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Technology directors: Are you supporting learning or impeding it? - @s_bearden

Technology directors: Are you supporting learning or impeding it? - @s_bearden | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
I was sitting at a table at the FETC conference last week, taking a break between sessions, when I overheard a phone conversation between a teacher and a s (RT @TeacherNicolle: Good blog post about "over filtering" in schools.
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Good question. Too many schools have too much safe, worth while information caught in their blocks.

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Severe WiFi security flaw puts millions of devices at risk | Steve Dent | Engadget.com

Severe WiFi security flaw puts millions of devices at risk | Steve Dent | Engadget.com | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it

Researchers have discovered a key flaw in the WPA2 WiFi encryption protocol that could allow hackers to intercept your credit card numbers, passwords, photos and other sensitive information.


The flaws, dubbed "Key Reinstallation Attacks," or "Krack Attacks," are in the WiFi standard and not specific products. That means that just about every router, smartphone and PC out there could be impacted, though attacks against Linux and Android 6.0 or greater devices may be "particularly devastating," according to KU Leuven University's Mathy Vanhoef and Frank Piessens, who found the flaw.

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Procurement Or Supply Chain? What's The Difference? And Should There Be A Difference?

Procurement Or Supply Chain? What's The Difference? And Should There Be A Difference? | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
One of the interesting aspects of working within the world of corporate procurement, is the agony of self-identity. Is the name ‘procurement’ or ‘supply chain’ management, when attached to a department, useful, or could we perhaps do without it?
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Google Researchers Create Algorithm to Remove Image Watermarks

Google Researchers Create Algorithm to Remove Image Watermarks | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Researchers at Google have published a paper on a new algorithm that can trivially remove many watermarks from protected images. Here's how to beat it.

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The Rise of Emotionally Intelligent Machines That Know How You Feel // The New Stack

The Rise of Emotionally Intelligent Machines That Know How You Feel // The New Stack | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it

By Kimberly Mok

"So much information about us can be digitally quantified now: what we read, what we buy, and even our vitals can be tracked on our phones to give us a better idea of our long-term health. But how comfortable would you be with a machine tracking, analyzing and even responding to your emotions?

Emotionally Quantified Selves

That’s what proponents of what is called affective computing want to do: to bridge the cognitive-emotional gap between computers and humans, to develop systems that would be able to interpret, adapt and respond to the emotional states of their human users. But is this something we want in our machines?

For many, the machine learning paradigms developing around speech and handwriting recognition make sense. After all, being able to speak with your computer and have it understand and interact with you on that level is useful. But evidence from the latest neuroscience is revealing that emotions do play a large role in reasoning and cognitive control, leading to affective computing experts assert that emotional reasoning is vital for true machine intelligence.

This position is now being borne out by evolving research in computer science, artificial intelligence, psychology and neuroscience, leading to a flourishing in the affective computing field.

 

Startups like Affectiva, Emotient, Realeyes and Sension are developing applications that can analyze and differentiate the emotional quotient behind facial expressions: the furrow in a brow, whether a curled lip represents a smile or a grimace."...

 

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https://thenewstack.io/affective-computing-emotionally-intelligent-machines/ ;


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Charter Customer Data Left Sitting on an Open Server

Charter Customer Data Left Sitting on an Open Server | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
News: The personal data of millions of Time Warner Cable customers were left last month on an Amazon server openly accessible to the public. The 600GB worth of personal data was a href=&quote;https://mackeepersecurity.com/post/global-communication-software-left
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WhatsApp is killing free access to its platform for business users

WhatsApp is killing free access to its platform for business users | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Facebook is finally looking into monetizing WhatsApp with paid features for businesses to capitalize on its massive $22 billion acquisition deal from 2014.
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convert anything to anything - CloudConvert

convert anything to anything - CloudConvert | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
convert anything to anything - more than 200 different audio, video, document, ebook, archive, image, spreadsheet and presentation formats supported.

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CloudConvert is an excellent converter to use for converting almost anything Educational Practitioners and/or Learners will want. 
CloudConvert stands out from the crowd. 
It is... 
  - fast (even with large files), 
  - simple, 
  - easy to use, and most important of all, 
  - integrated with Google Drive and other cloud services such as Dropbox. 
This makes it possible to start a large video conversion, leave the app and just wait until the file appears in the users Google Drive / Dropbox.
It is possible to use Google Drive or Dropbox both as input or output destination for user converted files. 
CloudConvert supports over 200 different formats including... 
  - audio (MP3, AAC, FLAC…), 
  - video (MP4, AVI, MPG…), 
  - document (PDF, DOC, DOCX, ODT…), 
  - ebook (MOBI, EPUB, CBC…), archive (ZIP, RAR…), 
  - spdreadsheets (XLS, XLSX, ODS, CSV…), and 
  - presentation (PPT, PPTX, ODP). 
Some of the types of conversions users can carry out using CloudConvert include: 
  - Extract ZIP, RAR etc directly on Google Drive / Dropbox 
  - Merge multiple PDFs, JPGs, DOCs into one PDF 
  - PDF to DOC 
  - AVI to MP4 
  - M4A to MP3 
  - MOBI to PDF 
  - DOCX to ODT 
  - PNG to JPG 
CloudConvert does not require any software installation, users simply upload their files to the site and once the conversion is finished, files are permanently deleted. 
NOTE: The free version of CloudConvert supports up to 1GB maximum file size and provides you with 25 minutes maximum conversion time per file. 
Well worth a closer look!
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New printer creates color by shaping nanostructures

New printer creates color by shaping nanostructures | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Researchers developed the structure-based color printing technique as an alternative to ink-based printing, in which colors fade with time.

