Thinkspace, an organization created by sixteen-year-old James Anderson, seeks to “inspire the next generation of app developers” through dedicated coding zones in high schools across the globe. Anderson formally launched Thinkspace this month with campuses in Plymouth and Northern Ireland.
Anderson first came up with the idea for Thinkspace when he became disappointed with the UK educational system’s approach to computer information and related topics. Rather than attempt to change the curriculum, Anderson sought to work around it by creating “Thinkspaces” within schools.
A Thinkspace is essentially a room filled with computers and mobile devices with which students are encouraged to build whatever software they can imagine. The UK Thinkspace, located at Plymouth’s Devonport High School for Boys, contains Android devices, iPod touches, iPads, Blackberrys, and Windows Phone devices, all connected to an assortment of Mac and PC computers.
The flagship UK campus cost around £10,000, but Anderson says that almost any budget will suffice. The goal is not necessarily to build state-of-the-art development labs, but rather to provide students with a place to go in order to learn to code, collaborate on projects, and just build software.
Any school interested in establishing a Thinkspace is welcome to join the program. The only requirement is that a teacher from the school join Thinkspace Social—a development-oriented social network created by Anderson—and begin inviting students from the school. Anderson told 9to5Mac that the organization is already looking to expand internationally into Australia, Israel, Singapore, and the United States.
The Thinkspace project has gained the backing of many well-known public figures, such as Google SVP of Engineering Vic Gundotra, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, Virgin founder Richard Branson, and top executives from other companies like Microsoft.
Anderson told Wired that he envisions Thinkspaces as a student-driven program where experienced coders can help educate the next generation of software designers and developers. He hopes to see the program spread not only across Europe, but around the world.
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There is new malware that is infecting PC’s and most people would never even realize it was there.
The malware comes from a rogue software group called FakeRean. According to McAfee it poses as an antivirus, claiming it scanned your computer and that your computer is infected and to buy the antivirus protection offered so that your computer will be safe. But in reality it takes control of your GUI to extort money out of you using these scare tactics.
The renegade software is showing up on different version of Windows, changing into the iteration of the operating system you’re running on.
Below is what you should be on the lookout for.
On Windows 7
On Windows Vista
On Windows XP
Microsoft has claimed, through an operation code named b70, that it has managed to disrupt more than 500 different strains of malware in a bid to slow down the threats posed by the Nitol botnet.
Microsoft has discovered that Chinese retailers have been involved in selling computers with pirated version of Windows loaded with malware. Microsoft believes that the malware could have entered the supply chain at any point seeing as how the computer travels among companies that transport and resell the computer it is hard to pin-point the time and location.
Microsoft’s official blog says this, “…cybercriminals infiltrate unsecure supply chains to introduce counterfeit software embedded with malware for the purpose of secretly infecting people’s computers”
One thing that was noticed was that the malware was capable of spreading itself through common file transfers like USB based flash drives making it possible to spread malware to family members and friends.
A study done by Microsoft which was focused on the Nitol botnet found that nearly 20 per cent of the all the PCs that were purchased through unsecure Chinese supply chain were infected with malware. In this study Microsoft also found that in addition to hosting the Nitol botnet, the domain 3322.org contained 500 different strains of malware which were hosted using 70,000 sub domains. Microsoft also played crucial roles in disrupting the Kelihos and Zeus botnets while closely working with US officials.