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Google's partnering with Samsung and others for new educational devices this spring

Google began its play for the education market late last year with a student-oriented version of the Play Store. Since then, partners of the Google for Education program have provided their classes with learning software and tools on select Chromebooks and Android-based tablets. Today, Mountain …

UNESCO warns of global learning crisis

A crisis in global education is costing governments $129bn a year, while 10 percent of spending on primary learning is lost on poor quality education that is failing children, a new report by UNESCO has said.<p>The report,<i>Teaching and learning: Achieving quality for all</i>, released on Wednesday, says …

Telerik Launches New Development Platform For Web, Hybrid And Native Apps

Telerik has long made a wide range of tools for developers, ranging from the Kendo UI jQuery framework to the cross-platform development service Icenium and numerous related backend services for mobile and desktop apps. Today, the company is combining all of these tools under the “Telerik Platform” …

App.net Launches Backer, A Bitcoin-Friendly Crowdfunding Engine For Individual Software Features

As the popularity of crowdfunding grows ever larger, an interesting new trend has started popping up: developers, curious if a new feature is worth adding to their products, are asking interested customers to chip in to cover the costs of development. In other words: if you <i>really</i> want a feature, …

Former Googlers Launch A Cool Startup That Will Make The Internet Much Safer

And on Day 1 it already has all hallmarks of a crazy-successful company: amazing tech, an impressive team and more than $1 million in sales.<p>Shape Security has created a new kind of computer security technology that uses hackers' tricks against them.<p>To understand how this works, you have to …

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Success begins with first impressions

en_GB<p>article<p>Gain credibility at a new company by listening, learning, planning ahead and building strong relations in the first three …

Reluctant Employees? Motivate Them With Two Questions

Life's epic management challenge is motivating others to do what they'd rather not do. Here's one way leaders can persuade without pushing or alienating.<p>The greatest management challenge everyone faces is motivating people to do what they'd rather not do. So how can leaders can persuade others …

Chinese villagers build £1.3 million 'money wall'

Chinese media says the village in the country's southwest became rich after locals invested in pig farms, cherry growing and hydroelectric energy<p>Rural farmers from southwest <b>China</b> have become instant celebrities at home after building a £1.3 million "money wall" in their village with rectangular …

Exclusive: PMD's CamBoard Pico XS is the tiniest gesture camera we've ever seen (video)

Just as we were wrapping up CES today, we caught up with our friends over at PMD Technologies who surprised us with a little exclusive. What you see above is the new CamBoard Pico XS gesture camera that's dwarfed by the Pico S -- the one we saw at Computex -- next to it. This tiny module is only …

Ex-Googler Invents A Robotic Butler For Home Entertainment

Keecker is a video projector that also syncs with smartphones so you can turn any wall into a screen for watching movies, checking email, and more.<p>Meet Keecker, a robot that looks like Wall-E, scoots around like a Roomba, and just might represent the future of home entertainment.<p>Keecker is a video …

CES demos why marketers should step into wearables

en_GB<p>article<p>This year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas proved again to be an extravaganza of the great, the good and the bizarre of the …

The Marketing Week

en_GB<p>article<p>Welcome to The Marketing Week, your guide to the good, the bad and the ugly in the marketing industry over the last seven …

10 Online Marketing Predictions to Inform Your Strategy in 2014

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Business marketing last year was like a roller coaster ride. We saw new platforms, new channels, new roles and new tools pop up all over the place. It's as though innovation and growth is speeding up all around us and we are surrounded by …

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5 Key SEO Questions for B2B Companies

Much has been said about the volume and quality of backlinks to your B2B or corporate website, determining your SEO success. That will be covered in …

Ivee Sleek is a voice assistant that controls your connected home via WiFi

By this point, most of us are accustomed to being able to talk to our laptops and phones to get them to do what we want (some of the time, at least). Now, Ivee Sleek is here to give you the same control over all those WiFi-equipped lightbulbs, thermostats and door locks we've been seeing lately. …

