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How to teach a young introvert

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What should we do with the quiet kids? A conversation with Susan Cain on the future of classroom education.

Susan Cain sticks up for the introverts of the world. In the U.S., where one third to one half the population identifies as introverts, that means sticking up for a lot of people. Some of them might be data engineers overwhelmed by the noise of an open-floor-plan office. Others might be lawyers turning 30, whose friends shame them for not wanting a big birthday bash. But Cain particularly feels for one group of introverts: the quiet kids in a classroom.

Cain remembers a childhood full of moments when she was urged by teachers and peers to be more outgoing and social — when that simply wasn’t in her nature. Our most important institutions, like schools and workplaces, are designed for extroverts, says Cain in her TED Talk. [Watch: The power of…

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‘It’s been way too long': Apple sends out invites for Thursday, October 16th iPad & Mac event

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It’s happening: Apple has just announced a keynote address for Thursday, October 16th to take place at the Town Hall auditorium on its Infinite Loop Campus in Cupertino, California. Invitations to select members of the media and special guests indicate that the event will, as always, begin at 10 AM Pacific time/1 PM Eastern Time. News of the October 16th date broke last week. We’ll be providing full, live coverage on of the event’s proceedings. Here’s everything we’re expecting Apple to discuss at the event:

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Part one of Charlie Rose’s full interview with Tim Cook now available online

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The first half of the Tim Cook interview with Charlie Rose is now available to watch — in full — on the website. Cook discusses the thinking behind the Watch, purchasing Beats, partnering with IBM, how he and Steve Jobs discussed Cook becoming CEO and much more. Bitesize highlights were posted a few days ago. The video is embedded below, although may not be available to view in all countries.

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Apple highlighting top ten reasons apps get rejected on new developer page

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As noticed by Apfelpage, Apple has published a new page to be more open about why it rejects apps. A chart at the bottom of the page shows the top ten reasons for app rejection in the last seven days; such as lack of information, crashes or bugs encountered, complicated user interfaces. Around 60% of rejections come from violation of just ten guidelines of the App Store rules. Some of these, like the existence of placeholder text in applications, seem rather trivial issues and it’s interesting that it arises so frequently as a cause of rejection.

The page goes into more detail on some of these points. In one instance, Apple highlights what it deems to be a ‘substandard user interface’, which apparently is responsible for 6% of all rejections. In the example, Apple advises use of a tableview to cleanly lay out information.

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Something Microsoft must put in consideration.

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Lumia lineupLumia has over time become synonymous with Windows Phone and visa versa. Other OEMs existence is over shadowed by Microsoft’s close partnership and subsequent purchase of parts of Nokia that has resulted in capturing over 90% of the Windows Phone marketshare. Microsoft can relate the success of Windows Phone to Nokia for their Lumia line of smartphones, and Nokia’s survival was a result of Microsoft’s investment. There has been a large number of small local companies announcing plans to manufacture Windows Phone devices after Microsoft made Windows free for devices with screens under 9 inches.

Microsoft has the opportunity to make hardware that is closly integrated with their software for optimal performance, much like the iPhone. However, they should perhaps put their Lumia lineup on diet, reduce the number of varients since some are so close that it is difficult to distinguish differences between them. This would also bring in many benefits and advantages.


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Why Windows Phone is not gaining marketshare

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WP8.1Windows Phone has been on the market for around 4 years and all it has managed is a measly 3% marketshare. iOS is holding onto the premium market despite reports of a fall in marketshare. Android being a cheaper alternative to iOS and with all possible OEM’s going for Android, it is no wonder that it holds a dominant position with over 80% of the market.

There are many reasons why Windows Phone could be performing badly, namely missing very basic features that are to be expected if Microsoft are to compete, live tiles and the Modern UI not being everyone’s cup of tea, the word ‘Windows’ itself hated by the media, and many complaining about the lack of apps.

One major reason is Microsoft’s inability to express the operating system and it’s uniqueness, the various different features, the excellent hardware. Instead, we get a downbeat commercial that fails to showcase the…

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