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Mobile Learning Plugs China’s Education Gap

Posted October 2nd, 2015 at 3:39 pm (UTC-5)
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A new Chinese government pilot program is taking aim at the education gap between the country’s urban and rural communities with help from Microsoft Office365 Education and digital classroom platform, Mobiliya Edvelop. Spearheaded by the China Development Research Foundation, a government think tank, the three-year program is being tested in eight participating schools in Qinghai and Guizhou […]

The Pope & Tech; Internet Broadband; Tetris; Kaspersky; Firefox Chat

Posted September 24th, 2015 at 3:31 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: What Does the Pope Think About Technology? #It’sComplicated He poses for selfies. He thinks the Internet is a “gift from God” and has 7.2 million followers on Twitter. Yet Pope Francis believes digital media “can stop people from learning how to live wisely” and warns that too much digital data can cause […]

E-Learning; Thailand’s Firewall; Apple’s Ghost; Killer Selfies

Posted September 22nd, 2015 at 8:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Khan Academy Brings Free Learning to Android The non-profit educational group, Khan Academy, is planning to release a dedicated Android app and a redesigned iPhone app for its online courses. The new apps include improved search and an offline learning mode, among other features that allow students to keep track of their […]

Microsoft; China Tech Rules; VR; iOS 9; YouTube Gaming

Posted September 17th, 2015 at 3:59 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Microsoft to Spend $75 Million to Boost Computer Science in US Schools Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that his company will spend $75 million over the next three years on initiatives to boost youth access to computer science education. The initiative is part of Microsoft’s YouthSpark program, an effort to get young […]

Tech Education; Baidu; Elon Musk; Online Hate Speech; Cisco

Posted September 15th, 2015 at 4:41 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: OECD: Children Need Teachers, Not Computers, to Teach Them The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD, says evidence shows that technology is not making children smarter. In a report published Tuesday, OECD education director, Andreas Schleicher, said moderate computer use at school produces better learning results than with children who rarely […]

Internet.org in Kenya; Intel; GitHub; YouTube Takes on Twitch

Posted August 26th, 2015 at 3:02 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Internet.org Seeks Ties With Kenyan Telcos Facebook’s Internet.org has been in touch with several of Kenya’s telecommunications companies for partnerships that could benefit the country, as part of its efforts to connect remote parts of the world to the Internet. How Intel’s Future Goes Way Beyond the PC As the PC market […]

Superhero Robotics; Linux; China’s Gaming Vernacular

Posted August 25th, 2015 at 5:02 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Superhero-Inpsired Robotic Hand Wins UK Dyson Award British inventor Joel Gibbard of Open Bionics has won the UK’s James Dyson Award for creating low-cost robotic hands inspired by comic superheroes. The idea was to create prosthetics for amputees, which they would not be afraid to show off. Crash-Proof Computers Could Be On […]

Kim Jong Un; China Mobile Banking; Android’s ALPs; Privacy

Posted August 20th, 2015 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Kim Jong Un Has His Own Cellular Network According to a former technical director at North Korea’s cellular network Koryolink, Kim Jong Un and other high-ranking officials have their own private cellular network to secure their communications. The 3G network, according to the source, has its own algorithms and operating system. Many Apps […]

Education Tech; Alphabet; Western Tech Firms in China

Posted August 19th, 2015 at 3:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: How Bill and Melinda Gates Want to Transform Teaching Bill and Melinda Gates are putting up a series of blog posts this week to look at ways technology can transform education. In one post, Bill Gates points to a school system in California, which now uses computers to analyze how kids perform […]

Privacy; China’s Online Police; OS X; Android Fragmentation

Posted August 5th, 2015 at 3:48 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Online Is Poised to Spread Europe’s highest court’s ruled more than a year ago that search engines had to give Internet users the “right to be forgotten” to help safeguard privacy. But some privacy and free speech advocates expect the controversial “right to be forgotten” to expand beyond […]