Soon You’ll Buy Consoles the Way You Upgrade iPhones

Wired News - Thu, 26/05/2016 - 1:00pm
If we see Microsoft and Sony announce new(ish) console upgrades at E3, here's why The post Soon You'll Buy Consoles the Way You Upgrade iPhones appeared first on WIRED.
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American Schools Teaching Kids To Code All Wrong

Slashdot - Thu, 26/05/2016 - 1:00pm
theodp writes: Over at Quartz, Globaloria CEO Idit Harel argues that American schools are teaching our kids how to code all wrong. She writes, "The light and fluffy version of computer science -- which is proliferating as a superficial response to the increased need for coders in the workplace -- is a phenomenon I refer to as 'pop computing.' While calling all policy makers and education leaders to consider 'computer science education for all' is a good thing, the coding culture promoted by Code.org and its library of movie-branded coding apps provide quick experiences of drag-and-drop code entertainment. This accessible attraction can be catchy, it may not lead to harder projects that deepen understanding." You mean the "first President to write a line of computer code" may not have progressed much beyond moving Disney Princess Elsa forward? Harel says there must be a distinction drawn between "coding tutorials" and learning "computer science." Building an app, for example, can't be done in a couple of hours, it "requires multi-dimensional learning contexts, pathways and projects." "Just as would-be musicians become proficient by listening, improvising and composing, and not just by playing other people's compositions, so would-be programmers become proficient by designing prototypes and models that work for solving real problems, doing critical thinking and analysis, and creative collaboration -- none of which can be accomplished in one hour of coding," she writes.

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Image of the Day

Space.com - Thu, 26/05/2016 - 12:00pm
The Milky Way serves as an infinite vista in this amazing night sky view of a bride and groom in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Photographer Charles Cormier took this space-themed wedding photo, which he calls "To the Stars and Back."
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Inside the London School Where Cabbies Learn the Fabled Knowledge

Wired News - Thu, 26/05/2016 - 11:00am
London cabbies spend 3.5 years memorizing the city's 25,000 streets. Photographer Alexander Wilson documents the day in the life of black cab student. The post Inside the London School Where Cabbies Learn the Fabled Knowledge appeared first on WIRED.
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Hopscotch Teaches Kids to Code Without That Pesky Command Line

Wired News - Thu, 26/05/2016 - 11:00am
Hopscotch, the maker of the popular coding app for iPad, is now helping kids code on the iPhone. The post Hopscotch Teaches Kids to Code Without That Pesky Command Line appeared first on WIRED.
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Cape Watch: Joss Whedon Is Considering a Return to Marvel Movies

Wired News - Thu, 26/05/2016 - 11:00am
Surprisingly, this week's superhero movie news is light on X-Men. But it does have Joss Whedon talking about making Marvel films again. The post Cape Watch: Joss Whedon Is Considering a Return to Marvel Movies appeared first on WIRED.
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The Woeful TSA Doesn’t Need More Staff. It Needs This Tech

Wired News - Thu, 26/05/2016 - 11:00am
Incorporating the latest technology and a better understanding of human behavior could eliminate the worst parts of passing through airport security. The post The Woeful TSA Doesn't Need More Staff. It Needs This Tech appeared first on WIRED.
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This Map Tracks Where Governments Hack Activists and Reporters

Wired News - Thu, 26/05/2016 - 11:00am
A new collaborative software project maps cases of state-sponsored malware campaigns targeting civil society victims. The post This Map Tracks Where Governments Hack Activists and Reporters appeared first on WIRED.
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The Smartest Thing a Tech Company Can Do? Don’t Make a Phone

Wired News - Thu, 26/05/2016 - 11:00am
Microsoft's days as a smartphone company are coming to an end. And that's a really smart move by Microsoft. The post The Smartest Thing a Tech Company Can Do? Don't Make a Phone appeared first on WIRED.
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How Chilling With Brian Eno Changed the Way I Study Physics

Wired News - Thu, 26/05/2016 - 11:00am
At the annual Imperial College quantum gravity cocktail hour, a young theoretical physicist met an unlikely inspiration. The post How Chilling With Brian Eno Changed the Way I Study Physics appeared first on WIRED.
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'Black Hole Blues' (2016): Book Excerpt

Space.com - Thu, 26/05/2016 - 11:00am
An excerpt from the book "Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space" (Knopf, 2016) by Janna Levin, which traces the turbulent history of the first experiment to directly detect gravitational waves.
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Jupiter Moon Europa's Ocean May Have Enough Energy to Support Life

