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Microsoft pledges $75 million to expose more kids to computer sciences

Just like the City of New York, Microsoft believes that it's best to expose kids to computer sciences as soon as possible to prepare them for the growing number of tech jobs out there. That's why Satya Nadella and company have decided to invest a total of $75 million into its YouthSpark initiative …

How Square’s Code Camp empowers aspiring female engineers

We’ve heard this over and over again: Women are underrepresented in the workplace, especially in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The U.S. Census Bureau reported in 2013 that men are employed in a STEM occupation at twice the rate of women and that nearly 1 in …

A little black box makes it easy to unlock almost any iPhone even when it's secured with your fingerprint

The International Business Times reports that for just £120, anyone on the internet can buy specialist hardware that lets them hack into even the newest iPhones.<p><b>Here's how it works:</b><p>The main device used is called an IP-BOX. It works by "bruteforcing" iPhone passcodes, repeatedly guessing the …

Defy The Cable Company With A DIY HDTV Antenna

Stick it to the man<p>Frustrated by years of expensive cable bills, Norm Sutaria ditched his set-top box and used online instructions to build a homemade HDTV antenna. Then the education specialist shared his newfound expertise with a class at Brooklyn Brainery, a crowd-sourced education space in New …

How To Make Your Own Hologram-Projecting Glasses

For less than the cost of a movie ticket<p>Augmented reality glasses are hotter than Drake right now. Last fall, Microsoft’s Hololens glasses dazzled us with promises of ‘holograms’ beamed throughout our workplaces. NASA announced this week that they plan to guide astronauts with projection glasses. …

BBC will give every Year 7 student in the UK a free Micro Bit computer

Distribution will begin this fall<p>The BBC launched a flagship initiative today that aims to get a new generation excited about technology. The Make It Digital campaign will provide students in Year 7 (that's around 11 years old) with a small microcomputer that will allow them to learn the basics of …

Clever Hack Brings Netflix To Original Nintendo

Up up down down left right left right B A Start<p>My TV has five devices connected to it that support Netflix (including the TV itself), but it turns out there's another squirreled away in a drawer in my living room: my original Nintendo Entertainment System, circa 1985.<p>During Netflix's recent Hack …

Meet The Teenage Girls Who Made The Feminist iPhone Game "Tampon Run"

You throw tampons to defeat villains. "When enemies are hit with tampons they now turn into pads that fly away.”<p>Gonzales said she wanted to make a video game addressing the hypersexualization of women in video games, while Houser was interested in making a video game with a social message; the two …

There's Now A Cottage Industry Of People Hiring Hackers For Petty Espionage

While everyone's focusing on major hacking scandals like Sony and Nasdaq, there's also a flourishing "cottage industry" of people hiring hackers for espionage — basically like TaskRabbit for petty espionage.<p>"A new website, called Hacker's List, seeks to match hackers with people looking to gain …

This Fake Phone Charger Is Actually Recording Every Key You Type

“Whose phone charger is that sticking out of the wall? Oh. It must be Ben’s. Ben always leaves his charger at work. Classic Ben!”<p>Alas, it’s not Ben’s charger. Hell, it’s not a charger at all. It’s actually a little spy device <i>disguised</i> as a phone charger, capable of sniffing out every key you type …

Gear & Gadgets

Young people are 'lost generation' who can no longer fix gadgets, warns professor

Danielle George, Professor of Radio Frequency Engineering, at the University of Manchester, is giving this year's Royal Institution Christmas Lectures<p>Young people in Britain have become a lost generation who can no longer mend gadgets and appliances because they have grown up in a disposable world, …

Which surveillance agency just released an encryption app for kids? Answer: GCHQ

British surveillance agency GCHQ has launched an app teaching children to understand “basic encryption techniques”, despite its director having criticised technology firms for making more advanced tools available to their users.<p>Cryptoy is a free app for Android tablets, with an iPad version …