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Minecraft in Education launched to help teachers build with students

Minecraft in Education launched to help teachers build with students

Inside the game Minecraft, users are able to very easily create 3D models using square blocks. It's the perfect point between entertaining and educating, creative and mathematical. Microsoft recently acquired the company that made Minecraft - now they're aiming to make a more concentrated effort in education. Inside this video game environment, inside the computer, teachers are able to have students "practicing collaboration, problem solving, digital citizenship, and leadership skills through creative thinking and innovative design." It's about taking the vast potential built-in to Minecraft and making it work for education, in a big way.

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Google Hangouts updated for iOS with Material Design

Google Hangouts updated for iOS with Material Design

Google's design ethos does not end at Android. Releasing their newest version of Google Hangouts for iOS this week, the company's "Material Design" specifications have taken over. This version of the app is not a bordered affair. No longer will you be drowning in non-Material-friendly bits and pieces. This version of the app is made for the future. It's also made to allow you the ability to send multiple photos in one, singular Hangouts message from you to your best buddy.

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Leap Second internet crash won’t happen like last time

Leap Second internet crash won’t happen like last time

Time stands still on Tuesday as an extra second is added to the 30th of June, 2015. Because the Earth's rotation is slowing - and in several billion years we'll all be dead - a second will be added to the clock. Without this second, we'd eventually have times of day that once were associated with the morning setting with the sun. We'd have chaos. But brought on so gradually that none would really notice the difference. Except computers. Back in 2012 when a second was added to the day, Linux-based systems were flung into chaos. Real chaos, not just imaginary.

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Sundown on Eclipse – Google pushes devs to Android Studio

Sundown on Eclipse – Google pushes devs to Android Studio

Google announces that Eclipse Android Developer Tools kit will no longer be officially supported by the company for Android app creation. This afternoon Jamal Eason, Product Manager for Android, made clear that Google would be "ending development and official support for the Android Developer Tools (ADT) in Eclipse at the end of the year." Both the Eclipse ADT plugin and Android Ant build system will still exist, of course, but Google won't be lending their help to anyone still using them at the end of December.

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Google Translate opens this fridge to give Canadians free beer

Google Translate opens this fridge to give Canadians free beer

Marketing gimmicks are nothing new, but like Amazon's new Treasure Truck promotion, the really creative, original ones are pretty cool. In this case, it's from Molson, the Canadian beer maker. They had a special refrigerator built that runs Google's speech recognition and translation software, making it capable of recognizing as many as 40 different languages. As Molson's new commercial video shows, the fridge was left in public, encouraging people to open it by simply saying "I am Canadian." But it's not quite that easy.

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4K 21.5-inch iMac revealed in El Capitan Beta build

4K 21.5-inch iMac revealed in El Capitan Beta build

Inside the newest build of OS X El Capitan comes mention of Apple's newest desktop device, one with a 21.5-inch 4K display. While we can't be 100% certain this is a display aimed at a new iMac, Apple's desktop and laptop lineup do leave room right this moment for just such a device. This would make way for the current 21.5-inch iMac to be retired while a new version with 4096 x 2304 pixels to come through. This device will likely be revealed by Apple within the next couple of months.

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Texas Instruments Graphing Calculator hacked to run Android

Texas Instruments Graphing Calculator hacked to run Android

It seems to be a growing trend recently to get old or mis-matched software running on different tech devices. We've seen and Android Wear smartwatch running Apple's old System 6 operating system, the computer game DOOM installed on an ATM, and just this week an Apple Watch hacked with OS 7.5.5. Well, it's beyond time to get some graphing calculators in the mix. Josh Max must have felt the same, because he recently shared his hack of getting Android to run on a Texas Instruments TI-Nspire CX.

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Adobe Creative Cloud reboots trials to lure in users

Adobe Creative Cloud reboots trials to lure in users

Adobe has been pushing its Creative Cloud, which gives users access to Adobe software and services in exchange for a subscription fee. Despite some grumblings about the service, it has been going strong for a few years now and has been updated regularly. Adobe is still trying to get more users on board with it, though, and so it is dangling a new piece of incentive: a second round of free trials. The company recently announced that it has reset the Creative Cloud trials in honor of the 2015 release.

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Liked Undo Send? You’ll love these Gmail Labs tweaks

Liked Undo Send? You’ll love these Gmail Labs tweaks

Today Gmail's "Undo Send" feature finally comes to the standard version of Gmail. With it, a renewed interest in the labs where it was born. This system is called Gmail Labs - a place where awesome features are thought up and tossed into the fray with wild abandon. Sort of. While there's still some testing that goes on behind the scenes, Google offers up a place where users can test out the oddities before they reach prime-time. There you can play with the toys before the toys come to all the other girls and boys.

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Ford’s MyFord app hits Android Wear as Sync 3 debuts in USA

Ford’s MyFord app hits Android Wear as Sync 3 debuts in USA

Ford boosts its smart functionality and connectivity technologies this week with a new MyFord Mobile app extension and SYNC 3's release in North America. Ford suggested this afternoon that the MyFord Mobile app extension would be coming soon "for smartwatches," including Android Wear and eventually very likely the Apple Watch as well. Ford's news in the in-car infotainment environment included a confirmation of which vehicles the SYNC 3 system would be debuting in inside North America. These systems work with AppLink as well.

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