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The Talener Times – October 1, 2013

October 1st, 2013

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The Talener Times – September 23, 2013

September 24th, 2013

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The Talener Times – September 16, 2013

September 17th, 2013

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EdTech in Boston

September 11th, 2013

By: Mike Slovak

Boston has always been known as the center of education in the country, dating back to the opening of Harvard’s doors in 1636 and continuing today with the presence of over 50 colleges and universities in the greater city limits. The city has also been one of the nation’s centers for the development of educational technology, with roughly 200 EdTech startups based in the area and some of the largest publishing houses located here as well. With investments in EdTech tripling in the last decade to $429 million in 2011, the city’s future as a center of EdTech looks bright, as well.

EdTech companies both large and small call Boston home, focused on a number of different sectors in the field. Large companies such as Desire2Learn, a Canadian based company, are basing their stateside operations in the city, and traditional publishing houses such as McGraw Hill have opened R&D labs in the city’s Innovation District. Universities are also at the forefront of this push, with both faculty and students making waves by developing new products that introduce cutting-edge technology into the classroom. For example, Harvard and MIT teamed up to form edX, a non-profit that offers free MOOCs to people across the globe. Startups have gotten into the mix as well, developing cloud-based technologies that allow students to share interactive notes and assignments amongst themselves and with their teachers, creating a new meaning for the term “interactive classroom.”

The massive increase in investments and innovation within one of the oldest industries on the planet is largely a response to the problems that current and former students have identified through their experiences. With the cost of tuition rising at a ridiculous rate, many companies have focused on developing technologies that connect students from across the globe with universities out of their reach. Additionally, the rising cost of textbooks has led both startups and large corporations to develop various eBook-type applications, offering students the same resources at a fraction of the cost. Boston has, and will continue to be, positioned at the forefront of this industry for the foreseeable future, with EdTech definitely being one of the sectors to watch in the area.

Posted in Current Events, Talener Blog

Online Gambling

September 6th, 2013

By: Brady Kain

With the upcoming football season, the amount of online gambling transactions will increase dramatically. Online gambling has become a huge issue in America today given the advances in web technologies and the highly interactive platforms that online gambling sites now run on. Due to modern technology, gambling websites are able to offer a broad range of functions ranging from video slot machines, casino table games such as blackjack and roulette, and sportsbook betting on various sporting events. These sophisticated platforms make it incredibly easy for large amounts of people to gamble in the comfort of their own home without traveling to hubs such as Las Vegas or Atlantic City.

The problem with these developments is that it is illegal in most states in the United States causing most sites to be run illegally through foreign locations and outside the jurisdiction of United States laws and taxes. These sites are generating massive amounts of revenue and the United States is missing out on taxes of all of the revenue. Also it encourages illegal activity as it is difficult to enforce age restrictions and not all of the sites are legitimate and some people are victims to fraud and theft.

For this reason, people have encouraged online gambling to become legal in the United States so people can engage in this activity securely and safely. It is widely believed that people will engage in these activities regardless via offshore websites if it is legal or not; so United States officials should legalize it to increase safety and security and in order to gain the tax revenue off a highly profitable industry. The urgency of this issue is becoming more and more apparent given the advances in web technologies in recent years. It has become incredibly easy to develop software that enables huge amounts of people to engage in these illegal activities and as a result the United States must respond by trying to eliminate these illegal websites and possibly making it legal within the United States.

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