If you're bored at home right now, Sphero may just have the answer. The robotics company is responsible for all sorts of fun distractions; from R2-D2 to Lightning McQueen, there's a robo toy for folks of all persuasions. And right now, its all-terrain tank robot vehicle, the Sphero RVR, is on sale at Amazon.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, most schools and universities around the world have had to close. Institutions have turned to services such as Zoom and Google Classroom, which have skyrocketed to being the most popular ones on the Play Store. Google's service has become so famous that it just passed 50 million downloads.
Millions of children are stuck at home right now due to the coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn't mean they should be in summer holiday mode just yet. To help parents get into the homeschooling groove, Google has put together a list of Youtube creators and channels that make learning from home easier for kids of all ages.
Whether you're curious about the Roman Empire, want to master new romance tongues, or are simply keen to discover a new one, Latin can be an interesting choice. Unfortunately, learning an an extinct language isn't always easy, mostly because there are few people to practice with, but also due to the limited resources available. Thankfully, Duolingo, which is famous for its free mobile language courses, has just added support for Latin.
When Google launched Classroom so that teachers and students would have a repository for the work they were doing, the goal was to create something as simple as possible. The app has proved popular, but Google has just announced a refresh that adds some much-needed functionality.
You don't have to be a genius to work out that China is going to be an increasingly significant nation in the coming years, culturally and economically. More than one billion people already speak Chinese, and that's sure to continue rising. It's been one of the most requested languages over at Duolingo, which is ready to launch Mandarin Chinese in its mobile apps and on the web.
Update: With the Google Classroom mobile app, teachers and students get some features that aren't available on a traditional computer. For starters, they can use their phone cameras to take photos and attach them directly to assignments.
Udemy is one of the numerous ways you can learn something new from your computer without having to physically get to class. The site has thousands of courses available that cover a wide range of topics, with many focusing on Android development. Currently over 9,000 courses are priced at just $10 each for New Year's. This is a savings of up to several hundred dollars per course.
You can find courses that help you get started developing apps for the first time, adjust to Lollipop, create multilingual apps, or get your software ready for Android Wear. Even if you already have experience or are picking up these skills in another way, this is a cheap way to supplement your education.
Who better to learn encryption from than the people who have actively tried to build vulnerabilities into encryption? Nobody, says the GCHQ, the British NSA equivalent that has released a free Android app called Cryptoy to teach children the basics of encryption. The app, designed for tablets, focuses on four basic techniques and allows users to create encrypted messages for sharing to friends to decode.