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In The Netherlands, Schools Are Letting IPads Do The Teaching

In The Netherlands, Schools Are Letting IPads Do The Teaching | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
iPads are replacing textbooks in several schools in the Netherlands where an education reform organization is looking to change everything we know...
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New materials to learn with don't reduce the need for teachers, These devices and others do and can help more people access knowlegde 24/7. Teachers with 12 to 30 in rooms don't have the time to reach out to all those that need them 24 hours a day or even during 8 hours. iPads and other devices can go a long way towards putting a teacher or teacher's aid in your pocket 24/7.

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Old tech: the obsolete gadgets you just couldn't bear to throw away

Old tech: the obsolete gadgets you just couldn't bear to throw away | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
We asked you to tell us about old cameras, phones and other kit that you just couldn't bear to part with. Here are your stories
Look at the pictures submitted to our GuardianWitness project about old technology.
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Here are some gadgets we continue to love as long as possible.

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New iPhone, 4G technology may mean Apple, China Mobile tie-up closer - Reuters

New iPhone, 4G technology may mean Apple, China Mobile tie-up closer - Reuters | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Economic Times New iPhone, 4G technology may mean Apple, China Mobile tie-up closer Reuters Apple has so far ducked a deal with China Mobile as this would have required a redesign inside the iPhone to work on the operator's inferior TD-SCDMA 3G...
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Improved relationship?

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Does Silent Assembly's New Bra Technology Spell The End Of The Underwire? - Forbes

Does Silent Assembly's New Bra Technology Spell The End Of The Underwire? - Forbes | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Does Silent Assembly's New Bra Technology Spell The End Of The Underwire?
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Inspired by the body scanning technology employed in movies, the new technology relies on nylon polymers which have a “memory” for the exact shape of a wearer's torso.
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Yes! Please!

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Technology and nonviolence keep Arab hopes alive

Technology and nonviolence keep Arab hopes alive | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
History tells us that revolution often triggers counter-revolution: The spontaneous, euphoric moments of liberation are eclipsed by the forces of repression – with reaction often dressed in uniform.
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The best use of technology is to make the lives of the living better. Here is an upbeat story about that.

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Chinese Financial Stocks Advance as Technology Companies Retreat - Bloomberg

Chinese Financial Stocks Advance as Technology Companies Retreat - Bloomberg | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Chinese Financial Stocks Advance as Technology Companies Retreat
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China financial and industrial stocks advanced, while drug-makers and technology companies retreated.
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It never hurts to know what is happening with the rest of the planet. Here is an interesting update.

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Solar-Powered Sol Laptop Can Run for 10 Hours on a Single Charge

Solar-Powered Sol Laptop Can Run for 10 Hours on a Single Charge | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
The new solar-powered laptop by WeWi Telecommunications Inc has a battery that can run for 10 hours on a single charge.
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Computing off the grid!

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Making the Most of Windows 8 Touch in the Classroom

Making the Most of Windows 8 Touch in the Classroom | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
A robust review of Microsoft's updated touch-responsive interface, and resources for further exploration Love it or hate it, Touch has now become part of the.
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Some aren't sure they like touch screens on larger monitors. A mouse requires much less broad movement to gain more control and holding your arm up on an upright screen is not the same at all as tapping a small handheld device.

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Infinite Skills Release "Learning Adobe Illustrator CC Training Video" Step-by ... - PR Web (press release)

Infinite Skills Release "Learning Adobe Illustrator CC Training Video" Step-by ... - PR Web (press release) | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Infinite Skills Release "Learning Adobe Illustrator CC Training Video" Step-by ...
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Here's a how to about Adobe Illustrator!

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Pakistani artists challenging YouTube ban - CNN International

Pakistani artists challenging YouTube ban - CNN International | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Pakistani artists challenging YouTube ban
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Because after all, it's a democracy. It's not a dictatorship anymore," said Furhan Hussain from Bytes for All. The ban on YouTube "is in direct violation of the constitution of Pakistan.
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In my opinion one of the best uses of technology is to advance Democracy and make the world a healthier placeDemocracy

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U.S. overturns Apple trade ban

U.S. overturns Apple trade ban | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
The decision stops an import ban and cease-and-desist order on older iPhones and iPads.
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Once someone sales a product to another person, to me that is where the rights of the first owners cease unless the person who bought it allows that inventor or creator to hold copy rights or other contractual agreed rights. How many would buy a device that is basically renting the device and they do not have the power to resale and upgrade for the best price they can find? 

 

Most countries have laws against selling stolen property on the books. However in all places I know of if you buy a car you can later resale it. The same is true for books, records, CDs. Refrigerators, houses, all of our clothes......so how Apple got a trade ban if the products were not stolen is strange to me unless they were coming from a country with total trade bans for political or safety reasons.

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Dear Google: Don't Be AT&T

Dear Google: Don't Be AT&T | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Tell Google to let people host their own servers on Google Fiber.
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But there’s one way that Google is exactly like all the other Internet service providers: Its terms of service prohibit customers from attaching any servers to its networks.2

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Technology Really Is Making You Fat (But Not How You Think) - Gizmodo

Technology Really Is Making You Fat (But Not How You Think) - Gizmodo | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Technology Really Is Making You Fat (But Not How You Think)
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It's lazy to point out that technology makes us lazy. Of course it does.
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Here's something to work your brain over!

