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Top 10 Tech This Week

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This week's tech round up includes news from Instagram, Windows, Apple and Mercedes.

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Lost in Translation: Big Data Innovation is Missing the Point

Lost in Translation: Big Data Innovation is Missing the Point | Technology News | Scoop.it
Business Intelligence (BI) as currently practiced, on premise or in the cloud, with new tools or old, does not work. Why? Recent innovation in Big Data has focused on the wrong problem: building a better mouse trap, rather than innovating the entire approach. For example, take Tableau or Qlik. Both offer significantly better Data Discovery than the previous generation of tools; however, despite marketing claims around ease of use and a low level of technical expertise needed, these tools are still designed for experienced analysts and data scientists. Unless highly technical, a business user cannot put them to good use. This problem exists across the entire BI project lifecycle: First, someone very technical needs to create a data mart (or warehouse or lake). That person is, by definition, a technologist, not a business expert. Therefore, interpretation of requirements is an essential step in this process. Much is lost in translation during this step. The usual answer is to load everything including the kitchen sink into the data mart, which then makes it unwieldy, even more expensive to maintain, and costs a mint to store and to keep current. Creating a data mart takes time, and business requirements change constantly. Therefore, data mart design is usually not current. Second, extracting insights from the data mart is an iterative process. An insight leads to unanticipated questions, requiring a new insight. Each insight is a result of a number of queries, metrics, visualizations, and stat models. Each insight requires a sophisticated application, one that typically depends on a technical person to create. Since the technical person creating the application is usually also not a business expert, much is lost in translation here as well. And, because many business users lack the analytical or statistical training to define a productive discovery process, the iterations are ad hoc, lead to blind alleys, and lack of understanding of the result. So what to do? Like most technologies, BI is a tool on which someone needs to build a solution for practical daily use and consumption by non-technical business users. The future of BI lies in creation of Applied Business Analytics solutions – solutions built to meet specific business needs, to answer specific business questions, which are delivered as a service and at scale to businesses and end users. For most business processes, there are documented best practices, with differences by industry sector, geography, or size of the organization. These best practices can be interpreted and converted into analytics that measure, forecast, and model future outcomes based on the understanding of the process parameters which influence a given outcome.
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How to Use Green Screen Effects on iPads

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Learn how to use green screen effects on an iPad to produce professional looking photos and Hollywood-style videos in this quick and easy tutorial!

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Xcode 9: Everything Apple Has Offered to The Developers

Xcode 9: Everything Apple Has Offered to The Developers | Technology News | Scoop.it
XCode 9 brings exciting runtime checks to the coding community, excelling its own standards of efficiency. Explore more insights on Xcode 9.

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Google Photos can identify individual cats and dogs

Google Photos can identify individual cats and dogs | Technology News | Scoop.it
Thanks to advanced machine learning, Google knows the difference between your calico cat, your orange tabby and your Chihuahua.
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Everything you need to know about iOS 11 in one place

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Trust us, you want to bookmark this page. iOS 11 is out -- in beta -- and it's full of shiny goodies.
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New joint research initiative to introduce social robotics, artificial intelligence into clinical health care

New joint research initiative to introduce social robotics, artificial intelligence into clinical health care | Technology News | Scoop.it
McMaster and Ryerson universities today announced the Smart Robots for Health Communication project, a joint research initiative designed to introduce social robotics and artificial intelligence into clinical health care. With the help of Softbank's humanoid robot Pepper and IBM Bluemix Watson Cognitive Services, the researchers will study health information exchange through a state-of-the-art human-robot interaction system. The project is a collaboration between David Harris Smith, professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia at McMaster University, Frauke Zeller, professor in the School of Professional Communication at Ryerson University and Hermenio Lima, a dermatologist

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3 Free Virtual and Augmented Reality Apps for the Classroom

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Using virtual or augmented reality at just the right teachable moment can create a powerful, even moving, experience for students.

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How hackers can ruin your summer vacation

How hackers can ruin your summer vacation | Technology News | Scoop.it
From airports to hotels to that cute cafe you found, it just takes one cybersecurity slipup to turn your holiday into a nightmare.
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Another tip is to separate your accounts and dedicate one to a (low limit) account and associated credit card. Use this account when you shop online or travel. That way, if that card is compromised, it’s the only one that you have to cancel. This helps split your digital footprint and makes it more manageable/less of a risk of impacting your entire financial portfolio.
 
