Thursday Rundown: The App of the Year and Growth in the City of Asylum

Dec 18, 2013

The colorful buildings of the City of Asylum on the North Side.
Credit Joseph A / Flickr

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App of the Year
Interested in learning a new language? There’s an app for that, it’s called Duolingo. And it’s just been named Apple’s App of the Year. We’ll speak with Luis von Ahn, Carnegie Mellon computer science professor who founded Duolingo with his doctoral student Severin Hacker.

City of Asylum Expansion
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