Carnegie Mellon’s Bento browser organizes complex mobile searches

A new mobile browser developed at Carnegie Mellon University offers a better search experience for people doing complex searches across multiple websites, such as those planning a vacation or exploring medical treatments. The app offers the promise of replacing the overwhelming tab management required by iPhone’s default Safari browser. The Bento browser, as it’s called, compartmentalizes search sessions…

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Reframing learning with Learning Glass and Lightboard

A few years back, two professors who had previously only taught in face-to-face courses found themselves developing online courses, deprived of their beloved chalkboards. Matt Anderson at San Diego State University and Michael Peshkin at Northwestern University knew they wanted to preserve the immediacy afforded by drawing by hand while lecturing, but turning away from…

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Even the mere presence of a smartphone makes you dumber

A joint research project at several universities found that the “persistent presence” of smartphones comes at a “cognitive cost.” Researchers in the schools of management at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of California, San Diego as well as the Department of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon ran two experiments to attempt to measure how well people…

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