Former NSA employee looks to make email more secure - security, Center for Democracy and Technology, encryption, Virtru, data protection Email, perhaps still the most widely used Internet application, has about the same level of security as a postcard. But unlike postcards, it's widely depended on by businesses. It wasn't designed with security in mind. It was just designed to work. But following disclosures of large-scale spying by the U.S. as well as other nations over the last several years, a variety of companies, including Wickr and Silent Circle, see commercial opportunities in making encrypted messaging products that are easier to use. Joining those companies is Washington, D.C.
15 Tech Tool Favorites From ISTE 2016 The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference brings together a huge cross section of educators who share a common belief that technology in the classroom can make learning more relevant, engaging and fun for kids. Among the 20,000 or so conference-goers are ed-tech evangelists, teachers new to technology, passionate makers and many others. Educators at the conference are looking for new ideas and tools to bring back to their districts and classrooms. 100 Amazing How-To Sites to Teach Yourself Anything Posted by Site Administrator in Online Learning May 7th, 2009 Learning new skills and expanding your knowledge doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. There are loads of free resources on the Web that can help you find instructional videos, tutorials and classes to learn a wide variety of skills from fixing basic car problems to speaking another language.
WeChat's money gifting scheme lures 5 million Chinese users Last week WeChat, the popular Chinese messaging app, launched a feature letting users based in China gift money to friends and family. The feature went viral in China, and yesterday parent company Tencent disclosed to Chinese media that during the first two days of Spring festival, over five million users participated in the scheme, exchanging over 20 million envelopes. At its apex, over 121,000 envelopes were sent within a five-minute stretch, during with 585,000 attempts were made by users to snatch one up. Specifically, after binding one’s bank card to the app, users can send cash-filled virtual red envelopes (a traditional gift for the Lunar New Year) one of two ways. Individuals can send cash directly to a recipient, or, if you want to spice things up, senders can put up a set sum of cash that’s then distributed randomly among a specified group of friends.
Meet the Aussie young guns that could become the next big thing Finder co-founders Frank Restuccia and Fred Shebesta. Source: Supplied WE all know the Mark Zuckerbergs of the world. But closer to home a new breed of Aussie entrepreneurs are turning their back on traditional jobs, creating their own ventures and killing it online.
Singapore government reveals latest measures to turn country into an innovator's haven 3D printers are available for use at IDA Labs, a government-led makerspace in the heart of Singapore. Criticize the Singapore government all you want for its tightened labor policies, which has made it harder for startups to hire good foreign talent. But it’s undeniable that they’re trying very hard to recreate Silicon Valley in Singapore — an earnest attempt to keep the small country prosperous. 2014 is shaping up to be a landmark year for the startup community in Singapore. Just three months in, a multi-agency effort is already underway to introduce a raft of programs to turn Singapore into a nation of innovators, makers, and tinkerers.
What kills more people than AIDS, diabetes and road injuries? Hazy days: These photos show the Eiffel Tower during clear weather on August 17, 2012 and through a haze of pollution on March 14, 2014. Photo: BERTRAND GUAY Air pollution killed seven million people in 2012, more people than AIDS, diabetes and road injuries combined. One in eight deaths worldwide can be attributed to breathing tainted air, making it the world’s largest environmental health risk, the Geneva-based World Health Organisation said in a report on Tuesday, today doubling its previous estimates for pollution fatalities. The biggest culprit is poor ventilation of indoor heaters and cookers, the agency said. The WHO revised the number because the deadly effect of air contaminants, which extends beyond respiratory problems to heart attacks, strokes and cancer, are now better understood.
Zoho Writer vs. Google Docs & Microsoft Word Online: Is It Time to Switch? When it comes to fantastic online word tools you are spoilt for choice. But only three can claim to be complete, full-fledged word processors: Microsoft Word Online, Google Docs, and Zoho Writer. The last of these has recently been overhauled, and the new Zoho Writer 4.0 seems like a real challenge to the big two. The focus of the new app is about reducing clutter in the interface, and making tools easy to find for a writer. Australia's trade performance sinks On market access that measures the extent and complexity of a country's tariff regime, Australia now ranks 74th, having been 44th in 2008. On the quality, transparency and efficiency of border administration Australia stands 22nd having been 11th six years earlier, while on infrastructure it is now 20th, down from a peak of 14th in 2009. Similarly, on its operating environment it is 19th versus 14th in 2009.
Egomotion Raises $750K From Android’s Co-Founder And Others To Make Your Smartphone Smarter Back in November, I wrote about an Android app called Agent. Agent uses your phone’s myriad sensors to make your Android smartphone just a wee bit smarter. It’ll detect when you’re driving, and automatically respond to texts to let people know you can’t type right now. During the hours you normally sleep, it’ll auto silence your phone (but still give people a way to ring through in case of an emergency.) When your battery is low, it can flip the switches to turn off things like Bluetooth and auto-sync to eek just a liiiittle more life out of your phone.
Why companies including GE, Apple, Coca-Cola and more are incorporated in Delaware Welcome to Delaware — the home of tax-dodging American corporate giants. Source: ThinkStock THERE’S an office building in Wilmington, Delaware that is entirely unremarkable in physical appearance. Two storeys, beige brickwork, metal window frames and a red awning. It’s completely average in every way except for one extraordinary fact. It is the official legal address to almost 300,000 businesses including giants of the corporate world such as Coca-Cola, Ford, Google, News Corp (owner of news.com.au), Apple and General Electric, as revealed by The New York Times.
My Go-to Google Tools for Social Studies Classrooms Over the years I've used a lot of Google tools in my social studies classes. Some of those tools, like Wonder Wheel and Notebook, no longer exist, but many still do. Here are my five go-to Google tools for social studies classrooms. How to videos accompany each tool featured below. 1.