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YouTube Unveils New Features For Content Creators | Studio App, Crowdfunding, 60fps
YouTube would be nothing without content, and original content, no less. And the people who create that original content need as many tools at their disposal as possible. YouTube has delivered a new set of features to content
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Netflix & Co. will soon make more money than movie theaters 05 June 2014, 15.49 Internet Television
Netflix & Co. will soon make more money than movie theaters
Jun. 4, 2014 - 10:06 AM PDT Jun. 4, 2014 - 10:06 AM PDT Do you prefer a night in with Netflix over paying $8 for popcorn at the theater? You’re not alone: Box office revenue has been flat over the past few years while online
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ISP to Netflix: Please come to Hong Kong! 05 June 2014, 15.49 Internet Television
ISP to Netflix: Please come to Hong Kong!
Jun. 4, 2014 - 7:15 AM PDT Jun. 4, 2014 - 7:15 AM PDT Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) would love to offer its customers Netflix. The local ISP decided to make its love for House of Cards and other Netflix shows public with
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Longform journalism startup Byliner is in trouble and says its future is unclear
Jun. 3, 2014 - 6:09 PM PDT Jun. 3, 2014 - 6:09 PM PDT It’s no secret that I was bullish on Byliner, the e-singles startup that launched with a splash in 2011 with bestselling author Jon Krakauer’s “Three Cups of
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Cord Cutters: My review of Tablo, a DVR for over-the-air TV 05 June 2014, 15.49 Internet Television
Cord Cutters: My review of Tablo, a DVR for over-the-air TV
1 day ago Jun. 4, 2014 - 3:26 PM PDT Tablo is a new DVR for cord cutters that comes without any HDMI port, but with the ability to stream live and recorded TV to mobile devices, Roku boxes and Chromecast sticks. Check out our
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Tonight: Chat With Carol Ann Tomlinson About Differentiated Instruction PDF Print E-mail

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If you like Twitter, chats, Twitter chats, teaching, or any combination of those things, and if you haven't passed out from downing 10 margaritas American beers during the U.S.-Belgium World Cup game, then join @EdWeekTeacher and ASCD for a live Twitter chat tonight featuring differentiated-instruction expert Carol Ann Tomlinson.

We'll be kicking things off at 8 p.m. ET under the hashtag #ASCDL2L.

twitter-edchat.jpgASCD recently started conducting chats on the first Tuesday of every month, one of many #edchats to crop up. We are hosting this month's chat in order to bring our followers into the discussion with Tomlinson, a professor at the University of Virginia whose theories on accomodating and building on students' diverse learning needs have been highly influential. Tomlinson will be online in part to promote the new edition of her book, The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners. The chat will be moderated by award-winning educator PJ Coposey (@MCUSDSupe).

But while @EdWeekTeacher will be doing some light hosting, mostly we'll be interested in what you have to say. How do you work with diverse classrooms? How do you modify or organize your instruction to meet students different learning? How do you utilize technology? How supportive are your schools in helping you with differentiated instruction? What problems do you have with D.I.? Mull it over and join us tonight to share your thoughts and get some answers.  

UPDATE, July 2: Thank you to everyone who attended; we saw some great engagement. ASCD has created this Storify for those of you who missed the event but want to see some of the choicest parts:

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Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Raises Over $5 Million, With 100,000-Plus Backers PDF Print E-mail

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After one month of powerhouse fundraising, the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter project ended Wednesday with a grand total of $5,408,916 earned.

The crowdfunding campaign began May 28 with the initial goal of hitting $1 million. It hit and exceeded that goal within 24 hours, ultimately beginning to slow after 48 hours and the $3 million mark. The effort rapidly added rewards, too, to entice people to keep donating.

The Kickstarter campaign aimed to convert the popular Reading Rainbow app to a Web-based platform, allowing it to be more accessible by being unbundled from expensive tablets. While the program is subscription-based, the campaign also promised that donated funding would be used to offer the program free for one year to at least 1,500 low-income classrooms. With the $4 million-plus in excess funding, actor LeVar Burton, the mastermind behind Reading Rainbow, has pledged to expand free access to at least 7,500 low-income classrooms.

