Tynker Junior teaches kids to code before they can read


Tynker Junior
Your little ones can start using Tynker from as young as 4.
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The ability to code is becoming an increasingly important skill, and the sooner you start learning, the better. That’s why you should introduce your little ones to Tynker Junior, the app that teaches them the fundamentals of coding from as young as four.

Inspired by the award-winning Tynker programming language, which has been used by over 60 million kids worldwide, the new iPad app uses puzzles and games to make learning fun and easy.

How top secret iPhone code ended up on the web


iPhone boot up
"The biggest leak in history."
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

A low-level Apple employee leaked the secret iPhone code that ended up on GitHub.

iBoot, a part of iOS that ensures the device is booting a trusted operating system, surfaced online last week in what was described by one security expert as “the biggest leak in history.”

Here’s how and why the code got out.

Apple might finally let you delete unwanted iOS apps


iPhone SE next gen
Get ready to delete your unwanted Apple apps.
Photo: Sam Mills/Cult of Mac

Get ready to say goodbye to that folder on your iPhone holding all the stock iOS apps you never use.

Code found in iTunes suggests Apple finally plans to give iPhone and iPad users the tools to delete unwanted iOS apps that come pre-installed on devices like the Compass, Tips, Stocks, Voice Memos, and more.

Apple’s website becomes NSFW without this one line of code


Apple's website, with and without the line of code added.
Photo: Ryan Ackermann/Twitter CC

Apple avoided a potentially embarrassing incident by altering OS X marketing materials on its website to make the word “click” in the slogan “There’s more to love with every click” look … well, less like a certain term for the male sexual apparatus that begins with a “D.”

You Won’t Believe What This Free App Can Teach You In Less Than an Hour


Coding, son!
Coding, son!

While all of us aren’t destined to get our heads buried deep in lines of programming languages, chances are that most of us, and especially our children, will benefit from knowing the basics of how the most ubiquitous devices in our world operate.

Despite the current backlash against the “coding for all rhetoric,” teaching kids the basics of programming can’t be a bad thing. Heck, teaching ourselves to code may be a fantastic lead in to a rewarding hobby, a new career path, or both.

That’s the idea behind the “Hour Of Code,” a national initiative set to run December 9 – 15, 2013 that’s designed to take kids through the basics of programming in their schools. This new app from Codeacademy is specifically tailored to the process, so even if your kids (or you!) don’t have a school that’s participating in the Hour of Code, they can still get the benefit.