New Resources

Samsung Vs. Apple

By Venkat Cherukupalli

iPhone 7 & 7 Plus- Good Experience, Bad Design

By Venkat Cherukupalli

May and Smart Cities:


What is a smart city?

According to Business Dictionary it is:

“A developed urban area that creates sustainable economic development and high quality of life by excelling in multiple key areas; economy, mobility, environment, people, living, and government. Excelling in these key areas can be done so through strong human capital, social capital, and/or ICT infrastructure.”

In other words,

A smart city is an efficient city. It saves energy, money and time in areas such as mobility, daily lifestyle, government and utilities. The city is “smart” because it also stays in touch with the modern trends, keeping every aspect sleek, cutting-edge, and interconnected, which is where the Internet of Things plays a big role. 

Initiatives that are working hard to achieve environments described above:

Cisco is working hard to achieve a “…future of smooth traffic, safe streets, smart spaces, and green living…” One of their most amazing project is the Hamburg Port traffic control system. Read more, here.

IBM is doing many things regarding this issue, including analysing and pouncing on it. A specific step forward is hosting a challenge that plots experts into cities with a limited amount of time, with the goal of turning the place into a more effective and sustainable environment.

MIT Media Lab is understanding and discovering the science behind “Smart Cities” in result of the rapid growth in global population that is expected to occur in the next couple decades. They are gathering data so we can live in cities that better understand its surroundings and who lives in them.

April’s Apple Car Issue:

Not too long ago, MotorTrend (a car review website) posted their vision for the new Apple Car. The Apple Car or ‘Titan’ “as soon as 2020.” according to Bloomberg. There is evidence to prove that Apple is working on this project, which includes Cook saying “we don’t have to spend large amounts to explore” indirectly hinting about the car in a Fortune interview; and complaints made about engine noises from Apple’s “mystery” location in Sunnyvale at 11 o’clock at night. The MotorTrend car looked like this:

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Many are obsessing over it: Screen Shot 2016-04-22 at 16.30.19.png

But others… Not so much: Screen Shot 2016-04-22 at 16.32.45.png

What do you think? Let us know by commenting on our instagram @techsters_ums or commenting below!

March’s Issue:

Apple’s San Bernardino Case-

First Apple said “No”:

Then there was a debate:

But the FBI managed to prevail without Apple’s help:

February’s New Resources:

Is Africa the next big thing in tech startups? Read about how African startups such as Bamba Group and Podozi teaming up with large, US “accelerator programs”.  Furthermore, learn more about how much startups in Africa earned in funding and more partnerships they’re making.


January’s #CES2016 Issue:

The Consumer Technology Association of 2016 might have been the best one yet!

Here are the gadgets and ideas that I personally love:

  1. This Oncologist is Using Revolutionary Tech to Treat Cancer
  2. How UNICEF Invests in Technology to Empower Underserved People

  3. Faraday Future’s FFZERO1 isn’t a car, it’s a template for the future of transport
  4. Hexoskin’s biometric-tracking shirt can do more than your Fitbit (hands-on)

  5. LEGO Education WeDO 2.0
  6. HTC’s making virtual reality safe for the home with Chaperone

December’s Holiday Gifts Edition:

This Holiday season has been filled with tech gift exchanges. Here are a couple popular ones:

The Swegway:


BB-8 Droid:

Micro 3D Printer:


Beats Pill+:

Led Shoes:

Share about what you got or would like to get as a tech gift in the comments below or on our social media accounts 🙂

November’s Edition:

In honour of Small Business Saturday on November 28th, November’s Issue is dedicated to start-ups.


noun: startup
  1. A new business administered by an entrepreneur that fills a gap in a community, life or occupation.


noun: entrepreneur
  1. Somebody who thought of, created, owns and manages a startup/small business.

