Vanderbilt Digital Nights computer programming workshop series for high school students begins Nov. 19 | Vanderbilt News

High school students, parents and teachers are invited to participate in a series of free hands-on workshops to learn about computer science and programming hosted by Vanderbilt University’s Computational Thinking and Learning Initiative  

The first event in the series will be 46 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19. Advance registration and a computer with a Chrome browser are required. People younger than 18 will need a parent or guardian’s permission.  

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During each workshop, participants will create fun and useful computer programs. In the first meeting, led by Professor of Computer Engineering Akos Ledeczi, participants will learn how to build a weather app.   

The CTLI is a trans-institutional program comprised of Vanderbilt University faculty across the School of Engineering, College of Arts and Science and Peabody College of education and human development who have come together to improve the availability and accessibility of computing

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WhatsApp Begins Rolling Out Payment Service In India

Facebook is rolling out its WhatsApp payment service, which is first tested as a beta in early 2018, for users in India after receiving approval from the country’s regulators. 

India, being WhatsApp’s one of the biggest markets, it’s launch is pretty important for the Facebook owned app. The app rolls out payments in ten Indian regional languages in the latest stable version of the WhatsApp app on Android and iOS. The announcement was made after the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) said that it had granted approval to WhatsApp to roll out UPI-powered payments in the country. 

Facebook confirms the rollout of the service in a blog post. “We designed our payments feature on WhatsApp in partnership with the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) using the Unified Payment Interface (UPI), an India-first, a real-time payment system that enables transactions with over 160 supported banks. We’re excited to join

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Tasmanian government begins finance system shift to the cloud

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The Tasmanian government is undertaking a state-wide digital industry and service transformation after it published a strategy in March that focuses on the community, the economy, and the government.

The objectives under the government header were to implement securely-managed government information and technology systems that are able to support efficient, joined-up public services; make evidence-led policy decisions; have a skilled and capable government workforce that are digital savvy; and consume cloud-based services.

“As the Tasmanian government’s first strategy for digital transformation, Our Digital Future articulates a strong commitment to helping and inspiring Tasmanian people, businesses, industries, and government agencies through the initial, foundation-building phase,” the strategy [PDF] explained. 

“Digital maturity means much more than embracing new technologies: It is an ongoing process of seeking out, adopting, and encouraging new ways of doing things, challenging and changing conventional practices. It means innovating to remove unnecessary costs and activities.

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Center for Living begins in-person programming

The Center for Living has reopened its doors to clients after being forced to close in March due to the COVID pandemic.

For more than six months, the benevolent nonprofit has served as an essential resource for Islanders age 55 and up, and has done so entirely remotely.

Using a Zoom platform, letters, phone calls, and at-home activity packs, the Center for Living was there for the Island community even when they couldn’t see their clients in person.

But now, executive director for the center Leslie Clapp said they are launching their in-person programming, and are excited to see their clients again after so long.

This doesn’t mean that remote options will go away — the center has seen virtual programming as an important addition to their conventional in-person resources.

“It took a little bit of doing and a bit of a learning curve, but most of our clients and

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SpaceX begins beta testing of Starlink satellite internet service; price starts at $99



a satellite in space: SpaceX begins beta testing of Starlink satellite internet service; price starts at $99


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SpaceX begins beta testing of Starlink satellite internet service; price starts at $99

SpaceX is reportedly expanding its Starlink satellite internet service beta test and offering services starting at $99. The company, according to CNBC, sent out emails to people who expressed an interest in signing up for satellite internet service.

The company, co-founded by billionaire Elon Musk, is calling its beta test “Better Than Nothing Beta”, and will charge customers an upfront amount of $499 for the Starlink Kit.

Starlink satellite internet service is SpaceX’s plan to build an interconnected Internet network with nearly 12,000 satellites to deliver high-speed internet anywhere on the planet.

The report cites multiple screenshots of an email with the title “Better Than Nothing Beta” that were sent to people who had shown interest in signing up for the service.

“As you can tell from the title, we are trying to lower

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FCC approves OneWeb sale as Starlink begins public beta

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission approved the sale of OneWeb to the British government and Bharti Global Oct. 27, as rival SpaceX started a public beta test of its Starlink system.

In a public notice, the FCC announced it has approved the transfer of OneWeb’s satellite and ground station licenses to its new owners as the company seeks to exit its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. OneWeb requested the transfer Sept. 2, and there were no public comments on the request.

A federal bankruptcy court approved the sale of OneWeb to the British government and Bharti Global Oct. 2, three months after they submitted a winning bid of $1 billion for the company. OneWeb said at the time of the court approval that the sale would close once it received “customary regulatory approvals” from agencies like the FCC. OneWeb expects to have the sale wrapped up by the end of

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SpaceX begins public beta testing of Starlink constellation at $99 a month

Last night, SpaceX invited some early users to join public beta testing of its Starlink program, which aims to provide global internet coverage from space. To join the beta test, called Better Than Nothing Beta, users must purchase all of the Starlink ground equipment for $499 and then pay a $99 monthly fee for active service.



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The company sent out emails to people who had signed up on SpaceX’s Starlink website to hear updates about the program. One user posted an email to Reddit last night, and CNBC later confirmed the email after seeing screenshots. The Verge also confirmed the veracity of the email with sources familiar with the matter. They requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the program. SpaceX did not respond to a request for comment.

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“Expect to see data speeds vary from 50Mb/s to 150Mb/s.”

The email is brief, first

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Pentagon begins rolling out replacement for the F-35 system that maintainers hate the most

WASHINGTON — Last month, a U.S. Marine Corps F-35B squadron got its first taste of the new logistics system that will replace the much-maligned current system over the next two years.

The from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Arizona became the first unit to receive the initial round of hardware needed to stand up the Operational Data Integrated Network, or ODIN, the F-35 Joint Program Office said in an Oct. 21 news release.

ODIN is set to supersede Lockheed Martin’s troubled Autonomic Logistics Information System, or ALIS, by December 2022, when all F-35 units will have both the new hardware and the accompanying software.

F-35 pilots, maintainers and support personnel currently use ALIS to track and order spare parts, conduct repairs, support mission planning and training, and store technical data, among other functions. However, because ALIS was designed alongside the jet in the early 2000s, some of the technology

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Tesla begins rollout of Full Self-Driving beta software

Members of Tesla’s Early Access program have a chance to take a spin with a beta version of the company’s Full Self-Driving upgrade.

Tesla Motors is a company that carries lofty expectations from its investors and the public. Some of the promises that founder Elon Musk has made about the features of its vehicles are arguably loftier. One such feature is coming ever closer to being a reality, though, as Tesla has announced a rollout of a beta version of its Full Self-Driving (FSD) software to select members of the Tesla Early Access Program.


Musk took to Twitter last night to announce the staggered rollout of the software. This update brings the hope of computer-assisted autonomous vehicle operation one step closer to reality.

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