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Apple launches new Swift app development curriculum for free on iBooks, offered at six community colleges this fall

Apple has today announced that is launching a new app development curriculum designed to teach students how to start using Swift to create fully functional iPhone apps. The course will be available for free on iBooks (not yet visible in the iBooks Store) for anyone to download and builds on the Everyone Can Code series Apple already publishes.

This fall, Apple says six American community colleges will teach the curriculum as well as ‘select high schools’. Apple wants to help more people learn to code and enter the app economy.

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Apple’s re-launched 32 GB iPhone 6 now on sale in the UK

Over the last few months, Apple has quietly relaunched the iPhone 6 in a ‘new’ 32 GB configuration around the world. The company has opted not to sell the product directly, instead distributing the device via carrier partners.

The 32 GB iPhone 6 originally debuted in emerging markets, presumably as a lower cost option, but has more recently appeared in the US — and now it has hit the UK too …

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iPhone 8 dummy unit shown off in hands-on video

Last month we saw what may be the closest thing so far to the iPhone 8 design expected to be introduced later this year, and today what appears to be the same dummy unit has surfaced again in a hands-on video. The dummy unit shows off the edge-to-edge 5.8-inch display and taller body rumored for the iPhone 8, although this particular unit appears to have a little heft to it too.

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Apple releases second iTunes 12.6.1 update with new build number

Apple has released an updated version of iTunes through the Mac App Store, although the version number and release notes appear the same.

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How to remove a Windows Boot Camp installation from your Mac [Video]

In a previous tutorial we showed you how to create a macOS Boot Camp partition for installing Windows 10 on a MacBook Pro. The process, while not difficult, can be slightly time consuming, especially if you have a slow Internet connection for downloading Windows 10.

Outside of the time it takes, another downside associated with creating a Boot Camp partition is that it can take up a significant amount of space on your primary drive. Since some Macs are fairly limited when it comes to internal storage space, having a large Boot Camp partition can make it tricky to manage storage space in macOS.

In this follow-up tutorial, we show you how to remove the Boot Camp partition from your Mac, which allows your primary macOS partition to reclaim its space. Unlike the Boot Camp creation + Windows 10 installation process, removing a Boot Camp partition couldn’t be easier. Watch our hands-on video walkthrough for the details. more…

Which iPhone upgrade program is the best?

While Apple has a relatively small number of iPhone variants to choose from compared to many smartphone manufacturers, the amount of ways to buy an iPhone can be overwhelming. With most carriers in the U.S. moving away from two-year contracts and subsidized devices, full-price or installment plans are the primary ways to purchase an iPhone.

Since all installment plans or iPhone upgrade programs from the major U.S. carriers and Apple offer 0% interest, these options can be a good fit for a lot of consumers. While many of these plans are relatively similar, they all have their differences. Follow along for a detailed breakdown to find out which iPhone upgrade program is best for you.

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1Password adding new Travel Mode security feature for leaving sensitive information behind

1Password is launching a new feature for members called Travel Mode that makes it easier to remove sensitive information from the app. The idea behind Travel Mode is to give users the ability to flip a switch and instantly delete information from 1Password on your iPhone to prevent sharing sensitive information in the event of a mandatory search.

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Apple testing ‘millimeter wave’ 5G wireless technology, experimental license shows

Apple appears to be testing next-generation 5G data speeds, Business Insider reports. The specific wireless technology is called millimeter wave which could ultimately improve cellular performance for iPhones and other connected devices.

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Feature Request: iPad Workouts Dashboard for Apple Watch exercises

I sometimes use my iPad at the gym to watch videos or read iBooks to pass time while exercising with the elliptical or treadmill. The tablet form factor is sleek and doesn’t draw attention to itself, and the iPad usually lays over whatever screen the gym equipment offers.

This works well because I usually ignore the heart rate trackers and progress indicators on exercise equipment and just rely on my Apple Watch for workout data. I glance at my wrist to check my progress and view metrics while using the iPad for entertainment.

Over the weekend I used a hotel gym that offered exercise machines with large screens and an easy-to-use interface, however, that made me think of how the iPad could be used for more…

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Pinterest expanding Lens feature to identify recipes, partnering with Epicurious and more for food ratings

Pinterest first started rolling out its new Lens feature back in February, and now the social network is expanding the visual discovery tool to identify recipes just by scanning foods.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Ecobee3 Thermostat $148, SanDisk 128GB Ultra Fit Drive $28, Logitech Wireless Keyboard $60, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Ecobee3 2nd Gen. Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with HomeKit support for $148 shipped (Reg. $185)

Daily Deals: SanDisk Ultra Fit 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive $28, LG 60″ 4K Smart UHDTV $650, more

Logitech K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard $60 (Reg. $80)

Apple 13-inch MacBook Air 256GB gets a $279 discount to $920 shipped

Apple iPhone 6s (manufacturer refurb): 16GB $280, 64GB $340, more

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is now just $1 on the App Store (Reg. $7)

Review: This is Ground takes on Apple Watch in style w/ new Connoisseur bands

9to5Rewards: Twelve South Action Sleeve for Apple Watch [Giveaway]

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Caseology iPhone 7/Plus and Galaxy S8/Plus cases in multiple styles from $4

iTunes Movie Deals: 10-film Action Collection $10, Pirates of the Caribbean $13, more!

