Some Important Features In Windows 10 And Windows 10 S

Microsoft recently announced a special version of Windows 10 aimed primarily at teachers, students, and for use in educational institutions. Windows 10 S, as the new OS is called, is built from the core of Windows 10 Pro, but is meant to be faster, more secure, lightweight, and with improved battery life over its sibling operating systems. So, if you’re wondering what the differences between these two operating systems are, we pitched Windows 10 S vs Windows 10, and here are the differences you should know:

Windows 10 S is Microsoft’s own take at a “Walled Garden” OS, something that Apple perfected with iOS. Microsoft mentions that laptops running Windows 10 S will not be able to install apps from sources other than the official Windows Store, just like the Windows RT platform. This may be both a good thing, and a bad; and a lot depends on whether major third party developers repackage their apps for the Store or not.

Not allowing installation of apps from other sources will definitely improve the overall security of the system. Plus, app updates will be managed more efficiently, if every app is from the Windows Store only. However, all of these good things will go to waste, if popular third party apps like Chrome, Photoshop, Firefox etc. are not repackaged for the Windows Store.

Recently WhatsApp Beta Introduced A New Feature Pinning

WhatsApp is apparently testing out a brand new feature: chat pinning. The feature has been available on other chat apps like Telegram for quite some time now, so it’s good to see that WhatsApp is finally seeing the usability of such a feature, and is planning on bringing it to the stable version of the app soon.

The new feature is available in the latest version of WhatsApp Beta (v2.17.162), allowing users running the beta version to pin important chats to the top of the screen. What this means, is that if you’ve pinned a chat, it’ll always remain on the top of the list, regardless of any new messages in other chat threads.

The feature works for both individual and group chats, and can definitely help you if you chat with a lot of people, and would like to keep the important chats on top for easier accessibility when you need it.

To pin a chat, you can simply press and hold on the chat thread, and then tap on the pin icon on the top. Unpinning is a similar process: just tap and hold on the chat thread, and tap on the unpin icon on the top.

Since the feature is in beta right now, there is no telling when (or if) it’ll make it to the stable app. I really hope it does, because it can prove very useful to a lot of people. Plus brand new features always get people excited, so it’ll prove useful to WhatsApp itself, as well. When I say “brand new feature”, I mean brand new for the app; chat pinning as a feature has existed for quite some time now, so it’s not like WhatsApp is really innovating. But hey, cool new feature, who am I to complain?

Microsoft teams with big banks to speed development of financial technology

Microsoft has forged a partnership with R3, a consortium of 43 financial institutions, to help make online money transfers and payments faster and more secure using blockchain technologies.

Blockchains, or online ledgers used for recording digital transactions, are touted as tamper resistant but were originally developed outside of the traditional banking system. This newer technology has banks scrambling to find the right technological fit

At Microsoft’s inaugural Envision conference for business leaders yesterday in New Orleans, CEO Satya Nadella told the crowd that R3 was using blockchain technology available on Microsoft Azure. Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) will be a preferred vendor, providing “blockchain as a service,” which will let financial institutions access the technology via the cloud. It will also provide services and staff to help R3 to develop new financial products using the blockchain technology.

Amazon’s AWS (Nasdaq: AMZN), Google (Nasdaq: Goog) and IBM(NYSE: IBM) also are racing to find their own answer to blockchain technology.

What is the best way to learn English quickly ?

Embarking on any new language can be a daunting task. It’s taking on a fundamental life skill – a skill most of us can barely remember learning the first time around. The entire process of learning a language is complex and fraught with difficulty – and English, supposedly, is particularly difficult for non-native speakers, with its inconsistent rules and idiosyncrasies.No language can be learned overnight, and there is no magic fix. But with a few straightforward steps, and a dedicated attitude, it’s entirely possible to be competent and conversational within a few months. Learning English quickly needn’t be a headache.

English is the true lingua franca, the world’s global language. It is the most widely used language in the world, spoken by well over a billion people in every continent. Significantly, in addition to almost 400 million native speakers, there are as many as a billion non-native speakers, suggesting that English as a second language is a vital skill for much of the world.

This is reflected in where you find English. It is a dominant language in business, science, I.T., aviation, seafaring, diplomacy, medicine, the internet, and many other industries. In an increasingly globalised world, English is expected as a basic requirement on any respectable CV – and bilingual speakers can enjoy much better employment prospects than those who speak only one language.



We’ve all heard a thousand times that the only way to really learn English is to be totally immersed in the language, completely surrounded by it everywhere you go. But we wanted to go deeper than that and find quick and easy ways to start getting immersed. So our research team put together 10 steps that you can follow, in this order, to make learning English faster and a whole lot more fun.

