Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for police, even with search warrants

Apple’s says it can no longer give customer iPhone data to the cops. Its iOS update takes encryption keys out of the company’s hands. It’s an engineering solution to a legal quandary—but data stored in iCloud is still fair game for law enforcement. | 0 Comments


Google Expands Map Resources for Educators and Students

Google is opening up its Google Maps Gallery service with an expanded array of historical and contemporary maps, as well as tools for students and educators that will allow them to create and edit their own maps. | 0 Comments


MOOCs Are Dead -- Long Live the MOOC

"The “e-vangelists” were out in full force with the over-promising and under-delivering of ed tech rhetoric. MOOCs were going to save Higher Education (or destroy it, depending on the session you attended); MOOCs would finally allow tiny State schools or small private colleges the ability to play on the national stage and compete with R-1’s and the Ivy League; and MOOCs would make education a true commodity, thereby creating a financially viable education-for-all system. MOOCs even made popular news media outlets like The New York Times and Time Magazine." | 0 Comments

Essay criticizing the TEACH Act

"Unfortunately, while we share the goal of improving the accessibility of digital instructional materials, TEACH is written in such a way that it would inadvertently work against that goal. It would impose on higher education – and only on higher education – a new standard for accessibility that would essentially eliminate the existing provisions of accessibility law and regulation that allow institutions to meet a student’s need in relation to the curriculum in question and the technologies available.

Instead, it would restrict campus technology use to only those digital instructional materials and related technologies that are fully accessible from the start to all students regardless of the nature of the disability, the commercial availability of such materials and technologies, and the availability of reasonable accommodations. The bill also includes no provision for the “installed base” of campus technologies and materials, so at a minimum, the full scope of campus instructional technology could be impacted." | 0 Comments


Apple Watch: Coming to a Classroom Near You?

Wearable technology has entered the mainstream. The Apple Watch, announced on Tuesday, ushers in the possibility that, one day soon, campuses across the country will contend with students who are literally attached to their gadgets. | 0 Comments


How Apple and you can improve iCloud security

"Apple's iCloud attack is in the spotlight, but
it's nothing compared to the attacks you can expect. Apple and every user must
take immediate action to protect your digital lives."


Google Classroom: First Impressions

Beyond a clean interface, Google Classroom in its current form does not offer anything that Moodle or a host of other learning-management systems do not already provide. | 0 Comments


How Social Media Silences Debate

A new study suggests that social media makes people less likely to voice opinions, particularly when they differ from those of their friends, the New York Times reports. The research, by the Pew Research Center and Rutgers University, also found that those who use social media regularly were more reluctant to express dissenting views while offline. | 0 Comments


Many Chrome browser extensions do sneaky things

"An analysis by security researchers of 48,000 extensions for Google's Chrome browser uncovered many that are used for fraud and data theft, actions that are mostly undetectable to regular users." | 0 Comments


Teaching Is Not a Business

"TODAY’S education reformers believe that schools are broken and that business can supply the remedy. Some place their faith in the idea of competition. Others embrace disruptive innovation, mainly through online learning. Both camps share the belief that the solution resides in the impersonal, whether it’s the invisible hand of the market or the transformative power of technology." | 0 Comments


Email Is Still the Best Thing on the Internet

"Email is actually a tremendous open platform on which new, innovative things can and have been built." | 0 Comments


How Indians will soon outnumber Americans on the internet

“A flood of cheap smartphones in the market is encouraging rapid internet adoption. According to Kunal Bahl, who runs Snapdeal, one of India’s largest e-commerce sites, 60% of people who buy a mobile phone from his website have never bought a phone before. They’re mainly gravitating toward smartphones like this one, which runs Android 4.4 and costs $50 (and currently is sold out). Everybody from Google to Xiaomi is rushing into the market.” | 0 Comments


Inside Apple’s Internal Training Program

"In a class at the company’s internal training program, the so-called Apple University, the instructor likened the 11 lithographs that make up Picasso’s “The Bull” to the way Apple builds its smartphones and other devices. The idea: Apple designers strive for simplicity just as Picasso eliminated details to create a great work of art." | 0 Comments


Is Moore's Law Less Important to the Tech Industry?

The central organizing principle of much of the tech industry is Moore’s Law. In one very important sense, it may be of less value than it once was. The rule itself shows no sign of vanishing. Moore’s Law is the notion that the density of transistors on a chip tends to double every 18 to 24 months. It has held up for nearly five decades, and looks to keep going. | 0 Comments

The Next Big Thing in Computer Memory

Researchers and companies are coming closer to commercializing a type of computer memory called RRAM, or resistive random access memory, that could have big implications for computing, the MIT Technology Review’s Kevin Bullis reports. Because of the way the technology stores data, the resulting architecture allows for more information to be stored on a chip. Some prototypes point to a terabyte chip the size of a postage stamp. “Why don’t you have all the movies you would like on your iPhone? It’s not because you wouldn’t like to, it’s because you don’t have room,” says James Tour, a professor of materials science at Rice University, tells Mr. Bullis. | 0 Comments


Hackers Find Way to Outwit Tough Security at Banking Sites

"Researchers at the computer security company Trend Micro have named a new attack on online banking Emmental. Why? Like the Swiss cheese, the researchers said, online banking protections may be “full of holes.” | 0 Comments

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