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This chatbot is responsible for 160k dismissed parking tickets

Dubbed “the world’s first robot lawyer” by its 19-year-old creator, Joshua Browder, DoNotPay has now successfully contested over 160,000 parking tickets in London and New York.<p>The program attempts to glean information from a simple survey to determine whether an appeal is possible by asking …

Workato unveils Personal Workbot to silence some of the Slack bot noise

Bots can be useful little pieces of technology to help you work smarter, and in Slack they can help make the communications tool a kind of centralized enterprise application dashboard. The trouble is that they also can generate lots of unwanted noise in the form of over-messaging.<p>To help bring that …

Chatbots

Yes, the jet-powered hoverboard is real, and yes, the creator has crashed it

Jet fuel can melt steely skepticism<p>One of the most talked about things this week was a strange video of a man who appeared to have a real life jet-powered hoverboard. The video was published by Zapata Racing, which has made water-powered versions of these flying machines for a few years now. The …

Jetfuel

Part 8: Effective Teaching & Powerful Instruction

In the first seven parts of this commentary series, I have tried to present a picture of teacher effectiveness by analyzing the complexities, …

6 Golden Rules for Learning Anything Faster

The speed at which we learn anything can determine the quality of our lives.<p>Imagine if you could pick up that skill you’ve always wanted to learn, in …

Success

Spotlight: Student Work In Project Based Learning

<b>Spotlight: Student Work In Project Based Learning</b><p>Recently Abby Griffy, a school leader from a district with which I’ve worked developing Project …

Teaching Children How To Code, Without Screens

How a wooden toy called Cubetto may help foster the next generation of digital groundbreakers.<p>It’s generally agreed upon that the ability to code is going to be an invaluable job skill for upcoming generations. So how do you teach preliterate children aged three to seven how to program without …

Cisco Falls on Mixed Q1 Results, Weak Outlook

An earnings beat, but sales overall are growing slowly.<p>Shares of the networking giant Cisco Systems fell by more than 5 percent in after-hours trading as the company reported earnings that beat the estimates of analysts but lowered its guidance for the second quarter.<p>Cisco posted earnings of 59 …

Cisco Systems

Why Cisco and Ericsson are Teaming up for Future Growth

Cisco and Ericsson, two giants in the telecommunications gear sector, have teamed up to generate $1 billion in revenue for each company by 2018. The …

Internet of Things

The surprising way to come up with your next business idea

Scott Cook, founder and CEO of Intuit (INTU), didn’t come up with his concept for the popular Quicken money management software sitting behind the …

Innovation

Ten of the best back-to-school apps for kids

A selection of educationally-focused apps that shows there’s more to iOS and Android for children than games<p>The summer holidays are either over or nearly over depending where your child is in the world. Parents are breathing a sigh of relief at the prospect of making a cup of tea without being …

Apps

The telescope looking for the beginning of time

The Giant Magellan Telescope will be the world's biggest telescope -- and it will look deeper into the past than we've ever seen before.<p>The universe is a big place.<p>Let's rephrase that. The universe is a gargantuan place. At this moment in time, astronomers believe that it measures some 93 billion …

Universe

What Big Companies Get Wrong About Innovation Metrics

Kenneth Andersson for HBR<p>The fear of getting Netflix-ed or Uber-ized is spurring big companies to dial up their investment in innovation. Companies as diverse as AIG, Disney, and Intuit have been building innovation teams, launching “accelerator” programs to attract promising startups, and giving …

Innovation

Scientists capture the first image of light behaving as both a particle and a wave

Researchers have achieved the first ever pictorial evidence that light can simultaneously behave as a particle and as a wave.<p>The concept of photons -- that is, particles of light -- has been around since 1905, explained by Albert Einstein as the "photoelectric" effect. This effect occurs when light …

