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For 2 months, they’ve taught school from home. Check out these images from their challenging, new worlds

Photos by Keith Birmingham | Text by Ariella Plachta When doors to Southern California schools closed in mid-March, public school teachers were given anywhere from a couple days to a few hours of preparation for “distance learning” amid the burgeoning pandemic. Related links Coronavirus: LAUSD to start new school year in August, but whether classrooms reopen remains uncertain Remote learning is that much harder for LA County special education students Without in-person contact, support fo...
Tags: Google, News, Education, La, Time, Los Angeles, Sport, Noah, Soccer, Long Beach, John, Lausd, Pasadena, Silver Lake, Southern California, West Hollywood


Trump Is Considering Forming a Panel to Review Complaints of Anti-Conservative Bias Online: Report

After years of complaining of online bias against him, President Donald Trump is thinking about doing something about it—again. The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump is considering forming a panel to review (so far unsubstantiated) allegations of anti-conservative bias on social media, which could include the…Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Instagram, Social Media, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, Panel, Trump


All the way back to 2008

Now and then I dive back into the 12 year archive of my blog and see some or the early slide layouts I made. This Google image search pops up many of them. While many of these layouts are now still available as templates in SlideMagic, some of them, especially the early o...
Tags: Google, Concepts, Layout, Speaking, SlideMagic


Jabra’s Elite Active 75t earbuds offer great value and sound for both workouts and workdays

Technology improvements over the past few years mean that most fully wireless earbuds are a lot better than they used to be. That has led to something of a narrowing of the field among competitors in this arena, but some of the players still stand out – and Jabra have definitely delivered a standout performer with its newest . Basics Jabra’s Elite Active 75t is a successor to its very popular 65t line, with added moisture resistance designed specifically for exercise use, as indicated by t...
Tags: Reviews, TC, Gadgets, Hardware, Bluetooth, Tech, Headphones, Headset, Sound Cards, Jabra, iPhone accessories, Wireless Earbuds, Jabra Sound


How much money YouTube pays creators with 100,000 subscribers per month, according to a fitness influencer

Joe Farrington, 18, lives in the UK and posts fitness videos to his YouTube channel "Joe Fazer" with 139,000 subscribers.  Farrington told Business Insider that he treats YouTube like a full-time job and earns money through sponsorships and ads in his videos.  YouTube creators like Farrington earn money off the platform through YouTube's Partner Program, which lets creators monetize their channels with video ads. On average, Farrington's YouTube channel earns about $560 a month from the ads th...
Tags: Google, UK, Instagram, Youtube, Trends, University, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Farrington, My Protein, David Dobrik, Business Insider Before, Dobrik, YouTube s Partner Program, Preston Arsement


In $16 Billion Push To Expand Broadband, America Is Flying Through a Fog

Spurred by the coronavirus pandemic, federal policy makers are pushing to spend billions of dollars to close gaps in America's high-speed internet network. From a report: There is one big obstacle: Government officials say they don't have a clear picture of where service gaps exist, meaning parts of the country will be left out when it is time to distribute the funds. While the Federal Communications Commission estimates more than 94% of Americans -- or about 309 million people -- have access to...
Tags: Fcc, America, Tech, Federal Communications Commission


Mixed up

There's been a lot of idle chit-chat about blended learning, and how 'indispensable' it is during the historic online pivot. Blended this and blended that - it's spoken of as though it were some kind of magic bullet that will cure all pedagogical ills. It isn't. But it could be.No, scrub that. It isn't. Blended is simply a crazy idea that learning can occur anywhere, in both formal and informal contexts, inside school and outside of it, using a mix of technology - as and when it suits. I wish I...
Tags: Technology, Learning, Students, Education, Teachers, Pedagogy, eLearning, Don, Distance, Blended, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Formal, Informal, On-campus


America's CDC and 11 States Erroneously Conflated Two Kinds of Coronavirus Tests

America's Center for Disease Control "is conflating viral and antibody tests..." writes the Atlantic, "distorting several important metrics and providing the country with an inaccurate picture of the state of the pandemic." Thelasko shared their report: We've learned that the CDC is making, at best, a debilitating mistake: combining test results that diagnose current coronavirus infections with test results that measure whether someone has ever had the virus. The upshot is that the government'...
Tags: Cdc, America, Tech, Harvard, Atlantic, Center for Disease Control, Harvard Global Health Institute, Jha, Thelasko, Ashish Jha, COVID, K T Li Professor of Global Health


