Giovanni Cheng

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Classroom technology can make learning more dangerous, and that’s a good thing

Steve Jobs once called the personal computer “a bicycle for our minds,” a tool that helps us go farther with the same amount of energy. But for many …

Education

How Standing Desks Can Help Students Focus in the Classroom

Benden said they found that children in the study who were overweight or obese burned more calories at the standing desks than their normal-weight …

Teaching Your Kid to Read? Let Her Play Minecraft

The first time linguist and game studies theorist James Gee played a video game, he failed many times over. But instead of giving up, he merrily …

Teaching

LG Prepares To Battle The Apple Watch With Its First All-Metal Smartwatch

LG was among the first wave of smartphone makers to venture into smartwatches. The G Watch and G Watch R are probably among the best in the market right now — not that this statement says much — but LG just announced its latest addition, the LG Watch Urbane, as Apple prepares to enter the …

Super Mario World's gravity isn't possible on any planet

It goes without saying that <i>Super Mario World</i> is unrealistic, but have you wondered just <i>how</i> outlandish it is? PBS has. The broadcaster's <i>Space Time</i> show recently went out of its way to calculate the gravity of the game's planet based on Mario's jumps, and it turns out to be nearly eight times that of …

Google's bug-hunting hacker team is infuriating Microsoft and Apple

"Project Zero," which is made up of an all-star team of security researchers, has been running since July 2014. But the effort has become more of a hot button issue recently after Google revealed at least two high-profile security bugs in Microsoft's Windows, prompting an aggravated response from …

The Next MacBook Air Will Be A 12-Inch Beauty With An Edge-To-Edge Keyboard

Apple’s 12-inch MacBook Air has been rumored for a while now, but the computer is very real, according to a new report from 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman. The resourceful and consistently accurate site has revealed specs and renders of a 12-inch MacBook (which is pegged for release anytime between the near …

MacBook Air

15 best designed Android games of 2014

Android gaming is all over the place. On one side you have simplistic game play and minimal graphics and on the other side you have major studios doing major releases. You can get pretty much any experience you want on Android these days if you look hard enough. However, some games from both sides …

This Gorgeous Steampunk Tower Is a Coffee Machine for Supervillains

South Korean design studio Dutch Lab specializes in ornate, opulent, incredible machines that make cold-brew coffee.<p>Last month the South Korean design studio Dutch Lab unveiled Gothicism, a towering $7,300 coffee machine that looks like it could have been built into the side of Notre Dame. Yet this …

Our most anticipated video games of 2015

From legends like Zelda and Tomb Raider to newcomers like Night in the Woods, here are the games we’re looking forward to in the coming year<p>If 2014 was the games industry’s transitional year, 2015 could see the major developers and publishers finally getting into their groove with the current …

Samsung set to discontinue Galaxy Alpha in favor of cheaper phones

Production of the metal Alpha will reportedly end when the current inventory of materials runs out<p>The Galaxy Alpha might have been among the best phones Samsung ever produced — it's certainly the prettiest — if it weren't for a couple of stumbles: the battery didn't last long enough and its full …

Sony says PlayStation network back online after three-day outage

Sony says its PlayStation Network is back online after three days of disruptions that began on Christmas.<p>But heavy traffic might continue to cause problems for customers seeking to play their favorite games, the company said Sunday.<p>A group of hackers called Lizard Squad — or someone claiming to …

Gmail Now Even More Inaccessible In China

China has made it increasingly difficult to use Google services, including Gmail, this year. Now Gmail users are blocked from a workaround that allowed them to access their emails through third-party services.<p>Previously, people could still download messages through apps like Apple Mail and …

The Handmade Wooden Desk Organizer with Phone Stand and Cup Holder

Cup holder, phone stand. cable organizer have been put together. If you like the all-in-one design, let’s go on checking the <b>handmade wooden desk</b> …

Gear & Gadgets

Increasing Use of Smartphone Touchscreens is Altering Brain Activity, Shows Study

According to a new study carried out by researchers from the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich in Switzerland, the more a person uses a smartphone …

Harvard Business School study: It's not kids but husbands that hold women's careers back.

Almost a decade ago, the writer Linda Hirshman exhorted ambitious women to marry men with less money or social capital than they had. In articles and …

When Women Stopped Coding

Modern computer science is dominated by men. But it hasn't always been this way.<p>A lot of computing pioneers — the people who programmed the first digital computers — were women. And for decades, the number of women studying computer science was growing faster than the number of men. But in 1984, …

Demand For ‘The Interview’ Is Shooting Up In North Korea And Its Government Is Freaking Out

According to Free North Korea Radio, an online radio network made by North Korean defectors, demand for "The Interview" has been shooting up among North Koreans. It says people are willing to pay almost $50 a copy of the movie, which is 10X higher than what a regular South Korean TV show's DVD …

The Absolute Best Games for Your New Computer, Console or Mobile Device

This is a big weekend for video games, perhaps the biggest of the year, as devices of all kinds come out of their shrink wrap begging to be put to …

Call of Duty

New Sniper-Friendly Mode One Shot Now Available in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Snipers only.<p>An all-new, team-based multiplayer game mode called One Shot is currently available to play in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.<p>A …

Worst over? Hackers claim responsibility for gamers' offline misery

Disrupted PlayStation and Xbox networks frustrated gamers much of Friday, one day after going down on one of the busiest gaming days of the year.<p>Neither Sony or Microsoft, which own PlayStation and Xbox, respectively, have had much to say about the outages that have kept millions of its gamers from …

Hacker Gang 'Lizard Squad' Says It Has Stopped Attacking PlayStation Network And Xbox Live — And Will Never Do It Again

You can thank Kim Dotcom for that, the group says on Twitter.<p>Kim Schmitz, a.k.a. Kim Dotcom, is the German founder of the defunct file-hosting service Megaupload, and the current founder of his new file-hosting service, Mega. He is also the founder and main funder of New Zealand's "Internet …

Sony PlayStation and Xbox networks still recovering from Christmas disruption

Sony's PlayStation network remained offline Friday on the second day of an outage that began roiling the online world just as eager video game players were unwrapping new consoles on Christmas morning.<p>Microsoft's Xbox Live service, which also went down Thursday, was back online Friday although the …

Thumb Typing Is Changing Our Brains

Smartphones are changing us, at least according to researchers at the Institute of Neuroinformatics of the University of Zurich. It seems that as we moved from phones with buttons – BlackBerrys and even feature phones – the parts of our brain associated with the thumbs are changing thanks to …

Merry Christmas! The NSA's gift is a list of all the times it wrongly spied on you

A little present from Big Brother<p>If you want to release something no one will pay attention to, what time's better than Christmas Eve? At least, that appeared to be the National Security Agency's thinking. Last night, the NSA released reports detailing all the times they've illegally spied on …

Hackers say Xbox/Playstation attacks are over, target Tor

Christmas Day gamers ran into problems connecting their Xbox or Playstation to the internet thanks to a denial of service attack, and the hackers …

Start a Reading Revolution: Flip Your Class With Blogs

Even though the books are classics, they are very uninteresting. Almost every one of my classmates admits to never reading the books because they are …

Teaching

Hangouts in Chrome adds Phone tab, desktop notifications

Just yesterday, Google rolled out an update to Hangouts on Android that added a bit of whimsical fun via stickers. While not as cute as that, the …

Moto X (2014) vs. Droid Turbo: Up close

Design<p>The Moto X is one of the more unique and well-designed smartphones to date. Its curved back and trademark rear dimple feel great in hand, and …