CS 103 - Ed tech

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Mark Zuckerberg says technology could be a solution for America's broken school system

• <b>In a letter posted to Facebook, Zuckerberg outlined his "lessons on philanthropy" in 2017.</b>• <b><br>Zuckerberg asserted that technology is part of the solution to improving education in the US. He wants to build tools that empower teachers.</b>• <b><br>Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have sold more than $900</b> …

Facebook

Google: 2017 Is the Year We All Asked 'How?'

We wanted to know how wildfires start, how far North Korean missiles can go, how to board up our windows, and the answers to a lot more questions …

Prince Harry

A quarter of parents say they track kids online, survey finds

More than a quarter of parents use a device to track or monitor their kids' online activity, finds a survey from Common Sense Media and Survey Monkey.<p>It's far more than the percentage of teens — 15% — who think their parents are tracking or monitoring what they do online.<p>Whether all that snooping …

Teens

Supersonic air travel just took another big step toward its rebirth

Denver-based startup says its planes will fly at twice the speed of sound, making the trip from New York to London in only 3.5 hours.<p>JAL is only one of Boom’s financial backers. In 2016, British billionaire and founder of the Virgin Group Richard Branson agreed to buy the first 10 of these jets. He …

Aerospace

China video game craze drives booming e-sports market

WUHU, China/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - In an industrial park on the edge of Shanghai, a dozen Chinese teenagers are taking a break from battling digital armies to focus on their yoga.<p>They are members of EDG, one of China's top electronic sports teams, who spend six days a week in a military-style …

China

Use YouTube to record screencasts for free

Want to record your desktop? A little-known YouTube option makes it possible, no extra software required.<p>A screencast is a recording of everything that happens on your computer screen. Why would you need such a thing? For businesses, it's a great way to, say, teach new employees how to use company …

Technology

Tesla mega-battery in Australia activated

<b>The world's largest lithium ion battery has begun dispensing power into an electricity grid in South Australia.</b><p>The 100-megawatt battery, built by Tesla, was officially activated on Friday. It had in fact provided some power since Thursday due to demand caused by local hot weather.<p>South Australia …

Batteries

Lego AR-Studio puts virtual dragons in your physical sets

After the costly failure of its toy-to-life video game <i>Lego Dimensions</i>, Lego is turning to augmented reality to mix real sets with virtual elements. The new Lego AR-Studio app for iOS taps into Apple's ARKit platform to add animations and audio-visuals to the company's physical toys. Hold your …

Augmented Reality

Voyager 1 spacecraft thrusters fired up for first time since 1980

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's a good idea to have a backup plan, especially in interstellar space.<p>NASA scientists needed to reorient the 40-year-old Voyager 1 -- the space agency's farthest spacecraft -- so its antenna would point toward Earth, 13 billion miles away. But the "attitude control thrusters," the first …

Space Exploration

This app boosts event hashtags by collecting all snapshots in one place

Custom hashtags for weddings and other events simplify the task of finding photos, but those shots are still often scattered across multiple …

Google Photos

Video will make up 75 percent of mobile traffic in five years

That’s up from just over half of all traffic now.<p>Three quarters of all mobile traffic will be used for video in 2023, according to a new report by telecommunications equipment company Ericsson. That’s up from just over half of all traffic today.<p>Not only will that be a bigger share but also a bigger …

Mobile

Google’s Santa Tracker adds new Santa Snap game, teases world’s largest virtual snowball fight

Google’s Santa Tracker app is arguably the best in its genre. The app tracks Santa’s movements on Christmas Eve and it even keeps count of how many presents the big man in red delivers along with giving you fun facts about holiday traditions in other regions. Until then, the app contains a bunch of …

Christmas

Turn your phone into a Google Slides remote control with this Chrome extension

Google Slides already lets you beam your presentation deck to a Chromecast-equipped screen from your iOS or Android device. Now, there’s another way to use your phone as a presentation remote, thanks to this handy browser extension created by Malaysia-based developer Henry Lim.<p>Remote for Google …

Google

Elon Musk will send his Tesla Roadster to Mars on a giant rocket

Elon Musk says the first test launch of SpaceX's massive new rocket will happen next month.<p>Its destination? Mars.<p>Its cargo? A Tesla Roadster with David Bowie on the stereo.<p>The rocket, known as the Falcon Heavy, will lift off from Kennedy Space Center, near Cape Canaveral, Florida using the same …

