Students step in to refurbish computers as school needs rise

Angelena Iglesia

A middle school IT club has found a way to use their skills to revamp old computers at a time when distance learning has made such technology indispensable.

Penguin Corps is a Linux club at the charter school Aspen Academy in Savage. Linux clubs provide a space for students to learn how to install and use open-source software. The students are using that knowledge to refurbish old computers for their classmates.

With the school opting for hybrid learning, the need for computers skyrocketed. 

“These kids very enthusiastically caught the open-source bug and took on the challenge of wanting to help their fellow students,” said Stu Keroff, a social studies teacher who directs the club.

Four hands work on two laptops.

Two Aspen Academy students and members of the Penguin Corps computer club work on donated laptops in Savage, Minn., on Wednesday. The club repairs donated computers for families that need computers for distance learning.

Evan Frost

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Help! Our teen does not listen to us

Angelena Iglesia

First, an update from Feed the Frontliners program head Monica Wen-Angping: “We have raised funds for more than 3,000 meals since your column appeared (Aug. 20). The hospitals are super thankful and they share happy photos daily with us and the sponsors.

“Many sponsors really like this column, some know you personally, some are former students and their families. Through this program, we were also able to connect donors of snacks, face shields, PPEs and face masks to hospitals that need them most.” To my students and friends and to people I don’t know but still helped: thank you so much for your generosity. We give help where it’s most needed. Stay well and God bless.

Now let’s continue with online learning.

Last week, we discussed ways to foster effective study habits for grade school children. Breaking bad habits and creating good ones is more complex in high school and

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China-hifi-Audio Released Latest Audiophile Tube Amplifiers With Extremely Gorgeous Design and Highly Sophisticated Technology

Angelena Iglesia

Owing to the capacity to produce clear, smooth, and brilliant sounds, the demand for China-hifi-Audio’s recently introduced audiophile tube amplifiers is on the rise.

Watching movies and listening to music on a single device has become comfortable with the China-hifi-Audio’s new audiophile tube amplifiers. These devices have become a necessity in many homes. They are electronic gadgets that generate smooth and clear sounds without experiencing any distortions. With different designs on the business’s website, users can find the best product that suits their needs and requirements. The engineers design these products to provide fantastic sound visual effects. They are capable of playing CD audio, video, and even pictures in various popular music formats. While watching a movie, one can really feel authentic theatre experience. As a matter of fact, the sounds are sharp and clear. Users can enjoy watching movies without feeling any stress on their ears, as it comes

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Is Ooma (OOMA) Stock Outpacing Its Computer and Technology Peers This Year?

Angelena Iglesia

Investors focused on the Computer and Technology space have likely heard of Ooma (OOMA), but is the stock performing well in comparison to the rest of its sector peers? A quick glance at the company’s year-to-date performance in comparison to the rest of the Computer and Technology sector should help us answer this question.

Ooma is a member of the Computer and Technology sector. This group includes 604 individual stocks and currently holds a Zacks Sector Rank of #7. The Zacks Sector Rank gauges the strength of our 16 individual sector groups by measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the groups.

The Zacks Rank emphasizes earnings estimates and estimate revisions to find stocks with improving earnings outlooks. This system has a long record of success, and these stocks tend to be on track to beat the market over the next one to three months. OOMA is

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Maven replaces CEO Jim Heckman with Ross Levinsohn, who has quite the past

Angelena Iglesia

There are big changes at the top of under–fire Sports Illustrated operator Maven. As Kerry Flynn of CNN noted Wednesday night, Maven made an announcement on The Street (the Jim Cramer-founded investing publication they bought last year) that CEO Jim Heckman is stepping down, and that Ross Levinsohn (the long-time Heckman collaborator who was named CEO of Sports Illustrated when Maven acquired operation rights to that publication last year) is taking over as CEO. Heckman will remain with the company, but in an business development advisory role, while Levinsohn (seen above during his time with Yahoo) is taking the full reins. Here’s more from their announcement:

Maven announced today the evolution of its leadership and a new round of investment enabling it to accelerate the execution on its strategic initiatives. Ross Levinsohn, the current CEO of Sports Illustrated media, will expand his role and become Maven CEO.

“We are

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These are the 10 best iPad apps of the past decade

Angelena Iglesia


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It’s now been more than 10 years since former Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad. The move firmly pushed tablets into the mainstream gadget conversation while leading many to ask, “What the heck is this giant iPod touch?” (Oh 2010, you sweet summer child.) In a review of the first-gen iPad that year, CNET’s Donald Bell described the device as “an elegant, affordable supergadget.” One of the main draws was how easy it was to access and navigate the apps on the 9.7-inch screen. 

Jobs said the iPad would define “an entirely new category of devices that will connect people with their apps and content in a much more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before.” He wasn’t wrong: 10 years later, the iPad’s portability, user-friendly interface and variety of apps have made it a favorite device in many homes, classrooms and offices. We use it

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Best dog tech: Toys, gadgets, and services for your pup

Angelena Iglesia

International Dog Day lands on Wednesday, Aug. 26 this year, and there’s really no better way to celebrate than by giving your pup a gift. Because we’re all about tech (and pups) at ZDNet, we rounded up a few gadgets, gizmos, and subscriptions to consider. All these are well-reviewed across the internet, and many of them cost less than $100. 

We even included a few non-techie items at the bottom in case your dog isn’t interested in the latest hardware. Either way, we’re sure you’ll find something no matter your budget.

Embark Breed and Health Kit


So, this first one is more for mom and dad — but c’mon! How cool would it be to find out Spot’s exact breed makeup and whether they’re predisposed to any genetic diseases? While Embark’s top-of-the-line Breed and Health Kit is more expensive than some of the others, it is the highest rated dog

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The US Battle For Quantum Supremacy Over China Gathers Pace With Verizon’s historic QKD Test In Washington D.C.

Angelena Iglesia

Of all the announcements Verizon will make in 2020, the completion of a simple video trial between three offices in Washington D.C. might turn out to be the one people remember.

Completed in June but only made public last week, Verizon engineers streamed video from the company’s 5G Lab to screens at two offices two miles distant. It sounds mundane because the remarkable part of this demo was completely invisible – the background use of Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) to secure the communication.

QKD, or course, is a hugely demanding technology that’s spent the last 30 years being honed in physics labs around the world with the occasional proof-of-concept demo to record milestones such as new distance records and advancing bit rates.

Progress has inched forward, almost a matter of waiting for the telecom, fiber optic, and microprocessor technologies it

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Trenton council mulls 5G license agreements with Verizon, AT&T | News

Angelena Iglesia

TRENTON — Don’t be a bunch of “Luddites.”

That was at-large councilman Jerell Blakeley’s message to colleagues Tuesday when discussing proposals to bring 5G to the capital city from two telecommunications giants.

“If you’re not opposed to text messaging and streaming videos, you shouldn’t be opposed to this evolution in technology,” Blakeley said during the workshop meeting.

The council will consider separate 15-year licensing agreements with Cellco Partnership and New Cingular Wireless P.C.S., which respectively do business as Verizon Wireless and AT&T Inc., at Thursday’s meeting.

“The contract you push out should not exceed your term limit,” council president Kathy McBride said. “I just don’t believe the council should be giving out anything for a 15-year span, if it’s granted at all.” 

If approved, the capital would become the third city in the Garden State to roll out the latest wireless technology, known as fifth generation, joining Hoboken and Jersey

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