Ken Wirth

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China Pushes Coding for Kids in Effort to Tackle Innovation Gap

BEIJING — Liu Shang tilted his head and sighed before tapping a plump finger on his computer’s keyboard.<p>When asked if there was a problem the sixth-grader shrugged, barely looked up from the screen and said, “Nah, this is too easy.”<p>He was among a dozen kids on the ninth floor of a Beijing school …

Curriculum Development

How to Make Your Mind Happy: 5 Secrets to Mindfulness

Sometimes it seems like your brain just sits around creating lousy feelings and worries. You want this, you’re frustrated about that, you’re annoyed …

Firefox 42 arrives with tracking protection, tab audio indicators, and background link opening on Android

Mozilla today launched Firefox 42 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. Notable additions to the browser include tracking protection, tab audio indicators, and background link opening on Android.<p>Firefox 42 for the desktop is available for download now on Firefox.com, and all existing users should …

Software

Microsoft Created an Android App That Intelligently Organizes Your Phone

Microsoft promises that its latest Android app will make it easier than ever to find commonly used apps without having to dig through your phone.<p>The …

Here are 5 things you may regret at the end of your life, from a nurse who works with the dying.

You might think watching people die would depress a person. It actually taught her how to live.<p>Bronnie Ware spent years as a palliative care nurse, …

Positive Thinking

The House That Could Save the World

The next generation of ultra-efficient houses will redefine how we fight climate change—and how we live.<p>In July, when Portland was sweltering at upwards of 100 degrees, the tenants of The Orchards wondered if they had air conditioning. The temperature in their apartments never rose above 70.<p>They …

Housing

Experts are hailing this exotic fruit that tastes like pulled pork as a 'miracle' crop, which could save millions from starvation

On the outside, this giant fruit resembles something out of the Jurassic era and emits a sweet yet putrid stench.<p>But don't be fooled: The fruit, known as a jackfruit, is being hailed as a "miracle" crop that could save millions from starvation. And the unique fruit inside of it is just the …

South-east Asia

The people who need very little sleep

Is it true that some people need only a few hours of sleep? Helen Thomson talks to a woman whose genes might hint at how we all could survive on less shuteye.<p>What would you do if you had 60 days of extra free time a year? Ask Abby Ross, a retired psychologist from Miami, Florida, a “short-sleeper”. …

University of California

14 Foods You Should NEVER Eat

Put these on your do-not-buy list.<p><i>This article was written by Leah Zerbe and Emily Main and repurposed with permission from</i> Rodale News<i>.</i><p>What's the one food you refuse to eat? Peas? Tofu? Liver and onions? Whatever it is, it's probably because you don't like the way it tastes, not necessarily …

Send Anywhere tackles file sharing security

<i>This sponsored post is produced in association with appsasia.</i><p>Following the recent spate of high profile security hacks online, confidence in being able to safely share private or confidential files via computer or mobile device seems at an all-time low.<p>Regrettably enough, that’s not even the sole …

Ronin RS 211 Lands In Jay Leno’s Garage: The Ultimate Lotus?

While this Lotus is barely even a Lotus anymore, it’s quite possibly the most impressive, insane, incredible Lotus ever. It’s called the Ronin RS …

The Sad State Of American Inequality In 12 Charts

On a number of measures, inequality in the US has been rising for the last few decades.<p>We put together a dozen charts and maps that show some of the core issues of inequality.

Demographics

Privacy push means free encryption for websites

A tech-industry alliance announced a move Tuesday to help make privacy on the Web the rule rather than the exception.<p>Web privacy comes through encrypted connections that scramble data sent across a network between servers that house a Web page or Web app and browsers used to view them. But it's …

The Backed Pack: A wireless home security system, an emotional bot, and bedtime tracking

Blink is a truly wireless home security system, it doesn’t even require a cable for power. Blink starts with the Sync Module, which all of the Blink units report to and transmit to the cloud for phone access, alerts, and streaming video. Each of the Blink units offers a discreet, wireless camera …

Android this week: Software updates for all; Android Wear apps; Better battery life

Google(s goog) hasn’t been sitting idle since its developer event last week. Instead, it has started to push an update to Google Play Services out …

10 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Writers' block? Go take a nap.<p>Composer Erik Satie walked roughly 10 kilometers from Arcueil to Paris every morning. Saul Bellow rode his mountain bike. Novelist Haruki Murakami keeps a famously intense running schedule, which he described in the <i>Paris Review</i>:<p><b>Whether it lets the mind wander, improves</b> …

6 future Android phones to keep an eye on: January 2015 edition

2015 may have only just begun, but the first smartphones of the year are right around the corner. CES, which is less than a week away, will give us our first glimpse at this year’s smartphones, and there will be plenty more to come over the next twelve months.<p>The world of Android is full of …

Phones

Internet Anonymizer Tor Working On Chat App

The extent of government collection of private data by the NSA and the GCHQ is enough to make anyone concerned about what they put out there. Anonymizing service Tor wants to help, and is working on a new communication tool to keep your online conversations private.<p>Called the Tor Instant Messaging …

Privacy

Google, Microsoft agree: Cloud is now safe enough to use

SAN FRANCISCO -- Nevermind Microsoft's awkward "Scroogled" anti-Google campaign. When it comes to cloud security, the two giants are practically best buds.<p>At the annual RSA Conference held at the Moscone Center here on Wednesday, Microsoft Chief Information Security Officer Bret Arsenault and …

The battle to displace Dropbox rages on

Sometimes it seems like there are more vendors trying to upend Dropbox than there are customers willing to try them. Some apply additional security, …

Number of chemicals linked to autism and other disorders doubled in past 7 years, study shows

The number of industrial chemicals with known links to neurodevelopmental disabilities like autism has more than doubled in the past seven years, according to new research published in <i>The Lancet Neurology</i>.<p>As rates of autism and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) increase worldwide, …

Ugandan president condemned after passing anti-gay law

Rights campaigners and health professionals have condemned Uganda's president after he said he would approve controversial anti-homosexuality laws based on the advice of "medical experts".<p>Yoweri Museveni told members of his governing party he would sign the bill – prescribing life imprisonment for …

NSA collects millions of text messages daily in 'untargeted' global sweep

The National Security Agency has collected almost 200 million text messages a day from across the globe, using them to extract data including location, contact networks and credit card details, according to top-secret documents.<p>The untargeted collection and storage of SMS messages – including their …

Four Important Things You Must Do to Protect Yourself Online This Year

2013 was a pretty crappy year for Internet privacy, wasn’t it? While Edward Snowden’s leak of the NSA’s classified documents about the electronic …

Just four months until we can understand dogs! Dog-to-English translator to become a reality

Anxious to know what your dog is thinking? The wait could soon be over as a ‘dog-to-English’ translator is set to become a reality in just four …

Animal Loses Head But Remembers Everything

When I first saw this," says cell biologist Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado, "it was with total amazement."<p>This is a worm. It's called a planarian. It's about an inch long, and you'll find it gliding along the bottoms of rivers and ponds all over the world. It's very flat, like a moving bit of pasta — …