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Kids can code

A popular videogame and MIT-designed programming language is drawing kids into the world of coding.


Technology doesn’t make school pupils smarter: study

Computers do not noticeably improve school pupils’ academic results and can even hamper performance, said an OECD report that looked at the impact of technology in classrooms across the globe.


Mobile language apps help millions learn for less, more often

Smartphone apps that help people learn languages for free or nearly free, a few sentences at a time, are piling pressure on established education firms and setting the pace for how to make lessons more engaging.


New Google chief joins illustrious Indian club

India’s high flyers have proudly welcomed the appointment as Google’s new chief executive of Sundar Pichai, the latest home-grown engineer to rise to the top of the US corporate world.


US teens tune into online friendships

The online world is where it’s at for teens looking to make friends.


Lines go silent in Finnish town of Salo as Microsoft shuts Nokia phone unit

When US software giant Microsoft bought Nokia's struggling mobile phone business last year, the inhabitants of Salo – a town of 54,000 in southern Finland – thought the move would revive the local economy.


Turkey restricts Facebook in schools: report

Turkey has restricted students from posting pictures and opinions about school life on Facebook, Twitter and other social media, local media said.


Benin smartphone app brings museums into homes

Admiring paintings or photographs by Africa's greatest contemporary artists is a luxury in Benin, where museums are scarce and most people lack money to travel farther afield.


India’s booming taxi-app firms endure bumpy ride

India’s ultra-competitive app-based taxi-hailing market has quickly become a multi-billion-dollar industry, but controversy surrounding safety, rejected licences and protesting cabbies threatens to slam the brakes on its spectacular rise.


Fridge magnate – Zhang shifts Haier focus for wireless age

The Chinese businessman who built the world's second-biggest refrigerator, washing machine and air conditioner empire is focusing on innovation and connectivity – linking his firm and its customers to their smart home appliances.