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:
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:
Many are obsessing over it:
What do you think? Let us know by commenting on our instagram @techsters_ums or commenting below!
Apple’s San Bernardino Case-
First Apple said “No”: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-wants-apple-to-help-unlock-iphone-used-by-san-bernardino-shooter/2016/02/16/69b903ee-d4d9-11e5-9823-02b905009f99_story.html
Then there was a debate: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/02/19/the-two-sides-of-the-apple-debate/
But the FBI managed to prevail without Apple’s help: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/03/28/472192080/the-fbi-has-successfully-unlocked-the-iphone-without-apples-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. http://thenextweb.com/africa/2016/03/03/february-tech-news-from-africa-african-tech-is-going-global/#gref
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:
- This Oncologist is Using Revolutionary Tech to Treat Cancer
- Faraday Future’s FFZERO1 isn’t a car, it’s a template for the future of transport
- LEGO Education WeDO 2.0
December’s Holiday Gifts Edition:
This Holiday season has been filled with tech gift exchanges. Here are a couple popular ones:
The Swegway: https://phunkeeduck.com/purchase/
Micro 3D Printer: https://printm3d.com/themicro/
Beats Pill+: http://uk.beatsbydre.com/speakers/ML4P2.html
Share about what you got or would like to get as a tech gift in the comments below or on our social media accounts 🙂
In honour of Small Business Saturday on November 28th, November’s Issue is dedicated to start-ups.
- A new business administered by an entrepreneur that fills a gap in a community, life or occupation.
- 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)
http://vooza.com (A startup that captures startup culture through funny videos)
http://vooza.com/videos/speaking-while-female/ (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: https://www.teenlife.com/blogs/inspiring-girls-pursue-stem
Girls Solving Real World Issues through STEAM:
How can big data help with war statistics? Learn more about Rebecca Steorts’s plan- http://www.technologyreview.com/lists/innovators-under-35/2015/humanitarian/rebeccalsteorts/
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- http://www.technologyreview.com/lists/innovators-under-35/2015/inventor/lisa-seacat-deluca/
“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. https://www.madewithcode.com/mentors/
An event to celebrate women in STEM, that are involved in their communities. Learn more about the inspirational women by exploring this website. http://www.ct.org/signature-event/women-of-innovation/
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! https://www.23andme.com
Who’s Contributing, And How?
- http://girlswhocode.com/hiremeannouncement/– By forming a bridge between the GWC mentorship and the girls’ education after the program, ensuring that they stay connected
- http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/01/opinion/sunday/how-to-get-girls-into-coding.html – Spreading the word and providing a new perspective on what coding can do
- https://ngcproject.org/about-ngcp– Dedicated to pulling girls all around the world, into STEM and collaborating with existing programs to have gender equality in this field
- http://www.girlstart.org/our-programs/destember– Hosting 31 days of STEM fun through the month of December… #DeSTEMber
- http://www.brit.co/remake/– Brit Morin, the founder and CEO of Brit + Co hosted Re:Make 2015 this September. It was all about the #MakerMovement and how creativity paired with tech is transforming our lives.
- http://www.forbes.com/sites/nelsongranados/2015/10/06/how-hollywoods-women-will-benefit-from-californias-new-fair-pay-act/– The new bill that might close the gender wage gap #genderequality
- http://noceilings.org/stem/– Informing the public about what’s going on and how why it matters
- https://code.org– Inspiring the world to inspire girls 🙂
Be part of the action:
You have to start somewhere, start here.
- https://code.org/starwars (Star Wars is trending)
September (Back to school) edition:
Throwback to last season’s key resources to help better your STEAM skills:
ttp://www.codecademy.com/ – Learn to code on this site. You’ll need to set up an account, in order to do some activities during our Coding Time!
http://appinventor.mit.edu/explore/ – make an android app with MIT App Inventor
http://www.raspberrypi.org/- 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!)
http://learnpythonthehardway.org/book/ – A resource to learning Python
When your done with The Hour of Code (or other code.org projects), get a certificate: http://code.org/congrats?i=9e41edf95294e74c2330c7a63a9d2817
Scratch Programming Fun -slide show – https://docs.google.com/a/mtsd.us/presentation/d/1esunn4Fk8SSe-JtQ4yyEln2Kz8_Owevr7ilEu22y4CQ/edit#slide=id.p
Make a holiday card for someone special!
http://scratch.mit.edu/ – Learn how to remix existing projects!
http://www.codeavengers.com/ – You can take a level 1 course html5 free for level 1 and then pay for level 2. (optional)
http://teamtreehouse.com/ – Get a 14 day free trial of Treehouse (Make a Website, build a iOS/Android App)
Some other fun courses to try, are:
http://www.codecademy.com/courses/web-beginner-en-ymqg0/0/1 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.
- http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-33941109 An apple watch for the visually impaired! Click the link to learn more about the Braille ‘Dot’ Smartwatch.
- http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-33939203 Stems might just be the new wave of how DJs mix their music. If you want know exactly what i’m talking about, check out the link above.
- http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-33765356 An orb that vibrates when you make a sound and adjusts when you hold it in a different way or sing a different note. To my surprise its actually seems like a relaxing experience in the art installation of Vocal Vibrations.
- http://www.details.com/blogs/daily-details/2015/08/phonebrella.html The BEST.UMBRELLA.EVER.MADE… Introducing Phonebrella (So cool!)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wL34vK-On3o What is the Internet of Things? A sneak peak to what we’ll be discussing later on. Click on the link above and consider this idea
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OthJGIjQIiA
A video showing us all how versatile and FUN the #MakeyMakey is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfQqh7iCcOU
You can buy it at: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11511
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: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02p9f20
Get involved and Support and Learn about the Code Club at: https://www.codeclub.org.uk
Colour Lovers– When designing your own web page or just browsing the latest colour pallets this is your go-to site
http://www.colourlovers.com (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: http://www.raspberrypi.org/young-innovators-club/
Japan’s Bicycle Parking!
This is such a great idea! Its so cool and efficient! Watch the video to find out more:
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: https://princeton.learningu.org/
A fantastic and simple-to-use product for inventing and learning about tech!
It might be good for you, so check it out: http://littlebits.cc/?gclid=CjwKEAjw3YipBRDL2bHhjLmFkQsSJADtzktjqySIO8xOAZzsSxP2g3vBKvEJp0PYUqi5M2AtCg0SzRoCaqrw_wcB
Pi in space? Yeah!
Don’t just sit there wondering! Learn More: http://www.raspberrypi.org/first-pi-in-space/
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!
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: https://www.facebook.com/goldieblox
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!!