders a cut of the profits. The General Accounting Office said that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) the agency that oversees the 60+ federal agencies does not know which agencies are fully using or under utilizing their allocated bandwidth spectrum. It could take the government years to reallocate their bandwidth spectrum. Each of the 60+ agencies is probably not going give up their bandwidth spectrum allocation without a fight, because they may feel that they want to use that bandwidth one day. Some private companies such as TV broadcasters may have some of the bandwidth spectrum but are not fully using it. However, private companies are not going to want to hand back precious bandwidth spectrum to the government. This is America, no one wants to hand back to the government something so the government can re-allocated it out.

Once there was a world with plentiful and low cost bandwidth, those days are coming to an end. Several providers are moving to bandwidth caps on their service. AT&T recently imposed a 250GB data cap for users of its DSL service. What does this do to my Netflix account? Well if you want to watch a lot of HD movies in 1080p, you will probably hit that cap. AT&T will sell you additional bandwidth at a nice premium. This will take a bigger bite out of your wallet. Seven years ago, people who were illegally downloading stuff might reach that 250 GB cap. Now you could probably reach that cap while watching a lot of movies on Netflix. Yikes!

The law of supply and demand has kicked in. Now that bandwidth has become a precious commodity, the provider can ration it and charge more for it. Will the bandwidth run out? No, but it is going to cost you. Will the bandwidth crisis affect the economy? More than likely because it will limit communication and therefore limit growth. I hope that we will not see government campaigns for rationing.


I so love to look at dancing cat videos on my phone.

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