There’s a shortage of software developers – tell your kids to become coders

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Companies can’t find enough coders.

Alibaba has gone public in a $25 billion deal. Now an avalanche of IPOs may follow. It is rumored that dozens of disruptive mobile, cloud, network systems and biotech companies are ready to tap public markets. Even before Alibaba, about 190 companies had raised $40 billion in 2014, a 40% increase from last year, according to a recent report from Renaissance Capital. Investors who remember the dot-com days of 1999 may cringe at the thought of a deluge of IPOs. But it may be a sign of vigor.

 

 

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Zamzee: Activity monitor and interactive gaming site gets kids moving

Zamzee at CES 2014

The Zamzee, created by HopeLab, is a small device that works by monitoring movement and physical activity in kids. That exercise information is then loaded onto a corresponding game website, where kids can go on to see how much they moved and earn points and rewards.

 

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Hour of Code initiative hopes to spark students’ interest in computer programming

Could you love coding in an hour?

The goal of this year’s Computer Science Education Week (CSEW) initiative “Hour of Code” to encourage students to try coding for an hour. CSEW has been going on since 2009, but this year nonprofit Code.org took over and put the focus on getting kids interested in computer science. President Obama, Ashton Kutcher, and Mark Zuckerberg are among the nonprofits’ recruits that are advocating to kids to spend one hour this week learning code, in hopes of spurring interest in a future increasingly interconnected with computer literacy.

 

 

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54% of parents will buy tech gifts this year, big opportunity for tablet and app creators

There are more tablets available with kid-protections and controls.

Tech is topping the Christmas lists this year as parents are prepared to indulge. A PBS Kids survey shows that 54 percent of parents plan to pick up a techie gift this year, more specifically tablets. Kids want bigger screens to play games and watch movies on. Kids want tablets more than they want game consoles, according to the survey.

 

 

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New law in California will let kids erase online past

All websites must give minors in California an option to delete user activity.

Google’s Eric Schmidt suggested earlier this year that the internet should have a “delete” button for individuals that wanted to remove troubling information from the web, and thanks to a new law minors in California will get that chance.

 

 

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What’s behind the increasing cost of raising a child in the U.S.

A child born in 2012 is estimated to cost $241,080 to raise.

It’s becoming increasingly expensive to have kids.  But it has never been cheaper to clothe and feed them, as well. The total cost of raising a child born in 2012 is estimated at $241,080 – and double that if your child attends college.  That’s a 23% increase from 1960. So what is getting more expensive?

 

 

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How good fathers contribute to their kids’ lives

Men bring much more to the parenting enterprise than money, when many fathers are highly involved in childrearing.

Like many of her peers in Hollywood, Jennifer Aniston, not to mention scholars and writers opining on fatherhood these days, she has come to the conclusion that dads are dispensable: “Women are realizing it more and more knowing that they don’t have to settle with a man just to have that child,” she said at a press conference a few years ago.

 

 

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Kids too dependent on parents say scientists

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Why do American children depend on their parents to do things for them that they are capable of doing for themselves?

Elinor Ochs, an anthropologist at the University of California, Los Angeles and her colleagues, have studied family life as far away as Samoa and the Peruvian Amazon region, but for the last decade they have focused on a society closer to home: the American middle class.

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