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Submission + - WSJ: New Education Bill to Get More Coding in Classrooms

theodp writes: The WSJ's Yoree Koh reports that computer science has been recognized as important an academic subject as math and English in the new Every Student Succeeds Act, putting it on equal footing with other subjects when state and local policymakers decide how to dole out federal funds. The law is likely to be a boon for tech companies, Koh adds, which constantly face a shortage of engineers to hire, and have backed Code.org to lobby for computer science teaching in schools. "This legislation will increase access to STEM and computer science learning nationwide and will advance some of the goals outlined in Microsoft’s National Talent Strategy," said Microsoft in a blog post. "ESSA makes a number of significant improvements to expand access to computer science education by diverse populations in urban, suburban, and rural areas," explained the ACM. As far as CS and STEM goes, the bill calls for "increasing access for students through grade 12 who are members of groups underrepresented in such subject fields, such as female students, minority students, English learners, children with disabilities, and economically disadvantaged students."
Games

Submission + - 400 battle bots fight, toss enemies at games \vid (automationmag.com)

Andre writes: "The 6th annual RoboGames were held in San Francisco last weekend as they welcomed a horde of 400 non-sentient, metallic warriors to do violent battle—against each other, of course. This army of remote-controlled and autonomous combat robots, along with walking humanoids, soccer 'bots, sumo 'bots and even androids that do kung-fu, was put to the test. Among the big winners was Canadian-made "Ziggy"—one of the combatants in the 340-pounds super-heavyweight division (the biggest division)—who took home a gold medal for the fourth year in a row. The bionic brute proved its might against its final opponent, the "Juggernaut," by tossing it around like an empty pop can (and promptly making a mockery of its name) using its pneumatic flipper. Its newly improved weapon results (as you may expect) in unwanted (but totally cool) free-flying lessons for its opponents, and at full power, the flipper can launch an opponent to the arena ceiling."
Software

Submission + - Apple's AppStore Review Process Flawed? (apple.com)

iPhone Watcher writes: In spite of Apple's assertions to the contrary, developers hoping to get their iPhone apps through the AppStore review process and available online to customers are experiencing some very long delays, without any feedback from Apple on why. And with all of the power of deciding which applications are in Apple's best interests, some reasonable applications are experiencing months of delays, not days. The flaws in the process for one product are currently being reported and discussed on Apple's own web site (see link below):

This application was submitted to the AppStore March 30, and unfortunately, AFTER 77 DAYS (as of this posting), Apple has still not approved it, made it available on the AppStore, or even reported why there is a delay, or what the developers can do to resolve the problem and get the application in the hands of the millions of FirstClass users worldwide.

This is worse than having the application rejected for some specific reason. We are now well into the third month of Apple delays, and it is very frustrating to the users to have such a great mobile application available from the developer, only to have Apple sit on it without replying to any emails as to what the holdup could possibly be.

It would seem that with Apple holding all the playable cards here, they are extending their reach to control the applications, rejecting or delaying any applications that are not in Apple's best business interests, while not making these review policies transparent, and not even providing feedback (months later) to the developers on why their application is rejected, or even if it has been rejected. iPhone developers are being left frustrated, and disillusioned.

See http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=9491258

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