Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab holds inaugural J-WEL Week

Members of J-WEL convene on MIT campus to explore new developments in brain science, pedagogy, and digital learning practices.

Today, the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) kicks off its first J-WEL Week, a semiannual meeting of members to explore new developments in brain science, pedagogy, and digital learning practices. The theme of the meeting is “The Power of Problem Solving.” During the four-day meeting, participants will use presentations on MIT educational research and teaching approaches as a jumping off point for articulating goals and action plans for their own organizations.

Sanjay Sarma, MIT vice president for open learning, describes the J-WEL approach: “Through J-WEL, we will forge new and long-lasting collaborations as we learn, share, and train together, using the assets developed at MIT as well as by leveraging the community convened by J-WEL.”

J-WEL Week is structured in three parallel, interwoven programs, one for each of the lab’s three collaboratives — pK-12, Higher Ed, and Workplace Learning. The program has been designed by J-WEL faculty directors professors Angela Becher, Eric Klopfer, Hazel Sive, and George Westerman, with the strategic leadership of J-WEL Executive Director Vijay M.S. Kumar, who each bring to the program decades of experience and passion across pre-K-12, higher education, and workplace learning.

Attendees at the first J-WEL Week come from 27 countries, including Australia, China, Colombia, Jordan, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, and Spain. The participants include university senior administrators, industry leaders, educators, government officials, and heads of leading foundations.

The event is being held at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, and features some of the top educational innovators from the MIT community. The week will begin with a welcome from Vice President of Open Learning Sanjay Sarma and J-WEL Executive Director Vijay Kumar, followed by presentations highlighting unique aspects of the MIT educational approach. The next two days will include deeper dives for each membership collaborative: pK-12, Higher Education, and Workplace Learning, with attendees participating in modular breakout sessions that address their specific interest areas. Speakers throughout the week include MIT professors Martin Culpepper, Robert Langer, Mitchel Resnick, Laura Schulz, Emma Teng, and Karen Willcox.

J-WEL will work with educators, universities, governments, and companies to revolutionize the effectiveness and reach of education, and aims to prepare people everywhere for a labor market radically altered by technological progress, globalization, and the pursuit of higher living standards around the world. A guiding focus of J-WEL is populations underserved by education both globally and domestically, such as women and girls, a growing displaced population that includes refugees, and those underrepresented in STEM fields.

J-WEL was launched in May by Community Jameel, the social enterprise organization, and MIT. The chairman of Community Jameel is MIT alumnus Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel ’78, a life member of the MIT Corporation and 2016 recipient of the MIT Alumni Association’s highest honor for his history of service and philanthropy. J-WEL is named in honor of his father, the late Abdul Latif Jameel, founder of the Abdul Latif Jameel business, whose work to help the lives of tens of thousands of people is continued today by Community Jameel.

“Education and learning are fundamental to a strong society and economy,” says Fady Mohammed Jameel, president of Community Jameel International, “they promote employment and create increased opportunity for all.”

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly

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Welcome to the 210th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines from the last week:

  • Pokemon Go might get some new features soon. The developers acknowledged that playing games on AR is rough. You spend all your time looking at your phone. The new feature could include audio cues. That way you know when Pokemon are around, where Poke Stops are, etc. There is talk that it might be a hallmark feature in the follow-up game to Pokemon Go.
  • The classic infinite runner Into the Dead is getting a sequel. Into the Dead 2 is launching to the Play Store on October 13th. The new game will contain 60 levels across seven chapters. Most of the mechanical elements should be similar to the first game. It’s available for pre-registering on Google Play right now.
  • Chainfire released a new website this week for root users. The site is a spot for devs, root users, etc to find stock boot and recovery images. It’s mostly stuff for Google Pixel and Samsung phones. It should expand over time to include more devices. It should also make finding such files easier for beginners and advanced users alike.
  • Google Assistant is getting some new features. At least we think so. During an APK tear down, it revealed some new information. Included is an Active Edge feature that may be similar to HTC’s phone squeezing feature. There are also hints of features like customizable short commands for Assistant. These may or may not be real, but it would be cool if they were.
  • Minecraft’s long awaited Better Together update is out. The game allows for cross-platform play between console, PC, and mobile. Namely, it works on Xbox, Windows 10, VR, and mobile devices. In addition, they added a bunch of other items to the game. They also announced that the game is coming to the Nintendo Switch.

You can find more Android apps and games news, releases, and updates in our weekly newsletter by clicking here! You can also subscribe to the newsletter with the form below! As usual, check out our Android Authority app for even faster updates.

Codex of Victory is a new strategy game. The game is a hybrid of a classic strategy game and a kingdom builder. You build bases, upgrade units, and conduct combat against the enemy. It features a story-driven, single player campaign mode. The developers also boast 20 hours of single player campaign, over 25 units to build and upgrade, and more. The levels are also randomly generated. That means no two playthroughs are alike. It runs $4.49, but has no in-app purchases or advertising.

Reverse Dictionary is a simple dictionary app. It helps you figure out a word that you can’t think of. You simply type letters of the word, a phrase describing it, or synonyms of the word. The app then attempts to tell you what word you were looking for. It features a light, simple design. The app also does work pretty well. Otherwise, it’s a simple little app that shouldn’t take up too much space on your phone. It’s completely free with no ads and no in-app purchases.
Reverse Dictionary

Stormbound: Kingdom Wars is an indie strategy-puzzle game. You play battles on a checkerboard. Your goal is to make to the other side and assault your enemy’s stronghold. It features card-collecting mechanics as well. You collect various units to use in battle. It features single player options, multiplayer options, a bunch of cards to collect, and more. The art style is a little typical of indie games. We’re not going to complain because that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It is a freemium game, though.