That funding total certainly shows some enduring popularity. But you don't have to take my word for it: In addition to being one of the top-funded projects on Kickstarter ever, it also set the record for number of backers: With 105,857 contributors, Reading Rainbow surpassed the previous record set by the (incredible-can't-miss-and-consistently-perfect) "Veronica Mars" movie in April 2013. 

The grand total will actually be $1 million higher: Last week, "Family Guy" creator and "Cosmos" executive producer Seth MacFarlane pledged to match every dollar (up to $1 million) raised in the final week. That donation will also effectively double the number of classrooms to which the program can be offered.

There is still no "Wishbone" Kickstarter.

Image: Butterfly in the sky, I can go five times as high. Credit: Kickstarter

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How Summer Reading Is Different, for Both Kids and Teachers PDF Print E-mail

Educational psychologist Daniel Willingham offers some tips (mostly for parents, but useful to educators as well) in The Atlantic on getting kids to read this summer. For starters, he recommends avoiding the temptation to offer rewards for reading or set daily reading targets. Such tactics, Willingham says, "come with bundled with an implicit message: 'Your guess that reading is not fun must be right.'"

A more useful approach, he says (echoing Donalyn Miller), is simply to ensure kids have a lot of appealing books more or less at their finger tips (while limiting time with digital devices in certain situations):

An alternative is to change your home so that reading is the most appealing activity available when your child is looking for something to do. An easy way to start is to put books in places where your child gets bored. Put a basket of books in the minivan. Put a basket of books in the bathroom. Encourage older kids to put an ebook reader on their phones; any time they are stuck waiting in a line, they will have a book with them.

Willingham also makes the interesting point that it can be helpful to make sure kids understand the important distinctions between school reading and leisure reading. This can open up new possibilities for a young reader:

If [the child] only reads for school, she may think that reading means plodding through a "classic" book, start to finish, and that leisure reading differs only because she doesn't have to write a report when she's done. But leisure readers know that reading can mean non-fiction, or graphic novels, or manga. Leisure readers feel free to skip around, peek at the conclusion, skim boring parts, or drop a book altogether. If your child doesn't know these things, tell her.

(It seems kind of sad that some kids might not be aware of this, but in today's often strident academic climate, who knows?)

Meanwhile, in Edutopia, teacher Joshua Block reflects on the critical importance of summer reading for educators—or at least for him:

In order to challenge the inevitable feelings of burnout and mechanization that I feel in June, I use summer to immerse myself in books and open myself to unplanned discoveries, ideas, and inspiration for the next school year. I aim to keep the list of books broad and include many different titles. My hope is to challenge and nurture myself in ways that relate directly to my teaching practice and in ways that nurture my identity outside of teaching.

Block offers some examples from his own rather eclectic summer reading list (from Thich Nhat Hanh to Meenoo Rami). His selections are also included on an Edutopia/ASCD Pinterest board on summer reading for educators. Have at it. 

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Study: Too Many Structured Activities May Hinder Children's Executive Functioning PDF Print E-mail

When children spend more time in structured activities, they get worse at working toward goals, making decisions, and regulating their behavior, according to a new study.

Instead, kids might learn more when they have the responsibility to decide for themselves what they're going to do with their time. Psychologists at the University of Colorado and the University of Denver studied the schedules of 70 six-year olds, and they found that the kids who spent more time in less-structured activities had more highly-developed self-directed executive function.

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Self-directed executive function develops mostly during childhood, the researchers write, and it includes any mental processes that help us work toward achieving goals—like planning, decision making, manipulating information, switching between tasks, and inhibiting unwanted thoughts and feelings. It is an early indicator of school readiness and academic performance, according to previous research cited in the study, and it even predicts success into adulthood. Children with higher executive function will be healthier, wealthier, and more socially stable throughout their lives.

