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Cloudflare makes it harder for ISPs to track your web history

If you're privacy-minded, you probably aren't thrilled that governments seem hell-bent on giving internet providers free rein over your browsing data. Cloudflare just gave you a tool to fight back, however. It launched 1.1.1.1, a free Domain Name System service (the technology that translates IP …

This map shows the US really has 11 separate 'nations' with entirely different cultures

The United States comprises several different regions, each with its own rich history and cultural identity.<p>Exactly where those regions start and end has been a long-running debate, but according to author Colin Woodard, the United States can be divided into 11 distinct sub-nations.<p>Woodard mapped …

New Jersey

Visual Studio Code Can Do That?

About two years ago, I begrudgingly opened Visual Studio Code (VS Code) for the first time. The only reason I even did so is that I was working on a …

While Amazon and Microsoft battle in the cloud wars, this startup quietly built a $175 million business by picking up their slack

There's a war raging in the cloud as the leader, Amazon Web Services, defends its $16 billion business from the rise of Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud. The battleground: Lucrative customer deals with Fortune 500 companies.<p>That battle has created opportunity for DigitalOcean— a New York-based …

Netflix's CEO backs a math education program that works like the streaming service

But Hastings' interest in personalization also extends into a lesser-known realm: education.<p>In 2011, Hastings teamed up with venture capitalist John Doerr to invest $11 million in the growth of math education startup DreamBox Learning. Created in 2006, the program supplements kids' elementary and …

Nickelodeon revamps Noggin, its ‘Netflix for Kids,’ with dozens of interactive, play-along videos

Nickelodeon’s Noggin is today taking a step to differentiate Noggin from being just another “Netflix for kids” type of subscription video service. Alongside its existing lineup of TV shows and sing-alongs, Nick is introducing a series of what it calls “play along” videos. These new videos, which …

The 50 best computer science schools in the world

A computer science degree from a top university can help graduates land their dream job at companies like Apple, Google, and Facebook.<p>But which computer science courses are the best ones to try and to get onto if you want to impress employers?<p>Using the QS World University Rankings 2017, we took a …

A Rugged Box Of Education Tech With Its Own Internet Connection, And Other World Changing Developing World Technology

Learn about the winner of the developing world technology category of Fast Company’s 2017 World Changing Ideas Awards–and the other innovative finalists.<p>A lot of technologists have worked to wire up the world’s classrooms, but few can claim this: the ability to wire up more or less any school …

Hullabalu releases Lightwell, a platform for creating interactive storytelling apps

Interactive storytelling startup Hullabalu has spent the last several years producing a series of apps for kids based around a group of characters it has developed. But after making multiple apps of its own, the company has decided to open up its creative tools to other interactive …

Apps

Tech Is Dominating Efforts To Educate Syrian Refugees

The crisis in Syria has displaced about 1.4 million children and teenagers from their homes. An estimated 900,000 of them are not in school.<p>Historically, in conflict zones, education has taken a backseat to immediate needs like food, shelter and medical care. But more recently, there has been a …

Google helps libraries encourage kids to code

Google has added a new project to its list of library programs, which include WiFi hotspot lending. The tech titan has teamed up with the American Library Association (ALA) to launch "Libraries Ready to Code," an initiative that aims to help equip librarians with the right skills and tools to …

Libraries

Duolingo brings Tinycards to the web

Last July, with the launch of Tinycards, Duolingo went beyond its core language learning services for the first time in its history. Back then, Tinycards, which uses the popular spaced repetition technique to help its users learn anything from vocabulary to equations and history facts, was only …

The Met releases tens of thousands of images of art online for free

Art lovers from around the world, rejoice: New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art is flooding the internet with classic works from its …

Teachable books $4 million to turn everybody into educators online

Education tech startup Teachable (formerly known as Fedora) has raised $4 million in a Series A round of funding according to CEO and founder Ankur Nagpal. The company provides a platform that’s like a Shopify or a SquareSpace for tutors or teachers. Its platform allows subject matter experts to …

Cisco’s Affordable Spark Board Wants To Change How You Conduct Meetings

This plug-and-play wireless screen works as a wireless presentation display, digital whiteboard, and video conferencing tool.<p>If there’s one point of agreement that can unite workers across different industries, age groups, and countries, it’s this: Meetings suck. Today, Cisco is attempting to …

