Educational Software

FDA's new Xbox horror game warns teens about smoking dangers

The Food and Drug Administration is changing how it's tackling tobacco use among teenagers. One Leaves is a free horror game for Xbox and PC designed to educate teens about smoking dangers.

Part of the FDA's The Real Cost antismoking campaign, the game targets the 12-17 age range, the group most likely to experiment with cigarettes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The game's premise is based on the statistic that three out of... Read More »

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The Good Fight star Nyambi Nyambi dishes on his favorite apps

As a follow-up to the hit show The Good Wife, the electric legal and political drama The Good Fight joined CBS All Access' exclusive streaming lineup in 2017.

Its third season premieres Thursday. (Editors' note: CBS is CNET's parent company.)

Nyambi Nyambi, who plays Jay DiPersia, an investigator for Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart, told CNET what to expect from season 3 of The Good Fight -- and also shared a few of his favorite apps.

Nyambi first appeared in The Good Fight in... Read More »

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Calling all 90s kids: Google Earth made a Carmen Sandiego game

It's been almost 30 years, but Carmen Sandiego isn't done jet setting around the globe and teaching us about it. The international master thief, a positive role model of course, has taught us the capitals of countries, the locations of historic events, and other geographical facts.

Sandiego was such a staple for '90s kids that Google said it's releasing a series of games in Google Earth. The first, The Crown Jewels Caper, is available now. Your assignment from ACME... Read More »

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Google and CERN's new app puts the universe in the palm of your hand

Sheldon Cooper would totally have Google and CERN's new app on his phone.

The Big Bang AR app (download for iOS or Android), released Wednesday for Android and iOS, takes you back 13.8 billion years ago before literally anything existed. With the help of augmented reality, space, time and the universe as we know it unfolds in the palm of your hand. Actress Tilda Swinton narrates the formation of stars, our solar system and Earth itself.

SEE: How to view paintings in AR with the Google Arts and Culture app

When... Read More »

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Actiview app interprets movies into American Sign Language for the deaf and hearing impaired

For those who enjoy movies but need accessible services to participate, Actiview is working is offering a chance to view a movie while it's signed.

The 2017 film "Wonder" starring Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay will be the first live-action, American film to use the Actiview app (download for iOS). Actiview syncs the film with sign language interpretation.

If you wanted to try the app, you can watch "Wonder" on TV or any other platform that includes the... Read More »

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Are you tone deaf? This app can tell you

If you've ever wondered if you're the one in your friend group who is singing off-key, Harvard University's department of psychology might be able to tell you.

Researchers at the university have opened a new lab to study the science of music. The citizen science platform lets the general public take several music quizzes to contribute to research.

SEE: How the Listen music app for iOS works with gestures

Are you tone deaf?

The Tone-deafness Test takes about... Read More »

Topics: Apps And Software , Music Software , Educational Software

How to use Politiscope app to check Congressional voting records

The list for potential presidential candidates in 2020 is growing longer every day. With candidate debates planned for this year, it's never too early to start educating yourself on who's running and where they stand on issues.

Though the large pool of candidates will shrink over the next 12 to 18 months, the presidential hopefuls have already started campaigning, reaching out on social media and speaking at town halls.

One of the fastest ways to know where a politician... Read More »

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Harry Connick Jr. joins Playground Sessions music learning app to teach piano

Three-time Grammy award winner and actor Harry Connick Jr. is joining the Playground Sessions (download for iOS or Android) music learning app as a piano instructor and brand ambassador.

Playground Sessions, created by legendary musician Quincy Jones, teaches users how to play the piano. The program dives into keyboard skills, reading music, chords, advanced rhythm, how to play by ear and more.

Connick is a long-time advocate of music education.

"Music changed my life in every way... Read More »

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Why 'Kahoot' is like 'YouTube for education'

Norwegian gaming company Kahoot! is launching a new program designed to position the company as a sort of YouTube for education games, allowing their millions of users to create their own games and popularize them through the Disney-backed platform.

CEO and co-founder ├ůsmund Furuseth told TechCrunch today that Disney decided to increase their share of the company -- bumping their valuation up to an all-time high of $376 million -- right as the company laid the groundwork for their... Read More »

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How WhatsApp is empowering Nigerian women

Though smartphone users in the US do install apps designed to improve their lives, often the apps they have on their phones are intended for entertainment. With our focus on amusement, it can be easy to forget that in lesser developed countries technology can give people the tools to materially improve their lives and even survive.

With 4G networks coming to developing countries in just the last few the last few years, countries like India and Africa have found ways to... Read More »

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