Coding, for all ages… and making it fun
The great thing about Kickstarter.com is that it is such a place for ideas and information. Guess that an economy like India, with all its oodles of tech talent, could easily make the most of this. Some could even develop these ideas, and come up with even better solutions.
Recently, I came across a ‘Computers that anyone can make’ project on Kickstarter.com. It promises to allow you to “build your own camera, speaker and pixel grid, like Lego”. Using this, you would be able to make thousands of creative projects with simple “coding kits for all ages”.
This idea comes from http://kano.me. Kano says it has written 19 million lines of code. It is London headquartered, but says its work reaches children in some 86 different countries.
“Kids today want to create, not just consume the world around. They just need some simple tools,” says the people behind Kano.me. That way, they can learn while they are having fun. It feels like a game too.
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Internationally, the Kano kit costs $149.99. Of course, the not-so-good thing about kickstarter.com is that all its exciting products are mostly in the ideas stage (Kano has something to show and sell though). For most others, you come across the idea. This site seeks to crowdfund resources and help to build good ideas, as we have noted in these columns. So the wait can be excruciating.
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G Suite is on its way
Here’s some of the latest news: Google Apps is now going to be known as G Suite, according to Google. Google says it created Google Apps “to help people everywhere work and innovate together, so that your organisation can move faster and achieve more”.
But now it is introducing a new name that better reflects its mission — G Suite. Of the new product, Google says: “G Suite is a set of intelligent apps — Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Hangouts, and more — designed to bring people together, with real-time collaboration built in from the start. And there’s a lot more on the way.”
FSF, where it all started
If you haven’t seen this, please check it out. The Free Software Foundation is where all the alternatives to proprietorial software first happened. It’s still an amazing place for ideas, and promotes the creation of so much software that millions can afford to use, without being called ‘pirates’.
As it explains itself: “The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a nonprofit with a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom. We defend the rights of all software users.”
What is the Polygraph? With such an unusual name, it also takes an unusual approach towards knowledge and information.
Polygraph explores “complex topics with visual storytelling”. It says it does this via code, design, and animation rather than long-form prose.
Reach out via firstname.lastname@example.org or @matthew_daniels. Better still, visit their website at the URL below.
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Desire at a price
News just out says the HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle model is to be available in India at a price of Rs 15,999. It has a 5.5 inch 1280×720 pixels HD super LCD resolution with Corning Gorilla Glass protection for the touch-screen. It comes with a 1.6 GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor, Adreno 305 GPU and it runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0, according to techfactslive.com
Virtual reality on phone
Gionee has launched another smartphone in its S Series portfolio that will ensure an immersive virtual reality experience for its users. Gionee S6 Pro comes pre-loaded with Gionee VR app and is backed by 4GB RAM for a better intuitive user experience. The device with a metallic uni-body design has a faster P10 Octa core processor. S6 Pro is available in gold and rose gold at Rs 23,999 and the VR Set is available for Rs 2,499. S6 Pro has a 13MP rear camera for better image quality in low-light conditions and 8MP front camera to capture shots even in low-light conditions with selfie screen flash. Running on Android Marshmallow 6.0, S6 Pro supports both 4G and VoLTE and comes with fingerprint scanner. The phone has 3130 mAh battery and in-built features like Video Editor, Desktop Editor, Image+, Video beautification, Time lapse and Text Recognition.