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Tinybop Dials Up the Weird to Craft Stellar Kids Apps

Author: Liz Stinson. Liz Stinson Design<p>Date of Publication: 11.29.15.<p>Time of Publication: 7:00 am. 7:00 am<p>Advertisement<p>Related Galleries<p><i>The Polity</i> Is …

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Ed Games Need To Fill in Assessment Gaps To Be Fully Useful

A joint study on game-playing in K-12 has found that educational game developers could improve the learning impact by making a few changes.

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Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

Tracked Since Birth: The Rise Of Extreme Baby Monitoring

Does tracking a baby’s every movement, cry, and wet diaper mean happier parents and healthier infants, or are we turning our kids into Tamagotchis for no reason?<p>Elle Lucero has been tracked since birth.<p>For the first 10 months of her life, her mother, Yasmin, kept detailed records of Elle’s sleep …

Meet the designers behind the mobile messaging sticker craze

Stickers, or large-scale emoticons, have become a phenomenon in the age of the smart device. Originating in Asia, where some sticker sets have helped companies reel in sizeable revenues and stake out space in the cultural zeitgeist, they’re now spreading to messaging apps and social platforms like …

DingDong! Here’s The New Craze In Photo Messaging Apps And It’s Addictive

Lately I’ve been playing with a great little app called Povio. Not unlike Snapchat, you snap a picture and send to one or more people and the app prompts them to send one back, though the photo doesn’t disappear. It’s a little like photo messaging “with a nudge.” However, another player has been …

MIT tool connects the dots of your life through Gmail metadata

How much does the metadata gathered in your inbox reveal about you? Quite a lot, judging by what researchers at the MIT Media Lab have managed to accomplish with Immersion. They've built a web app that — once you grant it permission to do so — digs through your email history to piece together a …

TechStars London Unveils First Cohort, Applications Increased 4x Post-Springboard Merger

It’s just under five months since the announcement of TechStars London, the UK outpost of Boulder, U.S.-based uber-accelerator TechStars after it merged with Jon Bradford’s Springboard. Today TechStars London is unveiling its first cohort, giving us a glimpse at how things are shaping up …

Art of the Snapbrag: the social alchemy behind Snapchat's success

The audience is the message behind today's hottest chat app<p>Tech prognosticators, myself included, love to wax poetic on the virtues of "ephemeral" media — short-lived photos and videos that exist opposite our obsession with permanent digital self-documentation. In a world where we’re eager to …

Hint: Not With Ads. How Can Your Startup Start Making Money?

There are lots of ways to finance your latest business venture, but one of the funnest ones remains offering a product or service in exchange for money, and people paying for it.<p>You should totally employ that strategy for your startup!<p>We kid, we kid, but not really. It’s no secret monetizing a …

Mobile Messaging Apps: A Primer

The global mobile messaging app space is the new social battleground. Startups that would have had little chance of unseating Facebook’s dominance on the web are attacking Zuckerberg’s empire by refocusing social networking around the mobile phone contacts book. Enter your phone number, and these …

Forget sex: how the idea behind Bang with Friends could revolutionize social interaction

Apple's Find My Friends, a mostly-unrelated concept.<p>Perhaps you've heard of Bang With Friends. It's a rather controversial thing. Simply put, it's a Facebook and mobile app that lets you pick which of your friends you'd like to "bang." Oh, but it's more clever than that: the app won't reveal your …

3D-Printed Gun's Blueprints Downloaded 100,000 Times In Two Days (With Some Help From Kim Dotcom)

If gun control advocates hoped to prevent blueprints for the world’s first fully 3D-printable gun from spreading online, that horse has now left the barn about a hundred thousand times.<p>That’s the number of downloads of the 3D-printable file for the so-called “Liberator” gun that the high-tech …

How Snapchat made a leap of faith by building atop Google cloud services

<i>This post was corrected at 12:16pm to correctly identify the Google services used by Snapchat. It is using Google App Engine.</i><p>Building out the …

Personal Information Is the Currency of the 21st Century

The currency of the 21st century digital economy is your personal information. It has no transaction costs and does not decrease in value when the …

Personal Information

BitTorrent Steps Up Monetization Efforts By Taking Its (Potentially Paywalled) Content Bundles Into Alpha

BitTorrent is taking a new step today in its efforts to help creators make money (and make money itself) — it’s releasing a new content packaging format called the BitTorrent Bundle in alpha mode.<p>The company has already been working with different creators to launch promotional bundles. For …