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Gigaom: Sean Parker’s Airtime shut down its web-based video chat this summer, and no one even noticed
Sep. 19, 2014 - 4:27 PM PDT Sep. 19, 2014 - 4:27 PM PDT Airtime may have launched with a bang, but its end was eerily quiet: Sean Parker’s video chat startup, which once aimed to become the next Chatroulette, shut down its
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Gigaom: What does the rise of brand journalism mean? For one thing, it means journalists have to up their game
Sep. 19, 2014 - 2:40 PM PDT Sep. 19, 2014 - 2:40 PM PDT The rise of native advertising, and what some are calling “brand journalism,” has triggered a wave of revulsion and horror in media circles. A feature-length piece in
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Gigaom: RerunCentury is like a time machine for TV fans 20 September 2014, 19.54 Internet Television
Gigaom: RerunCentury is like a time machine for TV fans
Sep. 19, 2014 - 1:58 PM PDT Sep. 19, 2014 - 1:58 PM PDT This is neat: RerunCentury is curating classic TV shows, including titles like the Lucy Show, the original Dragnet, the Gene Autrey Show and more. Episodes of each show
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Gigaom: Ubuntu may soon get native Netflix support 20 September 2014, 19.54 Internet Television
Gigaom: Ubuntu may soon get native Netflix support
Sep. 19, 2014 - 11:18 AM PDT Sep. 19, 2014 - 11:18 AM PDTSummary: Getting Netflix to work on Linux has always been a bit difficult. Now, Ubuntu could gain native Netflix playback capabilities, thanks to Netflix’s adoption of
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Gigaom: YouTube is spending more money on original content 20 September 2014, 19.54 Internet Television
Gigaom: YouTube is spending more money on original content
Sep. 18, 2014 - 4:30 PM PDT Sep. 18, 2014 - 4:30 PM PDT YouTube is opening its wallets again: The Google-owned video site has started to pass out another round of funding to some of its top content creators, according to a
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Obama's War Against US Energy Independence:  Give Away Oil Rich Alaskan Islands to Russia!
  By Joe Miller The Obama administration, despite the nation’s economic woes, effectively killed the job-producing Keystone Pipeline last month. The Arab Spring is turning the oil production of Libya and other Arab
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OSBIT Power's MaXccess system completes successful offshore trials 08 April 2012, 02.33 Administrator Energy
OSBIT Power's MaXccess system completes successful offshore trials
OSBIT Power's MaXccess system completes successful offshore trials Visit http://www.osbitpower.com for further information OSBIT Power (OP), Siemens Wind Power and Statoil have successfully completed offshore
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North America's EV charging infrastructure to get a boost 12 January 2012, 02.01 Administrator Energy
North America's EV charging infrastructure to get a boost
        North America’s EV charging infrastructure may soon see significant improvements, thanks to a recent agreement between Eaton Corporation and Coulomb Technologies. Under the deal, Eaton’s Level II and
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Could The Gravitomagnetic Field Be The Ultimate Energy Source? 28 May 2011, 01.34 Administrator Energy
Could The Gravitomagnetic Field Be The Ultimate Energy Source?
      Have scientists already unknowingly discovered the source for all atomic energy reactions, and could the discovery of the gravitomagnetic field be the ultimate energy source?  What if our understandings on how
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Physicists urge caution over apparent speed of light violation 25 September 2011, 16.27 Administrator Energy
Physicists urge caution over apparent speed of light violation
Physicists wary of junking light speed limit yet Physicist Antonio Ereditato poses before presenting the result of an experiment, which found a subatomic particle, the neutrino, seemed to move faster than the speed of
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STEORN ORBO  FREE ENERGY:  What's Next a Self Charging Unit for your Electric Car?
Steorn's Free Energy Orbo -- From Permanent Magnets to Solid State Systems   My associate, Hank Mills composed this for PESN, Saturday, February 12, 2011 6:17 Steorn is a small company based in Dublin, Ireland. For
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Cold Fusion, Releases Energy from Hydrogen's Gravitomagnetic Field 16 January 2011, 09.17 Administrator Energy
Cold Fusion, Releases Energy  from Hydrogen's Gravitomagnetic Field
Cold Fusion "In Bologna we did it" By Ilaria VENTURI, La Republica News, Bolona, Italy For the first time in Italy, in front of experts, the process was carried out using nickel and hydrogen. It 's the way to achieve
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Abu Dhabi Media Zone to generate renewable energy through its façade
Eco Factor: Sustainable development to generate renewable solar energy. Bernard Tschumi Architects have re-imagined their master plan for the new Abu Dhabi Media Zone, by incorporating several environmentally-friendly
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When I was in high school, students in the television production class read the announcements at the end of the first hour of classes. The announcements were, as you could expect, low-budget productions, filmed at an old, once-proud newsdesk. If you ended up being one of the three students to go on the air, you mostly aimed to be the anchor who read the cafeteria lunch specials—we competed to see who could make the chicken Caesar salad seem most exciting.

