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February 27, 2017

Dousing Flames with Low-Frequency Sound Waves

A new type of extinguisher that uses sound waves to put out fires has been built by two engineering students in the US. Both chemical- and water-free, the invention offers a relatively non-destructive method of fire control, which could find applications in fighting small fires in the home, and the researchers now hold a preliminary patent application for their device.

While the concept of using sound waves to extinguish flames is not new, previous attempts to realize the principle – including efforts by teams at West Georgia University and the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) – had not been successful.

Undeterred by this, as well as initial [...]

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June 1, 2015

DRIVE, EARN PLAY: Rewards for Not Texting

Texting while driving is a growing pain worldwide, which results in more and more car accidents. SafeDrive app rewards drivers for not using their smartphone when driving. With the earned points, the drivers can buy products with discounts. Drivers get discounts, companies get clients, the world gets safer roads.

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June 1, 2015

Talkitt by Voiceitt Wins the Edison Gold Winner Award for Verbal Communications

Talkitt is the winner of the 2015 Edison Gold Award for Verbal Communication. It is the only solution that enables people who have speech disabilities due to motor, speech and language disorders to easily communicate using their own voice. The Voice2Voice application translates unintelligible pronunciation into understandable speech and runs on any mobile or wearable device allowing the person to communicate freely, anywhere.

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March 30, 2015

Shop Ethical, High-Quality and Unique Clothing

Orange Harp Shopping is an app that will help you find one-of-a-kind items from interesting socially and environmentally conscious brands.The app from San Francisco, CA aims to join the growing trend of eco-friendly and socially conscious consumers in the fashion scene.To be a featured brand on the app, manufacturing, shipping and product materials must be environmentally sustainable. No animal testing is allowed and the products must be made under fair labor laws. The app also features brands founded on the principles of social entrepreneurship, empowering women in the manufacturing industry or giving opportunities to communities such as war veterans.
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January 9, 2015

Hacker Clones Fingerprint Of German Politician Using Pictures Only

Chaos Computer Club is a hackers’ network that is 31 years old and claims to be Europe’s largest association of hackers. A member of this club recently claimed to have created a thumbprint of the German politician by making use of a commercial software along with images that were taken at a news conference.

Jan Krissler, the hacker, said that he was able to replicate the fingerprint of the Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen through the pictures that were taken with a standard photo camera. Krissler didn’t have any physical print from Ms. Von der Leyen. According to experts, fingerprint biometrics are not considered secure anyway. Mr. Krissler, also known as Starbug, told [...]

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January 2, 2015

6 Mind Mapping Uses for Personal Productivity

With the increase of, and dramatic improvement in, mind mapping software and its emergence as a value-adding toolkit conveniently available for use on our computers, laptops, tablets, etc. signifies that mind-mapping can be used within an every-day working environment. Jamie MacDonald takes a closer look at six uses for mind mapping in business situations that most of us engage in on a frequent basis.

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January 2, 2015

Benefits of Blended Learning

Blended learning is an excellent way to teach students since it overcomes so many of the traditional obstacles associated with the educational field. By offering instruction both online and in the classroom, learners are able to work through content on their own time, as well as receive person-to-person instruction. There are many benefits to a blended learning environment, we will discuss a few in this post. To learn more about blended learning for your organization, give us a call 866.316.9126

What is Blended Learning?

Blended Learning is a form of education where the student receives at least part of their formal instruction in a digital format. This could include learning [...]

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January 2, 2015

Determining the Best Online Corporate Training Method

In today’s world, there are dozens of ways for companies to leverage emerging technology to train their staff members. It’s not always a clear-cut choice between them, however, because there are a lot of strong learning models out there that can perform well in a number of different corporate environments. This article will examine each of those online learning models to help better explain how their technologies can be utilized.

The Fundamentals of E-Learning

E-Learning is generally thought of as a text-driven type of user experience, such as an online classroom that many high schools and colleges now use. In recent years, however, e-Learning modules have [...]

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January 2, 2015

Ruby 2.2.0-rc1 Released

We are pleased to announce the release of Ruby 2.2.0-rc1. After RC1, all changes will be limited to bug fix only. The final release of Ruby 2.2.0 is scheduled on December 25, 2014.

Ruby 2.2 includes many new features and improvements for the increasingly diverse and expanding demands for Ruby.

For example, Ruby’s Garbage Collector is now able to collect Symbol type objects. This reduces memory usage of Symbols; because GC was previously unable to collect them before 2.2. Since Rails 5.0 will require Symbol GC, it will support only Ruby 2.2 or later. (See Rails 4.2 release post for details.)

Also, a reduced pause time thanks to the new Incremental Garbage [...]

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January 2, 2015

Ruby 2.2.0 Released

We are pleased to announce the release of Ruby 2.2.0.

Ruby 2.2 includes many new features and improvements for the increasingly diverse and expanding demands for Ruby.

For example, Ruby’s Garbage Collector is now able to collect Symbol type objects. This reduces memory usage of Symbols; because GC was previously unable to collect them before 2.2. Since Rails 5.0 will require Symbol GC, it will support only Ruby 2.2 or later. (See Rails 4.2 release post for details.)

Also, a reduced pause time thanks to the new Incremental Garbage Collector will be helpful for running Rails applications. Recent developments mentioned on the Rails blog suggest that Rails 5.0 [...]

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December 18, 2014

4 Considerations to Identify Your E-Learning Audience

So you have decided to convert your current training to web-based training, that’s great! Your goal is to increase engagement and knowledge retention in your learners; a pretty straight forward goal. But who are your learners? Your employees, right? It might not be that simple.

Below are 4 key considerations when analyzing your audience for web-based training.

Seniority in the Organization

Who are you looking to train? Who is the target of your training? Again, this may seem obvious; your employees, but not all employees are the same. If your web-based training is covering new hire materials, these learners are likely different than, say, those in a new product [...]

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