Is For-Profit The Future Of Education In Brazil?


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Brazilian startup Descomplica (“Uncomplicate”) has raised an $8 million Series B to build an education entertainment company that the company hopes could actually change the future of education in Brazil.

Descomplica is already known as a test prep platform for Brazil’s standardized college entrance exam tests, delivering a library of 15,000 videos, and eight hours of live-streamed content seven days a week, to over eight million students a month. In fact, a physics class with 250K simultaneous viewers this year became a worldwide Twitter trending topic.

Descomplica students average 80 minutes per visit on the site, logging in every three days, and and 78% out-perform the national average on the entrance exams. For all this, Descomplica charges about $3 a month — less than 1% of the cost of a typical test prep course offered in Brazil.

Entrance exam test prep is largely limited to the elite class in Brazil, and only available in…

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Samsung Announces Two Galaxy Tab S2 Tablets Which Are Thinner Than The iPad


Samsung announced its thinnest smartphone to date last week — that’s the Galaxy A8 — and today the Korean firm took the wraps off its thinnest tablet devices so far: the Galaxy Tab S2.

Like last year’s Galaxy Tab S, design is a big focus for these two devices. And, at just 5.6mm, they are more slender than Apple’s sleekest iPad Air (6.1mm). They are available in two new sizes — 8 inch and 9.7 inch — which weight in at just 265g and 389g respectively. That combination of thinness and weight could make them pretty portable devices.

The Galaxy Tab S was impressive, and it shone brightest when it came to multimedia, and in particularly watching videos and films. It looks to be the same story again with these upcoming models. Samsung’s press materials also play up the ease of reading media on the 2048 x 1536 pixel super AMOLED display, though we’ll…

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Kim Hyun Joong…[article] ARTIST’S AGENT




By: LazerKim                  After I have written and posted my recent article Scandal Diary all the while I thought I have done what I ought to do in bringing out the complete story of the Scandal as Kim Hyun Joong was involved. But something else had been lingering in my mind that I have been controlling myself to bring it out.

I’m not blind with the fact that this case was not being properly handled and let’s face it since day one that this scandal erupted damage control was not done which I think is the responsibility of Hyun Joong’s agent in protecting him as their managing artist. This is not to put blame on whoever is responsible but to set the record straight that somewhere along the way there was negligence on the part…

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Meet Pakistani Leader Nawaz Sharif


India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi will engage in bilateral talks with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on Friday, at the sidelines of the ongoing Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Ufa, Russia.

The sit-down meeting — the first between the two South Asian leaders in more than a year — was initiated by New Delhi, according to Indian newspaper The Hindu. Modi’s Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar reportedly made a request to Pakistani Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry through the Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan on July 3, just over a week after meeting the Pakistani High Commissioner.

However, the tone for the talks was set by a phone call from Modi to Sharif on June 16, which appeared to mitigate the long-standing tension between the two neighbors that had been escalating in recent months.

The last time the leaders met one-on-one was Modi’s first day in office in May 2014, and…

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See an Extraordinary Photo of the International Space Station Passing Over the Moon


Amateur photographer Dylan O’Donnell has captured a stunning image of the International Space Station (ISS) flying by the Moon.

The photo, shared on Tuesday by the European Space Agency (ESA), was taken on June 30 with a Canon 70D camera placed behind a 2300 mm / f10 telescope, O’Donnell wrote on his website. The shutter speed was set at 1/1650th of a second, allowing him to capture the one-third second long moment during which the ISS — which orbits Earth at 28,000 km per hour (17,400 mph) — transits across the Moon.

“I take many types of pictures but the International Space Station is a wonderful target and one I’ve wanted to capture for a long time,” O’Donnell said in a statement.

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