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Google's light search app for Android is here, called Google Go.

Like the Google app that you can already get on iOS and Google Play, Google Go will give you quick access to search, weather, and voice-activated functions.

Software Engineering / Bitcoin reaches new record high, breaks $9,000
« on: December 05, 2017, 10:18:21 PM »
Bitcoin is getting closer and closer to $10,000.

The cryptocurrency hit a record high of $9,033 per bitcoin early Sunday morning. The price rose steadily over the weekend and surpassed $9,000 at around 6:40 a.m. UTC (1:40 a.m. ET), according to CoinDesk's Bitcoin Price Index. It now has a market cap of more than $150 billion.

Another digital currency ethereum also hit an all-time high of $485.18 on Saturday but has since dropped to $461.79 on Sunday, according to CoinMarketCap.

Bitcoin had been on an incredible run in the latter half of 2017. It was valued at $1,000 at the beginning of the year and is now closer to reaching the $10,000 mark as we inch toward to 2018. Bitcoin's value surpassed $5,000 and $6,000 in October and then rose over $7,000 and $8,000 in November.

That said, it's too early to tell when the price of Bitcoin will reach that $10,000 milestone because the markets act irrationally and could face a price correction, as The Merkle noted.

Bitcoin was boosted by investor interest around Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping, a digital assets analyst suggested to CNBC.

Indeed, Coinbase, the largest bitcoin exchange in the U.S., added around 100,000 accounts between Wednesday and Friday this week to reach a total of 13.1 million. Coinbase had 4.9 million users this time last year, according to CNBC.

Protect your Health/ your Doctor / Apple will go red for World AIDS Day
« on: November 30, 2017, 11:47:33 PM »
Apple store logos around the world are turning red.

We put Apple's 'Face ID' technology to the test with twins. Facebook, friends, and even relatives get these identical twins mixed up all the time. But what about the iPhone X's facial recognition software?

It's not just Amazon itself that is yet to truly launch in Australia.

The company's Alexa-powered Echo devices are not currently available in Australia or New Zealand, either. But they're on their way, launching in both countries "early next year.

On Thursday, Amazon announced the coming of its hands-free Echo device, activated by smart voice assistant Alexa, to both countries in 2018.

Developers will be able to build localised voice experiences and embed uniquely Australian and New Zealand knowledge within Alexa with the expansion of the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) — a collection of self-service APIs — and the Alexa Voice Service (AVS).

You can expect pretty much the same product on shelves in countries like the U.S. and the UK.
Alexa will come embedded with skills from international companies with a local presence like Uber, Spotify, Philips Hue, LIFX and more.

In Australia, Alexa will utilise information from companies like Sky News Australia, Fox Sports, Qantas and Coastalwatch. Plus, Australian customers will be able to reserve restaurant tables through online platform Dimmi.

New Zealand developers include Air New Zealand, TVNZ and New Zealand Herald.

Plus, the launch will coincide with the arrival of Amazon Music Unlimited, set to launch in early 2018 in Australia, according to CNET.

Other than that, Aussie and Kiwi customers can expect pretty much the same product on shelves in countries like the U.S. and the UK. They'll be playing music, checking the weather, ordering pizza, getting news updates, adjusting their smart lighting, and setting the mood hands-free in no time.

“The customer response to Alexa and Echo has been incredibly positive, and we’re excited to make them available for our Australian and New Zealand customers early next year,” said Toni Reid, Vice President, Amazon Alexa in a statement.

The arrival of Alexa and Echo will come after Amazon's long-awaited launch in Australia — one that has kinda, sorta happened with a soft launch on Nov. 23, but is yet to be fully unleashed on the public.

They'll also find a direct competitor with the Google Home, already available in Australia and New Zealand. But with Alexa ready and able with 15,000 skills by now, it could prove a formidable opponent.

We know it's not until early 2018, but for keen beens Down Under, here's ten things you can do with your Echo when it finally arrives.

Time Management / Worried about career
« on: November 30, 2017, 11:30:53 PM »

Teaching & Research Forum / Making Social Media Work For You
« on: November 30, 2017, 10:32:54 PM »
Digital communication, including social media, is more than just a fact of life. It is life, integral to the professional and personal existence of many students and teachers. Teachers flock to Twitter to ask other educators for advice. Instagram provides visual accounts of student work and classroom arrangements. Posting news on Facebook has, in some schools, all but replaced printing paper newsletters.

Some school districts and classroom teachers have official social media accounts. While some educators used to dismiss social media, now teachers use it not only to plan their lessons, but also to deliver them.

This is vastly different than outright banning mobile devices in the classroom. And, some say, more realistic.

“We live in a world where everybody has a phone,” says Jon Hamlin, who teaches information technology at Pinetree Secondary School in Coquitlam, BC. “If we’re going to paint that different version of reality within our classroom, then we’re not really doing the students much of a favour.”

Social media can work in various subjects. Teachers post videos detailing math lessons on YouTube. Students learn about geography and social studies by connecting with students worldwide in real time. Some classes participate in “Mystery Skype” video calls. Two classes chat with each other, without knowing where the other class is. They ask each other questions to determine the other class’s location.

