Things 3 for iOS Updated With Siri Integration and Drag and Drop Support

Popular to-do app Things 3 was today updated to version 3.2, adding full support for iOS 11 and watchOS 4 along with a few new key features like Siri integration and support for Drag and Drop. With Siri integration, it’s now possible to interact directly with Things on iOS devices and the Apple Watch using […]

Apple Releases Xcode 9 With Swift 4 and iOS 11, watchOS 4, tvOS 11, and macOS High Sierra SDKs

Alongside the new iOS 11, watchOS 4, and tvOS 11 updates, Apple has released Xcode 9, the latest version of the Xcode Mac app that lets developers create apps for Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. Xcode 9 introduces Swift 4 and all of the SDKs necessary to develop apps for iOS 11, […]

US Navy signs Xbox 360 controllers up for submarine duty

Xbox 360 controllers are being called back to active duty. The US Navy will be replacing $38,000 periscope sticks with $30 gamepads aboard its top-of-the line Virginia class submarines. The military has been using video game controllers for decades now. I was lucky enough to watch a demonstration of unmanned aerial vehicles in Kuwait, back […]

Apple Updates Swift Playgrounds With New Augmented Reality Challenge

Swift Playgrounds, the Apple-designed iPad app that aims to teach children and adults of all ages how to code using the Swift programming language, was today updated to version 1.6 alongside the release of iOS 11. The new Swift Playgrounds update introduces a new Augmented Reality challenge that uses ARKit in iOS 11 to showcase […]

Fitbit’s Ionic is the best Fitbit, but I wish it were more Pebble

I’ve been wearing Fitbit’s new smartwatch, the Ionic, non-stop for about four days now. While I haven’t spent quite enough time for a full, comprehensive review of all its features and performance, one thing is already clear: The Ionic is Fitbit’s best tracker ever, but it’s also just barely a smartwatch – at least for […]

Two new white papers examine enterprise web browser security

Online security has never been more critical to businesses, and the tools used to access the web are a major factor to evaluate. Choosing an enterprise-grade web browser that offers the right security features and  keeps businesses’ data protected while enabling employees to take advantage of the open web. But knowing which browser to choose […]

Safari 11 Released for macOS Sierra and OS X El Capitan

Apple today released Safari 11.0 for macOS Sierra and OS X El Capitan. The update adds new media-related features, plus improvements to privacy, compatibility, and security. Notably, in Safari 11, the web browser blocks videos with audio from automatically playing on most websites. Other new features are outlined in our macOS High Sierra roundup. Stops […]

Luno raises $9M to bring its bitcoin wallet, exchange and services to Europe

 Luno, a bitcoin wallet and exchange based out of Singapore, is riding the crypto wave into Europe after it closed a $9 million Series B round for market expansion. The funding was led by new investor Balderton Capital, with participation from existing backer Digital Currency Group. South Africa’s AlphaCode — also a new arrival on the cap […]

TestFlight App Updated With Overhauled Interface for iOS 11

Apple’s TestFlight app designed to allow testers to install and beta test apps ahead of their release was today updated to version 2.0.0, introducing an overhauled user interface that’s been updated for iOS 11. TestFlight now features an iOS 11-style design with bold headlines, more white space, clear sections for apps in testing and apps […]

Google’s AI chief thinks reports of the AI apocalypse are greatly exaggerated

 John Giannandrea from Google had many great things to say about artificial intelligence at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. In particular, he thinks that people are too scared about general purpose artificial intelligence. A few years ago, Giannandrea compared artificial intelligence to a 4-year-old child. Today, he revised his statement and said that it’s even worse than […]

Autonomous driving’s godfather and tech investors say the world is ready for flying cars

 Autonomous driving is often considered the brainchild of Sebastian Thrun, among a few other technologists, but Thrun is already looking to move on to the next mode of transportation — and he isn’t alone. At TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017, Thrun talked a lot about flying cars and how that was the future of transportation. So […]

Twitter claims tech wins in quashing terror tweets

 In its latest Transparency report, which covers requests it’s received from governments pertaining to content on its platform, Twitter has reported a big decline in the proportion of pro-terrorism accounts being reported over the past six months, as well a drop in the number of accounts it removed for terrorism-related content during this period. Read […]

Udacity adds a new ‘Intro to Self-Driving Cars’ Nanodegree

 You likely won’t be surprised when I tell you that building a self-driving car is difficult and complex. Udacity has tried to help address that difficulty with flexible, online education for self-driving engineers through its Self-Driving Cars Nanodegree program, and now it’s expanding its offerings with a new Intro to Self-Driving Cars Nanodegree being introduced […]

The best new features in iOS 11

Apple today released the newest version of its mobile operating system, iOS. All things considered, iOS 11 was a massive update with a handful of features you’re sure to love. Others, while not as exciting, will provide the groundwork for awesome things to come. Here’s what we love. Screenshots and screen capture video Screenshots saw […]

Venezuelans are farming videogame gold for real money, and some gamers aren’t happy

