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Apple has generously launched “Hour of Code,” a program that offers students free one-hour classes to learn about the inner-workings of today’s widgets and gadgets, Cruxial CIO reports.
“Hour of Code” is part of Code.org‘s campaign to broaden the appeal of computer science — especially for women and students of color. Kicking off Computer Science Education Week 2013, President Obama took time out of his busy schedule to urge Americans to take advantage of Apple’s in-store coding classes:
“Don’t just buy a new video game, make one. Don’t just download the latest app, help design it. Don’t just play on your phone, program it,” Obama said. “No one is born a computer scientist, but with a little hard work and some math and scientist, anyone can become one. This week is your shot and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t.”
These classes will begin at 5PM today in Apple and Microsoft locations around the country.
Code.org, who has many high-profile sponsors including Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerburg, and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, has a mission to implement coding within the K-12 educational community. The push, in part, is due to U.S. students’ poor track record in math and science.
Among 34 countries, America stands in 26th and 21st place for math and science, respectively, according to UPI. Adding to these dismal numbers, only eight percent of computer science students are of color and only 15 percent are women.
There are 1.4 million computing jobs available in America, but with only 400,000 computer science students, the skills gap is a major issue. The culprit behind these disparties, according to Code.org, is the scarcity of computer programming classes in schools. Only 10 percent of educational institutions offer coding classes and more than 70 percent don’t accept computer science as math credit for graduation. More parents are taking the initiative to get training for their kids. But if your family can’t afford these extra courses, you could get left behind.
To combat these dispiriting statistics, Code.org has secured Angela Bassett, Ashton Kutcher, Shakira and more to endorse the campaign. The nonprofit organization is reminding young America that their minds will pave the future of the U.S. As Obama says, “If we want America to stay on the cutting edge, we need young Americans to master the tools and technology that will change the way we do just about everything.”
Some news stories actually make you want to start believing in conspiracy theories. Here’s one that might. It seems that wireless carriers may be blocking a relatively simple solution to phone thefts in order to make a profit. About 1.6 million Americans had their phones stolen last year, with nearly 40 percent of all robberies in major U.S. cities involving mobile devices.
Not only do people buy more phones is they need to replace stolen ones, but also customers are more apt to opt for insurance offered by phone companies.
This is actually a lucrative side hustle for carriers — the top four wireless carriers will earn more than $7.8 billion this year in insurance premiums from their customers, according to an estimate by industry trade publication Warranty Week (via Huffington Post). According to Businessweek, Asurion, a phone insurance company that pays the wireless carriers for each policy they sell, made an estimated $98 million in profit in 2010. Typically, phone insurance plans range between $7 and $11 monthly, and they require consumers to pay deductibles as high as $200 for a replacement phone. And most often, these are nor new phones but refurbished used phones ones. Asurion’s insurance plan doesn’t guarantee customers will receive the same model as the one they lost.
“If you do the math, the phone companies are making out like bandits,” Richard Doherty, a director for Envisioneering Group, a market research firm, told HuffPo.
But here’s the kicker. A top prosecutor is accusing phone companies of standing in the way of a solution that could protect consumers from violent robberies just so that they can make more money.
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón claims he has obtained emails showing how phone companies are blocking the introduction of a so-called kill switch that would render phones inoperable if stolen. If installed on phones, it would undercut the value of phones being sold on a global black market, which would lead to a sharp reduction in thefts.
“These emails suggest that the carriers are rejecting a technological solution so they can continue to shake down their customers for billions of dollars in insurance premiums,” Gascón said in a statement. “I’m incensed. … This is a solution that has the potential to end the victimization of their customers.”
Gascón and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have now demanded that phone manufacturers create new smartphone technology to make the devices less attractive to thieves. Apple and Samsung have already introduced new features this summer that they said would render stolen devices useless.
Phone companies have “worked hard over the last year to help law enforcement with its stolen phone problem,” the CTIA said in a statement, pointing out that a new database of phone serial numbers is being shared among carriers. Last year, wireless companies agreed to share serial numbers after being pressured by the Federal Communications Commission and police chiefs nationwide to reduce cell phone thefts.
If you’re scratching your head over what to get your teenager this season, a new Ebates survey shows that you just can’t go wrong with an Apple device. Nearly 70 percent of kids between 12 and 17 want you to get ‘em an iPhone, iPad, or iPod. So the holidays are going to cost you this year!
A whopping 88 percent of teens want an electronic gift this year. The number one item on their wish list is an iPhone with 32 percent of teens yearning for the Apple smartphone. Taking second place for most-wanted gift is the iPad — 24 percent of teens would love to find the tablet underneath their Christmas tree.
