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Retro Speak & Spell toy with updated voice will launch later this year

Retro Speak & Spell toy with updated voice will launch later this year

The popular kids gadget Speak & Spell commonly found in households through the 1980s is being revived by company Basic Fun!, according to a new report. The revived model brings the same iconic look as the original, including the bulky shape and physical keyboard. Though the iconic robotic voice remains, it has been tweaked to improve its pronunciation, meaning it won't sound quite how you remember it.

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Amazon is bringing computer science classes to 130 high schools

Amazon is bringing computer science classes to 130 high schools

Amazon will help the next generation learn vital coding skills under a new program that will involve bringing computer science classes to 130 high schools in the New York City area. The classes will be rolled out over the next year leading into 2020, and they'll cover both introductory and Advanced Placement courses. Notably, the classes will be offered in more than 30 high schools in Queens, the destination for Amazon's upcoming new headquarters.

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Microsoft Code Jumper is a physical programming tool for blind kids

Microsoft Code Jumper is a physical programming tool for blind kids

Microsoft has developed a product that introduces blind children to the world of coding. Called Code Jumper, this product is the result of Project Torino, a research project that was beta tested at New College Worcester in 2018. According to Microsoft, Code Jumper presents a physical programming language that increases coding accessibility.

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Amazon makes machine learning courses free for developers

Amazon makes machine learning courses free for developers

Amazon has made its machine learning educational courses available to all developers through AWS, the company has announced. These are the same courses used to train Amazon's own engineers, giving developers a unique opportunity to learn to new skills and companies a way to boost their employees' knowledge. The courses are offered as part of the AWS Training and Certification Machine Learning program.

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Apple will host thousands of free coding sessions at its stores next month

Apple will host thousands of free coding sessions at its stores next month

Apple will be hosting free coding classes at its retail stores, the company has announced, offering them for a total of two weeks during the month of December. Thousands of "Hour of Code" sessions will be held, giving students the opportunity to learn coding skills. This will be the sixth year Apple has hosted daily Hour of Code sessions.

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Nintendo Labo Creators Contest: Here are the genius winners

Nintendo Labo Creators Contest: Here are the genius winners

Nintendo has probably struck gold twice with the Switch, first with the console itself and then with its Labo platform. The cardboard-based educational platform was meant to teach younger owners things like programming and crafting but naturally appealed to users of all ages. To test that goal, Nintendo announced a Creators Contest last month, looking for innovative creations using the platform. And boy did they get open the floodgates of creativity, whimsy, and, in a way, insanity.

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Google Grasshopper free coding app is made for beginners

Google Grasshopper free coding app is made for beginners

Google's experimental products workshop Area 120 has released a mobile app that teaches adults how to code in JavaScript. The Grasshopper app, which is free, supports both Android and iOS, walking beginners from the very basics toward more sophisticated skills, but also helping individuals who already have some coding knowledge. The app is one of many that offer similar lessons.

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Duolingo just got more useful for advanced language learners

Duolingo just got more useful for advanced language learners

Educational app Duolingo continues to help anyone learn a language for free, but it's not for everyone. The app enables users to test their current proficiency, work at their own speed, and more. However, many users feel they reach a plateau after which point the app stops helping with their progression, requiring them to look elsewhere for advancement. The company's latest update may solve that problem.

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Apple publishes iPad tutorial videos on Pencil, Files and more

Apple publishes iPad tutorial videos on Pencil, Files and more

Apple has released a handful of tutorial videos that show new iPad owners how to proficiently use their new tablet. This isn't the first time Apple has released instructional videos; it did something similar for the iPhone camera, for example. The videos are short, simple, and no doubt exist to demonstrate just how easy it is for anyone to understand and use iOS on a tablet.

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Microsoft AI educational 10-course program opens to the public

Microsoft AI educational 10-course program opens to the public

Microsoft has made some of its artificial intelligence courses available to the public, expanding them beyond their initial employee-only availability. Called the Microsoft Professional Program in AI, the courses enable anyone with an interest to learn about artificial intelligence, starting with the basics and working up to crucial skills. The program has a total of 10 courses that cover 10 skills over dozens of hours.

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Google Rolling Study Halls project brings WiFi to school buses

Google Rolling Study Halls project brings WiFi to school buses

Google has expanded its Rolling Study Halls initiative, bringing connected buses to another 16 school districts to help students learn and complete homework during their commutes to and from school. The expansion is starting with Colorado's Deer Trail School District, which will join the initial pilot locations in South Carolina and North Carolina. The program, for now at least, is focusing on rural communities that have long commutes and poor Internet availability.

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Apple helps Chicago teachers bring coding into the classroom

Apple helps Chicago teachers bring coding into the classroom

Apple has teamed up with Chicago Public Schools and Northwestern University to help bring coding skills to students. The company says it is providing teachers across Chicago with tools for teaching computer science and coding in the classroom, that in part involving Apple's Everyone Can Code curriculum. Lane Tech College Prep High School will soon be home to a Center for Excellence that gives teachers access to the content.

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