The education-technology market has largely not been going Apple’s way in recent years, for all of its efforts to make its iPads and Macintosh computers the go-to classroom computers everywhere. Apple faces fierce competition from Chromebooks, which are Web-centric, Google-flavored laptops that are inexpensive for school districts to purchase en masse -- iPads are typically pricier -- and are a breeze for school IT managers to deploy and manage.
Today’s Apple event in Chicago was about more than just showing off new hardware and software in the classroom -- the company was reasserting itself as a major player in education. The category has long been a lynchpin in Apple’s strategy -- something that Steve Jobs held near and dear.
Google’s artificial intelligence technologies are being used by the US military for one of its drone projects, causing controversy both inside and outside the company. Google’s TensorFlow AI systems are being used by the US Department of Defense’s (DoD) Project Maven, which was established in July last year to use machine learning and artificial intelligence to analyse the vast amount of footage shot by US drones.
Officials from Amazon.com toured sites in Washington, Montgomery County, Md., and Northern Virginia last week -- the latest sign that the tech giant is seriously considering adding a second headquarters with as many as 50,000 jobs to the D.C. area, according to officials in all three jurisdictions. There are at least nine sites in the D.C. area proposed for the tech giant’s expansion, dubbed HQ2.
For years, tech giants and their CEOs could count on glowing praise and friendly media coverage that hyped up just how much their products would change the world. Those changes are now the subject of growing skepticism from politicians, academics and that same media. Election meddling, concerns about privacy and questions about technology's role in our daily lives have muddied the waters for the Silicon Valley giants, which now face tough questions and scrutiny like they've never seen before.
Former technology industry leaders are calling for urgent measures to protect children from smartphone addiction. Among those urging major changes is Tristan Harris - a former high-level employee at Google. He just launched a group that will seek to gather and publish evidence of how digital devices and social media can harm children and young people.
Scams that hijack the world's most popular browser, Google Chrome, are making the rounds again. It starts with a fake error message. For computer users, this is a vexing problem because the underlying malicious code locks up the browser. "The bug that it triggers is more than just an annoyance in the sense that it will render your Chrome browser unresponsive,” Jerome Segura, Lead Intelligence Analyst at Malwarebytes, told Fox News.
To make any real progress in advancing data privacy this year, we have to start doing something about Google and Facebook. Not doing so would be like trying to lose weight without changing your diet. Simply ineffective. The impact these two companies have on our privacy cannot be understated. You may know that hidden trackers lurk on most websites you visit, soaking up your personal information.
Educators and their students can now be part of a beta program to create their own Google Expeditions virtual reality experiences. The opportunity was unveiled this week at Bett, the world’s largest educational technology show here. Classes enrolled in what Google calls its “pioneer program” will be able to create their own immersive virtual experiences with a 360-degree camera and the Google app.
When it comes to the lucrative education market, Microsoft doesn't want to be left behind -- especially when that Google's Chromebooks are increasingly popular with schools. Microsoft's big selling point this year? More cheap Windows 10 notebooks starting at $189, and a Minecraft: Education Edition update focused on chemistry.