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Build your first Android app with this free course

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The Android operating system is an inviting platform for people who want to start developing for mobile. It’s flexible and extremely capable of whatever you may want to make – you just need how to make it.




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Learn your way around Linux with this course bundle

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We’re so used to hearing the standard debate of Mac versus PC that we often forget there are other options out there. For web hosts, Linux is the common answer. It’s an operating system worth knowing if you work on the web, and this is your chance to take a crash course in it for just $ 49.




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5 Questions to Ask Before Signing Up for a Paid Online Course

Whether you’re a professional who wants to upgrade your skills, or an ever-curious person who wants to expand your knowledge, you can benefit from taking online courses. Many of these (relatively) inexpensive programs allow you to satisfy your thirst for learning in the comforts of your own home, and at your own pace.

While some of these courses are free, others aren’t. If you’re thinking of signing up for a paid course because you believe that “You get what you pay for”, or because of any other reason, you’d want to ask (and answer) these questions first to help you get the most bang for your buck.

1. What “Value” Does This Course Offer Me Today?

You can also rephrase this question as: “How will this course benefit me right now?

For example, if you’re a novice freelancer who has yet to land jobs, you’ll get more out of a course called “How to Land a Client in 7 Days” than “How to Re-invent Your 5-Year-Old Business”. Granted, the latter may come in handy in the future, but for now, focus on what you need to know at this very moment. Remember that you’re paying not just for the knowledge, but also for the results you can gain from that knowledge, so the sooner you get your investment back, the better.

2. Does the course facilitator/expert have excellent credentials?

But what if there are at least a dozen “experts” who all claim to be able to teach you “How to Land a Client in 7 Days”? Good question. Of course, you don’t want just any Tom, Dick, and Harry to teach you. You want someone who “walks the talk”, rather than someone who’s “all talk, no walk”.

To find Mr./Ms. “Walk the Talk”, you conduct a background check. You find out who’s facilitating the course you want to take, look them up on Linkedin, and read through anything that supports their claim of being an “expert” (e.g. work history, notable achievements, clientele, groups).

If the course facilitator doesn’t have a Linkedin, and/or it’s impossible for you to do a thorough background check on them, it’s better to err on the side of caution, and look for another course with a more credible facilitator.

3. What do non-affiliate reviews say about the course?

Sometimes, a famous personality in your industry will recommend a paid online course, with the disclaimer that s/he is an “affiliate” of such. When someone says, “I’m an affiliate of so-and-so”, what s/he means is “For every person that signs up for so-and-so, I will receive some form of monetary compensation.”

Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that Mr./Ms. Famous Personality (FP) cares only about what s/he can get from you, money-wise. For all you know, Mr./Ms. FP may genuinely feel that the course gives great value for money.

Then again, it’s better to look up reviews from unbiased third parties who lurk in blogs, forums, and even your immediate social circle. These people are more likely to give you the good, the bad, and the ugly on a paid course without batting an eyelash.

4. Do you have the time to spare?

After answering the previous 3 questions, you can now decide whether the paid online course is worth it or not. If it is worth it, now’s the time to ask yourself: “Can I set aside at least a couple of hours each day to learn the course material?”

If you find it hard to schedule time to devote to the online course, think of it as another one of your college classes – albeit one you’re taking voluntarily, instead of one you’re taking because an authority figure is looking over your shoulder and nagging you about college credits, career goals, and the Big Life Questions. Set a fixed time and place where you go over the course materials and absorb what you need to learn without distractions.

Of course, you can try to study while doing other tasks, but recent research suggests you’re better off not multitasking.

5. Can you afford the course at the moment?

Notice that this question is the last on the list. There’s a reason for that.

If the paid online course is “valuable” to you in the best sense of the word, and you have more than enough time to spare for it, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t pay – unless you’re really, really broke. In that case, there’s no point sinking yourself further into a financial quagmire, and your energy is better spent looking elsewhere for high-quality free courses.

Conclusion

Price isn’t always a reliable indicator of quality. Paid online courses can be either good or not-so-good, and the same can be said of free online courses. Before you take any online course (free or otherwise), take time to research on it before hitting the “Sign Up” or “Register” button. That way, you’ll get your money’s (and time’s) worth, at least 90 percent of the time.





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Twitpic changes course yet again, will now be shutting down on October 25th

Twitpic, one of the first Twitter image-sharing services, continues to toy with our emotions. A few months ago, the service said it would be shutting down at the end of September, then it said it was granted a new lease on life just a few days before it was set to go up in smoke.

Now, Twitpic is changing course, yet again. According to an update to its blog, the service will cease to exist as of October 25th. Despite the fact that the Twitpic felt confident enough that it found a new home to retract its first shutdown alert, the company now says that it couldn’t come to “agreeable terms” with its new partner. At least the company admits the situation is a bit ridiculous, saying it is “embarrassed” for the circumstances.

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Last chance to pre-order the complete iOS 8 and Swift course

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Mobile is a platform that you can’t ignore. More and more users are using their smartphones and tablets as their primary method for accessing the content they love, be it on the web or in app form. Come fall of this year, Apple will introduce iOS 8 and Swift, its new coding language for mobile.




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Order the Complete iOS 8 and Swift Developers Course and save

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Mobile is a platform that you can’t ignore. More and more users are using their smartphones and tablets as their primary method for accessing the content they love, be it on the web or in app form. Come fall of this year, Apple will introduce iOS 8 and Swift, its new coding language for mobile.




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One corner of Michigan changed the course of American pizza

In a weird way, Detroit has changed modern pizza more than New York or Chicago. Not the style — the thin crust versus deep dish debate will roll on for ages more — but the delivery. It turns out the founders of both Domino’s and Little Caesars are from the same slice of Michigan, although, as Bloomberg Businessweek reports, the paths they took after that diverged wildly. Both went on to found pizza empires: Domino’s is the second largest in the country, and Little Caesars is the third, both behind Pizza Hut. But now, Domino’s founder Tom Monaghan has given away his vast fortune and found religion. Little Caesars founder Mike Ilitch is spending millions to give the Detroit Tigers, which he bought from Monaghan, a World Series win. How…

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Asteroid crash 290 million years ago set Russian meteor on collision course with Earth

Scientists have concluded that the meteorite that rocked Russia early last year was sent on a collision course with Earth after smacking into another asteroid as long as 290 million years ago. It’s estimated that the parent asteroid — a much larger object from which the so-called Chelyabinsk meteor broke off — impacted another asteroid in space at anywhere from 800 to 3,350 miles per hour (1,440 – 5,400 km/h). That second asteroid was at least 500 feet (150m) in diameter, and the impact sent the final 65-foot (20m) wide meteor in Earth’s direction.

The findings come after scientists studied small fragments of the Chelyabinsk meteor that made it through the massive explosion in Earth’s atmosphere and landed on the ground. Lead researcher…

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Typekit offers free course in typography

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Typekit Practice is a free series of online typography lessons




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Speed Sisters: The Middle East’s All-Female Motor Racing Team: Amber Fares’ upcoming documentary follows five talented women unafraid to take risks on and off the driving course

Speed Sisters: The Middle East's All-Female Motor Racing Team


The Speed Sisters (aka Betty, Marah, Mona, Rhana and Noor) are the subject of a documentary by Amber Fares. The film—which is still in production—follows the lives of the Middle East’s first all-female motor racing team,…

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