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August 2014 News Wire

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Interesting stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for August 2014. More stories can be found at the News Wire link at the top of every page of this site.

Ohio State’s Marching Band Embraces the iPad

Why Coders Are Going Nuts Over Apple's New Programming Language (Swift)

With the Americas running out of IPv4, it's official: The Internet is full

The Eccentric Genius Whose Time May Have Finally Come (Again)

Listen to the results of our Internet spy project

Unicode 7.0 introduces 2,834 new characters, including 250 emoji

New Makers Building Parts for the Space Station

9 Most Mathematically Interesting Buildings in the World

The secret history of numbers: How math shapes our lives in amazing, unpredictable ways

Swarm of mini builder drones could 3D print a house

HummingBoard is a Raspberry Pi rival that lets you swap out its processor

Logical armour: A primer in mathematical self-defence

Mathematics makes strong case that "snoopy2" can be just fine as a password

Why Free Play Is the Best Summer School

Make Your Own Electric Bicycle With the Ultimate DIY Ebike Guide

Also In The August 2014 Issue

Andrew Mills Talks about Bits & Bytes and How to Design Games

Andrew created Bits & Bytes, a fun card game to teach kids computing skills: logic, problem solving, and critical thinking.

Tim Kropp Talks About Creating Games for Kids

Tim describes how he created his game company, Glide Games, and with his young son created two video games, Elevator Adventures and Subway Adventures.

Lo Shu Magic Squares Puzzle

A 4,000 year old Chinese magic squares puzzle is both fun and a way to learn basic problem solving skills. Plus turtles.

History of Video Games

Can you name the first video game? The first game likely was Tennis for Two in 1958 but it could be Space Wars! in 1962 or other games. It's complicated.

Playing Harvest Moon in Japanese

The story of an English-speaking person learning a little Japanese by playing the latest Harvest Moon game, Connect to a New World, in original Japanese.

Wendy Norman and Skype in the classroom

Wendy Norman, the Director of Social Good at Microsoft, talks about the history and features of the Skype in the classroom service for teachers.

Game Play

You can use the concepts of game play to turn almost any task or information into a game. Assuming you can define game play.

Maker Faire NY 2014

The Greatest Show and Tell on Earth turned out to be tons of fun for kids and parents, plus a place to wander and find new technology. Links and video.

We need storytelling. Otherwise, life just goes on and on like the number Pi.

October 2014 Learn More Links

Links from the bottom of all the October 2014 articles, collected in one place for you to print, share, or bookmark.


This language lets you modify the Skyrim game to learn game coding plus have fun adding objects and functionality to the game.

October 2014 News Wire

Interesting stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for the month of September 2014.

Unity, PyGame, GamePress

Three game creation software tools you can use to create games. Includes a brief description and lots of links to these and other game creation tools.