#1: Find some English radio stations and podcasts in iTunes
There are tons of podcasts about all topics imaginable these days: entertainment, politics, news. A good way to find one is to look for a podcast from a TV channel you usually watch in your cable TV. Look for one that interests you and listen to it in your car while driving. You’ll train your ear that way!

#2: Check out the Top Videos on YouTube and watch for at least a few minutes
Most of them are hilarious! It will be so worth it. Try looking at the comments to pick up some words and sentences you aren’t familiar with, but be careful there is all kinds of bizarre stuff in YouTube comments.

#3: Talk and sing to yourself in English
When you are alone at home, or of course in the shower, start talking! Sing a song in English the way it sounds to you, talk about the weather or any other topic. Do this frequently and your pronunciation will drastically improve – guaranteed!

4#: Do you have an English-speaking idol? Go to YouTube and watch all of his/her interviews in English
You can spend hours doing that listening to interviews and it sure won’t feel like studying. But it is! It helps you a great deal.

5#: Sit near people who are speaking English on the bus or in the park. Listen in…
Okay now don’t be a creepy eavesdropper! But, see what words you can pick up and listen to the flow of the conversation. How much did you understand? What general topic were they talking about? Did you hear an interesting word you might want to look up after?

Technology Will Not Replace Teachers

There is an onslaught of technology on the modern classroom. Teachers, administrators, parents, and students alike are being told that technology is the whetstone with which we can all sharpen our education system. Technology can open doors, expand minds, and change the world.

That may be true, but it’s not the panacea that it’s been made out to be. As much innovation as the iPad may bring to the classroom, it’s not going to replace a teacher anytime soon. In fact, the influx of technology like iPads means there is a greater need for teachers. We need teachers who are part early adopter, part integrator, and part mad scientist. The modern teacher must be willing to take chances and able to figure out how not just how technology works, but how it works for each student, and where its use is most appropriate.

Personalized tech-infused learning is the future of education. We started Edudemic to share the best education technology resources. Now it’s no longer good enough to just share resources. So we started Modern Lessons in an effort to bring all teachers, parents, and students around the world up to speed on modern technology. It is our goal to help bring personalized tech-infused learning to classrooms around the world. Not just the ones in first world countries, but to find efficient ways to bring technology into the classrooms of every country.

There is a problem, however. When someone mentions using technology in education, the conversation shifts away from education and pedagogy, and transforms into dreams of shiny new gizmos and gadgets filling our classrooms. That’s a problem – It’s not about the technology. Rather, the sleek and ever more powerful devices that are coming down the pipeline are simply one part of a teacher’s toolkit. The technology is not the lesson, it is there to enhance the lesson.

A classroom with one iPad or one laptop for every student may offer opportunities that a classroom with one computer for the teacher to use does not. But technology in such abundance is not education’s magic bullet. Instead of having an all-technology-all-the-time classroom, teachers should leverage the technology when it can ameliorate the lesson. You can flip your classroom without relying solely on technology. Project-based learning activities don’t have to happen in totally tech driven environments.

Our classrooms are changing, and without a doubt they will look quite different in five or ten years than they do today. New technologies are being developed quickly, and with so many different trends taking hold, it is yet to be seen what will be shaken out and what will stick. Will MOOCs or a similar online learning concept start to take over? Will we have robots for teachers?

One thing we feel strongly about: teachers aren’t going anywhere. Whatever word you choose – teacher, tutor, preceptor, or something else – the role a teacher plays in the classroom is huge. Everyone knows this on a personal level, and can identify a teacher or mentor who has had influence on us or changed our trajectories in a positive way.

Teachers are not, and cannot be automatons handing out information to students. They are leaders, guides, facilitators, and mentors. They encourage students when they struggle, and inspire them to set and reach for their goals. They are role models, leading by example and giving direction when necessary. A computer can give information, but a teacher can lend a hand, or an ear, and discern what’s necessary for a student to succeed, and to want to succeed.

So yes, technology is going to play a critical role in the future of education. But not as big a role as that of a teacher.


Top Reasons Why Education is Extremely Important

You may be knowing your A’s and B’s and C’s, but are you educated or just literate? No rolling your eyeballs please, there is a difference. Literacy is knowing how to read and write. Education is to be able to reason, to use your ability to read and write to your benefit and to be able to gain your spectrum of knowledge by trying to surge deeper into the literate knowledge imparted to you.  We’ve had debates innumerable about why is it important for every country to increase the literacy rates of its citizens, but is merely doing that enough? No, we do not need just literate citizens, but educated ones too. We do not want to be a group of people who can read and write but make nothing out of it. Wondering what education makes of us? It makes us human, a robot can read and write to, but reason? Here are reasons why education is extremely important.

