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Tens of thousands of people enter the teaching profession every year. That's a lot of people who are banking not just on their preparation programs (whether six weeks or several years), but on the support of the people around them.

On Wed., August 20 at 8 p.m. ET, I'm going to be hosting the next Education Week Teacher Twitter chat, focused on how new teachers can find help from experienced teachers, administrators, and schools. You can join the chat (or just follow it) using the hashtag #ewedchatThumbnail image for twitter-ewedchat-teachingnow.jpg

New teachers are a big focus area for districts, because attrition rates nationally remain high and research suggests that teacher turnover hurts student achievement.

Many experienced educators can offer advice for helping new teachers; there is no shortage of sage wisdom. As Robert Kolar writes in a July op-ed for EdWeek Teacher:

Don't discount what you bring to the classroom. You have studied long hours in both your degree and teaching-certification programs, trained diligently through field work and student teaching, and independently labored to satisfy your need for personal and professional development.

You can practically hear "Eye of the Tiger" playing.

So what most commonly causes new teachers to stumble? What source offers the best help? What keeps new teachers in a profession with a notorious retention rate, and what drives them out? Studies and already existing anecdotal evidence offer insight, but come to the chat Wednesday night and offer up your own experiences.

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App Seeks to Take Complexity Out of Teaching Physics PDF Print E-mail

By guest blogger Gina Cairney

The push to align curricula with 21st century learning, and prepare students for 21st century jobs has prompted what appears to be a huge push for school districts to heavily invest in digital classroom technology.

Past surveys reveal that some teachers aren't comfortable with technology, while others are hungry for more, raising questions not only about ed tech's reliability, but educators' abilities in using the tools effectively, and making it engaging for students.

140606_SciPlay_FinalDesign_hi-resdragged3.png One organization is attempting to address those concerns of ed-tech uncertainty with an app that developers hope educators will find easy to use, and will engage students and help them master complex physics concepts.

The unofficially-named SciPlay app is a collaborative project between the New York City-based media design firm Local Projects, and SciPlay, a research center launched by the New York Hall of Science in 2010.

After the app is downloaded onto an iPad, students can then record themselves doing an activity, like throwing a ball to a friend, or jumping, according to the Hall of Science's website. When students play the recorded segment back, they can use the various tools within the app to trace their motion, and use graphs and other data forms to calculate measurements typically associated with physics.

Some New York City schools got an early look at the app, testing the tool on a pre-loaded tablet with their middle school students, according to Harouna Ba, the director of SciPlay.

The finalized version won't be available until September, said Ba, and it eventually will be available to all grade levels, on devices other than the iPad.

The magazine Fast Company has an extensive piece about the app, which Jake Barton, a designer with Local Projects, calls a "digital noticing tool."

Making Physics Fun

Ba hopes the app will make physics, a notoriously difficult subject to teach, more accessible to students of all ages by deeply connecting scientific concepts to their physical, natural experiences (like jumping, walking, and throwing a ball).

"Kids might understand what movement is, but they don't understand the concepts," said Ba.

Rather than having students passively sit at their desks, the app is designed to get them actively involved in the learning process. (Could this be an approach that schools cutting out recess times from their schedules might consider?)

But what about teachers who are unsure or apprehensive about using digital tools in their classroom?

Ba and Dan Wempa, head of external affairs for the Hall of Science, expressed confidence in the usability of the app by teachers who consider themselves not very tech-savvy.

"The tools aren't threatening," said Ba, and the process "doesn't require heavy lifting, [or the] whole classroom to be changed."

SciPlay_FinalDesign6.png Unlike an interactive whiteboard, which Ba described as an "invasive tool," the SciPlay app is designed to fit nicely in, and out of the classroom. It's "simple to use and we don't anticipate any major issues that other classroom technology has experienced," Wempa said.

The app will include a lesson guide, a "teacher hub," and, according to Wempa, professional development opportunities that can be accessed online, but the app can be used by itself.

"The goal is for the app to be used by anyone," Ba said, which means making the tool accessible not only inside the classroom, but outside as well.

This expanded access would allow teachers who don't have the app in-class to encourage students to access and explore the app on their own.

"If you can play Angry Birds, you can handle this," said Wempa.

But whether the SciPlay app succeeds in the school market or not will depend on if it can deliver on the claims made by its creators: that it will be easy to use, and fun for students.

