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(Philadelphia schools superintendent William Hite uses his cell phone to snap photos of kindergartners using iPads to study reading and phonics.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Some Philadelphia Kindergartners Learning Reading via New iPads

It’s a four-year pilot at the Jackson and Ziegler schools, using software designed by AIM Academy, of Conshohocken.

11/06/2014

(Graphic provided by Facebook)

Facebook Spotlights Fight Against Ebola in Users’ News Feeds

After donating $25 million of his own money to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is inviting members of the social network to join the battle.

11/06/2014

(Photo by David Madden)

Gloucester County, NJ Session Aims To Arm Parents Against ‘Cyber Predators’

County health officials brought in homeland security experts who shared what they know about pedophiles and cyberbullies.

11/05/2014

Accused Trooper killer Eric Frein is led out of court following his arraignment on October 31, 2014. (credit: Jan Carabeo)

Police Say Eric Frein Used Internet While On The Run

The former fugitive charged with ambushing a Pennsylvania state police barracks had a laptop computer and used the Internet while evading hundreds of law enforcement officials, according to court documents released Tuesday.

11/04/2014

(Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Local Expert Weighs In On The Role Social Media Plays In Elections

Social media, many use it to post pictures, communicate with friends, and even receive news, but does it play a role in the way people vote in elections?

11/03/2014

(Rear Adm. David Pimpo signs the agreement aboard the USS Olympia.  John Brady, CEO of the Independence Seaport Museum, stands alongside.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

US Navy, Seaport Museum Working Together on Science Training For Philadelphia Youth

The agreement was signed aboard the historic USS Olympia, on Penn’s Landing.

11/03/2014

(The Monkey Parking web site.)

Philadelphia Councilman Hoping To Outlaw Selling Your Parking Space To Next Driver

Monkey Parking is a free iOS app that lets people announce where they are parked, and then take bids on who wants rights to park in that space next.

10/29/2014

File photo of voting booths.  Credit: Jessica Kourkounis/ Getty Images)

Watchdog Group Gives Pennsylvania Mixed Marks on Fixing Voter Access

In its new report, Common Cause evaluates ten swing states on their implementation of 19 recommendations issued by President Obama’s elections commission earlier this year.

10/28/2014

(Photo illustration by Ed Fischer)

Watchdogs Say Ebola Crisis Is Newest Hook For Online Fraud Schemes

Panic is a scammer’s best friend, says Mary Bach, chair of AARP Pennsylvania’s Consumer Issues Task Force.

10/27/2014

(File photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/ Getty Images)

Nutter Urges End To Standoff Between Parking Authority and ‘Uber’ Service

The Philadelphia Parking Authority cracked down over the weekend, impouding six vehicles and fining the drivers $1,000 each.

10/27/2014

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Allowances, Kids Love It And Parents Often Forget To Hand It Out—Now There’s An App For That!

Multi-tasking parents who might struggle to remember to give their children their allowance can rejoice! There’s an app to help!

10/26/2014

(The Facebook "Rooms" app, available free in the Apple App Store.)

Facebook Creates ‘Rooms’ App For Anonymous Interactions

If you want to go where nobody knows your name, Facebook has launched a new app.

10/23/2014

(The Color of Change web site)

Thursday Nights at 9: Online Town Hall Meetings To Inspire Black Civic Engagement

ColorOfChange.org is hosting the series of Twitter Townhalls beginning at 9pm each Thursday, during the commercial breaks of “Scandal.”

10/23/2014

(Cell phone collection boxes are displayed at Philadelphia police headquarters before being deployed to police stations citywide.  Photo by John McDevitt)

Phila. Police Again Collect Used Cell Phones To Benefit Domestic Abuse Victims

The program, called “Hopeline,” is a joint effort among the Philadelphia local of the Fraternal Order of Police, the Philadelphia Police Department, Verizon, and the organization “Women Against Abuse.”

10/23/2014

(People walk by a Samsung store in New York City.   Photo by Spencer Platt/ Getty Images)

Retailers Readying Early Start to Holiday Shopping Season

It’s not even Halloween, but already retailers are trying to win your holiday shopping dollars with promises of bargains that rival Black Friday’s.

10/22/2014

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