Tim Cook Says Learning How to Code is More Important than English as a Second Language

The Apple CEO said coding should be “required in every public school in the world.”

According to Apple aapl CEO Tim Cook, English may be a global language, but it’s more important to learn how to code.

“If I were a French student and I were 10 years old, I think it would be more important for me to learn coding than English,” Cook told French news outlet Konbini while in the country to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron, CNBC reports.

“This is a language that you can [use to] express yourself to 7 billion people in the world,” Cook said, adding that coding should be “required in every public school in the world” and should not be seen as a specialized skill.

“It’s not just for the computer scientists. It’s for all of us,” Cook said.

Acquiring coding skills makes financial sense, too. According to a report by job search network Glassdoor, more than one-third of high-paying jobs require some computer programming skills.

Last month, the Apple exec told Fortune about how the company developed the programming language Swift to encourage students of all ages to learn to code.

“All this curriculum stuff is free. Anybody can have it that wants it around the world. We’ve done it in multiple languages,” he said.

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Famed Architect’s Lawsuit Against Google Just Got Much More Serious

Eli Attia alleges he wasn’t the only one mistreated by the search giant.

A long-running lawsuit filed against Google by a prominent architect has just gotten much broader.

Last week, the Superior Court of California granted a motion adding racketeering charges to the civil case being pursued against Google by Eli Attia, an expert in high-rise construction. Attia claims Google stole his idea for an innovative building design method – and now he wants to prove that it does the same thing frequently.

Attia’s suit was originally filed in 2014, four years after he began discussions with Google (prior to its reorganization as Alphabet) about developing software based on a set of concepts he called Engineered Architecture. Attia has said Engineered Architecture, broadly described as a modular approach to building, would revolutionize the design and construction of large buildings. Attia developed the concepts based on insights gleaned from his high-profile architecture career, and has called them his life’s work.

Google executives including Google X cofounder Astro Teller came to share his enthusiasm, and championed developing software based on Engineered Architecture as one of the company’s “moonshots.” But Attia claims the company later used his ideas without fulfilling an agreement to pay to license them.

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Attia’s suit names not just Google, but individual executives including founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. It also names Flux Factory, the unit Attia’s suit alleges was spun off specifically to capitalize on his ideas.

Speaking to the San Jose Mercury News, Attia’s lawyer claims Google told Attia his project had been cancelled, “when in fact they were going full blast on it.” Flux Factory is now known as Flux, and touts itself as “the first company launched by Google X.”

Attia’s suit will now also seek to prove that his case is representative of a much broader pattern of behavior by Alphabet. According to court documents, the motion to add racketeering charges hinged on six similar incidents. Those incidents aren’t specified in the latest court proceedings, but Alphabet has faced a similar trade-secrets battle this summer over X’s Project Loon, which has already led to Loon being stripped of some patents.

The idea of racketeering charges entering the picture will surprise many who associate them with violent organized criminals. But under RICO statutes, civil racketeering suits can be brought by private litigants against organizations and individuals alleged to have engaged in ongoing misdeeds. The broader use of racketeering charges has slowly gained ground since the introduction of RICO laws in the 1960s, with some famous instances including suits against Major League Baseball and even the Los Angeles Police Department.

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Nintendo’s New Mini-NES Will Never Get More Games or Connect to the Internet


If you’re excited about the mini NES Nintendo announced today, you’re 100 percent not alone. But your excitement may be shortlived, as the console is going to be severely limited. Speaking to Kotaku, Nintendo confirms that there will never be an upgrade to the NES mini, nor will it ever receive more games: The console is a standalone device, so it cannot connect to the internet or any external storage devices. The 30 games included with the system were chosen to provide a wide variety of top-quality, long-lasting game-play experiences. No Internet connection, no downloadable content — just a straight-up…

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7 can’t-miss apps: MuseCam, Summit, Yammo and more

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With fresh rumors swirling about the iPhone 7 and new reports that Apple is working on an Amazon Echo competitor, you may have missed this week’s best new apps.

Each weekend, we round up a few of our favorite new and updated apps. This week’s list includes an app to help you find podcasts, a photo editing app and a new puzzle game.

Check out the gallery below to see our top picks. If you’re looking for more, take a look at our last roundup of can’t-miss apps.

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On getting your WordPress site hacked; pay now or pay more later

In my last post I posed the question of whether it’s time to look for alternatives to the leading publishing platforms such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, etc., but, truth be told, finding an alternative that can do everything these products do is practically impossible … that is, unless you’re willing to spend money building a customized solution.

And that may be the reality of the future; if you don’t build your own solution paying upfront at perhaps 100x the cost (thanks, Keith) of, say, a simple WordPress installation, you’ll windup paying far more than that when you get hacked. According to IBM’s tenth annual Cost of Data Breach Study:

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LEGO’s ‘Idea Conference’ Is About More Than Just Bricks

It seems like the older I get, the more time I spend with Lego bricks. Sure, I say that I buy the kits for my kids, but I’m always sitting on the floor next to them within minutes of opening the box. What’s more, the grown up part of me is impressed with the company’s business practices and fascinated by the way in which the brick itself has become such an iconic symbol all around the world.


