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By Wesley Fryer | Articles related to technology, education, digital literacy, Apple products, and other stuff Dr. Wesley Fryer finds interesting. Follow Wes on Twitter: @wfryer

EFF Launches Community Security Training Series

EFF is pleased to announce a series of community security trainings in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library. High-profile data breaches …

Security

Senate Votes to Let ISPs Sell Your Data Without Consent

The Senate took the first step Thursday toward blocking rules that would restrict how some big tech companies share and sell your personal data, a prospect that digital activists said would be a huge loss for online privacy.<p>On a party-line vote of 50-48, the Senate passed a joint resolution that …

Net Neutrality

Neil Harbisson

<b>Neil Harbisson</b> (born 27 July 1984) is a Catalan-raised, British-born[14] avant-garde artist and cyborg activist based in New York City.[15] He is …

Beyond our five senses: Cyborg Nest's implants can make you part-machine

The North Sense implant vibrates when you're facing in a northerly direction<p>Moon Ribas can feel earthquakes. Thanks to a small vibrating sensor embedded above her elbow, the Barcelona-based artist can immediately detect seismic activity - no matter where she is in the world. "I knew that, with …

Cyborgs

This college student teaches philosophy to homeless women to help them ponder life’s great questions

BOSTON — Nearly half the blueberry muffins, glazed doughnuts and cherry danishes are already snatched up when Clarinda Blais quietly turns off the television in the women’s center at the St. Francis House day shelter.<p>Blais moves slowly, unassumingly about the room. Some of the women, who are …

Homelessness

GoDaddy Acquires Sucuri To Step Up Advanced Security For Its Customers

GoDaddy Inc (NYSE: GDDY) is known for hosting domain names for millions of websites around the world. It has more than 14.5 million customers …

GoDaddy

Why we can’t forget the iPad

Experimentation with tablet computers first began in the mid 20th century; however, Apple is often credited with initializing the consumer market for …

Education Technology

Landmark Air Force Academy Chapel to Close for Major Repairs

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — The landmark Cadet Chapel at the Air Force Academy will close for up to four years starting next summer for major …

Congress Moves to Strike Internet Privacy Rules From Obama Era

WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers moved to dismantle landmark internet privacy protections for individuals on Thursday, the first decisive strike against telecommunications and technology regulations created during the Obama administration and a harbinger for more deregulation to come.<p>In a 50-to-48 …

Net Neutrality

The World's First Conference Room Wireless Presentation Device.

Prijector works in two modes - You can choose the mode by toggling a button on Prijector home screen.<p>WIFI Mode : Prijector acts as a Hotspot and can …

Advice From Parents On Screen Time And The Digital World

National Geographic Educator Certification (Beta)

Do you believe in empowering students to think like explorers? In building geographic competency across disciplines? In inspiring students to be …

Education

Jeff Bezos Takes the Ride of His Life in a Mechanized Robot Suit

I just got to pilot an awesome (and huge) robot thanks to Hankook Mirae Technology. Nice! #MARS2017 pic.twitter.com/MvN6ghEYFi<p>— Jeff Bezos …

Jeff Bezos

Why Kids Shouldn’t Sit Still in Class

Sit still. It’s the mantra of every classroom.<p>But that is changing as evidence builds that taking brief activity breaks during the day helps children learn and be more attentive in class, and a growing number of programs designed to promote movement are being adopted in schools.<p>“We need to …

Education

From Traditional Conclusions to Claims, Evidence, and Reasoning

Constructing Explanations and Engaging in Argument from Evidence are two Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) practices I have heavily emphasized …

New Maps May Help Chase Down Poachers Before They Strike

How harnessing troves of data can revolutionize wilderness management in Africa—and around the world.<p>A tiny bungalow in the central Kenyan bush is the joint operation center for a new kind of weapon in the war against wildlife poaching: information—lots of it.<p>It’s searingly hot in Kenya’s Lewa …

Elephants

Amazon adds "Send to Kindle" to Kindle for iOS, CarPlay support to Amazon Music

Amazon recently updated its Kindle iOS app with a new "Send to Kindle" feature that allows users to transfer and save web content to a Kindle device. …

Apple

After a Decade of Research, Microsoft Is Ready to Start Building Quantum Computers

A Different Path<p>Microsoft is making a bigger push toward building a scalable quantum computer, and it’s focusing on a type of qubits it thinks are …

Quantum Mechanics

Al Franken may be the perfect senator for the Trump era — a deadly serious funnyman

It was a half-hour before one of the sparsely attended committee hearings that take place almost every day on Capitol Hill — in this case, a session on energy infrastructure so dry it would not merit even the presence of a C-SPAN camera.<p>But in Al Franken’s suite of offices in the Hart Senate Office …

Government

Trump’s budget makes perfect sense and will fix America, and I will tell you why

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>Some people are complaining that the budget proffered by the Trump administration, despite its wonderful macho-sounding name, is too vague and makes all sorts of cuts to needed programs in favor of increasing military spending by leaps and bounds. These people are wimps. …

Fake News

Expect more ‘extreme and unusual’ weather in 2017: report

The Earth is on track to see another year of extreme and unusual weather trends in 2017, say experts at the World Meteorological Organization …

Climate

Here’s What The End Of Man Looks Like, Says Israeli Prof

Yuval Harari has rocketed to the top of the American best-seller lists with his new book “Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow.” And the …

Yuval Noah Harari: ‘Homo sapiens as we know them will disappear in a century or so’

The visionary historian, author of two dazzling bestsellers on the state of mankind, takes questions from Lucy Prebble, Arianna Huffington, Esther Rantzen and a selection of our readers<p>Last week, on his Radio 2 breakfast show, Chris Evans read out the first page of <i>Sapiens</i>, the book by the Israeli …

Singularity

Why relying on antivirus signatures is simply not enough anymore

How is it possible that in an industry dominated by advanced performance metrics and benchmarking tests, cybercriminals still manage to release …

Building Relationships with Students #GSPD

Building classroom community has always been a very important part of what I do in my classroom. Using our morning meetings, “good news, bad news,” …

Education

Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones?

Amid an opioid epidemic, the rise of deadly synthetic drugs and the widening legalization of marijuana, a curious bright spot has emerged in the youth drug culture: American teenagers are growing less likely to try or regularly use drugs, including alcohol.<p>With minor fits and starts, the trend has …

Addiction

DOJ indicts Russian spies in massive Yahoo breach

The indictments are part of the largest hacking case the Justice Department has ever pursued.<p>Updated 03/15/17 02:21 PM EDT<p>In a landmark move, the Justice Department on Wednesday indicted four men, including two Russian spies, for hacking into Yahoo and stealing data on 500 million users.<p>The …

Cybercrime

SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft Departs Space Station | Space Station

The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft was released from space station at 5:11 a.m. ET on March 19 after delivering more than 5,500 pounds of cargo.<p>Expedition …

NASA

The Denationalization of American Muslims

For years, Republican leaders treated Frank Gaffney as a pariah. But his dark warnings about Sharia law taking over America found an audience among grassroots conservatives—and now, in the White House.<p>On March 6, the zoning board in Bayonne, New Jersey, turned down a request to convert an old …

Islam