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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

How to Secure Your Online Accounts By Revoking Access From Third-Party Apps

Every once in a while, an app like Unroll.me pops into the spotlight to remind us that we all tend to authorize a lot of apps to access our email and …

Apps

The smartphone is eventually going to die — this is Mark Zuckerberg's crazy vision for what comes next

At this week's Facebook F8 conference in San Jose, Mark Zuckerberg doubled down on his crazy ambitious 10-year plan for the company, first revealed in April 2016.<p>Here's the current version of that roadmap, revealed by Zuckerberg this week:<p>Basically, Zuckerberg's uses this roadmap to demonstrate …

Augmented Reality

The Blood of the Crab

Horseshoe crab blood is an irreplaceable medical marvel—and so biomedical companies are bleeding 500,000 every year. Can this creature that's been around since the dinosaurs be saved?<p>Meghan Owings plucks a horseshoe crab out of a tank and bends its helmet-shaped shell in half to reveal a soft white …

E.coli
Pope Francis

Online Safety Resources

Get the essential information you need for you and your family to more safely use the Internet. Find top tips for Internet safety, learn how to tell …

Internet Safety

Russian Cybercriminals Are Loving Those Leaked NSA Windows Weapons

It’s been little over a week and a half since a hacker crew called the Shadow Brokers released a batch of tools believed to have belonged to the NSA, designed to break through the defences of Windows systems. Whilst Microsoft mysteriously patched its operating system to deflect attacks using the …

Security

Why Your Next Wi-Fi Setup Should Be a Mesh Network

The next time you upgrade your Wi-Fi equipment, take a bold step: Throw out your stand-alone router and instead consider investing in a so-called mesh system.<p>A mesh network could solve most, if not all, of your Wi-Fi problems. It’s basically a system of multiple Wi-Fi stations that work together to …

Wi-Fi

Justices Alarmed by Government’s Hard-Line Stance in Citizenship Case

WASHINGTON — Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. tried to test the limits of the government’s position at a Supreme Court argument on Wednesday by confessing to a criminal offense.<p>“Some time ago, outside the statute of limitations, I drove 60 miles an hour in a 55-mile-an-hour zone,” the chief …

Immigration

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is taking on fake news with an online newspaper

Wales says the Wikitribune will offer news ‘by the people and for the people’<p>The co-founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, is launching a new online publication that aims to combat fake news. The project is called <i>Wikitribune</i><i>,</i> and it will bring together professional journalists and a community of …

Journalism

Jeremy Howard: The wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn

What happens when we teach a computer how to learn? Technologist Jeremy Howard shares some surprising new developments in the fast-moving field of …

Artificial Intelligence

YouTube fixes Restricted Mode issue censoring LGBTQ+ videos

YouTube says it has fixed the issue that made Restricted Mode a bit <i>too</i> restrictive. The option was supposed to make the website more suitable for minors when switched on, but its older version also filtered out millions of harmless videos, including hundreds of thousands featuring LGBTQ+ themes. It …

LGBTQ

Five new things you can do with Google Earth

Happy Earth Day<p>Earlier this week, Google unveiled a new version of Google Earth, an app that was considered amazing when it launched in 2001 but hadn’t really evolved in the same way that Google’s other technologies have. Now, thanks to this latest update, Google Earth is replete with 3D imagery, …

Google

YouTube will fight fake news by offering workshops to teens

Google is already flagging fake news, but it knows that isn't always enough. People need to recognize what fake news <i>is</i>, too. To that end, its YouTube wing just launched an Internet Citizens program that will teach UK teens to spot fake news through workshops. The day-long gatherings will encourage …

Fake News

Presentation Advice from 14 of My Favorite Presenters

As I prepared for a presentation on presentations, I asked fourteen of my favorite math education presenters, “What is your best advice for preparing …

Leadership

Hacking the Cybersecurity Demand Curve

The daily drumbeat of cyber crime appears to have no boundaries. Recent testimony to the Senate Finance Committee revealed that hackers compromised …

Cybersecurity

The FCC's New Plan Dismantles Net Neutrality to Rely on the Free Market

Today, chairman of the Federal Trade Communications Commission, Ajit Pai outlined his new plan to loosen the FCC’s oversight of internet service …

Internet

New Evidence Suggests Humans Arrived In The Americas Far Earlier Than Thought

Researchers in Southern California say they've uncovered evidence that humans lived there 130,000 years ago.<p>If it's true, it would be the oldest sign of humans in the Americas ever — predating the best evidence up to now by about 115,000 years. And the claim has scientists wondering whether to …

Anthropology

March is for Making: Makerspace as UnConference Learning

Having just come from a memorable 3 days at the CUE Conference 2017 in Palm Springs, CA I sat down to write the March is for Making blog post #19, …

The Crisis of Western Civ

Between 1935 and 1975, Will and Ariel Durant published a series of volumes that together were known as “The Story of Civilization.” They basically told human history (mostly Western history) as an accumulation of great ideas and innovations, from the Egyptians, through Athens, Magna Carta, the Age …

Journalism

How the Internet Is Complicating the Art of Teaching

Educators design lots of lessons and other learning resources, and increasingly they’re being shared online—often free of cost and in ways that are too personalized to be universally applicable.<p>A time-honored nugget of the political stump speech is the anecdote about the teacher who brings …

Moonblight and Six Feet of Romance: Dan Carter Beard’s Foray into Fiction

<b>An esoteric disease which reveals things in their true light; three pairs of disembodied feet galavanting about the countryside – Abigail Walthausen</b> …

Experience the TED2017 conference in movie theaters, with other curious minds

You probably watch TED Talks on an assortment of small screens. But next week, you’re invited to experience them on the big screen.<p>As the TED2017 …

TED Talks

Startling images of the American Civil War brought back to life by US artist

'I WISH I'D RAPED her'<p>Paedo Adam Johnson's sick prison brag about schoolgirl he sexually abused caught on secret video<p>RED DEVILS TRAGEDY<p>Up to 30 …

American Civil War

A Guide for Parents in Response to New Series

A new series released was on March 31, 2017, on Netflix titled, “13 Reasons Why.” The premise behind this series is a high school girl kills herself …

5 Whys

<b>5 Whys</b> is an iterative interrogative technique used to explore the cause-and-effect relationships underlying a particular problem.[1] The primary …

Jaime Casap: From Tough Childhood to Google’s Global Education Evangelist

NAME: Jaime Casap<p>AGE: 48<p>HERITAGE: My mother is from Argentina and my father is from Syria<p>HOMETOWN: Hell's Kitchen, NY now living in Phoenix, AZ<p>OCCUPATION/TITLE: Global Education Evangelist at Google, Inc.<p>At Google, Casap evangelizes the power and potential of the web, technology, and Google tools. …

Building Choice Into Your Students’ Reading

As more and more teachers are building choice reading time into their daily classroom schedules, making a variety of books available to a diverse …

High School

IRS Official: “One of the Most Dangerous Email Phishing Scams We’ve Seen” Targeting Schools

<b>“This is one of the most dangerous email phishing scams we’ve seen in a long time. It can result in the large-scale theft of sensitive data that</b> …