Google is receiving Android users’ locations even location services are off

This is bad. Google actively receives location data from Android users even when location services have been switched off. Starting from early 2017, Android phones have been gathering addresses of nearby cellular towers and sending this data back to Google, Quartz reports. The most troubling part is that this has been going on even when […]

Get a Self-Paced, Competency-Based Master’s in Education With FlexPath

Sponsored by Capella University From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter As teachers, we value education, and we want to improve what we know. But the problem for so many of us is that we have busy lives, with careers and children. While we want to improve our lives […]

This Chrome plugin lets you view your friends’ Instagram Stories anonymously

Instagram’s Stories are a tremendous hit, allowing people to share ephemeral little snippets from their day-to-day lives, adorned with illustrations and stickers. The only downside is that when you watch someone’s story, the person at the other end is informed. Fortunately, this third-party Chrome extension solves that, allowing you view stories with complete anonymity. The […]

It’s the world’s smallest wireless record player, and you have to see it in action!

If you’re a vinyl audiophile, a fan of fun, new tech, or you know someone who is, you need to get your hands on the amazingly cool RokBlok wireless record player. It’s available right now at $89, 10 percent off its retail price, from TNW Deals. Source: 777

Two years of Google.org grants for racial justice

For many years, bold leaders across the U.S. have been using technology to foster a national dialogue on systemic inequity. Through painful moments like the Charleston church shooting, Googlers, like many others, asked what we could do to advance a more inclusive society. Two years ago, alongside our Black Googler Network and its allies, Google.org […]

Turn customers into advocates with #SmallThanks

The holiday season is a time to be grateful for friends, family and community. For me, that gratitude includes the small businesses who are a part of my everyday life in California. From my friends at Zombie Runner whose post-run coffee is the best part of my workout, to the folks at Tin-Pot Creamery who […]

Apple's Early Version of HomePod Stood Three Feet Tall and Packed Dozens of Speakers

While the HomePod was only unveiled five months ago, a team of Apple audio engineers developed several speaker prototypes as a side project over the past five years or so, according to Bloomberg. HomePod was originally a side project cooked up about five years ago by a group of Mac audio engineers, who wanted to […]

How Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google manipulate our emotions | Scott Galloway

The combined market capitalization of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google is now equivalent to the GDP of India. How did these four companies come to infiltrate our lives so completely? In a spectacular rant, Scott Galloway shares insights and eye-opening stats about their dominance and motivation — and what happens when a society prizes shareholder […]

METRICS: a pattern language of scholarship in medical education

Rachel Ellaway, David Topps, MedEdPublish, Nov 21, 2017 What is scholarship in colleges and universities? Maybe the best part of this post is the background reading you’ll have to do to put it into context. For example, I thoroughly enjoyed Ernest Boyer’s long paper (160 page PDF) on Scholarship Reconsidered even though it dates from […]

No, you’re not being paranoid. Sites really are watching your every move

Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, Nov 21, 2017 Just for the record, my website does not track you when you visit. Even if you sign up for a newsletter, it barely acknowledges that you exist. I like it that way, because there’s no data to lose. But my website appears to be the exception. “A new […]

A merry mobile holiday with Google Shopping

In those spare moments between basting the turkey, assembling gingerbread houses, and planning your ugly-sweater party, you might find yourself reaching for your phone to research holiday gifts you still need to buy. You’re not alone: With information readily available at the swipe of a finger, holiday shoppers are doing more research before buying than […]

Apple Has Removed Skype From App Store in China to Comply With Local Law

Microsoft has confirmed that Skype has been “temporarily removed” from the App Store on iPhone and iPad, according to a statement given to The New York Times. Apple told The New York Times that it was forced to remove a number of voice and video calling apps from the App Store in China to comply […]

Apple Taking Action After Students Worked Overtime to Assemble iPhone X at Foxconn

Apple and its manufacturing partner Foxconn have confirmed instances of students working overtime to assemble the iPhone X, and both companies are now taking remedial action, as reported by the Financial Times. A technician inspecting iPhone components at a factory Apple conducted an audit and confirmed “instances of student interns working overtime at a supplier […]

Practical Ed Tech Live – Episode #20

Yesterday, I hosted the twentieth episode of Practical Ed Tech Live. If you missed it, you can now watch the recording as embedded below. The questions that I answered in the video can be seen here. Information about the webinars that I mentioned in the video can be found here. This post originally appeared on […]

Use Google Earth & Maps for More Than Social Studies

Last week was Geography Awareness Week. All across social media there were lots of references made to ways to use Google Earth and Google Maps to teach geography. That makes perfect sense. But Google Earth and Google Maps can be used for much more than just geography lessons. That’s a large part of what I […]