Mint Browser is a newer browser app. It boasts a heavy emphasis on privacy and security. That includes an Incognito+ mode. It allows you to keep a separate (and encrypted) set of notes, bookmarks, and browser history. The app also includes fingerprint scanner support. Tor support, local weather, and an Opera-style Speed Dial feature. In terms of browsing, it does good enough to be good. The base app is free to download. The pro version runs for $1.49 as an in-app purchase.
Mint Browser

Terra Battle 2 is the latest game from Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi. It features a deep and prominent story line. There are also various improvements from the first game. It features a unique puzzle-style battle system, a world map to explore, and you can even move the bad guys around. The game is suffering from some control issues and the occasional bug. However, we assume fixes are coming sooner rather than later.

If we missed any big Android apps or games news, tell us about them in the comments! You can also hit me up on Twitter if you want to suggest an app for this segment. Thank you for reading, we’ll see you next week!

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Glacier White PS4 Slim to Launch in India Next Week

Glacier White PS4 Slim to Launch in India Next Week

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Glacier White PS4 Slim will be available in India from next week
  • It will not come with any games or other freebies
  • It will be listed by most online retailers soon

India gets another variant of the PS4 Slim. According to several retailers speaking to Gadgets 360, Sony India will release the Glacier White PS4 Slim 500GB console. It will cost Rs. 27,990 and be available from next week. No games or PS Plus subscriptions will be a part of the offer. Something to keep in mind, if you were expecting freebies along with the purchase.

Expect the likes of Amazon India, Flipkart, and Games The Shop to have it listed today or by next week at the earliest. For the longest time, Sony India has stayed away from coloured consoles, bringing them in extremely late in the PS3’s lifecycle and ignoring coloured versions of the PS Vita altogether.

 

And while the PS4 has seen several colour options since its inception, this is the first time the company has decided to release the PS4 in a colour that isn’t black.

We can’t help but feel Sony has dropped the ball by not including any games along with the package. More so when Rs. 27,990 gets you a PS4 with two controllers or a PS4 with Horizon Zero Dawn. For Rs. 1,000 more, you get Horizon Zero Dawn, Ratchet and Clank, Driveclub, and three months of PS Plus along with a PS4.

Suffice to say, if you’re really hankering for a PS4 that stands out from the crowd, this could be an option. Confused as to which PS4 to buy? We have you covered with our comprehensive guide.

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Tech Slide in Week of Upbeat Earnings Underscores Growing Unease

(Bloomberg) — Better earnings equals higher share prices, or so goes the customary thinking. For technology stocks during this reporting season, it’s the exact opposite.

Companies from Alphabet Inc. to Microsoft Corp. announced quarterly results that beat analyst estimates by a combined 7.7 percent, more than any other industry group in the S&P 500 Index. Yet their stocks posted the worst first-day reaction, falling an average 1.8 percent.

As tech megacaps from Facebook Inc. to Amazon.com Inc. and Google parent Alphabet reported earnings, the Nasdaq 100 Index ended a three-week streak of gains. The gauge finished the five-day period with a 0.2 percent loss and dropped 0.7 percent from a record-high Wednesday.

“Look at some of the businesses, whether it’s Apple or Google, their revenue and profit growth is staggering,” said Marshall Front, who manages $800 million at Front Barnett Associates in Chicago as chairman. “But over-concentration can lead to too much volatility on the downside.”

The S&P 500 slipped less than 0.1 percent over the five days. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.2 percent as robust results from Boeing Co., Verizon Communications Inc. and Caterpillar Inc. were rewarded with weekly share gains exceeding 7 percent.

The disconnect highlights the challenge for high-fliers such as Apple Inc. and Nvidia Corp. still due to announce results and poses a risk for a sector that has been whipsawed by price swings since June. Good profits aren’t proving to be enough for investors who have already held a record-high percentage of tech stocks in their portfolios.

Bank of America Corp. strategist Savita Subramanian flagged the potential for lackluster returns earlier this month, warning that the bar had been set higher for tech companies after investors crowded into stocks with the highest growth potential.

“Positioning risk may be an overhang to performance despite solid fundamentals,” she wrote in a July 7 research note.

And too much love can prove perilous when momentum reverses. In June, after investors had flocked to tech stocks anticipating faster earnings growth in a move that pushed the Nasdaq 100 Index to rise twice as fast as the S&P 500, they rushed for the exit all at once, sparking the worst selloff since 2008 relative to the rest of the market.

The vulnerability was on display again Thursday as tech stocks bore the brunt of a selloff triggered by a note from JPMorgan Chase & Co. quant strategist Marko Kolanovic that cautioned investors about the risks of record-low volatility in the equity market.

In another sign that folks are on edge, about $2.5 billion was pulled out of the largest exchange-traded fund tracking the Nasdaq 100 over the week, the most since 2007.

While tech stocks as a whole are trading at valuations similar to the broader market, anxiety is growing over prices for the industry’s leaders. The five biggest American companies by market capitalization, all involving Internet or software, have rallied an average of 32 percent since December, accounting for almost one third of the S&P 500’s advance in 2017.

The cohort, also known as FAAMG, fetched a price-to-earnings ratio of 62, almost triple the S&P 500. Apple, the largest, is due to announce results Tuesday and analysts predicted an 11 percent increase in profit.

“The earnings reports, however strong, don’t boost the sentiment toward tech stocks when valuations are this rich,” said Ilya Feygin, senior strategist at WallachBeth Capital. “There is scope for a pullback in the sector.”

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