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Modern JavaScript for Ancient Web Developers

There’s a certain kind of old-school, backend web developer who, a long time ago, mastered things like Perl or Python or PHP or Java Server Pages, …

JavaScript

Why Alpe di Siusi is Italy's Best-Kept Ski Secret

Close your eyes and imagine your perfect European winter escape. We're betting it includes delicious food, copious amounts of alcohol, and a mountain …

European Travel

Ten of the best back-to-school apps for kids

Photograph: PR<p>Endless Wordplay.<p>84<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/8/27/1440680030185/6f4f785f-773e-4e0a-ba15-f89de68eb9c9-140x84.jpeg<p>140<p>Photograph: PR<p>The Everything …

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This App For Kids Makes iPhone App Programming As Easy As Lego

Tiny Bop’s latest, The Everything Machine, aims to demystify iPhones for kids by letting them program any app they want.<p>Tinybop founder Raul Gutierrez was frustrated. Compared to the Apple II computers he grew up programming on, the iPhones in his kids’ hands were unknowable black boxes: silicon …

Inspired By Bauhaus Design, ShapeKit Lets Kids Create Gorgeous Animations

Being a child is awesome because every little thing is an adventure. Rolling over, sitting up, eating solids, making letters, telling time–life is one milestone after another. As a jaded adult, it’s hard for me to remember the overwhelming wonders of growing up. ShapeKit, however, recaptures a …

20th Century

Where to catch the best snow in Europe right now

With the second half of the ski season already under way, quite suddenly we are inundated with oodles of pure powder across the Alps and the Pyrenees. But as a skier or snowboarder in this yo-yo winter, it’s time to consider where to go to catch the best of the snow between now and late April when …

Skiing

10 children's app trends for 2015

How your kids might be playing, learning and creating on devices this year, as well as how those apps may get them out in the real world<p>Many children are growing up with apps and digital media as part of their lives, alongside reading, physical play, television and other forms of entertainment and …

Apps

Teachers Will Embrace Students’ Smartphone Addiction In 2015

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Joe Mathewson cofounded learning platform Firefly when he was 14.</i><p>These are heady days for education technology. In fact, with big investments in outfits like Everspring and Udemy, I’d say 2014 was the biggest year yet in edtech. However, if you thought that was impressive, you haven’t …

Education Technology

British Spy Agency GCHQ Launches Cryptography App

British intelligence agency GCHQ has today launched an app called Cryptoy that is aimed at teaching secondary school-age children (and their teachers) about cryptography.<p>While it’s available freely for anyone with an Android tablet to download (no Android phones or iOS devices supported at the …

Kinsa Raises $9.6M Series A For A Smart Thermometer That Tracks The Spread Of Illness

Kinsa, the company behind the world’s first app-enabled, FDA-approved smart thermometer, has today announced the close of a $9.6 million Series A financing round with participation from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, FirstMark Capital, and Andy Palmer, among others. This comes directly on the …

This Company Wants To Use Games To Reimagine How Your Child Learns

In the mid-20th century, Linus Pauling was one of the world’s most celebrated scientists. His discovery of the structure of hemoglobin and other biological molecules created an entirely new field of science and, when he focused his ample talents on deciphering the structure of DNA, no one doubted …

Maptia Is a Haven for Storytellers with Wanderlust

Travel is a beautiful. There’s no better way to expand your mind about different cultures and open your eyes to new perspectives than by actually <i>going</i> to places.<p>But of course, we can’t travel everywhere, and in lieu of that, we rely on the stories people tell us instead. And for those unable to tag …

Google to Release Kid-Friendly Versions of Popular Products

A report from USA Today says that Google is working on new versions of its most popular products targeted directly at children 12-and-under.<p>According to the report, Google Search, YouTube and Chrome are most likely to be up first, since they have “broad appeal.” Pavni Diwanji, the Vice President of …

#FergusonSyllabus – The Conversation - Blogs

How should academics respond to the death of Michael Brown and the non-indictment of his killer? If you teach critical race theory, criminology, …

Email templates for 27 of your toughest work tasks

Communication is hard work. A 2012 survey by McKinsey found that highly skilled desk workers spent an average of 28% of their work weeks dealing with …

NYT asks readers to help identify print ads, using a platform for crowdsourcing called Hive

A new project built by the <i>New York Times</i>‘ research and development lab went live on Tuesday, known as Madison: Named after the avenue in New York …

7 Intelligent Gifts For Tech Savvy Children

The culture of gift giving troubles me–all that buying and spending in a country where the majority of us already carry too much debt.<p>Still, every year relatives ask me what they can buy my children during the holiday season. When I was younger, I resisted. I stepped onto my soapbox and gave some …

Is Everything Good About 'Minecraft' Gone?

<i>Minecraft</i> may have jumped the shark. It may be passed its prime. The phenomenon may be dwindling. And it has nothing to do with Microsoft purchasing the game. Nor do I think the game mechanics have lost any of their excitement. But from my perspective, as a parent, I’m not as supportive of my …

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As Liberian schools remain closed, tablets could become digital classroom

Schools in Liberia have been closed since July as the country has confronted a deadly Ebola outbreak that, so far, has killed nearly 3,000 …

The future of homework is … video games

For many students, the mention of homework evokes a sense of dread. Ask any parent and chances are they, too, have a strong opinion about the value of homework.<p>Educators and researchers are divided on the issue. In the last decade, an emphasis on standardized tests has become much more prevalent, …

Turkish engineers get $2.5M for Hazelcast, an open source in-memory data grid for Java

In Turkey, a group of five engineers developed an elegant solution to tackle one of the biggest challenges for Java developers.<p>This solution, dubbed Hazelcast, is designed to prevent enterprise applications from drowning in data. Developers need a better way to manage all this data, while ensuring …

App Engine Documentation

App Engine makes it easy to get started with your favorite languages, libraries, and frameworks. Pick a language to learn more.<p>GoView docs<p>PHPView docs<p>…

Everything You've Ever Been Told About How You Learn Is A Lie

Three myths your teachers told you about how your brain learns, debunked<p>When I was in middle school and high school, teachers loved to impart various tidbits of wisdom about the way students learn during lectures, always couched in such a way as to indicate these were scientifically accepted facts.</i> …

Intel Sociologist Says the Love Affair Between Us and Our Gadgets Is Turning Into a Real Relationship

It may be a love-hate relationship with our gadgets, but Intel researcher Genevieve Bell says that our feelings for our technology are growing …