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Robot Love: Inside Dean Kamen’s FIRST Championship 2014

Robot Love: Inside Dean Kamen’s FIRST Championship 2014

The screaming in the stadium is so loud, I can hardly hear the announcer. Enthusiasm spills from the stands in waves; only gets louder when President Obama appears on the big screen for an unexpected address. The Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis isn’t playing host to the Rams as usual, however; instead, the seats are filled with row after row of students from K-3 up to high school age, all here for the FIRST Championship 2014. Brainchild of Dean Kamen - better known perhaps for being the father of the Segway - this is no ordinary robotics competition.

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The Baxter Robot teaches college kids how to code robotics apps

The Baxter Robot teaches college kids how to code robotics apps

Bridging the gap between experiencing and learning is the Baxter Robot by Rethink Robotics. A group of undergrad students from the University of California, Berkeley, are currently learning how to code robots by working with the Baxter. This the same kind of robot that builds cars, assembles smartphones and is now teaching the college kids.

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Moto X college designs bring smartphones to students

Moto X college designs bring smartphones to students

This week the folks at Motorola have revealed their next play for the Moto X, pushing a number of college-themed handsets out for this spring season. Each of this wild variety of Moto X machines will have custom colors by Motorola - combinations of three colors therein - while the logos of the schools will be provided by the company known as Uncommon. Users can choose to work with the clear case or without, sticking with their school’s colors regardless.

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Dell Latitude 13 heads to school with its own integrated cart

Dell Latitude 13 heads to school with its own integrated cart

This week Dell has ushered in their newest education-aimed notebook, one going by the name Dell Latitude 13. This device works with a choice of Intel Core i3 (4010U) or Intel Celeron Dual Core (2957U) processors and a choice of basically any operating system you want inside the Microsoft Windows family between Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8.1. The display on this machine comes in at a lovely 13.3-inches with HD (1366 x 768 pixels) with 200nits of brightness.

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Adobe joins the Obama ConnectED bandwagon

Adobe joins the Obama ConnectED bandwagon

President Obama has been working on his ConnectED Initiative for a while. The goal of that initiative is to improve the education system in the US and help education move into a more technology focused world. The initiative has added a couple new firms to the mix, including one of the larger software firms out there.

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University of Maryland hacker nabs SS# trove

University of Maryland hacker nabs SS# trove

In a statement on the university's website today, University of Maryland President Wallace Loh revealed a security breach resulting in hundreds of thousands of compromised social security numbers, as well names, university IDs, and dates of birth. Calling it a "sophisticated computer security attack," Loh stated all relevant parties that have been issued a university ID since 1998 are at risk.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab for Education tablet to launch this April

Samsung Galaxy Tab for Education tablet to launch this April

Samsung has announced an upcoming Galaxy Tab designed specifically for educational purposes, which will launch in time for the next academic school year and will bring with it integration with Google Play for Education. There's no word yet on pricing or a specific launch date, but Samsung says the tablet will be available to channel partners in April.

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Apple, Microsoft & more praised in State of the Union for upgrading education

Apple, Microsoft & more praised in State of the Union for upgrading education

The nation is all ears today as President Obama delivered his State of the Union address. As such, it will be highly unlikely anyone will miss the President's special mention of Apple, Microsoft, and a few other key players in the tech industry for their efforts in improving the country's education system by connecting students to high-speed broadband.

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Microsoft Student Advantage gives college students Office 365

Microsoft Student Advantage gives college students Office 365

Microsoft today is extending free access to Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus to all students at higher education institutions where staff and faculty are subscribed to ProPlus or Professional Plus. This "Student Advantage" promotion is already available at 35,000 eligible schools and is already in use at some schools. The program is commencing just a month and a half after it was announced in mid-October.

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Google Play for Education setup app brings Nexus into the classroom

Google Play for Education setup app brings Nexus into the classroom

Google Play for Education -- the program that leverages certain tablets and educational apps for K-12 classrooms -- now has a setup app that should make it relatively easy to initiate the program. School administrators who want to enable their bulk-purchased tablets to receive content from the Education Store can configure the tablets using the app. From there, integrating any of 30,000 education apps should be a breeze.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X131e Chromebook made available to Schools

Lenovo ThinkPad X131e Chromebook made available to Schools

There's a call for Chrome OS in schools - so says Lenovo with their newest device, the ThinkPad X131e Chromebook. This device works with a rugged exterior with a rubber bumper around the top cover as well as "stronger covers" to protect the machine in case of drops during a normal school day. This machine is the newest in an ever-expanding series of Chromebook devices from a wide variety of manufacturers here on the tail end of 2013.

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French computer academy “42” disrupts formulaic education system

French computer academy “42” disrupts formulaic education system

A new school for scrappy young programmers is opening in Paris next month, and it is every bit as freewheeling and disruptive as the Douglas Adams book its name references. 42*, as the school is dubbed, costs nothing to attend. All you have to do is prove you can innovate, solve problems, and apply logic to programming problems in creative ways.

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