Many technologies have promised to revolutionize education, but so far none has. With that in mind, what could revolutionize education These ideas have been percolating since I wrote my PhD in physics education.
Instant replay was the brainchild of Tony Verna, a young CBS producer and Philadelphia native who understood that replaying old video—a technology then used mainly for important news events—would be popular for sports broadcasts. Verna, who died Sunday at the age of 81, initially met with resistance from his superiors afraid that replay would confuse and annoy viewers.
Apple’s iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, which launched to the public this fall, come with iBooks pre-installed. That decision has paid off: iBooks has averaged one million new customers every week since mid-September. Keith Moerer, the director of iBooks at Apple, revealed that statistic in a rare public appearance at the Digital Book World conference in New York City on Thursday.
The broad outlines of tech in 2015 look surprisingly like the late 90s. The major players are set up the same, the fights are the same, and the mistakes will almost certainly be the same. It's going to be pretty fun until it all blows up. 2015 will be defined by the Revenge of 90s Internet: media and tech giants flirting with each other, dominant players throwing their weight around, and portals, portals everywhere.
This was a year of big technology promises—2015 is the year we find out how many live up to the hype. We looked into our crystal ball for the gadgets, upgrades and ideas we think have the greatest chance to change—and hopefully improve—your life in the year ahead. Will this be the year you actually wear a smartwatch, drop cable TV and love Windows again? The new year may not bring you a shatterproof phone or a truly smart home, but here is what’s coming and what you can do to be ready for it.
Google Inc.'s e-mail service, Gmail, was blocked in China in what may be a government attempt to limit or even ban access to the firm's services. Data from Google's Transparency Report show that online traffic from China to Gmail fell sharply on Friday and dropped to nearly zero on Saturday. There was a tiny rise on Monday.
Bible Gateway's Year in Review report, which also covers top searches in Spanish and in four countries, confirms the New Testament is "read much more than" the Old Testament, even though the older testament is three times longer. The report also shows that readers searched for love more than any other term. The word never fell out of the top 10 searches, and was the top searched word more than 200 days of the year.
When I think about all of this information from Sony, it is not the megastar temper tantrums that stand out, and it is not the details of new movies. What intimidates me most is the very ordinary people whose lives have suddenly been exposed.