Latest (500) Startups:

Best: Aircall (Making it easier for companies to have more efficient phone support)

This Weeks Trending Startups:

Super cool: Airtable (Collaborate on a database)

Funny Startup: (A startup that captures startup culture through funny videos) (One of the funny yet true Vooza videos)

Small and Successful Businesses In Around Princeton, New Jersey:

Comment about which small businesses you support, on our latest Instagram post 🙂


October’s Girls in STEAM Issue:

What’s going on?

The Leaky Pipeline Effect:


Girls’ Leaky Pipeline:


Why its important? 

Because we have the potential to change the world for the better and by tapping into the STEAM field, it gives us the tools to transform our ideas into reality.

This sums it up perfectly:

Girls Solving Real World Issues through STEAM:

How can big data help with war statistics? Learn more about Rebecca Steorts’s plan-

Lisa Seacat is finding ways to help you with the oddest and most common issues we have on a daily basis. How? Click to find out-

“Things you love are made with code” From cleaning up a city to sewing a dress… you have to power to change the world and its ways, when you know how to code.

An event to celebrate women in STEM, that are involved in their communities. Learn more about the inspirational women by exploring this website.

Anne Wojcicki is the co-founder of 23andMe. She wanted individuals to have access to their genetic information. Anne also had the goal for this to guide researchers and companies to shape their next drugs and change diagnostics according to the specific traits of their consumers. Try it out for yourself!

Who’s Contributing, And How?

Be part of the action:

You have to start somewhere, start here.

  3. (Star Wars is trending)

September (Back to school) edition:

Throwback to last season’s key resources to help better your STEAM skills:

ttp:// – Learn to code on this site. You’ll need to set up an account, in order to do some activities during our Coding Time! – make an android app with MIT App Inventor Check out resources to teach, learn and make with Raspberry Pi here! (Much More too! Check it out if you want to know more about Ras Pi!) – A resource to learning Python A place where you can test out your Python, JavaScript, Ruby and many other languages

When your done with The Hour of Code (or other projects), get a certificate: HOUR OF CODE: FULL LESSON PLAN

Scratch Programming Fun -slide show –

 Make a holiday card for someone special! – Learn how to remix existing projects! – You can take a level 1 course html5 free for level 1 and then pay for level 2. (optional) – Get a 14 day free trial of Treehouse (Make a Website, build a iOS/Android App)


Some other fun courses to try, are: SUN EARTH MOON

Summer’s (June, July and August) New Resources:

Read the new post for information about the Oculus Rift (aka the coolest new gadget for gaming AND more….) and Virtual Reality.

May’s New Resources

The Mondo Spider

The Mondo Spider is about 750 kilos and it was created by an art outfit based in Vancouver!

It has several purposes but one of its greatest ones is: endorsing sustainable energy! This spider-bot uses Lithium iron batteries and that wasn’t possible until a few years back, because the technology wasn’t advanced enough.

The Knowledge Graph

The new and improved Google search engine.

April’s New Resources

Take Shakespeare’s Globe Theater with you, anywhere? Yeahh!

BBC reports how an app will let you learn and view the amazing Globe Theater from practically anywhere you have a signal!

See it in action at:

Makey Makey

A video showing us all how versatile and FUN the #MakeyMakey is:

You can buy it at:

The Code Club helping kids comprehend the importance and need for technology with impactful projects

An example of a great project that is already helping several farmers in the UK:

Get involved and Support and Learn about the Code Club at:

 Colour Lovers– When designing your own web page or just browsing the latest colour pallets this is your go-to site (make sure the support others’ pallets/designs and make your own too!)

For March’s issue of New Resources (sorry its a bit late):

Check out a pilot club in Mongolia! Its all about young innovators and Raspberry Pi!

link to the new pilot club:

Japan’s Bicycle Parking!

This is such a great idea! Its so cool and efficient! Watch the video to find out more:

Princeton Splash–

A local event at the Princeton Public Library! All sorts of classes for all sorts of interests! Check out the classes now, so you’ll know when signing up for next year!

The official website:

Little Bits

A fantastic and simple-to-use product for inventing and learning about tech!

It might be good for you, so check it out:

Pi in space? Yeah!

