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Do Mobile Devices in the Classroom Really Improve Learning Outcomes?

Tablets and smartphones in the classroom are new enough that there’s not a clear consensus on their usefulness. (Jose Kevo, CC BY-SA 2.0)
Tablets and smartphones in the classroom are new enough that there’s not a clear consensus on their usefulness. (Jose Kevo, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Mobile devices as teaching tools are becoming a more and more common part of the American education experience in classrooms, from preschool through graduate school...


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    A dress being shared on social media sites has prompted an intense debate: Is it black and blue or white and gold? Who really cares?... Read more

  • A man walks past a sign in an office on the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, Calif. on June 11, 2014 (Jeff Chiu/AP Photo)

    German Consumer Groups Warns Facebook Over Data Protection

    BERLIN—German consumer groups said Thursday they will file a lawsuit against Facebook unless the social network changes its terms of service. The Federation of German... Read more

  • A screenshot from one of the most popular science channels on YouTube – but what makes these videos so popular? (YouTube/AsapScience)

    What Makes a Popular Science Video on YouTube

    Hundreds of hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, and hundreds of millions of hours are viewed daily, including many that cover areas... Read more

  • Photo shows a Facebook logo displayed on the screen of an iPad in New York on May 16, 2012. (James H. Collins/AP Photo)

    Facebook Adds New Gender Option for Users: Fill in the Blank

    Facebook users who don’t fit any of the 58 gender identity options offered by the social media giant are now being given a rather big... Read more

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    Texas Man Tim Conatser Criticized for Allegedly Shooting Dogs, Posting Photo on Facebook

    A Texas firefighter, Tim Conatser, is being panned on social media this week for posting a picture of two dead dogs that he allegedly shot on his... Read more

  • Photo shows a Facebook logo displayed on the screen of an iPad in New York on May 16, 2012. (James H. Collins/AP Photo)

    Facebook Working on VR Apps; Users Will Create Their Own Content

    Facebook is working on developing virtual reality apps for its platform, Oculus. The apps are reportedly centered on new ways of sharing. Ever since Facebook bought... Read more

  • "People began to paint themselves as a couple, rather than as individuals," says study leader Munmun de Choudhury. (Shutterstock*)

    Getting Engaged Turns Tweets From ‘I’ to ‘We’

    People who announce their wedding engagement on Twitter tend to then change how they represent themselves on the site. The study followed 923 people who... Read more

  • Pac-Man is about to die somewhere in Italy (Google Maps screenshot)

    How Do You Play Pac-Man on Google Maps?

    The Internet was abuzz on Tuesday that Pac-Man (the original, not Mrs. Pac-Man) can be played via Google Maps. Here’s how to access it: Go to... Read more

  • Inserting the image of a virtual human nose in the center of a display seems to ease simulator sickness, says David Whittinghill. "You are constantly seeing your own nose. You tune it out, but it's still there, perhaps giving you a frame of reference to help ground you."  (Sergey Galyonkin, CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Virtual Nose Keeps Gamers From Feeling Sick

    Simulator sickness—which often induces vertigo and even nausea—often afflicts players of virtual reality games, but inserting a “virtual nose” into the picture may be a... Read more

  • Xbox Games with Gold users will get twice as many games, six in all, in April 2015, Microsoft has announced. It also released a video showing the games. (Games with Gold site screenshot)

    Xbox Games with Gold April 2015: Free Games Doubled For this Month

    Xbox Games with Gold users will get twice as many games–six in all–in April 2015, Microsoft has announced. It also released a video on Xbox Live... Read more

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    PS Plus – PlayStation Plus April Games List: Woah Dave! Never Alone, Aaru’s Awakening, and More

    The PlayStation Plus free games have been confirmed for April 2015 Dishonored (PS3), Tower of Guns (PS3 – PS4), Never Alone (PS4), and Aaru’s Awakening (PS3 –... Read more

  • Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of the video game "The Legend of Zelda," during a Nintendo news conference at the E3 Gaming Convention in Los Angeles, Calif., on June 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

    Why the Netflix Zelda Adaptation Will Never Happen

    In February, an anonymous source told the Wall Street Journal that Netflix was in the process of developing a live-action TV adaptation of the best-selling... Read more

  • People in the subway in New York, April 1, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Gamification Harnesses the Power of Games to Motivate

    Walk through any public area and you’ll see people glued to their phones, playing mobile games like “Game of War” and “Candy Crush Saga.” They... Read more

  • Xbox Games with Gold doesn’t have any new games this week, but the Deals with Gold just got a new update. (Screenshot)

