Apple CEO Tim Cook pushes for mandatory coding requirement at Trump administration tech summit

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Date: Wednesday, June 21st, 2017, 05:51
Category: Developer, News, Software

This is sort of nifty.

On Monday, at a technology summit with President Donald Trump, Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly suggested making programming a mandatory subject in the country’s schools.

Cook, who was among other tech executives, was among the representatives for the first gathering of the White House’s American Technology Council. Over the course of the meeting, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos suggested making more use of commercial technology, while Palantir CEO Alex Karp pointed to ways “big data” could be used to catch fraudulent federal spending. Palantir specializes in large-scale data analysis.

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Beta version of NVMe driver in High Sierra builds hints towards Apple’s acceptance of third-party NVMe drives for future Macs

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Date: Tuesday, June 20th, 2017, 05:45
Category: Developer, Hardware, iMac, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, Rumor

Apple may have removed restrictions on the NVMe driver in the High Sierra beta, a move that might suggest that future Macs won’t be limited in which mass-storage flash drives may be used, possibly including both the “modular” Mac Pro and the iMac Pro.

The improved driver was first noted by the cool cats over at The Mac Observer. Through the improved driver, third-party NVMe drives could work on compatible motherboards without the need for a hacked driver.

At present, NVMe drives can only be used in assorted “Hackintosh” computers, as there are no official Macs with a standard NVMe drive slot. The beta for the new driver may resolve this issue, as on the vast majority of the motherboards tested by the community, the driver seems to be able to connect to all manufacturers’ NVMe drives.

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Apple announces High Sierra, points out forthcoming changes

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017, 16:02
Category: Developer, High Sierra, macOS, News, Software, WWDC

macOS High Sierra is coming.

macOS 10.13, also known as macOS 10.13 High Sierra, was announced today at WWDC, complete with Apple executive Craig Federighi highlighting the following changes:

Safari: Apple benchmarked a new version of Safari, which offered 80 percent better performance on modern JavaScript, blocking of auto-play videos and Intelligent Tracking Prevention using machine learning to identify trackers and segregate cross-site traffic monitors.

Mail: The new Mail application includes a new composition screen, and 35 percent less space to store mail boxes.

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Apple unveils iOS 11 at WWDC

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017, 15:02
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Siri, Software, WWDC

iOS 11 is around the corner and it looks like Apple is planning some pretty meaty changes along with it.

Over at WWDC, the company announced the following changes to the mobile operating system, which will also include an augmented reality kit as well as CoreML, which gives developers access to on-device machine learning capabilities.

Apple offered the following list of forthcoming changes:

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WWDC: Stay Tuned for Coverage, Catch the Keynote Live Stream

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017, 05:49
Category: Announcement, Developer, iOS, News, Software, WWDC

Ladies and gents, Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off today in San Jose on Monday.

The keynote will begin on Monday at 2 PM PST and we’ll provide full coverage of the highly-anticipated announcements as they become available.

Stick around, the news shall be forthcoming and you can catch the livestream here from the moment it begins.

Apple releases details about Swift Playgrounds 1.5, points to hardware that will be controllable via the update

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Date: Friday, June 2nd, 2017, 05:41
Category: Developer, iOS, iPad, News, Software, Swift, WWDC

This could lead to something pretty neat.

Apple released an update on Thursday in which it provided a detailed update as to Swift Playgrounds 1.5 will let students control robots, drone, and musical instruments.

The announcement reads as follows:

Apple® today announced that Swift Playgrounds™, its educational coding app for iPad®, will offer an exciting new way to learn to code using robots, drones and musical instruments. Swift Playgrounds is perfect for students and beginners learning to code with Swift™, Apple’s powerful and intuitive programming language for building world-class apps.

Apple says Swift Playgrounds 1.5 will let students control Bluetooth-connected bots including “LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3, Sphero SPRK+, Parrot drones and more.”

In the announcement, Craig Federighi says Swift Playgrounds already has over 1 million users around the world. Apple specifically details compatibility between Swift Playgrounds 1.5 and these products:

— LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 are incredibly popular in schools around the world and give students the power to explore coding through real-life problem solving as they create and command their own robotic LEGO creatures, vehicles, machines and inventions. With Swift Playgrounds kids can code and interact with their creations’ motors and sensors.

