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Germany bans children’s smartwatches over privacy concerns

Germany's telecommunications regulator, the Federal Network Agency, announced a ban today on the sale of kids' smartwatches, the <i>BBC</i> reports, and encouraged parents to destroy the ones they already own. The agency appears to be taking particular issue with the devices' abilities to transmit audio …

Privacy

McKinsey’s 2016 Analytics Study Defines The Future Of Machine Learning

• U.S. retailer supply chain operations who have adopted data and analytics have seen up to a 19% increase in operating margin over the last five …

Business Intelligence

The Case(s) Against Personalized Learning

Critics say personalized learning isn't supported by evidence, leads to bad teaching, and depends on data-mining students. What do educators and …

Learning

Here’s a list of every smart home device that works with Google Home and Assistant

Google Home and Google Assistant are awesome ways to control your smart home, but picking products that work with it was a pain at launch. Thankfully, the list has expanded greatly over time, and now Google has a page dedicated to showing you what works with Home.<p>On Google’s support pages, the …

Google Home

Google's new platform helps you build VR and AR apps

Google is opening a new platform called Poly where people can find and distribute virtual and augmented reality objects. The tool is integrated with Tilt Brush and Blocks, respectively Google’s VR painting and sculpting apps, and is meant to provide an art library for people building with Google’s …

Augmented Reality

Meet Genee, Your Artificially Intelligent Personal Assistant

Genee, an artificially intelligent scheduling app, is launching today into public beta so that anyone can have a personal assistant.<p>On the heels of Zirtual’s collapse, Genee hopes to take humans out of the equation entirely with its end-to-end scheduling helper that plugs into any existing calendar …

Chatbots

An Easy, Intuitive Tool For Making Sense Of Your Data

Tableau’s new Vizable app transforms spreadsheets into information you can actually use and understand.<p>Tableau, the Seattle-based software firm that helps major businesses make sense of their data, is now bringing its data visualization expertise to the everyday user. Their new app, Vizable, …

Data Visualization

Facebook is using its photo-tagging technology to create incredibly detailed maps of where you live

Artificially-intelligent machine learning technologies that allow computers to “learn” to recognize patterns and make judgments have been used to translate languages, recognize objects in photos, and filter email.<p>Now, Facebook is using its own expertise in computer vision — the image-analysis …

Machine Learning

Google's 'DeepMind' AI platform can now learn without human input

DeepMind is now capable of teaching itself based on information it already possesses.<p>In a significant step forward for artificial intelligence, Alphabet’s hybrid system — called a Differential Neural Computer (DNC) — uses the existing data storage capacity of conventional computers while pairing it …

Artificial Intelligence

ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2017

For 14 years, the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) has conducted research on information technology and higher education's most …

Education

Student Engagement with E-Texts: What the Data Tell Us

Key Takeaways<p>This case study of Indiana University's e-text initiative reports on students' <b>actual use of and engagement with digital textbooks</b>.<p>In a …

Higher Education

10 analytics books for novices (and fans)

A common question for many who are interested in doing data analysis and visualization on their own is, “What analytics books should I read?” To …

Business Intelligence

Signal test uses DRM to keep your contacts private

Signal is generally viewed as the most secure encrypted communications app. So secure, that even the US Senate has approved it for staff use. And, to keep privacy experts on its side, Open Whisper Systems (the non-profit behind the app) has kept Signal open source and peer-reviewed. But, the …

Privacy

How to sort the Galaxy Note 8 launcher app drawer alphabetically

Organizing your app drawer can be done alphabetically.<p>Keeping all of the apps you download onto your Galaxy Note 8 organized can be a daunting task. …

Samsung

Confirmed: Sony’s next gen phones to feature an all-new design

Sony‘s smartphones have looked very much alike for several years now, underscored by the company’s OmniBalance design principles. While many other manufacturers have tried to re-invent their phones every 24-months or so (at least), Sony has stuck with the same basic aesthetic.<p>The thing is, that …

Mobile Technology

How to write 280-character tweets right now

Don't wait for Twitter to invite you to test its new feature.<p><b>Update (9/29/17):</b> Unfortunately, this hack no longer works, most likely due to a Twitter patch or block.<p>Welcome to the Upside-Down: Twitter is now testing 280-character tweets.<p>As of yesterday, a select group of users found themselves with …

Social Media

Digital textbook rental for students just got an upgrade

iFlipd, the first pay-as-you-go weekly textbook rental platform, has teamed up with McGraw-Hill Education, the learning science company, to allow …

Education

Best Modern Technologies and Tools in Online Education

We live in the era of technology and fast access to the internet. As a result, it has become easier to connect with friends and family, to work, and …

What You Need to Know About Learning Analytics

• In-depth articles about current issues faced by universities<br>• Data and analysis on the latest enrollment trends and statistics<br>• A searchable database of …

Roma Introduction

Box 2: Definitions of ‘policy’, ‘influence’ and ‘engagement’<p>Policy: we define this fairly broadly as a set of decisions that give rise to specific …

7 Steps To Successfully Implement Learning Analytics In Your Company

Organizations resist change, but if you follow these 7 steps, you can increase your chances of successfully implementing learning analytics.This post …

eLearning

How to make Allo for web look identical to Google Hangouts

While many in the Android and Google-fan communities used and loved (well, sometimes loved) Hangouts for messaging others from mobile and desktop, Google is now shifting the app’s focus to enterprise. In its place is Allo, which only started working on the web this week. Although we can’t help you …

Need a new password? Don't choose one of these 306 million

Troy Hunt, the security expert behind Have I Been Pwned (HIBP), has released 306 million previously-pwned passwords in a bid to help individuals and companies ramp up their online security. The passwords have been mined from dozens of data breaches, and now anyone can download them for free.<p>HIBP …

Security

Machine Learning Applied to Big Data, Explained

<b>By Matthew Mayo, KDnuggets.</b><p>Big Data is no longer buzzword terminology or cutting edge, conceptually; rather, it just <b>is</b>. Big Data is not easily or …

Machine Learning

How can universities hang on to their students?

With student retention becoming a priority, universities are seeking out the strategies that work best to bring down drop-out rates<p>The UK is a world leader when it comes to student retention – it came top in the latest OECD data (from 2014), with 71% of the country’s students completing their …

Higher Education

5 Great Uses for Canva in the Classroom

What is Canva you ask?<br>In the companies own words “An amazingly simple graphic design tool.<p><b>Five Great Reasons to Use Canva in the Classroom</b><p><b>Easy to …

Google Apps

Mobile Fact Sheet

MORE FACT SHEETS: INTERNET/BROADBAND | SOCIAL MEDIA<p>In contrast to the largely stationary internet of the early 2000s, Americans today are …

Pew Research Center

The Internet of Things Connectivity Binge: What Are the Implications?

Connection begets connection. In 1999, 18 years ago, when just 4% of the world’s population was online, Kevin Ashton coined the term Internet of …