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Here’s Why This School District Chose Google Chromebooks Over Mac And Windows

Only a few old desktop PCs were located in the district's public schools, and his limited budget made it difficult to place a big order for new computers. Being in a working-class community, where 95% of the students receive free or reduced-cost lunches, most students didn't have access to …

The Beginner's Guide to Facebook Ads for Small Businesses

Rewind the clock a few years and you’d frequently hear people suggesting that Facebook is a great marketing channel because it was free to have a presence. If you built a good Facebook page for your business and attracted lots of fans, you’d have a valuable platform to talk to potential and …

Why the Aereo Shutdown Will Be a Disaster for Broadcast TV

Aereo offered a distinctive and revolutionary way for broadcast TV to remain relevant to younger viewers.<p>I almost missed the Aereo announcement last week, because I was ensconced at VidCon, the annual YouTube-focused convention in Anaheim, Calif. There I was, surrounded by 20,000 …

Which Social Media Accounts Really Matter and Why

12 min read<p>This story originally appeared on KISSmetrics<p>I think social media is really important. I doubt anyone would argue with me about that. But social media is also misunderstood in some ways. One of those misunderstandings is <i>which social media sites a business or individual should be on.</i><p>If …

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WorldMate Adds Context Awareness to Its Android App

Virtual travel assistant WorldMate has released a major update for its Android app that makes the homescreen contextually aware and lets you check into your flights.<p>Alongside a complete redesign of the app, WorldMate has reworked its home screen to display different cards depending on where you are …

The DIY Guide to Launching a Successful eBay Store

From this search for “leather jacket” above, multiple products appear on the search results page on eBay displaying the image, name, and price of each product best matched to the search. When reviewing the products that appear in the search results, it’s clear which photos are professional and …

Less than 3 days left in the Tylt Energi 2K charger Kickstarter Campaign

The clock is ticking down on a Kickstarter campaign for a travel charger with built-in battery. The campaign calls itself the Worlds Most Affordable Wall Charger with Battery by TYLT, it has some decent endorsements, and I am here to make sure you actually need it.<p>Let me start by explaining the new …

Download This! Ziploop App Will Get Rid of All Your Wallet Clutter

Shopping is generally an enjoyable experience, but it does have its downsides: Tracking old receipts, expiration dates, and return policies—not to …

16 of the Best New Android Apps From May (2014)

From Foursquare spin-offs to whistle-powered selfies, we covered a lot of ground with new Android apps in May. So by way of a quick recap, here’s our pick of the newbies from the past month.<p>Sunrise<p>Sunrise finally opened its uber-popular calendar app to Android users this month, as well as a version …

From The Ivy League To State Schools, Demand For Computer Science Is Booming

For years, people in the tech industry have worked to persuade more young people in the United States to become interested in studying computer science. It now looks like they’ve finally gotten the message.<p>Demand for computer science classes and programs is booming at universities across the U.S., …

Philadelphia Students Build A Crime-Routing App To Make Their Walk To School Safer

The Academy at Palumbo is a public magnet school that draws kids from largely poor neighborhoods. When faced with preying muggers on their walk to school, they did something about it.<p>High school algebra teacher Susan Lee remembers the time a mugger stalked and attacked a female teacher on her way …

Google Drive update officially removes document editing

We knew it was coming and now it’s here. Today, Google rolled out a new version of Drive for Android that removes document editing from the cloud-storage application. This change in direction is an immediate follow up to Google’s new trio of productivity apps that released last month. If you still …

Sweden’s Projectplace launches ToDo, a free version of its project management tool

You may not be familiar with Projectplace, but it’s one of the oldest software-as-a-service companies around – the Swedish company has offered its …

My Spiroo Can Tell Your Doctor When You’re Out Of Breath

Asthma sufferers use a tool called a peak flow meter to see how much air is passing out of their lungs. It is useful to assess when flare-ups are happening and what outside allergens or problems might be causing a bronchial flare-up. Until recently, all that was available to take this measurement …

Pay-by-Bundle: Curing Subscription Fatigue

It’s the perennial problem faced by companies across the media spectrum, from music-streaming platforms to eons-old newspapers. How <i>do</i> you make money in an age where so many people have become accustomed to consuming content for free?<p>Advertising is the obvious conduit to monetizing digital content, …

