Last week Apple held it’s massive developer event and the company had a lot to say. In front of a packed crowd, the company unveiled it’s first smart home speaker, the most powerful iMac ever made, boosts to all of the Mac range, upgrades to the iPad Pro line, and a ton of new features for the operating systems.
The annual Google conference for developers wrapped a couple of weeks ago and they had a lot to show off; The company introduced Google Lens which combines augmented reality with search results; Google Home is getting a bunch of new features including hands-free calling; Android Go, a new version of the mobile operating system built for entry-level devices; and a standalone Daydream VR headset is also being made with HTC.
Snapchat has been bringing a bunch of new features to its platform in an effort to stand out from the competition (more on that in a sec). Friends can now collaborate and create a group story, Snaps can now be ‘photoshopped’ to remove blemishes, and infinite loops have been enabled for videos.
Unfortunately for Snapchat, it’s success is also it’s demise. The photo sharing capabilities that Snapchat made popular are now being adopted (or blatantly copied) by other big social media platforms, particularly Facebook and Instagram. Even Skype allows you to create a highlight reel of your day now.
Coding is becoming an integral part of education for students. Aware of this, Apple has launched a full year curriculum on app development with Swift, the company’s programming language for apps. Launching in colleges and high schools across the US this year, the course ensures that students are prepared for life in a global and digital society.
This is a surprising one. Neighbourhood is a brand new printed newspaper for Sydney that is aiming to bring back the attraction of a good ol’ print media. The free publication covers a range of stories from local issues for the city, to the effects of AI on various industries as well as reviews, opinion pieces, art, poetry and humour.