Sony Playstation 4, the XBox One, and Apple iPod take third, fourth, and fifth places respectively. Teen girls seem to prefer the iPhone while teen boys want to snag the PS4.
Despite the competitive smartphone and tablet market, Apple refuses to budge on their premium prices. The multi-billion dollar corporation is releasing the iPad Air at $499 — the same exact price as its predecessors. And the iPad Mini will sell for $399, which is 21 percent higher than the first Mini.
“Apple has steadfastly refused to cut prices on its top-of-the-line products. Instead, it has sold older versions of its Phones and iPads at slight discounts to consumers who are willing to settle for something less than state-of-the-art technology,” Boston.com says.
Facing a vicious rivalry with Google Inc., Microsoft Corp., Amazon.com Inc., and Samsung Electronics, Apple is opting to win over customers by offering free software. Apple is offering the Maverick, the device maker’s latest operating system, for free. iLife and iWorks, the equivalent of Microsoft Office, will also be free.
These software giveaways are conditioning customers to expect these systems to “come with the package” for free. “While this won’t disrupt Microsoft’s business overnight, it will create further pressure on Microsoft to bring down prices,’’ Boston.com adds, quoting Ovum analyst Jan Dawson.
The iPad Air is Apple’s latest baby — it’s sleeker, faster, and lighter weighing in at only one pound. “The iPad Air’s main appeal is a more svelte design and a faster microprocessor, the same kind of chip in the iPhone 5S that Apple released a month ago,” Boston.com says. The iPad Air has been available for purchase since November 1. And if you have a teenage boy, the PS4 will set you back $399, $100 cheaper than the Air, and will be on sale by November 15.
If your teen is one of the few that’s not into electronics, the Ebates.com survey notes that a gift card to your teen’s favorite store would suffice.
Will you be buying Apple this season?
The new iPad tablet is more powerful than ever, but has feather-like characteristics. So, Apple fittingly unveiled their newest gadget as he “iPad Air.”
The iPad Air will still have the 9.7-inch screen, but it is 20 percent thinner and 28 percent lighter than its predecessor. The new one-pound tablet will also be a whopping 72 times faster than the current fourth-generation iPad, according to CNN. “What’s inside is just as amazing as what’s outside,” said Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller. ”Inside is the brand new Apple A7 chip that we just launched with the iPhone 5S and it’s blown everything away in performance!”
The iPad Air also features an improved high-definition FaceTime camera with larger pixels, dual microphones, 1080p HD video, five megapixel iSight Camera, improved backside illumination — and still delivers 10-hour battery life that Apple users love (especially on long trips). Apple’s new tablet can be purchased in silver, white, space gray, and black and will set you back at least $499 with 16GB and WiFi. Total aside but kind of hilarious, Twitter is in an uproar because, unlike the lates iPhone models, the iPad Air doesn’t come in gold. “Way to blow it, Apple,” tweeted @Drewmck.
If you’re interested in Apple’s laptops, the multi-billion dollar corporation is also introducing the new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. With the purchase, consumers get iWork and iLife already built-in. The laptops are said to have “better graphics, longer battery life, faster flash storage and next-generation Wi-Fi,” CNN reveals. If you’re not in the market for a brand new computer — you will have to drop more than $1,000 to get one — you can get the new OS X Mavericks operating system for free. Downloading will commence on Tuesday.
But Apple isn’t the only device-maker that’s released new gadgets for the holiday season. Microsoft launched its Surface 2 ($449) and Surface Pro ($899) tablets on Tuesday. Apple, which once monopolized the tablet market and would never have faced another tech company’s launch on the same day a few years ago, is being greeted with some stiff competition. Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, took a jab at Microsoft’s moves to compete against Apple: “They’re confused. [...] Now they’re trying to make PCs into tablets and tablets into PCs.” Oh snap! But yeah, the Surface Pro is a laptop/tablet hybrid of sorts.
The tablet rivalry, between Amazon offering the Kindle Fire HDX (which is cheaper at $229) and Microsoft’s Surface Pro is making it harder for Apple to stand out against its challengers. Which is probably why, according to NBC, Apple decided to go for the name-change. ”Tablets are a maturing market; there’s not much competitors can do to differentiate at this point,” Sarah Rotman Epps, a senior analyst at Forrester Research told NBC. ”Replacement sales are growing much, much faster than new sales worldwide. You’re competing for customers you already have.”