Bang & Olufsen To Take On Sonos With The $1,000 Essence Streaming System

Bang & Olufsen’s latest household gadget aims to make controlling music as easy as turning on the lights. In fact the company hopes homeowners install its $1,000 Essence system near a common light switch. Just don’t mistake it for a Nest Thermostat.<p>The Essence consists of two parts. The round, …

Update: Nest Says Shut-Off Heat Is Sometimes Its Fault, Also Pushes Thermostat 4.0.1 Firmware To Fix 4.0 Problems

Nest is now rolling out a 4.0.1 upgrade to its smart thermostat after last month’s faulty 4.0 firmware caused Wi-Fi and battery issues. Update 1/7/14: Nest tells me the 4.0 bugs are not responsible for turning people’s heat off or down in the dead of winter, but that Nest hardware issues are …

The Secret Ingredients to a Stellar 2014 Marketing Plan

It doesn’t matter how busy you are. If you want to successfully market your business, you need a plan. Here’s seven steps to get you there.<p>A lack of a marketing plan is the expanded definition of insanity: doing the same things in the new year, and expecting the same results. How would a company …

D-Link hits CES with portable router and charger combos, WiFi range extenders and surveillance equipment

With the exception, perhaps, of the traditional trade show flu, nothing's thicker in the air CES than overlapping WiFi signals. Phones, PCs, SmartTVs, game consoles, tablets and routers are all desperately reaching out to something to connect to, and D-Link is happy to oblige. This year, the …

Bitcoin’s Future Foretold By Developer Momentum

If you think developers predict the future then there is more reason to believe that Bitcoin is the real deal. The crypto currency is a hit with developers, according to data collected on GitHub by the founders of Bitcoin Pulse, a service recently launched that tracks Bitcoin adoption.<p>Bitcoin Pulse …

7 Great Internet Marketing Tips for 2014

Market Smarter, Not Harder.<p>There are now tons of ways to market your business online, but just because you can do them all doesn’t mean you should. …

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5 Smart Home Companies to Watch in 2014

If 2013 was the year smart home became sexy again, 2014 is the year it will go mass market.<p>And while service providers with managed home services are a big part of why smart home is reaching a wider audience, here are some other interesting companies helping to lead the charge in 2014.<p><b>Revolv</b><p>A few …

Should You Shack Up With Your Start-up Team?

You already spend all waking hours with your staff. Moving in together--if you can handle it--could save you serious cash.<p>Sometimes thinking outside the box means thinking outside the traditional office.<p>When SceneTap first launched in 2010, one co-founder lived in Chicago, the other in Dallas. Part …

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Insert Coin: 2013's top 10 crowdfunding projects

An underwater drone that you can control with your tablet or smartphone from up to 300 feet away. Reckon that's worth a pledge of around $200? Plenty of you did, because Ziphius is now a very real thing, thanks to its passionate everyman backers. Galvanized by some <i>very</i> successful projects last …

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Selling Anything

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and several-times entrepreneur. His latest book is “Choose Yourself!”</i> <i>(foreword by Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter). Follow James on Twitter @jaltucher.</i><p>I’ve never read a book on sales. They seemed corny. Like many people, I always looked …

8 Steps to Accelerate Your Brand’s Growth in 2014

One of the most exciting opportunities for business is to inspire your customers to build your business with you. Here are eight steps to ensure your …

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Apple hires lead 'New York Times Magazine' designer for marketing

The designer behind <i>The New York Times Magazine</i>'s distinctive style and covers is heading to Apple. In an interview with <i>Mediabistro</i>, Arem Duplessis — the design director for all <i>Times</i> magazines — says that after 10 years with <i>The New York Times Magazine</i>, he'll begin working as a creative director at …

Kawo Helps Brands Take Aim At Chinese Social Media

Newly launched from beta, the social media management tool Kawo is hoping to take businesses’ existing social media content, and translate and …

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Study proves that you can secretly hijack an older Mac's webcam

If you believe common wisdom, it shouldn't be possible to take over most webcams without alerting users. The indicator LED is supposed to be hack-proof, after all. However, a pair of Johns Hopkins researchers have recently published a research paper showing that it's possible to control the camera …