Tech Interactive’s New President Focuses On Virtual Learning Offerings

By J.L. Odom

The coronavirus pandemic has forced myriad businesses and institutions to redefine how and where they provide goods and services, but few have faced challenges more daunting than San Jose’s Tech learning center.

That’s because The Tech Interactive, as the organization is formally known, is at its core a hands-on learning center, offering technology based exhibits, labs and field trips.

Yet, with hands-on in person off the table for now, The Tech is showing itself up to the challenge, having performed a remarkable pivot to remote learning – and to making that learning available to a wide audience, including those without home computers.


In late October, The Tech welcomed a new president and CEO, Katrina Stevens, whose 25 years of experience include stints as a deputy director in the U.S. Department of Education and, most recently, director of learning for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Stevens describes herself as

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Microsoft Flight Simulator’s Next World Update Focuses On The UK

Microsoft Flight Simulator developer Asobo Studios has revealed plans to tweak the United Kingdom in its next World Update for the flight sim. Japan was the first area to receive a new lick of paint back in September, while a number of new airports and points of interest were added to the USA earlier this week.

In a recent Twitch stream, Asobo laid out its roadmap for future updates, and the UK is next on the list with World Update 3 due out on January 28. The British Isles are set to be spruced up now that the studio has a new set of data for England, Scotland, and Wales. There’s no map information for Northern Ireland available just yet, but head of Microsoft Flight Simulator Jorg Neumann says the entirety of Ireland will be updated at some point in the future.

There will be between 50 and 60 points

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Amazon focuses on another use for Alexa as Echo Frames smart glasses are now available

Echo Frames smart glasses. (Amazon Photo)

Amazon’s vision of how people will continue to use its voice assistant Alexa includes Echo Frames, a smart glasses product that is moving from invite-only to general availability.

Echo Frames were part of a program at the tech giant called Day 1 Editions, which introduces products to a select group of users in order to generate feedback and continue development. The glasses were first introduced in September 2019 at the company’s annual devices event in Seattle.

The key feature of the smart glasses is Alexa connectivity, via smartphone Bluetooth, right at a user’s temples. The frames deliver open-ear audio directed toward the ears to allow users to make a phone call, listen to music, hear notifications and more, without inserting anything in the ear. Nothing is projected onto the lenses of the glasses.

Whether “the little voice in your head” is something you’d want

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IBM Focuses On Container Data In Latest Announcements

Containers have quickly emerged as one of the dominant architectures for application development and deployment. It’s a technology that eases many of the burdens facing IT administrators, as they seek to deliver business-critical applications while maintaining a high degree of IT agility. Containers provide efficient and flexible cloud-native workflows throughout the enterprise.

It’s no wonder that the Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s KubeCon + CloudNativeCon has become the premier event for container and cloud-native technologies over just a few short years. The 2019 event hosted more than twelve thousand attendees, nearly 50% larger than the previous year. This year’s virtual event promises to be even bigger.

Containers already solve many issues for IT administrators, but the technology continues to evolve. The management of persistent data for container-based workloads is an excellent

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Modi government outlines new science technology, innovation policy, focuses on bringing back diaspora

Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that STIP 2020 is aiming to create a long-term pathway for scientists and students.

India has begun preparations to bring in Science Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) 2020. Along with the “landmark policy initiative”, the Central government has emphasized building “policy level mechanisms” and creating opportunities to attract bright talents among Indian diaspora back home, Union Minister Harsh Vardhan said. Dr. Vradhan has disclosed that the prime objective of STIP 2020 is to decentralize the policy designing and transform it into an inclusive process.

STIP 2020 focuses on the development of technology and research methods. Apart from making socio-economic progress, the STIP 2020 aims at fulfilling the aspirations of lakhs of budding scientists and young students, Dr. Vardhan said while chairing policy consultation with the Indian diaspora and seeking their contributions to the upcoming policy on Science and Technology.

Dr. Vardhan has also outlined that the

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Linux Foundation Focuses on Science and Research to Advance Diversity and Inclusion in Software Engineering

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Open Source Summit Europe – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced the Software Developer Diversity and Inclusion (SDDI) project. SDDI will explore, evaluate, and promote best practices from research and industry to increase diversity and inclusion in software engineering. Founding contributors include Comcast, Facebook, GitHub, Intel and VMware and research professors from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Eindhoven University of Technology, Oregon State University, University of Auckland and University of Victoria.

According to StackOverflow’s 2020 survey of more than 65,000 developers, 91.7 percent identify as male and 70.7 percent as white or of European descent. There is a tremendous amount of work to be done to create inclusive environments that can lead to a more diverse community building the software that is the foundation for our digital society. Research indicates that racially diverse groups

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