A.I. Will Serve Humans – But Only About 1% of Them

Robby Berman, Nov 22, 2017 This is another post about the limitations of AI, both in terms of their effectiveness and in terms of their explainability. In terms of effectiveness, they depend on the data they’re given (which explains racist AIs) and on the uses to which they’re put (which explains selective blindness in AIs). […]

How can groups make good decisions? | Mariano Sigman and Dan Ariely

We all know that when we make decisions in groups, they don’t always go right — and sometimes they go very wrong. How can groups make good decisions? With his colleague Dan Ariely, neuroscientist Mariano Sigman has been inquiring into how we interact to reach decisions by performing experiments with live crowds around the world. […]

Macy's Launches Apple Watch Series 1 Black Friday Discount: 38mm for $180 and 42mm for $210

The latest Black Friday deal has gone live today, and this time it’s for the Apple Watch Series 1, which debuted alongside the Series 2 in September 2016. The Series 1 models lack the advancements of 2017’s Series 3 — like LTE and a faster processor — but the older Apple Watch is still a […]

Redditors come out strong against the FCC’s plan to kill net neutrality

Reddit might have occasionally played host to controversial debates and scandals since its inception in 2005, but in a beautiful turn of events, the members of the self-proclaimed “front page of the internet” are standing united against the common evil: the FCC and its non-sensical plan to slay net neutrality. The front page of Reddit has […]

Some Super Trouper hid an Abba joke in the UNIX man tool

It’s probably one of the weirder Stack Exchange posts I’ve ever come across. Yesterday, Unix administrator Jeff Schaller asked why his automatic tests were failing at one specific time — 00:30 — with a cryptic error message: “gimmie gimmie gimmie.” “Er, that was my fault, I suggested it. Sorry,” said fellow Stack Overflow user Marnanel […]

A Better Way to Study Through Self-Testing and Distributed Practice

Don’t just highlight and reread to prep for an exam; research proves there are far better ways to get ready by using retrieval practice and spreading it out over time. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source: 33

7 Good Tools for Surveying Your Audience

Games like those you can make on Kahoot and Socrative are great for review activities. However, you don’t always need to play a full game to gauge your students’ understanding of a topic. And other times you just need a quick way to anonymously survey your class. Here are some tools that you can use […]

iPhone SE 2 Again Rumored to Launch in First Half of 2018

Apple will release a second-generation iPhone SE in the first half of 2018, according to China’s Economic Daily News. The report claims the tentatively named iPhone SE 2 will be assembled exclusively by Taiwanese manufacturer Wistron at its factory in Bengaluru, India, where some assembly of the current iPhone SE occurs. The rumored release date […]

ReClipped – Take Notes and Share Notes on Educational Videos

ReClipped is a neat tool that lets you take notes, share notes, and share clips from educational videos. ReClipped blends the best aspects of TurboNote, VideoNot.es, and Pinterest into one slick system. With a ReClipped account you can clip sections of videos that you find on YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion, Coursera, and TED. In addition to […]

Apple's Jony Ive to Speak at Washington, DC's Hirshorn Museum on November 29

Apple chief designer Jony Ive is scheduled to give a talk on the “future of design” at the Hirshorn Museum in Washington, DC, next week. Beginning at 3 p.m. local time on Wednesday, November 29, the one-hour speaking engagement has been arranged in collaboration with Smithsonian Magazine, with free places being offered on a first-come, […]

Black Friday Sale on 5 Practical Ed Tech Webinars

Throughout the year I host professional development webinars and courses on Practical Ed Tech. Usually, the webinars are $20 each. But for the next five days you can get five of my most popular webinars in one bundle for just $25. Click here to take advantage of this offer. The 5 webinars in the Black […]

Google Allows YouTube to Return to Amazon's Echo Show Smart Speaker

Google has seen fit to return YouTube to Amazon’s display-based Echo Show smart speaker, two months after the video service was pulled from the device. The original removal angered Amazon and led to conflicting public statements on both sides over the move, but the two companies appear to have resolved the dispute. The return of […]

Three Thanksgiving Activities You Can Do Today!

It’s Thanksgiving Eve here in the U.S. If you have school today and you’re still looking for some Thanksgiving-themed activities to do today, I have three suggestions for you. 1. Build a thankfulness Padlet wall with your students.  Create a Padlet wall and have students share text and picture notes in which they share the […]

Spreading holiday cheer with great deals on Google Play

As temperatures drop, stay warm and entertained with these hot holiday deals on Google Play. Starting today, you’ll be able to find your favorite movies, apps, games, music, TV and books at deep discounts. Just in time for the holidays, these deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday run through November 27 in select markets. […]

Tune in for the world’s first Google Translate music tour

Eleven years ago, Google Translate was created to break down language barriers. Since then, it has enabled billions of people and businesses all over the world to talk, connect and understand each other in new ways. And we’re still re-imagining how it can be used—most recently, with music. The music industry in Sweden is one […]

