Clever, a thriving edtech startup founded in 2012 by three Harvard graduates, has raised a total amount of $43M in funding to become the go-to login layer for education apps.
Clever claims 1 out of 5 K-12 schools in the US are using their service, and that's ten of thousands of them. The competitive edge lies in the fact that Facebook has a bad name among the scho...
Thinking about spending your time learning French, Italian or Chinese? The world may not be running on these languages in the near future but rather a 0 and 1.
There is a lot of talk in online communities about how Google Chrome, which has already overrun Internet Explorer by a storm as the mmost used browser in the world (just like how its mail product Gmail has beaten Microsoft Hotmail to its knees), has become really bloated and slow. Chrome's speed and lightweightness were the main factors users shifted to it in the first place.
The reason I never really became frie...
If you're using a Mac, you'll probably notice an automatic security update installing on your computer in the next couple of days. When this happened to me earlier this morning, I was caught by surprise and somewhat suspicious because I've never seen an automatic update on a Mac before. As it turned out, this was a real update and the first time Apple has issued an automatic fix.
Here's some more info.
Tech addiction is beginning in the womb...well, not exactly but possibly the crib. Dutch designer and recent Design Academy Eindhoven graduate, Laura Cornet, released the biggest thing to happen to your child's nap time since the mobile: a toy that allows infants to snap selfies and instantly upload them to social media. What started as an artistic attempt at social commentary is now turning into a highly demanded product adoring parents can buy which will send baby's first photos directly to mom and dad.
"Sense Mother is at the head of a family of small connected sensors that blend into your daily life to make it serene, healthy and pleasurable."
A day in the life of Sensemother from Sen.se on Vimeo.
This paper talks about using computer games to measure students for adaptive instruction purpose.
The idea is actually very straightforward. Through interaction with video games, students are asked to make a series of choices related to sciences. The researcher then used the captured data to train the Neural Network. Once enough data have been collected, the students' behavior patterns are essentially captured. It is at this stage that instructors can test diffe...
This afternoon I went to a short seminar at NYPL on the News Challenge Grant offered by the Knight Foundation (you may recall the D&R where Laura and Meredith encouraged you all to submit ideas for grant proposals -- this is who we are submitting to!). Attendees ranged from librarians, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and coders, and NYPL's CEO & President Dr. Marx was even in attendance.
METRO (Metropolitan New York Library Council) announced that Code4LibNYC is hosting an event for anyone interested in libraries, coding, and systems/web services! The event is on Wed, Sep. 10, 2014 from 2:00pm - 4:00pm and Eric Glass, a GIS/Metadata Librarian from Columbia, will be discussing topics like geospatial data repositories, ebooks platforms created in Python and Django, social media integration in web development, and more!
It's a great op...
My second session at the AWS Summit highlighted the impressive database capabilities of AWS. There are four different database solutions: DynamoDB, RDS, Elasticache, and Redshift. The biggest pitch was for DynamoDB - a NoSQL solution. They even gave out $25 cards to try it out -which apparently should be good for a decent sized proof of concept. The other database solutions were described as well.
Another big theme was that costs keep on going down. This (partially) explains why I didn't write down the cost structures of the various DB solutions.
See below for all the details: