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Teens create mobile app to help citizens monitor law enforcement conduct

14-year-old high school freshman Caleb Christian grew concerned about the number of incidents of police abuse in the news. He knew that while there were bad cops out there, good police officers also existed in various parts of the country. The problem was that he had no way of figuring out which communities were highly […]

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Google exec calls this 20-year-old ‘the best technology reviewer on the planet’

20-year-old Marques Brownlee is “the best technology reviewer on the planet.” It’s true. Especially when it comes to explaining new technologies to the average consumer. In fact, Brownlee’s reviews are so good that Google VP Vic Gundotra even recognized him. 

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Former NASA employee launches diversity-filled emoji app

Emojis have changed how we communicate emotions via text and social media during conversations. The ongoing complaint has been that the popular emojis designed by Apple and other major corporations do not reflect the diversity of the world. Well one former NASA employee has changed that. 

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Like other companies, Twitter also comes up short on diversity

Twitter is the latest company to confirm that the field of technology isn’t diverse. The company released a statistical breakdown of the genders and ethnic backgrounds of its employees, and like many companies, the “diversity report” does not live up to its name. 

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Google to offer women and people of color free coding lessons

Ever since Google unveiled its numbers in terms of diversity regarding its work staff, the company has been making an effort to fix the lack of women and people of color in its offices. Just 17% of Google employees are women, but a new initiative is seeking to change that. 

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African developer creates first black emojis

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Following complaints that different races are not represented in the current set of emojis, an African company has released the first set of black digital faces.  Oju Africa launched the collection of 15 faces this week in the face of criticism of Apple’s lack of diversity. 

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African Americans rank #1 for social media site use

According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, African Americans are dominant users of social media sites. 29 percent of African Americans tweet, compared to 16 percent amount whites and Latinos respectively. 30 percent of blacks use LinkedIn, compared to 22 percent of whites and 13 percent of Latinos who use the site. 

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New app gives juveniles second chance by expunging criminal records

A new app created by the Juvenile Justice Council is seeking to clear the path for juveniles with criminal records. Expunge.io seeks to inform juveniles about the importance of erasing their criminal backgrounds.

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Coding program offers 1 year scholarship, training for people of color

A one-year progressive coding and app development program is now accepting applications. Code for Progress trains people to “build the digital tools they’ll use to communicate, organize, and mobilize in their communities.

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Homeless man offered coding lessons releases first mobile app

Leo Grand’s life changed after a 23-year-old programmer who used to walk past the homeless man offered him a deal: Patrick McConlogue offered to either give Grand $100, or teach him how to code. Grand chose the latter, and after three months he has released his first mobile application.

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