Category: COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY NEWS

MIT Technology Review’s Annual EmTech Event Reimagined online

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — MIT Technology Review’s annual EmTech MIT conference will take place October 19-22, 2020. This online event delves deep into the year’s most important developments in AI, biomedicine, cybersecurity, diversity, equality, and global-scale technology—all in a reimagined, immersive, virtual format focused on the attendee experience. See the full EmTech MIT conference agenda and register.

Attendees will hear from and engage with leaders, researchers, and innovators from across the globe representing companies and organizations that impact our daily lives, including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Salesforce, Twitter, Gavi, Lilly Research Laboratories, the Scripps Research Institute, and more. Featured speakers include:

  • Parag Agrawal, CTO | Twitter
  • Marc Benioff, Chair, CEO, and Cofounder | Salesforce
  • Seth Berkley, CEO | Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance
  • Mai-Lan Tomsen Bukovec, Global Vice President | Amazon Web Services
  • Geoffrey Hinton, VP and Engineering Fellow | Google
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Get Real Launches New Advisory Firm To Help Clients Imagine And Leverage Virtual Reality And Augmented Reality Technology To Improve The Way They Work

CHICAGO, Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Get Real, a Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) advisory firm, publicly launched today to help businesses and not for profits implement VR and AR technologies that dramatically improve and scale their organizations. Clients will benefit from Get Real’s team of professionals that combine several decades of experience in leveraging emerging technology and integrated platforms to solve real-world business challenges and create sustainable competitive advantages.

“We’re excited to help our clients discover Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in its early stages, establish themselves as leaders amongst their peers, and maintain a competitive edge for years to come,” said Rob Merrilees, Get Real Co-Founder. “Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality technology is ready for business applications today. It has the ability to change how organizations train, collaborate, market, visualize data, gather, educate, and raise money.”

Get Real works with clients to match them with

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Green Island invests in technology for students

The Green Island school district is working on getting a computer for every student for remote learning. 

The district ordered 125 Chromebooks last spring, which have been delayed and may not arrive until next year.  

“We were slated to receive them in September, but nationwide, obviously, there’s a shortage,” said School Superintendent Kimberly Ross. 

While Green Island waits, nearby Watervliet schools donated some to help. 

“We had some extras available that we could lend,” said Watervliet Assistant Superintendent Donald Stevens. “Not the newest, but something that could get them by. Everybody’s looking for Chromebooks right now. They’re a hot commodity.”

Students need to stay connected, and they have to be prepared in case of another shutdown. 

Many classes are live-streamed these days. Green Island bought hotspots to lend out when needed. 

All schools are trying to be fully equipped. 

“We are waiting for a few more Chromebooks to make sure

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NASA moon-landing technology hitches ride to space on Bezos rocket

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space company launched a New Shepard rocket for a seventh time from a remote corner of Texas on Tuesday, testing new lunar-landing technology for NASA that could help put astronauts back on the moon.

The entire flight — barely skimming space with a peak altitude of 66 miles (106 kilometers) — lasted just 10 minutes. The booster landed vertically back at the launch complex after liftoff, and the capsule followed, parachuting onto the desert floor.

The capsule carried science experiments, including 1.2 million tomato seeds that will be distributed to schoolchildren around the U.S. and Canada, and tens of thousands of children’s postcards with space-themed drawings that will be returned to the young senders.

NASA’s navigation equipment for future moon landings was located on the booster. The sensors and computer — tested during the booster’s descent and touchdown — will hitch another

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Agbioscience startup using multisensor drone technology sees growth

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Despite changes forced by the COVID-19 pandemic, a Purdue University-affiliated agbioscience startup focused on research-grade sensing data for agriculture is growing as it takes multisensor drone data collection technology to market.

GRYFN, which offers precise geomatics solutions for coaligned and repeatable multisensor drone data collection, is adding members to its team, growing its space, and looking to empower the future of agriculture research.