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Facebook, Zuckerberg rally partners to connect the whole wide world - PCWorld

Facebook, Zuckerberg rally partners to connect the whole wide world - PCWorld | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Facebook, Zuckerberg rally partners to connect the whole wide world PCWorld On one hand, connectivity has helped foster early attempts at democracy in the Middle East and China, allowing those like-minded individuals to collect online and work to...
Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:

Connecting the world is a great goal. Making connections doesn't have to end traditions. Understanding others is a great way to appreciate differences and understand others uniqueness.

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10 Emerging Educational Technologies & How They Are Being

10 Emerging Educational Technologies & How They Are Being | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
For over a decade, the New Media Consortium (NMC) has been charting the landscape of emerging technologies in teaching, learning, and creative inquiry on a global scale. The NMC's advisory board includes 750 ...
Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:

These are some of the most impressive uses of technology in education. 

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, August 16, 2013 8:46 AM

Here are some of the real thrills of technology in education. Many of the events are happening in a cloud. These show the impact of creative use of technology in education.

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New 'ambient backscatter' technology draws power from the air - The Independent

New 'ambient backscatter' technology draws power from the air - The Independent | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
The Independent New 'ambient backscatter' technology draws power from the air The Independent The new technology is called 'ambient backscatter' and works by absorbing the many types of transmissions – from radio waves, Wi-Fi, mobile networks and...
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Interesting!

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Facebook buys Jibbigo creator Mobile Technologies - VatorNews

Facebook buys Jibbigo creator Mobile Technologies - VatorNews | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Moneycontrol.com Facebook buys Jibbigo creator Mobile Technologies VatorNews And it is for this reason that voice technology is important to the company, as it makes it easier for people around the world to "navigate mobile devices and the web, and...
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Facebook hopes to advance it's reach with voice technology.

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Hyperloop: Billionaire Elon Musk Unveiling Mysterious Travel Technology Today - Space.com

Hyperloop: Billionaire Elon Musk Unveiling Mysterious Travel Technology Today - Space.com | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
The Guardian
Hyperloop: Billionaire Elon Musk Unveiling Mysterious Travel Technology Today
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There is now a schedule for the big reveal.
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Wow! How would you like to feel like the that disk gliding on the air hockey table without being hit and bumped around.

 

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Further, in May, Musk described the Hyperloop as a "cross between a Concorde and a railgun and an air hockey table," leading many amateur tech sleuths to imagine a system that pneumatically blasts passenger-packed pods through long tubes.

 
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Infinite Skills Release "Learning Adobe InDesign CC Training Video" Offers a Detailed Insight Into Adobe's Page Layout Application

Infinite Skills Release "Learning Adobe InDesign CC Training Video" Offers a Detailed Insight Into Adobe's Page Layout Application | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
(PRWEB) August 04, 2013 -- Infinite Skills Inc. releases "Learning Adobe InDesign CC," an introductory 11 hour training course teaching all the basic tools and techniques for page design using Adobe's industry-standard desktop publishing software.
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Here's a teach yourself guide!

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Announcement: GuitarControl.com Issues New Online Lesson Video for Quick ... - San Francisco Chronicle (press release)

Announcement: GuitarControl.com Issues New Online Lesson Video for Quick ... - San Francisco Chronicle (press release) | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Announcement: GuitarControl.com Issues New Online Lesson Video for Quick ...
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After learning the solo, players should try adding riffs of their own to develop their personal style.
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Great tips from a great player!

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Apple iPhone patent violated by Samsung, US trade court rules - The Guardian

Apple iPhone patent violated by Samsung, US trade court rules - The Guardian | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
The Guardian
Apple iPhone patent violated by Samsung, US trade court rules
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In a mixed ruling the International Trade Commission (ITC) found that Samsung had unfairly used Apple technology in some of its devices.
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The jury is in and here's the decision.

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GE Ends Solar-Panel Push, Sells Technology to First Solar - Wall Street Journal

GE Ends Solar-Panel Push, Sells Technology to First Solar - Wall Street Journal | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
azcentral.com GE Ends Solar-Panel Push, Sells Technology to First Solar Wall Street Journal Under the deal, GE is selling First Solar its technology for making thin-film solar panels in exchange for 1.75 million shares of the solar technology...
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Solar investments update.

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Japan launches talking humanoid robot into space

Japan launches talking humanoid robot into space | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Tokyo - Japan has launched the world's first talking humanoid robot 'astronaut' toward the International Space Station.
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Here's a first to take note of and it did seem only a matter of time before this had to happen.

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'Space stations' to transform Riyadh in mega metro project

'Space stations' to transform Riyadh in mega metro project | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Can car-loving Saudis be convinced to step out of their air-conditioned comfort and take public transport?
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The quick modernization of Saudi Arabia has been stunning.

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Open source is the dominant warfighting doctrine of the 21st century - opensource.com

Open source is the dominant warfighting doctrine of the 21st century - opensource.com | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Open source is the dominant warfighting doctrine of the 21st century
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They do so by emphasizing distributed review, inclusiveness and broad and diverse participation.
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Well, this is an interesting idea.

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