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Online Learning: A Bachelor's Level Computer Science Program Curriculum (Updated)

<b>Introduction</b> <br>[<b>Update</b>: See also the follow-up post to this piece, An Intensive Bachelor's Level Computer Science Curriculum Program.]<p>A few months back …

What I’m Reading: iPad Artist Raheem “Ra” Nelson

<i>Pulling up the sleeves on his suit to reveal tattoos of his favorite apps, artist Raheem “Ra” Nelson uses many canvases to promote his passions. When the iPad was released in 2010, the Connecticut-based artist saw it immediately as an artistic tool, “painting” stylized fashion portraits right on</i> …

Social Media

Xiaomi rumored to be ‘borrowing’ Apple’s 3D Touch tech

Xiaomi isn’t exactly known for having its own ideas, so why would you expect it to act any differently when Apple introduced its innovative new 3D …

Xiaomi

Priv, The Android Phone With A Physical Keyboard, Goes Up For Pre-Order

It’s very thin pickings for fans of physical Qwerty keyboards in these touch-sensitive mobile times. But for those few who remain hung up on the caress of plastic keys under their fingertips there’s soon to be one more option to consider — given the BlackBerry Priv has just gone up for pre-order in …

Where to buy Apple's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in the UK

If you hadn't made a note in you diary, then let us remind you: new iPhone day is upon us. Apple's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus launch in 12 countries today, and one of those just happens to be the sunny UK. As the "s" qualifier denotes, the flagships are iterative improvements over last year's models, …

BlackBerry confirms it will launch a new Android smartphone called Priv

BlackBerry has finally confirmed its intentions to launch an Android smartphone, after months of speculation and leaks.<p>In its second quarter financial results, BlackBerry today said it “plans to launch a flagship handheld device that will run on the Android operating system with BlackBerry …

Mobile Technology

Samsung Working On A Major Update for The Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+ and Note 5

Google has scheduled an event next week where the company is expected to launch the new Nexus devices, alongside the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. …

Android News

Apple’s ‘Move to iOS’ Android app only works with new or reset iOS devices

Apple last week launched its first-ever Android app, a new tool designed to help Android users jump ship for iOS.<p>Of course, for the pedants out there, this technically isn’t the first Apple-owned app that has been available on Google Play. Back in 2012, Apple acquired app discovery engine Chomp, a …

Apps

The new Apple TV will finally play games

Video games are finally coming to the Apple TV. At an event today, Apple revealed a new version of its set-top box, and for the first time games will be available on the device thanks to a new App Store. The new Apple TV also includes a new remote with a touchpad, and as expected, it also features …

App Store

LG G4 Note rumored for October 10th launch

A new LG smartphone passed through TENAA yesterday, which could be the anticipated second flagship that LG has planned for the second half of the year. Last week, LG’s Cho Juno confirmed that a new flagship would be unveiled sometime in Q4 2015 and reports from Korea suggest that October 10th could …

Mobile Technology

The DeanBeat: Has the next generation of mobile games arrived?

A handful of ambitious new games have come out for mobile devices. Each of them is claiming that they’re they next generation of triple A-quality games, or the equivalent of console-quality games on mobile devices. We’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time. And the question is whether this …

List-Worthy

Top Ten Toys to Watch in 2015

This year’s 112th North American International Toy Fair was the best ever Toy Fair I’ve ever attended. In every aisle, I found spectacular toys and games that really spoke to the concerns of today’s families and educators. The overall theme of the fair, to me was “more is better.”<p>To be sure, I am …

Kids

MWC 2015 round-up; Samsung, HTC lead the way

Though we weren’t expecting a whole lot, Mobile World Congress was actually rather delightful this year. We got exactly what we came for, and even …

The 6 most exciting things (that weren’t phones) we saw at MWC 2015

The must-see gadgets from Mobile World Congress 2015

Taking place just over a month after CES, Mobile World Congress is a world away from the super-hyped Las Vegas tech confab. Not only does it really take place a world away, in Barcelona, Spain, but also it focuses entirely on mobile and wireless gadgets. And even better, most of the products making …

Gear & Gadgets

Mobile World Congress 2015: Kairos mechanical watch has a 'floating' display

Wild! This classic-looking watch contains some smart secrets.

