Computer Pioneer Arnold Spielberg, Steven’s Dad, Dies at 103 | California News

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By ANDREW DALTON, AP Entertainment Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Arnold Spielberg, father of filmmaker Steven Spielberg and an innovating engineer whose work helped make the personal computer possible, has died at 103.

Spielberg died of natural causes while surrounded by his family in Los Angeles on Tuesday, according to a statement from his four children.

Spielberg and Charles Propster designed the GE-225 mainframe computer in the late 1950s while working for General Electric. The machine allowed computer scientists at Dartmouth College to develop the programming language BASIC, which would be essential to the rise of personal computers in the 1970s and ‘80s.

“Dad explained how his computer was expected to perform, but the language of computer science in those days was like Greek to me,” Steven Spielberg told the General Electric publication GE Reports. “It all seemed very exciting, but it was very much out of my reach.”

“When

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Innovation series to create connections | News

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What IF Innovators Forum, a series for students, will begin Sept. 11. The conversation-based sessions will give students a chance to hear from speakers and discover how they can participate in their industry.




Students are full of ideas, and a new innovation series will create conversations and connections to get them engaged.

The weekly conversation-based series, What IF – Innovators Forum, will feature a speaker to talk with students about their experiences and projects.

Karen Kerns, entrepreneur in residence at Iowa State, created What IF with the help of colleagues. Kerns said each session will be in three parts: sharing innovation journeys, what innovation looks like in certain industries and how young people can participate.

“Education is not the outcome of your college experience,” Kerns said. “It is meaningful contributions, significance, impact.”

A student named Mani helped spark the series idea for Kerns by asking how to

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Does TV And Computer Time Affect Kids’ Math, Reading? | Health News

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By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 2, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Children who spend too much time on computers or watching TV may have poorer reading and math skills, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed school test data of more than 1,200 Australian children when they were 8 and 9 years of age and again two years later. Parents were asked about their child’s use of electronic media.

Kids who watched two or more hours of TV a day at age 8 or 9 had lower reading scores two years later, compared with those who watched less TV. The loss was equivalent to four months of learning.

Using a computer for more than an hour a day was linked to a similar loss of ability to work with numbers.

No link was identified between playing video games and school performance, according to findings published Sept. 2 in the

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The dead zone: Rockingham County, long devoid of internet service, might join the wired world | Local News

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY — The COVID-19 pandemic has cast a sharp spotlight on the issue of rural, broadband dead zones that have long handicapped residents of Rockingham County.

In a unique time when work, education and life have quickly shifted to the virtual world, universal access to reliable internet is more important than ever.

“COVID-19 has reemphasized the shortfalls we have, not just in our county, but throughout the state,” said Mark Richardson, chairman of the Rockingham County Board of Commissioners.

But a major boost may finally come to the rural county from recently announced grant awards to pay for broadband.

Over the next 20 days, Spectrum Southeast is expected to finalize contracts with the N.C. Department of Information Technology with plans to bring internet access to underserved areas of the county of about 91,000.

Work is expected to begin soon after the contracts are signed, county officials said, explaining they

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Gaza’s MCA rapper: An 11-year-old’s message to the world | News

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For Abdulrahman al-Shantti, becoming an internet sensation feels “really good” because it allows him to spread his message of what growing up in the Gaza Strip is like.

“I want to tell the outside world how the Palestinians live in Gaza and how we as children are supposed to live like normal people but don’t,” he told Al Jazeera.

The 11-year-old rapper shot to fame earlier this month when one of his cover songs on his Instagram page went viral and, at the time of writing, has earned him more than 92,000 followers.

The video, which features a song by Palestinian rapper Waheeb Nasan, shows Abdulrahman standing in front of his classmates, effortlessly rapping in American-accented English without missing a beat.

“First of all, this is our country, let me tell you how it goes,” he raps. “We want peace and we want love/people pray and teach who don’t.”

The

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Kashmir Group Calls India’s Internet Ban ‘Digital Apartheid’ | Technology News

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By AIJAZ HUSSAIN, Associated Press

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — A prominent rights group in Indian-administered Kashmir on Tuesday described a communications blackout imposed by India following its scrapping of the disputed region’s semi-autonomy last year “collective punishment” and urged the international community to question New Delhi over what it called “digital apartheid.”

In a report, the Jammu-Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society described “harms, costs and consequences of the digital siege in Jammu-Kashmir from August 2019,” when New Delhi stripped the region of its statehood and the semi-autonomy that gave its natives special rights in land ownership and jobs.

The move, which set off widespread anger, was accompanied by a security clampdown and communications blackout in the region that left hundreds of thousands jobless, impaired the already feeble healthcare system and paused the school and college education of millions.

“The multi-faceted and targeted denial of digital rights is a systemic form

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Technology – BBC News

Robot fruit pickers could help solve the industry’s skilled recruitment crisis, says a Kent farm manager.

Giles Cannon, who manages Roughway Farm near Tonbridge, says his farm has been “overwhelmed” with job interest in recent weeks as hundreds of people seek to work as fruit pickers.

It comes several weeks after a national call was made by the Environment Secretary, George Eustice, urging students and furloughed workers to apply for seasonal farm work amid feared shortages.

However, hiring experienced staff has proved challenging for the agricultural sector, according to Mr Cannon.

Mr Cannon, who has worked in the farming sector for decades, said: “To call fruit picking an unskilled job is doing the industry a disservice.”

Farmers around the world are increasingly interested in robot technology to address the long-term decline in skilled labour, according to 2019 research carried out by Fieldwork Robotics, a company linked to the University of

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