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Google fights fake news in search with 'fact check' tags

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The search giant is expanding use of the feature, which it launched for Google News last year.
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Using Robotics to Prepare Students for the Future

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In today’s’ technology-driven world, it’s important now more than ever to prepare students for the future. Teaching robotics to young students throughout their schooling can increase their ability to be creative and innovative thinkers and more productive members of society. Many governments have already recognized the importance of robotics in the classroom and have begun to create programs and laws that would incorporate it into their public education system. By teaching our students the basics of robotics, we can open a whole new world to them and exciting opportunities that they wouldn’t have access to otherwise. It’s no secret that …

 

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Robots attend school in place of sick kids

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Grahamtastic Connection -- founded by a mother whose son died of leukemia -- provides computers and robots to connect children battling illness with school and friends.
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10 Google Drive Activities Teachers Can Do Using Chrome Apps

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Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education
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Eight of the best research tools for inquiry – iLearn Technology

Eight of the best research tools for inquiry – iLearn Technology | Technology News | Scoop.it

"As an inquiry based school, Anastasis students (and teachers) spend a LOT of time researching. Our students essentially build their own living curriculum as they follow a line of inquiry. Below are my very favorite research tools for students ..."

KiddleBoolifyWolfram AlphaCreative CommonsThe Thinker BuilderCootie catcherAnatomy of a Google searchGoogle modifiers cheat sheet
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The 10 skills you need to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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These are the top 10 skills you will need in the workplace in 2020.

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16 G Suite Challenges for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced

16 G Suite Challenges for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced | Technology News | Scoop.it

If you are a user of G Suite and Google Apps documents check out these challenges! I picked a few Google Apps with a beginner, intermediate and advanced challenge.


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Sphero Edu + Swift Playgrounds – Sphero Edu – Medium

Sphero Edu + Swift Playgrounds – Sphero Edu – Medium | Technology News | Scoop.it
At the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in 2016, Apple announced Swift Playgrounds, a revolutionary app for the iPad that makes learning the Swift language interactive and fun for all learners. Swift Playgrounds is essentially a video game that teaches kids how to code using Apple’s Swift programming language. The interface allows you see what you’re creating with code as you write it — type your code on the left and immediately see the result on the right. Earlier in 2017, the Sphero Edu team partnered with Apple to build the first integrated Playground content designed to control real world robots. On June 5th at WWDC, Apple unveiled the new content that is now part of the Swift Playgrounds app. Thanks to our new partnership, you can now program real world robots including Sphero’s very own SPRK+.

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Cybersecurity Is Everyone’s Responsibility

Cybersecurity Is Everyone’s Responsibility | Technology News | Scoop.it
For IT: Ensure software is patched, data is encrypted and your environment is up-to-date with the latest protection. Major global cyberattacks like WannaCry and NotPetya underscore the need to keep systems updated and patched. This one step can help prevent the next attack and your organization’s reputation. It might also be time to evaluate your threat detection and response capabilities. Does your team have the skills needed and the right technology in place to ensure smaller security incidents don’t erupt into debilitating disasters?

For employees: When you’re on the front line, you’re the most likely target in a phishing scheme. That makes it critical to ask your organization’s CISO or CIO about available training and what steps to take if you do find yourself a victim.

As a rule of thumb: Beware of what you click! If it’s from a user you don’t know, or if the sender’s email is not one you’re familiar with, take caution and don’t open any links or attachments until you’ve consulted the IT team.

For management: Change happens at the top. Talk openly about the risks facing your business and what employees might face day-to-day. Inserting cybersecurity into the workplace lexicon makes staff more aware of the threats they may encounter.

Education and training programs are no longer just nice to have—they’re critical! Unfortunately, only 53% of organizations have programs in place to educate employees about security threats. However, the ROI on these types of program is remarkable—more than 50% of InfoSec professionals say they can quantify the reduction in phishing susceptibility among users.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/?s=get+smart

 

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For IT: Ensure software is patched, data is encrypted and your environment is up-to-date with the latest protection. Major global cyberattacks like WannaCry and NotPetya underscore the need to keep systems updated and patched. This one step can help prevent the next attack and your organization’s reputation. It might also be time to evaluate your threat detection and response capabilities. Does your team have the skills needed and the right technology in place to ensure smaller security incidents don’t erupt into debilitating disasters?

For employees: When you’re on the front line, you’re the most likely target in a phishing scheme. That makes it critical to ask your organization’s CISO or CIO about available training and what steps to take if you do find yourself a victim.

As a rule of thumb: Beware of what you click! If it’s from a user you don’t know, or if the sender’s email is not one you’re familiar with, take caution and don’t open any links or attachments until you’ve consulted the IT team.