Quantum Mechanics

XO Infinity Tablet/Laptop Lets You Swap Pieces Out Like LEGO Blocks

One Education, a spinoff of the ambitious One Laptop Per Child program, has announced a new device designed for maximum versatility in the developing world. The XO-Infinity (a reference to the original XO-1 laptop from OLPC) is a completely modular computing system, meaning the screen, battery, …

Gear & Gadgets

Navi Radjou: Creative problem-solving in the face of extreme limits

This Stunning App Made Me Wish All Textbooks Were On iPad

When I say textbook, you probably think something along the lines of “boring” or “meh,” but a new app called Earth, A Primer for iOS brings boring old geology textbooks into the addictive, interactive future.<p>The app is a beautiful way to explore the world and how it came to be. The app takes the …

UC Berkeley

Lego — Silicon Valley entrepreneur's building block to technical innovation

Shubham Banerjee created a low-cost Braille printer with a toy. Now, the 13-year-old’s startup is attracting investors and shaking up an industry<p>When not disrupting an industry, growing his company or pitching prospective clients, Shubham Banerjee can be found meeting his board, brainstorming with …

Silicon Valley

What Board Games Can Teach Business

Patrick Hruby<p>A board game is a tiny universe: The rules are the laws of physics or social norms, the board is the physical environment, cards often function as resources or catalysts, dice provide a dollop of randomness. And those little pawns? They’re you and me.<p><i>I’m gonna stick it to you, make you</i> …

Board Games

You Need an Algorithm, Not a Data Scientist

Mark Twain once said: “The past does not repeat itself, but it rhymes.” Although future events have unique circumstances, they typically follow familiar past patterns. Today, data scientists can predict everything from disease outbreaks to mortality to riots.<p>It’s no surprise, then, that companies …

US News Best Global Universities | US News Education

Featured Global University Advice<p>The undergrad experience at a tuition-free European university is different than at a U.S. institution.<p>Many …

College & University

How This 13-Year-Old Kid Wowed a 46-Year-Old Tech Company | Inc.com

Shubham Banerjee may not be the first entrepreneur inspired by Legos, but he is probably the first to raise venture capital for innovating on them.<p>Last month, at the ripe old age of 12, Banerjee landed a prestigious early-stage round with Intel Capital, the company's venture capital arm, for his …

Braille

Adobe report finds massive 43% growth in online video watching

<i>Updated 8:45 p.m. Pacific with Adobe comment.</i><p>We’re wasting more time than ever watching video, and we’re increasingly doing it online, a new Adobe report has found.<p>What’s more, “online” no longer means “on a computer” — it increasingly means on a smartphone, a game console, or a set-top box like a …

Doctor Who's new web game aims to teach children programming skills

Latest attempt to make coding fun for kids involves rescuing a Dalek and exploring the unscreened world of Sontar<p>Doctor Who’s latest adventure sees him teaming up with a Dalek and trying to save the universe, but also teaching children some early computer programming skills.<p>This isn’t a TV show, …

Kickstart Your Career With Muse University's Free Online Classes

The Muse has been giving career advice to aspiring professionals since 2011 — and now they're broadening their services by offering online classes …

Why We Should Treat Teachers Like Software Engineers

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>David Liu is COO of Knewton. He is responsible for helping Knewton launch and scale its platform and operations while expanding its presence globally. Previously, David served as AOL’s senior vice president of global messaging, where he and his teams created web products and</i> …

11 Android Apps to Make Notifications More Interesting

I love Android as much as the next non-Apple owning guy, but there are times when I get bored of using the same old operating system, and seeing the same boring old Android notifications.<p>Thankfully, there’s no shortage of different ways to liven things up without having to root your phone, or in …

Windows Phone 8.1 review: Microsoft's mobile OS finally feels whole

Android, iOS, Windows Phone. Each of these mobile platforms had to start somewhere, and none were anywhere near perfect on the first try. Fortunately, each OS gets better with every iteration until, at some point, it all just <i>clicks</i>. Arguably, Windows Phone just came of age with its latest update, …