Anyway, my sense was always that, because there often isn't much that is exciting in the daily announcements at school, faculty and/or students have to make the most of it. Which is why you might especially enjoy one of the latest clips for "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon," where the host and his guest, Julianna Margulies of "The Good Wife," turn morning announcements into something, uh, special:

I think my favorite part here is Margulies' outfit, which looks as though the costume designer thought, "What is the most perfectly stereotypical ensemble for an assistant principal?" Although if that outfit reflects your wardrobe, you might be interested in Larry Ferlazzo's latest Q&A collection on what educators should wear.

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Phone Calls With Whales: The Power of Fiction in Children's Lives PDF Print E-mail

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A TED Talk by children's author Mac Barnett, released this week and entitled "Why a Good Book is a Secret Door," is a pleasant reminder of the joy that comes with childhood and the importance of encouraging a sense of wonder in young children.

"My name is Mac," begins Barnett. "My job is that I lie to children." Barnett is the author of several picture books, including Caldecott Medal Honor book Extra Yarn. Throughout the talk, he uses his experience with childrenboth as a writer and in other contexts—to demonstrate the importance of absurdity in young lives.

Barnett is also the former director of 826LA, the Los Angeles branch of 826 National, a non-profit organization devoted to providing free writing tutoring and workshops for K-12 students. 826's eight locations are notable for sharing their spaces with fanciful stores. In LA, for example, the tutoring center is located behind a shop selling supplies and artifacts relating to time travel. Barnett considers the whimsical nature of the storefront as integral to the work done by 826 chapters, saying that the brilliance of the setup is that "the joke isn't a joke ... You can't find the seams on the fiction. It's this little bit of fiction that's colonized the real world."

The 17-minute talk alternates between moments of goofiness and touching forays into serious topics. Barnett covers a range of subjects, from the story of how a little girl grew a cantaloupe in a week to the feature in his first book that has children leaving voicemails for Norwegian whales.

A recent study showed that reading fiction teaches empathy, and there is certainly something to be said for allowing students to read whatever they want. In the context of a discussion about education that often gets bogged down in details and administration, though, Barnett's talk provides a very human reminder that giving children bookseven (or perhaps especially) silly onescan be beneficial in more ways than one.

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Survey: Death of High Schoolers' Reading Habits Greatly Exaggerated PDF Print E-mail

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Concerns about the devastating impact of technology on young literary habits may be overblown: According to a recent report from Pew Research Center, high school students are reading and using public libraries as much as or more than older Americans are.

The report, released last week, is based on a phone survey of more than 6,000 Americans and focuses on three groups in particular: high school students (ages 16 and 17), college-aged adults (18 to 24), and older millennials (25 to 29). For comparison, Americans over the age of 30 were also included in the survey, though their results were not broken down into smaller age groups.