The researchers asked parents to record the activities of their six-year-olds for a week, and then they measured how much time each child spent in structured and less-structured activities. The researchers define structured activities as anything organized and supervised by adults—like music lessons or community service. For an activity to be less-structured, the child must be in charge of deciding what to do and figuring out how to do it. All forms of free play counted as less-structured activities.

The researchers conjecture that when children are in control of how they spend their time, they are able to get more practice working toward goals and figuring out what to do next. For instance, the researchers write, a child with a free afternoon ahead of her might decide to read a book. Once she's finished, she might decide to draw a picture about the book, and then she'll decide to show the drawing to her family. This child will learn more than another child who completes the same activities, but is given explicit instructions throughout the process. 

At the end of the week, the researchers tested the children on skills like vocabulary and verbal fluency to measure their executive function. The more time the children spent in less-structured activities, the higher they scored.

"Structured time could slow the development of self-directed control, since adults in such scenarios can provide external cues and reminders about what should happen, and when," the researchers write in the study.

The study is the first of its kind, and the researchers believe it's relevant to debates parents are already having on blogs and at soccer games—but it's also resonating with educators advocating the importance of free play in classrooms.

"The ability to self-direct can spell the difference between an independent student, who can be relied upon to get her work done while chaos reigns around her, and a dependent, aimless student," former teacher Jessica Lahey writes in The Atlantic. "When we reduce the amount of free playtime in American preschools and kindergartens, our children stand to lose more than an opportunity to play house and cops and robbers."

The researchers acknowledge that their study only proves correlation, but not causation. That is, it's possible that children with better executive functioning may prefer to participate in less-structured activities more often, they write, while children with worse executive functioning may be more likely to seek out activities already structured for them.

"This isn't perfect, but it's a first step," psychology and neuroscience professor Yuko Munakata, senior author of the study, said in a press release. "Our results are really suggestive and intriguing. Now we'll see if it holds up as we push forward and try to get more information."

Image:Jeff Rhines/Flickr. Creative Commons.

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Classroom Supplier Staples Provokes Ire of Teachers' Unions PDF Print E-mail

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For teachers, the official end of summer may be that trip down the aisles of a giant office supply store, looking to score on back-to-school deals. But one of most recognizable office-supply chains might be losing a hefty amount of teacher business, after provoking the anger of the national teachers' unions.

At issue is a reported plan by Staples Inc. to install U.S. Postal Service counters at its stores. Those counters should, theoretically, be staffed by postal workers, just like a normal U.S. post office. But postal workers belong to a union that requires higher pay, and that means the company wants a cheaper option (e.g., its own employees).

That, naturally, did not sit well with the American Postal Workers Union. It's president, Mark Dimondstein, told USA Today:

"It absolutely represents a shift of living-wage jobs to low-wage, non-benefit jobs. It doesn't lower the cost of the product to the customer—it lowers wages."

Union solidarity has led members of the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers to consider a boycott of Staples, which could be quickly approved: The NEA just started its national convention, and the AFT follows soon thereafter. A boycott could potentially cost Staples big money during a time of year that now generates over $70 billion.

"We have choices on where to buy school supplies. We may need to start shopping elsewhere," said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers (via USA Today).

A Staples executive has said the company doesn't want to get into the middle of a union dispute, and will weigh the price of backlash.

(It's been a big week for giant retailers, huh?)

You can follow coverage of the teachers' union conventions over at Teacher Beat.

UPDATE, July 7: After considering 100 other new business items, the National Education Association's Representative Assembly approved NBI 101: "In support of the American Postal Workers Union, the NEA, through a press release utilizing electronic media, will encourage its members to shop at stores other than Staples for their classroom supplies."

Good day for Office Max.

Staples has not yet issued an official response, although they did happen to donate $1 million to classroom supply charity DonorsChoose.org at the end of June.