Amazon will now send your kids tech and science toys for $20 a month

Amazon is launching a new STEM Club subscription service for monthly, STEM-related toys. For $19.99 a month (plus tax), Amazon will deliver a “hand selected” educational toy that will theoretically both entertain and educate a child in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.<p>The …

Microsoft launches program to take on Chromebooks in schools

In an effort to stem the academic migration to simpler, cheaper Chromebooks, Microsoft has launched the Intune for Education program. Based on the company's corporate Intune service, it helps educators manage and set up student Windows 10 PCs and apps. As part of the initiative, the software giant …

Software

Apple shares new iOS 10 Design Resources available in Sketch and Photoshop templates

Following the update to their Apple News Format Design Tutorial, Apple has just published an update to their iOS Human Interface Guidelines with new iOS 10 design resources. The resources include templates and UI materials to help designers quickly design iOS applications.<p>In the past, Apple has …

Retro Patents turns famous inventions into art you can buy

A fun little side project-cum-startup from two of the founders of Soundwave, the social music company acquired by Spotify, wants to turn patents into art. Launching today, Retro Patents lets you buy prints of famous patents to hang on your office wall, or at home, if that’s your thing.<p>The patent …

PBS Kids, with a new channel, turns to tech old and new

For one of its biggest channel launches in years, PBS realized that a crucial technology to complete its mission was one that's existed since the dawn of TV: over-the-air signals.<p>On Monday, the public television programmer fired up PBS Kids, a free channel of 24/7 educational children's …

Mobile Devices

Google's Toontastic 3D lets kids (and adults) create storytelling cartoons

A couple of years ago, Google acquired Launch Toys, the company behind Toontastic, an app that allowed kids to easily create storytelling cartoons. That app has now gotten a big update with a 3D version.<p>Toontastic 3D tries make it easy for kids to present their ideas without needing to work their …

Elon Musk Takes Customer Complaint on Twitter From Idea to Execution in 6 Days | Inc.com

For business leaders, social media can be confusing (and sometimes dangerous) territory.<p>But last month, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk provided a master class in how to use social media effectively. When a Tesla owner complained about fellow consumers hogging spots at a local charging station, Musk …

Tesla

Airthings wants you to measure the Radon in your house

We have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. They live in our houses, sniffing the air for nasties, and causing a right stink if something has gone horribly wrong. Norwegian company Airthings wants to add Radon to the list of things you constantly monitor for, with the Wave radon detector.<p>…

The Dell 27 Ultrathin monitor really lives up to its name

Dell is hoping to turn some heads at CES with the 27 Ultrathin, which features an impressively slim 6.9mm edge. Instead of having most of its hardware sitting behind the screen, Dell moved all of that stuff down to the base, which makes the monitor seem almost like an all-in-one machine at …

NASA's Martian tech is helping hospitals eliminate bedsores

Bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers, kill more people annually than nearly any form of cancer, with 500,000 cases per year in the United Kingdom alone. One problem doctors and nurses face in the fight against bedsores is early detection -- traditionally, hospital staff can only diagnose …

Scanners

Correction: Supreme Court-Internet Tax story

DENVER (AP) — In a story Dec. 12 about internet sales taxes, The Associated Press erroneously attributed a statement from the Data and Marketing …

Edtech startup Peergrade picks up backing from a supergroup of Nordic angels

Peergrade, a startup out of Denmark that enables students to grade each other’s work, has raised a modest $300,000 in seed funding. However, more newsworthy are its new backers. They comprise UK edtech accelerator Emerge Education, and Nordic Makers — which might be best described as a supergroup …

Apple Maps adds EV charging station data from ChargePoint

Just in time for that cross-country holiday trip, Apple’s bringing some key electric vehicle charging info to its ecosystem, courtesy of ChargePoint. The partnership brings location info for 30,000 charging stations, which will pop up in Maps as badges, along with available pricing and hours of …

Microsoft still depends on Windows. Here’s what it is doing to revive the PC business.

VR headsets and a return to ARM-based computers are on tap for next year.<p>Despite Microsoft’s big move to the cloud, the Windows PC is still mighty important to its bottom line. Windows revenue directly accounts for nearly $15 billion per year in revenue, while Office sales and subscriptions account …

Synq launches a video API so you don’t have to build video delivery from scratch

Say you’re an app developer and you need to give your app users a way of uploading, storing and playing back video. Instead of having to build your own video content management system or licensing one of the existing ones, Synq offers developers a third option. The company is launching its “cloud …