This is the Modem World: Why we troll

Each week Joshua Fruhlinger contributes This is the Modem World, a column dedicated to exploring the culture of consumer technology. Back when the PlayStation 2 was the world’s most popular game console, the original Xbox was struggling to gain a post-Halo audience and the GameCube was a cute diversion with a couple decent titles, I trolled gaming message boards. I was so sure that anyone who bought anything other than a PS2 was...

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Innovative Education in China with Mac

RDFZ XISHAN in Beijing is the first school in China to participate in a Mac one-to-one program and has transformed learning into a collaborative and engaging experience — without sacrificing test scores. The inspiration Traditionally, Chinese education has focused on obtaining core knowledge and undergoing rigorous testing for admission to the best schools. Pursuing these goals, however, often sacrificed personal growth, creativity,...

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The Daily Roundup for 01.30.2013

You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours — all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy. BlackBerry OS 10 review It’s BlackBerry 10. It’s a wholly new experience, very different even...

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NFL Playbooks: There’s an App for That

If you watched “Hard Knocks” on HBO this summer, then you already know that the phrase “turn in your iPads” has started replacing “turn in your playbooks” when players are cut from an NFL team.Want a competitive advantage? As NFL teams are discovering, there’s an app for that. Across the league, teams are trading in their 500-page printed playbooks for iPads.In the last year alone, NFL teams using the iPad have quadrupled from three...

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South Korea successfully launches native rocket and satellite into space

The spacefaring club has been a small one: to date, just 10 countries have managed to build their own rocket and successfully deploy at least a satellite. Make that 11. South Korea has entered the fold by successfully launching its mostly self-developed, two-stage Naro rocket and putting the vehicle’s Science and Technology Satellite-2C payload into orbit. The achievement comes after two prominent failures in 2009 and 2010, and...

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