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Apple still wants to teach the world to code (with Swift)

Apple continues to drive forward in its attempt to teach people how to develop with Swift with a massive European expansion of its Everyone Can Code scheme.

Tomorrow’s world

Apple has been putting a huge amount of effort into evangelizing its open source Swift development language.

It has announced a range of initiatives with which to achieve this, ranging from child-focused coding lessons in stores to provision of a wide swathe of educational and other learning materials.

Downloaded over 1.4 million times, Swift Playground remains an easy and accessible way to learn some of the principles of coding with Swift.

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iPhone addiction? You ain’t seen nothing yet…

iPhones and other smartphones truly are addictive and we’re spending more time staring at them than ever – meanwhile, Q4 smartphone sales utterly eclipsed PC sales, but where is this going?

Heavy haulage

Summarizing current analysis:

  • PC sales have fallen from their 2011 365 million per year peak to 263 million in 2017.
  • Smartphone sales have grown from a figure hovering around nothing in 2007 to 1.5 billion last year.
  • China is the biggest smartphone market, followed by India and then the U.S.A.

“Soon consumer PCs will be extinct (only used by pro and semi-pro users),” claims mobile industry analyst, Tomi Ahonen.

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iPhone addiction? You ain’t seen nothing yet …

iPhones and other smartphones truly are addictive, and we’re spending more time staring at them than ever. Meanwhile, Q4 smartphone sales utterly eclipsed PC sales. But where is this going?

Heavy haulage

Summarizing current analysis:

  • PC sales have fallen from their 2011 365 million per year peak to 263 million in 2017.
  • Smartphone sales have grown from a figure hovering around nothing in 2007 to 1.5 billion last year.
  • China is the biggest smartphone market, followed by India and then the U.S.

“Soon consumer PCs will be extinct (only used by pro and semi-pro users),” claims mobile industry analyst Tomi Ahonen.

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How Apple Developer Enterprise license works

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CES 2018: Apple’s CarPlay wins friends and frenemies

Apple may (or may not) have scaled-back its ambition to build its own connected vehicles, but at CES 2018 we still saw lots of news around its CarPlay system. Here’s a brief run-down on what happened:

What they’re saying

CES 2018 saw lots of conversation on the topic of connected cars, but the big truth remains that as the industry digs deeper into the attempt to create automated and semi-automated transport, it’s becoming clearer that the challenge isn’t only technical – regulatory, privacy, safety and a host of other puzzles also need to be resolved.

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Apple is getting very, very serious about enterprise IT

Late one Friday when no one was looking, Apple quietly updated the business support section of its website, Apple at Work. The move wasn’t widely advertised, but it reflects the growing importance it places in the enterprise markets.

The times they have a-changed

It wasn’t too long ago when saying the idea of Apple products having any place in enterprise IT would open you up to acres of ridicule.

That’s not the case today, as Apple becomes an essential item in every enterprise tool kit. IBM calls Apple “pervasive in the enterprise”, while Jamf CEO Dean Hager notes that his own internal company research that suggests 75 percent of enterprise users would choose a Mac for their next computer if they were given the choice. 

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5 printing secrets every Mac user needs

Everyone knows how to print from their Mac, right? You just hit the Print button (or Command-P) – but are you using these print-related tricks?

How to print from the Dock

What if you didn’t even have to open documents to print them? What if you could just print from the document icon in Finder using drag-&-drop? You can, here’s how:

  • Open System Preferences>Printers & Scanners.
  • Look to the Printers list and select the printer you want to use.
  • Drag-&-drop the printer icon from the list to your Dock.
  • You should see the icon for that printer appear in your Dock.
  • Quit System Preferences.

In future, you’ll be able to print items just by dropping them on the print icon in your Dock. When you drop you won’t see the usual print tools, but will see the printer’s management window, in which you can cancel printing if you want.

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Life after iTunes: Apple’s big media challenge

Like all the big tech firms, Apple is spending billions to produce original video content as it builds its place in the future of media, but it faces lots of challenges in its attempt.

The revolution will be televised

Big players, including Google, Apple and Facebook want a slice of the $170 billion/year U.S. TV market.

They are willing to invest deeply to grab their piece of the pie. That’s the thinking of Needham & Co analyst, Laura Martin in an extensive client research note provided to me, ‘The Future of Media – an Epic Battle’.