Students use social media to engage with historical events or literature. They may create a mock Facebook account offline for literary characters or historical figures. They can directly communicate with the authors whose books they read, or learn more about current political leaders on Twitter or Skype. More simply, teachers can use social media to explain how people communicate differently in different contexts. Students may not need to use proper capitalization or spelling in texts or tweets, says Cari Wilson, a Grade 7 teacher at Ridgeview Elementary School in West Vancouver, BC, but they need to write correctly when completing class assignments.

“You would send an email to your boss one way, but you would text your friend a different way,” she explains. “They’re both communication, but there are rules that go with both of them. That’s an important thing for kids to know.”

Teachers also need to understand the rules of social media. Many people worry too much that digital communication can seriously hamper meaningful thinking. If teachers want to use social media wisely in the classroom—either by teaching about it, or teaching with it—they need to break the rule of instant communication. They’ll need to seriously think about why and how they’re using social media, and help their students do the same.

Teachers should only use social media as a teaching tool to improve their students’ education. “If it’s not to the betterment of your kids, why are you doing it? It may not be for you,” says Brian Aspinall, an elementary teacher in Chatham, ON who speaks and blogs about technology and educational reform. “Don’t do it because you went to a conference on Twitter and someone said you should do it.”

Different social media platforms work better for different tasks. Teachers need to use them accordingly. Aspinall adopted Twitter years ago, and often uses it to gather feedback from other educators. But that’s not his primary way of using social media with students during class. He teaches in an open-concept school; students from various grades work in the same space. Students may not have a teacher nearby they can ask for help. Instead, they often post questions on Snapchat. That’s helpful, Aspinall says, because posts don’t remain visible, preventing online clutter. He showcases classroom projects on Instagram, like a gallery.

Teachers need to use social media responsibly themselves. Hamlin advises teachers thoroughly review their own digital profile—even posts from years ago—to ensure it reflects the image they want others to see. He teaches his students to do the same, with a whole unit devoted to understanding their digital footprint. Online posts reflect character, he tells his students, but the nature of digital communication means students may not have the chance to explain what posts mean.

“People don’t have the opportunity to hear your rebuttal or your voice when they see content online that reflects poorly on you,” he says. “They’re not going to stop and ask you to clarify that. They’re going to make judgements and make assumptions.”

Teachers need to clearly explain how social media works before they introduce it to their students, says Nina Silver, a Toronto high school teacher who has been involved with the Association for Media Literacy for nearly 30 years. This means educating students about who owns and can use the content they post, and reminding them about how fast—and far—digital information spreads. Teachers need to do this even if they’re using social media to teach math or science and not a specific media literacy course. Social media is a tool, just like calculators, computers and textbooks, she says. “We have to teach them certain concepts about using those tools first.”

One way to do that is to have students manage a classroom social media account. That’s what Cari Wilson is doing this year. She’s divided her students into pairs. Each pair posts to the class Twitter account for two weeks—on Tuesdays and Thursdays because they start with “T,” like “Twitter,” she explains. Students can only post from her device. She approves all posts.

Students aren’t graded for this, but Wilson says it’s an important way to teach them about being good digital citizens, a vital skill in a digital world.

“I think part of that teaching of digital citizenship falls on the school,” she says. Parents may not have the knowledge or time to teach these skills to their children, she adds, and teachers see the “fallout” of poor digital citizenship: cyberbullying, or students becoming upset when they misinterpret text messages.

Social media increases teachers’ connections: they often communicate with other educators on it, and then meet them in person at conferences. But for many students, social media adds a frustration and anxiety to social interactions. Teachers need to consider this.

Today’s students are more likely to be on Snapchat and Instagram, and they’re not all using these platforms positively. Aspinall sees students defining their self-worth with it, taking dozens of selfies before posting one they think will get the most attention. “They’re looking at these metrics as sort of self-worth and I think we’ve got to start unravelling that,” he says. “We have to acknowledge that it’s okay to not be perfect.”

Silver suggests teachers have students write down how many social media connections they have. Then, students should determine how many they’ve met in-person during the past 12 months, and how many they’ve directly messaged in the last week. Students often see social media connections as just numbers, and they lose personal connections with people, she says. This can help students “do some deep searching” into how these platforms impact their relationships.

Teachers should be honest about how the stress of social media affects them, says Wilson. She’ll tell students about how she finds it difficult when she can’t respond to messages from other teachers while she’s cooking, for example. It’s similar to how some students may feel when they can’t respond to messages at night because their parents don’t want their phones in their rooms. Adults don’t often see this level of communication, so they don’t understand why it’s important to kids, she says.

Wilson wants the classroom Twitter account to help students learn to navigate the social pressures of social media before they enter high school and the pressures increase.

“As a teacher in the classroom, you’re the one who’s kind of guiding the ship,” she says. “You know where you want the ship to go, but having the kids help guide the ship, and helping them teach each other and teach you about things gives them a power that I think kids find really exciting.”

