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Can a toy robot teach kids computer programming?

Veterans from Apple and Google launch a crowdfunding campaign to find out

Veterans from Apple and Google launch a crowdfunding campaign to find out the verge

In late 2012, Vikas Gupta left his job as head of the consumer payments division at Google and set out to discover what he would do with the rest of his life. He’d recently had a daughter, and he knew his next venture would involve helping kids. Then he chanced across an article about Estonia, and how that country begins teaching programming to all children in first grade. He did a little research into the state of computer science education in America and was shocked to find how rare it was. So he set out to create a compelling way for children as young as four or five to start learning basic coding concepts.

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Youtube and the future of TV

Think of watching a YouTube video. What kind of screen pops into your head?

Inside YouTube's Plan to Dominate Your TV-zgenesis

The Chances are you thought of your laptop, desktop, smartphone or tablet before you imagined flopping down in front of a YouTube video on your widescreen TV in the den.

But that’s an attitude YouTube is desparate to change — and TV makers are eager to help them out. A number of sets launching at CES 2013 this week in Las Vegas — including sets from Bang & Olufsen, LG, Panasonic and Sony — offer the video service’s recently launched “send to TV” feature.

This lets you pair an Android phone with a TV on the same Wi-Fi network, and cue up videos using the YouTube app as your remote. Sony and Samsung apps on some recently-sold TVs already work with the feature, as do TV apps on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and Wii U consoles. Google TV not required. (Controls in the iOS YouTube app are coming soon.)

And all of that is just the tip of the iceberg. During interviews at YouTube HQ in San Bruno, Calif., the company tried its best to convince Mashable that a Minority Report-style future — one where the majority of us will simply flick videos off our phone screens and have them appear on our TVs, without a second thought — was just around the corner.

“We’re trying to build this infrastructure that scales everywhere from watching 1080p HD-quality video on your TV all the way down to using a dial-up modem in a developing country,” says Shiva Rajaraman, YouTube director of product management. “We’d like to be all things video, and that means getting video into all places” — with your smartphone replacing your remote or your game controller.

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The Long Tail

In 1988, a British mountain climber named Joe Simpson wrote a book called Touching the Void, a harrowing account of near death in the Peruvian Andes. It got good reviews but, only a modest success, it was soon forgotten. Then, a decade later, a strange thing happened. Jon Krakauer wrote Into Thin Air, another book about a mountain-climbing tragedy, which became a publishing sensation. Suddenly Touching the Void started to sell again.

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Exquisite Forest by Google

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This Exquisite Forest is an online collaborative art experiment presented by Google and Tate Modern. The project lets users create short animations that build off one another as they explore a specific theme.visit here…

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Fusion of technology and historical tradition

From the fusion of technology and historical tradition is born an innovative way to promote Portugal abroad and provide cultural content to visitors. More than 16.000 people already scan it and read this QR code. Once again the Creative Agency MSTF Partners made a very nice work.

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Take a look into “Project Glass” – Thoughts, designs, and stories

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Know more about it:Project Glass

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Trending topics of 2011

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See how the World Searched with Google’s 2011 Zeitgeist:

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