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How to use Parental Controls to protect your iPhone

Even while we accept that coding skills are key to some future employment, Apple is under some pressure to improve parental controls to help prevent children from becoming hooked on their phones. Apple already provides some protection parents can use to limit their children’s smartphone use. Here’s what you need to know:

What are Parental Controls?

Apple has similar controls for iPads, iPhones, Macs and the Apple TV. Apple calls these Restrictions, and you can use them to block or limit apps and features that children can access on their device. Among other things, these tools can restrict use of Safari, the camera, Siri, FaceTime, AirDrop, CarPlay and individual apps. You can also prevent others from deleting apps, making in-app purchases, playing multiplayer games. Privacy settings let you control things like location services, contacts, calendars, reminders and share my location, and you can also apply account-related protections.

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How to use parental controls to protect your iPhone

Even while we accept that coding skills are key to some future employment, Apple is under some pressure to improve parental controls to help prevent children from becoming hooked on their phones. Apple already provides some protection parents can use to limit their children’s smartphone use. Here’s what you need to know:

What are Apple’s parental controls?

Apple has similar controls for iPads, iPhones, Macs and the Apple TV. Apple calls these Restrictions, and you can use them to block or limit apps and features that children can access on their device. Among other things, these tools can restrict use of Safari, the camera, Siri, FaceTime, AirDrop, CarPlay and individual apps.

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How Apple users can protect themselves against Spectre and Meltdown

Apple has confirmed that all Macs, iPhones, iPads and other devices (bar Apple Watch) are vulnerable to the newly-revealed Spectre and Meltdown Intel, ARM and AMD processor vulnerabilities.

What’s the problem?

Taking advantage of a vulnerability that has been around for 20-years, Meltdown and Spectre exploit a CPU performance feature called “speculative execution”. Speculative execution exists to improve computer speed by enabling the processor to work on multiple instructions at once, sometimes in non-sequential order.

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Apple acts as digital transformation hits panic mode

Apple is updating its systems against newly revealed Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities, but it’s not enough to update personal devices – what about older PCs and the millions of servers that may also be vulnerable to the bug?

The bigger picture

The Spectre and Meltdown bugs are causing lots of distress. Meltdown impacts Intel processors, while Spectre appears to threaten chips from AMD and ARM as well. A good explanation of these vulnerabilities is here.

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8 ways Apple could improve Continuity on Mac and iOS

Apple’s Continuity suite of iOS/Mac integration tools help blur the line between the company’s mobile platforms and the Mac — I use them a lot. There’s always room for improvement, though. Here are eight feature requests to make Continuity even better.

Smarter Handoff

When you are working in a compatible application, Apple’s Handoff feature means you can begin working on a document on your iPhone and then continue to work on it on one of your other nearby Apple devices: Just tap the icon to open the same item on the other device.

That’s useful, but wouldn’t it be even more useful if the cursor position was also included in the sync? Right now, when you open the copy document you need to navigate to your previous cursor position. Wouldn’t it be easier if you could just get working right away?

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11 New Year’s resolutions for Mac users

It’s hard to see what lies ahead at New Year, but while we wait to get a better view of Apple’s VR Glasses, iPhone, car and Mac Pro plans, here are some good Mac resolutions to explore:

1. Learn keyboard shortcuts

Most Mac applications offer a swathe of keyboard combinations you can use to get things done. As you develop finger memory for these shortcuts, you’ll find that you become more capable of working with your hands flat on the keyboard. Not only that, but it saves you time, keeps you more productive, and can minimize damaging problems such as Repetitive Strain Injury. There are dozens of shortcuts to learn — a good place to start is to master the App Switcher using Command-Tab. Try and learn one of these every day until you learn them all.

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11 New Year resolutions for Mac users

It’s hard to see what lies ahead at New Year, but while we wait to get a better view of Apple’s VR Glasses, iPhone, car and Mac Pro plans, here are some good Mac resolutions to explore:

1: Learn keyboard shortcuts

Most Mac applications offer a swathe of keyboard combinations you can use to get things done. As you develop finger memory for these shortcuts you’ll find that you become more capable of working with your hands flat on the keyboard. Not only that, but is saves you time, keeps you more productive, and can minimize damaging problems such as Repetitive Strain Injury. There are dozens of shortcuts to learn – a good place to start is to master the App Switcher using Command-Tab. Try and learn one of these every day until you learn them all.