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We Tested More than 50 Free Security Tools so You can Use Them for Your Online Protection - Heimdal Security Blog

We Tested More than 50 Free Security Tools so You can Use Them for Your Online Protection - Heimdal Security Blog | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
We tested more than 50 free cyber security tools that you can use to enhance your cyber security and privacy.
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WannaCry hero Marcus Hutchins could face 40 years in US prison

WannaCry hero Marcus Hutchins could face 40 years in US prison | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
The young computer expert who stopped the WannaCry global cyber attack could face decades in a US prison following accusations that he helped create and sell a malicious software that targeted bank accounts.
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Yes, Smartphones Are Destroying a Generation, But Not of Kids | JSTOR Daily

Yes, Smartphones Are Destroying a Generation, But Not of Kids | JSTOR Daily | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it

Quickly, now: Go rip a smartphone out of the hands of the nearest teen. If you have a teen child of your own, you can start there—or if you have kids under 13, you can take away whatever device they’re presently using. Feel free to just tear your TV off of the wall, if that’s all you’ve got to turn off. And if you don’t have kids, snatch a phone from any teenager who happens to walk... 


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I’d love to tell you we used this shiny new tech to look up educational resources for our children, or play them classical music in utero. And sure, there was a bit of that. But you know what smartphones and social media are really great at? Tuning out your children. 

 I know, we all really enjoy reading articles about how it’s those evil smartphones that are destroying our children’s brains and souls. It lets us justify locking their devices up with parental monitoring tools, or cutting off their mobile plan when they fail to make the grade. 

 Fellow parents, it’s time for us to consider another possible explanation for why our kids are increasingly disengaged. It’s because we’ve disengaged ourselves; we’re too busy looking down at our screens to look up at our kids. I know: it’s how I live myself. Children are super annoying—especially teenagers, I would say, now that I’ve got one. 

I would much rather spend half an hour playing Words with Friends on Facebook than spend it playing an inane board game with an 11-year-old who refuses to play by the rules. I would much rather spend an hour perusing Wonder Woman crafts on Pinterest than listening to my 13-year-old ramble on about anime. As a friend warned me when I first got pregnant, “children are simultaneously overwhelming and under-stimulating.” Why wouldn’t we want to be distracted from that?
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5 New Facebook Ad Types You Should Be Using (But Probably Aren't)

5 New Facebook Ad Types You Should Be Using (But Probably Aren't) | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it

Facebook ads can get tricky because there’s a ton of variables on each and every campaign. It doesn’t help that Facebook’s constantly rolling out more updates and improvements.

 

The good news is that many of these new Facebook ad types are game changers if you know what you’re doing and how to use them each properly.

 

In this article, I’m going to unveil five options that can drastically improve the ROI you’re seeing.

 

I’ll even show you how to combine several of these techniques, using them together to add new layers of context to predict exactly what your customers want to see (and when they want to see it)....


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A fresh approach to Facebook ads from Neil Patel.

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With Disney’s Move to Streaming, a New Era Begins

With Disney’s Move to Streaming, a New Era Begins | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Disney set off a sonic boom in Hollywood by unveiling plans to start two Netflix-style services: For the first time in the streaming age, the world’s largest media company had decided that embracing a new business model was more important than clinging to its existing one.

Disney’s decision to better align itself with consumer trends — deemed “a rare and impressive pivot” by RBC Capital Markets — instantly reverberated through the entertainment industry. Disney’s cable channels, which include ESPN, have long been seen as the reason many viewers were refraining from cutting the cord entirely. If Disney was going all in on streaming, the impact would be felt by almost every television company and cable operator.

As part of its announcement on Tuesday, Disney said that it would spend heavily on original programming for its entertainment streaming service and pull future Disney and Pixar movies from Netflix. That sent Netflix shares downward. The question seemed to be, how would Netflix, even with its head start in terms of audience and reach, manage without the mighty mouse? And would Disney’s plunge into streaming encourage the likes of Discovery and Viacom to do the same, intensifying competition?

