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Decoding Fortnite: 5 Things Educators Need to Know About the Hit Video Game

The video game Fortnite has become wildly popular with younger players, consuming kids' free time and frustrating teachers whose students play it on …

Education Technology

How to Make Better Teachers

It isn’t complicated — but that doesn’t mean it’s easy.<p>Teaching may be more art than science, but the long-term benefits of doing it well aren’t up for debate: Good teachers boost their students’ performance on standardized tests, their chances of going to college and even their lifetime earnings. …

Education

Newton kills the ‘Sent’ folder to make email as easy as instant messaging

Newton has killed off your “Sent” folder to make email as easy as instant messaging.<p>Your sent messages now appear right inside your inbox alongside everything else, making it easier than ever to keep track of your conversations. Here’s how you can start enjoying it today.<p>Newton, formerly known as …

Apps

Atari's new console combines 4K visuals and arcade classics

Gaming relic Atari is dusting off its joysticks and jumping back into the console wars. The company has been drip-feeding us details about its new …

Retrogaming

How to switch on the awesome new Gmail interface

Gmail’s sweet new interface is rolling out to users. It offers the familiar simple text-based interface from the Gmail you all know and “love,” but it manages to be both less messy, and more useful. If you want to take it for a spin, then switching it on is easy.<p>Why bother? What’s new in Gmail?<p>Our …

Apps

Gmail Is Getting a Long-Overdue Upgrade

Google is beginning one of the biggest updates to Gmail in years.<p>Starting Wednesday, the company is rolling out new features like Snooze buttons and …

Apps

Amazon will now deliver packages to Prime members' cars

Amazon will now deliver packages directly to your car.<p>CNBC first reported the new delivery system was under development in October.<p>The free in-car …

eCommerce

NEW NEW NEW Google Sheets: Make Checkboxes

Make Checkboxes in Google Sheets A new feature in Google Sheets spreadsheets is the ability to add a checkbox to a cell. Pretty much this is going to …

Analytics

EarthNow promises real-time views of the whole planet from a new satellite constellation

A new space imaging startup called EarthNow aims to provide not just pictures of the planet on demand, but real-time video anywhere a client desires. Its ambition is matched only by its pedigree: Bill Gates, Intellectual Ventures, Airbus, SoftBank and OneWeb founder Greg Wyler are all backing the …

Google Just Launched a Smartphone Game to Teach Adults How to Code

From programmable LEGO robots to mobile apps like Hopscotch, there’s no shortage of games and toys designed to get children interested in computer …

Computer Science

Google Chrome just launched its best feature in years

Google just gave us a very long overdue gift: the ability to browse in silence.<p>That's because Google Chrome will finally mute annoying autoplaying …

This is what the new Gmail will look like (Update: it's here)

<b>Update (April 25):</b> <i>Google is rolling out the Gmail update to its desktop web interface starting today; to try it, click on the settings button with the gear icon in the top right corner of your inbox, and then click ‘Try the new Gmail.’ To switch back, go to the same menu and select ‘Go back to</i> …

Apps

Sunday Post Tech on the Side - Ep. 15 To code or not to code, that is the question

The Tech Toys That Secretly Teach My Kids Coding Skills<p>My 4-year-old son has plenty of toys, and now that we have a daughter, too, it's probably only …

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Introducing Anchor Cohosts: the easiest way to find someone to record your podcast with

<i>Today we’re introducing a brand new feature that seamlessly matches you up with other podcasters who like talking about the same things that you do.</i> …

New Snap Spectacles confirmed by FCC

So, now what?<p>The existence of at least one new pair of wearable Spectacle glasses for Snapchat has just been confirmed by the FCC’s radiation chambers. The documents published today, and first spotted by <i>Variety</i>, describe a “wearable video camera” made by Snap Inc. with “Spectacles” branding and …

Web Development

Instagram rolls out Focus portrait mode for videos and photos

Instagram is one-upping Apple with a portrait mode feature that runs on a wider variety of phones and works with video, not just photos. Last month, TechCrunch reported about a Focus feature buried in Instagram’s code, which began publicly testing a week later. Now Instagram is rolling out Focus, …

Mobile Photography

Adobe Launches Spark With Premium Features for Every Student, Free of Charge

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) announced today that Spark for Education with premium features and additional functionality is …

Education Technology

Teach kids creativity. Ultimately, machines will be better at coding

If you want to bring up a kid to be a successful investor or entrepreneur, the current education system says they should be studying STEM subjects, …

The 5:3:2 Rule for Social Media

When it comes to social sharing you need to get the balance right, and that's where the 5:3:2 rule comes into play. But what is 5:3:2?<p>Social media …

Clever project gives any Mac touchscreen capabilities with $1 worth of hardware

While Apple has long resisted the idea of a touchscreen Mac, a clever solution from a group of developers gives an existing Mac touchscreen capabilities. The proof of concept is called “Project Sistine” and is based on $1 worth of hardware…<p>Developed by Anish Athalye, Kevin Kwok, Guillermo Webster, …

The Tech Toys That Secretly Teach My Kids Coding Skills

My 4-year-old son has plenty of toys, and now that we have a daughter, too, it’s probably only a matter of time before the house is teeming with …

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Authorities in Australia used Apple Watch heart rate data to identify a murder suspect

In a sensational story out of Australia, the heart rate sensor on the Apple Watch was used by authorities to help them identify and arrest a suspect …

iOS 11.3 arrives with new battery features and more

The first major iOS update of 2018 has finally arrived, bringing a host of new features and improvements to the iPhone and iPad.<p>Apple initially released iOS 11.3 yesterday just for the only available to download on the new 9.7-inch iPad Apple. Now the software update is finally available to all …

App Store

New 9.7-Inch iPad Hands-On: 'Very Familiar' Update Benefits From Apple Pencil Support and A10 Fusion Chip

Following the announcement and launch of Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad, a few websites have gotten hands-on time with the tablet and shared their thoughts online this afternoon. The initial consensus appears to be that while the iPad isn't very surprising in terms of form factor and features, it's a …

6 awesome uses for Revision History

When I first started teaching (way back in BG - Before Google) when you graded a student’s paper, all you had to go on was the final paper itself. …

Google launches a Chrome OS tablet for schools ahead of Apple’s iPad education event

Chrome OS has been a pretty ideal spot for Google to stake its various plays for the education market. The cheap, bare-bones Chromebook laptops have been light on complexity and heavy on connectivity. The company hasn’t had much in the way of options when it comes to touch screen devices, …

Apple is ready to fight Google’s Chromebooks with cheaper iPads

Expect cheaper iPads not MacBooks at Tuesday’s event<p>Apple has a big problem. Just five years ago, its iPads and Mac laptops reigned supreme in US classrooms, accounting for half of all mobile devices shipped to schools in 2013. Apple has now slipped behind both Google and Microsoft in US schools …

IPad Pro

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