SpaceX

Google brings AI camera tools to the Raspberry Pi with AIY Vision kit

The circuit board provides the ability to run neural networks on the device<p>Google has announced the AIY Vision Kit, opening up a new way for …

Raspberry Pi

Google's first ever coding Doodle is as cute as it is fun

Procrastinate away your Monday by helping the white rabbit collect the carrots.<p>Google's Doodle team went above and beyond to celebrate Computer Science Education Week on Monday with its first ever coding Doodle.<p>Available to tinker with globally, the Doodle lets you direct a cute little bunny around …

Google

Apple manufacturer moves forward to build lenses for AR smart glasses

A new report from <i>Bloomberg</i> today shares that Apple manufacturer Quanta has closed a deal to start producing lenses for augmented reality smart glasses. While this deal isn’t specifically with Apple, it could pave the way for Apple to bring its next wearable to market.<p>Today’s news may have …

Augmented Reality

EKG-Reading Kardia Band Is First Apple Watch Accessory To Get FDA Clearance

AliveCor, the company behind the accessory, is led by ex-Google exec Vic Gundotra.<p>AliveCor, the digital health company founded by ex-Googler Vic Gundotra, says the Food and Drug Administration has approved its EKG band accessory for the Apple Watch. Gundotra says the Kardia Band, as the product is …

Digital Health

Motivating the Unmotivated

Here's an all-too-common scenario:<p>A group of elementary or middle school students are unruly, disrespectful, and underperforming academically and …

Education

Psy's 'Gangnam Style' Finally Reaches 3 Billion Views On YouTube

Years after it first took over the planet and introduced millions, if not billions, of people to K-pop music, Psy’s “Gangnam Style” has finally reached three billion views on YouTube, the platform that started it all for the South Korean star.<p>“Gangnam Style” is the third clip on the video hosting …

Gangnam Style

Evidence mounts that laptops are terrible for students at lectures

Time to reconsider the notebook and pen<p>Do you use a laptop or tablet to take notes during school lectures or meetings? If so, you might want to reconsider pen and paper; there’s increasing evidence that using laptops during lectures decreases learning, which can result in lower grades, reports <i>The</i> …

Education

Samsung's use of graphene in batteries makes charging five times faster

The use of graphene with lithium-ion batteries could increase battery capacity by 45-percent make charge speeds five times faster.<p>Smartphones today …

Samsung

Amazon Sumerian lets you build VR scenes with no training

Amazon's new web service gives you the tools to create VR, AR and 3D scenes without specialized training in 3D graphics.<p>Amazon's newest Web Service aims to make it easy for anyone to build their own virtual reality.<p>Amazon Sumerian lets you create VR, AR and 3D experiences using a simple …

Virtual Reality

Germany bans children's 'smart' watches over surveillance concerns

Telecoms regulator urges parents to destroy the devices, which have been used to listen in on classroom lessons<p>Germany’s telecoms regulator has banned ​the sale of “smart watches” that can be used by parents to check on their children, saying the devices violated Germany’s strict surveillance …

Watches

Bill Gates invests $80 million to build Arizona smart city

Bill Gates wants to build a futuristic community in Arizona.<p>A group associated with a Gates investment company has invested $80 million in a high-tech planned development outside Phoenix.<p>The community in Belmont will be designed around high-speed networks, autonomous vehicles, high-speed digital …

Bill Gates

FDA Approves First Digital Pill That You (And Others) Can Track

“Did you take that pill?’<p><b>Response:</b> “Yes.”<p>“Are you sure?”<p><b>Response:</b> “Absolutely. I’m fairly certain. I think so. Maybe. What was your question again?”<p>“Let’s ask the pill.”<p>Today the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that they approved the first drug in the U.S. that can tell you and others …

Medicine

Nougat is now installed on 20.6% of active Android devices

Nougat is making steady gains, but Marshmallow is still the most-used version of Android.<p>A year after its release, Nougat is now installed on 20.6% …

Can Americans hang up on their phone addiction?

We check the phone 47 times a day -- sometimes even in the middle of the night. But have we reached our peak?<p>I've seen far too many people get aggressively honked at as they absentmindedly wandered onto a busy street without looking up. The culprit? That little device in the palm of their hand, …

With $70M from Alphabet, United Masters replaces record labels

The records labels are obsolete. They haven’t kept up as music evolved from selling CDs to streaming songs to promote concert tickets and merchandise. Labels were meant to help artists generate albums, fame, and money. But now anyone can record themselves and no will “buy” it. So today that …

Mary J. Blige