As you prepare for the 2019–20 school year, McGraw-Hill compiled a list of resources and key feature enhancements to help you get ready for the fall semester.
A teen who frustrated his mom gaming 8 hours a day became a millionaire in the Fortnite World Cup. “Jaden Ashman, 15, told the BBC that he started playing Fortnite when it was first released in 2017 and had been practicing in his room as long as eight hours a day ever since, much to his mother’s annoyance.” He and his Dutch teammate placed second and won $2.25 million. Read more at Business Insider.
Microsoft is making Windows 10 passwordless This means PCs will use Windows Hello face authentication, fingerprints, or a PIN code. Read more at The Verge.
Dormant online accounts can threaten your privacy and security. ConsumerReports shows how to find and delete your old accounts.
Google subcontractors leaked 1,000 voice recordings to a media outlet in Belgium who said that 153 recordings weren’t preceded by “Ok Google.” Read more about Amazon, Apple, and Google assistant recordings and what gets analyzed and/or saved at ArsTechnica.
The open-office workspace might not be working so well. It’s hard to get work done when your office mates make a lot of noise. One way to solve that is to to put up some walls. FastCompany introduces us to pods, boxes, micro-offices, and phone booths that hope to create some quiet space in the office.
“According to Code.org, 90 percent of parents in the U.S. want their children to learn computer science—it will be crucial for many jobs in the near future—but only 40 percent of schools teach it … A focus on STEM is not enough: Code.org also reports that while 70 percent of new STEM jobs are in computing, only 7 percent of STEM graduates are in computer science.”
But don’t despair. Edutopia shares 15+ resources that you can use to teach or learn to code.
Developed by Mschf Internet Studios, Netflix Hangouts is a new Chrome extension that lets you watch Netflix at work while appearing that you’re having a video conference call. “Just go to the show you want to catch up on during work hours, and press the extension’s icon in your Chrome menu to bring up a fake four-person conference call. Then you can sit back and watch the show in the window’s bottom right feed while three fake colleagues get down to business.” Learn more about this fun way to get fired at The Verge.
A growing number of health systems and insurers are starting to provide drug prices to physicians so they can help patients avoid “sticker shock” at the pharmacy.
“The pricing tool, which is embedded in each participating physician’s electronic health records and prescribing system, shows how much patients can expect to pay out of pocket, based on their insurance and the pharmacy they choose … It also allows the doctor to find a cheaper alternative, when possible, and start the process of getting authorization for a drug, if the insurer requires that. Learn more about it at NPR.
Parenthood is the main cause of gender imbalance in STEM. Almost half of all women leave or go part-time after they have their first child. This is twice the number of men. Read Cui Wang’s experience as a young scientist and mother at Scientific American.