Image credit: Ross Brenneman

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5 TED Talks to support innovation PDF Print E-mail

5 TED Talks to support innovation

By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, @eSN_Laura
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These TED Talks highlight promising and inspiring concepts

TED-educationEvery educator needs some inspiration now and then, and these days, such inspiration can be found online in just a few seconds.

The internet brings inspiring and motivational speakers and experts to anyone with a connection and an internet-ready device.

TED Talks are some of today’s most popular examples of the internet’s power to expand learning opportunities to all.

Each month, we’ll bring you a handful of inspiring TED Talks. Some will focus specifically on education; others will highlight innovative practices that have long-lasting impact. But all will inspire and motivate educators and students alike.

Did you miss our most recent TED Talks features? You can find them here:
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http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/05/27/may-ted-talks-893/

(Next page: 5 innovative TED Talks)

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New AV products enhance collaboration PDF Print E-mail

New AV products enhance collaboration

By Dennis Pierce, Editorial Director, @eSN_Dennis
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At InfoComm 2014, collaboration was a key theme among conference exhibitors

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Epson’s new BrightLink Pro projectors let up to 16 people collaborate in a virtual whiteboard space from any device with a web browser.

Enhancing collaboration was a key theme at InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas last week, as conference exhibitors demonstrated several audio-visual products designed to help students, educators, and other professionals work together on projects and easily share information.

These new AV tools included interactive displays with a growing number of “touch points,” as well as products designed to create ever-larger workspaces—and systems that allow for two-way collaboration between teachers and students using any device.

For instance, Sharp demonstrated the next generation of its Aquos Board interactive displays, which include apps for collaborating on a lesson through smart phones or tablets.

Available in 60-inch and 70-inch models, the Aquos Board 2 touch-screen displays recognize up to ten points of contact from as many as four simultaneous users using either a finger or an interactive pen, and the accompanying apps—available for iOS, Android, and Windows 8 devices—support “one to many” and “many to one” approaches to instruction, Sharp says.

With the free Touch Display Link app, students can receive content from the Aquos Board directly on their mobile devices. They can add their own notes to their presentation and save these notes without affecting the original content.

And with Sharp’s wePresent app, students can wirelessly display their own documents, presentations, photos, and other content on the Aquos Board from any PC, Mac, smart phone, or tablet. Up to four screens can be shown simultaneously.

(Next page: New AV products from Epson, Barco, AMX, FSR, Panasonic, BenQ, and NEC, designed with collaboration in mind)

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Teacher-Prep Rankings Put Spotlight on Online Degree Program PDF Print E-mail

The Western Governors University Teachers College has no grades, credit requirements, or formal instructors. It costs $6,000 a year, and U.S. News and World Report just ranked it the best secondary-education program for teachers in the country.

An exclusively online university based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Western Governors ranked first in secondary education out of a pool of 2,500 teacher-education programs, according to a report released Tuesday. Titled Teacher Prep Review, the annual report is a collaboration between U.S. News and World Report and the National Council on Teacher Quality.

This is the report's second year, and it's been controversial from the start. When the first edition of the report came out a year ago, over 1,000 news stories were published within 48 hours. Critics complained that NCTQ's evaluation methodology lacked transparency and validation and didn't include all relevant factors. NCTQ originally used a rating system instead of a ranking system, and it gave out low ratings to almost all of the institutions it evaluated. Only four of the 2,500 programs earned four stars.

Western Governors got three stars under last year's system. This year, according to NCTQ, the university "had nearly perfect scores across the board." NCTQ based the score on four "key standards" (student selection criteria, middle school content knowledge, high school content knowledge, and student teaching) and three "booster standards" (classroom management, secondary methods, and outcomes). The only standard Western Governors didn't score perfectly in was outcomes, which has to do with gathering information from program graduates and their employers.

The 11,000 students at Western Governors don't take traditional classes, and there is no required amount of time they need to spend on their work. How, then, does the university decide that a student has spent enough time in the program, and when is she ready to graduate?

