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PhotoMath Application Solves Algebra Equations Automatically

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Remember solving algebra equations in school? Ya, neither do we. It was one of those things you learnt just before the exam, and quickly expunged from your memory afterwards. It was hard, yo. But how different things might have been had we had something like PhotoMath back then. It’s an application that scans an equation on paper by using your smartphone’s camera, and then proceeds to solve it instantly. Not only do you get your answer right away, you get a step-by-step breakdown of the solution. This sort of immediate feedback can help kids know if they’re on the right track as they’re doing their homework, without having to wait until the next day to find out. Of course, that’s assuming they don’t just abuse the damn thing and skip the thinking part altogether, relying on it to get work done rather than to learn anything. Which is exactly what’s going to happen, so we’re not sure how to feel about it. And, in any case, it only solves simple linear algebraic equations, so you can forget about it helping you with your Calculus. And it’s not even out yet, with a “early 2015″ target. Still, if you’re curious about it, you can sign up to be notified when it’s ready for download.

PhotoMath from MicroBLINK on Vimeo.

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Deal Of The Day: Name Your Own Price ‘Learn How To Code’ Bundle

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Knowledge and education are probably the most precious “things” you can acquire. So when you get a chance to pay whatever you want for this, it would be foolish to pass it up. Today you’re looking at a bundle of 8 courses that can teach you how to code.

In this bundle you’ll get lifetime access to 8 actionable online courses, 826 total lectures, and more than 80 hours of content that will have you coding like a pro in no time. It’s the perfect tool to brush up on old skills or learn to code from scratch.

Sample courses include Creating Responsive Web Design, Build a Website from Scratch with HTML & CSS, and Web Programming with Python. What’s even better is that 10% of the amount you choose to pay will go to charity, and while the average price is currently $14.92, you’re still getting a value of $892!

[ NYOP 'Learn How To Code' Bundle ]

Deal Of The Day: 92% Off On The Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order)

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We like to feature a good number of iOS coding courses, and now that iOS 8 is on the horizon, it stands to reason we’d do the same for that platform. You’re looking today at significant savings on a massive amount of courses specifically developed for iOS 8, which should have you developing full-featured applications in no time. The iOS 8 course comes with over 36 hours of videos, teaching you how Xcode 6 and Swift work and guiding you through the development of 14 different apps. As a bonus, you’ll also have access to the complete course for iOS 7. And what would normally cost $998 is going for $79 with this deal. That’s 92% savings.

[ 92% Off On The Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order) ]

Deal Of The Day: 79% Off On iOS 7 Developer Bundle

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Ever look at a game like Candy Crush and wonder just how much money it’s making? Or what about Flappy Bird? There was a rumour that at its height, this simple app was generating about $50k a day. You’d love to get in on some of that action, but the issue if you don’t really know how to code for iOS. Well, today’s deal attempts to take care of that; you’re looking at some online courses today. The iOS 7 Developer Bundle consists of about 19 hours of lectures in topics ranging from the basic “Essential Programming Languages For Both iOS Devices & Mac OS X Systems” to the more specific “Program Your iOS Apps To integrate With iCloud, and a bunch in between.” The courses are split into different topics, each of which contains videos, tutorials, and lectures. Normally you’d be expected to pay $391 for all these, but you can get in for $79.

[ 79% Off On iOS 7 Developer Bundle ]

Robots Teach Young Children How To Code

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With a future increasingly overlaid in all things digital, it makes sense to raise an ever enlarging number of kids to become programmers; we’re going to need them, after all. And while learning the specifics of a coding language is better done after a certain age, getting acquainted with the concepts underlying programming can be done somewhat sooner. Play-i’s Bo and Yana robots are being introduced for just this purpose. It gives children as young as 5 the opportunity to control them by selecting a series of visual presets that trigger particular behaviours. By doing so, they get acquainted with the “if/then nature of programming”, and rub elbows with concepts that will become central to their potential later careers. Bo is the three-wheeled bot on the right, while Yana is the stationary one on the left. Obviously, their abilities will be limited by their physical attributes so the robot that does more things costs a bit more. Right now a pledge of $149 for Bo and $49 for Yana will get you in the game, although full funding needs to be achieved first and that’s not done yet. Hit the links below to get your chance to move that along a bit.

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Big Shot Digicam Comes In Assemble-Yourself Kit

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Watching hordes of American children fail at knowing that chips came from potatoes and that eggs came from chicken while watching Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution was shocking and eye opening. Granted the kids were young and would eventually learn (hopefully), but it made you realize that you do have to put some effort into getting people to figure out that stuff can be made from… other stuff. The Big Shot digital camera you see above is the brainchild of Shree Naya who believes that the best way to get children and adults of all ages to learn how it works is to get them to assemble it before they can use it. It’s a fully functioning digicam, with a “3-megapixel sensor, a 1.4-inch LCD screen, plus three lenses for different shooting modes (normal, 3D and panorama).” We’re not convinced you’ll produce prize worthy captures with it, but you will at least be relatively smarter than you were before you got started. It’s $89.

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gTar Is Yet Another Entrant To The Educational Instrument Game

By David Ponce

There’s a growing trend where companies marry new technology to old instruments in order to help us learn how to play them. There’s a few examples: Ion Audio’s plastic LED fretboard guitar, which has a limited number of frets and is not a real instrument. There’s Tabber, which adds LEDs to a real guitar. There’s Rocksmith, which uses a real guitar but requires you to be tethered to a TV and a console. And now there’s gTar. It’s sort of a compromise between a fake plastic instrument and a full fledged guitar. It’s made of wood and has strings, but there are no pickups. The sound is instead generated by the iPhone you have to insert. The companion application has tunes you can play along, in three difficulty settings. The fretboard is covered in LEDs which light up at the right time, so you just put your fingers in the right place and strum. Since there are no pickups and the sound is generated by an app, they’re able to have this feature called SmartPlay which mutes out whatever wrong notes you play. This makes you feel like you’re better than you really are and could help keep you motivated.

The product is not complete yet. It’s going through a round of financing on Kickstarter and you could have pre-ordered yours for $350 if you’d gotten in early enough. Now it’s $399 for 85 more units, and $450 afterwards. Yeah, that’s a lot of money but don’t forget you’re not getting a toy controller here, but the closest thing to a real guitar without the need to carry a TV and console with you everywhere.

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