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Lego lovers unite: Library taps into toy's popularity to boost literacy, numeracy skills among children

Lego lovers are using the colourful childhood bricks to build a lifetime love of literacy.


Adobe shows off upgraded Photoshop and Premiere Elements 14 with camera shake removal, motion titles, more

Adobe is out with its annual Photoshop Elements and Premier Elements updates, which let you quickly edit and share your photos and videos from the desktop. The consumer friendly Photoshop Elements 14 and Premier Elements 14 includes handy new features that everyday photographers will appreciate …

Dropbox finally open-sources its Hackpad collaborative document editor | VentureBeat | Dev

Dropbox has released the source code for its Hackpad collaborative note-taking application under an open-source license.

Dropbox acquired Hackpad in April 2014. About a year later the team behind Hackpad informed users that the code would become available under an open-source license “in the next …


Google improves voice search (again) for its mobile apps

Artificial intelligence research never sleeps, especially when it’s tied to the multi-billion-dollar mobile phone market.

Google GOOG is claiming better voice search on its Android and iOS mobile apps, thanks to a new approach to the artificial intelligence technique the company uses to power that …


Five things to know to avoid getting hacked

Here’s what you need to know to prevent criminals getting their hands on your personal data.

Cyber attacks are now so common that many people are desensitized about the danger of their personal data falling in the hands of criminals.

That’s one of the takeaways from a report this week by security …


Netflix has built a VR living room for your next series binge

The next stage in the evolution of virtual reality has so far been pitched mainly at gamers -- with a sprinkle of social media, journalism and interactive wingsuit flights for people not so interested in shooting things from an accurate first-person perspective.

So it was notable that Oculus VR …

How To Cite Social Media In Scholarly Writing

How To Cite Social Media In Research

by TeachThought Staff

Back in 2012, we shared how to cite a tweet.

We followed that up with how to cite an app.

So when …

Social Media

Will machines eventually take on every job?

Automation will continue to transform the global workforce, but taking an active role in that process will help us reduce the damages and increase the gains, finds Rachel Nuwer.

It’s a booming time to be a truck driver. According to data NPR compiled from the US Census Bureau, truck driving is …

Now you can make your own Doctor Who game, thanks to the BBC

The BBC has revealed a Doctor Who Game Maker tool for fans of the show to create their own games today.

Open to international users, it’s part of BBC Mixital, a new platform that lets anyone create their own content based on BBC brands, like Doctor Who.

The game maker lets users create an entire game …

Library’s Tor relay—which had been pulled after feds noticed—now restored

The New Hampshire library, which last week took down a Tor relay after federal authorities read about it on Ars, has finally restored its important …

Homeland Security

Virtual reality theme park brings Norse legends to life

Norse Theme Parks is blending traditional attractions with virtual reality and augmented reality experiences at its new Copenhagen park.

Theme parks around the world are beginning to incorporate virtual reality into their attractions, in addition to using it to design rides. There’s a VR theme park …

Augmented Reality

Viruses from newborn gut are new to science

Shortly after a baby’s birth, bacteria aren’t the only invaders to colonize the gut. Viruses move in, too, according to new research.The study, …

Scientific Research

Apple could soon let you delete unwanted iOS apps

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said the company is considering ways to allow iPhone users to remove or hide apps installed by default that they don't actually use.

The necessity of a 'junk' home screen folder usually containing a mixture of Stocks, Tips, Maps, Contacts and Calculator, is known to virtually …

How the BBC micro:bit will kick-start a coding revolution

This article was first published in the October 2015 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing online.

It's 9.30 on a cloudy morning in June, and in an IT classroom …

Make your own Doctor Who game online

Fancy taking control of the TARDIS? How about the Doctor himself? As part of the BBC's latest "Make it Digital" campaign, you'll soon be able to do both, with a new online game maker letting you create your own interactive adventures with the Time Lord in the iconic blue box.

Aspiring game designers …

This 3D printer creates objects from 10 materials at once

A new 3D printer capable of manufacturing objects with up to ten materials at once has been unveiled.

MIT's (apparently very busy) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) released video of the printer, which they say is cheaper and "more user-friendly" than previous …

Michael Bay is launching a range of 'augmented reality comics'

Not content with cultural control over Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and his broader near-monopoly on cinematic explosions, Michael Bay has set his sights on comic books.

Bay's 451 Media Group has set up an interactive publishing division, with a view to create a series of graphic novels …

3D-printed 'microfish' swim in bloodstream to deliver drugs

New 3D-printed robots in the shape of small fish may one day be able to swim through bloodstreams, delivering drugs to the human body and removing toxins.

The "microfish" were created by a team of researchers at the University of California San Diego, who claimed they can print hundreds of the tiny …

Facebook: only 85.7 percent of Earth did not use our site on Monday

Facebook has announced that merely 85.7 percent of the Earth's population did not log on to its service within 24 hours on Monday 24 August 2015.

The social network said that six billion people did not use its suite of status updates, contacts, messaging and media sharing tools on Monday.

Admittedly …

Has ‘Disruptive Innovation’ Run Its Course? Not Yet…-- K@W

Economic theories emanating from business schools do not usually draw 6,000-word takedowns in the popular press. But then, few ideas have permeated …

Why can’t a library? – Informative Flights

And if it were a store, what kind of store would it be? Please don’t say bookstore, because even though we apparently love them, they’re dying and …

Australian Universities

Buzz Aldrin Proves the Federal Government Has A Form for Everything

This may be the only exciting piece of government paperwork you’ll ever read. Buzz Aldrin conquered Throwback Thursday forever last week when he …

These 'Minecraft' worlds will teach you about UK geology

One of the reasons Minecraft is so popular is that it gives players a blank slate on which to build whatever creations their imaginations can conceive. This level of freedom has led to entire cities and even countries taking on a virtual form, though sometimes our destructive nature can be just as …


Facebook's solar-powered plane will beam the internet everywhere

Facebook has completed construction of its solar-powered, unmanned aircraft Aquila, designed to deliver radio internet coverage across the globe using lasers. And it's majestic.

"When you bring a road to a rural area, it always improves their lives. Similarly when you bring information hive into a …

How political engagement on social media can drive people to extremes

At a recent conference, NSW Police deputy commissioner Nick Kaldas noted concern at the increasing public visibility of right-wing extremism. He …

How Twitter Can Power Your Professional Learning

By Matt RenwickOverloaded with Twitter? Stem your tweet flow with advice from Principal Matt Renwick.

Social Media

Bron Stuckey - Game Inspired Learning

The Most Powerful 8 Minutes for Student Engagement

One of the most important lessons we ever learned might have been when we discovered that we could solve maze puzzles by starting from the end and …

New study claims to find genetic link between creativity and mental illness

The ancient Greeks were first to make the point. Shakespeare raised the prospect too. But Lord Byron was, perhaps, the most direct of them all: “We of the craft are all crazy,” he told the Countess of Blessington, casting a wary eye over his fellow poets.

The notion of the tortured artist is a …


65 Free Charlie Chaplin Films Online

A few things to know about Charlie Chaplin. He starred in over 80 films, reeling off most during the silent film era. In 1914 alone, he acted in 40 …

Charlie Chaplin