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Be wary of wolves in sheep's clothing

There has been much talk in the media lately about technology in education, the large sums of money involved and the limited impact it has had upon …

Seven Books Every MBA Student Needs to Read

The MBA Startup Reading List<p>I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have spent my summer in Palo Alto, California, interning on the data science …

UX Design

In Defense of Simplicity: Let's Start With School Schedules

One of the things I like about being a teacher educator is the opportunity it gives me to visit all kinds of different schools. But I have to ask: Am …

Teaching

Computers in classroom have ‘mixed’ impact on learning: OECD report

At a time when school boards across Canada are equipping classrooms with new laptops, tablets and desktop computers to bring learning into the digital age, a global study raises questions over whether all that technology necessarily means better education results.<p>A report by the Organization for …

Education Technology

Can new corporate structure help education startups overcome industry distrust?

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: OHiShiapply<p>More investors may be fawning over education companies, yet among educators themselves, entrepreneurs don’t …

Reverse Innovation in Tech Startups: The Story of Capillary Technologies

At its core, reverse innovation describes solutions adopted first in poorer, emerging nations that subsequently—and disruptively—find a market in richer, developed nations. But can reverse innovation be relevant in the world of high-technology? The very definition of “high-technology” hints at …

How elite universities are killing the American dream

The American Dream isn’t dead. It’s just moved to Denmark.<p>Now, we like to think of ourselves as a classless society, but it isn’t true today. As the Brookings Institution has pointed out, America has turned into a place Horatio Alger would scarcely recognize: we have more inequality and less …

Income Inequality

SnapKeys’ Invisible Keyboard Exits Beta & Lands In A Mobile Messaging App To Try To Drive Qwerty Aside

There is no shortage of startups attacking the virtual keyboard space, as you’d expect with so much scope to improve the experience of touchscreen typing. Yesterday Toronto-based Whirlscape launched a beta version of its Qwerty-squashing Minuum software keyboard, for instance. Today it’s SnapKeys‘ …

Paper iPad app gets $15M for more productivity software, services — and hardware

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Would you buy hardware from an iPad journal company? FiftyThree, the company behind one of the most beloved (and successful) …

Foundersuite debuts tool collection to help you start your company

Recently soft-launched Foundersuite offers entrepreneurs a set of tools and templates to lessen the burden of starting a company.<p>The site is debuting with four modules and four template bundles. “It’s designed to help founders know what to do next, providing guidelines and structure to the messy …

The Secret Science Behind Big Data And Word Of Mouth

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Jonah Berger is a marketing professor at the Wharton School and author of the New York Times bestseller Contagious: Why Things Catch On. Follow him on Twitter @j1berger.</i><p>Why do some companies, products and services get more word of mouth than others? It’s not luck. There’s a science …

U.S. schools not making the grade when it comes to education technology

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Here’s a bit of disappointing but not-so-surprising news: according to a new report from the nonprofit think tank Center for …

Meet the Robotics Company Apple Just Anointed

The coming revolution in the toy aisle<p>During Apple's keynote at its Worldwide Developers Conference, it was all Apple all the time, <i>except</i> for one quick demo near the beginning of the event. The CEO of a relatively obscure company (as obscure as a company with $50 million in funding can be) came on …

Why SaaS fragmentation is giving rise to new markets

<i>This is a guest post by freelance writer Mark Boyd</i><p>Fragmentation between software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions is beginning to affect the average business that has moved from server-based software to the cloud.<p>Christian Staples runs spa installation business Arctic Spas Utah, and uses eight SaaS …

The secret to getting engineers to be more charismatic

<i>Olivia Fox Cabane is an executive coach with an unusual approach: She teaches her clients how to become more charismatic. It’s an odd calling for someone who is an introvert by nature. In this excerpt from “The Charisma Coach” published by Matter, writer Teresa Chin explains why Silicon Valley</i> …

Charisma

America's Top Colleges Have A Rich-Kid Problem

In case you ever wondered just how much wealthy students dominate America's top colleges, here's a nice illustration from a new report by the Century Foundation.<p>At the most selective schools in the country,* 70 percent of students come from the wealthiest quarter of U.S. families.<p>Just 14 percent …