The results of the survey showed that 69 percent of high schoolers read books at least once a week, a rate comparable to that for other young Americans and higher than the rate for people over the age of 30. Sixteen and 17-year-olds also read more works of literature, with a median of eight books per year compared to only six for 18- to 29-year-olds and just five for those over 30. (When those who said that they didn't read any books in the last year are discounted, those numbers rise to 10 books per year for high school-aged students and seven per year for everyone else.)

High schoolers are also more likely to have visited or used a public library in the past year or to have their own library card than any other age group, and slightly more likely (91 percent versus 86-89 percent) to have used a library in their lifetime.

Why are teens reading more than older adults? Pew doesn't offer an explanation, but one possible reason is simply that they're required to do so for school. By the same token, a 2010 report by the National Endowment for the Arts that showed an increase in reading among young adults speculated that a recent emphasis on literary initiatives in schools and communities may be playing a role in changing reading behaviors.

When asked what library resources they value, 41 percent of high school students said that research resources were "very important" to them, placing that factor second only to "having a quiet, safe place" (42 percent). This suggests that teachers' assignments are pushing their students to public libraries, which often have more extensive resources than increasingly-underfunded school libraries.

Whether students are seeking out reading materials of their own volition or are required to do so by their teachers, it's clear that high school students aren't abandoning books wholesale in favor of technological distractions. That's something English teachers everywhere should be able to appreciate.

Image source: Pixabay

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Twitter Chat: Instilling Civic Responsibility in Students PDF Print E-mail

Every year, schools and colleges across the country recognize (by Congressional fiat) Constitution Day, denoting the anniversary of the U.S. Constitution's signing on this day in 1787.

The proper way to celebrate this achievement in schools is with apple pie and ice cream, and maybe show "The American President" or "Advise and Consent" or something. "National Treasure" is close enough, in a pinch. twitter-ewedchat-teachingnow.jpg

There are, however, other ways to address civic engagement, and tonight at 8 p.m. ET, I'll be hosting the next Education Week and Education Week Teacher Twitter chat focused on that topic. Join in using #EWedchat.

If you've seen any news at all in the last two weeks, then you'll know that people are engaged in discussions of gender politics, media coverage of athletes, and anti-terror strategies. Tomorrow brings a vote that might decide whether one of the last countries remaining in the British Empire gains its independence. All these issues dredge up broader ones of civic knowledge and responsibility.

Lest we forget, too, this school year started for many with a heated argument about racial politics, due to the protests in Ferguson, Mo. One district banned discussion of those protests, while in Alabama, a school suspended a teacher for allowing her students to do a reenactment of the shootings of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin.

Students care about these issues. A new study released today by the Knight Foundation found that 71 percent of students read news online every day, compared to 31 percent in 2006—a reflection in part, no doubt, from the increase in smartphone usage, but also that, where information can be easily accessed, students will take advantage.

So how do teachers approach controversial topics that students might care about? How can schools support civic engagement? What freedoms of expression should students be allowed in schools? What duty do schools even have to cultivate civic engagement? We'll discuss all of those issues tonight. If you miss the chat, I'll have a recap available sometime tomorrow.

And as a reminder, because I am a company man: Twitter chats are held every first and third Wednesday of every month. You can follow all announcements about Twitter chats, and get links to recaps, by following @EWedchat.

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In Africa, Ebola Epidemic Taking Toll on Teachers, Students PDF Print E-mail

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In distressing international-education news, the months-long spread of the Ebola virus has shuttered schools across western Africa, leaving many teachers' livelihoods in jeopardy. At the same time, schools (in some form) are seen as crucial to the affected countries' coping and recovery efforts. In an article in The Guardian, Julia Gillard, chair of the Global Partnership for Education, reports on planning activities underway in Liberia, where the virus has hit hardest:    

In Liberia, where schools will remain closed at least until 1 October, our education partners are currently collaborating closely. They have drawn up an emergency response plan that equips teachers, schools and districts to help raise public awareness about the virus. Plans are being put in place to help children to live with the trauma associated with the outbreak. Should schools remain closed for an indefinite period of time, education leaders are considering a national education radio program for home-based learning.