— Sphero SPRK+, a popular robotic ball, rolls, turns, accelerates and changes colors. Sensors provide feedback when Sphero hits an obstacle, and all of it can be controlled with Swift code.

— Parrot’s Mambo, Airborne and Rolling Spider drones can take off, land, turn and perform aerial figures like flips, all under the control of code users create.

— UBTECH’s Jimu Robot MeeBot Kit lets kids program their buildable robot to walk, wave and dance.

— Dash by Wonder Workshop is an exciting, hands-on learning robot for students, designed to teach the fundamentals of coding, creative problem solving and computational thinking.

— Skoog is a tactile cube that enables children of all abilities to have fun exploring, creating and playing music with Swift code.

Cool stuff, albeit this begs the question: Where was anything this nifty when I was a kid?

Apple says the new version of Swift Playgrounds will be available starting Monday, June 5. Swift Playgrounds is available for free for the iPad and requires iOS 10.0 or later to install and run.

Via 9to5Mac and the App Store

Rumor: Newly registered model numbers hint at products to be announced at WWDC

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Date: Thursday, June 1st, 2017, 05:31
Category: Developer, Hardware, iPad, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Processors, Rumor, WWDC

When the new model numbers come out, Apple typically has something up its sleeve.

The company has apparently registered new model numbers with the Eurasian Economic Commission. The assumption is that these numbers coincide with new Macs and new iPads being announced at WWDC next week. Russia requires companies to register all new products that utilize encryption tools.

The new model numbers (A1289, A1347, A1418, A1419, and A1481) are thought to belong to a 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro, a 12-inch MacBook, and perhaps a refreshed MacBook Air. These have been pointed out to be new model numbers as opposed to current model numbers.

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Rumor: Apple begins manufacturing Siri Speaker, will debut unit at WWDC 2017

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Date: Thursday, June 1st, 2017, 05:43
Category: Developer, Hardware, Rumor, Siri, WWDC

Apple’s long-awaited Siri Speaker may already be going through the manufacturing process with a debut date at WWDC 2017.

Per Bloomberg, sources have stated that Apple’s smart speaker system will feature “virtual surround sound technology” and deep integration with Apple’s current lineup. Prototype testing apparently began began months ago and the manufacturing company behind Apple’s AirPods will also be responsible for building out the new speaker.

Sources have also stated that the audio technology within the speaker will be louder and “reproduce sound more crisply” then rivals, and that Apple has considered measuring room acoustics to adjust sound levels.

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Apple posts directions for watching the WWDC 2017 keynote, conference sessions

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Date: Friday, May 26th, 2017, 05:10
Category: Developer, iOS, macOS, News, Software, TvOS, watchOS

Apple won’t be televising its WWDC, albeit you can live-stream it to your heart’s content.

The company has confirmed that users will be able to live-stream the keynote for the Worldwide Developers Conference. Apple’s first event of the year is scheduled to kick off with a keynote on Monday, June 5 at 10 a.m. PT.

The Worldwide Developers Conference will take place from June 5th to the 9th at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. Apple will also be uploading videos of several conference sessions so you can watch them online.

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Apple launches Swift development curriculum aimed at high school, college students

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Date: Thursday, May 25th, 2017, 05:06
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software, Swift

If you or anyone you know is looking to get into Swift coding, this might be your thing.

Apple has just launched a new app development curriculum, available on the company’s iBooks e-reader app, that aims to let anyone in high school or community college learn to code in Swift and create apps for iPhone and iPad.

In 2016, Apple launched Swift Playgrounds at its WWDC event. The project’s goal was to get children of all ages to become familiar with the basic concepts of code. This represents the next step and several community colleges have simultaneously announced support for the new curriculum, including the Alabama Community College System, Columbus State Community College, Harrisburg Area Community College, Houston Community College, Mesa Community College, and San Mateo Community College District, with more colleges and high schools on the way.

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