Smartphones are all the same now—but only on the outside

BARCELONA—At the Mobile World Congress this year, there were connected cars and bluetooth toothbrushes and smartwatches in spades, but above all there were phones. In every one of the the eight and a half football-field-size halls, there were hundreds upon hundreds of sexy, sleek, shiny …

Mobile

Invisibility Glasses and Encrypted Phones: Security Takes Center Stage at MWC

Security was top of mind in Barcelona this week.<p>In the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations about the NSA, newspaper phone hacking scandals and the recent Sony troubles, security and privacy have been top of mind among businesses and consumers. This extended into this year’s Mobile World Congress …

Gear & Gadgets

Hyundai lets owners control their cars with smartwatches

Hey, Hyundai owners, it's finally here: the Blue Link companion app for smartwatches that the automaker promised back during CES this year. And yes, you can use it to remotely lock/unlock doors, start/stop the engine, flash lights or honk any Blue Link-enabled car's horn, even if it's as old as the …

Nokia’s N1 Tablet Looks Good For ‘Designed In Finland, Built On Android’ Strategy

Nokia is showing off the Android tablet that’s part of its post-mobile phones strategy here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It’s only available in China right now but the company tells TechCrunch it’s “looking at European markets” to consider whether to bring the N1 here too.<p>Announced last …

Mobile Technology

Microsoft teams with Deutsche Telekom to promote Lumia sales in Europe

Microsoft has inked a partnership with Deutsche Telekom to promote its line of Windows-powered Lumia smartphones to users in Europe. DT, which is …

Google has added a bunch of smartphone security features to Google Apps that businesses will love

Android for Work is the latest buzzword among the halls of Google these days, at least among the "For Work" team at Google building products for businesses.<p>These features will help businesses manage how employees access sensitive data or apps on their smartphones, part of a trend called "mobile …

Nvidia's Shield console launches in UK late 2015

Nvidia is a company best known for its components -- high-powered graphics cards, the Tegra systems-on-a-chip for mobile devices, even the occasional …

OnePlus One will soon make its way to all European countries

While the OnePlus One has already been available in multiple European countries for some time now, the company is finally expanding its reach to the rest of Europe. OnePlus has just announced that the One will soon be available in 16 additional countries, including:<p>Bulgaria<br>• Croatia<br>• Cyprus<br>• Czech …

Mobile Technology

The Ubuntu phones are an audacious attempt to take on Android

Actual devices from Canonical finally take the stage at MWC 2015<p>The mobile journey of Linux-based OS Ubuntu has felt like an eternity. Canonical, the company that leads development on the platform, first announced the smartphone OS back in 2013; after an unsuccessful dalliance with crowdfunding, …

Xiaomi to open an accessory store in Europe too

Speaking at MWC, Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra announced that the company’s growing range of accessories will be heading to Europe at some point in the future. However, smartphones definitely won’t be sold through the e-commerce store.<p>Last month, Xiaomi made a similar announcement in San Francisco regarding …

Mobile

Motorola President Promises More Wearables and Low-Cost Phones

Same as it ever was.<p>The business plan for Motorola under Lenovo is simple: More of the same.<p>The company has engineered a pretty remarkable turnaround over the last couple of years, focusing on just a handful of phone models mostly aimed at the low end of the market. Just this week it introduced a …

Hands On With Jolla’s Sailfish Slate, The Tablet Without A U.S. OS

Finland’s Jolla, the plucky startup that’s built its own mobile OS, called Sailfish, atop the Mer open source project, is showing off its forthcoming, crowdsourced tablet here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It’s the follow up to Jolla’s first device, the eponymous Jolla smartphone, which …

Nokia's iPad mini clone is the nicest Android tablet you can't buy

When we found out that the fading brand of Nokia was going to be used to sell a new tablet back in November, it came as a bit of a surprise. What wasn't necessarily surprising was that the tablet — the Nokia N1 — borrowed its design heavily from Apple, a trend we're seeing a lot of lately.<p>The …