Images courtesy of Local Projects.

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Robin Williams—a Teacher, a Genie, and a Nanny—Dead at 63 PDF Print E-mail

Prolific actor and comedian Robin Williams, who taught princes about love and inspired students to seize the day, was found dead Monday evening at the age of 63.

A statement from his publicist said that Williams had been battling depression; media reports indicate the cause of death to be suicide. In a separate statement, Williams' wife, Susan Schneider, said, "As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin's death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions."

Williams was born in Chicago in 1951. Numerous sources offer a similar biography for a man so resolutely unique: He became a national sensation after playing Mork (from Ork) on the popular sitcom "Happy Days," in what ended up being a backdoor pilot for "Mork & Mindy."

Williams catapulted into film stardom with his role in "Good Morning, Vietnam," and then never stopped, stealing the limelight in "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Good Will Hunting," "Aladdin," "The Fisher King," "The Bird Cage," "Jumanji," and pretty much everything else worth owning on DVD. (His voice acting was so good as the Genie in "Aladdin" that some actually say it caused the downfall of trained voice actors in animated works.)

Robin Williams played a teacher, too, in "Dead Poets Society," a movie that teachers either love or hate for Williams' character, English instructor John Keating, who seems to have a near limitless level of autonomy and a similarly unbound zest for life:

As wet blanket Kevin Dettmar wrote for The Atlantic in February:

If the Welton School officials and parents suspect that Mr. Keating is leading his students astray, Pied Piper-like, there is at least something to that charge. Or rather, he's sending them astray, without ever really leading them. 

Professor Caroline Hagood, in Huffington Post, had a different grasp of Keating:

He touches previously uncaressed places in their minds, spaces once free of the tickle of thought or reflection. He turns a whole class of pimple-faced doctors, lawyers, and businessmen-to-be so high on hormones they can barely see straight into the unspeakable—poets and free thinkers.

As Hagood admits in the comments, "Society" is a cautionary tale; Keating gets fired, after all. But he also brought that kind of verve to teaching that many students may secretly hope for, even if no teacher should probably be expected to have (or at least be able to display—again, Keating had a lot of freedom).

But Robin Williams' performance nevertheless carved out for Keating a seminal place in the pop culture history of education, right up there with Escalante and Barrett. (Incidentally, watch Williams' interview with David Letterman during the promotional tour for the film; it's arguably better than the movie.)

Throughout his life, Williams lent support to a number of education-related causes, including early education, youth vaccinationstudent engagementimproved school funding, and youth literacy.

It's hard to grieve for Williams, though, because every sad tribute alternates with one that shows him at his best:

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Richard Nixon: A Tricky Legacy to Teach PDF Print E-mail


On Thursday, August 8, 1974, Richard Milhous Nixon announced he would resign the office of the presidency of the United StatesForty years later, historians continue to piece together the bits and pieces of a scandal that still hangs over the country.

Luckily for amateur Nixon historians/jaded children of the '60s/today's students, the last few years, and the anniversary of his resignation, have brought some great teaching resources.

First, Nixon's presidential library offers a huge chunk of the White House tapes of Oval Office discussions. (At least 18 minutes are missing.) Have all the fun of listening to Richard Nixon tell Henry Kissinger how they would deal with the Soviet Union:

'I feel so strongly that what the free world needs is a good dose of idealism, that we believe in good things, not pragmatism, by gosh. ... Western civilization must present its case not simply in the pragmatic, cold way, but we've got to put some ideological content in.'

If you don't want to listen to the tapes (they're a little soft on volume, though still loud enough to doom a presidency), authors Douglas Brinkley and Luke Nichter released the book The Nixon Tapes in late July, a mammoth transcript of much of the available archive. It offers a view of Nixon and his staff both at their most cynical and offensive (former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger frequently refers to Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi as, well, something unfit to print in this blog), and Nixon at his most endearing. In an Oct. 17, 1971 call to Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver, whose team had lost the World Series that day, Nixon offered some empathy:

Weaver: 'I'll tell you, you couldn't have called at a better time, because it means much more now than it would have meant at another time.'

Nixon: 'Well, let me tell you, you know, I've lost a few, and I know that you don't get many calls when you lose, but, boy, you fellows were great, and, I saw the game yesterday on TV, and, that was one of the greatest, and the one today was, it could have gone either way.'

