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UK teen launches Thinkspace, seeks to bring software development to high schools around the world

Thinkspace, an organization created by sixteen-year-old James Anderson, seeks to “inspire the next generation of app developers” through dedicated coding zones in high schools across the globe. Anderson formally launched Thinkspace this month with campuses in Plymouth and Northern Ireland.<p>Anderson …

Making the grade in Massive Open Online Courses

MOOCs are becoming increasing popular as a way for people to access lessons from Ivy League universities. But access doesn't always translate into student success.<p>Back to school isn't just for kids. As professors at top universities put more of their course materials online, everyone from Silicon …

Coinchat Is A Chatroom Where Talking Sense Earns You Bitcoin

Coinchat is a Bitcoin-incentivised browser-based chatroom where you can shoot the breeze with strangers online and earn Bitcoin in the process. Where’s the catch? Well, there isn’t really one. The Bitcoin you’re earning through chatting with other users comes from the site’s own revenue generation …

Go Ahead, Mess With Texas Instruments

Why educational technologies should be more like graphing calculators and less like iPads. An Object Lesson.<p>Last year, while cleaning out the basement of my childhood home, I discovered a plastic storage bin marked "Calcusoft." Inside were piles of notebooks filled with sketches, storyboards, and …

College Student Put His Life Savings Into Tesla, Made A Killing

A year later, he's glad he ignored their warnings.<p>The 22-year-old student at the University of California, Berkeley invested $30,000 into Tesla stock a year ago and has parlayed it into an investment worth approximately $250,000 today.<p>"I was always preaching to my friends, 'Tesla's gonna be huge' …

O.K., Glass

Confessions of a Google Glass Explorer.<p>On a weekday afternoon in late June, a nondescript forty-year-old man in beige shorts, a blue Penguin sports shirt, and what appears to be a pair of shale-colored architect’s glasses with parts of the frame missing gets on an uptown No. 6 train at Union Square …

With Tynker’s New Service, Kids Can Learn To Code At Home

Mountain View-based Tynker, a startup focused on teaching children of all ages the basics of learning how to code, is now expanding its service beyond schools with today’s debut of Tynker for Home. This new system is similar to the platform targeting teacher and classrooms which launched earlier …

A Day In The Life Of An iPhone Factory Worker

A new report reveals the daily routine of factory workers at China’s second-largest Apple supplier.<p>At the second-largest Apple supplier factory in China, pregnant and underage workers put in 66-hour weeks (China’s legal max is 49) while being forced to sign falsified time cards, according to a …

Twitter Goes on UK PR Drive Ahead of Anti-Troll Boycott

A week after a storm erupted for Twitter over its perceived lack of action over abusive troll behavior by some users in the UK, the company has today gone on a PR drive to tackle the issue ahead of a proposed boycott by some users.<p>A post on the Twitter UK blog today notes that “We have updated the …

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Admits He Made A Huge Mistake

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer is finally admitting what everyone has been thinking: Microsoft made a huge mistake with the Surface RT tablet.<p>Last week, the company disclosed that it lost over $900 million on the low-selling tablet computer, and during an internal Microsoft event this week, Ballmer …

I Connect, Therefore I Am Distracted: Q&A With Author Alex Pang

Tech-enabled distraction is one of the more pressing issues of our time, I’d argue. We seem to be increasingly terrible at paying attention, and at …

Productivity

Nike+ Running iOS app offers virtual races with friends, group chat

The loneliness of the long-distance runner may have been reduced by the latest update to the Nike+ Runner app. Version 4.3 allows you to challenge friends at other locations to virtual races, set a distance and duration, and then the app keeps track of how you are doing against your mates.<p>A group …

If you’ve ever wanted your phone and your PC to merge, this millionaire has a deal for you

Mark Shuttleworth, the South African-born, Isle of Man-based millionaire who was only the second person on earth to pay to have himself shot into space, has latched onto a vision that’s compelling in its simplicity, not its particulars: Shuttleworth contends that it’s time people stopped owning …

Ubuntu

Chromebooks Gain Ground In The Education Market; But A Majority of Educators Still Prefer iPads

Schools around the world are trading in desktop PCs for tablets, netbooks and increasingly Chromebooks, especially in the United States, new research shows.<p>The unexpected popularity of Chromebooks, which were dismissed when they first came out as stripped-down machines with limited appeal, is a …