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Softbank Ventures Korea Makes Investment in Chinese Mobile Education Developer SmarTos

SmarTots, a leading Chinese developer of mobile education apps for kids, has received Series A investment of 2.1 billion won from SoftBank Ventures …

Teachers connect to mobile learning | Education

Apple's iPhone has caused a revolution in the way we interact with mobile phones and access the internet. With early sales of the new iPad breaking …

Beyond Verbal Gets A $2.8M Seed Round To Develop Voice Recognition That Decodes Emotions

With the introduction of Siri on the iPhone 4S in 2011, voice recognition, not exactly a new innovation, suddenly took center stage with consumers. But before that, and especially since then, there has been a rush of developments to meet the demand for ever better, more responsive technology across …

Zynga.org and NewSchools Venture Fund Launch Ed-Tech Games Accelerator

Zynga.org and NewSchools Venture Fund have announced the formation of a new learning games accelerator designed to help produce social games for the social good. To support this initiative, Zynga.org has provided $1 million in funding for the accelerator’s first year.<p>Funded by Zynga’s non-profit …

Chute Raises $7M To Help Publishers And Brands Manage User-Generated Photos (And Use Them In Ads)

Chute, a startup that offers tools for collecting and displaying photos, has raised $7 million in Series A Funding.<p>The round was led by Foundry Group, with participation from existing investors Freestyle Capital and US Venture Partners. Chute previously raised a $2.7 million seed round led by …

YouEye Raises $3M For Its Webcam-Based Usability Testing Service With Emotion Recognition

YouEye, a usability testing service that uses a pool of screened candidates to help designers and developer get feedback for their sites, today announced that it has raised a $3 million funding round led by investors Bobby Yazdani, the founder and CEO of Saba Software and an investor in Dropbox, …

MDGs: how mobile phones can help achieve gender equality in education

Goal three of the UN's MDGs is to promote gender equality and empower women, including in education. A UN fact sheet from 2010 reveals that gender …

Step Is A Journaling App That Helps You Make Sense Of Your Life

There are already plenty of journaling apps out there, but Step Journal stands out as a personal data aggregator that records and helps you make sense of your life’s minutiae.<p>As a big fan of using my iPhone to journal, I often check apps like TimeHop or Momento to see how my life has changed over …

Kakao Talk Rolls Out Plus Friend Home To Connect Users With Brands

Korean mobile messaging service Kakao is updating the Plus Friend advertising platform built into its Kakao Talk app with dedicated homepages and custom design tools aimed at brands and celebrities.<p>The upgraded version, called Plus Friend Home, is only available in Korea at the moment but points to …

Microsoft: Windows Phone 8 Increased App Downloads by 100%

Microsoft on Friday revealed rather interesting statistics in regards to Windows Phone growth. The company says that between Windows Phone 8’s launch and today, it has seen more than a 100 percent increase in app downloads and nearly a 140 percent increase in paid app revenue.<p>Naturally those …

With $7.5M From Redpoint, Bill Campbell & Others, Curious Launches A Marketplace For Life-Long Learning

With the growing demand for video-based online education, Curious.com is joining the crowd today with a marketplace that aims help students and teachers connect around a range of subjects, from pipe soldering and salsa dancing to jewelry making and knife sharpening.<p>With 10K learners logging 150K …

Coursera Brings Online Instruction To Teachers, Taking Its First Steps Into The K-12 Market

While some institutions of higher learning have grown skeptical of the MOOC phenomenon spreading through its ranks (and the startups responsible), you have to give Coursera credit for keeping its foot on the gas. In less than six months, the MOOC startup has taken meaningful steps towards …

23snaps, The Facebook For Families, Flicks The Monetization Switch With Printed Photo Books

23snaps, one of a number of mobile apps that target parents who want to share photos, videos and updates of their children within a private social network, has flicked the monetization switch today. It’s launched an on-demand printing feature within the app to let users turn their uploaded photos …

Brewster Brings Its Personalized, Mobile Address Book To The Web With Easy Contact Sharing

Brewster launched late last year with a simple goal: Replace your tired old A-to-Z contact list with an address book that actually understands your relationships and, in turn, helps you become a better friend. For some of us, this feels like a hopeless pursuit. We’re overworked, stressed, have …

Building Global Competency and Helping to Reach Education for All Through Games and Apps

"Why aren't the boys required to leave school to fetch water?" It's just one of the questions about gender, clean water and access to education that kids are asking when they play a new free digital game called "Get Water." In the game, a fictional girl Maya in South Asia is pulled out of school by …

A New Way to Discover the Best iPad Apps for Education

My son was born about a month before the debut of the iPad, and has quite literally grown up alongside touchscreen devices. As a parent and longtime app reviewer, I can tell you with conviction that most educational apps for the iPad stink.<p>That's why Appolicious created appoLearning.<p>While there are …

ValueClick Founder Brian Coryat Raises $1.5M For Business Listings Startup ‘Local Market Launch’

Local Market Launch, a startup that helps companies manage the online presence of local stores, is announcing that it has raised $1.5 million in Series A funding.<p>The company was founded by Brian Coryat, who previously founded ValueClick, an online ad company that went public in 2000. Coryat told me …