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How Videogames Like Minecraft Actually Help Kids Learn to Read
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Brecht Vandenbroucke Minecraft is the hot new videogame among teachers and parents. It’s considered genuinely educational: Like an infinite set of programmable Lego blocks, it’s a way to instill spatial reasoning, math, and logic—the skills beloved by science and technology educators. But from what I’ve seen, it also teaches something else: good old-fashioned reading and […]

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AMD's new CEO has a background in mobile technology
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It feels like just yesterday that AMD brought in Rory Read to turn around its ailing fortunes, but today there’s another changing of the guard. The chip designer has announced that chief operating officer Lisa Su is its new CEO, effective…

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3D-Printed Machine Gun Folds and Shoots Endless Paper Airplanes
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It doesn’t matter what side of the debate you’re on when it comes to using 3D printers to make guns, how could anyone being against using the technology to build a machine gun that folds and fires an endless barrage of paper airplanes? Read more…

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Microsoft's RoomAlive Gaming Jumps Out of the Box
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Microsoft Research on Sunday demonstrated RoomAlive, a new technology that can transform any room into an immersive and interactive gaming display. Based on a scalable multiprojector system that adapts gaming content to the physical space, RoomAlive allows users to touch, shoot, stomp, dodge and steer projected content that becomes seamlessly integrated with their environment. A […]

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‘This is 2LO calling’: Marconi transmitter, IBM Simon and more at the Science Museum
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BBC Click to host event at Information Age gallery The BBC’s flagship tech programme, Click, will host a lecture on the history of communications technology at the new Information Age gallery, which opens at the end of the month at the Science Museum.…

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Inflatable private room to dock to ISS, commercialise space
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The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module is on track to launch in 2015, and will be attached to the International Space Station to test the technology.

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Bose's NFL deal won't let players wear other headphones on camera
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Back in March, the NFL reached a deal to make Bose its official audio provider — nothing special at the time, especially given the league’s fondness for technology agreements. However, it now looks like this pact is about to influence the headphones…

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Apple will face $350M trial over iPod DRM
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tonystl Apple will soon have to face a trial over accusations it used digital rights management, or DRM, to unlawfully maintain a lead in the iPod market, a federal judge has ruled. The plaintiffs’ lawyers, representing a class of consumers who bought iPods between 2006 and 2009, are asking for $350 million. Last week, US District Judge Yvonne Gonzales […]

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How HealthCare.gov Taught America to Finally Care About Design
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It was the culmination of a political triumph years, perhaps decades, in the making. On October 1, 2013, the Affordable Care Act, known colloquially as Obamacare, would be made manifest in the form of HealthCare.gov, a nationwide health insurance marketplace. It would provide an estimated 7 million Americans with healthcare. It would revolutionize the way […]

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