November 8th, 2011
01:42 PM ET

12-year-old: Kids don't just want to play games, they want to make them

By John D. Sutter, CNN

There have been plenty of recent efforts to get kids into computer programming and app development:

Google has an app-development program for kids. Schools are buying iPads.

None of them seem to have worked all that well.
FULL POST

Post by:
Filed under: Tech • Thinkers
Meet Poorsquare: It's Foursquare for the 99%
November 8th, 2011
01:33 PM ET

Meet Poorsquare: It's Foursquare for the 99%

By John D. Sutter, CNN

You've heard of Foursquare, the location app that lets people "check in" to their favorite bars, restaurants and coffee shops. Now meet Poorsquare, a website that uses Foursquare's data to come up with a list of nearby locations where you can get a free lunch - if you check in with Foursquare.

Jeff Novich and Andrew Pinzler created the Web app at a recent New York hackathon sponsored by American Express, according to this blog post from Business Insider. When you input your location and click a button - aptly named "I am the 99%. Show me some Freebies!" - you get a list of locations that are offering some sort of free or discounted reward, many of which require a check-in.

It will be interesting to see where this Web app goes. The blog The Next Web, where we first spotted this story, says it's "on its way to becoming a winner."

It would be nice, however, to see this data presented on smartphones and tagged to a user's current location. On the site, you have to tell Poorsquare where you are from a list of choices. Further, the app only works for New York at the moment, although the site says data for 100 U.S. cites are "coming soon."

Post by:
Filed under: Innovation • Tech
November 8th, 2011
01:19 PM ET

Kiva: 'What if the inventory could actually walk and talk'

Check out this CNNMoney video on little orange robots at Kiva Systems that move shelves, "setting the inventory free."

The goal is to help the company ship orders more quickly.

Post by:
Filed under: Innovation