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EarthNow promises real-time views of the whole planet from a new satellite constellation

A new space imaging startup called EarthNow aims to provide not just pictures of the planet on demand, but real-time video anywhere a client desires. Its ambition is matched only by its pedigree: Bill Gates, Intellectual Ventures, Airbus, SoftBank and OneWeb founder Greg Wyler are all backing the …

Bill Gates

Google Just Launched a Smartphone Game to Teach Adults How to Code

From programmable LEGO robots to mobile apps like Hopscotch, there’s no shortage of games and toys designed to get children interested in computer …

Computer Science

Google Chrome just launched its best feature in years

Google just gave us a very long overdue gift: the ability to browse in silence.<p>That's because Google Chrome will finally mute annoying autoplaying …


This is what the new Gmail will look like

Yesterday, Google confirmed a major redesign for Gmail was on the way. We’d seen drafts of a redesign dating back nearly a year ago and heard some descriptions of the new look, but after yesterday’s news, several sources shared images of the new design itself – including some new features.<p>Other …


Sunday Post Tech on the Side - Ep. 15 To code or not to code, that is the question

The Tech Toys That Secretly Teach My Kids Coding Skills<p>My 4-year-old son has plenty of toys, and now that we have a daughter, too, it's probably only …

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IT security

Introducing Anchor Cohosts: the easiest way to find someone to record your podcast with

<i>Today we’re introducing a brand new feature that seamlessly matches you up with other podcasters who like talking about the same things that you do.</i> …


New Snap Spectacles confirmed by FCC

So, now what?<p>The existence of at least one new pair of wearable Spectacle glasses for Snapchat has just been confirmed by the FCC’s radiation chambers. The documents published today, and first spotted by <i>Variety</i>, describe a “wearable video camera” made by Snap Inc. with “Spectacles” branding and …

Wearable Tech

Instagram rolls out Focus portrait mode for videos and photos

Instagram is one-upping Apple with a portrait mode feature that runs on a wider variety of phones and works with video, not just photos. Last month, TechCrunch reported about a Focus feature buried in Instagram’s code, which began publicly testing a week later. Now Instagram is rolling out Focus, …

Mobile Photography

Adobe Launches Spark With Premium Features for Every Student, Free of Charge

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) announced today that Spark for Education with premium features and additional functionality is …


Teach kids creativity. Ultimately, machines will be better at coding

If you want to bring up a kid to be a successful investor or entrepreneur, the current education system says they should be studying STEM subjects, …

Machine Learning

The 5:3:2 Rule for Social Media

When it comes to social sharing you need to get the balance right, and that's where the 5:3:2 rule comes into play. But what is 5:3:2?<p>Social media …


Clever project gives any Mac touchscreen capabilities with $1 worth of hardware

While Apple has long resisted the idea of a touchscreen Mac, a clever solution from a group of developers gives an existing Mac touchscreen capabilities. The proof of concept is called “Project Sistine” and is based on $1 worth of hardware…<p>Developed by Anish Athalye, Kevin Kwok, Guillermo Webster, …


The Tech Toys That Secretly Teach My Kids Coding Skills

My 4-year-old son has plenty of toys, and now that we have a daughter, too, it’s probably only a matter of time before the house is teeming with …


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Authorities in Australia used Apple Watch heart rate data to identify a murder suspect

In a sensational story out of Australia, the heart rate sensor on the Apple Watch was used by authorities to help them identify and arrest a suspect …

Apple Watch

iOS 11.3 arrives with new battery features and more

The first major iOS update of 2018 has finally arrived, bringing a host of new features and improvements to the iPhone and iPad.<p>Apple initially released iOS 11.3 yesterday just for the only available to download on the new 9.7-inch iPad Apple. Now the software update is finally available to all …

App Store

New 9.7-Inch iPad Hands-On: 'Very Familiar' Update Benefits From Apple Pencil Support and A10 Fusion Chip

Following the announcement and launch of Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad, a few websites have gotten hands-on time with the tablet and shared their thoughts online this afternoon. The initial consensus appears to be that while the iPad isn't very surprising in terms of form factor and features, it's a …

IPad Pro

6 awesome uses for Revision History

When I first started teaching (way back in BG - Before Google) when you graded a student’s paper, all you had to go on was the final paper itself. …

Education Technology

Google launches a Chrome OS tablet for schools ahead of Apple’s iPad education event

Chrome OS has been a pretty ideal spot for Google to stake its various plays for the education market. The cheap, bare-bones Chromebook laptops have been light on complexity and heavy on connectivity. The company hasn’t had much in the way of options when it comes to touch screen devices, …


Apple is ready to fight Google’s Chromebooks with cheaper iPads

Expect cheaper iPads not MacBooks at Tuesday’s event<p>Apple has a big problem. Just five years ago, its iPads and Mac laptops reigned supreme in US classrooms, accounting for half of all mobile devices shipped to schools in 2013. Apple has now slipped behind both Google and Microsoft in US schools …

IPad Pro

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Tech Trends

User data leaks at Facebook pull tech further into political debate

Developing Story<p>New revelations from The New York Times and an admission from Facebook about the improper use of user data by Cambridge Analytica have once again thrown a spotlight on the technology industry’s inadequate privacy protections.<p>Here is how to delete Facebook<p>3 weeks<p>Some of us have been …

Cambridge Analytica

Can this robotic fish fool real fish into revealing their secrets?

SoFi isn't like other fish, but they don't seem to notice.<p>Pale and plump with a tail that swishes side-to-side, the one-eyed robotic fish was built by scientists at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).<p>It is designed to swim naturally alongside other fish in open …


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How to Group Mac App Icons More Prominently in Your Dock

In macOS, the Dock provides convenient one-click access to your most frequently used Mac applications. The simplest way to organize docked apps is to click and drag them into your preferred place, but here we're going to show you a lesser-known trick for arranging docked items more clearly.<p>To …

Operating Systems

Alphabet's Outline lets you run your own self-hosted VPN for free

Jigsaw, an incubator that’s part of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has launched Outline, an open-source virtual private network (VPN) that you can host on your own server at no charge.<p>As an initiative from the human-rights-focused Jigsaw, Outline is being billed as a tool to help journalists …


Here is how to delete Facebook

Some of us have been on Facebook for more than a decade, but all good things come to an end. Over the past 18 months, Facebook has been in a downward spiral. The social network is in the eye of a controversy storm, with fake news, Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and misuse of …

Social Media