College & University

Dear High School Graduate: Everything You've Been Told Is False

When I graduated from Omaha Creighton Prep High School back in 1977, my fellow grads and I entered a benign, forgiving, if U.S.-hegemonic, economic order where one could find paid work — albeit of a blue collar variety — just by completing high school. A world where even a C student was guaranteed …

How America's 2-Tiered Education System Is Perpetuating Inequality

And how online courses might only exacerbate the problem<p>In 2006, Amherst College made a decision that administrators at some other schools considered radical. The critics said it would dent the value of the school's degree, or force it to "lower its standards." The school's then-president pushed …

The Physics Of: Redline

The secrets of sky-high engine speeds.<p>spinners<p>how come diesels don't rev?<p>Automotive diesel engines usually don't spin past 5000 rpm. Thanks to diesel fuel's higher energy density and more abrupt combustion, heavier components are necessary. Long strokes that augment torque also add inertial mass, …

Engines

Texas Company Scraps Controversial Lesson Plan System

After uproar over some lesson plans some conservatives deemed un-American, a Texas company has decided scrap a curriculum system used by 877 school districts that were too small or too poor to produce their own.<p>"The CSCOPE era is over," Texas state Sen. Dan Patrick, who was leading the charge …

Retiring Wall Street Strategist Gives Amazing Investment Advice Just Before He Quits

This is a bummer. Minack's work was lucid and helpful.<p>But as a parting gift to clients, Minack wrote a two-page farewell note that contains the best investment advice you will likely ever receive.<p>What is this investment advice?<p><b>Don't try to pick stocks</b>• <b><br>Don't try to time the market</b>• <b><br>Just invest in a</b> …

Investing

Zinio, Early Mover In Digital Magazines, Moves To The Netflix Model

The so-called first mover advantage is really only an advantage if you don’t get too far out ahead of your customer. Founded in 2001, the digital magazines company Zinio was arguably a good eight years ahead of its time. After all, Apple hadn’t yet come out with the iPhone, much less the iPad, the …

How To Tap The Hidden Job Market

3. <b>Build your social network</b>. Find relevant people at your favorite companies to connect with you on LinkedIn. Join the same industry groups and network there, or ask friends to introduce you. Once you're connected, show them your value by referring them to interesting articles and writing blog …

Employment

Hospitals lose $8.3 billion using old technology

SEATTLE — U.S. physicians and hospitals are in the digital dark ages when it comes to using the latest mobile devices and Internet services to deliver patient care.<p>As a result, U.S. hospitals are absorbing an estimated $8.3 billion annual hit in lost productivity and increased patient discharge …

With Over 15M Sites Built, Weebly Launches New Planner And Mobile Editor, Brings Website Creation Service To Android

In this day and age, if you own a small business, you need a web (and mobile) presence. It’s just the way it is. Some might opt just to go for a social media approach, a Twitter account and a Facebook page, but the likelihood is that you want something a little more flexible, high-quality and …

The Coolest and Most Terrifying Biomimetic Robots | WIRED

Building a better bot sometimes means looking outside the shop for inspiration. Borrowing from the characteristics and abilities of insects, birds, …

Robotic cars, aeroponics, and Lego: building tomorrow's city in MIT's Media Lab

MIT's Media Lab has been cranking out innovations ever since it opened back in 1985, and now it has its sights set on developing the city of tomorrow and the technology that will power it. <i>The Financial Times</i> has taken an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at some of the projects currently being …

Funding soars for security startups as cyberattacks keep coming

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / LeventeGyori<p>Cyberattacks hitting one company after another — including defense contractor QinetiQ — …

The best businesses know how to make their customers stop cursing

In 1987, Chip Conley made an unusual business decision: He bought a rent-by-the-hour hotel in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. But instead of running it for its past clientele, he asked his employees what new customer segment they should go after. The question generated a mixed bag of ideas, so …

San Francisco