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SAP Brings More Value to Big Data

Big data has yet to deliver on its promises. At least that’s what Ken Tsai, vice president, head of cloud platform and data management at SAP told CMSWire.  In the past, he’s even referred to data lakes as data swamps, and he wasn’t entirely kidding.

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Gmail, SMTP, DNS and more: Four things I broke first, fixed later

Http requests aren’t limited to just browser-to-host, though. Many hosts talk over http to other hosts. This is the fundamental architecture that allows us to have a mashable Web, with XML and REST and JSON requests shooting back and forth between


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Eric Schmidt-Backed Startup Taykey Expands To Find The Perfect Audience For More Than Just Ads

After raising millions from Eric Schmidt months ago, Israeli-American startup Taykey has launched a product to help brands track their ideal audiences in real-time for more than just ads but product strategy, too.


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Lending a hand: Even more ways tech is delivering hope for humanity

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Philanthropy isn’t only for the big guys. While tech giants Google and Apple announced their donation efforts last week, there is plenty of room for others. From multiple “Airbnb for refugees” popping up around the world to simply volunteering to be a human wifi hotspot, technology is being used as a vital tool for aid. With the latest numbers from the International Organization for Migration as a record-breaking 473,887 refugees and migrants from the Mediterranean to Europe just this year alone, everything helps. The past few weeks we’ve been presenting companies using technology with a humanitarian focus – here and…

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Facebook is down, go do something more fun while it recovers [Update: It’s back!]

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Facebook is down for many users around the world, according to DownDetector.co.uk and reports on Twitter. It’s the second outage within a week for the social network, and many people are unable to log in and view those critical status messages, Pages and other updates. These problems don’t tend to last too long, but we’ve asked Facebook for a statement on the situation and will update here when normal service resumes. Until then, go fly a kite or something. Update: An intermittent service is coming back for some users but the site still isn’t back to normal. Some users are also still…

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RISC Networks Finds That IT Teams Require More Effective Data than…

Leader in Cloud and Data Center Analytics to demonstrate new Application Centric Visualization technology at AWS re:Invent 2015 in Las Vegas from October 6 – 9, 2015

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Today’s Best Deals: Cheap Battery Pack, Packing Cubes, Apple Watch, and More

Here are the best of today’s deals. Get every great deal every day on Kinja Deals, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to never miss a deal, join us on Kinja Gear to read about great products, and on Kinja Co-Op to help us find the best.

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Onshape Raises $80 Million More To Go Big In Cloud CAD Software

Onshape, a three-year-old company in Boston, claims to be the first 100% cloud-based 3D design software and today announced a fresh $ 80 million in venture capital, roughly half of which is from new investor Andreessen Horowitz.


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A Wedding Ring Spins More Like a Boomerang Than a Coin  

Spin a coin on a flat surface, and it spirals much like a planet orbiting a star — at least until it runs out of steam and rattles to a stop on the table. But spin a wedding ring the same way, and it will make a surprising abrupt turn, following a trajectory more like a boomerang.

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Google says its voice search system is now more accurate, especially in noisy places

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If you’ve noticed Google doing a better job of understanding what you say using speech recognition on your smartphone lately, you’re not crazy. Google’s voice search has indeed become more accurate, thanks to advances in artificial intelligence, the tech company announced today.

“Today, we’re happy to announce we built even better neural network acoustic models using Connectionist Temporal Classification (CTC) and sequence discriminative training techniques,” Google Speech Team members Haşim Sak, Andrew Senior, Kanishka Rao, Françoise Beaufays and Johan Schalkwyk wrote in a blog post today. “These models are a special extension of recurrent neural networks (RNNs) that are more accurate, especially in noisy environments, and they are blazingly fast!”

The new models are working in the Google app for iOS and Android, as well as dictation on Android, which works inside of some third-party apps, the team members wrote.

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Google has reported improvements in voice search not once but twice this year. Clearly the company has been investing in the underlying technology. RNNs are one increasingly popular approach to doing deep learning, a type of artificial intelligence, and Google is widely thought to have a deep bench in deep learning.

But Apple and Microsoft, among others, have also been working to improve their voice recognition capabilities. Meanwhile, Facebook is also doing more in the area, having acquired a speech recognition company, Wit.ai, some months ago.

Speech could become more important as an input to searching the Web in the years to come. Baidu’s Andrew Ng, who is known for his work on the so-called Google Brain, last year predicted that within five years “50 percent of queries will be on speech or images.”

“In addition to requiring much lower computational resources, the new models are more accurate, robust to noise, and faster to respond to voice search queries — so give it a try, and happy (voice) searching!” wrote Sak, Senior, Rao, Beaufays, and Schalkwyk.

