April 2016 News Wire

Interesting stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for April 2016.

Women considered better coders – but only if they hide their gender


How Female Computers Brought America to the Moon


Learn the Alphabet: How schools around the country are turning dead Microsoft PCs into speedy Chromebooks


German Forest Ranger Finds That Trees Have Social Networks, Too


Here’s what’s wrong with algorithmic filtering of your social feeds


Mercedes Boots Robots From the Production Line


The unlikely photo that kickstarted the social web


Before Braille Was King, It Had to Win the War of the Dots


How ‘Electronic Mail’ Changed The World


Verizon’s “supercookies” violated net neutrality transparency rule


Police forces are adopting a new algorithm to predict police misconduct


The Trappist monk whose calligraphy inspired Steve Jobs — and influenced Apple’s designs


Do Computer Coding Toys for Kids Really Work?


9th Circuit revisits Dancing Baby copyright case: No fair use via algorithm


Seven outstanding Micro Bit projects


App Makes Designing in 3-D as Easy as Using Microsoft Paint


Data Mining Reveals the Four Urban Conditions That Create Vibrant City Life


How Do LEDs Work?



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Computing at School (CAS) provides resources and support for computer science teachers and parents.

Interesting stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for April 2016.

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