For management: Change happens at the top. Talk openly about the risks facing your business and what employees might face day-to-day. Inserting cybersecurity into the workplace lexicon makes staff more aware of the threats they may encounter.

Education and training programs are no longer just nice to have—they’re critical! Unfortunately, only 53% of organizations have programs in place to educate employees about security threats. However, the ROI on these types of program is remarkable—more than 50% of InfoSec professionals say they can quantify the reduction in phishing susceptibility among users.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/?s=get+smart

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/securite-pc-et-internet

 

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Deep Learning in Robotics

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In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Sergey Levine, assistant professor at UC Berkeley, about deep learning on robotics. Levine explains what deep learning is and he discusses the challenges of using deep learning in robotics. Lastly, Levine speaks about his collaboration with Google and some of the surprising behavior that emerged from his deep learning approach (how the system grasps soft objects).

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How Scratch and Minecraft Developers Hope to Keep Kids Coding For Life - EdSurge News

How Scratch and Minecraft Developers Hope to Keep Kids Coding For Life - EdSurge News | Technology News | Scoop.it
Coding curricula is sweeping into classrooms across the country, thanks to programs such as Code.org. According to the Education Commission of States, about 20 states now require that districts allow students to apply specified computer science courses toward completion of mathematics, science or, as a foreign language.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, June 24, 11:16 AM

Back in the last century I taught LOGO and BASIC. Learning how to code -- is it an essential literacy?

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Google's Eric Schmidt: We need #critical #thinking now more than ever

Google's Eric Schmidt: We need #critical #thinking now more than ever | Technology News | Scoop.it
Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet Inc (Google’s parent company), is optimistic about the future. “We’re entering what I call the age of abundance,” he says. “And during the age of abundance, we’re going to see a new age … the age of intelligence.

“By 2020, most human beings will have access to the internet. When you have everyone harnessed with this information, the world gets more inter-connected. It gets stronger. There’s more knowledge sharing. There’s more freedom and there’s more openness.”

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6 Good Virtual Science Lab Apps for Students - Educators Technology

6 Good Virtual Science Lab Apps for Students - Educators Technology | Technology News | Scoop.it
The apps we curated for you today provide students with virtual labs where they can learn more on a wide variety of scientific phenomena. Using an inquiry-based learning approach, students will get to access interactive simulations, collaborate on quizzes, explore tables of elements and solve scientific puzzles all while having fun. We have included both Android and iPad apps, check them out and see which ones work for you. Enjoy

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The Maker Movement 

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"Makerspaces, part of the larger Maker Movement, are essentially "community centers with tools." They are designed to engage learners of all ages with tools and technologies as a way to craft new things and promote collaboration and mentorship. Participants may engage in activities that range from bookbinding to construction to coding. These makerspaces (sometimes referred to by different names, including library labs and tinker studios) are becoming increasingly common sights at public libraries. The University of Alberta's Teacher-Librarianship by Distance Learning (TLDL) program provides this helpful, detailed guide to the maker movement. Originally designed to accompany a university course, this guide may appeal to those new to the idea of makerspaces, as well as those who are more familiar with this growing movement and want to implement makerspaces into their library, community center, or school. The Background section is a great place to start and includes a detailed description of different kinds of makerspaces along with links to numerous articles and other resources about the movement. Meanwhile, in the Application section, visitors will find a number of materials to aide in setting up a makerspace. These materials include handouts and posters that define a makerspace and outline the respective role of students and mentors in such spaces, a short Prezi presentation, and a collection of links to outside resources that may ignite future project ideas."


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Tech Enabled

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Welcome to Tech Enabled, a CNET series chronicling the role that technology plays in helping the disability community.
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Robotic legs give the paralyzed a new view of their world

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From CNET Magazine: Exoskeletons are slowing making their way out of hospitals and rehab centers and into homes.
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In Finland, Kids Learn Computer Science Without Computers

In Finland, Kids Learn Computer Science Without Computers | Technology News | Scoop.it
Students can learn the basics with a set of knitting needles.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, February 24, 10:16 PM
Brilliant! I thought I was being clever by turning song lyric progressions into examples of code (loops, if-else statements, etc.) but the Finns teach loops through knitting in 5th grade! That is the kind of cross curricular, synthetic thinking that is the currency of 21st Century employability. 
Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, March 8, 4:20 AM
another clever issue from Finland
 
Nicky Ren's curator insight, March 9, 8:45 AM
I think this is a brilliant idea. I thought I was being clever by turning song lyric progressions into examples of code (loops, if-else statements, etc.), but the Finns teach loops through knitting in 5th grade! That is the kind of cross curricular, synthetic thinking that is the currency of 21st Century employability.