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Society & Education: February 2013


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How Would You Like Your Own DIY Robot?

Feb. 1, 2013
Source: CNN

Thanks to 3-D printing, regular families can build their own robot by affixing the small printed pieces with screws and nails. This easy DIY requires with a few motors and a circuit board. When completed, the robot comes to life and even responds to voice commands. Although Langevin’s humble robot, ...
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The Future of Learning Starts with a Click

Dennis Anderson, Katja Schroeder. Feb. 7, 2013

Technology has enabled institutions to open up their classrooms to the masses and make education more accessible. These initiatives will change the landscape of education—for the better.
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A 250,000 Crack into Twitter’s security

Feb. 8, 2013
Source: CNN

Approximately 250,000 Twitter accounts were hacked into last week. Investigations by Twitter did not succeed in preventing the hack, but managed to reveal the damage that has been made. Accounts that were breached had their passwords reset and the incident is said to be due to a loophole in the Java ...
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Give me a Face(book) Break!

Feb. 8, 2013
Source: New York Times

Close to 61% of present Facebook users take a voluntary break from the social media site. Amongst many of the reasons given as to why users are increasingly becoming “sick of” Facebook include: the lack of time to maintain profile pages, privacy issues, as well as feeling that the social networking ...
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Facebook as a New Human Search Database

Feb. 15, 2013
Source: Mashable

Jenessa Simons successfully located her birth parents in just two days, after getting the help of the Facebook community, where they helped to like and share her photo. Simons had written signs in the photograph posted on her Facebook page, stating the little information she had of her birth and birth ...
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FurtherEd's New Incubator Promises New Environment for Growing Start-ups

Feb. 22, 2013
Source: Press Release

FurtherEd's Education Technology Incubator promises a conducive start-up environment is in the heart of New York City. Besides providing office space for education start-ups in its 8,400-square-foot location, FurtherEd also allows these new companies an opportunity to work alongside its team. FurtherEd's Incubator launch works in hand with the the New York City initiative, ...
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Legal Gambling on Social Media Soon to Come

Feb. 22, 2013
Source: The New York Times

Inspired by a lucrative casino market, which has expanded beyond Las Vegas and Atlantic City, and talented game developers of Silicon Valley, social media games, such as FarmVille, could be the next popular gambling platform. Many companies in Silicon Valley believe, in the near future, online gambling will be as easy as ...
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Smartphone Users Emerge as Movie Junkies

Feb. 22, 2013
Source: MediaPost

Nielsen is reporting that smartphone users attend up to 9 percent more movies than an average moviegoer. According to the NRG’s 2012 American Moviegoing Report tablet users attend about 20 percent more films than the average. Tablet owners also have the tendency to spend 35 percent more on entertainment than the average, ...
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Twitter’s Happy-sad Meter

Feb. 22, 2013
Source: CNN

Positive and negative words used in tweets on Twitter were analysed using the Mechanical Turk Language Assessment word list. Hawaii and  Napa, California are listed as the world’s happiest city The project by the University of Vermont, saw researches going through more than 10 million geotagged tweets just to complete the ...
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Paint Castles in the Sky with WobbleWorks’ 3Doodler

Feb. 22, 2013
Source: CNN

WobbleWork’s newest innovation, the 3Doodler, a 3-D printing pen, now allows people to create three-dimensional physical objects without an expensive 3-D printer. The technology works like a simple glue gun, where it sprays out non-toxic ABS plastic, which dries and solidifies quickly, to create a mini 3-D sculpture. The 3Doodler project ...
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