At the end of the day, it all boils down to what’s more captivating to the consumer’s eye: redesign and new name, a cheap gizmo, or a business-oriented gadget.
Are you ready for yet another Apple announcement? Well, today Apple is expected to unveil new iPads. So it might be a good idea to sell your old iPad. If you wait any longer, your current iPad will lose a lot of its value.
Apple is rumored to unveil the fifth generation of its iPad device with a redesigned look, and the second generation of the iPad mini, which might feature the company’s high-resolution retina display, reports The Los Angeles Times.
One way to get rid of your iPad is through the company’s Reuse and Recycling program to trade-in your old iPad. You can do it online or in-store.
“If you decide to trade-in with Apple, the company will give you a gift card that can be used toward a purchase from one of the company’s retail stores or its website,” reports The Times.
If your 16 GB Wi-Fi-only fourth generation iPad is in perfect condition, you an get as much as $231. A 16 GB Wi-Fi iPad mini, may get you $185.
If you trade in your gadget online, you’ll receive a package so that you can ship in your iPad. Later on, you’ll receive your gift card.
If you want the most value possible for your iPad, you’ll want to trade in your device to GameStop. The video game retailer has a trade-in calculator, will offer customers up to $305 in store credit for the fourth generation 16 GB Wi-Fi iPad. Customers can also choose $242 in cash. GameStop also offers $180 in store credit, or $142 cash, for a 16 GB Wi-Fi iPad mini.
Amazon.com’s trade-in program offers users less in-store credit than GameStop for the fourth generation iPad, but Amazon.com will offer more for the iPad mini. Here, you can get up to $273 for a fourth generation Wi-Fi iPad with 16 GB that’s in perfect condition; a 16 GB Wi-Fi iPad mini in perfect condition will $189.25.
But if you want the most cash the newspapers suggests using the trade-in website Glyde.com. After telling Glyde.com the condition of your device, it suggests a price for the tablet. You can list it at the suggested price or set your own price. Currently, customers who want to sell a mint-condition fourth generation 16 GB Wi-Fi iPad could receive $298.86. A 16 GB Wi-Fi iPad mini could reel in $197.91.
If you wait longer to trade-in, try Gazelle.com. “The electronics website will give you a quote for your gadget, and then let you keep it for up to 30 days. Once you finally send in your device, Gazelle.com will pay you the price that it originally quoted you,” reports The Times. Gazelle.com is quoting $260 for a fourth generation 16 GB Wi-Fi iPad and $180 for a 16 GB Wi-Fi iPad mini right now.
Looking for a great place to work? Business Insider lists the 15 most desirable companies in the world to work for, ranging from the tech giant Apple to the popular pharmaceutical company, Johnson & Johnson. At the top of the list is Google, which reigns as the most desirable company to work for in the world today. With over 71,000 people based all around the world, Google is changing the way we see the workplace.
Following Google’s footsteps on the list are Procter & Gamble and Unilever, both consumer goods companies that make various products, from personal items to ice cream. Chances are, you’ve got products made by these two companies somewhere at home.
Apple announced this morning that it has a new head of retail — Angela Ahrendts, who will be joining the technology powerhouse from the fashion world. She was previously the CEO of Burberry, taking on that role back in 2006. In fact, she’s spent a big chunk of her career in fashion up to this point, having been an executive at Liz Claiborne and Donna Karan.
The 53-year-old Ahrendts is originally from Indiana and, in her new role (her official title is SVP of retail and online sales), she’ll be reporting directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook. Over at Burberry, the fashion house’s creative director, Christopher Bailey, will assume the CEO role. USA Today reports that Burberry stock fell six percent after word of Ahrendts’ departure got out.
Last year, reports Business Insider, Ahrendts was the highest paid executive in Britain, raking in about $27 million ($19 million in Burberry stock). Earlier this year, she took a pay cut… to $11 million. Gosh how could she possibly make do? Maybe that’s why she decided to jump ship. According to the site, Ahrendts talents shone when she arrived on the scene at Burberry and helped to turn the company around. On the British market, the FTSE, stockholders have seen the value of their investment more than triple since 2008.
With the smartphone market heating up and Apple losing a bit of its luster, the company can use that kind of firepower on its team. Moreover, Burberry is among one of the most digital of all the fashion brands, having hosted a holographic fashion show, livestreams of their shows, and other customization and digital programs.
