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The EFF calls out Google for privacy issues in the EDU sector but the school districts need educated, too

The EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) has renewed their charge against Google, Microsoft, and Apple for the way student privacy is handled in …

Education

Adjustable stand makes your iPad Pro even more pro

Frank Lloyd Wright didn’t create innovative home designs by drawing from his couch. He sat at a drafting table, its surface supporting his paper at the angle of his choosing.<p>So what would he do with an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil? He might try the new DraftTable by Portland, Oregon-based Elevation …

IPad Pro

The reMarkable Paper Tablet Makes Writing on an iPad Look Dated

The reMarkable paper tablet is a 10.3-inch e-ink tablet that look incredibly similar to a Kindle DX, except that it has a special coating on the …

Note-Taking

App platform Kinetise aims to bring app building to the enterprise

Kinetise, an app building platform and Disrupt hackathon favorite, aims to democratize the the the process of creating native mobile apps for iOS and Android in the enterprise. Using a drag-and-drop interface, the system essentially lets you build and deploy native apps, visually. In this way, …

Apps

Microsoft thinks its time Mac users ditch Evernote for OneNote

It seems Microsoft doesn’t like Evernote. That’s okay, I don’t either.<p>It doesn’t matter what your reasoning. Whether it’s the constant state of flux in the upper levels of management, the bloated and not-at-all reliable interface or the fact that the price just went up to $69.99 per year for …

New Acer Chromebook 11 and 14 hit the Google Store

Looking for a new Chromebook? Acer has been one of the key players in the Chrome OS market, and today they are introducing a couple new iterations to their Chromebook line-up. These are the all-new Acer Chromebook 11 and Acer Chromebook 14, which have just arrived in the official Google Store.<p>Both …

Google

Sony A6300 blows every mirrorless camera away with insane speed and 4K

The last five months have been really tough. I've been without my trusty Sony A6000 after it suddenly stopped working during my vacation in London …

Cameras

Socially Acceptable: Hootsuite Opens New APIs

There’s an API for that, or so they say. In fact they don’t quite say that yet, but ‘they’ (the tech industry) surely will do soon. As the glue that links software application functionalities together in the new age of componentized cloud computing services, Application Programming Interfaces …

Microservices

Switcher Studio turns your iPad into a live video editing studio

While improvements in camera-phone technology have led to our mobile devices slowly but surely replacing clunky single-purpose cameras, most heavy editing and production still has to be done on desktops. This is especially true for live video, which often requires a full mixing board and production …

Apps

Google could pay you $100K if you can hack a Chromebook

Google is known for paying big bucks to hackers that can crack its security, but this time its doubling its $50,000 bug bounty.<p>Anyone who can create a recurring hack for a Chromebook or Chromebox that’s working on guest mode – meaning it comes back even after the machine’s been rebooted – will earn …

Google Docs adds automatic outline feature

It's now easier to navigate lengthy documents with Google Docs on the Web and Android.<p>I use Google Docs for all of my writing, from CNET blog posts and other writing for work to quick lists and tried-and-true recipes. I opened up Google Docs this morning to start my daily labor to find an outline …

Google Docs

Opera’s browser has a built-in ad blocker that works better than extensions

Opera has updated its desktop browser for Windows and OS X with adblocking baked right in. The company believes its new feature helps speed up page loads by 40 percent on average and works better than third-party extensions.<p>In the browser’s developer edition, You can turn on adblocking in the …

An Artist Infused Colour Into A 100-YO Black & White Photo And The Result Is Beyond Stunning

Black-and-white photos have their own charm but they often make us wonder the alternative – would the people or objects captured look different in …

Black & White Photography

Google introduces Docs templates 'designed by experts'

Part of the big update to Google Docs back in September was the introduction of new and useful templates to help users of the service start up common types of documents quickly. The company has now taken that one step further, announcing today that it has created new templates ‘designed by experts’ …

Revive Your Old Laptop Without Spending a Dime

A whole new life awaits your old laptop with Neverware’s CloudReady Chrome-based software<p>Lenovo ThinkPad T400, beloved laptop, was laid to rest after its slowing hard drive and spinning hourglass became too much to bear. Born in 2008, in its youth it overcame Windows Vista and went on to a …

