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CNET's Smart Home Panel at CES 2016 (pictures)

We might have smart cities before we have smart homes

Even with the amount of attention the smart home is getting from the tech press and the exhibitors here at CES, we have to consider it something of a bust. Unlike smartphones, which were in-demand almost from the off (at least once the iPhone launched), the smart home is a panoplistic mish-mash of …

Alarm.com launches smart home app for Apple TV 4

Alarm.com, a cloud-based platform for the smart home, launched a new app for the 4th generation Apple TV. The app offers Alarm.com users live video …

12 Smart Home Apps That Will Save You Serious Cash

It’s a new year, which means it’s time to reassess the annual budget. This year, you can actually save on some serious cash AND energy usage by upgrading your home and smartphone with high-tech apps. From smart AC controllers that automatically switch off when you leave the house to a home security …

Everybody's pushing the 'smart home,' but here's why it's still not ready for prime time

From light bulbs to thermostats to refrigerators, it's a boom time for products that promise to make everything in your home work just a little better and run a little smoother — just add Internet connection.<p>My favorite gadget from last week's CES mega-event was a smart laundry machine invented by …

​Ford, Amazon working to connect cars to smart homes

Ford and Amazon are working together to explore how a connected car could talk to your smart home and vice versa.<p>During a press conference Tuesday morning here at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Ford CEO Mark Fields shared the stage with Amazon to demonstrate their joint vision to …

CES 2016: Grid Connect Announces HomeKit-Enabled Temperature and Water Detection Sensors

At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, Grid Connect is debuting two HomeKit-enabled products, the ConnectSense Temperature & Humidity Sensor and the ConnectSense Smart Water Sensor. The two new products join Grid Connect's existing ConnectSense Smart Outlet, which came out in late 2015.<p>The …

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Ily Aims To Be The New Home Phone That Keeps Your Family Connected

If you’re a parent who’d like to do a better job keeping in touch with your kids when you’re not a home, then a forthcoming product called Ily might be the answer.<p>Ilan Abehassera, founder and CEO of Ily-maker Insensi, has talked about his vision before, but today he’s demonstrating Ily onstage at …

How Connected Cars Will Transform Our Lives at Home

Let me put this bluntly: Smart homes are pretty dumb. Or at least historically, connected devices for the everyman’s house have seemed gimmicky at …

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Smart windows are the next frontier for connected homes

Window to the future<p>Architecture's most iconic design element is getting an upgrade<p>By Stephanie Walden<p>Promoted by<p>Window to the future<p>Architecture's …

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18 of the most-innovative connected-home products at CES 2016

No shortage of innovation on display at CES 2016<p>Uncertainty as to which Internet of Things protocols and radios will ultimately prevail (AllJoyn, HomeKit, Thread, ZigBee, Z-Wave, and others are battling for supremacy) hasn’t prevented manufacturers from introducing great new products for the …

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Smart appliances, connected homes at CES 2014

Things are winding down for the appliances team here at CES 2014. We've looked at a lot of stuff and we hope you've enjoyed our coverage. Now, all that's left is to find out how close our predictions came to what we actually saw in Vegas this week.<p><b>Connected large appliances get smarter</b><p>A lot of the …

Google launches a teaching tool to help schools ditch paper

Google's itching to get Chromebooks into classrooms (and it's doing a pretty good job too), but the search giant just went full steam ahead with another product meant to help it shape the school experience. It's called (unsurprisingly) Classroom, and the free service is finally ready for …

The Rise of Educator-Entrepreneurs: Bringing Classroom Experience to Ed-Tech

Jack West has taught for 16 years and has been at Sequoia High School in Redwood City for most of that time. He’s a physics teacher and is naturally …

The Future of Libraries: Short on Books, Long on Tech

<b>Corrections Appended: July 12, 2013</b><p><i>The original version of this article included several quotes or statements that were not clearly attributed to the</i> …

Screen Literacy for the Next Generation: How the Arts and Humanities Matter

If your child is anything like mine, he or she is probably spending a lot of time in front of the computer, playing Minecraft, watching YouTube videos, dancing before the XBox or Wii console, posting to Instagram and using more social media every day. S/he might dislike "books" and "reading," while …

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This Is The Physics Lesson Of The Future, And It Looks Insanely Fun

Local Projects teams up with the New York Hall of Science to build an app that reveals the physics of the playground.<p>On a breezy spring afternoon at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, designer Jake Barton is watching a pair of middle schoolers chuck an iPod across a playground while another …

Gamification Boosts Content Discovery by 68% with Gigya's Social Strategies

<b>Gigya is all-in on Social Gamification</b><p>Gigya has recently released a new infographic that shares some statistics about their gamification …

Moving Beyond Points and Badges

<b>What’s next for gamification in the workplace?</b><p><i>The following is an Op-Ed by Siddesh Bhobe, CEO of eMee – a social gamification platform based in …

The Pros and Cons of Gamification in the Classroom

There is growing acceptance of the use of digital games in the learning and discovery processes, whether to raise knowledge around school subjects, …

The Challenge of Gamification

A strategy that is gaining increasing adoption recently – in training and in many other fields – is gamification. This concept has been broadly …

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Leaderboard - Gamification Gurus Power 100 - November 2013

Rank<p>Guru<p>Guru score<p>1.<p>(2)<p>I help people make work more fun<p>92<p>2.<p>(1)<p>Gamification Pioneer, Author and International Keynote Speaker @ Stanford, Google, …

Adam Penenberg: How Gamification Is Going To Change The Workplace

I recently spoke to Adam Penenberg, who is the author of the new book, <i>Play at Work: How Games Inspire Breakthrough Thinking</i> (Portfolio, 2013). Penenberg is a journalism professor at New York University and the assistant director of the Business & Economic Program and heads the department’s ethics …

Game Thinking - Differences between Gamification & Games

How to cite<p>Marczewski, A. (2015). Game Thinking. <i>Even Ninja Monkeys Like to Play</i>: Gamification, Game Thinking and Motivational Design (1st ed., pp. …

Is coding the new literacy?

Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p>In the winter of 2011, a handful of software engineers landed in Boston just ahead …

The acronym that can fix America’s youth unemployment problem

By Bea Perez<p>will.i.am<p>If you spend even a little time at a U.S. school, you can’t miss the excitement and sense of what’s possible in the eyes of our students. The enthusiastic and creative ways they play, embrace problem solving and learn is inspiring.<p>Yet these very spirits who hold the greatest …

Cognizant Awards 33 Grants to Afterschool and Summer Programs Under its 'Making the Future' Initiative to Inspire Interest in STEM Fields

TEANECK, N.J., Jan. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cognizant CTSH, +0.80% today announced that it will award 33 grants in 2014 to child-serving non-profit …

SAP, IBM and JP Morgan invest in Stem education in high schools

There's been a lot of talk over the past decade about the need for more people with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) skills in the workplace. Demand is apparently outweighing supply, and according to a recent US government report, jobs in the sector will grow at nearly twice …

5 Suggestions for Better STEM Education, From Students

Although demand for workers with STEM qualifications has only grown in recent years, a minority of students elect to pursue science, technology, …

A Lesson On the Value of Being Semi-Disruptive

2U, an online education company, doesn't want to reinvent college (or destroy it). But it does want to change it, and its IPO suggests it's on to something.<p><i>Inc. Magazine</i> recently spoke with Chip Paucek about his online-education tech company, 2U and how it grew.<p><b>1. You co-founded a capital-intensive</b> …

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