Random Hacks of Kindness Jr – Kids Designing Apps to Better Our World

Non-Profit Organization Holds Hack-a-thons With Students Who Consider how to Help Other Non-Profit Causes I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Patrice Gans, founder and Executive Director of… [Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!] Source: kj

Unizin Updates: A change in direction and a likely change in culture

After the resignation of Unizin’s CEO (Amin Qazi) and COO (Robin Littleworth) that we reported last week, we can confirm that the key issue was a change in direction for the consortium driven by the board of directors. Our information is based on on-the-record interviews with Qazi and Littleworth and additional interviews with Unizin staff, […]

93 Years of Parades

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade turns 93 this year. For many Americans watching the parade is as much of Thanksgiving tradition as eating Turkey is. The parade has change quite a bit over the years. You can view those changes through Macy’s Parade History which offers an interactive timeline of the parade’s history. You can select any decade […]

6,500 Vintage Travel Photos – Free To Use

The Library of Congress website is a great place to find historic images to use in presentations. The free images housed by the Library of Congress are organized into many collections. One of those collections, Photochrom Prints, was recently featured in a LOC blog post. The Photochrom Prints collection offers 6,500 vintage travel photographs of […]

Apple’s Swift language finds its way into Google’s secret Fuchsia OS

Last week, a curious update to Google’s GitHub repository showed that the company had forked Swift, a programming language created by Apple for building iOS/macOS/tvOS/watchOS apps. We previously heard that the idea was for the company to contribute to the open-source language’s base, as well for Google to use it to create internal tools for […]

Japanese pawn shop app Cash acquired for $62.2M by DMM

 DMM, one of Japan’s largest Internet and e-commerce conglomerates, announced today that it will pay 7 billion yen (about $62.2 million) for pawn shop app Cash. Launched this summer, Cash’s software automatically appraises an item’s value based on user photos and offers a cash advance using it as collateral. Read More Source: 77

Uber wants to wipe out car sickness with bursts of air, vibrating seats

Uber’s all-in on self-driving cars. It makes sense. Built on the backs of its drivers, Uber’s future might very well be determined by whether or not it can replace them. Autonomous vehicles don’t get paid, don’t skip out on driving when they’re sick, and (probably) don’t film Travis Kalanick dancing to Maroon 5 in the […]

Crunch Report | Apple gets served a search warrant and Uber buys a bunch of Volvos

 Hi, my name is Brian. I’ll be your host all Turkey week. Today’s stories: Apple served with a search warrant, Uber orders 24,000 Volvos, Germany bans children’s smartwatches and Using AR to explore endangered species. Read More Source: 77

A former AT&T employee is changing the way engineers find work online

There are a few decisions that truly redefined my life and the way I see things. Starting to work remotely was one of those. More and more people and companies are embracing remote work. Technology has enabled us to manage small to large teams online without having to meet everyone in a physical office. Technology […]

Tesla’s new pocket-sized battery looks nice, but that’s about it

Tesla slipped a new product onto its website under the radar. Not a new car, I’m afraid, but a portable battery, of all things. Sporting a gorgeous black-and-red color scheme and the Tesla name, the battery is one of the same kind of lithium-ion cells that power older Tesla models. Unfortunately, the casing isn’t housing […]

Check out the 2017 TechCrunch Holiday Gift Guide

 It’s hard to believe, but it’s already time for the holidays again. Time to untangle the lights, dust off the wreath and start figuring out what the heck you’re going to get everyone. Need ideas? We can help! Check out the 2017 TechCrunch Holiday Gift Guide here. Read More Source: 77

Managing software complexity through intent-based programming

 Software is losing its magic. We simply demand too much from the current approaches. As a result, software developers are losing the battle with complexity, often without realizing it. To bring the magic back into software, developers need to make software itself more autonomous. Read More Source: 77

12 great gifts for photography lovers

 You can get a lot of neat gifts for the photographer in the family or friend group once you starting thinking outside the camera body. These are just some ideas at a range of different price points to satisfy the shutter bugs out there. A picture may be worth a thousand words… but a good, […]

5 companies dead-set on ‘shaking up’ the world of blockchain

In case you need a quick refresher, blockchains are made up of chronological records of transactions. The information that’s stored in these ledgers is saved in verifiable chunks, which are known as blocks. Blocks are chained together to form blockchains. This technology is completely revolutionary, but it’s yet to go mainstream. That being said, blockchain […]

U.S. Justice Department Files Lawsuit to Block Merger Between AT&T and Time Warner

The United States Justice Department today filed a lawsuit to stop a planned merger between AT&T and Time Warner, reports Bloomberg. The DOJ believes such a merger would result in higher bills and fewer options for consumers. “This merger would greatly harm American consumers. It would mean higher monthly television bills and fewer of the […]

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