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Microsoft Store closes books category

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Starting April 2, 2019, the books category in Microsoft Store will be closing.

TheNewsGuru (TNG) reports starting July 2019, ebooks will no longer be available to readers.

Readers will no longer be able to purchase or acquire additional books from the Microsoft Store.

However, readeer can continue to read books until July 2019 when refunds will be processed, according to a FAQ post by Microsoft.

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Google launches Chromebook App Hub for educators plus other classroom tools

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Earlier this year, Google  announced plans to build a Chromebook App Hubdesigned to help teachers and other curriculum administrators more easily find educational tools and apps to use in the classroom. Today, as a part of Googe’s educational announcements at ISTE 2019, the company officially launched the App Hub with content from Epic!, Adobe, Khan Academy and others. It also unveiled new product features in Quizzes in Google Forms, Classroom, Course Kit and more.

As Google previously explained, teachers today often surf the web to seek new ideas and activities to help them create their lesson plans. Meanwhile, curriculum specialists field special requests from teachers but are tasked with making sure the programs requested meet the district’s policies.

The Chromebook App Hub aims to address both these scenarios by offering a place for educators to discover ideas and resources, as well as learn how they can be implemented in the classroom and if they meet district policy.

Google worked with the EdTechTeam to help gather the ideas around apps, it says.

It also worked with the nonprofit Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) to help app developers better consider the data privacy aspects of their products. That way, the districts would be able to find the appropriate solutions that meet their own privacy requirements.

“The SDPC is proud to work with [the Chromebook App Hub] to provide transparency and openness around the critical aspects of schools, states, and vendors securing learner information,” says Dr. Larry L. Fruth II, CEO of A4L/SDPC, in a statement.

Google additionally consulted with the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) and ConnectSafely on guidelines focused on creating “healthy digital citizenship habits,” it says.

At launch, Epic! will contribute to the App Hub its library of children’s books, videos and games; Adobe will include its visual storytelling app Adobe Spark; and Khan Academy will bring its free library of lessons across subjects like math, grammar, science, history, standardized tests and more.

The ultimate goal, of course, is to better establish the Chromebook’s presence in the classroom, as App Hub’s apps and activities are designed to run on the Chromebook computers.

Schools and classrooms are a newer battleground for devices, with Google, Microsoft and Apple all investing in various initiatives in the K-12 market.

Last year, for example, Apple introduced a new iPad designed to help it catch up with Google, and win over more school districts. At its developer conference earlier this month, Apple also showed off new features for its educational framework ClassKit and its free app for teachers, Schoolwork.

However, Google’s Chromebook is dominating the U.S. K-12 market because of itssimplicity, price and  IT department tools. As of 2017, it had 58% of the market, versus 22% for Microsoft Windows and 19% for Apple.

In addition to the launch of App Hub, Google launched a beta program for teachers that lets them create a rubric and attach it to an assignment, so students know how their work will be graded. The rubrics can be created in both Classroom and Course Kit.

It also launched tools that let teachers lock Quizzes in Google Forms on managedChromebook so students can’t navigate away until they submit their answer. And it says it will soon introduce a feature that allows teachers to import questions from previously used Forms into new ones.

Google is also launching an updated version of Gradebook that offers a more holistic view of student progress plus an early access program that lets teachers sync grades from Classroom to the School Information System (SIS). The early access beta program will be available to schools this summer, with Infinite Campus and Capita SIMS as initial partners, with more to come.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2019/06/19/google-launches-chromebook-app-hub-for-educators-plus-other-classroom-tools/

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Arlo Pro home security systems are on sale — take up to $255 off

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These Arlo Pro wireless home security systems feature smart cameras with two-way audio, and Amazon has them on sale starting at just $200.22 for a two-camera kit.

“Paint cans on strings.” A “chainsaw next to your bed.” “A shotgun and a rottweiler.”

Those are some of the brilliant ideas Reddit has suggested when asked for recommendations on home security systems. If you ask us, though, you’re better off with a fully decked out ecosystem complete with cameras, sirens, and sensors. You know — something just a tad more high tech. Something like the Arlo Pro Smart Security Systems that Amazon’s got on sale right now for up to $255 off.

Wireless and weather-resistant, the Arlo Pro kits featured in this offer each include at least one Arlo Pro smart security camera with two-way audio; a base station with a built-in siren; a power adapter; two window decals; and all the tools you’ll need to self-install the equipment inside your home. Once the system of your choice is in place, you can pair it with Amazon Alexa or Google Home to control it with your voice, and install the free Arlo companion app to keep tabs on your pad from anywhere. 

Your Arlo Pro home security kit comes with a week’s worth of free cloud HD video recordings and a one-month trial of Arlo Smart, an upgraded self-monitoring service with advanced AI detection that lets you customize motion zones and alerts using the Arlo app. If you wind up liking it, you can extend your Arlo Smart plan for as little as $2.99 a month per camera.

Amazon reviewer Dannie bought the three-camera Arlo Pro kit; they write:

“I bought these for my grandma’s house. For both security and to keep an eye on her. The 3 camera’s were installed outside. They are water proof, catch every movement, and the audio is amazing. Sure, you can guy a cheaper camera, but, you wont get the piece of mind or quality of these cameras. I love them! Def a great investment.”

Head over to Amazon to get an Arlo Pro home security system starting at just $200.22 for a one-camera kit. (Pro tip: Buy the three-camera kit to score the biggest discount.)

Arlo Pro home security systems are on sale — take up to $255 off

Arlo Pro Smart Security Systems— $200.22 to $840.69
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Oh — before you go, be sure to check out Amazon’s deals on the Arlo Pro 2 Smart Security Systems, too. Their cameras let you watch and record in crystal-clear 1080p HD, and they’re on sale starting at just $326.13 for a two-camera kit.

Source: https://mashable.com/shopping/deal-june-19-arlo-home-security-systems-amazon/

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Microsoft and Kano are launching a build-your-own Windows 10 PC kit

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Kano, educational startup known for creating build-your-own computer kits for kids, has partnered with Microsoft to create a DIY touchscreen laptop that runs Windows 10 S, a lite version of the OS. Called Kano PC, the laptop closely mirrors the design of a Surface PC, with a 11.6” display that latches onto a keyboard case. Everything about the Kano PC, from the transparent backing that reveals the modular pieces of the computer, to the included apps that encourage tinkering with sound and touch, is designed “specifically for the 21st century classroom”.

Kano’s released DIY computer kits before, but they were powered by Raspberry Pi 3s and Kano’s own OS. This time around, it can run full Windows 10 (albeit it in S Mode, which limits it to only runs apps from the Microsoft Store.) The touchscreen PC is powered by a 1.44 GHz Intel Atom x5-Z8350 quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage that’s upgradable with a microSD card. There’s an HDMI port, a headphone jack, microphone, 2 USB ports, plus WiFi and Bluetooth.

Kids can learn to assemble their computer through instructions presented as a step-by-step storybook, and learn more from an app called “How Computers Work”, which also teaches them to code and create emoji with binary code. An education edition of Minecraft will be included in the PC, along with other Microsoft apps like Paint 3D and Microsoft Teams bundled in.

Kano PC is available for preorder on Kano.me for $299.99 USD. It’ll launch in the US, Canada, and the UK on October 21st.

Source: https://www.theverge.com/2019/6/19/18628321/microsoft-kano-pc-windows-10-diy-building-kit-kids

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