Helping the students cope with emotional trauma will be a steep climb for educators. UNICEF has reported that the Ebola crisis in Liberia, not surprisingly, is taking a heavy pyschological toll on children. A UNICEF communications chief offered heart-wrenching details:

Children are seeing their family members and relatives taken away by people effectively in astronaut suits looking like crop sprayers. And the affect of this is deeply distressing for children. Children who have been exposed to the virus are facing deep stigma and nobody wants to take them on because there is this terrible psychosis of fear around the Ebola virus. ...

She added that, with their schools closed, the children are living in a "sort of Twilight Zone" in which lack of supervision and support mechanisms is putting them at further risk of infection and other health problems.

As of September 18, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports more than 5,370 Ebola cases in the recent epidemic, with 2,630 deaths. In her Guardian article, the GPE's Gillard cites predictions that the number of infections could surmount 20,000.

The Huffington Post rounds up ways to help.

Photo: Health workers carry the body of a woman that they suspect died from the Ebola virus, as children, right rear, watch in a area known as Clara Town in Monrovia, Liberia, on Sept. 10. —Abbas Dulleh/AP

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'TEACH Roadtrip' Embraces Teaching In and Out of the Classroom PDF Print E-mail

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The word comes across as a command: TEACH. Over the past year, a variety of interlocking efforts have implored young people to consider a career in education using this uppercase mandate.

The latest campaign comes from a televised jaunt around the country with three aspiring educators as they interview teachers of all stripes, in and out of the classroom.

The project is a collaboration between Roadtrip Nation and Participant Media. The latter company runs Pivot, a year-old cable channel dedicated to youth-oriented social justice issues. Participant Media also produced the Davis Guggenheim films "TEACH" (which inspired this iteration of the roadtrip series) and, more famously, Guggenheim's controversial documentary on the U.S. public education system.

Unlike the politically oriented "Superman," "TEACH" focuses on the daily struggles of a select group of public school teachers across the country, generally leaving out policy issues. The new roadtrip series proceeds similarly, following hosts Nadia Bercovich, Rafael Silva, and Grace Worm as they travel by RV to over a dozen cities and interview more than two dozen educators about their lives as teachers, with the promise of asking some hard and personal questions.

The educators chosen for interviews are purposefully not all classroom teachers, because even as the series celebrates teaching, it recognizes that teachers can be all kinds of things: game designers, foundation organizers, online-course designers, etc. Only six of those interviewed in the show are current classroom practitioners.

In a panel discussion before an audience of Maryland students at the Newseum earlier this month, the roadtrippers emphasized that elasticity within teaching. The discussion also featured U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who's no stranger to these kinds of promotions. In April, for example, he joined a panel at George Washington University sponsored by TEACH.org, an online version of the TEACH campaign that's loosely associated with TEACH grants, a federal scholarship that gives money to students who plan to become teachers in low-income schools. (See if you can spot the theme.)

There's a heartfelt message at the center of "TEACH Roadtrip": Teaching is a good way to create positive social change in a number of different ways. The project operates in a similar mold to other TEACH ideas: To make the teaching profession look more attractive than it might currently.

In an interview with Education Week Teacher, Silva emphasized the variety of opportunities available to teachers. "You don't have to go to a monotonous job, into a classroom in some public school in some city you didn't necessarily want to be in and teach there for the rest of your life," he said.

But that perception of classroom teaching as endless drudgework is kind of a problem, isn't it? There's enough anecdote and data combined to reinforce the idea that teaching seems that way. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the teaching profession is growing at a below-average rate compared to other areas, and a recent poll from the National Center on Education Statistics shows that 53 of percent of those who left the teaching profession in 2012-13 reported better working condition in their new positions.

I would suspect many young people understand that teaching can be rewarding and a vehicle for social changethere's no shortage of teachers who say the work is fulfilling. If so, then the recruitment problem would seem like much more of a retention problem, a result of the various policies, politics, compensation, and management that drive attrition, and thus the field's reputation. 

