Apple’s New iOS 9 Software Update

Posted by Gregg Weiss on Thu, Sep 24, 2015 @ 12:58 PM

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Apple Music Preview: Here’s What You Can Expect from the New App Upgrade

Posted by Gregg Weiss on Fri, Jun 19, 2015 @ 03:27 PM

Lots of people were scratching their heads after the WWDC developers’ conference after Apple previewed its new music subscription and radio service, set to debut on June 30.  Unfortunately, the reviews were not kind.

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Apple’s iOS 9 Previewed Earlier This Week at WWDC

Posted by Gregg Weiss on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 @ 01:20 PM

Big news broke in the app development world this week at WWDC as Apple’s Craig Federighi previewed iOS 9 on the keynote stage, revealing much about this new update. Here are some of the new and exciting features you can expect, broken down by four categories: Built-In Apps, iPad Experience, Intelligence, and Foundation. For additional information, check out the Apple iOS 9 Preview page on Apple’s website.

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What You Need To Know About the Apple Watch

Posted by Gregg Weiss on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 @ 03:53 PM

Are you overloaded with Apple Watch information? Well this article will touch on the basic points you need to know about it without all the frills. 

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Apple to Introduce Force Touch for iPhone 6

Posted by Gregg Weiss on Thu, Mar 19, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

We’re never bored in the mobile app development world as there’s always a new latest and greatest in the works. According to reports, we can expect Force Touch, Apple’s new pressure-sensing technology that will soon be added to Apple Watch and MacBook, to be included in the iPhone 6 update later this year.   

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Apple’s New Emoji Updates Show More Diversity but Create Controversy

Posted by Gregg Weiss on Tue, Mar 03, 2015 @ 08:51 AM

The latest gossip in the app development world came last week with the release of Apple’s new developer betas for OS X and iOS, which most noticeably included a more diverse set of emoji. This comes a few months after UniCode Consortium, the group that governs the emoji standard, proposed an update to address emoji diversity.  Unfortunately, their good intentions to please all the world’s people does not come without controversy.  Here’s why…

Included in the new emoji options, there are different skin tones and hair combinations.  Most of the reaction has actually been positive regarding the changes, however, some users (particularly in Asian communities) are upset by the default emoji skin color – yellow.

In a document from Unicode, they state the following regarding the new diverse emoji characters….

“People all over the world want to have emoji that reflect more human diversity, especially for skin tone.  The Unicode emoji characters for people and body parts are meant to be generic, yet following the precedents set by the original Japanese carrier images, they are often shown with a light skin tone instead of a more generic (nonhuman) appearance, such as a yellow/orange color or a silhouette.

Five symbol modifier characters that provide for a range of skin tones for human emoji are planned for Unicode Version 8.0. These characters are based on the six tones of the Fitzpatrick scale, a recognized standard for dermatology. The exact shades may vary between implementations.”

At BlueWhale, we applaud UniCode’s efforts in showing diversity in mobile app development.  As they always say, “You can’t please everyone.”  Well, at least they are trying!

To learn more about the emoji controversy and how these new updates work on older devices and platforms, see mashable.com's article. 

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Apple Hosts "Hour of Code" in Support of Code.org

Posted by Christine Morrow on Fri, Dec 05, 2014 @ 11:10 AM

Hour of Code, by Code.org, is the largest learning event takes place December 8th through 14th that runs globally and is a one-hour showcase of learning the basics of coding.  Anyone can sign up to host this event, or just participate in it themselves.  Many schools and learning institutions are taking advantage of this great opportunity. 

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