education

Star Walk 2: for astronomy buffs and wanna-be stargazers

Some people say that we spend too much time looking at our screens and not enough time observing the things around us, like nature, the flowers, the stars, etc. But what if you could combine both (well, at least the stars part)? What if your screen, in this case your smartphone or tablet, can actually help you appreciate the skies more? This is precisely what the Star Walk 2 app is trying to do, both for the seasoned astronomers and for newbies who want to learn more about the skies at night.

Uber partners with Fuhu, adds nabi 2 tablets to uberFAMILY rides

San Francisco-based Uber has recently partnered with Fuhu to bring the nabi 2 tablet to uberFAMILY rides. This new partnership makes moms excited because their young children will now be entertained while at the back of an Uber car. Uber must have noticed that kids can be rowdy at the backseat, kicking the driver's or passenger seat or playing with power windows, that the management thought of giving them something else to do. And since tablets are riveting to little humans, the nabi 2 educational tablet would be the perfect solution.

My Study Life lets you store notes, homework, classes in the cloud

Even if I'm happy and comfortable behind my laptop tapping away words for work, I sometimes wish that life was this easy back in school. You know, when I could bring my laptop or tablet inside the classroom to take down notes. And when I'm done with my class, I can enjoy browsing the Internet and continue doing my "research" because the whole school is WiFi-enabled. Yep, I'm part of the last generation of university students where owning a laptop was still a luxury and getting into the Internet required dialling into the ISP network.

Peak Brain Training will make you smarter

The Peak for Android is a whole suite of games and activities that will exercise your brain muscles. Don't mistake this for the Peak wearable because it's really just a collection of educational games available on Google Play Store. It's actually a self-improvement app that helps millions of people to improve memory, focus, language, mental agility, and problem solving skills with fun and challenging games.

Smartwatch being banned in some universities ahead of Apple Watch release

We've been saying this could be the year of smartwatches what with the numerous models from different manufacturers being introduced left and right since last year. Some of the more popular ones are those from Samsung, LG, and Motorola. The Pebble watch was one of the pioneers but was quickly rivalled by the bigger tech companies. As for Apple, Cupertino has yet to enter the market with the Apple watch. It was unveiled last year but the actual hardware will only be ready this year. People are already anticipating that it will be popular, of course, among the iPhone, iPad, and even Mac owners but maybe not enough to take over Android Wear-powered wearables.

Learn basic coding by helping The Doctor in new BBC game

Learning to code can sometimes be a very tedious task, particularly if you're someone not that crazy about details or numbers and figures. But if you think it's a necessary skill you have to acquire, then there are ways to help you out or get you more interested in it. BBC believes more people would want to learn it if it's put into a game format. That's precisely what they've done with the release of The Doctor and the Dalek, a new game for tablets released on Android and other platforms today.

Acer C910, C740 Chromebook hands-on: built to endure students

Acer has just unveiled two new Chromebooks that have been designed with educational use squarely in mind. But aside from the usual strappings of a budget-friendly, cloud-backed portable, these devices have one special feature to boast of: durability. Since these notebooks are targeted for use in schools and by students, Acer has equipped them with a few features that improve the hardiness of the Chromebooks to withstand the wear and tear of everyday academic use.

Sok and Sao’s Adventure game raises dengue fever awareness

Most games are designed to be entertaining or educational or both, but few carry some social commentary along with them. Sok and Sao's Adventure, a new game that just landed on Android, is one of those, trying to make people aware of the plight of dengue fever-infested areas by, what else, shooting down gigantic mosquitos.

Los Angeles schools shifting from iPads to notebooks and hybrids

Los Angeles schools were originally looking to get an iPad into the hands of every student. But coming as a recent strategy shift -- it is now looking like there will be a few options to choose from -- one of which will be a Chromebook. For now distribution of the iPads have been put on hold, and options along with the Chromebook will include a Microsoft Surface Pro, Lenovo Yoga Touch and Dell Latitude E7240.
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