Their answer: Whenever the student knows the material, however long (or not so long) that takes.

Western Governors is a competency-based university, which means that it measures progress based on what students know, not how long they've spent on their studies. The university lists time estimates for each academic program, but says that the length of the program really depends on the students—how many transfer credits they have, how motivated they are, how much time they can spend on the program each week, and how much they already know coming in.

Most undergraduate students spend between two and five years in the education program, but there can be outliers. Last year, for example, a student at a similar competency-based program finished an associate's degree in less than 100 days.

That student was 21, but most students at Western Governors are older. On average, they are around 36 years old, and 70 to 80 percent of them come from low-income or minority backgrounds, or are the first in their families to attend college.

After enrolling in the school, each student is paired with a student mentor. The mentors work one-on-one with students, helping them plan out their schedule and showing them how to use the university's resources. Students use textbooks, online tutorials, simulations, and online classes to learn the material. They are never required to spend time relearning material they already know—but they are required to prove that they know it.

Since classroom time isn't measured, students are required to pass a series of assessments in order to graduate. Some of the assessments are multiple-choice tests, but depending on the program, some require students to write research papers, respond to case studies, or design sample lesson plans. And every education-school program requires 12-20 weeks of student teaching.

"For each degree, we define what we expect a graduate to know and be able to do," university President Bob Mendenhall told NPR. "We develop the assessments to measure that. When they've demonstrated they've mastered all the competencies, they graduate."

If they're ready, students can take the assessments without spending any time studying the material. In a competency-based program, a student who graduates in 100 days masters the same skills as a student who graduates in two years. It doesn't matter that they prepared for the assessments differently, as long as they both passed.

And when students are able to graduate faster, the cost of their education goes down. Students pay a fixed tuition (which hasn't increased since 2008) for each semester they are enrolled in the program. They can complete as much work as they'd like during that time.

The NCTQ report praised Western Governors as being "accessible to any aspiring teacher in the nation." And according to Western Governors dean Phillip Schmidt, education leaders who hadn't taken online learning seriously in the past are changing their minds.

"I don't mean it to sound smug," Schmidt told Vox, "but I think people have come to believe that by and large what we do is good for the profession." 

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Sign of the times? Digital signage gets creative PDF Print E-mail

Sign of the times? Digital signage gets creative

By Dennis Pierce, Editorial Director, @eSN_Dennis
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June 25th, 2014

At InfoComm 2014, many companies showed new products that make deployment of digital signage easier and more flexible for schools

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Projector makers demonstrated how their products could be used to create dynamic digital signage on curved or irregular surfaces.

At InfoComm 2014, North America’s largest audio-visual trade show, there were several innovations in digital signage on display—and many of these new products could make it easier for schools and other organizations to deploy digital signage in more creative, flexible, and cost-effective ways.

Here are three key developments we noted in digital signage at the conference.

Portability

Having the flexibility to move digital signage around a building or campus—setting it up for special events, for example, and then taking it down for use in other locations—could help schools get more bang for their buck, and this kind of portability was an important feature of some of the new digital signage products introduced at InfoComm.

For instance, Ricoh unveiled a projector-based mobile digital signage solution that includes either two or three ultra short-throw projectors, a Lenovo computer loaded with edge-blending software, and all the cabling and other accessories needed to set up the system.

“Traditional digital signage solutions constrain you to the size of the display, its rectangular shape, a flat screen, and the place you affixed it to the wall,” said Matt Sakauchi, vice president of technology marketing for Ricoh Americas Corp. “For those who need more flexibility—big, bold, shape-shiftable images and the ability to move them around at will—the Ricoh Digital Signage Solution is a perfect way to transform and share information and inspire audiences. It comes with everything you need, fully integrated and ready to switch on.”

The two-projector version, called the RDS2 system, can create a 12-foot wide display. The three-projector version, the RDS3, can create an 18-foot wide display.