Newton Mail founder returns with launch of personal net worth tracker, Kubera

Serial entrepreneur Rohit Nadhani, who last sold his Newton email app to Essential in 2018— an app so popular it’s been saved from shutting down multiple times — is today launching a new startup, Kubera. The service aims to offer an alternative to using a spreadsheet to keep track of your assets, investments, cryptocurrencies, debts, insurance, and other important documents that would need to be transferred to a loved one in the event of your death. The founder was inspired to create Kubera — a ...
Tags: TC, Tech, Financial Services, Costa Rica, Estate Planning, Intuit, Fintech, Newton, Cloudmagic, AES, Yodlee, Kubera, Google Sign, Nadhani, Idera, Newton Mail


Texas Instruments Makes It Harder to Run Programs on its Calculators

An anonymous reader quotes Engadget: Texas Instruments' graphing calculators have a reputation as hobbyist devices given their program support, but they just lost some of their appeal. Cemetech has learned (via Linus Tech Tips) that Texas Instruments is pulling support for assembly- and C-based programs on the TI-84 Plus CE and its French counterpart, the TI-83 Premium CE. Install the latest firmware for both (OS 5.6 and OS 5.5 respectively) and you'll not only lose access to those apps, but wo...
Tags: Tech, Texas Instruments, Engadget, Linus Tech Tips, Cemetech


A Silicon Valley exodus, law firm drama, and the most consequential startup of all time

Hello! The remote work movement is accelerating. Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday that he expects up to 50% of Facebook's employees to work remotely by 2030. Shopify boss Tobi Lutke tweeted that the company's offices would remain closed until 2021 and that most will permanently work remotely after that. "Office centricity is over," he said.  Those statements follow Twitter and Square employees being told they could work remotely permanently.  What does that mean for Silicon Valley's status as...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, US, Trends, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Rob, Sam Altman, Dublin, Jack Dorsey, Denver, David Boies, WPP, Intercom


Hyper-innovation: COVID-19 will forever change the way we teach kids

Long-held structures in the education system, like classroom confines and schedules, have held back innovation for a long time, says education leader Richard Culatta.In the coronavirus era, we have been able to shake some of those rigid structures loose, making way for creativity and, ultimately, a more open mindset. When creativity and technology combine, learning can become so much more than delivering content to a student. Culatta gives two stunning examples: one of a biotech class, and anoth...
Tags: Technology, Learning, Education, Children, Internet, Youth, Intelligence, Teaching, Creativity, Innovation, Exploration, Curiosity, Richard Culatta, Pandemic, Future Of Learning, Coronavirus


Tech Companies Urges US House to Protect the Privacy of Americans' Browsing and Search History

While reinstating the PATRIOT Act, the U.S. Senate blocked an amendment which would've shielded Americans' browsing and search histories from warrantless searches. But that fight may not be over, reports TechSpot: [S]everal tech companies including Mozilla, Reddit, Twitter, and Patreon have co-signed a letter asking the House of Representatives to tidy up this mess. The House still needs to pass the bill for it to become law, and they can force the inclusion of the amendment. They vote this ...
Tags: Congress, Tech, Fbi, House, House Of Representatives, Naacp, U S Senate, American Civil Liberties Union, US House, Mozilla Reddit Twitter


Technology start-ups that fail fast succeed faster

Failure rates of new technology-based companies are shockingly high. It is estimated that 75% of technology start-ups do not generate profits. Other data suggest upwards of 90% of new technology enterprises completely fail. However, some failures of products or technologies have been positive and lead to success. It took Thomas Edison thousands of attempts before he succeeded with his lightbulb design. Although learning from failure has been described as critical to the success of technology-bas...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Thomas Edison, Syndication, Growth Quarters


Apple Assisting Authorized Repair Shops With COVID-Related Expenses

In an internal memo last week, obtained by MacRumors, Apple has indicated that it will assist its third-party repair partners around the world with COVID-19-related expenses, such as cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment. All eligible Apple Authorized Service Providers will receive a subsidy from Apple by way of increased payouts for each completed repair. The subsidy is retroactive and the length it is offered will depend on stay-at-home guidelines in each country. Service prov...
Tags: Apple, MacRumors Apple, AASP, Apple Authorized Service, Apple Authorized Service Providers, COVID-19 Coronavirus


DigiTimes: Future AirPods to Include 'Ambient Light Sensors'