Is there a proper time to tell a would-be teacher that the job is often more  than "Dead Poets Society"?

"I think there were a lot of realities of teaching that they either didn't talk about or didn't experience," said Trekker Williams, STEM department chair for North County High School in Anne Arundel, Md., who attended the Newseum panel. "And I don't necessarily mean negative, I just mean the realities of the job, of the 40-student classes and the challenges that are presented with teachers these days."

Maybe instead of "TEACH," there should be a series called "STAY."

Worm said that the roadtrippers, not yet being teachers, wouldn't want to try to speak for teachers on issues of policy, and Silva added that the goal was to focus on educators' personal stories, as a kind of guiding light both for interested youth and the roadtrippers themselves.

Amy Peterschmidt, a German teacher in Anne Arundel who attended the panel, liked the focus on recruitment.

"Taking time to consider empowering people to come into teaching in any of the forms that you can teach is really necessary," she said. But more gratifying, perhaps, was just the attention being paid to her career. "It was really nice to hear about teaching being spoken of in such positive terms. ... To have a roadtrip going on with the topic of teaching is pretty cool."

"TEACH Roadtrip" premieres on Pivot TV in October.

Image: Grace Worm, Rafael Silva, and Nadia Bercovich describe their experience at a panel discussion at the Newseum in Washington. Credit: Ross Brenneman, who needs the iPhone 6 camera

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5 must-have tools to hire and develop effective teachers PDF Print E-mail

By David Schuler
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David Schuler, superintendent of High School District 214, shares five must-have tools to hire and develop effective teachers

tech-tools-teachers-hireI have had the privilege of working in public school administration for a number of years as a former teacher, coach, and currently as a superintendent.

I also serve as past president of the Suburban School Superintendents Association and as president-elect of the American Association of School Administrators, where I am honored and privileged to serve superintendent colleagues across the country and Canada.

A common goal among educational leaders is to increase student achievement. A critical piece of attaining that goal is to recruit, retain, and cultivate an excellent teaching staff. The tools described here are uniquely designed to find, hire, and develop effective teachers—giving students the best opportunity to learn and succeed in this ever-changing global economy.

TeacherMatch Educators Professional Inventory (EPI)

It can be challenging to identify teacher candidates who will positively impact student achievement, especially early in the hiring process. TeacherMatch’s EPI offers predictive data to support and improve hiring decisions. Backed by substantial research and powerful organizations in education research like the Northwest Evaluation Association, TeacherMatch has created a hiring tool that assesses teacher candidates in four main areas: teaching skills, qualifications, cognitive ability, and attitudinal factors. The platform is easy to use, and it integrates with most HR platforms. We have found the EPI assessment to be incredibly insightful and essential in making informed decisions as part of our hiring process.

(Next page: Four more tech tools for hiring and developing effective teachers)

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Top predictions for tomorrow’s classrooms PDF Print E-mail

Top predictions for tomorrow's classrooms

By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, @eSN_Laura
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Classrooms are changing–how might tech shape the classroom of the future?

future-classroomsGiven the fast pace with which technology evolves, it’s not entirely a huge stretch to say that a new learning tool could transform classrooms within a year.

In 1984, only 8 percent of U.S. households owned a computer. But today, that has jumped to 79 percent. Fifty-eight percent of people in the U.S. own a smartphone. Only 18 percent of households had internet access in 1997, compared to 75 percent today.

Efforts are underway to expand technology and broadband access to the 25 percent of Americans without home internet access. (Next page: What the classroom of the future might look like)

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8 simple tools for creating engaging infographics PDF Print E-mail

By Kelly Maher
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Kelly Maher, a mathematics and technology teacher and technology coordinator, shares several infographics generators to help illustrate complex information

information-infographicsInformation graphics, also known as infographics, provide a way to express complex data, ideas, or other information graphically.

