Apple introduces coding training to blind and deaf students across U.S.

Apple is introducing its empowering Everyone Can Code for blind and deaf students curriculum to school across the U.S. Beginning this fall, schools supporting students with vision, hearing or other assistive needs will start teaching the Everyone Can Code curricula for Swift.

It started in Austin

“Apple’s mission is to make products as accessible as possible,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We created Everyone Can Code because we believe all students deserve an opportunity to learn the language of technology. We hope to bring Everyone Can Code to even more schools around the world serving students with disabilities.”

As I reported elsewhere today, the Everyone Can Code curricula is compatible with VoiceOver, the most advanced screen-reading technology for people who are blind or low vision.

The company worked with engineers, educators, and programmers from various accessibility communities to make this coding training as accessible as possible.

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Apple updates Accessibility pages with great content and more

It’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day, so Apple has updated the accessibility pages on its website, introducing new videos, information and an improved design, declaring:

‘Technology is most powerful when it empowers everyone’

The updated pages provide in-depth information concerning the accessibility features built into every Apple product, with sections for Mac, iPad, iPhone, Watch, TV and HomePod.

The upgraded pages also include a new Stories section, in which you can watch videos and download video transcripts explaining how people use those features in numerous real-world situations.

The main title page explains the technologies Apple provides, including:

  • VoiceOver
  • Display Accommodations
  • Magnifier
  • Text controls
  • Zoom
  • Live Listen
    Closed Captioning
  • Switch Control
  • Assisitive Touch
  • Siri
  • Wheelchair and Activity
  • Speak Screen
  • Safari Reader
  • Guided Access

And many more.

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Apple Exploring North Carolina, Northern Virginia for New Campus

For the last several months, Apple has been exploring locations for a new campus focusing on technical support, and according to new reports, sites in North Carolina and Northern Virginia are under consideration.

The Washington Post says Apple has explored opening a campus for 20,000 employees in Northern Virginia, an area Amazon is also considering for its new campus.

Image of Apple Park via drone pilot Duncan Sinfield


Apple told economic development officials in Northern Virginia that it is seeking four million square feet of space to accommodate 20,000 jobs, and officials proposed several potential sites.

The sites proposed by Northam’s staff for Apple include office buildings and development sites in Crystal City, privately owned Loudoun County land near the Center for Innovative Technology and the Scotts Run development in Tysons.

Two of those locations, Crystal City and the Loudoun land, are part of sites Northam also pitched to Amazon.

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iPad saves construction firm $1.8 million annually

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The iPad has become an extremely useful tool for one Texas-based construction firm, with a report revealing the use of Apple’s tablet by the workforce has saved the company an estimated $1.8 million per year, as well as helping to reduce the amount of hours spent working on projects.

Apple’s aluminum devices will be a bit more environmentally friendly

Apple uses a lot of aluminum in its products, including MacBook Pro, iPhone and iPad. Now the company is investing in making aluminum without adding to the direct greenhouse gas emissions typical in current smelting technology. Apple, along with aluminum companies Alcoa and Rio Tinto, has partnered with the Canadian government to invest a combined $144 million in the process.

Via: TechCrunch

Source: Apple

Apple Has Applied to Participate in Pilot Program Allowing Expanded Operation of Drones

Apple has applied to participate in a new pilot program that would allow the company to operate drones in ways that are typically restricted by the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States, according to Reuters.

DJI Mavic Air


The report states that the U.S. Department of Transportation will announce 10 winning state or local government bodies for inclusion in the program today, and each has partnered with companies who will play a role in the tests. At least 200 companies are said to be vying to be part of the program.

The initiative, introduced by the U.S. government last year, will allow for a larger range of testing, including flying drones at night, over people, and beyond an operator’s line of sight, within the United States.

The list of winners, which appears to have been determined, is said to include companies that plan to test drones for

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Google Assistant Gaining Support for Multiple Requests and Continued Conversations, Will Be Able to Make Phone Calls for You in the Future

Google today hosted its annual I/O conference designed for developers, where the company had several new announcements to share related to AI, Google Assistant, and machine learning.

Google announced the launch of its next-generation machine learning chip, the TPU 3.0, which is powering many AI improvements to Google products using machine learning techniques.

Gmail, for example, is gaining a new smart compose feature that will suggest full phrases for you as you type. Pressing the tab key will insert the suggested phrase, cutting down on the amount of typing that you need to do in Gmail.

