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Everyone Can Code revamped!

Apple has overhauled its ‘Everyone Can Code’ curriculum to bring it to more elementary and middle school students, with more resources for teachers, a new guide for students, and updated Swift Coding Club materials.

 

Everyone can code is centered around interactive puzzles and activities to make coding more approachable and connected to students’ every day lives. It’s currently used ( according to Apple) by millions of students in more than 5,000 schools worldwide.

 

Here’s the great part – from December 1 to December 15, Apple is offering free ‘Today at Apple’ coding sessions in Apple Stores, teaching attendees to write their first lines of code, in order to celebrate Computer Science Education Week.

 

Some Apple retail stores will also have special sessions designed for coders of all ages, including preschool-age kids, who will be able to learn pre-coding activities through the Coding Lab with one of the Apple TV+ shows – “Helpsters,”

 

Learn more about ‘Everyone Can Code’ here! 

 

 

Apple’s Surprise Special Media Event!

Apple is having a surprise media event on Monday, December 2 in New York City, at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time!

 

Apple will apparently be honoring its “favorite apps and games of 2019.” This is the first time Apple has held an event like this, so it’s not clear what to expect, except that we’ll likely see Apple’s , well, favorite apps and games awarded publicly.

 

What were your favorite apps nd games of the year from the App store?

 

 

 

Apple Teams Up With 100cameras to Teach Chicago Students iPhone Photography

This past Fall, Apple partnered with 100cameras, a nonprofit organization that aims to teach photography to adolescents.  As part of this partnership, Apple provided participating students at DRW College Prep in Chicago with the new iPhone 11.

 

100cameras teaches the students how to use photography to tell their own stories about growing up in Chicago.

 

Angela Popplewell, 100cameras’ co-founder, said:

 

“As the residents of a neighborhood in Chicago that is often overlooked, being given the new iPhone that had been released just a few weeks prior felt like a momentous opportunity,”

 

Apple’s vice president of iPhone Worldwide Product Marketing Kaiann Drance said:

 

“It was amazing to collaborate with 100cameras and the talented and creative students at DRW,” said Kaiann Drance, Apple’s vice president of iPhone Worldwide Product Marketing. “The ‌iPhone 11‌ camera with all its intuitive capabilities right there in your hand is such a powerful storytelling tool. To see the photos the students captured of the ways they see the world around them was truly inspiring.”

 

Following each program, the photos that students took are sold through 100cameras with 100 percent of the proceeds going back to the local community partner organizations that 100cameras visits.

 

For the full story and to see some of the pictures captured by students, visit Apple’s newsroom article here. 

 

 

 

Trailer for new Apple+ show!

Apple has shared a new trailer for the upcoming Apple TV+ show “Servant,” which will come out in a little over two weeks.

 

The new show, produced and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, is a thriller that follows a Philadelphia couple who hire a nanny to look after their “child” following a tragedy. Yeah, those quotes are for a reason, guys.

 

 

Creepy much.

 

 

“Servant” will debut on Thursday, November 28. “Servant” is a shorter form show that will feature 10 x 30 minute episodes.

 

Will you be watching?

New MacBook Pro?

According to those in the know, Apple will announce a 16-inch MacBook Pro this week, as early as today, but likely tomorrow.

 

The 16-inch MacBook Pro will probably have slimmer bezels, a better scissor switch keyboard, and a standalone Touch ID sensor. Pricing will more than likely be higher than the $2,799 high-end 15-inch MacBook Pro.

 

We can also look forward to the imminent release of Apple’s annual holiday gift guide BECAUSE IT’S ALMOST CHRISTMAS!!

 

And you know what looks great under a Christmas tree? A shiny new Macbook Pro. Or a puppy. And world peace. Christmas shopping done?

 

 

Apple may end up bundling new services together

According to a report from the Financial Times, Apple is talking with record labels about the proposition of bundling Apple Music and Apple TV+ as part of one big bundle for one flat monthly rate.

 

This isn’t to say that it’s going to happen though – with some record labels apparently concerned about losing revenue modeling it this way.

 

If Apple wanted to bundle all of its subscription services together – Apple News+, Apple Arcade, AppleCare+, and iCloud storage – it would be great for the end user especially if it was a family subscription, as long as it was priced correctly.

 

The total cost currently for each individual subscription of Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple News+, and Apple Arcade rounds up to $30 per month, so any future mega bundle would need to be under that cost.