Because I, like much of my generation, get my non-education news from late night TV, I would be remiss to gloss over an excellent episode of "The Colbert Report" from Monday, in which host Stephen Colbert interviewed Nixon's adviser Pat Buchanan, and Nixon's White House counsel, John Dean, both of whom offer personal takes on their time with the president (though they've had 40 years to think about what exactly "happened" during Watergate):

The Washington Post, meanwhile, has compiled a list of Nixon appearances—both real and imaginary—throughout American pop culture over the last four decades.

In Politico Magazine, John Aloysius Farrell wrote on Wednesday about Nixon's unhappy relationship with the press:

"The crimes of Watergate—bugging, burglary, obstruction of justice—were real. As Nixon told David Frost in their famous 1977 interviews, 'I brought myself down.' But it is equally true that the 37th president of the United States was ushered from office by journalists who savored the opportunity."

It's not like you won't find a thousand other books and resources about Nixon and the lead-up to his resignation, either. They offer a helpful complement to a frequent teaching resource: "All the President's Men," the 1976 film starring Dustin Huffman and Robert Redford as Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, who broke the details of the Watergate scandal, and who turned their reporting into the book on which the movie is based.

And hey, why not show the movie? It encapsulates in just over two hours the story of a harrowing time in American politics, ushering in a golden era for journalism and a new level of distrust in the country's politicians. That's why you can find resources for using it as a teaching material from numerous organizations.

The only problem, really, is that "All the President's Men" isn't the Gospel truth, and has itself become as integral to the story of Nixon as the original scandal, mired in controversy and revised over time. Bob Woodward's misrepresentations of his interactions with the Obama Administration have also tarnished his legacy. Consider, too, that even as the Post's Watergate investigation led to a boon for journalism, as Gawker's John Cook suggested in 2013, it would be viewed as completely unethical today. Teachable moments all around.

It all goes hand-in-hand with the history of a complex figure.

As Nixon told Frost in 1977, he understood people's anger at him:

" 'I can only say that, no one in the world, no one in our history, could know how I felt, no one could know how it feels to resign the presidency of the United States. Is that punishment enough? Oh, probably not, but whether it is or isn't, we have to live with not only the past, but for the future. I don't know what the future brings, but whatever it brings, I'll still be fighting.' "

Nixon might be gone, but the country continues to scrap over his legacy. Students now just have a lot more material to debate with.

Clarification: Nixon announced his resignation on August 8, 1974, but he actually resigned on August 9.

Image: A president no longer here to kick around. Credit: National Archives & Records Administration

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These Teachers Visit Every Student Before School Starts PDF Print E-mail


Last Tuesday—eight days before the start of the school year in Henderson County, Ky.—teachers at Cairo Elementary started the morning with a group prayer. Dressed in matching blue T-shirts with the Cairo mascot emblazoned on the front, they prepared to start making house calls.

The visits, part of a county-wide initiative called Home Visit Blitz, are an effort to help teachers build relationships with students and their families. They started three years ago, and they always happen right before students come back to school in the fall. Like Cairo, most of the elementary and middle schools sent their teachers on home visits last Tuesday, while the high school spread its visits out over three days.

By the end of the week, teachers had knocked on the door of every student in Henderson County.

Angie Blair, a fifth-grade teacher at Cairo, made 18 home visits on Tuesday. While there are no specific times for the visits, all but two of the families were at home.

"Alright, are you ready?" Blair asked fifth-grader Jayla Moore during her last visit of the day. "It's going to be a great year."

For students, the meetings are a way to get to know their new teachers before they set foot in the building. That way, teachers don't have to spend as much instructional time breaking the ice. Ryan Wood, an elementary school teacher, noticed that his students have seemed more relaxed on the first day of school since Henderson County started the home visits.

"They were more talkative with me instead of being kind of standoffish at first, trying to figure me out," Wood said. "They already met me. They already got to know me a little bit."

The meetings are also a chance for the parents to get to know their children's teachers. The county hopes that the visits will help parents form relationships with teachers early on—and that when parents know someone at the school, they will be more likely to get involved in their children's education.