Space.com - Thu, 26/05/2016 - 11:00am
Jupiter's moon Europa might be able to support life even if there's little or no volcanic activity under the satellite's icy shell, a new study suggests.
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'Black Hole Blues': Book Chronicles Gravitational Wave Detector

Space.com - Thu, 26/05/2016 - 11:00am
The new book "Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space" chronicles the long struggle behind the construction of the scientific instrument that made the first direct detection of gravitational waves.
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SpaceX Delays Rocket Launch, Landing Attempt to Friday: Watch Live

Space.com - Thu, 26/05/2016 - 10:57am
SpaceX will try to land a rocket on a ship at sea for the third time in less than two months on Friday (May 27), and you can watch the exciting spaceflight action live.
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Smart-Home Gadgets Need a Translator Real Bad—Here’s How to Get One

Wired News - Thu, 26/05/2016 - 10:47am
Internet of Things devices are like a little UN: they all speak different languages and don't get along. The post Smart-Home Gadgets Need a Translator Real Bad—Here's How to Get One appeared first on WIRED.
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Xiaomi Unveils Budget-Friendly Mi Drone, $460 For 4K Or $380 For 1080p

Slashdot - Thu, 26/05/2016 - 10:00am
An anonymous reader writes: Chinese consumer electronics company Xiaomi has officially journeyed into the drones product category. The Xiaomi Mi Drone is a quadcopter with a three-axis gimbal, 4K camera, and a remote control that uses your Mi smartphone as a viewfinder. The 4K version retails for about $460 while the 1080p model retails for about $380. When compared to drones from DJI or Yuneec, the Mi Drone seriously undercuts them as they typically retail for more than $1,000. Some other features of the Mi Drone center around modularity and serviceability -- the camera module and rotors are detachable. The 5,100 mAh battery that Xiaomi claims can last 27 minutes of continuous flight time on a single charge is also replaceable. It uses GPS and GLONASS for positioning. It even features a visual positioning system on the rear that allows itself to remain stable when flying at low altitudes in environments where a satellite signal cannot be reached. Some of the autonomous flight modes include: takeoff, landing, return to home, waypoint navigation and orbit, with the ability to create a geofence to limit its movement. The 1080p Mi Drone "will be crowdfunded on the Mi Hope app starting May 26, 2016," while the 4K Mi Drone "will be available for testing via an open beta program at the end of July." With such an affordable price tag relative to the competition, the Xiaomi Mi Drone may help increase revenues for the company whose sales barely grew last year.

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Expandable Habitat to Be Inflated on Space Station Today: Watch It Live

Space.com - Thu, 26/05/2016 - 10:00am
NASA astronaut Jeff Williams will lead the deployment of the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM). Watch the event live here at Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV, beginning at 5:30 a.m. EDT (0930 GMT) Thursday.
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Astronaut Drew Feustel - Where We Could Go With Orion | Video

Space.com - Thu, 26/05/2016 - 7:38am
NASA's Orion spacecraft may takes us to asteroids, Mars, the Moon and beyond. The NASA astronaut and Hubble Space Telescope repairman shares his optimism for the future of space exploration with @DavidSkyBrody.
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Tor To Use Distributed RNG To Generate Truly Random Numbers

Slashdot - Thu, 26/05/2016 - 7:00am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Softpedia: Tor developers have been working on the next iteration of the Tor network and its underbelly, the Onion routing protocol, in order to create a stronger, harder-to-crack anonymous communications system. To advance the project, the developer team schedules brainstorming and planning meetings at regular intervals. The most recent of these meetings took place last week, in Montreal, Canada. In this session, the team tested the next generation of the Tor network working on top of a revamped Onion protocol that uses a new algorithm for generating random numbers, never before seen on the Internet. The Tor Project says it created something it calls "a distributed RNG" (random number generator) that uses two or more computers to create random numbers and then blends their outputs together into a new random number. The end result is something that's almost impossible to crack without knowing which computers from a network contributed to the final random number, and which entropy each one used. Last week, two University of Texas academics have made a breakthrough in random number generation. The work is theoretical, but could lead to a number of advances in cryptography, scientific polling, and the study of various complex environments such as the climate.

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Asteroid Rebuttal: NASA Pushes Back Against Nathan Myhrvold's Claims

Space.com - Thu, 26/05/2016 - 6:43am
Former Microsoft chief technology officer Nathan Myhrvold is off base in his criticisms of an asteroid-studying NASA mission, agency officials say.
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