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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

Native American family tree sprouts a new branch

Genomic analysis of a member of an ancient Alaska population yields clues about the peopling of the Americas.<p>January 9, 2018 —A six-week old infant …

Anthropology

Google’s Fuchsia OS on the Pixelbook: It works! It actually works! | Ars Technica

We take a look at what Google's experimental, secret OS is up to in early 2018.<p>Google currently has two OSes on the market: Android and Chrome OS. …

Linux

Scientists Have Discovered Massive Ice Sheets on Mars

Massive ice sheets have been discovered on Mars that could potentially be a resource for astronauts to harness for exploration of the …

Planets

Google CEO Sundar Pichai says AI is more profound than electricity or fire

Google CEO Sundar Pichai, speaking at a taped television event hosted by MSNBC and The Verge’s sister site <i>Recode</i>, said artificial intelligence is one of the most profound things that humanity is working on right now and compared it to basic utilities in terms of its importance.<p>Speaking to <i>Recode</i>’s …

Susan Wojcicki

IT Alert: Two Vulnerabilities Affect Most Computer Systems

Two recently discovered security vulnerabilities, Spectre and Meltdown, have been found to affect most computer systems, including mobile devices. …

Lubbock

The Drawing Excellence Framework

Craft skills in the UK are in the same position historic buildings were a hundred years ago. The Guardian, 4/8/2017<p>We must have a dialogue about …

Education

Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble

layer innocent nothing argue pottery winner cotton menu task slim merge maid<p>The sequence of words is meaningless: a random array strung together by an algorithm let loose in an English dictionary. What makes them valuable is that they’ve been generated exclusively for me, by a software tool called …

Bitcoin

Malicious Link Texted to Mac and iOS Devices Can Cause Freezes and Resprings

A link that exploits a bug in iOS and Mac devices was shared on Twitter this afternoon, and if you receive this link through the Messages app, your iPhone or iPad can freeze up or respring, and the Messages app can become unusable.<p>The link, which goes to a Github page, breaks the Messages app and …

iOS

This simple text message can paralyze your iPhone — but a fix is coming

Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps …

iOS

Hawaii missile alert: How one employee ‘pushed the wrong button’ and caused a wave of panic

Shortly after 8 a.m. local time Saturday, an employee at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency settled in at the start of his shift. Among his duties that day was to initiate an internal test of the emergency missile warning system: essentially, to practice sending an emergency alert to the public …

North Korea

Logan Paul, and the toxic YouTube prank culture that created him, explained

Paul’s decision to post footage of a suicide victim stems from many popular pranksters’ “film first and think later” ethos.<p>YouTube star Logan Paul, a popular vlogger from a family of popular vloggers, drew massive backlash on Monday and Tuesday for posting a video showing a dead body he stumbled …

Logan Paul

YouTube tightens rules around what channels can be monetized

Channels will need 4,000 hours of annual viewing time and over 1,000 subscribers<p>YouTube is tightening the rules around its partner program and raising the requirements that a channel/creator must meet in order to monetize videos. Effective immediately, to apply for monetization (and have ads …

Logan Paul

Google Chrome extensions with 500,000 downloads found to be malicious | Ars Technica

Google removes four extensions that used infected computers in click fraud scheme.<p>Researchers have uncovered four malicious extensions with more than …

Information Security

One Website’s Facebook Apocalypse Is Another’s Opportunity to Shine

Publishers digest implications of social network’s move to make substantial changes to its news feed<p>Digital publishers are reckoning with the potential impact of Facebook’s planned changes to its news feed, with reactions ranging from trepidation to confidence to reflection on the folly of …

Facebook

Google finds STEM skills aren't the most important skills

Blog, Transforming Work<p>Terrific Washington Post column on research done by Google on the skills that matter most to its employees success. Big …

Sergey Brin

Facebook is done with quality journalism. Deal with it.

<i>For Facebook, journalism has been a pain in the neck from day one. Now, bogged down with the insoluble problems of fake news and bad PR, it’s clear</i> …

Facebook

Facebook's Adam Mosseri on Why You'll See Less Video, More From Friends

Facebook on Thursday announced sweeping changes to the way it plans to manage the newsfeed, the front door to the service for its 2 billion monthly …

Facebook

Mines team gets NASA funding for intelligent drilling system

An intelligent drilling system capable of characterizing materials as it drills into the lunar or Martian surface is under development at Colorado …

Colorado

Why You Should Have SSL on Your WordPress Website

You’ve probably been hearing how Google is strongly stressing website owners to have SSL. You might have seen address bars with “Not Secure” within …

Web Design

Hubble probes the archeology of our Milky Way's ancient hub

The astronomers divided the stars by their chemical compositions and then compared the motions of each group. They determined the stars' chemical …

Astronomy

Citizen Scientists Discover Five-Planet System

In its search for exoplanets—planets outside of our solar system—NASA's Kepler telescope trails behind Earth, measuring the brightness of stars that …

Relax, the Meltdown and Spectre CPU Patches Aren't Messing With Your Frame Rates

Your ability to crush noobs won’t be impeded.<p>Doom came to the CPU market last week as security researchers at Google Project Zero, Technical University of Graz, and Cerberus Security told the world of Spectre and Meltdown—apocalyptic sounding vulnerabilities in almost all the world’s processors.<p>The …

Information Security

Introducing the New Firefox: Firefox Quantum

It’s fast. <i>Really fast.</i> Firefox Quantum is over twice as fast as Firefox from 6 months ago, built on a completely overhauled core engine with brand …

Software

Microsoft: No more Windows patches at all if your AV clashes with our Meltdown fix

Your antivirus must be compatible with Microsoft's Meltdown-Spectre fixes for you to get patches this month or in future.<p>Microsoft won't let you …

Information Security

Participate in Digital Learning Day 2018!

Each year, states, districts, schools, and classrooms across the United States and around the world hold thousands of events to celebrate Digital …

Networking

Google Assistant “Smart Displays” arrive at CES | Ars Technica

The Google Assistant is getting an Amazon Echo Show-style form factor.<p>After cramming the Google Assistant into smartphones, tablets, laptops, TVs, …

Google

Should Your Class Or Student Blogs Be Public Or Private?

A dilemma that faces many educators new blogging is the question of whether they should be publishing their students’ information and work online. …

Digital Citizenship

The Downfall of Computers: The Sad Tale of “Spectre” & “Meltdown” And What it Means for Computer Security

Those of you that follow me on Medium know that I preach a common-sense and logical approach to Cyber and Information Security that avoids promoting …

Information Security

Rise of Bitcoin Competitor Ripple Creates Wealth to Rival Zuckerberg

SAN FRANCISCO — The virtual currency boom has gotten so heated that it is throwing the list of the world’s richest people into disarray.<p>Consider what has happened to the founders of an upstart virtual currency known as Ripple, which has seen its value skyrocket in recent weeks.<p>At one point on …

Bitcoin