"Research shows parent, guardian, and community support is the most important way to improve student achievement," reads the county's press release on the home visit program. When parents are involved, it says, students have higher grades, better attendance, and higher levels of motivation, among other benefits.  

Is the district's claim backed up by research? Well, sort of. As we reported, studies have shown that parental involvement in a child's education is linked to academic success. But according to a study from earlier this year, most forms of parental involvement don't improve student achievement—and occasionally, they actually cause it to decline.

And while there's a lot of research out there on parental involvement, only a few studies exist on home visits specifically. Of the studies that do exist, however, the results are encouraging: In St. Louis, the grades of students involved in a home visit program improved, while the grades of students not involved in the program actually declined. And in Sacramento, students who participated in a home visit program had better attendance, higher test scores, and lower suspension and expulsion rates.

For a lot of schools, home visit programs are partially an attempt to boost grades and test scores—but many of the goals are simpler, and have to do with improving communication. For instance: Without home visits, some parents only hear from school officials when their children misbehave, or when they perform poorly.

In Henderson County, each school gets T-shirts dedicated to the event, and school officials promote it through social media, press releases, and phone calls to parents. Last year they even made a Wizard of Oz parody.

County officials hope the event's influence will last through the year, and that parents will feel more comfortable contacting the school if there's something they want to talk about.

"It makes a big school system feel like a small school system," Danielle Crafton, public information officer for Henderson County Schools, said. "We focus on every student, and you can't get more individualized than that."

Image: Michael Springmann/Flickr Creative Commons.

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App Aims to Boost Comprehension by Putting E-Books to Music PDF Print E-mail


Were you aware that in some 5,000 schools across the world, students are reading e-books that come with sound effects and background music?

They are using Booktrack, an app that combines film-style soundtracks with the texts of popular books. The soundtracks are typically nine hours long, but that changes depending on your reading speed. The company claims to be "transforming reading the way sound transformed silent film." Others are more skeptical.

The idea started started when New Zealand-based co-founder Mark Cameron tried to read and listen to music at the same time during his morning commutes. When selecting his music, he noticed that he tried to pick songs that matched the tone of the book he was reading. He spoke with his brother, Paul, and the two started working through the logistics of creating soundtracks for e-books. Three years ago, they launched Booktrack.

"Tens of millions of commuters around the world listen to a playlist that's disconnected from what they're reading—perhaps a sad song with an upbeat story," Paul Cameron said shortly after the company was launched. "Now they can replicate a movie-like sound experience and fundamentally transform their reading experience."

When you read Peter Pan with Booktrack and you reach the part when the lost boys fight the pirates, you can hear the clash of the swords. Sherlock Holmes stories come with crackling fireplaces and ticking clocks. ("I honestly think Arthur Conan Doyle would have loved this," Brooke Geahan, Booktrack's vice president of publishing, told The Atlantic). Even the Bible has a soundtrack.

By making the reading experience more cinematic, the company hopes to appeal to students—and, more to the point, to teachers working with reluctant readers. With Booktrack Classroom, the company's education platform launched earlier this year, students also have the option to create their own soundtracks using audio from Booktrack's library, and teachers can download related lesson plans.   

Earlier this year, Booktrack commissioned a study to look at how the program affected the reading experiences children between ages 10 and 14. Some students read a traditional history text, while others read the same text using Booktrack. When they took a reading-comprehension test, the students who used Booktrack scored 17 percent higher. They also reported 35 percent higher satisfaction with the reading experience and spent 30 percent more time on the text overall.

But some experts are skeptical of the findings. Michael Kamil, a Stanford University professor of psychological studies in education, says that there is little evidence showing that music can improve reading comprehension. "Administrators should be very careful about any product that offers the suggestion it will improve reading without instruction," he said.

But for Dave Hithersay, the University of Auckland researcher who led the study, the impact of the program was clear.

"There was an instant shift in reading comprehension," he said. "I don't think there's anything equivalent that has had such an instant impact on comprehension improvement since the initial invention of the book itself." 

Image: Kevin Morris/Flickr Creative Commons.

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Why Aren't Schools Giving Teachers More Collaboration Time? PDF Print E-mail

Tens of thousands of teachers go to big conferences and conventions every year for professional development. They watch webinars, too. They take part in Twitter chats. They try out ed camps and unconferences. Sometimes, teachers even get the benefit of in-school PD.

