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Adobe & Prezi commit $400M to President Obama’s digital literacy program

President Obama is relying on the private sector to further his ambitious goal to bring high-speed Internet to 99 percent of schools.<p>The administration’s ConnectEd program, unveiled last Summer, aims to improve Internet access for students and bring new education technology to schools.<p>Fewer than 20 …

Netflix may have gained direct connection to Comcast network

Video quality could improve if Netflix and Comcast settle their differences.<p>Netflix and Comcast may have made peace with each other. If they have, …

Intel Capital Invests In Two 3D Printing Marketplaces

Intel Capital, the chipmaker’s venture arm, has made two investments in 3D marketplaces, one in Austin and one in Lithuania. The companies, makexyz and CGTrader, allow users to upload 3D objects and sell services and downloads.<p>Makexyz is a 3D printing marketplace where modelers can upload their …

Jalousier Is A Connected Box That Gets Your Venetian Blinds Online

Meet (yet) another gizmo aiming to convert dumb old school technology into smarter connected tech that can be controlled via a smartphone. Jalousier, currently bidding for crowdfunding on Indiegogo, is a connected device that clips on to the venetian blinds in your home and automatically adjusts …

Is Your Innovation Problem Really a Strategy Problem?

Sometimes, the problem that we think we’re solving isn’t the real problem that we face.<p>I was running a workshop with a multinational engineering firm when I ran into a perfect example of an air sandwich, which illustrates this point. This dangerous obstacle to innovation is described by Nilofer …

Coursera Launches An Online Vocational Mini-Credential Taught By Top Colleges

Online education juggernaut Coursera has unveiled its own version of a college credential. And, unlike traditional college, Coursera’s “Specialization” program track is less than $500, vocationally oriented, taught by faculty from top universities, and takes less than six months to finish. From …

Amazon denies reports it's planning live internet TV service

Amazon is considering moving far beyond its Instant Video streaming service, according to a new report out today. The online retail giant is working on offering a live TV service that would stream over the internet, reports <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. It seems that the project is in its "early stages," …

Ford Partners With MIT And Stanford To Research Autonomous Cars

Ford today announced that it is partnering with MIT and Stanford to research a number of technical challenges surrounding automated driving.<p>A team at MIT will look into how a car can best predict the actions of pedestrians and other cars around it, while another team at Stanford plans to look into …

Designers Delay Duck’s Death With 3D-Printed Limb

In the future, no duck will have to die because of missing legs. In fact, they will live forever if us nerds have anything to say about it. To wit: a designer named Terence Loring in Sicamous, British Columbia is busy building a fancy leg for a duckling named Dudley who, and this is true, lost his …

Netflix Speaks Out On Net Neutrality

After a week of silence, Netflix finally spoke up on the issue of net neutrality during on earnings call on Wednesday.<p>While calling the end of net neutrality a possible "draconian scenario," Netflix is hopeful public pressure will prevent Internet service providers from charging either customers or …

NewsCred Raises Another $25M For Its Content Marketing Platform

NewsCred, a company that helps customers find and create content for their marketing campaigns, is announcing that it has raised $25 million in Series C funding.<p>The funding comes slightly less than a year after I wrote about the company’s last round of $15 million. One of the main reasons to keep …

Europe’s iBeacon Pioneers Sensorberg Raises $1 Million To Improve Retail Customer Experience

Hardware startup Sensorberg just raised $1 million (€750,000) from Berlin Technologie Holding and undisclosed angel investors. Part of the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in Berlin, Sensorberg is one of the most promising iBeacon startups in Europe. As a reminder, iBeacon is an indoor positioning …

Petnet Is Applying The Internet of Everything Concept To Your Pets

The Internet of everything is all the rage now in the tech scene — especially after Google pumped in a hefty $3.2 billion to acquire smart home device maker Nest, one of the hottest brands in the connected home space. This was also a major theme at CES earlier this month.<p>As new solutions …

The Connected Yard: Smart Tech Goes Outside to Play

The Internet of Things keeps adding thingsnow even our kitchen appliances and thermostats are web-connected. Why stop with your home's interior? New outdoor gear is getting smarter, too.<p>The Internet of Things keeps adding things—now even our kitchen appliances and thermostats are web-connected. Why …

Frog’s Chief Creative Officer exits and launches new type of design agency

Mark Rolston, a twenty-year veteran with design agency Frog, has left the firm and has launched a new design shop that will be part incubator, part …

500 Startups-Backed Evoz To Power British Telecom’s Home And Connected Devices Offering

Given that Google just acquired connected device maker Nest for $3.2 billion, I’m sure plenty of others have now realised that this is the best evidence yet that the smart device space – especially in homes – is really starting to take off. So while plenty have speculated about this next wave …

An untold story: What the Nest acquisition means for utilities

We have seen many articles on Google’s planned $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest. And rightfully so. This story has its share of intriguing angles, …

If You’ve Just Taken Over a Team, Quickly Let Underperformers Go

The best way for a manager to be successful is to build a top-notch team. But when most managers take on new positions, they hesitate to act quickly in replacing poor performing incumbents. Months later, when reflecting on what they could have done differently, almost all of these managers say that …

Here Are The Florida Universities Ranked By Most Successful Graduates

There are myriad ways Florida could judge the performance of its 11 state universities.<p>This year, the Board of Governors focused on how each of the schools prepares graduates for the workforce, divvying up an extra $20 million in "performance funding" based on scores in three criteria: graduates' …

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President Obama’s plan to rate colleges based on student outcomes has provoked a largely positive reaction centered around the phrase “the devil is …

To Improve African Education, Focus on Technology

Africa is a hopeful continent with an exuberance driven by minerals, hydrocarbon, and commodities. These present drivers of its economy, however, are under threat from technology. Nigeria’s earning from crude oil is dropping because of America’s shale gas renaissance. The long-view trajectory of …

These Intelligent Glasses Can Translate Text For You

A Japanese mobile firm has been showing off an early prototype of its Intelligent Glasses, and they could come in handy if you plan on traveling abroad.<p>Seen at consumer electronics fair Ceatec 2013, NTT DoCoMo’s Intelligent Glasses can translate text written in a foreign language into the user’s …

Big Data For Telco Begins To Unleash Systems Of Engagement

In our recently completed Q3 2013 Global State Of Enterprise Architecture Online Survey, big data for real-time analytics moved from the No. 3 most …

Google on Launching an Analytics MOOC and Taking Data-Driven Actions

Analytics. It could be the deepest, darkest mystery in your organization, served up by a few select tech wizards, or it might be the solitary master by which all company decisions begin and end. In all likelihood, it’s somewhere in between.<p>No matter where you fit on the spectrum of analytics …

Scribd, HarperCollins Launch $8.99 Subscription Book Service

Spotify and Netflix have brought subscription services to the music and movie space. Could Scribd apply that model to the world of books?<p>For a small monthly fee, consumers are used to getting unlimited access to all types of content: movies, TV shows, music, news, video games. Could that same model …

Future Spacecraft Will Be 3-D Printed–In Space, By Robots

In a sci-fi dream come true, a new NASA-funded project engages 3-D printers and robots to build the space systems of tomorrow.<p>Space exploration has always been restricted by the fact that all technology is to-go. Everything we put into the great beyond must first be fabricated on Earth and then …

Guild.is Wants To Prevent The Next Sharing Economy Insurance Debacle

The question of legal liability in the sharing economy is clearly a tangled mess. Guild.is, a Collaborative Fund-backed company made up of insurance …