General Assembly: Preparing Students for the Technological World

Aug 05, 15 General Assembly: Preparing Students for the Technological World

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Headquartered in New York, General Assembly is helping put American millennials to work. It seems that despite the fact that the US student population is on the up, too many graduates are leaving college without being marketable or skilled enough to enter the increasingly technologically driven world. This relatively new company, with potential to grow as the world becomes increasingly reliant on technology, has caught the interest of Bradley Tusk of Tusk Ventures.  Tusk Ventures is a venture capital firm backing General Assembly among several other clients. General Assembly  prepares college students for the world of technology in the workforce. And it is proving very popular. Indeed, according to Regional Director of General Assembly Chicago, Annie Lin, American high school graduates are even less prepared than graduates in other parts of the world. It was with this notion that General Assembly was born, establishing the New York-based coding school at the end of last year. The program offers important technological practical courses in coding, marketing and user-experience design. By the end of its first academic year, in July 2015, 125 full time students had graduated from its Chicago program. According to Lin, employers are more interested in a skill set than a traditional education. A degree is still important, but if the graduate is lacking in practical technological skills, the employer will not be interested. As a result, these days there is a far greater interest amongst students in management-related workshops and courses than there has been in the past, especially in Chicago, according to Lin. The goal of General Assembly is to combine traditional education with technological skills so that US students will start to catch up with their international peers in their marketability in the...

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DIVAS Developing App to Help Girls Cope with Life’s Intimate Questions

Feb 24, 14 DIVAS Developing App to Help Girls Cope with Life’s Intimate Questions

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The Digital Interactive Visual Arts and Sciences (DIVAS) for Social Justice organization works hard to teach youth in under-served neighborhoods how to use today’s technologies to promote social change. Their latest undertaking, under the DIVAS “Imaging Ourselves” program, is to create a mobile app which will answer the most personal and intimate questions girls have about themselves, their relationships, and the complex world around them. The app will be called “My Sister’s Keeper” and will allow users to ask many questions which girls would otherwise have no one to ask due to their intimate and soul-searching nature. Under development in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn by documentary photographer and multimedia developer Murray Cox, “My Sister’s Keeper” will feature videos of different girls asking questions, and then cutting to women giving videotaped answers. Under development since October, 2013, DIVAS held a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo to finance the app and hopes to release it to the general public in March to coincide with Womens’ History Month.  Youth members of DIVAS have been poring over questions that girls might ask themselves to choose the most critical ones for the app. They have been filming girls asking the questions and also the women who are giving loving, thoughtful answers to those questions which girls often ask themselves about body image, hair, and relationships. The following description of “My Sister’s Keeper” comes from the Indiegogo site where donations to help create the app can be sent: “The My Sister’s Keeper App will provide a platform for a global community of women and girls to receive loving affirmations about the questions young girls ask themselves growing up. Not everyone has a positive maternal confident to help answer their questions and DIVAS wants to help fill that void by creating a free mobile app where a young girl can ask a question about body image, relationships or just know someone loves them. The youth of the organization have been surveying their friends and providing the questions that all girls ask...

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Free Apple iPad Usage For Airport Patrons at LaGuardia and Beyond

Jul 18, 12 Free Apple iPad Usage For Airport Patrons at LaGuardia and Beyond

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After a one and a half year trial run, project planners have declared that the free use of Apple iPads for travelers at airports is a good idea. OTG Management, a company that manages restaurants and newsstands at a large number of key airports introduced free iPad use at LaGuardia Airport last winter, and now that they see that their idea is a good one, they are revving up to bring about 7,000 of these internet enabled devices into three additional major airports: JFK in New York; Minneapolis-St.Paul in Minnesota; and Pearson airport in Toronto. “People are very anxious about where they’re going, is their flight on time, where’s their flight leaving from, did the gate change,” says Albert Lee of OTG Management. “We’re putting all the tools in front of them so that they can reduce their gate anxiety. So from the iPad, you can order anything that’s available in the airport and have it delivered directly to your seat. You can have magazines delivered to you. You can have top-notch food delivered directly to your seat.” OTG even won a FAB Award (Best Food and Beverage related innovaton) for 2012 for this idea. Having the iPad right next to your gate makes purchasing so easy and convenient, there is no longer any excuse not to buy something while waiting for your flight. Travelers can check to see if their flight is ready to leave or they can check their email, play games, watch videos, or just about anything else that can be done on an iPad that is loaded with the right apps. OTG says they will constantly be adding new apps as they make deals for them. Travelers that are worried about leaving important account information and passwords behind when they run for their flight need not be concerned. As soon as the iPad is sent back to home, all personal information is wiped clean. “All you have to do is hit the home button, run for your flight and we’ve...

