EdTech Situation Room Episode 71

Welcome to episode 71 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 25, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Microsoft’s play to offer its universe of applications (including the Edge web browser and the Cortana assistant) on Android phones, upgrade woes with iOS 11, and Coda’s efforts to create a new document format merging word processing documents and spreadsheets. Security articles included a shout out to Nicole Perlroth’s September 11th interview on cybersecurity on the World Affairs Council podcast, Facebook security issues and the Facebook privacy checkup, and new attacks including “BadRabbit ransomware” and “The Reaper Botnet.” Jason Snell’s recent article hoping for / predicting a forthcoming Mac Mini update, the incredible learning speed and accomplishments of AlphaGo Zero, SeeSaw’s addition of “Activities” to its classroom app, and new/updated clear solar cells were also discussed. Jason finished out the week’s articles talking about “containers on Chromebooks.” Geeks of the week included discounted Amazon Echos on Woot, the BBEDIT text editor for batch-editing documents, and Storyspheres from Google. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay updated, and join us LIVE for a future show at 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain. Check all our shownotes on http://edtechSR.com/links


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  8. Microsoft Edge browser preview makes its way to Android (Engadget, 13 October 2017)
  9. Two Google alums just raised $60M to rethink documents (TechCrunch, 19 Oct 2017)
  10. Google launches native add-ons for Gmail (The Verge, 24 October 2017)
  11. G Camp OKC coming on Saturday, November 4, 2017 in Oklahoma City (@gcampOKC)
  12. The Cyberthreat with Nicole Perlroth @nicoleperlroth (World Affairs Council, 11 Sept 2017)
  13. Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World’s First Digital Weapon by Kim Zetter (@KimZetter)
  14. Wes’ Twitter list of Security experts
  15. What’s the [FACEBOOK] Privacy Checkup and how can I find it?
  16. Facebook Security and Login Settings
  17. BadRabbit ransomware attacks multiple media outlets (CSO, 24 Oct 2017)
  18. The Reaper Botnet Could Be Worse Than the Internet-Shaking Mirai Ever Was (Wired, 20 Oct 2017)
  19. A new Mac mini: I want to believe (Six Colors, 23 October 2017)
  20. AlphaGo Zero: Learning from scratch (Demis Hassabis and David Silver of DeepMind, 18 Oct 2017)
  21. Soon We Won’t Program Computers. We’ll Train Them Like Dogs (Wired, May 2016)
  22. Transparent Solar Cells Like This Could Deliver 40% of America’s Power (Science Alert, 24 Oct 2017)
  23. Small Montana firm lands Puerto Rico’s biggest contract to get the power back on (Washington Post, 23 Oct 2017)
  24. SeeSaw Adds Activities to its Classroom App (SeeSaw, 5 Oct 2017)
  25. Containers And Chromebooks: The Future Of Chrome OS (Chrome Unboxed, 22 October 2017)
  26. Chromebooks Capture Canada’s K-12 Educational Tech Market (Chrome Unboxed, 25 October 2017)
  27. Samsung To Launch Chromebook Pro With Better Specs (Android Headlines, 23 October 2117)
  28. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Woot is clearing out Amazon Echos!
  29. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: BBEDIT (backstory: The Podcasting Legacy of Bob Sprankle and The Scholars of Room 208) and Storyspheres (A tool for enhancing 360 images that lets you position audio within a scene, to easily create interactive experiences) via @alicebarr