But routinely, teachers attest to the fact that they like having the chance to just sit down with their peers and learn from each other. And it's increasingly apparent that many don't have such opportunities.

The Education Week Research Center published a new survey today that helps support that idea. My colleague Catherine Gewertz has a full rundown over at Curriculum Matters, but I'm going to hone in on one thing here: In the survey of 500 educators about common-core readiness, this was a standout statistic:


Eighty-seven percent of teachers trust the opinions of other teachers when it comes to curriculum selection. That compares to a 65 percent favorability rating for independent panels of experts, and only 38 percent for curriculum providers and publishers. The survey is small (it's not necessarily nationally representative), but that's a pretty strong majority.

Teachers generally like to trust and learn from each other. This is not a newsflash.

In a survey on digital gaming released in June, for example, nearly half of teachers said that word-of-mouth from fellow teachers drove their purchasing habits, a number far outstripping media reviews.

Education Week Teacher just published an article of mine on how those aforementioned education conferences keep up with the times, and many of those interviewed hit on the same themes of collaboration and learning from other teachers in determining their PD.

"My favorite thing is having teachers or administrators that are in the trenches, come back and tell me what's worked for them," said Wanda Shelton, the superintendent of Lincoln County schools, in Tennessee. "What probably is my least favorite thing is having people who problably left 20 or 30 years ago come back and talk to me about what might work. I want to see what's actually working on the ground."

Shelton is certainly not alone, yet despite an evidently strong teacher interest in collaboration, schools frequently do not provide the time. In an interview with Hechinger Report, Elizabeth Greene, author of the hot new book Building a Better Teacher, discusses how high-achieving school districts invest their teachers' time, and it's not in activities tied to teacher evaluation:

When you look at school networks—especially charters that have good results on standardized tests—they just invest a lot less in [evaluating teachers] than in training. ... How much did we invest in this relative to other things that we could be doing to help teachers learn to do their job better—such as time in the day to spend with colleagues who know what they are talking about or professional development that focused on how to teach well?

And as Rick Hess pointed out in a February 2013 blog post, a lot of schools think professional development stems from quick-hit workshops imbued with PowerPoints. (A lot of people really don't like PowerPoint.)

The most damning recent study of professional development, though, comes from a survey by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The results, published in June, show that roughly half of teachers internationally don't get time to try co-teaching or even just observe peers teach.

Further research shows that teachers find too much of their time devoted to testing, and reducing such time could improve the amount allocated to PD. But where the time for PD does exist, many schools seem to have a discrepancy between what teachers want and what teachers get.

Does your school offer enough chances for collaboration? If so, how do they work it into the schedule? If not, why?

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3D printing in your classroom–so what? PDF Print E-mail

By Trevor Shaw
August 12th, 2014

How does 3D printing impact classroom practices and student learning?

3D-printingTwo years ago, I was telling a friend about 3D printing, and she thought I was teasing her. After watching several YouTube videos and reading a few articles, she reluctantly acknowledged its existence with a skeptical look.

“Oh yeah, sure. I can design something on a computer and this machine will fabricate it out of plastic in a few minutes. Ahoy, Captain Picard. Next you’ll believe me if I tell you that they can print houses out of plywood or human kidneys out of stem cells. Pfff.”

It amazes me that in the short time since my friend thought I was pulling her leg, 3D printers have become standard technology in most schools.

Apparently the nexus of low cost, simplicity of software, and the street cred that comes along with owning something this cool has made it hard for even the most cash-strapped schools to resist taking the plunge.

(Next page: 5 ways 3D printing can have an impact)

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50 top ed-tech products, straight from educators PDF Print E-mail

From eSN staff reports
August 1st, 2014

eSN’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards highlights readers’ favorite ed-tech products and solutions

rca-productThis past spring, we asked readers to give us their top picks for school hardware, software, websites, and services—and more than 1,300 readers responded online.

In nominating their favorite products, we asked readers to tell us how they’re using these products to improve teaching, learning, or school administration—and to what effect. We then those the 50 best responses, which appear alphabetically by product name.

The results is a list of ed-tech products and services that have proven to be effective, as noted by your colleagues in K-12 schools and districts nationwide.

