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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

Circle on Netgear — Circle with Disney

Set individual filter levels for each family member that matches their age and interests. Do it once and it will apply to every one of their …

Deep Work Audiobook

This is another book in the Formulaic Self Help Genre. The formula is: Propose an idea that everyone already agrees with, and take it to an extreme, …

Audiobooks

You 2.0: Deep Work - Hidden Brain

Tuesday 25 July 2017<p>Open in Pocket Casts<p>00:00<p>00:00<p>When your phone buzzes or a notification pops up your screen, do you stop what you're doing to look …

Senate Republicans don't know what's in their health bill or what it would do. They're voting anyway.

“We’ll find out.”<p>Sometime on Tuesday, Senate Republicans will vote whether to start debate on a plan to overhaul American health care, without knowing exactly what is in that plan or, by extension, how it will change the lives of millions of Americans.<p>There are few, if any, comparable examples of a …

ObamaCare

How to Build an Art Bot

<b>1.</b> Turn the cup upside down and layer foam tape on the bottom (which is now the top).<p><b>2.</b> Stick the motor onto the tape.<p><b>3.</b> Tape the batteries end to …

Rubber Bands

Autonomous driving will bring forced obsolescence to cars

Carmakers aren’t ready for the upgrade backlash they’re about to face<p>The concept of built-in obsolescence should be familiar to anyone that has ever bought a piece of advanced consumer electronics. Back in the early 2000s, a brand new gaming PC would be out of date faster than its owner could …

Transportation

This self-driving truck has no room for a human driver — literally

An eerie resemblance to the killer tractor trailers from Logan<p>Most experts believe the first industry to be upended by autonomous driving will be the trucking sector. What better use case for driverless technology than long-haul trucking where most of the driving is confined to the highway? The …

Transportation

10 ways design thinking can help you raise resourceful kids

When my son Ben was young, he only ate white food. Spaghetti, bread and popcorn all made the cut; broccoli and peppers, not so much. I couldn’t let it go. I formed spinach into “Shrek pancakes,” told him Batman loved peas and challenged him to string bean eating contests. I knew he loved …

Parenting

The War on the Freedom of Information Act

A conservative group is resisting congressional efforts to kneecap FOIA.<p><i>Updated on July 24 2017</i><p>The health-care clusterfudge continues. Senator John McCain has brain cancer. President Trump throws another public tantrum. Russia, Russia, Russia.<p>That about covers the Big Political Headlines of the …

Freedom of Information

Technology Curriculum

Free yourself to work with students on a deeper level<p>Self-paced videos deliver instruction in this "blended learning" model. Students work …

How Surveillance Could Turn You Into a Second-Class Citizen

Surveillance used to be expensive. Even just a few years ago, tailing a person’s movements around the clock required rotating shifts of personnel …

Surveillance

Abuses Hide in the Silence of Nondisparagement Agreements

SAN FRANCISCO — Last October, AngelList, a company that helps tech start-ups raise money and hire employees, held an office retreat. In the Hollywood Hills, far from Silicon Valley, the firm’s mostly male staff mingled poolside with bikini-clad women who had been invited to the event.<p>Before the …

The “Cobra Effect” that is disabling paste on password fields

Back in the day when the British had a penchant for conquering the world, they ran into a little problem on the subcontinent; cobras. Turns out there …

Welcome to Outer Space View

<i>Editor’s note: Starting today, you can now explore the International Space Station in Street View in Google Maps. Thomas Pesquet, Astronaut at the</i> …

NASA

Say Goodbye To X+Y: Should Community Colleges Abolish Algebra?

Algebra is one of the biggest hurdles to getting a high school or college degree — particularly for students of color and first-generation undergrads.<p>It is also the single most failed course in community colleges across the country. So if you're not a STEM major (science, technology, engineering, …

Education

Moderate use of social media 'builds resilience and wellbeing in young people', report suggests

Engagement in social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook can build up children’s resilience and have a beneficial impact on mental …

Social Media

The Death of SoundCloud Should Scare Music Lovers

SoundCloud — the popular music-and-podcasts service that is the closest thing on the internet to a YouTube for audio — appears to be in dire straits. …

SoundCloud

Horse-Riding Librarians Were the Great Depression's Bookmobiles

Their horses splashed through iced-over creeks. Librarians rode up into the Kentucky mountains, their saddlebags stuffed with books, doling out …

Great Depression

Google Slides for Student Created Storybooks

We all know of Google Slides as Google’s version of Microsoft PowerPoint. It is a great online tool for creating and sharing multimedia …

Google

FBI issues warning to parents about toys spying on their kids

The FBI yesterday released a public service announcement (PSA) alerting parents to the dangers potentially imposed by smart toys.<p>The document warns that connected toys with microphones, GPS tracking, Wi-Fi, and/or bluetooth connectivity could be giving criminals access to private information about …

Security

The US and China: Destined for Conflict? A Conversation with Graham Allison - World Affairs

Monday 17 July 2017<p>Open in Pocket Casts<p>00:00<p>00:00<p>What can the rise of Japan and Germany in the last century - or the rise of Athens 2,000 years …

Foreign Policy

Update to PicCollage Kids

As you may have noticed, PicCollage Kids now costs $1.99 to download. Before we go on, don’t worry! Anyone who already had the app will not be …

ISPs barred from telling users they’re under FBI investigation

Back in 2013, a federal judge ruled that the FBI couldn't force ISPs to hand over a users' private data without the suspect being informed first. Now, however, a change in the law means that's no longer the case. Thanks to a federal appeals court ruling on Monday, ISPs, financial institutions and …

Privacy

Millions of Verizon customer records exposed in security lapse | ZDNet

Customer records for at least 14 million subscribers, including phone numbers and account PINs, were exposed.<p>An Israeli technology company has …

Security

I Got Hacked and All I Got Was This New SIM Card

Yesterday evening, I was driving to the airport to drop off someone and noticed my phone had zero bars on AT&T: the "No Service" text was listed …

SIM Cards

KQED

Mitch Resnick has been working on how to give students new avenues of creative expression for over a decade. His Lifelong Kindergarten group at the …

MIT Media Lab

The Box of Shame

In case you didn’t know, <i>dog shaming</i> has become a thing.<p>Dog shaming is the practice of uploading pictures or video clips of our canine friends, …

Education

Why the FCC’s Plans to Gut Net Neutrality Just Might Fail

It's official: the country's top regulator of the internet wants to end net neutrality. Specifically, Federal Communications Commission chair Ajit …

Net Neutrality