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Einstein chatbot shows Facebook Messenger's potential as an educational tool

An Albert Einstein chatbot on Facebook Messenger is a window into how the chat service could be used as an educational tool — at least when it comes to simple facts.<p>The chatbot is intended to promote National Geographic’s new show <i>Genius</i>, which is about Einstein. And it does that, with a constant …

Mobile Learning At Work: Get An Edge In Today's Workforce

<b>Get An Edge In Today's Workforce With Mobile Learning At Work</b><p>With the growing mobile device market penetration and the increasing need for digital …

Using Effect Sizes and Considering Meta-Analyses - e-Learning Feeds

This post is for research geeks, and it's really just an introduction -- maybe a gentle warning -- as I don't have time or the statistical expertise …

Social Media

The founder of Oculus says schools need his invention because 'classrooms are broken'

"Classrooms are broken. Kids don't learn the best by reading books," Luckey said at the Dublin Web Summit, according to The Guardian.<p>"There's clearly value in real-world experiences: going to do things. That's why we have field trips. The problem is that the majority of people will never be able to …

Virtual Reality

Everything Science Knows About Reading On Screens

We’ve adapted our reading habits to fit our screens, but at a cost.<p>Thanks to technology, we’re reading more than ever—our brains process thousands of words via text messages, email, games, social media, and web stories. According to one report, the amount people that read tripled from 1980 to the …

Writing

Does Education Need a Transformational Change?

FTC report reveals how Google manipulated its search results (update)

A few years ago, the FTC decided not to pursue an antitrust lawsuit against Google despite finding that its search algorithm really was biased. Now, we finally know the details of that lengthy investigation, thanks to a report written by FTC staffers that recently surfaced due to an open-records …

Algorithmia Launches With More Than 800 Algorithms On Its Marketplace

Algorithmia, the startup that raised $2.4 million last August to connect academics building powerful algorithms and the app developers who could put them to use, just brought its marketplace out of private beta.<p>More than 800 algorithms are available on the marketplace, providing the smarts needed …

Machine Learning

On African mobile phones there’s social networking, and then there’s everything else

Speaking at Davos this year, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s operations head, told the crowd that “Facebook is one of the main drivers of why people buy phones, particularly in the developing world,” adding that “People will walk into phone stores and say ‘I want Facebook.’”<p>A new report from Opera …

Mobile

Why deep learning is at least inspired by biology, if not the brain

Image copyright Shutterstock / Max Krasnov.As deep learning continues gathering steam among researchers, entrepreneurs and the press, there’s a …

Machine Learning

Facebook Open-Sources Some Of Its Deep-Learning Tools

In the world of machine learning, the buzzword these days is “deep learning.” It’s a technique that has been a popularized by Geoff Hinton, who is now at Google and previously worked at Microsoft Research, as well as other computer science researchers like Yann LeCun who are looking for better ways …

Machine Learning

The future of data is about a lot more than pretty charts and sales reports

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>It seems like no discussion about the value of data is complete without some — often much — emphasis on better business …

How to Solve Tech's Diversity Problem? Start With Schools

Tamara Battle had always been interested in math and science, and was good at it, too. So when she entered Borough of Manhattan Community College in 1992, she tested well enough to be placed into calculus-based physics. On the first day of class, she realized two things: she was the only black …

Education

Pining for your iPhone can numb the brain, study says

Technically Incorrect: Researchers from the University of Missouri say that iPhone separation anxiety can cause you to perform poorly on cognitive tests.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>It didn't come with an umbilical cord. It just came …

Numb

User-generated stories are a huge hit with Pocket Gems’ Episode

People love reading and writing their own stories. And Pocket Gems has figured out how to make that happen in a big way on mobile devices with the interactive stories of Episode.<p>Pocket Gems released its Episode platform for telling interactive stories in February. It made it easy for people to …

Hadoop needs a better front-end for business users

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Credit: NAN104/iStock<p>Whether you’re running it on premises or in the cloud, Hadoop leaves a lot to be desired in the …

BuzzFeed says social rules and it is bigger than most TV networks

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: VLADGRIN/ThinkStock<p>Although it is still relatively new as far as media entities go, BuzzFeed has become one of the …

Searching For Truths In Big, Enormous, Massive Data

We have so much data, mountains and mountains of data. In fact, there’s so much, the name ‘Big Data’ doesn’t even do it justice. Maybe we should call it humongous data or at least enormous data. Yet for all this data, it seems we are lost in those piles of data, no closer to the answers that are …

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Become a Web security expert and take your career to the next level, with the ultimate bundle to learn about protecting your WordPress projects, web apps, local networks and Mac desktops.<p>Learn from experts in the know with over 40 hours of video as they take you through the ins and outs of ethical …

Facebook Is Emerging As A Huge Engine For Driving E-Commerce Traffic And Purchases

Facebook doesn't just generate more online and offline retail sales than other social sites and apps. It also beats its rivals in terms of conversions, the value of sharing, and visits.<p>In a <b>new report</b> from <b>BI Intelligence</b> we break down how social media is impacting retail sales throughout the …

eCommerce

These are the 25 most popular mobile apps in America

In its latest mobile app report, comScore tracks the 25 most popular apps in the US. This is an interesting slice of the App Store, as it highlights active usage, not just one-time downloads or recent popularity.<p>Some observations:<p><b>Facebook is by far the top app,</b> with 115.4 million unique visitors in …

Apps

Study shows 99% of organic social posts create almost no engagement

A new study that takes in data from 1.6 million organic (nonpaid) social posts from Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ has found that 99 percent of those updates create little to no engagement at all.<p>Social media optimization platform SocialFlow conducted the study between April 1 and July 31. In …

When it comes to our data, none of us are in control

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr / D. Miller<p>As we connect more devices, share our opinions on more social platforms and attach more sensors to …

Learning to code? EngineHere can connect you with devs in a virtual classroom

Want to learn to code? You’ll have plenty of options to choose from, with dozens of providers promising to teach you computer programming skills in no time.<p>But Benjamin Plesser, founder of EngineHere, believes he’s found the optimal “learn to code” model. Plesser is a software developer who …

15 Million Students Learned to Program This Week, Thanks to Hour of Code

Hour of Code, a five-day-old initiative to get kids to take programming tutorials during Computer Science Education Week, will soon reach 15 million …

Online Education

Apple's '12 Days of Gifts' App for 2013 Now Live, Includes U.S. Customers

Apple today released its annual "12 Days of Gifts" app for iOS devices, setting the stage for the actual giveaway of free content from the company's various digital stores from December 26 through January 6. Apple has offered the giveaway for several years in Europe, Canada, and several other …