For years, girls and young women have been a critical missing part of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) studies and careers. The stubborn gender disparity in STEM fields has sparked important debates on the underlying reasons. Some attribute the gender disparity to social and infrastructural factors, lack of mentors and role models, and lack of awareness about what these fields offer in terms of educational and career opportunities.
Today’s Apple event in Chicago was about more than just showing off new hardware and software in the classroom -- the company was reasserting itself as a major player in education. The category has long been a lynchpin in Apple’s strategy -- something that Steve Jobs held near and dear.
U.S. v. Microsoft, which hinges on a law passed decades before the modern internet came into existence, could have broad consequences for how digital communications are accessed by law enforcement, and for the nearly $250 billion cloud-computing industry. "The case is hugely important, it has implications for the future of the internet," says Jennifer Daskal, a former Justice Department official who now teaches at American University Washington College of Law.
Chinese and American tech giants are preparing for a showdown that may shape the future of artificial intelligence. China’s cloud providers, Alibaba, Tencent, and Baidu, are getting ready to do battle with US giants Amazon, Google, and Microsoft to deliver AI online. As Chinese companies seek to expand their reach, they may increasingly aim their cloud services at US companies and developers, and vice versa.
Getting kids technology that is more focused on education than entertainment and questionable communication and assuring they know how to use it is therefore critical to their, and our, future. Microsoft this week announced 10 Products that use Windows 10 S that are both more affordable and safer than most other alternatives.
The Windows maker is looking to entice students to learn more about STEM and enjoy the experience at the same time. For instance, Minecraft will soon get a Chemistry Update that will be utilized for students to experience "hands-on experimentation" on building compounds, the purpose of which is to stimulate the young minds and steer them into the basic concepts of chemistry.
When it comes to the lucrative education market, Microsoft doesn't want to be left behind -- especially when that Google's Chromebooks are increasingly popular with schools. Microsoft's big selling point this year? More cheap Windows 10 notebooks starting at $189, and a Minecraft: Education Edition update focused on chemistry.
"In K-12 schools in the U.S. in the last year, Windows device share grew 4.3 percent on devices under $300 and 8.2 percent on devices over $300, as more and more schools are choosing Windows over competitive offerings," said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of the Windows and Devices division at Microsoft, in a blog post citing data from Futuresource Consulting.
No matter how the case is decided, there are potential negative implications for U.S. competitiveness. If the court supports the use of search warrants to obtain data stored abroad, it will feed the perception that the best way to protect data from the prying eyes of the U.S. government is to store it abroad with a non-U.S. provider. On the other hand, if the court rules that search warrants cannot be used overseas, foreign governments may try to force companies to store data within their borders to make it impossible for U.S. officials to execute a search warrant. This also damages U.S.