    Xbox Games with Gold 2015: New Deals with Gold Out; 2x the Games this April

    Xbox Games with Gold doesn’t have any new games this week, but Deals with Gold just got a new update. For Xbox One users: GTA... Read more

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    TOKYO—After years of scoffing at the threat from smartphones, Nintendo Co. is doing an about face and entering an alliance with Japanese mobile game company... Read more

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    Xbox Games with Gold: BioShock Infinite Now Free; And Twice as Many April Games Coming

    Xbox Games with Gold did its two-week update Monday, and it’s time for the next free game: BioShock Infinite. BioShock Infinite, which is a 6.49... Read more

  • The location for Destiny’s Agent of the Nine, Xur, was revealed Friday (March 13) as well as the items.
 (Destiny screenshot)

    Destiny’s Xur Location, Items for March 13 – March 15; Items Include Insurmountable Skullfort, Knucklehead Radar

    The location for Destiny’s Agent of the Nine, Xur, was revealed Friday (March 13) as well as the items. He’s in the is at the... Read more

  • Grand Theft Auto V’s Heists is causing rampant server problems days after it was released by Rockstar (for the PS4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360-- the PC release date is April 14).
  (Courtesy of  Rockstar Games)

    GTA Online 5 Heists Update: Servers Have Been Down for Many

    Grand Theft Auto V’s Heists is causing rampant server problems days after it was released by Rockstar (for the PS4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox... Read more

  • Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) wrote a letter urging the FBI to prosecute participants in the Gamergate movement, show here in Stoneham, Mass. on Dec. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Congresswoman Urges FBI to Prosecute Gamergate

    Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) has solicited the help of Congress, the FBI, and the Department of Justice (DOJ) in prosecuting elements of the online social movement... Read more

  • Starting Friday, PlayStation 4 users with PlayStation Plus will be offered free online multiplayer.  (Playstation Plus)

    PlayStation Plus – PS+ Free Games in April 2015: Dishonored Coming, Also DriveClub?

    PlayStation Plus users will get another AAA game in the Instant Game Collection: Dishonored. It’s not clear if DriveClub will be released, however. This week, PlayStation... Read more

  • The free games via Xbox Games with Gold in March have obviously been released, but Microsoft said it will have twice as many games for April.   (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

    Xbox Games with Gold Free Games April 2015: 2x as Many Coming in a Month

    The free games via Xbox Games with Gold in March have obviously been released, but Microsoft said it will have twice as many games this April... Read more

  • (Amazon)

    Get 3 Awesome PC Gaming Accessories for up to 50% Off

    If you’ve been looking to spruce up your PC gaming setup, today’s deal of the day on Amazon is going to be right up your alley. A... Read more

  • SimCity is a city building simulator game series first started in 1989. (Maxis)

    Goodbye to ‘SimCity’ as Developer Maxis Shuts Down

    On Wednesday, video game publisher EA shut down game development studio Maxis in Emeryville, CA. This marks the end of the studio and team responsible... Read more

  • Starting Friday, PlayStation 4 users with PlayStation Plus will be offered free online multiplayer.  (Playstation Plus)

    PS Plus March 2015: PlayStation Plus Free Games Revealed; Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, Valiant Hearts, More

    The PlayStation Plus free games for March have been unveiled, according to Sony. They are Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee — New ‘n’ Tasty! (PS4), Valiant Hearts:... Read more

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, June 11, 2014 file photo, people wait in line for theater presentations for video games including Batman, Mortal Kombat X and Shadow of Mordor at the WB Games booth at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, in Los Angeles. At last week's E3, video game developers hyped upcoming titles featuring assassins, super-soldiers, vigilantes and demon hunters. The lack of female protagonists at the expo highlighted an ongoing issue that continues to haunt the video game industry.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, file)

    Mortal Kombat X Characters: Kenshi, Sonya Blade, Johnny Cage, Jax Coming?

    The mobile version of Mortal Kombat X will feature Kenshi, and there’s speculation that he’ll be in the console version of the game, according to... Read more

  • In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, fans wait in line to purchase Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity at PAX East at Boston Convention & Exhibition Center on March 23, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Nintendo)

    PAX East 2015: List of Games, Schedule, Time

    PAX East 2015, the gaming event that will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, is going to be held from Friday, March 6 to Sunday, March... Read more

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    Unreal Engine 4 Is Now Free for Everyone to Download

    Epic has just announced that its game development engine, Unreal Engine 4, is now free for everyone to download. This is a radical change from its $19/month subscription and... Read more


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