Back-to-school tech deals

Whether you've already headed back to class or are doing some last-minute preparations beforehand, it's never too late to stock up on some great tech gear for class. has got you covered with some ace deals.

The right hardware

Wondering if you should go with a traditional laptop or splurge on a more mobile tablet? Check out these savings before you pull the trigger.

$100-$150 off selected new laptops with Office 365

Looking for an upgrade? The Microsoft Store is offering up to $150 in savings on brand new computers.

$150 off Surface Pro 3… Read more

7 back-to-school apps to help you make the grade

You're already dreading the early wake-up times and the terrifying tests and term papers that are par for the coursework. While we can't excuse you from that 8 a.m. class or from the pop quiz that you're so not prepared for, we can recommend seven educational apps to ease and enrich the coming school year.

iProcrastinate ( Mac, iOS) In Intro to Psychology, you may have learned that procrastination is a sure sign of not wanting to do something. We get it. Few students are dying to write that term paper or prepare for that final. iProcrastinate … Read more

Evernote review

Evernote is a powerful note-taking program that lets you sync information across all of your devices, so you can take a note on the go and access it anywhere. You can add all kinds of notes, images, and just about anything else you want to save, and then share it with friends or refer back to it later.


Great interface: Whether you're updating your shopping list or setting a reminder about a meeting, you'll find your way smoothly through this app's intuitive interface. Everything is exactly where you expect it to be, and you can also … Read more

India's first 'school in the cloud' aims to elevate kids

In 1999, Sugata Mitra tried something unusual in New Delhi, India: he placed a computer behind a clear plastic panel in one of the slums and just left it there.

Fully expecting it to be disassembled and sold for parts, the Newcastle University professor of educational technology came back eight hours later to a discovery that would change the course of his life and, quite possibly, the way we educate our children. A group of kids was using the computer to surf the Net in a language they didn't understand: English.

Thinking that maybe someone had coached the kids, Mitra repeated his experiment in a rural village 200 miles away where the chances of someone knowing how to surf the Internet (let alone use a computer) were slim. After two months, Mitra returned to find the kids working the computer as if it was second nature.… Read more

Sprint to hook up 50K students with free wireless service

Sprint is throwing a lifeline to low-income students.

The company is participating in an initiative by President Barack Obama to provide free wireless service to 50,000 students from kindergarten through the 12th grade across the US.

The program, dubbed ConnectED, is a White House program President Obama referenced during his recent State of the Union address. The idea is to get children -- particularly those who might struggle to afford Internet service -- early access to research and learning tools online.

A Sprint representative confirmed that the carrier would be shouldering the financial burden of the wireless data, noting … Read more

Teens expelled in keylogging of school computers

Eleven students apparently involved in a hacking scandal to change their grades were expelled this week from their high school in Newport Beach, Calif.

The Corona del Mar High School students were accused of using keyloggers to spy on their teachers' computer systems, infiltrate the network, and change their grades electronically.

Six of the students have left the district, and five have been transferred to other schools.

The students in question allegedly worked with a local tutor to learn how to hack into the school systems to change their grades and steal test papers.

According to the Los Angeles Times, … Read more

Could LinkedIn give students an 'in' with college admissions?

If it's been awhile since you applied to college, here's a bit of news to make you feel your age: it's not just about SAT scores, transcripts, and personal essays these days.

Social networking plays a role, too.

Starting this college admissions season, teens can use the professional networking site LinkedIn in two ways: to research universities and to create profiles highlighting accomplishments that would otherwise be hard to include in a traditional application. LinkedIn made these features possible by lowering the age requirement for users to 14 in the United States and by launching what it calls university pages. … Read more

The 404 1,391: Where we feel the endowment effect (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Kanye West said Zappos sells "sh*t product," and this is their awesome response.

- Kano Computer kit lets anyone build a PC from scratch.

- It's official. Fewer people are watching TV and the numbers prove it.

- Why you're more likely to buy something when shopping on your iPad.… Read more

Apple CEO: We've locked up 94% of education tablet market

Apple continues to dominate the market for education tablets.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said that iPads make up 94 percent of the market for education tablet, a stat that he noted was impressive and unheard of in most businesses.

"I've never seen a market share that high before," Cook said Monday during a conference call with analysts.

The company has attempted to push its tablets into the education arena with textbook support and discounts for bulk purchases. Schools represent a potential source of growth at a time when the iPad's market share dominance has eroded in … Read more

My high school masters the lip dub, wins Katy Perry visit

In the fall of 1996, as a high school senior at Colorado's Lakewood High School, I stripped off my shirt, donned a coconut bra and a hula skirt (for reasons that I can't remember or have perhaps willfully forgotten), and helped lead a pep rally in the school's gym. This week, pop star Katy Perry will take the stage in that same gymnasium -- likely wearing something similar -- and reward the Lakewood Tigers of 2013 for their mastery of the art of the lip dub.

So far as I -- and Wikipedia -- can tell, lip … Read more