Peerless-AV showed a series of portable video wall carts. These modular, adjustable, flat-screen mounting racks can accommodate two-by-two, two-by-three, or three-by-three screens of up to 60 inches each. The racks are built on wheels, so you can move the video wall wherever you want to deploy it within a building.

(Next page: Two more key developments in digital signage technology)

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Insteon's Cortana integration will let Windows Phone users talk to their house
From the Fire TV’s excellent voice search feature to muttering “OK Google” into your Android Wear smartwatch, voice control is a big trend in tech today. Insteon is listening, and on Wednesday the home automation
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SSL Blacklist project exposes certificates used by malware
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BlackBerry has a digital assistant, too 15 July 2014, 20.32 Computers
BlackBerry has a digital assistant, too
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Apple agrees to pay up to $400 million in e-books price-fixing case
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Swedish judge upholds detention order for Assange
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Microsoft's Nadella preaches productivity to partners
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Intel will make chips for Panasonic's audiovisual systems
Panasonic’s upcoming TVs, stereos and other audiovisual equipment will run on higher performing, more power-efficient chips made by Intel. Intel signed an agreement with Panasonic to make next-generation system-on-chips
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IDC: Apps will drive public cloud spending to sustained double-digit growth
Global spending on public cloud services reached US$45.7 billion last year and will experience a 23 percent compound annual growth rate through 2018, according to analyst firm IDC. Some 86 percent of the 2013 total came
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US open to discussion about German accused of being a double agent
U.S. officials are open to a discussion with their German counterparts after an employee with Germany’s intelligence agency was arrested for allegedly acting as a double agent for the U.S. U.S. officials are “happy”
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Judge makes Avaya give access to maintenance commands on some PBXes
Avaya must give its customers access to maintenance software for some enterprise phone switches so they can service the systems themselves or hire a third party to work on them, a federal judge has ruled. The June 30
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How to use your Android tablet as a second laptop screen
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Google adds 13 more languages to Gmail 06 July 2014, 22.30 Computers
Google adds 13 more languages to Gmail
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California removes ban on Bitcoin, Dogecoin, and other alternative currencies
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Europe cuts roaming charges, plans to eliminate them by end of next year
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The hunt for memory technology to replace NAND flash storage within the next 10 years is under way, and startup Crossbar is planning to bringing its version of RRAM (resistive random-access memory) technology to market
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What you missed at CE Week 29 June 2014, 15.19 Computers
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It may have gotten overshadowed by all the hoopla surrounding Google I/O and its multitude of announcements last week, but there was another big tech event happening across the country. At the same time Google was wowing
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Android Wear smartwatches: Specs, prices and launch dates for all known models
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The tablet’s tortured past: 8 failures that led to the slates we use today
Tablet computing has a long and tortured evolution. We can trace its roots all the way back to 1915. That's when the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded a patent for a handwriting recognition system of sorts. In 1956,
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MonkeyParking says SF shut-down demand is bananas
MonkeyParking is not going away, even though the San Francisco city attorney earlier this week ordered that the public parking app be shut down. The cease-and-desist demand from the city attorney should not apply because
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Google talks about the Android L design and all the work that goes into making it great
One major theme resonated throughout this year’s Google I/O: the company is renewing its focus on improving Android’s interface—not just for phones and tablets, but across all Android-powered devices.  Android L is
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8 ways the password is dying 27 June 2014, 16.43 Computers
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Google's massive I/O conference was chock full of trends and portents, but one of the most intriguing messages to trickle out of the show was far more subtle than the Android-everywhere blitz: Google is finally making good on
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How to install the Android L developer preview on your Nexus 5 or Nexus 7
By now, you might already know a thing or nine about Android L, the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system. You may also know that developer previews for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) are now available to
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With components, Google agitates for a revolution in Web development
At the Google I/O conference this week, the company vigorously lobbied developers to adopt a new programming model, one that could, the company asserted, make it radically easier to build Web applications. In multiple
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Wall Street Beat: GoPro continues to soar after IPO as Nasdaq surges
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