The App-Development-Curriculum Edition Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Apple Introduces Swift Curriculum For High School And Community College Students, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Apple introduced a new year-long app development curriculum today for community college and high school students that is available as a special collection on the iBooks Store. The free-to-download course, which is an extension of Apple’s existing Everyone Can Code curriculum for kids in grades K-12, teaches students how to build fully-functional apps using the Swift programming language. In the fall, six community college systems that serve over 500,000 students will offer the new course.

Apple, iOS, And IBM Are Transforming Retail, One Shop At A Time, by Jonny Evans, Computerworld

In more and more cases the future of retail is as community-facing showrooms where consumers can get hands on experience of products they may have originally found online, and won’t purchase until later.

"Stores are a great platform for customers to try out products, engage with retailer’s best brand ambassadors--store associate—as well as being a place to warehouse products and conduct transactions," Bryant told me.

Apple’s HR Head Denise Young Smith Moving To Newly Created Diversity And Inclusion VP Role, by Jordan Kahn, 9to5Mac

Apple’s head of Worldwide Human Resources Denise Young Smith will now run diversity programs for the company under a newly created VP position, according to sources familiar with the move. The executive shuffle will see the creation of a new VP role for Apple’s Diversity and Inclusion team with Smith reporting directly to CEO Tim Cook.


Apple Releases Second iTunes 12.6.1 Update With New Build Number, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

iTunes 12.6.1 with ‘minor app and performance improvements’ was first released last Monday with no visible changes, but Apple has issued a new iTunes update through the Mac App Store today without changing the version number or change log.

1Password Gains 'Travel Mode' To Protect Sensitive Data When Traveling, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

When activated, Travel Mode will remove every password vault from all of a user's iOS and Mac devices except for vaults that have been earmarked as "safe for travel," effectively hiding a user's most sensitive information.

Screens 4.0 For macOS Adds Curtain Mode, Drag-And-Drop File Transfers, Touch Bar Support, And More, by John Voorhees, MacStories

With today’s update, Screens adds features that debuted in the iOS version of the app like Curtain Mode. After you log into a remote Mac, enabling Curtain Mode prevents anyone physically close to the remote computer from seeing what’s on the screen by showing a graphic of a padlock while you are connected to it.

How A Fitness App Helped Me Get Strong — And Lose 20 Pounds Along The Way, by Casey Newton, The Verge

Each time I start a new workout for my arms or legs, Strong notes how much I lifted the previous workout. It does so automatically, and it's amazing how such a simple thing has had such a powerful effect on me.


A Missed Opportunity With Text And Screen Effects In iOS, by David Sparks, MacSparky

If Apple brought a little regularly updated whimsy to the table, it would make the iPhone even more "sticky" for users and make them less likely to change platforms.

This seems like such a no-brainer that I'm surprised Apple hasn’t been more aggressive with text and screen effects.

Apple Files FCC Application To Test Next-Generation 5G Wireless Technology, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple applied for an experimental license to test wireless technology on millimeter wave spectrum bands. Millimeter wave bands provide higher bandwidth and throughput up to 10Gb/s, but are limited by line of sight issues that cause problems in dense urban areas.

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