Now Gmail Encrypts Messages Sent to Google Servers

Starting Thursday, Gmail will always use an encrypted HTTPS connection for sending and receiving email.<p>Gmail has supported HTTPS since 2004 (an …

Titanfall for Xbox 360 Delayed Until April 8

Futuristic and kinetic first-person shooter Titanfall is an important title for the Xbox One, so it should come as no surprise that Microsoft wants to prioritize that version over the PC and Xbox 360 versions.<p>The latter has already been delayed once, but publisher Electronic Arts (EA) today …

Paul Maritz says the internet of things has convinced even giants like GE they need to radically shift direction

Pivotal CEO Paul Maritz says the potential opportunities — and competitive pressures — that are being created by industry shifts like the internet of …

Trendnet Powerline 500 AV2 Adapter (Kit) review: A fast, easy, and cheap way to extend your network - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The plug-and-play <b>Trendnet Powerline 500 AV2 Adapter</b> provides some three times the speed of a regular Ethernet connection. It's affordable, especially when you purchase a kit of two.<p><b>The Bad</b> The adapter is relatively bulky and doesn't have a pass-through power socket.<p><b>The Bottom Line</b> The …

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How Mark Zuckerberg wooed WhatsApp

Announced on February 19th, Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp was a deal sealed between the two company CEOs a few days earlier, though it took years of amicable courtship to reach the accord. <i>Forbes</i> has taken a look at the relationship between WhatsApp's Jan Koum and Facebook's Mark …

Zippy: A Gorgeous Task-Management App for iPhone

If there’s one thing the world doesn’t need, it’s another productivity app. That said, we think you’ll like Zippy for iOS.<p>Optimized for iPhone and iPod touch, Zippy does most of the things you’d expect from any half-decent to-do list app, but it delivers insights into your activities using gorgeous …

TVSmiles Closes $7M Series A To Take Its Second-Screen TV Ad Loyalty Program Beyond Germany

Berlin-based startup TVSmiles, which has built a second-screen app-based loyalty program to encourage people to watch TV ads, has closed a $7 million Series A funding round, from prior investors Ventech. The new funding brings its total capital raised to $8M.<p>Other investors participating in the …

Making Sense of All That Data

Hello World, here comes a great opportunity to understand data from the king of data -- Google.<p>Data is everywhere and most people have no idea how to use data or are afraid of it. So here is an opportunity that will change all that for anyone who wants to try.<p>Google is offering a free MOOC (Massive …

Will Quitting My Job Be a Mistake?

<i>So, what's it like in the real world? Well, the food is better, but beyond that, I don't recommend it.</i> --Bill Watterson, Creator of Calvin & Hobbes comic strip<p>One of the most common questions I'm asked these days is a version of: "Was it a mistake to quit your consulting job at IBM?"<p>My answer is …

Through Its Network Of Mentors, HackHands Offers Live Help For New Programmers

With sites like Codecademy and Stack Overflow, there are plenty of ways to learn programming and get help online — but there’s nothing like a live human being who can answer your questions and look at your code, according to the co-founders of a new website called HackHands.<p>One of those …

Everything You Need to Know About the Bitcoin Protocol

<i>This research is courtesy of Sander Duivestein, professional speaker and trendwatcher at VINT, the International Research Institute of Sogeti, and Patrick Savalle, founder and technical director at Mobbr crowd payments.</i><p>Bitcoin is big news again. The digital cryptocurrency is on the frontpage of …

Bitcoin Crash: Digital Currency Prices Fall Hard | Fortune.com

Last week I pointed to a decline of 23% in the market cap of major digital currencies in July, asking if this was the bottom. Now we have an answer: Not by a long shot.<p>This past weekend brought brutal declines for the two biggest digital currencies. Bitcoin fell to around $1,863 (38% off its …

How CivicScience is massively disrupting consumer research, 400 million opinions a year

Free is a really attractive business model if you want to grow fast. Which is probably why CivicScience has found a way to give free research to journalists and free visitor information to websites … and a way to make money selling something else to an entirely different market.<p>The site has …

4 Steps to Starting a Web Business Without Knowing Coding

<i>Eddy Lee, Ph.D, is a venture capitalist investing in Silicon Valley and Singapore. He is also a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford University.</i><p>So you have a great idea for a new mobile app or Web service—but you don’t know anything about coding or developing. You might have started searching …