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The iPhone X getting-started guide

Apple’s iPhone X appears to have struck a chord, meaning millions of new users will want to get to know everything they can about using the device. I’ve pulled together a series of articles to help you get started, just in time for the holidays.

Where’s the Home button?

One of the biggest changes in the new iPhone is the removal of the Home button. The existence of a Home (or equivalent) button has become standard on all smartphones, so getting used to life without it may take some time. The loss of the button also means iPhone X users must learn a variety of new gestures for tasks including app switching, you’ll find a good collection including the gestures you’ll need to use here.

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The iPhone X getting started guide

Apple’s iPhone X appears to have struck a chord, meaning millions of new users will want to get to know everything they can about using the device. I’ve pulled together a series of articles to help you get started, and thought it might help to put these together in one place.

Where’s the Home button?

One of the biggest changes in the new iPhone is the removal of the Home button. The existence of a Home (or equivalent) button has become standard on all smartphones, so getting used to life without that button may take a little getting used to. The loss of the button also means iPhone X users must learn a bunch of new gestures for tasks including app switching, you’ll find a good collection including the gestures you’ll need to use here.

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AirPods: Apple’s wearable Christmas surprise

Stuck for a gift for the iPhone user in your life? It looks as if a lot of iPhone users can expect to find Apple’s AirPods under the tree this season, as stocks of the Siri-savvy earbuds dwindle worldwide and the product’s ‘iPod moment’ looms.

The next wave

You see, online and offline retailers in the UK and U.S. appear to be running out of stock of AirPods this season, according to a series of reports.

It means Apple’s AirPods and (presumably) Apple Watch are defining wearable devices this season.

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Apple and Cisco just improved security in the iOS enterprise

Apple and Cisco have struck yet another blow for enterprise IT. They know that iOS is the most secure mobile solution, but that’s not everything because mobile threats are incredibly complex these days.

The enigma code

Here’s a scenario: You work in an enterprise with perhaps 1,000 other employees. One morning, perhaps fifty of you woke to find an authentic-seeming email in your in-box that requested you click on a link to update some system related to the work you do. While many employees remembered not to click on that link, a small number did click. No one thought too much of the email – spam is frequent and most just thought the mail was aimed at them.

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How iPhone X changes things

It should be clear by now that Apple’s big bet on the iPhone X is working out just fine. Millions of people appear to be picking them up, but what does the new device tell us about the next decade of smartphones?

Face, the obvious

Biometric ID has come of age.

From Touch ID fingerprint sensors to face recognition systems and whatever comes beyond. It’s not impossible to speculate that one day our solutions will even be able to recognise us through a combination of biometric signals: fingerprint, face, pulse, even by blood type as mobile sensor development accelerates.

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How Apple’s Safari browser can save your Christmas

While I see online ads as a necessary evil if you want to keep websites in business, I’m so annoyed at the way the latest ads services seem so focused on ruining everybody’s Christmas surprise.

The ads Grinch stole Christmas

This is what happens: Ads sites track where you go online; retailers track you too and all this information is shared. Look at an item online, see an ad for it on the next page you go to. Not only is this behavioural retargeting vastly creepy, but when it comes to Christmas these things make it impossible to keep secrets, particularly on a shared Mac. Been looking at [insert name of hot new obsessive teenage-focused product here] with a view to buying one to gift your child? Don’t be too upset if said child gets onto your computer to check their Bitcoin investment only to find themselves staring at ads for the object of their desire. Kids aren’t stupid – they know how ads work online (even if we don’t). What’s happened? Your Christmas surprise is spoiled and your teenager won’t believe in Santa Claus any more, even if they are looking for a flat Earth shadow during the next eclipse.

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Apple makes Macs great again with iMac Pro

In what may turn out to be this year’s most significant news for Mac users, Apple managed to squeeze one more product release into the year this side of Christmas, confirming that its iMac Pro will be “available to order” from December 14.

An iMac – with superpowers

On first glance, the new iMac Pro looks like any other iMac, apart from its distinctive grey (Apple calls this ‘Space Grey’) chassis.

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