The startup partnered with Purdue and received a $2.25 million sub-award grant from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), a division of the U.S. Department of Energy. Eight Purdue professors founded GRYFN with backgrounds in aeronautic technology, biology, plant sciences, agricultural and biological engineering, civil engineering,

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Is Pegasystems (PEGA) Outperforming Other Computer and Technology Stocks This Year?

Investors focused on the Computer and Technology space have likely heard of Pegasystems (PEGA), but is the stock performing well in comparison to the rest of its sector peers? Let’s take a closer look at the stock’s year-to-date performance to find out.

Pegasystems is a member of the Computer and Technology sector. This group includes 613 individual stocks and currently holds a Zacks Sector Rank of #13. The Zacks Sector Rank considers 16 different sector groups. The average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the groups is measured, and the sectors are listed from best to worst.

The Zacks Rank is a proven model that highlights a variety of stocks with the right characteristics to outperform the market over the next one to three months. The system emphasizes earnings estimate revisions and favors companies with improving earnings outlooks. PEGA is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy).

Within

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Pocket-sized coding computer micro:bit updated with speaker and microphone

Pocket-sized computer micro:bit is being updated for the first time since 2016 with the latest technology to help children code.

The device is now four times faster and includes a built-in speaker and microphone, as well as upgrades making it possible to experiment with artificial intelligence and machine learning.



Micro:bit was first launched by the BBC in 2016, as a successor to the BBC Micro that introduced many schoolchildren to computing in the 1980s.

It is designed to support the school curriculum on computing and improve digital skills, containing sensors that can detect motion and direction.

micro:bit first launched in 2016 (micro:bit/PA)
micro:bit first launched in 2016 (micro:bit/PA)

During its initial revival, free devices were given to every year 7 student in the UK.

More than five million original micro:bits are used in classrooms around the world.

“From the very beginning, the BBC’s purpose has been to inform, educate and entertain – qualities which are all

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Teenager could become the first millennial saint

A teenage “computer genius” could be on the path to sainthood after he was beatified by the Catholic Church.



a group of people standing in front of a building: Acutis was beatified Saturday, following claims that he cured a young boy from a rare disease.


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Acutis was beatified Saturday, following claims that he cured a young boy from a rare disease.

Carlo Acutis, who died of leukemia at the age of 15 in 2006, was beatified on Saturday in the town of Assisi, Italy.

Beatification is the penultimate step in the sainthood process, and means the candidate can be referred to as “blessed,” and that one miracle has been confirmed in his or her name.

Another miracle is required for canonization, the formal act of declaring someone a saint.

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The teenager used his taste for technology to create a website that traced the history of Eucharistic miracles, which has been

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The tiny BBC micro:bit mini-computer just got a big upgrade

A new version of the pocket-sized BBC micro:bit computer is coming to schools worldwide, packed with new features designed to keep young students up-to-date with the latest hot trends in technology. 

New hardware will help young coders make experiments with artificial intelligence, and build applications running machine-learning systems. The micro:bit 2.0 also includes, for the first time, a built-in speaker and microphone, so that sound-based projects no longer have to be connected to exterior audio systems – while also letting the device respond and react to sounds like clapping. 

And in a nod to big tech and the industry’s privacy headaches, an LED will flash to make it clear when the microphone is on and sensing sound, to encourage young users to reflect on the pervasiveness of listening devices.

SEE: Technology in education: The latest products and trends (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

“We want to support teachers teaching or taking their

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Archive, 13 October1965: computer lessons for politicians: | Politics

On Monday some 75 MPs, peers, and party officials will begin a three day course on computer appreciation and introductory programming.

This snatching after technological literacy is being organised by Elliott Automation, which, with the blessing of the three whips, the late speaker, and the serjeant-at-arms in the House of Commons.

The three day course looks rather like escalation in reverse. Is not Mr Marples, as Opposition spokesman on technology, now completing a sabbatical year’s study of automation and computers in this country, the United States, and Japan? Is not Mr Cousins, the minister of technology, now spending eight days reviewing American developments in technology and automation?

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At least Mr Marples and Mr Cousins will not have it all their own way in future debates on automation in the House, nor can they expect a silent and subservient audience.

During the three day course the 75 politicians, split into

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