GALLERY: Logitech launch iPad and Android tablet accessory range

Gerald Lynch Android, Apple, Cases, Covers & Bags, Gallery, iPad, Tablet, Tech Digest news 20 Comments

Logitech have entered the busy tablet accessory market, launching a trio of new products today compatible with iOS and Android slate devices. Keyboards, wireless speakers and typist's cases all feature. "People love their tablets — the category is growing quickly…

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Twitter to be taught to ten-year-olds

Duncan Geere Twitter, Web 2.0, Weirdness 1 Comment

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The UK government announced today that it wants to teach Twitter in primary schools as part of a campaign to make online communication and social media part of the national curriculum. Kids will also be taught to use Wikipedia, how to blog, and proper typing skills alongside traditional handwriting skills.

The plans, which also remove the Victorians and Second World War from the primary syllabus, were going to be launched next month, but leaked early in the Guardian. Analysts and teacher groups have cautiously welcomed the moves, though they wonder why current trends are being given so much weight.

Personally, I’m glad that Wikipedia, blogging and proper keyboard usage are being taught – all of those are, for the moment, here to stay. I’m a little confused, though, as to why Twitter has been singled out. It’s not that revolutionary and, even speaking as a heavy user, it’s current prominence in the news is surely no more than a passing media fad caused by high-profile celebrities joining up. Students should certainly understand online communication, but I’m not convinced Twitter is the best way to show them.

What do you think? Tell us on Twitter – and no, the irony of that isn’t lost on me – @techdigest.

Guardian (via Techcrunch UK)

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Swiss researchers can steal passwords from 65 feet away

Duncan Geere Computers, Keyboards, Science Leave a Comment

A bunch of Swiss researchers have worked out “a variety” of ways to steal passwords from wired keyboards. That’s right – wired keyboards. It relies on the electromagnetic emanations that happen when you push the keys on the keyboard, and you can see a demonstration in the video above…

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