Apple opens up new opportunities both to this generation and the next with the help of affordable technologies. The company presented its new low-budget IPad at Lane Tech High School in Chicago.
The iPad is equipped with a 9.7-inch Retina touch screen with a higher resolution, which
supports Apple Pencil. The new tablet will run on the 64-bit A10 Fusion processor, similar to the one used on iPhone 7. The new device also has a Touch ID fingerprint reader, FaceTime front HD camera, a basic 8Mp camera, an LTE module and 10 hours of battery life. Its distinctive feature is the support for the PENCIL stylus.
This is an important event for Apple as its direct competitors have long declared themselves as the manufacturers of affordable devices along with some more expensive ones, for example, Google came up with its low-budget Chromebook and affordable tablets on Chrome OS. Chromebooks are very easy to configure and are optimized for data storage in Google Cloud that makes a lot of things simpler.
Apple realizes that in order to compete with Google they need something more than the introduction of low-budget devices into the education system. Their software should not just be up to par with Google’s but also be a step ahead. To attract teachers, they built into the iPad a Schoolwork system that allows to assign and check homework and monitor the activity of students on their devices. Students will be provided with free cloud storage. From now on, Apple will give 200 GB in iCloud to students instead of the usual 5 GB. We would like to note that Chromebooks are more affordable than the new iPad model, because the device will be sold for $329. Schools will be able to buy a new iPad for $299.
It also became known that Apple intends to release 3 new iPhone models at the end of 2018. Among the new models there will be an iPhone with the biggest screen compared to the previous models, an updated version of the iPhone X and a low-budget iPhone version.
General Motors Still Awaits Permit To Test Self-Driving Cars In New York
General Motors announced last year it would begin testing its self-driving cars in New York City—a major change from sunny California and Arizona. However, the city of New York has reportedly dragged its feet and hasn’t issued a permit yet.
According to a Jalopnik report last Thursday, there’s been zero movement on the city’s part. The original announcement between GM and the state of New York called for an early-2018 deployment of the self-driving cars. As a reminder, we’re now in the middle of May and quickly approaching the half-way mark of 2018.
The delays could have something to do with the NYC mayor Bill de Blasio’s opposition to robo taxis operating on the city’s streets.
“The Mayor has strenuously opposed this pilot on heavily traveled lower Manhattan streets,” said Seth Stein, a spokesman for the mayor’s office.
Stein’s statement added the state should “stop” GM’s plans immediately.
General Motors and Cruise Automation have continuously tested its self-driving cars, the Cruise AV, in California and Arizona. Tests in those states provide rather ideal conditions for autonomous-driving technology with clear skies, a lack of rain, and warm temperatures. New York City will likely prove a much more challenging locale.
GM has reportedly mapped a “significant” portion of NYC since the automaker announced plans to bring the Cruise AV to the Big Apple. Previously, just five square miles of the city had been mapped.
The automaker hopes to commercialize self-driving cars sometime in 2019.
Mobile devices’ security
According to the analysis of the last quarter of 2017, the percentage of people surfing the web via a mobile device has increased up to 84%, while the sales of tablets and notebooks have grown by 23%. Mobility, portability, Internet accessibility and speed of the device are the main priorities. Therefore, the mobile devices market is growing very fast.
But there is a huge gap in the development of portable devices development: security. If we are talking about personal computers, then the security of the devices and all the data on them is quite developed. And it’s an undeniable fact that with the increase in the number of portable devices’ users, security is the main factor that needs to be thought about.
The security of corporate data is as relevant as the personal security. Allowing an employee to use a mobile device both for personal purposes and for work greatly affects the security of corporate data. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a new global concept, a technology that is growing at a high rate in the US and allows the employees to use their own devices at work. Many financial institutions, small and medium business enterprises, need a guarantee that their data will be protected.
Many companies develop their own applications to ensure security of their data. However, creating local programs is very costly. BYOD policy and VPN protection is an incentive to improve the security of mobile devices.
At the moment, the most popular operating systems in the market are IOS, Android, Microsoft and Blackberry. Speaking about Android, thousands of devices are activated every day. There are quite low-cost models of the devices using Android OS, and their popularity is increasing.
According to many experts, software for the security of mobile devices will become even more important. And many companies have already started working on such software. The leader will be a company which offers the product that will satisfy everybody. We will find out who this will be in the next couple of years.
Shooting in the YouTube office: the identity of the shooter is established
On Tuesday there was a shooting at the YouTube headquarters in California. The company employees called 911 and wrote about it on social networks pages. There are 1600 employees working at the main office of the company.
Four people were wounded. According to the data from local police the shooter acted alone. The attacker was a woman dressed in black clothes, she had a headscarf on her head. A woman wounded four people, after which she committed suicide. The woman wasn’t related to Youtube company. The woman was a local resident. Her name was Nasim Najafi Aghdam and she was a 39-year-old video blogger.
A woman was found dead. According to preliminary data the incident occurred as a result of the quarrel and is not related to terrorism.
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