Apple is reportedly looking to integrate light sensors in a new model of AirPods in the next couple of years, according to a new report today. In a paywalled article, DigiTimes reports that ASE Technology could be involved in manufacturing the sensors: Apple is expected to incorporate ambient light sensors (ALS) in next-generation ‌AirPods‌ devices in the coming 1-2 years, and Taiwan's ASE Technology may handle the backend process for the new component, as it has moved to purchase more packagin...
Tags: Apple, Taiwan, Tim Cook, Digitimes.com, AirPods, AirPods Pro, Freewavz


Future AirPods to Include 'Ambient Light Sensors' Possibly Related to Rumored Health Features

Apple is reportedly looking to integrate light sensors in a new model of AirPods in the next couple of years, according to a new report today, suggesting their use could be part of rumored upcoming health monitoring features in the true wireless earbuds. In a paywalled article, DigiTimes reports that ASE Technology could be involved in manufacturing the sensors: Apple is expected to incorporate ambient light sensors (ALS) in next-generation ‌AirPods‌ devices in the coming 1-2 years, and Taiwan'...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Taiwan, Tim Cook, Digitimes.com, AirPods, AirPods Pro, Freewavz


Locked-Down Teens Stay Up All Night, Sleep All Day

Parents share a roof but see little of teenagers who have adopted vampire schedules; "Sometimes, my dad just wants me to wake up for no reason." From a report: Paul Cancellieri wakes up most mornings around 6 a.m. He makes himself breakfast. Then he says good night to his 16-year-old son, Cole. Cole, a high-school junior in Wake Forest, N.C., is one of the American teens who have gone nocturnal in the Covid-19 pandemic. While some schools require students to log on to live classes, many others a...
Tags: Tech, Zach, Gabrielle, Escondido Calif, Mansfield Texas, Zach Zimmerman, Wake Forest N C, Paul Cancellieri, Gabrielle Powell


'Japan Model' Has Beaten Coronavirus, Shinzo Abe Declares

Prime minister Shinzo Abe has declared victory for the "Japan model" of fighting coronavirus as he lifted a nationwide state of emergency after seven weeks [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source]. From a report: Speaking at a press conference on Monday evening in Tokyo, Mr Abe said that Japan had avoided an explosive increase in cases without the compulsory lockdowns used in Europe or the US. The ending of the state of emergency in the last five prefectures it covered -- T...
Tags: Europe, Japan, US, Tech, Shinzo Abe, Tokyo, Abe, Tokyo Kanagawa Saitama Chiba


After 19 Years, the ISS Receives Its Very Last NASA Science Rack

"One of the longer chapters of the International Space Station has come to a close," writes Engadget. "NASA has sent the last of its 11 ExPRESS (Expedite the Processing of Experiments to the Space Station) science racks to the orbiting facility, 19 years after sending the first two." They don't look like much, but they provide the power, storage, climate control and communications for up to 10 small payloads — they're key to many of the experiments that run aboard the ISS and will help the sta...
Tags: Alabama, Tech, Nasa, International Space Station, Mars, Iss, Boeing, Marshall, Marshall Space Flight Center, Engadget NASA, Shaun Glasgow, EXPRESS Racks


WHO Temporarily Suspends Trial of Hydroxychloroquine Over Safety Concerns

The World Health Organization is temporarily pausing tests of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment in order to review safety concerns, the agency's director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu said Monday. From a report: The decision comes after a retrospective review published in The Lancet found that coronavirus patients who took hydroxychloroquine or its related drug chloroquine were more likely to die or develop an irregular heart rhythm that can lead to sudden ...
Tags: Tech, World Health Organization, Tedros, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu


Will The Pandemic Mean Less Age Discrimination For Boomers?

An anonymous reader quotes Psychology Today's "Boomer's 3.0" blog: More and more companies, especially those in the tech sector, are wisely concluding that the physical infrastructure constructed to put employees together in a building is largely inefficient if not unnecessary. Beyond the potential health risks, office buildings are expensive to construct and maintain, and rents, taxes, and insurance comprise a high percentage of operating costs. It makes simple fiscal sense to bypass these exp...
Tags: Tech, Boomer


