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Bruce Mercer
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Lives in Bastrop, TX
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For educators, here are my GAFE resources links:
- GAFE G+ page: https://plus.google.com/+BruceMercerBMS/posts
- Tech Apps Collection:  https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/k0dJEB
- Classroom site: http://308today.blogspot.com/
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Google Duo, a new video chat app that works exclusively on phones, is getting released today. I've been using it for about a week and I can tell you that it's fast, easy to use, and devoid of...
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Hey Bruce! Hope you had great summer. I just installed Duo. It looks sweet so far. Need to play more. Have a great start to the school year!
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Despite the old stereotypes about video games rotting your brain, a new study provides the latest evidence to the contrary, with the data showing that gaming every day is linked to improvements in academic performance.
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If another shooting happens, this hacker's app could be the first to know
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The Inside Story on Google's AI Efforts by +Steven Levy
If you want to build artificial intelligence into every product, you better retrain your army of coders. Check.
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Windows 10 includes a feature called Windows Spotlight, which rotates a series of images from Bing as the lock screen background. Here's how to find them.
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With the current AI revolution, comes a flock of skeptics. Alarmed of what AI could be in the near future, the White House released a Notice of Request For Information (RFI) on it. In response, IBM has created what seems to be an AI 101, giving a good sense of the current state, future, and risks of AI.
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You've probably never thought about it, but no matter how many rocket launches you've watched on YouTube or IRL, you've never seen what a rocket plume actually looks like.
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This is the part that stood out to me:
"For such a complicated set of decision-making algorithms, ALPHA requires very little processing power, running on a $35 Raspberry Pi minicomputer. ALPHA uses what are called "fuzzy logic algorithms" to form a “Genetic Fuzzy Tree” system that breaks big problems down into smaller chunks so the system can evaluate which variables are relevant to a particular decision and which of those are most important. This allows the system to work more efficiently and rapidly."
We've all heard that researchers are currently working to refine self-driving cars and other autonomous vehicles. The revolution is coming. It turns ou ...
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Analyzing the breath of critically ill children at warp speed
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I am so sorry to be losing Skitch... it was the primary instructional screenshot and markup tool that I shared with my students and the district because it worked outside of the browser and was platform agnostic. I sincerely wish +Evernote would reconsider. Does anyone know of anything close (other than in the list below)?
Skitch is shutting down soon. If you're an avid Skitch user, here are some Skitch alternatives you should check out.
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Tech enthusiast, learner & educator
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Think outside the box...
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1 Wife (ever), 2 Sons (one working in San Marcos and the other in Houston), 4 dogs, 1 cat
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Tech Apps learner (with a teacher label! ;)
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  • BISD
    Tech Apps (& formerly Science) Teacher, 1997 - present
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    AV-8B Pilot & Flight Instructor, 1984 - 1996
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Bastrop, TX
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Montvale, NJ - Los Angeles, CA - State College, PA - San Antonio, TX - Yuma, AZ - Cherry Point, NC
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New Horizons Returns First, Best Images of Pluto
www.nasa.gov

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has sent back the first in a series of the sharpest views of Pluto it obtained during its July flyby – and th

The New York Times hopes its first virtual reality film, “The Displaced,...
www.niemanlab.org

"We hope people see this as the moment when VR went mainstream."

Google's Cell Service Could Snare All the Major Carriers | WIRED
www.wired.com

The idea of Google offering its own wireless service may seem like a stretch. But it has the power to make the carriers cave.

Find your videos: Google Photos, Google+ Photos, Google Drive (and YouTube)
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If you've been uploading your videos to Google Photos, Google+ Photos or Google Drive, you may be wondering how you can find them, short of

8 Cool Tricks for Google Hangouts You (Probably) Didn't Know Existed
www.pcmag.com

Did you know you could IM a doodle of a weiner to your friends? You can!

How to use Google to find your lost Android phone - CNET
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Run a search for your Android phone via Google, and its search engine will pinpoint the phone's location on a map. And the feature even work

The Scary-Dexterous Robots of the Darpa Challenge | WIRED
www.wired.com

Maybe if we start training robots to save people’s lives now, some of them will collaborate with the post-Skynet human resistance later.

Google Lat Long: Google Earth Pro is now free
google-latlong.blogspot.com

Over the last 10 years, businesses, scientists and hobbyists from all over the world have been using Google Earth Pro for everything from pl

Google My Maps Lets You Create and Save Custom Maps
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Google has a new tool you'll want to check out before you're next road trip, ski excursion or pub crawl. On Wednesday, the company launched

Robot Cops are Coming to a Location Near You
www.breakingmodern.com

Robot cops are now on patrol in Silicon Valley. Will they replace living security guards?

Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers
www.theregister.co.uk

Windmills, solar, tidal - all a 'false hope', say Stanford PhDs

Google And Facebook Rewire The Internet As FCC Dithers
www.forbes.com

Google and Facebook are quietly rewiring the Internet, even as public attention focuses on a Washington, D.C., debate that's largely paralyz

Khan Academy Partners with the Met Museum to Carry Extensive Content
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Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Sal Khan, founder and Executive Director of Khan Academy, announ

Month in Space: Take a Look at Cosmic Tricks and Treats - NBC News
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See a solar jack-o-lantern, a blood moon and other eerie treats from October 2014.

One of Apple's favorite developers is launching an Android app
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Djay is one of Apple's favorite apps. The dj-ing software was demoed onstage at the iPad 2 launch, won Apple's coveted Apple Design Award in

Google is Halloweenifying Your Photos Through Google+ | Droid Life
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To get into the Halloween spirit, the Photos app from Google+ is now Halloweenifying your photos, allowing you to create your very own spook

Husband And Wife Team Unveil The World's First 3D-Printed Graphene Battery
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A company founded by a married couple has unveiled the world's first ever graphene 3D-printed battery, heralding an era when consumers will