“Angela Ahrendts, Burberry’s CEO since 2006, is the main advocate for the brand’s digital focus and spearheads plans such as ‘Customer 360,’ which allows Burberry to profile and database a shopper by their purchase tendencies and preferences,” Branding magazine wrote earlier this year. “Ahrendts seems to believe that the younger generations of luxury shoppers are the ones that remain untargeted by other high-fashion brands and their illustrious waiting lists. By appealing to the one-click audience, Ahrendts hopes to increase sales through digitized purchase options and awareness through social media.”
She’s told us if there were thunderstorms in our future. She knows exactly where the nearest Italian restaurant was located. She knows virtually everything. And she’s virtual. If you’ve got an iPhone 4S or later, you know Siri, the voice-activated personal assistant who lives in your device. The voice Siri remained a mystery for two years… until now!
Her name is Susan Bennett, Parade reports. The CNN program “Red Chair” (clip below) revealed that Bennett is a 64-year-old voice actor from Atlanta. Although Apple won’t confirm if CNN has got the right woman, the news network seems all-too-certain that Bennett is Siri.
“Professionals who know her voice, have worked with her and represent her legally say she is Siri,” CNN said. “And an audio-forensics expert with 30 years of experience has studied both voices and says he is ’100%’ certain the two are the same.”
In the interview, Bennett said she began her career has a voice actor nearly 40 years ago. Bennett was the voice behind “Tillie the All-Time Teller,” the first ATM machine. “She had no idea she’d someday be speaking to more than 100 million people through a not-yet-invented phone,” CNN added. Her voice can be heard on countless mobile devices, GPS systems, and even in Delta airport terminals.
So why did Bennett decide to come forward after all these years? Well, tech blog Verge uploaded a video that led many users to believe that a woman named Allison Dufty was the mystery woman behind Siri. Bennett, who spent four hours every day recording her voice to construct Siri back in July 2005, believed it was finally time to end all the speculation:
“I really had to weigh the importance of it for me personally. I wasn’t sure that I wanted that notoriety, and I also wasn’t sure where I stood legally. And so, consequently, I was very conservative about it for a long time. And then this Verge video came out … And it seemed like everyone was clamoring to find out who the real voice behind Siri is, and so I thought, well, you know, what the heck? This is the time.”
Unfortunately, with Apple coming out with a new mobile operating system and a new Siri voice, Bennett as the voice of our era is slowly coming to an end. “She is passing the telephonic torch to a new Siri,” CNN added. ”Bennett would be lying if she said she wasn’t a bit disappointed, but in her field of work she’s learned to expect evolution — and even revolution.”
Whether it is modifications on Facebook or phone updates, we all have become sick and tired of the changes technology puts us through. No really. Some of us have literally become ill.
According to the New York Daily News, users of the iOS 7 Apple software updates have experienced nausea and headaches. They have also stated that while looking at apps on their iPhone or iPad they have experienced symptoms of car sickness. The iOS7 zooming animation is the cause of the problem.
On an Apple support forum, a user wrote, “I had severe vertigo the minute I started using my iPad with iOS 7, Lost the rest of the day to it… And not happy at all.”
Unfortunately, there is no way to downgrade an iPhone or iPad operating system. Users who became sick decided to buy Apple products that had older versions of iOS installed.
Check out the report out of Cincinnati, OH below. Has this been happening to you? Separately but related, what do you think of the new operating system?
If work isn’t getting done today, it’s because everyone is feverishly trying to download the new iOS 7 operating system. As we type, #iOS7 is trending as users tweet with anticipation about getting all the new goodies on their smartphones and tablets. Apparently, the frenzy is causing a few delays since #thestruggle is also recording some of the issues people are having getting the new system.
ICYMI: Apple’s new iOS 7 system is available to owners of the iPhone 5, the iPhone 4 and 4S, many iPad models, and the iPod Touch. You’ll need to prep your device first. It has a new look, new colors, and new features, including “AirDrop, a quick way to send content to iOS users nearby,” says Mashable. The site also warns that Apple servers are going to be working hard today, so expect slower download times.
TIME lists Siri’s gender swapping among the six reasons why you should download iOS 7 ASAP. Also, it’s much more user-friendly, the App Store is improved, and it’s easier to multitask.
However, there are some reasons you might want to consider waiting. Among them, the aforementioned wait to download it (kind of the same reason why you want to wait until the day after a new iPhone is in stores so you’re not sitting on the sidewalk for hours like a jerk) and the “learning curve.” In other words, wait until you’re home on the couch with a bottle of wine so you can play with it a bit rather than messing with it secretly under the desk, out of view of your boss.
Are you one of the lucky ones who got it already? What do you think?