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The $2.5 Trillion Photo: China’s President Xi Jinping Meets With Heads Of Apple, Amazon, And More

In the first official U.S. visit of China’s President Xi Jinping this week, nothing speaks louder than one single photo on China’s hopes for its high-tech diplomacy.


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The Solution for Unopened Email: More Email?

The Solution for Unopened Email: More Email?

As if we don’t get enough emails already … To differentiate itself in the field of email service providers, one provider is trying to set itself apart in the small business market with the ability to automatically send a follow-up email to non-responders. The premise behind San Francisco-based VerticalResponse’s email

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Google Says Google Drive Now Has 1 Million Customers, Improves Security To Get More

Prior to the ISO certification, Google Drive has been certified as compliant with the SOC 2 and SOC 3 security standards for cloud computing.


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Everything Oculus announced today: $99 Gear VR, Touch release date, Minecraft, and more

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It’s Oculus Connect keynote day, and the company had a lot of stuff to announce despite a claim that consumers shouldn’t get too excited about the event in Los Angeles.

Here are all the big announcements:

Samsung’s $ 99 Gear VR

While Oculus is planning to release the amazing new Rift headset in Q1 2016, one of its biggest partners, Samsung, revealed it will release the consumer version of Gear VR in November for just $ 99. This will work with Samsung’s Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, and Note 5.

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Oculus SDK 1.0 is coming in November

Both Rift and Gear VR will need a lot of VR content, and Oculus is planning to update its software-development kit to help studios do exactly that. One of the big things this SDK will come with is direct drivers — this will enable the headset to work without having to fiddle with setting up the Rift as an external monitor.

Oculus Arcade

This is a 1980s-style arcade simulator that enables you to feel like you’re playing Pac-Man at a stand-up machine.

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Twitch, Hulu, Netflix, and more to support Oculus Video

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Developers are working on plenty of games for virtual reality, but Oculus is expecting all kinds of content to make the leap to its Rift and Gear VR systems. That includes video services like Netflix and Hulu — the latter of which revealed it is planning to build VR-native videos.

“Oculus Ready” PCs

You’re gonna need a beefy PC to use an Oculus Rift, but you won’t need to guess if certain systems will work. Oculus announced it will work with hardware manufacturers like Dell, Alienware, and Asus on a line of “Oculus Ready” rigs that cost less than $ 1,000.

Minecraft comes to Rift

Microsoft is planning to make the Windows 10 Edition of its block-building game Minecraft compatible with Xbox One.

Oculus is working on its equivalent of Xbox Live and the App Store

Facebook, the owner of Oculus VR, has said that it won’t try to make a lot of money on the Rift hardware. That means it’s going to make the real cash on the app and software side. And we saw a little bit of that today when the company revealed how its platform will handle social features, analytics, and distribution.

Oculus Touch trailer and release date

The incredible Oculus Touch controllers, which brings your hands into VR, aren’t coming out until Q2 of 2016. But here’s a trailer to show what they can do.

Oculus Medium

Oculus chief executive officer Brendan Iribe said that every new platform needs a paint app, and Medium is what his company is calling its take on 3D drawing.

Epic reveals new Oculus Touch demo Bullet Train

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New, Insanely High-Resolution Pluto Images Include More Color—and Weird “Snakeskin” Textures

A fresh batch of images straight from the New Horizons downlink give us just what we’ve been waiting for: color views of Pluto! Ridiculously high resolution detail! Strange new snakeskin textures! Plus a first look at how methane is involved in shaping these crazy ice landscapes.

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Snakes in Costa Rica Bite People More Often During El Niño Years

Snakes, like other reptiles, rely on the environment around them to regulate their body temperature, and that makes them very sensitive to temperature fluctuations like those brought by El Niño. Changes in the weather can change snakes’ activity levels, their distribution, and their foraging habits in ways that may bring snakes into contact with people.

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Trend Micro’s spam traps surface more Ashley Madison fake users

There hasn’t been a lack of strange things turning up in the Ashley Madison data leak.

One of the latest discoveries comes from Trend Micro, which found bogus Ashley Madison profiles that used email addresses the company created solely for collecting spam samples.

The email addresses are known as “honeypots,” a general term for systems set up by researchers in the hope that they will be attacked. Studying the attacks can shed light on new methods used by malicious hackers.

One of Trend’s addresses was used for a profile describing a 33-year-old Los Angeles woman who is “sexy, aggressive” and “knows what she wants,” wrote Ryan Flores, a threat research manager with Trend, in a blog post.

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5 can’t-miss apps: Simply Piano, Skype, Threads and more

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With the iPhone 6S just around the corner and a flood of new Apple TV rumors making the rounds, you may have missed some of this week’s best new apps

Luckily, every weekend, we round up our favorite new and updated apps. This week’s list includes a redesigned Skype, an app to make up your own text threads and an app to help you learn to play piano

Check out the gallery, below, to see our top picks. If you’re looking for more, take a look at last week’s roundup of can’t-miss apps.

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