Laptops

Acer's Chromebook R11 is a cheap 2-in-1 convertible that's not too shabby

Acer Chromebook R11 review<p>Super solid Chromebook<p>Transformer in disguise<p>Excellent input<p>Works great as a laptop<p>Port basics<p>Fends off fingerprints<p>You get …

Apple acquires education technology startup LearnSprout, as Apple pushes new education features for iOS 9.3

Apple has acquired education technology startup LearnSprout for an undisclosed sum, via Bloomberg. LearnSprout’s software lets teachers track student progress and test scores, organize class achievement targets and more school-oriented features. The acquisition follows Apple’s announcement of iOS …

Thinga is a kid-friendly search engine with parental controls

Keeping kids away from questionable content while they surf the web is an ongoing battle, and there's a new site that's looking to help. Thinga, a kid-friendly search engine, offers answers to children's queries from the company's own content library, white-listed sites or privacy-minded search …

The creators of the ColecoVision are back with a new cartridge-based console

1986 technology in a 2016 device<p>Coleco was behind some of the earliest attempts to bring video games to your living room, with mildly successful consoles like the ColecoVision in 1982. Like many game companies at the time, Coleco went bankrupt in the late '80s. However, it was reformed in 2005, and …

Retrogaming

VLC has ported its popular Android app to Chrome OS

Chrome OS now has a proper video player, as VLC has made its way to the Chrome Web Store.<p>In addition to various video files, VLC can play audio you’ve got stored locally.<p>VideoLAN, the company behind VLC, says the Chrome OS version is a port of its Android app, and uses the Android Runtime (ARC) to …

Apple Highlights Relationship With IBM In Business Site Makeover

Apple launched a redesigned version of its Mac in Business site this week as its love affair with IBM continued to develop. As the name implies, the site showcases Apple’s enterprise acumen and the new design focuses on Apple’s strengths in business.<p>The overall site highlights the kinds of things …

Accessibility

Slack introduces $80M developer fund and extensive app directory

At an evening event in San Francisco today, communications company (and rapidly growing unicorn) Slack announced two major accommodations for third-party app developers on the platform.<p>The first: an $80 million developer fund, created in partnership with Accel, Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, …

Google's new tablet probably wasn't meant to run Android — which would explain the bad reviews

This oddity would explain why many reviewers found the operating system, which is primarily designed for smartphones, to be lacking.<p>Walt Mossberg, a well-respected technology pundit, said in his review that the Pixel C is "an object lesson in what Google shouldn't do if it pursues home-grown …

Android News

Invader Zim's Jhonen Vasquez on Video Game Parodies and What's Next for Zim

Not everyone in the world of Invader Zim loves gaming.<p>Oni Press is now five issues into their comic book revival of the short-lived but beloved …

Comic Books

Why security tech will gobble up more of your tech budget in 2016

According to a study released last month, the cost of cybercrime rose 19 percent in the past year, and the average company is now spending 82 percent more defending itself than it did in 2009.<p>And yet that’s still not enough. State-sponsored actors have increased their attacks on corporate targets, …

Apple raises iTunes Match iCloud Music Library limit to 100k songs, up from 25k

As promised by Eddy Cue earlier in the year, Apple has now raised the limits on iTunes Match and Apple Music library for matched songs from 25,000 to 100,000 songs.<p>Cue had previously announced on Twitter that Apple was aiming for 100k for iOS 9 and just in time for the holidays, that promise has …

Microsoft Admits Windows 10 Automatic Spying Cannot Be Stopped

Last week changes to the Windows 10 upgrade path mean it is going to become increasingly difficult for any non-techy users to avoid being pushed to Microsoft’s new operating system. But given Windows 10 <i>is</i> better than Windows 7 and Windows 8, why would that be a problem? Because of policies like …

Spying

Building the MacPaint for hardware.

How an old program serves as an influence to the democratization of hardware and a new form of expression. That, and a healthy dose of …

Raspberry Pi

Microsoft’s touch-friendly Office shows great potential for Windows 10 apps

After nearly two years of teasing, Microsoft finally released a preview version of its touch-optimized Office apps for Windows 10 yesterday. The software maker has been focusing on iOS and Android recently, having released better versions of Office for rival platforms than its own Windows Phone …

Apps