It's pretty unusual to see an issue supported by President Obama and House Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor -- as well as Apple and Microsoft -- but they're all backing Hour of Code, which aims to get 5 million students in 33,000 classrooms around the world to learn at least one hour of computer science this week.
Sponsored by Code.org, the effort features entertainers Shakira, Ashton Kutcher, and Angela Bassett and athletes Chris Bosh, Warren Sapp, and Dwight Howard in videos supporting this cause. Tech luminaries including Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Google's Susan Wojcicki, and … Read more
Apple wants to "demystify code" by offering free programming classes for kids and teens.
Announced on Sunday, the 1-hour sessions will take place at Apple's US retail stores on Wednesday. The free classes are designed as an introduction to computer science for the younger crowd, promising to teach them the basics of programming.
Kids can sign up for the tutorials by making a reservation at their nearest Apple retail store. The training is part of Apple's contribution to Computer Science Education Week's Hour of Code, a global initiative aimed at teaching code to people of … Read more
Thousands of schools worldwide will participate next week in Hour of Code, an initiative from nonprofit group Code.org to introduce computer programming to K-12 students.
The effort, which coincides with Computer Science Education Week, is an outgrowth of the group's goal to influence schools to squeeze in one hour of coding instruction on a weekly basis -- including in the US.
"Estonia teaches it from third grade and up. Vietnam teaches it from third grade and up," said Hadi Partovi, Code.org's founder. "America is the leader in software and technology, and we are … Read more
As Xbox players battled each other, uploading videos showcasing conquests and recording trash talking over the past couple of days, some players noticed that they lost their Xbox Live account privileges.
Apparently, Microsoft has cracked down on the use of expletives in its Upload Studio videos.
"Excessive profanity and other Code of Conduct violations will be enforced upon. On Xbox One, we have a more sophisticated system of enforcement," a Microsoft spokesperson told CNET. "As a result, if someone misbehaves on the service, we may only suspend some of their privileges on Xbox Live such … Read more
Want a better camera on your Android device? Google does, too.
For that reason, the company has overhauled the mobile OS's plumbing. Google has built deep into Android support for two higher-end photography features -- raw image formats and burst mode -- and could expose those features so that programmers could tap into them, the company said.
Evidence of raw and burst-mode photos in the Android source code surfaced earlier in November, but Google has now commented on the technology. Specifically, spokeswoman Gina Scigliano said the support is now present in Android's hardware abstraction layer (HAL), the part … Read more
Android device owners might be able to take photos in a higher-end raw format in the future, according to details tucked away in the source code for the mobile operating system.
As spotted by Ars Technica, Google programmers have been working on a revised camera interface that exposes new features to Android app programmers. Among the features in the "new camera API" (application programming interface) are support for raw photo formats and burst-mode shooting that can take a rapid sequence of photos.
It's not clear what the fate of the new interface will be. It was added … Read more
We're surprised, after Croatia introduced the QR code stamp last year, that the idea hasn't really taken off. After all, stamps are the perfect size and shape for the smartphone-scannable bar codes.
It's awesome to see Australia Post getting in on the action. Unlike the Croatian stamp, which was used to track the passage of mail across the globe, though, Australia Post's version -- called the Video Stamp -- lets you record a video message to send with your post. You can record 15 seconds of footage up to 12 hours after you have posted your item.
When recipients get the package, they can scan the stamp using their smartphone to receive whatever message you want to send. If the recipient doesn't have a smartphone, they can enter an eight-digit code on the Australia Post Web site to view the video. … Read more
A startup has surfaced that wants to raise cash to teach your children how to code.
Play-i, a California-based company founded by a group of Google, Apple, and Frog Design engineers, has launched a crowdfunding campaign aimed at raising $250,000. If the goal is met, the company will be able to mass-produce its Play-i Robots for kids aged 5 and up.
The idea behind Play-i is simple: Teach kids how to string together code to create applications. In order to do that, however, the company relies on robots and an iPad that displays a visual, kid-friendly programming language. By … Read more
The first thing you might ask about the Hiku is why you need a $79 piece of hardware to help you make a grocery list.
The Hiku is a simple-seeming device with a few clever tricks built in. In its most basic mode, you press its only button, and either speak the name of a product or zap it with Hiku's bar code scanner, and that item will show up on Hiku's mobile app-based shopping list. To log unfamiliar UPCs, those from Trader Joe's, for example, Hiku will use crowdsourcing. Scan an unknown code, correct it by … Read more