Kids, Code, and Computer Science Magazine

April 2016 News Wire

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

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

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/feb/12/women-considered-better-coders-hide-gender-github

How Female Computers Brought America to the Moon

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/how-female-computers-mapped-the-universe-and-brought-america-to-the-moon

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

http://www.theverge.com/2016/2/17/11030406/neverware-google-chromebook-chromium-os-education-microsoft

German Forest Ranger Finds That Trees Have Social Networks, Too

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/30/world/europe/german-forest-ranger-finds-that-trees-have-social-networks-too.html

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

https:[email protected][email protected]eds-680164e301d2#.b667qm5s5

Mercedes Boots Robots From the Production Line

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-02-25/why-mercedes-is-halting-robots-reign-on-the-production-line

The unlikely photo that kickstarted the social web

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160224-the-unlikely-photo-that-kickstarted-the-social-internet

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

http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/before-braille-was-king/

How ‘Electronic Mail’ Changed The World

http://www.popsci.com/electronic-mail-ray-tomlinson

Verizon’s “supercookies” violated net neutrality transparency rule

http://arstechnica.com/business/2016/03/verizons-supercookies-violated-net-neutrality-transparency-rule/

Police forces are adopting a new algorithm to predict police misconduct

http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/police-misconduct-algorithm/

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

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2016/03/08/the-trappist-monk-whose-calligraphy-inspired-steve-jobs-and-influenced-apples-designs/

Do Computer Coding Toys for Kids Really Work?

http://www.livescience.com/53963-are-coding-toys-useful.html

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

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/03/9th-circuit-revisits-dancing-baby-copyright-case-no-fair-use-via-algorithm/

Seven outstanding Micro Bit projects

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35824446

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

http://www.wired.com/2016/03/gravitysketch-3-d-software/

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

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/601107/data-mining-reveals-the-four-urban-conditions-that-create-vibrant-city-life/#/set/id/601103/

How Do LEDs Work?

http://mentalfloss.com/article/77339/how-do-leds-work

Also In The April 2016 Issue

The iDTech summer camp recently posted 102 questions. Here are a few with links to the full list.

The choice of a first programming language can be overwhelming, from simple drag and drop to full languages.

REST is a standard way for software applications to work with each other to do things.

Blockchain software technology works as a distributed ledger to record what was done and when.

Believe it or not, computers and keyboards were not invented together.

Learn the basics of Go plus neat math details about Go and AlphaGo, the computer that beat a human playing Go.

If you were a wizard, wouldn't you want to know how to scale your spells for maximum effect?

— John Johnson

A phone and tablet app exposes the invisible world of radio, phone, and satellite waves that connect our computers.

ASCII is a set of letters, numbers, and characters computers use to communicate accurately.

Links from the bottom of all the April 2016 articles, collected in one place for you to print, share, or bookmark.

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.