Human beings are visual and adept at identifying patterns and trends quickly. Therefore, infographics often aid our understanding of otherwise dense, multifaceted, or complicated material.

Anyone can use infographics to further their understanding of a topic, and you can also create your own for use in teaching or presentations. Here are some infographics generators to consider the next time you need to teach a difficult concept or illustrate intricate information.

Infogr.am is extremely quick and easy to use, making it almost impossible to make an unattractive product. However, control is limited.

Easel.ly is very versatile, and the user has a great deal of autonomy. However, it is somewhat more time consuming, and the user is responsible for making sure that elements are designed and laid out well.

(Next page: More infographics tools—including Kelly’s favorite)

PiktoChart is my new favorite infographics generator. It’s simple and allows any user to create a beautiful product.

Canva allows users to design infographics as well as a plethora of other print and digital content. What sets this tool apart from the others is the Design Tutorials section.

These tools are also worth checking out, if you are willing to pay for their use:

Creatly
Visual.ly
InfoActive
ManyEyes

You also might want to explore the following resources for inspiration (or just to learn something):

Infographic Pins
Cool Infographics
Get More Out of Google

Kelly Maher is a mathematics and technology teacher and technology coordinator at Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy, near New Orleans, La. She earned her B.S. in Business Administration at the University of Florida and a M.Ed. with an emphasis in educational technology from Northwestern State University. Kelly is passionate about innovative, creative, and engaging education.