The FCC’s reasons for repealing net neutrality make no sense for consumers

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai formally announced his plan to kill net neutrality and other consumer protections today as he seeks to remove the classification of home and mobile internet service providers as utilities. Although we’ve been hearing about his intentions for months now, the announcement warrants a debunking of his reasoning for […]

Uber hid a security breach affecting 57 million customers’ data

Uber noted in a statement yesterday that two hackers gained access to personal data on 57 million of its users worldwide and some 600,000 drivers in the US, which was stored on a third-party cloud service. The $70 billion company kept this a secret for about a year. The trove of customer data included names, […]

2018 iPhones to Feature Upgraded Antenna Design to Boost LTE Transmission Speeds

Apple’s upcoming 2018 iPhones will feature upgraded liquid crystal polymer (LCP) antenna modules that will contribute to faster LTE transmission speeds, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said tonight in a note that was sent out to investors. Kuo says new iPhone models will use at least two LCP LTE antenna modules, much like the iPhone […]

AppLovin scraps acquisition and takes debt financing instead

 The story of AppLovin‘s acquisition has taken another turn. We first reported that the mobile ad startup was in acquisition talks in August of last year, and the announcement came a month later: AppLovin would sell a majority stake Chinese private equity firm Orient Hontai Capital. Today, however, CEO Adam Foroughi revealed that the deal […]

Crunch Report | The FCC sets vote to kill net neutrality and Bitcoin hits $8,000

 Today’s stories: FCC highlights plan to kill net neutrality, Android secretly sending location data, Bitcoin just passed $8,000 and Toyota’s new robot can be controlled in VR. Read More Source: 77

New York Attorney General launches investigation of Uber’s $100,000 hack cover-up

 The revelation that Uber concealed a 2016 data breach affecting 57 million users and paid hackers to destroy the evidence is yet another PR nightmare for Uber, but it’s also a problem when it comes to state laws around data breach disclosure practices. In light of Bloomberg’s report, the office of New York State Attorney General Eric […]

Apple Bought Augmented Reality Headset Company Vrvana

Apple recently purchased Vrvana, a company that developed an augmented reality headset called Totem, reports TechCrunch. Two sources with knowledge of the deal confirmed the acquisition, but Apple declined to comment and did not provide its usual acquisition statement. TechCrunch says Apple did not deny the story, though, and several employees who were previously with […]

Divergent 3D taps a Chinese-led investment syndicate for up to $107 million in new funding

 On a lonely stretch of road just off the highway in Torrance, Calif. employees at Divergent 3D are hard at work plotting a revolution in vehicle manufacturing. Inside the nondescript office building, chief executive Kevin Czinger and his staff are laying the groundwork for the creation of a more environmentally sustainable, flexible and customizable means […]

Lightform raises $5M to turn old projectors into augmented reality machines

 In Blade Runner 2049, one of the more interesting stylistic choices was how the film imagined futuristic augmented reality. While the Microsofts and Googles of our real dystopian world are currently approaching AR tech with headsets and smart glasses, Blade Runner 2049 relied entirely on external projection. This vision of the future may still seem […]

Hackers Stole Data From 57 Million Uber Drivers and Customers, Uber Paid $100K to Hide Attack

Uber suffered a massive data breach last year that exposed the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers, reports Bloomberg. The attack occurred in October of 2016 and included personal information from 50 million Uber riders and 7 million Uber drivers. Two hackers reportedly accessed a private GitHub repository used by Uber’s software engineers […]

Hundreds of websites record your every keystroke without you knowing

Hundreds of websites record your scrolling behavior, clicks and movements according to a study recently carried out at Princeton University. Among these are The Guardian, Reuters, Samsung, AlJazeera and WordPress.com. Most of us are aware that our searches, page views and even page scrolls are documented, but the report sheds light on how intricate that […]

Learn more about the world around you with Google Lens and the Assistant

Looking at a landmark and not sure what it is? Interested in learning more about a movie as you stroll by the poster? With Google Lens and your Google Assistant, you now have a helpful sidekick to tell you more about what’s around you, right on your Pixel. When we introduced the new Pixel 2 […]

Fear and Loathing in the Moodle Community

Moodle News responded to our recent coverage regarding the platform’s declining market share by pushing back hard with an article that simultaneously insinuates bias on our part and attempts to use our numbers to draw the opposite conclusions from the ones that we have put forward. This presented us with something of a dilemma. As […]

Activism needs introverts | Sarah Corbett

For the introverts among us, traditional forms activism like marches, protests and door-to-door canvassing can be intimidating and stressful. Take it from Sarah Corbett, a former professional campaigner and self-proclaimed introvert. She introduces us to “craftivism,” a quieter form of activism that uses handicrafts as a way to get people to slow down and think […]

You can now send 4K photos via Facebook Messenger

Facebook today announced its Messenger chat app service supports 4K photo sharing. Now you can send pictures “up to 4,096 x 4,096 pixels per image,” one of, if not the highest resolutions smartphones currently support. According to Facebook, its Messenger users send 17 billion pictures via the service monthly, and many users requested they be able […]

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