(Next page: eSN readers’ top 50 products—and 30 Honorable Mentions)

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Report: Amazon building ad system to compete with Google's
Amazon plans to expand its small online ad delivery business enough to take on Google’s AdWords, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The company is developing a platform for delivering ads both on its own
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The Magic of That First Client Engagement 19 August 2014, 00.29 Computers
The Magic of That First Client Engagement
A little while ago I mentioned over here how I would be starting to work out loud more often, through making extensive use of Google Plus, to share additional thoughts and insights on what it is like being an independent
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The Soothing Effect of Blogging 19 August 2014, 00.29 Computers
The Soothing Effect of Blogging
It’s hard to believe, even for myself, how the last time I wrote a blog post over here was a bit over two months ago. However, it doesn’t even feel totally awkward, as it used to be in the past, whenever I embarked on a
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Bitdefender Internet Security 2015 review: Solid, low-maintenance PC protection
Historically, Bitdefender has ranked as one of the best performing antivirus programs, and its Internet Security 2015 security suite ($60 for one year of protection on one PC) keeps it near the top of the heap. If you
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Meet LibraTax, the first tax preparation tool to support Bitcoin
Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency traders now have a new tool, LibraTax, to calculate their tax obligations—provided they want to report them to the government, of course. LibraTax isn’t a full-fledged tax preparation
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Sprint's new Family Share Plan has too much fine print to possibly be a good deal
There hasn't a lot of positive association with Sprint lately, given its shoddy connection speeds, its weird “Framily” commercials, and its lackluster smartphone exclusivity deals. Maybe that’s why the company keeps
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OneNote for Android adds handwriting support 19 August 2014, 00.25 Computers
OneNote for Android adds handwriting support
Mark Hachman Microsoft released a major update to its OneNote for Android app today, adding handwriting input and tablet support and bringing Android users closer to the OneNote experience the company envisioned for the
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FCC allowed to question AT&T, Verizon on business broadband pricing
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has the green light to collect new data on the pricing of so-called special access services, the middle-mile network services used to deliver business broadband and mobile service
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Steve Ballmer steps down from Microsoft's board 19 August 2014, 00.25 Computers
Steve Ballmer steps down from Microsoft's board
About six months after retiring as CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer has relinquished his seat on the company’s board of directors effective immediately, citing a busy schedule and confidence in the company’s current and
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Facebook tests 'satire' tag, makes the Internet slightly less confusing (and less fun)
Savvy Web users know to check the source of an article before believing if its true: If the source happens to be a website named for a certain root vegetable, odds are that it’s satire. But apparently Facebook has seen
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Internet Explorer running slow? Dialog boxes could be at fault
If you’ve noticed Internet Explorer running slowly lately—or just halting altogether—here’s one possible cause: dialog boxes. On Friday, the same day that Microsoft recommended users update its latest update for
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Microsoft pulls August Windows update after crashes 17 August 2014, 01.18 Computers
Microsoft pulls August Windows update after crashes
Microsoft has pulled its August update after users reported crashes and issues restarting their systems, and is currently recommending users uninstall the update. Microsoft said that it had discovered three issues with the
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Startup builds intrusion prevention system for home networks
At a time of growing concern about the security of interconnected devices in homes, a startup aims to provide consumers with a type of network security system traditionally used by businesses. At the DefCon 22 security
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Report: German spy agency inadvertently eavesdropped on Hillary Clinton, John Kerry
The German intelligence agency BND accidentally listened in on and recorded phone calls from Secretary of State John Kerry and Hillary Clinton, according to a new report from German news magazine Der Spiegel.  The Spiegel
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Report: British spy agency scanned for vulnerable systems in 32 countries
British intelligence agency GCHQ used port scanning as part of the “Hacienda” program to find vulnerable systems it and other agencies could compromise across at least 27 countries, German news site Heise Online has
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Compliance, BYOD help drive small-business storage 15 August 2014, 18.25 Computers
Compliance, BYOD help drive small-business storage
Small businesses are growing up when it comes to data, investing in bigger and smarter storage systems that can be shared among PCs, tablets and smartphones. Unit shipments of entry-level business storage grew 20.3 percent
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Report: Xbox Entertainment Studios not quite dead yet
The best in streaming entertainment, from the experts. Like an unexpected twist in one of the original programs it had hoped to produce, Microsoft’s recently shuttered Xbox Entertainment Studios may come back from the
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