Apollo for Reddit 1.8 Improves Media Viewing, Sharing Options, and More

Former Apple intern Christian Selig has released version 1.8 of Apollo, the popular Reddit client developed with Apple's iOS design guidelines in mind. The latest update focuses on improving the viewing of media. For example GIFs can now be paused and videos play inline with the feed, so users no longer have to tap them in order to see what's going on at a glance. Users can also save and share GIFs, while sharing in general has been streamlined and improved within the app. For example, sharin...
Tags: Apple, Reddit, Apollo, Christian Selig, Reddit Polls Elsewhere


Munich Says It's Now Shifting Back From Microsoft to Open Source Software -- Again

Newly-elected politicians in Munich "have decided its administration needs to use open-source software, instead of proprietary products like Microsoft Office," reports ZDNet: "Where it is technologically and financially possible, the city will put emphasis on open standards and free open-source licensed software," a new coalition agreement negotiated between the recently elected Green party and the Social Democrats says. The agreement was finalized May 10 and the parties will be in power until ...
Tags: Microsoft, Berlin, US, Tech, Munich, Microsoft Office, Green Party, Sap, Social Democrats, Sander, Zdnet, Alex Sander EU, Free Software Foundation Europe


Twitter Struggles To Label Misleading COVID-19 Tweets

Automated technology that Twitter began using this month to label tweets containing coronavirus misinformation is making mistakes, raising concerns about the company's reliance on artificial intelligence to review content. From a report: On May 11, Twitter started labeling tweets that spread a conspiracy theory about 5G causing the coronavirus. Authorities believe the false theory prompted some people to set fires to cell towers. Twitter will remove misleading tweets that encourage people to eng...
Tags: Twitter, Tech, Reuters BBC Wired and Voice of America


Zwift companion app not working? Try this

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Over the past winter, and sporadically ever since, I’ve been using virtual the video game-like cycle training platform Zwift and a Tacx NEO indoor smart trainer. It’s allowed me to exercise with focus and efficiency when I’m crunched on time or the weather outside is not so great (or you know, lockdown). But I’ve had a huge problem with its “companion app” — a...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Tech, Basics, Riding Nerdy


America Makes a Big Investment In Next-Gen Nuclear Power

America's Department of Energy "has started a new Office of Nuclear Energy projects called the Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program" (or ARDP) reports Popular Mechanics: "The $230 million program will give $160 million to scientists working on two reactor designs that 'can be operational' in the very near future." The "Advanced" part of ARDP is an industry term for the generation of reactors we have today... Generation IV — the super advanced reactors? — are in the research phase, but the ARD...
Tags: America, Tech, NEI, U S Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NuScale Power LLC, Nuclear Energy Institute NEI, America s Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy


A personal-finance YouTube creator, who would film videos in his car, shares how he turned his channel into a business that earned $220,000 last year in ad revenue

The personal-finance YouTube creator Ryan Scribner, who has 623,000 subscribers, treats his channel as a full-time job, sharing tips on the best investing apps and stock market advice with his audience online. Scribner launched his YouTube channel by posting videos from his car, sometimes parked in a Walmart parking lot in-between work breaks, he told Business Insider.  Currently, Scribner earns the bulk of his revenue from ads that play in his videos, sponsorships, and affiliate commissions, ...
Tags: Google, Instagram, Youtube, Trends, Walmart, Victoria, Ralph Lauren, Macy, Scribner, Business Insider YouTube, YouTube s Partner Program, Ryan Scribner, Addison Rae, Business Insider Monthly Scribner


New Shops From Facebook and Amazon, Will We Go From Bad to Worse? Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Business Update   Programs Virtual Mentorship The Qurate Retail Group, (owner of QVC and HSN) in partnership with the NRF Foundation, has introduced the Small Business Spotlight program to help out 20 selected small business across the country, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. These businesses will get increased visibility and other support, using their broadcast and online resources. From May 11 through June 6, QVC and HSN will share the stories behind these businesses o...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Verizon, Facebook, Business, Florida, Instagram, Fcc, Congress, US, America, Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Zenefits, Treasury


Jack Dorsey Tells Andrew Yang: 'AI is Coming For Programming Jobs'

An anonymous reader quotes CNBC: The rise of artificial intelligence will make even software engineers less sought after. That's because artificial intelligence will soon write its own software, according to Jack Dorsey, the tech billionaire boss of Twitter and Square. And that's going to put some beginning-level software engineers in a tough spot. "We talk a lot about the self-driving trucks in and whatnot" when discussing how automation will replace jobs held by humans, Dorsey told former De...
Tags: Tech, Jack Dorsey, Cnbc, Dorsey, Yang, Andrew Yang, Yang Dorsey



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