Do you know that the societal segments were based more on your education than economic worth, just economically better off could afford better education too. Women were the aliens of the already alienated because they weren’t seen as able to mingle in a society where reasoning happened. It is extremely important that you be at par with the knowledge database to be able to mingle in a certain societal setting without being made to feel embarrassed or an outcast. Education helps you broaden that spectrum of knowledge and hold your own mind and reason.


What is Your Teaching Style? 5 Effective Teaching Methods for Your Classroom

No two teachers are alike, and any teacher with classroom teaching experience will agree that their style of teaching is uniquely their own. An effective teaching style engages students in the learning process and helps them develop critical thinking skills. Traditional teaching styles have evolved with the advent of differentiated instruction, prompting teachers to adjust their styles toward students’ learning needs.

What are the different styles of teaching?

The following list of teaching styles highlights the five main strategies teachers use in the classroom, as well as the benefits and potential pitfalls of each respective teaching method.

Authority, or lecture style

The authority model is teacher-centered and frequently entails lengthy lecture sessions or one-way presentations. Students are expected to take notes or absorb information.



So what will be the key focus of lifestyle technology in the coming years? Millionaire magazine looked into the future with a group of leading technology experts – Kjaer Global was one of them.


STRATEGIC BIG DATA: The Internet of Things is already here and, by 2020, over 30 billion things will be connected. As data flow increases Big Data meets ‘Social’ data and becomes more strategic and manageable as new software and tools emerge to predict behaviour and buying trends.

CROWD-FUNDING PLATFORM: Globally CFPs are accelerating with a growth of 60% since last year. breaks these down into four categories: Donation-Based, Reward-Based (majority), Lending-Based and Equity-Based. Soon, we will all be able to own a share in the startups we buy from.

EDUCATION 4.0: MOOCS (Massive Open Online Course) and Social media coursework at universities will be the norm. Mobile Education will lead to a major transformation of the education landscape with mEducation products and services representing a $38 billion market opportunity by 2020. >>
E-HEALTH: Healthcare Apps, Mobile Diagnostics and Intuitive Bio Feedback will explode, with healthcare professionals becoming involved in design and monitoring. By 2020, chronic diseases could account for almost 75% of all deaths worldwide: ischaemic heart disease (IHD), stroke and diabetes is set to increase in developing countries.


The best way to understand how people live with and use technology is to understand the sociology of things and situations. This is why we developed our KJAER GLOBAL’S TYPOLOGIES to illustrate typical use situations:

1: PREMIUM PROFESSIONALS are aspirational high achievers. They love anything digital and progressive to facilitate lifelong learning. These ambitious Global Citizens, want mobility and flexibility in all areas of life. Smart Technology touch points and channels are seen as life enablers and health management tools.


Why is the sky blue ?

After days of rain, a patch of blue sky is a sight for sore eyes. But why is the sky blue?

Let’s start with the Sun. Light from the Sun appears white but it actually consists of many different colours. We can see these different colours of light in a rainbow or when white light passes through prism. As the white light from the Sun travels through the Earth’s atmosphere, it collides with particles of air.  The different colours, or wavelengths, of light are scattered by these collisions by different amounts.  Blue light (shorter wavelengh) is scattered more than red light (longer wavelength).

So, when the Sun is high in the sky, blue light is scattered in all directions as sunlight passes through the atmosphere and we see the sky as blue.

But it’s a different case when the Sun is close to the horizon at sunset or sunrise. Sunlight from the low Sun has to pass through much more atmosphere before it reaches your eyes meaning most of the blue light has already been scattered leaving just the red. The result is the beautiful colours we see at sunset and sunrise and, very occasionally, a flash of green light.

When we see a rainbow we can see a range of colours from red (longer wavelength) through yellows and greens to blues and eventually violet (shorter wavelengths). So if shorter wavelengths are more easily scattered why don’t we see the sky as purple?

The answer lies with how our eyes react to light. Inside the eye there are two types of cells that react to light. ‘Rods’ are sensitive to brightness and three types of ‘cones’ are responsible for detecting colour. The three types of cones are sensitive to lights of certain wavelengths.

The ‘blue’ cones are more sensitive to blue than violet, so when you look up at the sky, the cones tell your brain you are seeing blue even though there is violet there.