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Computer News Reports

Oculus Rift 'Crescent Bay' prototype hands-on: A VR alien waved at me and I waved back
We don't really like to swear on this site. By and large PCWorld is a family-friendly affair. Which is a shame, because at Oculus Connect on Saturday I got hands-on time with Crescent Bay, the latest internal Oculus Rift
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New Oculus Rift 'Crescent Bay' prototype packs integrated audio and 360-degree tracking
Kicking off day two of the Oculus Connect virtual reality conference in Los Angeles, CA, Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe took to the stage to announce a new Crescent Bay prototype—not the consumer release nor another developer
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Oculus open-sources original Rift developer kit's firmware, schematics, and mechanics
Kicking off the Oculus Connect conference in Los Angeles this weekend, Oculus's Nirav Patel announced that the original Oculus Rift developer kit (DK1) is now fully open-source, with the exception of the pieces that aren't
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IEEE standards group wants to bring order to IoT 20 September 2014, 19.54 Computers
IEEE standards group wants to bring order to IoT
The IEEE is embarking on an ambitious effort to build a overarching architecture for the Internet of Things, spanning a multitude of industries and technologies. IEEE P2413, which the Institute of Electrical and
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Samsung launches free'My Knox' app for securing its latest smartphones
Samsung on Thursday announced price reductions and updates for its Knox security and management software for IT shops and a free My Knox service that is directly available to professionals using ActiveSync. My Knox can be
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InfiniDB going out of business, but its database will live on as open source
Increasingly stiff competition in the database market has claimed another victim, as InfiniDB has ceased operations effective immediately with plans to file for bankruptcy. “The company and technology have developed over
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Apple Watch under scrutiny for privacy by Connecticut attorney general
The attorney general of the U.S. state of Connecticut is concerned about the privacy implications of Apple Watch’s handling of consumers’ health information. In a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, George Jepsen has asked
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Data loss detection tool mines the ephemeral world of 'pastes'
It’s not easy to figure out if your data has been collected by hackers, but an online tool has been expanded to hunt through one of the most prolific sources of leaked data, known as “pastes.” The most well-known
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'Tiny banker' malware targets US financial institutions 15 September 2014, 21.19 Computers
'Tiny banker' malware targets US financial institutions
A banking trojan, known for its small size but powerful capabilities, has expanded the number of financial institutions it can collect data from, according to security vendor Avast. Tiny Banker, also known as Tinba, was
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Wi-Fi group acts to simplify peer-to-peer video, printing and other tasks
The Wi-Fi Direct standard for linking two devices without a LAN is about to get easier to use. Wi-Fi Direct is the peer-to-peer version of the hugely popular wireless technology that the Wi-Fi Alliance has now been
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Facebook open sources its mcrouter data-caching tool 15 September 2014, 21.19 Computers
Facebook open sources its mcrouter data-caching tool
Facebook is releasing mcrouter, its software for turning many cache servers around the world into one distributed system, as open source. The company announced the release on Monday at its @Scale conference in San
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Yahoo slams new 'digital will' law, says users have privacy when they die
What should happen to your personal digital communications—emails, chats, photos and the like—after you die? Should they be treated like physical letters for the purposes of a will? Yahoo doesn’t think so. The
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Dense server battle to heat up with Intel's Xeon D next year
Ahead of competition from ARM servers, Intel is putting more weight in the server space with a new Xeon D family of chips, which will be in systems next year. Xeon D chips will be the first server chips based on the
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SAP, Ericsson team up for mobile management and apps 10 September 2014, 18.52 Computers
SAP, Ericsson team up for mobile management and apps
SAP and Ericsson have joined forces to help enterprises manage mobile devices and apps as a service. The partnership will turn SAP’s Mobile Secure software suite for mobile device management, security and applications
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Coinbase expands Bitcoin services in Europe 10 September 2014, 18.52 Computers
Coinbase expands Bitcoin services in Europe
Coinbase, one of the more prominent exchanges for buying and selling bitcoins, is opening up wider access to the digital currency in Europe. The company announced Wednesday the international expansion of its service into
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T-Mobile takes Wi-Fi voice and text everywhere 10 September 2014, 18.52 Computers
T-Mobile takes Wi-Fi voice and text everywhere
T-Mobile USA is making a big bet on Wi-Fi, offering unlimited voice calls and text messaging over any Wi-Fi network on every new smartphone it sells, including on networks outside the U.S. The new offering, called Wi-Fi
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Intel talks wireless charging and RealSense 3D cameras, coming over the next year
Image: Intel Intel plans to make the wire-free future of the PC a reality as early as the first quarter of 2015, when the first “Skylake” reference designs ship to hardware makers. Kirk Skaugen, the senior vice
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Chinese regulator urges Qualcomm to help local companies make money
Qualcomm is being urged by a top Chinese regulator to make money in the country in tandem with its local partners. On Wednesday, Lu Wei, the head of China’s State Internet Information Office, weighed in on the
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The Call to Adventure – On Doing What You Love 06 September 2014, 20.29 Computers
The Call to Adventure – On Doing What You Love
Over the course of the last six months it’s been quite an interesting experience, to say the least, being asked, on a rather frequent basis, why did I leave big corporate life at IBM, specially, with the last round of dream
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Pardon the Interruption … From Adaptation into Engagement by Luis Suarez #soccnx
A couple of months back you would remember how I put together a blog post over here on an upcoming business trip I was about to embark on heading to Prague, by mid-June, to speak a couple of times at the Social Connections VI
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#LeadWithRespect Meme: a Challenge for 21st Century Management
I can’t remember the last time that I participated on a blog carnival or meme blog series for that matter. I guess it’s been far too long, so when my good friend Cecil Dijoux launched a meme invitation to a group of us
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Active Listening – When Shutting Up Matters 22 August 2014, 19.32 Computers
Active Listening – When Shutting Up Matters
There is a lot that the business world can learn from NGOs in general. And vice versa, I am sure. We all know that. But if there is anything that I have learned just recently that certainly has stroked a chord with me in
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Airbnb to reveal 124 New York hosts to attorney general
Airbnb will hand over information on 124 of its hosts in New York to comply with a request from the state attorney general, who is investigating the legality of the service, the company said Friday. The attorney general
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US warns 'significant number' of major businesses hit by Backoff malware
Over a thousand major enterprise networks and small and medium businesses in the U.S. have been compromised by a recently discovered malware package called “Backoff” and are probably unaware of it, the U.S. Department
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