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    1. Google|Udacity launch Android programming course for beginners | fast learners - get it done before Free Trial ends.

      Google|Udacity launch Android programming course for beginners | fast learners - get it done before Free Trial ends.

      Google wants more people to learn to program — especially for its Android platform. While the company already offered a few programming courses, they were typically geared toward students with at least some rudimentary programming experience. Starting today, the Google Android Basics Nanodegree class is available on the online learning platform Udacity. It’s the first Android…

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    2. Google app takes on WebMD with an intelligent symptom search | TechCrunch | Follow @2Elearning

      Google app takes on WebMD with an intelligent symptom search | TechCrunch | Follow @2Elearning

      If you’ve ever turned to the interwebs when feeling sick you may have started worrying you had a deathly, flesh-eating virus instead of the common cold. Google aims to eliminate some of that anxiety and confusion in the following days with a few tweaks to the Google app. The Google app works by voice command searches for things like the weather in San Francisco or asking it to time…

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    3. New York has passed a bill legalizing daily fantasy sports | Follow @2Elearning

      New York has passed a bill legalizing daily fantasy sports | Follow @2Elearning

      Early this morning, on the last day of the current session, The New York Assembly passed legislation legalizing daily fantasy sports throughout the state of New York. While the bill still needs to be signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, its passing is a big win for the entire industry. The Battle Ends Due to the large concentration of daily fantasy sports players in the state (about 10 percent of…

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    4. IBM’s Watson makes a move into self-driving cars with Olli, a minibus from Local Motors

      IBM’s Watson makes a move into self-driving cars with Olli, a minibus from Local Motors

      IBM today took the wraps off its first big foray into the world of self-driving cars, not as the driver of them, but as the brain behind making your self-driving journey a little more interesting. IBM Watson, the company’s AI platform, is powering services in Olli — an electric-powered vehicle that can carry up to 12 people designed by Local Motors, a car maker based out of…

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    5. Microsoft makes some moves to lift Dynamics CRM marketshare

      Microsoft makes some moves to lift Dynamics CRM marketshare

      Microsoft has been searching for ways to strengthen its flagging Dynamics customer relationship management (CRM) tool, and it made a couple of moves this week (one quite significant) with an eye toward making life easier for sales people and enhancing its marketshare in the process. For starters, you might have heard that Microsoft bought LinkedIn on Monday for a cool $26 billion.…

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    6. Nanit knows more about how your baby sleeps than you do

      What if a simple camera capturing data for machine learning could tell you the threat level of an individual approaching a fence. What if the same combination of camera and computer could classify the behavior of shoppers in a grocery store isle and judge things like intent to purchase, presence of decision paralysis, and ease of identifying desired products. Fueled by advances in image…

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    7. Apple announces iOS 10

      Apple announces iOS 10

      Apple redesigned the lock screen with iOS 10. With “Raise to Wake” you can see your lock screen without touching your phone. Your phone wakes up. This move was needed as Touch ID had become so fast with the iPhone 6s that you wouldn’t see your notifications on your lock screen. Now, you can also preview notifications with 3D touch. You deep press on a notification and it loads…

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    8. Google launches new certification program for software development agencies

      Google launches new certification program for software development agencies

      Google today announced a new certification program for development agencies. The idea behind the program is to recognize agencies that “have undergone the required training and have demonstrated excellence in building Android applications,” a Google spokesperson tells us. In total, 13 agencies in India, Russia, U.K. and U.S. have already been certified since Google first…

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    9. Salesforce expands Trailhead training as it envisions a world of citizen developersSalesforce expands Trailhead training as it envisions a world of citizen developers | Follow @2Elearning

      Salesforce expands Trailhead training as it envisions a world of citizen developersSalesforce expands Trailhead training as it envisions a world of citizen developers | Follow @2Elearning

      If every company is a software company, perhaps every line of business (LoB) employee should be a programmer. That would be appear to be the idea behind Salesforce’s massive TrailheaDX announcement today. Ultimately, Salesforce hopes these LoB employees will be able to build apps without the help of IT or trained programmers. While the technical folks with programming knowledge…

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    10. Microsoft officially launches Planner, its Trello competitor

      Microsoft officially launches Planner, its Trello competitor

      The Microsoft Office lineup is getting a new addition today: Microsoft Planner, team collaboration software that lets you visually organize plans, assign tasks, share files, chat and more. The new app, first introduced into testing last fall, enters a competitive space which includes pro software like Atlassian’s JIRA Core, as well as other easy-to-use tools from startups like Trello…

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    11. This app builder is letting students turn their ideas into apps for free | Follow @2Elearning

      This app builder is letting students turn their ideas into apps for free | Follow @2Elearning

      “We just need a technical co-founder!” “We have the idea, we’re just trying to find a CS major to build it!” In 2016, everyone and their mother has an idea for an app. This is especially true on college campuses, where starting an app has seemingly replaced beer pong as the most popular extracurricular activity. The only problem is that there are far fewer…

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    12. In a VR world | Follow @2Elearning

      In a VR world | Follow @2Elearning

      In 1895, audiences sat down to watch “L’Arrivée d’un Train en Gare de La Ciotat,” an early film that showed a train pulling into a station. Legend has it that when viewers saw the train barreling toward them they panicked, because they hadn’t experienced the new medium. Whether the story is true or not, virtual reality filmmakers are recalling it with interest.