In the next couple of months, Google Photos will get Suggested Actions, offering contextual functions for you to act on. For example, if you have a photo with a friend in it, Google Photos will suggest sending the photo to the friend. If a photo is underexposed, Google will suggest a fix that

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Mac and iPad users: Do you use this little-known Mail tip?

Did you know that you can create a document containing links to specific emails in Mail that will still work even if those messages get put into new folders?

Why do message URLs matter?

If the following sounds familiar, it’s possible you’ll benefit from message URLs:  You’re very busy and you’re working on projects that require you to deal with lots of fast-moving email. When it comes to finalizing your work, you suddenly can’t find those important messages you need to check before signing the project off.

A period of frantically trying to surface those messages in your Mail stack follows. “Was that message from Frank or Jane?”

If only you’d thought to create a Notes file containing the relevant message URLs of these important messages as they arrived.

How do I use message URLs?

It’s really simple to use message URLs on both Mac and iPad devices:

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Apple News had a one-week exclusive on a documentary series

Apple isn’t kidding about its intentions to turn its News app into more than just an aggregator. BuzzFeed has confirmed to Digiday that Apple reached a deal to premiere the documentary series Future History: 1968 through News a week before it reached social networks, YouTube and even BuzzFeed‘s own mobile app. Apple had first crack at the initial three episodes and gave BuzzFeed a cut of the pre-roll ad revenue in addition to featuring the show prominently. It not only highlighted the documentary in its featured video galleries, it sent a notification to people who follow BuzzFeed News.

Source: Digiday

Google’s hacking protection tools now keep native iOS apps safe

Google’s Advanced Protection Program can be extremely valuable if you’re a high-profile hacking target who’s willing to trade a ton of convenience for some extra peace of mind. However, you’ve had to use Google’s apps to get that protection — and that’s a pain on iOS, where you have to download Google’s apps. Or rather, you did. As of now, people enrolled in the program can use iOS’ native calendar, contact and email apps rather than having to shake up their smartphone habits. If you log in to your Google account with any of those apps, you’ll get special instructions for completing the sign-in process.

Source: Google

How to add a business to Apple Maps

Add business to Apple Maps

Niche, or necessary? If you run a small or medium-sized business you should make sure you aren’t missing local opportunities when people ask Siri to find services you provide, then you must add your business to Apple Maps.

Why Apple Maps matters for your business

Apple Maps gets reviled, but it is still the ninth most popular app with 42 million users. (Google Maps is sixth, with 64.5 million users, down from 81 million in 2012). Voice search (using assistants such as Siri) already accounts for over a billion searches each month, most of this for local requests.

When Siri is asked to search for a business it will consult multiple data sets, including web search results, business review sites, and Apple Maps.

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What to look for when buying a tablet as a laptop replacement

Tablets didn’t exactly take over the computing world, as Apple and Microsoft had predicted years ago. But they have been evolving to the point where they can fill in for a laptop under the right circumstances. Still, how do you ensure that the tablet you buy is good enough for you to leave conventional PCs behind? It’s not always easy — a tablet that’s powerful enough for one person might be overly complicated for another. We have some tips to help you navigate the shopping maze.

How to speed up a slower, older iPad

Old iPad rules

The original iPad as introduced in 2010

There’s life in older iPads yet. If you follow these simple tips you should get better performance from the iPad you’ve got.

Older iPads matter!

Of course, these tips aren’t going to take your old iPad Air and make it the equivalent of an iPad Pro, but your Apple tablet will feel a lot more responsive once you’ve gone through these tips – just don’t expect too much.

Update regularly

Make sure your iPad is running the latest operating system (Settings>General>Software Update). The update your apps using the App Store app. Be warned: First-generation iPads can only run iOS 5.1.1., while second and third-generation models max out at iOS 9. To find out what version of iOS runs on your iPad take a look at this useful list.

Pruning

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Five Useful Mac Apps Worth Checking Out – April 2018

Apps designed for the Mac don’t typically receive as much attention as apps for iOS devices, so we’ve launched a monthly series that highlights useful, interesting Mac apps that are worth checking out.

This month’s app selection, outlined in the video and the post below, includes apps for managing and organizing your files, getting info about your Mac, accessing your favorite content quickly, and more. Many of the apps we’ve included this month were chosen by our forum members.

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