In case you haven’t been keeping an eye on the news, Venezuela is in a rather bad way. Some people from the country are turning to unconventional money-making methods to get by in an extremely unstable economy. One of those methods is gold farming in games like Runescape. Unfortunately, some in the Runescape community haven’t responded in a […]

How technology is changing the future of interior design

Ok, it’s no surprise that technology is literally changing everything around us, but one industry that hasn’t had as much advancement over the years comes in the form of interior design. It’s traditionally costly, timely, and requires a designer to come out and basically take care of everything unless you’re one of those handy types. […]

Search more intuitively using natural language processing in Google Cloud Search

Earlier this year, we launched Google Cloud Search, a new G Suite tool that uses machine learning to help organizations find and access information quickly. Just like in Google Search, which lets you search queries in a natural, intuitive way, we want to make it easy for you to find information in the workplace using […]

How publishers can take advantage of machine learning

As the publishing world continues to face new challenges amidst the shift to digital, news media and publishers are tasked with unlocking new opportunities. With online news consumption continuing to grow, it’s crucial that publishers take advantage of new technologies to sustain and grow their business. Machine learning yields tremendous value for media and can […]

The Science of Autumn

This Friday is the Autumnal Equinox in the northern hemisphere. The changing leaves, the cooler air, and the earlier sunsets are just part of science of autumn. Here are some resources for teaching and learning about the sights and sounds of autumn. To help students understand why the leaves change colors in the fall, the […]

Here are 9 email newsletters about data… I think you’ll like at least 4 of them

Paul Bradshaw, Online Journalism Blog, Sept 19, 2017 This list is focused mostly on data journalism, but it also overlaps into open data, and this is of significant interest here because one of the applications of open data is (or will be eventually) to feed directly into personal learning resources such as simulations, discussion rooms, […]

Why Africa must become a center of knowledge again | Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò

How can Africa, the home to some of the largest bodies of water in the world, be said to have a water crisis? It doesn’t, says Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò — it has a knowledge crisis. According to Taiwo, a lack of knowledge on important topics like water and food is what stands between Africa’s current state […]

ClassClimate Updated to Remove Need for Student Email Addresses

Last week I reviewed a new service called ClassClimate that lets your students record and share with your how they feel in your classroom. My one criticism of the service was that it required students to have email addresses. ClassClimate responded to me on Monday with an update that they have removed the requirement for […]

View the world through someone else's lens in Google Earth

Every day, hundreds of millions of people are snapping photos of the world around them. What if you could explore the world through the eyes of all those people? Starting today you’re invited to explore a global map of crowdsourced photos in Google Earth. Take a walk around Shinto shrines or hang out on a […]

We've failed: Pirate black open access is trumping green and gold and we must change our approach

Toby Green, Learned Publishing, Sept 19, 2017 This is another article on Sci-Hub (beyond the one cited here) asserting essentially that illegal open access is succeeding because legal open access is failing. The author points to a recent OpenAire report (77 page PDF) identifying six roadblocks to open access what all need to be addressed: […]

4 Interesting Education Crowdfunding Campaigns

Image Source Crowdfunding has become one of the go-to fundraising tactics for entrepreneurs and companies. It allows them to get members of a particular community or crowd to fund interesting ideas… [Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!] Source: kj

Subscription Learning as Performance Support Coaching

Will Thalheimer, Subscription Learning, Sept 19, 2017 Will Thalheimer describes an interesting performance support application called Trek. “Using employee’s smartphones’ sensors (camera, audio and video recorder, and GPS)… employees captured evidence of their critical actions at each step in their learning path. This evidence was submitted through TREK to each person’s designated manager-coach. As each […]

Search and discover with the Google app for iOS

Not all journeys have a destination. Whether browsing the web or looking for answers, the latest update to the Google app on iOS helps you keep exploring. Starting today, while you’re reading a webpage on the Google app for iOS, you’ll see suggestions for related content when you pull up the bottom of the page—no need to […]

World Wide Web Consortium abandons consensus, standardizes DRM with 58.4% support, EFF resigns

Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing, Sept 19, 2017 Should digital rights management (DRM) be a world wide web standard? It’s a tough question and so it’s not surprising that the WWW Consortium (W3C) split almost down the middle on it. Now I’ve done work in DRM; I even have a patent in the area. But I have […]

Canada needs a national overhaul of university IP policies

Bart De Baere, Elicia Maine , University Affairs, Sept 19, 2017 According to the authors, young scientists and innovators have difficulty obtaining funding. This could be addressed by revising institutional intellectual [property (IP) rules to that they have full ownership of anything they create, even if they’re working at a university (or government research lab?), which […]

How to Launch Kahoot Challenges

Challenge mode is one of the key features of the new Kahoot mobile app. Challenge mode lets students play your Kahoot quiz games even when they aren’t in your classroom. When Challenge mode is used students see your quiz questions and the answer choices on the same screen on their mobile phones. In the video […]

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