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China’s Bike-Share Market a Failure of Transparency and Tech

Bluegogo, one of China’s largest bike-share companies, appears on the edge of ruin, with its office empty, debts unpaid and its CEO suddenly absent. The firm, which has raised $58 million and funded moves into Sydney and San Francisco, has outstanding debts of $30m it cannot pay, one insider told Yicai Global. Bluegogo, which has 700,000 bikes in its network, was ... Read More »

How one of America’s most powerful policemen learned to love social media after Hurricane Harvey

It hasn’t been a great few weeks for social media companies like Facebook and Twitter. But in spite of all the undeniable problems associated with fake news, it’s worth reminding ourselves of the equally undeniable civic value of social media. Take, for example, the role of social media in the response in Houston to Hurricane Harvey. According to Art Acevedo, Houston’s Chief of Police, social ... Read More »

Could the Future of Virtual Reality Lie in Enterprise Software?

HIGHLIGHTS VR can enable immersive lessons, and be useful for education and training It is making an impact in gaming but also has potential in enterprise Early adoption of VR is slowing, but this is fairly typical, says HTC “Virtual reality can enable unique experiences that are not available through any other platform, and come in a number of different ... Read More »

International Certificate of Christian Education: ready for university?

Is the International Certificate of Christian Education (ICCE) evidence that you’re ready for university? Michael Reiss and I wanted to know, so we researched it, and we’ve published our findings in the Oxford Review of Education (paywalled link). It’s the first peer-reviewed article to discuss Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) substantially since 2010, and the first to focus on it entirely since 1993 (more paywalls, sorry). ... Read More »

Dean of Education retires after years of service to the educational community

Joe Johnson, Dean of the College of Education and Interim Dean of the College of Extended Studies, announced that he will retire from San Diego State in June of 2018. He has been an educator for 30 plus years and has had a fulfilling career in the academic field. “Joe has been a bright spot in our college from the time he ... Read More »

Monitor social media of young offenders to prevent crime, says watchdog

The social media of young offenders who pose a risk to others should be monitored to prevent crime, the probation watchdog has suggested. In a report published on Thursday, HM Inspectorate of Probation found that in one in four cases examined by its staff, the young person’s use of social media was directly related to the offence they committed. It said ... Read More »

Nokia 8 Now Has a Beta Build of Android 8.0 Oreo Available for Users

HIGHLIGHTS Nokia 8 users can now beta test Android Oreo Users can sign-up for the beta test Nokia 3 likely to receive Android 7.1.2 update Nokia brand licensee HMD Global is indeed keeping its promise of timely software updates for its new Android smartphone portfolio. The company has launched Android 8.0 Oreo beta for the flagship Nokia 8. Juho Sarvikas, ... Read More »

iPhone X First Batch, With Just 46,500 Units, Ships Out of China: Report

Ahead of the November 3 shipping date of the iPhone X, the first batch of iPhone X units have shipped out of China, according to China’s state run news agency Xinhua. Even as it appears that Apple is in line to begin delivering this year’s flagship iPhone X units on time, it appears the company is still struggling to solve the production issues. ... Read More »

Education in the Age of Outrage

Jim Wilson/The New York Times As an openly bisexual woman who did not have a single female professor throughout my college and postgraduate education in any subject, and who faced harassment and abuse, as well as downright sabotage in graduate school, I am sympathetic to efforts on campuses to give voice and equal power to groups that have been historically ... Read More »

iPhone X Feels Like an Evolution of the iPhone, but Not of the Smartphone

Apple needed to wow skeptics with its 10th-anniversary smartphone, the iPhone X. (That’s pronounced “iPhone 10,” for the curious.) As expected, Apple showed off a phone with an edge-to-edge screen, advanced facial recognition technology and no home button. I got to try it out, spending some brief time with the phone at Apple’s launch event Tuesday. ALSO SEEiPhone X First Impressions This is ... Read More »