Briones: Classes in Manila public schools can start with gadgets at hand

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MANILA, Philippines — There is no reason for public schools in Manila to stop classes after the local government provided gadgets to students as well as teachers to augment distance learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Education chief Leonor Briones said on Wednesday.

“I am informed, hindi ito biro-birong investment galing SES (Special Education Fund), na ang Maynila naman ay nagkokolekta. Ito ay nag-post ng P1.2 billion so hindi biro ito, mag-distribute ng isang dosenang computer. Ito ay P1.2 billion worth of assistance to DepEd (Department of Education) and to our children beneficiaries,” Briones said during a speech aired through a video call at the turn over of gadgets ceremony at Aurora Quezon Elementary School Covered Court.

(I am informed that this is not just a simple investment from the SES, which Manila has collected. This posted P1.2 billion so this is not easy to distribute one dozen computers. This is

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Your used gadget still has a use: It can launch a child’s online class

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Don’t chuck that smartphone or PC that you think is past its prime. Donate it to a group that would place it in a pair of needy little hands

For well over 50 percent of the Class X students at this government-aided school, online classes are a recurring challenge. Lack of ready access to a digital device means they can’t take these lessons live, or have to rely on somebody’s generosity.

This government-aided school is not in some hinterland, but smack in the middle of most urbanised section of Chennai.

“Of the 50 students at Class X, 27 do not have access to a digital device,” says Ruby Puthotta, headmistress, Lady Sivaswami Ayyar Girls Higher Secondary School, a government-aided school in Mylapore. “Some borrow from their neighbours. Some access the lessons in the evening when their parents return from work and give the children their mobiles.”

Class XII students

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Elon Musk unveils working Neuralink chip that connects brain directly to computer | The Independent

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Elon Musk has demonstrated a working brain-computer interface that he hopes will allow “human-AI symbiosis”.

During a live event held by his neurotechnology startup Neuralink, Mr Musk showed off a chip that had been implanted directly into a pig’s brain.

The billionaire entrepreneur, who also heads up SpaceX and Tesla, has previously warned that humans risk being overtaken by artificial intelligence within the next five years.

Early applications of Neuralink’s technology will be in treating brain disorders and diseases, with Mr Musk saying it would “solve important brain and spine problems with a seamlessly implanted device.”

Its ultimate potential is almost limitless, he claimed, with one example being the capability to summon a self-driving Tesla telepathically.

“You could solve blindness, you could solve paralysis, you could solve hearing,” he said.

“In the future you’ll be able to save and replay memories. This is increasingly sounding like a Black Mirror episode…

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Here’s who’s getting Rainbow Six Siege’s new hard breaching gadget

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Attacking team composition in Rainbow Six Siege has, for years now, depended largely on the choice of who to bring along as a hard breacher, particularly for certain bomb sites. Teams on offense know that they’ll need a Thermite, Hibana, Ace, or Maverick if they’re going to get through reinforced walls. With Operation Shadow Legacy, that’s about to change: now, eight more attackers will have the option to bring a hard breaching gadget along with them.

The hard breach charge gadget was revealed at the Six August 2020 Major. It’s an optional secondary gadget that creates a hole big enough to crawl or vault through. It takes three seconds to set up, and six more to set off, so it’s not as though it’s as good as the options available to the dedicated hard breacher operators. But according to the latest batch of Designer’s Notes from the Siege team, the

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De Blasio donor scored $120M in COVID-19 contracts, board seats

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Give to Bill and ye shall receive.

A big-bucks donor to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s political campaigns not only scored $120 million in no-bid coronavirus contracts — he also won seats on two influential city boards.

Manhattan resident Charles Tebele, who owns the New Jersey-based computer business Digital Gadgets, has showered Hizzoner with at least $22,750 in political contributions since 2016 including $12,800 to de Blasio’s failed 2020 presidential bid, records show.

Those contributions to de Blasio were Tebele’s first to a federally regulated campaign since he gave to 2012 Connecticut congressional candidate, Dan Roberti, who lost the Democratic primary that year.