It can be positive, if teachers direct it properly. For the past few years, Nicole Blais’s students at St. Mary’s Elementary School in Lloydminster, AB. have been Skyping with classes in Uganda. (The school has a connection with Our Village Uganda, an organization that educates children in northern and eastern Uganda.)

Social media helps the students understand life in other countries. Textbooks can only explain so much; social media can really help students “get” what poverty looks like, says Blais.

“I really believe in… making (students) realize that there is more than just the four walls around them, and that it’s not all about being in the classroom,” she says.

Her students have raised thousands of dollars for Ugandan students, helping the school purchase windows, doors and a playground.

“They actually get to see the difference that they’re making in someone else’s life, even though they may not know that person very well or they may not ever meet that person in-person,” Blais says.

That’s one digital footprint worth preserving.

« on: November 29, 2017, 10:46:52 PM »
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Software Engineering / Apple just patented a foldable smartphone
« on: November 29, 2017, 05:13:51 PM »
On Monday Fast Company reported that Apple received a patent for a foldable smartphone. The patent, which was filed for on Sept. 22, 2016, outlines an electronic device with "a flexible display" and the capacity to fold.

Though the concept might sound pretty advanced, it's certainly not the first time it's been discussed.

In September — just hours before Apple's iPhone 8 launch event — Samsung announced plans to drop a foldable smartphone in 2018. The proposed sketches looked pretty wild, but the feat is so daring that production plans have already been pushed back to 2019. ZTE also announced foldable smartphones in October, though it's presenting a far less impressive dual-screen device.

According to Apple's patent, the device's support layer "may be formed from shape memory alloy or amorphous metal and may have openings to facilitate bending." And while that sounds cool, as Mashable Senior Tech Correspondent Ray Wong notes, there are serious factors like battery sustainability and overall aesthetic to take into consideration when creating a foldable device.

Earlier reports indicated that Apple's eventual bendable screen would be OLED and the company has previously obtained a patent for a screen that would retract into itself like a scroll, or Fruit Roll-Up. However, the latest patent describes a display that would bend along an axis, so who knows what could happen.

As for whether a future full of foldable phones is realistic? Only time will tell.

Microsoft is testing a new "Sets" feature that allows you to group multiple applications into the same window, similar to how you would organize tabs in a browser.

Microsoft is only teasing a very early preview of the feature for now — it's rolling out to a small subset of Microsoft's Insider program that seeds betas of new Windows versions to those who opt-in — but it's already clear the feature will be a huge change.

While Windows 10 has had multitasking features like Task View baked in from the very beginning, these features have been more focused on making it easier to switch between applications. Sets promises to cut out many of the extra steps required by app switching by letting you group multiple apps in the same window.

"The concept behind this experience is to make sure that everything related to your task: relevant webpages, research documents, necessary files and applications, is connected and available to you in one click.," Microsoft's Terry Myerson wrote in an email to Windows Insiders.

The idea, according to Myerson, is that users can group windows of apps together based on what they're working on. So you may have one window with email and a browser tab open, and another with PowerPoint and Excel.

What's more, if you're logged into your Office 365 account, your windows can follow you across machines to make it easier to pick up where you left off without individually re-launching each app.

Again, there's still a lot we don't know about Sets, such as how the feature will work with non-Microsoft apps. Even the final name of the feature may change before it eventually launches, the company says.

Still,  just from what we've already seen, Sets looks like a major upgrade for anyone who multitasks.

Samsung's not giving up on Bixby, despite initial lukewarm responses to its AI assistant.

Bixby is the South Korean firm's answer to other voice assistants like Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa. But when it debuted, fans found it just wasn't as smart as the competition.

To buff up Bixby's brains, Samsung has now acquired Fluently, which makes an AI chatbot that can compose smart replies in English and Korean.

Fluently produced an app that plugged into messengers like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, and offered natural-sounding contextual responses.

Similar to Gmail's auto responder, Fluently reads an incoming message, and tries to offer you a selection of appropriate reactions.

The Fluently acquisition adds onto Samsung's 2016 buyout of US-based AI platform Viv, which was co-founded by the team that created Siri.

To be fair to Bixby, it's a lot younger than the competition. And the Viv team didn't contribute to the current version of Bixby either, so it's safe to say that the injection of all this new expertise will help Bixby close the gap a lot sooner.

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Do you own an iPhone? Have you noticed that the YouTube app is depleting your precious new phone's battery life at an unusually quick pace?

Good news: YouTube says it's fixed the battery bug in the latest version of the app.


Twitter is not new to making glaring mistakes in suspending or blocking the wrong people on the platform.

NASA Glenn Research Center has just reinvented the wheel, introducing a new tire that can get back to its original shape after having undergone deformation. This invention was possible thanks to a shape memory alloy based on nickel-titanium.

No matter how many rocks it rolls over, this "Superelastic tire" will return to its pre-deformed shape like nothing ever happened. Originally created for future Mars missions, NASA researchers believe that this technology has the potential to someday revolutionize earth tires.

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