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Wi-Fi Hot Spots Coming to Pay Phone Kiosks in New York City

Jul 15, 12 Wi-Fi Hot Spots Coming to Pay Phone Kiosks in New York City

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Just when you thought living in New York could not get any more fun, the powers that be have decided to embark on a program to get more of the city wired- by placing Wi-Fi hot spots around town. And where better to put a hot-spot than in what used to be New Yorkers' main mode of communication when out on the town; a public pay-phone kiosk. "What we are doing is taking the current infrastructure that we have already have, leverage it up, add few more technological advance and, frankly, with the new information age you can put so much information and pack it up into small devices," said Rahul Merchant, Citywide Chief Information and Innovation Officer. In case you were thinking that these kiosks should go the way of the dinosaur, think again. First of all, it’s kind of nice to have those pay phones around just in case your cell-phone’s battery runs out, or your phone is lost, stolen, or dropped in a fountain during lunch hour. Apparently this happens more often than you might guess; New York’s pay phones were used to make 27 million calls last year, excluding emergency calls to 911. So if the phones are staying, might as well make them more useful, and so the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications– (did you know we had such a department?) posted a “Request for Information” document soliciting ideas from the public for what to do with our pay phone kiosks. The DITT came up with a few ideas of their own for the sidewalk phones, including making the kiosks into power stations or possibly adding touch screens into the booths with information and maps and other helpful forms of media. But according to Rachel Sterne, New York’s Chief Digital Officer, the most popular idea seems to be creating Wi-Fi hot-spots out of the kiosks, and the project is already underway on a small scale. So far, out of the city’s 12,000 phone booths 10 have already been...

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Space Shuttle Thrills Brooklyn as It Travels to New Home

In what is proving to be an exciting last ride, the Space Shuttle Enterprise was flown to JFK Airport piggy-back-style on a Boeing 747 from Washington’s Dulles Airport on April 23, where it already thrilled spectators as it made a fly-by past the Statue of Liberty, and a perfect landing at JFK. The shuttle was kept at JFK until it was put on a barge and floated to Port Elizabeth, New Jersey this past Sunday. Sunday’s trip took the Enterprise along the southern shoreline of Brooklyn, passing such easily accessible locales as the boardwalk in Brighton Beach and Coney Island. The huge shuttle also passed under a number of New York bridges, including Marine Park’s Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. From Staten Island a wonderful photogenic moment was enjoyed as the shuttle could be seen passing by the Statue of Liberty, in a watery replay of its fly-by about 6 weeks ago. Brooklynites, New Yorkers in general and visitors gathered to watch the spectacle, and were thrilled to see the shuttle floating down their waterways. “I was hoping that it would come a little bit closer to the shore but it was still a lot of fun. Hopefully I will get a glimpse closer in the coming days or on the actual Intrepid when it winds up there,” one onlooker said. The Enterprise never actually entered space but was a prototype used exclusively for approach and landing tests as well as being used to conduct sixteen atmospheric flight tests. On Wednesday the Enterprise will make the last leg of its journey to retirement as it proceeds from Port Elizabeth and heads on over to the Intrepid Air and Space Museum on Manhattan’s west side. The Enterprise Space Shuttle will be ready for visitors beginning on July 19,... Die Website www.ecolens.ch Monatslinsen zu einem gunstigen Preis. | iphone grocery buymeapie.

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Judge Rules DA Can Subpeona Defendent’s Tweets

Apr 25, 12 Judge Rules DA Can Subpeona Defendent’s Tweets

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Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Mathew A. Sciarrino Jr. ruled that the Manhattan District Attorney’s office may subpoena the “tweets” of an Occupy Wall Street protestor who was arrested for disorderly conduct on the Brooklyn Bridge last October. Despite the protests of the defendent, Malcolm Harris, the judge decided that it was not unreasonable for prosecutors to have access to his public tweets beginning several weeks before, and for months after his arrest, as the judge explained in his ruling delivered on Friday, “There are, in fact, reasonable grounds to believe the information sought was relevant and material to this investigation,” Sciarrino wrote in his decision. The judge added that Harris has no legal standing to block a subpoena which is directed to Twitter Inc, and not to him. In a coy reference to the world of Twitter Judge Sciarrino sprinkled into his decision the beloved hashtags which Twitter fans use to denote keywords. “Harris’ bid to quash the subpoena is denied” wrote Sciarrino, placing hashtags next to keywords “quash” and “denied.” Sciarrino added that he would deal with the privacy issue by reviewing Harris’ tweets before handing them over to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. The decision has privacy advocates and at least one retired civil court judge alarmed. They join Harris’ lawyer in their dismay at the long time period of tweets that the DA is requesting, saying it is broad beyond reason. They added that, despite the fact that the tweets were sent publicly, the other user information which come along with the tweets violates Harris rights to privacy and free association. The twitter data can easily give prosecutors a view of Harris’ followers, their interactions via replies and “retweets” and also his location at various points in time, explained Harris’ lawyer Martin Stolar. “There’s a whole universe of information out there that deals with the associations that Mr. Harris has,” Stolar said at a court hearing in March. “Here, there is a privacy interest in his communications with other people.” Stolar...

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