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    13. Investment Watch: Edtech startup Udemy raises $60 million from Naspers for international expansion | Follow @2Elearning

      Investment Watch: Edtech startup Udemy raises $60 million from Naspers for international expansion | Follow @2Elearning

      The venture arm of Naspers Ltd. has invested $60 million in Udemy, an online marketplace for education. For the unfamiliar, Naspers is a Johannesburg-listed tech and media firm that operates robust online classifieds businesses in emerging markets, with a strong presence in India. Udemy CEO Dennis Yang said that after closing a $65 million Series D round of funding in the spring of 2015,…

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    14. IoT Watch: IBM and Cisco ink IoT deal integrating Watson AI into Cisco edge routers

      IoT Watch: IBM and Cisco ink IoT deal integrating Watson AI into Cisco edge routers

      IBM has been giving a push both to its Watson artificial intelligence and Internet of Things businesses as part of its bigger strategy to grow new streams of revenue to offset declines in older ones. Today came the latest development on that front: IBM has inked a deal with Cisco to bring Watson IoT technology into Cisco’s architecture, specifically aimed at providing…

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    15. VetTechTrek is creating an e-learning platform to help veterans build careers in tech industry | Follow @2Elearning

      VetTechTrek is creating an e-learning platform to help veterans build careers in tech industry | Follow @2Elearning

      VetTechTrek is a nonprofit founded last year with the goal of helping military veterans network with the technology industry. Over the last 12 months they have worked toward this goal by hosting multiple “treks” that brought more than 180 veterans and spouses to meet with veterans who work at more than 60 technology startups in New York, Silicon Valley and Washington, DC.…

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    16. How can we control intelligent systems no one fully understands? | Follow @2Elearning

      How can we control intelligent systems no one fully understands? | Follow @2Elearning

      The widespread conversations about AI took a new turn in March 2016 when Microsoft launched, then quickly unplugged, Tay, its artificial intelligence chat robot. Within 24 hours, interactions on Twitter had turned the bot, modeled after a teenage girl, into a “Hitler-loving sex robot.” How should we design intelligent learning machines that minimize undesirable behavior?

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    17. Senate committee asks Facebook to answer questions about its Trending Topics

      Senate committee asks Facebook to answer questions about its Trending Topics

      The Senate Commerce Committee sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg asking him to answer questions about Facebook’s Trending Topics feature. Trending Topics displays trending news headlines and story summaries in a sidebar next to the main news feed, and a former contractor who worked on Trending Topics has alleged that conservative news topics and outlets were often blocked from appearing.

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    18. AI Watch: Here’s the first demo of Viv, the next-generation AI assistant built by Siri creator | Follow @2Elearning

      AI Watch: Here’s the first demo of Viv, the next-generation AI assistant built by Siri creator | Follow @2Elearning

      Siri co-founder and CEO Dag Kittlaus has been quietly working on a much-anticipated voice assistant powered by artificial intelligence, machine learning and integrations with third-party services. This product is called Viv and, in a world first, Kittlaus just gave us a demo at TechCrunch Disrupt NY that shows off the power of what they’ve built with Viv.

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    19. At Carnegie Mellon, using tech to make teachers more engaging

      At Carnegie Mellon, using tech to make teachers more engaging

      Amy Ogan, an educational technologist at Carnegie Mellon University,  calls herself a “CMU lifer” and for good reason. She nabbed both her undergraduate degree and Ph.D from the school. For the last couple of years, she has also worked at the university as an assistant professor, where she’s primarily focused on making classrooms, both online and offline, far more…

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    20. SAP announces new partnership with Apple to expand iOS in the enterprise | TechCrunch | Follow @2Elearning

      SAP announces new partnership with Apple to expand iOS in the enterprise | TechCrunch | Follow @2Elearning

      SAP announced a broad partnership with Apple today to bring iOS to SAP’s enterprise customer base. The announcement comes almost two years after Apple made a similar deal with IBM. As with IBM, SAP hopes to take Apple’s design sense and marry it to the enterprise capabilities of a company like SAP. It’s no secret that Apple wants a bigger piece of the enterprise market and…

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    21. Re: Cornerstone: New York’s ff Venture Capital has raised a new, $54 million fund

      The eight-year-old, New York-based venture firm ff Venture Capital, has raised roughly $53.8 million for its fourth seed-stage venture fund, according to an SEC filing that shows fundraising began in the fall of 2014. The firm had closed its third seed-stage fund fund in January 2014 with $52 million. Since then, ff Venture Capital has hired two new partners, including Adam Plotkin, who…

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