Technology and Money

France To Ban Mobile Phones In Schools
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The French government is planning to ban students from using mobile phones in the country’s primary, junior and middle schools. While children will be permitted to bring their phones to school, they will not be allowed to get them out at any time until they leave, even during breaks. The Guardian reports: Jean-Michel Blanquer, the […]

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Google’s “AR Stickers” app launches, puts Star Wars characters in your camera
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Google’s push to bring Augmented Reality to the masses hit a big milestone today with the launch of the “AR Stickers” app. Google has been doing Augmented Reality for some time now with the hardware-packed Project Tango devices, but AR Stickers is the first app in Google’s new AR strategy, which revolves around ARCore. ARCore is […]

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Microsoft’s Q# quantum programming language out now in preview
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Enlarge (credit: Microsoft) Microsoft today launched a preview version of a new programming language for quantum computing called Q#. The industry giant also launched a quantum simulator that developers can use to test and debug their quantum algorithms. The language and simulator were announced in September. The then-unnamed language was intended to bring traditional programming […]

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People are mortgaging their houses to buy Bitcoin
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Bitcoin is sitting at $16,674 at the time of writing, after rocketing from $1,000 to more than $19,000 in the course of this year. Those types of eye-catching numbers (and the resulting media hype) are bound to draw the interest of casual folk. But,…

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Apple GymKit is coming to a treadmill near you
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 It’s been half a decade since Apple transitioned to the lighting connector, and still I regularly see the long-retired iPod 30-pin cable flopping off treadmill dashboards at gyms all around the country. It’s impossible to say how any of this will look five years from now, but at the very least, Apple’s new GymKit offering […]

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A venture firm focused on real estate, Navitas Capital, just raised $60 million
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 Real estate heavyweights clearly don’t want to be left in the dust by tech startups that see opportunities to do things more efficiently, more transparently and more affordably than has previously been possible in the long clubby, expensive and opaque world of real estate. Just one indicator is their sudden interest in venture capital. Read […]

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Soylent co-founder Rob Rhinehart steps down as CEO
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 After an eventful (and sometimes challenging) year for Soylent, co-founder Rob Rhinehart announced today that he will resign as the meal replacement shake company’s chief executive officer. That position will be taken over by Bryan Crowley, the president of Soylent’s parent company Rosa Foods. Read More

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Crunch Report | Apple Confirms Shazam Acquisition
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Apple confirms its Shazam acquisition, MyEtherWallet knockoff goes live on the App Store and is now removed and the NFL is partnering with Verizon and is now streaming football games to everyone. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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Microsoft paints politically beautiful world for the holidays     – CNET
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Commentary: Redmond’s ad for Christmas is warm, cuddly and celebrates, of all things, Microsoft Paint. It also has a serious political message.

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