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For less than $20, you can be the amazing speaker you’ve always wanted to be

Not everyone is born with a gift of gab. In fact, if you’re like most of us, even the thought of standing in front of a large group and talking about virtually anything is enough to make you start hyperventilating a bit. Yet despite the fear, remember this — public speaking isn’t a natural born talent. It’s a skill…and like any skill, it can be developed. You can learn how to get the art of verbal showmanship into your skill…

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A Look at One of Linux’s Most Windows-Like Desktops

Let’s say you’re looking to try out this thing called Linux, and you ask a buddy of yours for help. They recommend you install something called Linux Mint. You do what they say, and now it’s on your computer. Guess what? That desktop you’re looking at isn’t Linux Mint. It’s an interface known as Cinnamon. Mint? Cinnamon? I know. I’m hungry now, too. But keep reading, and soon it will all make sense. Cinnamon Is a Desktop Environment A desktop…

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The world of Skyrim is thrilling and flawed in VR

Since consumer-grade virtual reality became a thing last year, there has been some criticism over the lack of lengthy, meaty VR experiences that can draw players in an epic story for dozens of hours. As if to answer that criticism, Bethesda has released Skyrim VR, a PlayStation VR exclusive version of one of the meatiest RPGs of the last decade. Consumer virtual reality was barely even a gleam in Palmer Luckey’s eye when Skyrim came out in 2011, though, and that…

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Skype fined $36k for not providing data to Belgian authorities

Skype today lost its appeal with a Belgian court which fined the company for not handing over user messages — which Skype says would have been effectively impossible. According to Belgian newspaper Het Belang Van Limburg (and thanks to a translation by The Register), Belgian authorities requested information from the company during a a 2012 investigation into a criminal organization which used Skype to communicate. It offered up metadata, but argued it couldn’t access the specific messages to give the…

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Real-Life Electronic Neurons | Hackaday

All the kids down at Stanford are talking about neural nets. Whether this is due to the actual utility of neural nets or because all those kids were born after AI’s last death in the mid-80s is anyone’s guess, but there is one significant drawback to this tiny subset of machine intelligence: it’s a complete abstraction. Nothing called a ‘neural net’ is actually like a nervous system, there are no dendrites or axions and you can’t learn how to do…

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Germany bans kids’ ‘spying’ smartwatches

Regulators in Germany have introduced a ban on children’s smartwatches citing privacy concerns. Telecoms regulator the Federal Network Agency (FNA) describes the wearables as “spying devices” and advises parents to destroy them. The FNA said that parents had been using such smartwatches to listen in on their children at school, and warned teachers to be on the lookout for them. But a lack of regulation of the devices means that many have poor security, meaning they could be used by…

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​A Playbook to Go Open: 5 Steps to Adopting OER

Adoption of digital learning resources is taking hold in schools and districts across the United States. Public schools now provide at least one computer for every five students and spend more than $3 billion per year on digital content, according to Education Week. As momentum for digital learning builds, some districts—80 percent according to the 2017 Consortium for School Networking’s (CoSN) K12 IT Leadership Survey Report—are using open educational resources (OER), which the U.S. Department of Education defines as, “teaching,…

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Immedis reveals plans to double its workforce by 2020

Payroll firm Immedis has announced 80 new roles in its offices in New Jersey, Dublin and Kilkenny. Immedis, a company that specialises in global payroll technology and employment tax service, has disclosed that it will create 80 new positions across its offices in Dublin, Kilkenny and New Jersey. The company’s increasing client base in North America and Europe has necessitated the new hires. Recruitment has already begun, and Immedis hopes to double its workforce and fill the roles by 2020. Immedis…

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Huawei’s P11 Plus appears in the wild, three months before it might possibly be announced

We know the tech world moves quickly, but perhaps this is a touch too quick. Hot on the heels of releasing the Mate 10 to the world, we’re now looking towards their 2018 lineup, and with pictures of the rumoured P11 Plus now doing the rounds, we’re getting just a little excited. What we’re seeing is very Huawei, but it looks like we’re going to see the 18:9 screen which landed on the Mate 10 line arriving on next year’s P11…

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Instructional Tech and Teaching Tweet Wrap for w/e 11-18-17

Inspiring, informative, useful, or just plain fun tweets posted on Twitter over this past week … collected here to share with our blog readers. This week in the wrap … have some fun this week with Thanksgiving games from Kahoot; a great reminder that “edtech” is not about giving student devices and assuming that is going to make a difference – for technology to have an impact, it needs to be part of a larger, well planned initiative (with plenty…

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