Chinese start-up gets children coding

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Makeblock is one of the rare Chinese tech companies finding commercial success outside of China. Source: CNN Gadgets Date: September 17th, 2019 Link to video: https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2018/11/26/shenzhen-china-makeblock.cnn-business Discussion Is it important to know how to code? We are in the middle of a “low-code revolution”. Low-code means that you don’t code from scratch, but “code” by… Read more »

Big Four Firm KPMG Identifies Top Four Skills Required for Blockchain Career

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Big Four auditing firm KPMG has identified the top four skills needed for a blockchain-related career, in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on May 16. KPMG suggests that an increasing number of companies will investigate blockchain technology this year. “Blockchain projects will not succeed or scale without a multifaceted team that goes beyond technologists,” the firm states,… Read more »

Facebook Discloses It Shared Data With Chinese Device Makers

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Facebook Inc. said it had data-sharing partnerships with four Chinese consumer-device makers, including Huawei Technologies Co., escalating concerns that the social network has consistently failed to tell users how their personal information flows beyond Facebook. The disclosure came after Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said earlier Tuesday that he saw… Read more »

Microsoft AI

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This video is a TV commercial from Microsoft talking about their AI systems. Source: Microsoft Date: February 15th, 2018 Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tucY7Jhhs4 Discussion 1) What actually is Artificial Intelligence? 2) What sorts of applications can you think of, beyond those shown in the video, that could use

The next big thing in tech: The desktop computer (yes, really)

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  While smartphones may be sweeping through emerging markets, a computer is still the thing that you and I sit down to every day to access the knowledge economy,” he said. “The only difference between a smartphone and a computer is the monitor, the keyboard, the mouse and the operating system. Source: CNN Date: March 10th, 2016… Read more »

Solu: A flawed attempt to reinvent the PC

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Source: BBC News Date: October 15th, 2015 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34549042 Discussion 1) The article says “Solu’s main selling point is its software. It looks nothing like any computer you’ve ever used before.  Running on a heavily-modified version of Google’s Android operating system, the Solu software does away with many of the conventions we’re used to in home computing.”  Can… Read more »

Microsoft battles US over warrant for drugs case emails

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Microsoft is returning to court to continue its fight against the US government’s demand that it hand over emails stored at an Irish data centre.  The messages involved are alleged to contain details of narcotics sales.  In 2014, a court ruled in favour of the government’s claim that because it had jurisdiction over the US-based… Read more »