Coding may not be all it's cracked up to be when it comes to getting a job in the future

Coding is, apparently, the new language we all need to learn. It's billed as essential by the likes of Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking.

General Motors CEO Mary Barra calls coding a "core skill" that you need to learn if you want a high-paying job.

But what if this emphasis on coding is distracting us from teaching kids about other, more important things that they'll actually need for the jobs of the future?

Marina Gorbis, executive director of the Institute for the Future, sees this obsession with coding as the equivalent of putting all our eggs into one basket.

"I'm not saying that coding isn't important. We need lots of people who are coders. But the programs themselves that they're learning will be obsolete in several years, so you need to have deeper computational intelligence to be successful," she tells CBC's On The Money.

By that, she means the ability to identify, explain and tackle problems in the digital age. Part of the reason …

Apple to release a revamped iPhone SE early next year

For years, Apple defiantly shied away from releasing larger-screened iPhone models. Even though larger-screened Android devices proved to be quite popular with consumers, Apple executives in the early days of the iPhone routinely lambasted larger-screened devices for being unwieldy. Over time, though, it became impossible to ignore the fact that many consumers actually preferred using smartphones with gargantuan displays. That being the case, when Apple finally caved and released the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 2014, it ushered in the largest iPhone upgrade cycle in history.

With the success of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple for a short while effectively abandoned iPhone users who prefer a device with a smaller form factor. About 18 months after the iPhone 6 was released, Apple finally addressed this demographic when it released the iPhone SE. Sporting the same hardware and software as the iPhone 6s, the iPhone SE finally gave users the ability to enjoy Apple's most advanc…

Robotic Training System Improves Walking Gait in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Many children with cerebral palsy exhibit what is known as a “crouch gait,” a walking style that involves an unusually great deal of bending of the hip, knee, or ankle joints. This makes walking difficult and often exhausting, effectively limiting the activities that a child can participate in. At Columbia University a new robotic system has been developed that assists kids with crouch gait in improving their muscle coordination and strength.

The technology works by honing the strength of soleus extensor muscles that run along the lower half of the lower extremities, and which are responsible for keeping the knee from bending too much as the foot pushes against the ground. This is done using the Tethered Pelvic Assist Device (TPAD) developed at Columbia that can both safely support the user and to also apply forces on the pelvis to pull it in specific directions with a great deal of precision. Because the soleus muscles get stronger after having to support more weight o…

Continue on PC, Timeline features raise Windows 10 security concerns

New features in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update link PCs and smartphones, making users more productive. But they present some security issues for IT to worry about.   New Windows 10 syncing features should be popular among users but could lead to IT security risks.
Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will include the Continue on PC feature, which allows users to start web browsing on their Apple iPhones or Google Android smartphones and then continuing where they left off on their PCs. A similar feature called Timeline, which will allow users to access some apps and documents across their smartphones and PCs, is also in the works. IT will have to pay close attention to both of these features, because linking PCs to other devices can threaten security.  New Windows 10 syncing features should be popular among users but could lead to IT security risks.
Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will include the Continue on PC feature, which allows …

New Android O Leaks – Everything We Know

It’s no secret that Google’s Android mobile operating system is one of the most popular of its kind in the entire world. Most devices out there run Android, because it’s an open source system that most makes and models can run and support. Although there are other options out there, Android is one of a kind. The current version of the OS that runs on phones (or should) is Android 7.0 Nougat or some variation on it. Unfortunately, not all the phones that should have received it actually did, due to a little bothersome issue called fragmentation

But all that is bound to change with Android O. What is Android O? Well, you must have been living under a rock if you don’t know, because it’s the most talked about version of Android in recent years. And now, Android O is at its final developer preview, which is certainly something worth discussing. So let’s see all the Android O rumors of recent months so we can properly prepare for its official launc…

Windows 10 S Available to Download and Install for Developers

Microsoft’s Windows operating system for desktops and mobile devices is a piece of computer history that we’re all still very fond of. But it’s not ancient history that’s long and gone, it’s history in the making because Windows 10, the current version, is rocking everyone world right now. The OS comes in many variants, and it plans to add one more quite soon. We’re talking about Windows 10 S, of course.

Windows for Schools
        Windows 10 S is basically a locked down version of Windows 10 that can only run apps from the Windows Store. Although many users expressed their dislike for this concept from the get go, we all need to remember that, while we can download Windows 10 S and use it once it launches, it’s not catered towards us. Windows 10 S is a special version of Windows 10 aimed at school computer and school computers only. If you’re a regular user and you want to install it, that’s your own business. So don’t criticize Microsoft so harshly, because there’s reall…