 

 

You can now buy the 10.2-Inch iPad in some Apple Stores

As of today in the US and Canada, you can buy a new 10.2-inch iPad on the Apple website and then select a 30-minute window to pick it up at an Apple Store.

 

You can also use this process to check the inventory of the device based on your ZIP code.

 

To check if your local store has the device in stock,  go to the 10.2-inch iPad purchase page on Apple’s website, configure whatever preferences you want regarding color and size, and under ‘pickup’ it will show you which stores have available devices in stock. You can click on ‘Show more stores’ to enter a zip code to see other availability too.

 

When you get to the Apple Store, let an employee know you have an order to pick up, show them your valid government-issued photo ID and BAM BRAND NEW IPAD, FRIEND!

 
The 10.2-inch iPad starts at $329.

 

 

 

New Amazon products announced!

Amazon announced a bunch of new stuff in Seattle today, from services to updated hardware to whole new products!

 

Let’s get started with the thing that most people have a hard time with – privacy. Amazon is (today) rolling out “home mode” which allows customers to control audio and video recordings, limiting them when you’re around. You can now say “Alexa, tell me what you heard” or “tell me why you did that” and your speaker will respond, telling you the information it retained, as well as the fact that voice recordings will now also automatically delete after some time.

 

Next up we have the announcement that you can soon pay for the ability to have celebrity voices on your Alexa products, which is half awesome, half creepy.

 
We have a brand spanking new Echo Dot WITH CLOCK which is… an Echo Dot, with a clock built in to the display and we also have an updated Echo speaker for $99.99. It will pre-order today with a simple cloth-wrapped design, and improved speaker hardware.

 

Echo Studio is new, with left, right and top mid-range speakers that create directional sound, a directional tweeter for great, high end performance and a built-in 5.25-inch bass driver coupled with a bass port. This is available today for pre-order from $199.99.

 

Echo Show 8 is 8 – inches in size, with a larger square screen than the Echo Show 5.  You can pre-order it today and it’s $129.

 

Echo Glow is a $29.99 smart lamp,  Echo Flex is a small speaker that plugs directly in your wall for $24.99, and Echo Buds are an AirPod competitor with 5 hours of battery life or up to 20 hours with the included charging case for $129 ( pre order today).

 

So here’s to some of the further left field stuff –  Echo Frames, glasses with Alexa. You read that right. Frames brings Alexa and directional microphones to your eyes and ears, they are available with prescriptions if needed. and cost $180.

 

We also have a Smart Oven.  For $249.99, you can have full Alexa integration in your oven AND it ships with an Echo Dot.

 

 

Echo Loop – this is a titanium ring that has two built-in microphones, which offers built-in notifications and Alexa right on your finger. The titanium frame houses everything which includes a built-in vibrating motor for haptic feedback. Echo Loop will sell for $129.99 as a beta product with the required invite to purchase.

 

The Eero home wifi system got shown off, as did new Ring products, including the Ring Retrofit Alarm Kit which adds Ring into your home’s existing security system starting at $199.99. The new Stick Up Cam, for $99.99,  offers 1080p video, motion detection, and upgraded night vision.

 

Seems like Amazon wants your whole house to be called Alexa, but as long as it’s Brad Pit’s voice, is that bad at all?

 

 

 

 

Lines & Crowds for the release of Apple’s new hardware!

Did you line up to get a new iPhone today? Or to check out the Apple Watch Series 5 in the new Apple Watch Studio?

 

You weren’t alone, although it would be weird and very unsettling if you had been, right?

 

Lots of people were interested on getting their hands on Apple’s new hardware, and were rewarded for waiting with the very thing they wanted AS WELL AS snacks and water. FOR FREE YOU GUYS.

 

Check out some pics taken today at the San Francisco, Union Square Apple Store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let us know how you did today if you were in line, or if you didn’t have to wait!

 

 

 

Deal of the Day!

 

So it’s almost the weekend. Close enough you can feel it, but still too far away to feel it feel it, right?

 

This might bring some of those feels a little closer, especially if you like shopping, reading, and you’re planning on curling up with a good book this Saturday morning!

 

Right now you can get an all new Fire 7 Tablet (7″ display, 16 GB) in a choice of 4 colors for just $29.99 from Amazon, with FREE One-Day if you have Prime.

 

This is a great deal, with a deep discount of $20.00.

 

Get it now!!