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What is 5G Technology? Introducing 5G with NOKIA || Next Step to Automation ||

5G is the coming "Fifth-Generation" wireless broadband technology based on the IEEE 802.11ac standard. ... 5G operates with a 5Ghz signal and is set t
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‘Catch Me if You Can’ Scam Artist Has a Warning for Today’s Consumers

‘Catch Me if You Can’ Scam Artist Has a Warning for Today’s Consumers | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Frank Abagnale Jr., whose exploits inspired the Leonardo DiCaprio movie, says digital technology and social media only make things easier for swindlers now.
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Learning How To Learn: Anatomy Of A Good MOOC - eLearning Industry

Learning How To Learn: Anatomy Of A Good MOOC - eLearning Industry | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Interested in an anatomy of a good MOOC? Check why the Learning How To Learn MOOC has 2 million learners and a retention rate 5 times more than other MOOCs.

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Membit

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Amazing augmented reality map-based app where users pin images to specific geo-locations for others to discover. Upload photos, clues for a virtually trail, or virtually displaying work around your school. Default set to share to contacts only for pupils to use safely, but teachers can share publicly.

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Researcher Claims AT&T Modems Have Nasty 0-Day Vulnerability

Researcher Claims AT&T Modems Have Nasty 0-Day Vulnerability | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
News: A security research firm claims they have discovered that most AT&T U-verse modems have security flaws allowing attackers to remotely access the modem and devices on your network -- bypassing an
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How to Create the Best Powerpoint Presentations, With Examples

How to Create the Best Powerpoint Presentations, With Examples | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Some presentations are better than others. Some have gorgeous designs. Some have insanely actionable takeaways. Some just give down-to-earth advice. But the best presentations represent all three.

And if you're looking to get started making your own presentation, why not learn from the best of the best?

To help you kick your own presentations up a notch, we've curated 24 awesome PowerPoint and SlideShare decks below. 

Since you're already interested in PowerPoints – click here for our free guide on delivering a great presentation.

When you're clicking through the presentations below, notice how they weave an interesting story through the format, design their slides, and make their presentations interactive with features exclusive to the platform on which they were created. These are all crucial elements to making an awesome presentation -- ones that you can certainly adapt and apply them to your own, with the right approach.

Even better ... you may just learn a thing or two about marketing while you're at it.

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5 Gamification Fails And How To Fix Them 

5 Gamification Fails And How To Fix Them  | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it

"Is gamification an innovative game changer, or a gimmick that will fall by the wayside? When used with the right content and audience, it has great potential… but it’s not always easy to find that sweet spot."


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Blockchain can make social networks more private — and profitable for you

Blockchain can make social networks more private — and profitable for you | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Fact: You’re going to spend a total of five years of your life on social media. Are you going to waste it lost along with all the mindless drivel of memes and fake news? Or will you make sure that you have a voice, and that you will matter? Here’s where I think blockchain technology can make a big difference.By combining a decentralized consensus mechanism with a private and secure platform for exchanging messages and information, we might be able to finally get connected without the risk of exposing too much to those who own the platforms.This is just what Obsidian aims to do, with its Obsidian Messenger, a blockchain-based platform for messaging, data sharing, which also supports cryptocurrency as a means of sending money....
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Blockchain could add privacy and meaning to your future social media channels.
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Commanding in Multi-Domain Formations: Vision 2050 Warfighter Cyber-Security, Command and Control Architecture | Small Wars Journal

Commanding in Multi-Domain Formations: Vision 2050 Warfighter Cyber-Security, Command and Control Architecture | Small Wars Journal | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
By: Radhika R. Roy and Brian M. Dempsey

TRADOC Mad Scientist Project: The rise of super-intelligent information technologies fueled with robotics, smart munitions, ubiquitous sensing, and extreme networking.
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How Two 20-Somethings From Ireland Built a $9.2 Billion Company

How Two 20-Somethings From Ireland Built a $9.2 Billion Company | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Now, Stripe’s Patrick and John Collison are teaming with Amazon to grab even more control over the global flow of commerce.
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Feel Like You've Stopped Learning at Work? Elon Musk Just Nailed the Reason Why

if you were anything like me, math class was painful, on a good day. Oh, if only fidget spinners had been invented back then. I can vividly recall discussions with my mom revolving around the question, "When am I ever going to use this stuff?"

Fast forward to today's math students and they may be as disinterested and frustrated as I was.


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The Big List of 25 Top Social Media Management Tools That'll Help You Succeed on Social Media

The Big List of 25 Top Social Media Management Tools That'll Help You Succeed on Social Media | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it

How do you stay on top of all your social media marketing tasks?From creating and publishing content to analytics and reporting, it can be pretty overwhelming to think of all the jobs social media marketers have to complete every day.

 

Thankfully, there are a bunch of awesome social media management tools available to help. These tools can streamline your workflows, help you save some time and even ensure your content reaches the right audience at the right time.

 

But how do you decide which product to use? With so many great social media management tools out there, we thought it could be great to showcase some of the top ones to help you pick what’s best for your business.

 

Here are 25 of the very best social media management tools out there....


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The best social media management tools are the ones that meet your needs and help you achieve your goals. Here are 25 top ones to consider from Buffer.

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The best social media management tools are the ones that meet your needs and help you achieve your goals. Here are 25 top ones to consider from Buffer.