The technology entrepreneur garnered his first city contract through an emergency, no-bid procurement system set up by the mayor during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $19.8 million deal for N95 masks and surgical face coverings was made in March — a week before the mayor appointed

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Daily Deals: Use this Code to Save an Extra 15% on Tech, Gadgets, and Electronics

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You can actually find some of the best tech deals at eBay right now. There is an extra 15% off tech and electronic items such as laptops, graphics cards, monitors, and more when using code PACKUP15 at checkout. You can save up to £60 on whatever you choose, but this is a great deal and well worth considering as an alternative to the usual tech retailers.There are also some awesome gaming deals available at the moment online, with plenty of digital titles getting a significant discount right now. One of the best deals is on Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order for Xbox One, with the Deluxe Edition down to £19.79 from £69.99. You can also find the new Horizon Zero Dawn PC port for just £29.99, or Microsoft Flight Simulator for just £53.99.

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Best Back to School Sales 2020: Deals on MacBook, AirPods, Microsoft

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Products featured are independently selected by our editorial team and we may earn a commission from purchases made from our links; the retailer may also receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes.

Whether you’re attending physical classes or continuing distanced learning, the school year is just about to begin.

We’ve collected the best deals we could find (whether they’re officially labeled back to school or not), to make sure you’re adequately prepared for a fresh set of classes, or adjusting to life in a dorm. The discounts below will ensure you can get the right computer, gadgets, appliances, and other gear to start your academic year off on the right foot. Even if you’re not headed back to school, August is a great month to snag a deal on popular electronics, home goods and gadgets.

This list will be updated as older deals expire and new ones get released, so

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Dead by Daylight: Horror game Dead by Daylight gets cross-platform support between PC and consoles

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Game developer Behaviour Interactive has added cross-platform support to its asymmetrical horror game Dead by Daylight on PS4, Xbox and Nintendo Switch. The cross-platform support now allows friends to join in the same game, be it from PC, PS4, Xbox or Nintendo Switch. Both Cross-Play and Cross-Friends are available on PC and consoles. Dead by Daylight announced this via Twitter.

The new cross-platform support will add to the pool of potential matchmaking friends and will let people play with anyone with a Dead by Daylight ID. Cross-play support is already there on Steam and Windows Store versions of the game. The latest announcement bridges the divide between PC and console players and has increased the chances of more number of players meeting online

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Toshiba has made its last laptop as it quits computer business after 35 years | The Independent

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Toshiba has confirmed that it will no longer be making laptops, transferring its remaining share of PC business to Sharp.

In a short statement, Toshiba said that it had transferred its 19.9 percent of outstanding shares in Dynabook brand. This makes Dynabook wholly owned by Sharp.

Sharp paid £27 million for 80 percent of Toshiba’s shares in 2018.

Toshiba made the world’s first personal computer in 1985. Called the T1100, it had rechargeable batteries, a floppy disk drive, and 256K of internal memory according to Computing History.

There was no guarantee that machine would be a success. Its use of the 3.5-inch floppy disk drive was unconventional compared to the more common 5-inch type. It was also quite expensive, and some people thought it was released prematurely.

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Nevertheless, and despite being released only in Europe, it became a success.

While a pioneer in the computer industry, over recent

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Prestigio Click&Touch: a virtual mouse & touchpad on a keyboard

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The Prestigio Click&Touch keyboard from Clevetura is a clever and somewhat unusual piece of kit.

Let’s just state this plain and simple: this is a Bluetooth keyboard that acts as keyboard, but also as a mouse and a swipeable touchpad. 

Before we talk about the product, let’s point out what that means. Yes you could use it with a laptop or even with a larger machine. But, crucially, it also means you can use it with a tablet.

We’ve used other Bluetooth keyboards with tablets and it’s a nice way of being able to type properly and get a little more full-blown machine feel out of your mobile device. But with this product you can also ‘point’ onto the screen and use mouse-type commands.

You can be typing away and then rest a single finger on the keyboard (almosty anywhere at all) and a mouse ‘pointer’ icon will appear. Similarly,

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