LEGO, Batman, Adventure and Fantasy iTunes Digital Movie Sale from $5

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

Haikara smartwatch focuses on fashion with customizable watch faces and bands

This Vintage Vinyl Bluetooth Speaker is actually made out of reclaimed records

Beyond Zero’s liquor freezer puts your cocktail “in the rocks”

MORE DEALS STILL LIVE:

Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller + $50 Amazon Gift Card: 8-Zone $200, more

Bose SoundLink Mini Series I Bluetooth speaker for $130 shipped (refurb, Orig. $200)

GameStop, Domino’s, Jiffy Lube, Cabela’s, more gift cards up to 20% off

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Apple received a declassified national security letter in recent government request for customer data

Apple releases two reports each year on how customer data is requested by governments and private parties as part of its privacy effort. While the reports are generally fairly general, the latest report released this week includes a notable change from previous versions…

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Apple’s HR head Denise Young Smith moving to newly created Inclusion and Diversity VP role

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 Inclusion and Diversity team with Smith reporting directly to CEO Tim Cook. Sources say Smith has long had a passion for diversity initiatives at the company and the newly created position reflects an increased focus on the company’s efforts.

Smith’s new role going forward at Apple will officially be Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity. She confirmed the new title today on her LinkedIn profile and the change has also been made officially at Apple internally.

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Opinion: Is Microsoft leading Apple in PC innovation, or is it all gimmickry?

9to5Mac founder Seth Weintraub tweeted this morning a suggestion that Microsoft was hitting all the laptop checkboxes of late – and that Apple will not.

Microsoft continues to hit the laptop checkboxes that Apple refuses to: Touchscreen, LTE, Cray battery life, etc

Will Apple respond? (No)

— Seth Weintraub (@llsethj) May 23, 2017

Others noted that Microsoft has held its third event this year, and second this month, while we still await the first Apple event of the year. Does this mean that Microsoft is leading the way in innovation at present, and Apple is being left behind – or is the Seattle-based company engaging in meaningless gimmickry … ?

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Duet Display brings new pro features to iPad-based drawing

The team behind the popular iOS app Duet Display, which turns your iPad into an external display for your Mac or PC, have just launched the latest version of their app. Duet Display 1.4 comes packed with brand new ‘Pro 2.0’ features that build heavily on the app’s drawing tablet feature for iPad Pro. more…

Instagram updates Explore with new location and hashtag stories

Instagram’s Explore tab already features search and discovery for finding new photos and videos on the service, and now the social network is introducing new location and hashtag stories.

The new location stories will appear when you’re near that current location and other Instagram users are posting with the format and tagging location. Hashtag stories will appear from search results and include stories that use specific hashtag stickers.

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Sketchy report says 2018 ‘iPhone 9’ to feature OLED screens in two new sizes

Although it seems silly to consider the 2018 iPhone whilst we are still deep in rumors about the iPhone 8, Apple as a company works on much longer timelines.

As such, ‘The Bell’ (via Korea Herald) is reporting that Apple has agreed a deal with Samsung to supply OLED panels for the ‘iPhone 9’. The report claims the phones will include larger 5.28-inch and 6.46-inch OLED displays …

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Australian company Notaa launches as first installer specializing in Apple’s HomeKit

Notaa is launching this week in Australia and marketing itself as the first HomeKit installer in the country, specializing in installation and set up of products that use Apple’s Siri and iPhone-controlled home automation platform.

We’ve seen a few homebuilders offering HomeKit products preinstalled or through upgrade packages, but this is the first company we’ve seen specifically specializing in HomeKit installations.

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Huawei touts Windows 10 Matebook as ‘thinner but more powerful than 12-inch MacBook’

Huawei is in the middle of launching its latest Windows 10 notebook, the new Matebook range – and is making some interesting comparisons with the 12-inch MacBook.

On one slide, the company claims that the Matebook X is ‘thinner but even more powerful’ than Apple’s MacBook – a comparison which may or may not be accurate …

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Apple finally gets tax concessions in India after starting local iPhone production

Apple is reported to have finally succeeded in getting one of the tax concessions it had sought in return for assembling iPhones in India. The company had long been seeking a range of incentives in return for setting up an iPhone plant in the country.

Apple had originally wanted the concessions before beginning production, but decided to go ahead with or without them. Local production of the iPhone SE started earlier this month

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Apple & Samsung lose smartphone market share as Chinese brands continue to grow

The latest Gartner data (below) shows that both Apple and Samsung lost market share in the first quarter of the year as Chinese brands continued to increase their sales.

iPhone sales actually grew very marginally year-on-year, but the market as a whole grew 9% in the same period, resulting in the decrease in market share. Apple saw its global share fall from 14.8% to 13.7%, but market leader Samsung was hit harder …

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Facebook’s Safety Check automatically activated by Manchester attack; Tim Cook tweets sadness

Facebook’s Safety Check feature has been activated for the suicide bombing in Manchester in which 22 people lost their lives. Children were among the fatalities.

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HomeKit light bulbs to start from $12 as Ikea announces smart lighting compatibility

The ability to use Siri and a single app to control your smart home technology makes HomeKit compatibility almost a must these days, but so far that has not come cheap – as both Zac and myself discovered. Smart bulbs from the market leader Philips start at $25 per bulb for white and $50 for color, a price that soon adds up if you’re looking to fit out your entire home.

But all that is set to change in the summer as Ikea has announced that its smart lighting system will be HomeKit-compatible as of the summer. Ikea’s smart bulbs start at just $11.99 …

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Apple settles patent dispute with Nokia, Withings products returning to Apple Store

Apple and Nokia today announced that they have agreed a settlement to a patent lawsuit that began in December. The companies said they have moved from adversaries to business partners, settling all litigation.

Nokia will provide network infrastructure services to Apple, Apple will stock Nokia’s Withings products once again in Apple Stores and pay ongoing license fees to use Nokia’s intellectual property.

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