Don’t just sit there wondering! Learn More:

For February’s issue of New Resources:

Greg’s “Moving On With Python” Notes:  Here are some things Greg sent to help us move on with learning Python and actually creating something with it. Check it out!

As for next steps with Python, I think you should definitely stay with Learn Python the Hard Way (or some other introduction; you might be able to find a good online course somewhere like Coursera) for the moment. There are still some pretty fundamental concepts that you need to know that I wasn’t able to introduce in the course. Here they are, most important ones first:
Conditional branching: How do you make your code do one thing given some input and a different thing given a different input. Some really important topics you’ll see are if/else statements and while loops.
Other data structures: I’d only shown you variables and strings, but there are a whole bunch of other valuable data structures available. In particular, you’ll want to learn about arrays (which Python calls lists), linked lists (which don’t exist in Python), and hash tables (which Python calls dictionaries).
Functions and modularity: So far we’ve been putting all of our code into one big script. That works for really small things, but once you start doing more complicated things you’ll want to be able to reuse parts of your code. You can group parts of your code into functions and then call those functions from the rest of your code – this means that you only have to write the code for the functions in one place. It also means that you can easily reuse code that you wrote for one part of a project when you’re working on a different part (this is called modularity and it is awesome).
Algorithmic efficiency: There are always a bunch of different ways that you could solve a problem with code. Some of them will take a lot longer to run, though. The basic question of algorithmic efficiency is this: what is the relationship between the size of my input (ie. the number of bytes in the input file, the number of elements in the list/array/hash table, the number of people using the system) and the amount of time it takes for my program to run. Put another way, you could ask the question “If I double the size of my input, how much longer will it take for my program to run?” – you might think that it should take twice as long, but that won’t always be the case. There are some algorithms that would take the same amount of time (like finding the length of an array) or that might take 4 times as long (like calculating a multiplication table of all the numbers up to n).
Exceptions: Most languages give you the option of having your code completely stop when some thing goes particularly wrong. For example, you all were getting RuntimeErrors when you would try and read from an empty StdIn. Turns out you can tell Python that there are other times that your code should raise certain types of errors (for example, you might want to prevent somebody from saying that they had a negative number of quarters).
Objects and classes: This is a branch of programming called Object Oriented Programming, and you should only move on to this once you’re comfortable with the other parts. The basic idea is that most of the time, your code isn’t just pushing numbers around. Usually you’re trying to model some real-world behavior, and in the real world we think of things in terms of objects (ie. I am typing on a computer, I drive a car, I eat a meal). Classes allow you to define a particular type of object and the things it can do. For example, you might define a Car class that has wheels, a brand name, a color, a top speed, a fuel efficiency, etc. You could then create a bunch of different Car objects and have them interact.
Once you’ve seen those concepts (I won’t say mastered those concepts since you won’t master them until you’ve applied them to an actual project), you’ll be ready to try applying them to a project. I would say that is probably a good way to come up with project ideas; also just be on the lookout for things in your life that you could make easier with some automation. It may be easier to come up with feasible projects if you’re working in JavaScript, since then you can make a web app without having to learn a specific web app framework (which you’ll have to do if you want to work with Python).
Keep me posted on the projects you come up with. I’ll be interested to see what you make!

The Last Mile/Code 7370

Such a smart idea! People called “Hack Reactors” are helping prisoners learn how to earn a living once they are out of prison. Look at this link for more information and a cool video clip!

Raspberry Pi 2

Pi makers have launched the Ras Pi two a whole two years ahead of schedule! Additionally, they hit 5 million sales and are still selling! This is how popular this awesome gadget is!  These links tell you more about it and what you can do with it!


A great company promoting girls working with STEM! Check them out. You might even want to get these great tools for you or your sibling(s)! They were even at Toy Fair 2015!

See what its all about on their facebook page:

Made W/ Code

This is an amazing program to get more girls involved and interested in technology! They provide us with awesome resources to try out several different projects! There are also some inspiring videos about what girls are doing to save the world with code. Try it out girls!!


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