Watch Apple’s WWDC sessions for a free crash course in coding

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Apple's free videos and transcripts of WWDC 2017 sessions will teach you a thing or two.
It's basically a free app development course!
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Each year, the Worldwide Developers Conference offers a golden opportunity for developers looking for an inside scoop on making the most of Apple’s technology. Luckily, you don’t need to attend to gain all that knowledge: Apple just made the 100-plus WWDC 2017 developer sessions available online.

Anyone can watch the videos for free — and even search a massive database of full WWDC session transcripts.

Apple seeds second betas for iOS 11, macOS High Sierra and more

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The best gesture in iOS 11 isn't just for iPad.
New beta updates are out for iPhone and iPad.
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Developers received the second batch of beta builds today of the new software Apple unveiled earlier this month during its Worldwide Developers Conference.

Beta build 2 for iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, tvOS 11 and watchOS 4 got seeded to developers this afternoon, as well as a number of other tools and platforms that are available to download from Apple’s Developer Center.

Tim Cook pushes Trump for compulsory coding classes for kids

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Tim Cook thinks coding is one of today's most important subjects.
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During Monday’s White House meeting with President Donald Trump, Tim Cook pushed for the U.S. government to make coding a required class for kids.

This is something Cook has publicly discussed before. When Apple debuted its kid-focused Swift Playgrounds app, he said, “We believe coding should be a required language in all schools.”

Coding classes, wireless earbuds, meditation apps and more [Week’s Best Deals]

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This week's best deals will turn your phone into a mindfulness tool, make your PDFs more flexible, and more.
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It’s getting hot out there. But it’s still nowhere near as hot as the new deals coming into the Cult of Mac Store. This week we’ve added an app that’ll change how you work with PDFs, and a set of future-ready Bluetooth earbuds. There’s also a comprehensive set of courses in Apple’s Swift coding language, and an app that turns your phone into a mindfulness tool. Most are discounted by half or more, read on for more details:

Tynker’s new courses use games to teach kids Swift

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Tynker's new apps make coding fun.
Tynker's new apps make coding fun.
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Kids wanting to learn how to build apps can game their way to coding skills with a new set of courses designed to making programming fun.

Tynker, one of the world’s most popular coding educators, is supporting Apple’s Everyone Can Code initiative with two new games — Space Cadet and Dragon Spells — that teach kids the fundamentals of coding before graduating to Swift.

Apple’s WWDC scholarships now include a free place to stay

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A lot is changing at WWDC.
A lot is changing at WWDC.
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The rules for winning a coveted scholarship to Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference are changing this year.

Apple revealed today that it will begin accepting applications for WWDC 2017 scholarships on March 27. Getting one of the spots means you don’t have to pay the $1,599 ticket price. And for the first time ever, Apple is going to hook up student winners with a free place to stay.

The guy that invented Swift leaves Apple for Tesla

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Apple wants everyone to learn to code in Swift.
Apple wants everyone to learn to code in Swift.
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Apple will soon lose the veteran coder who helped make Swift one of the fastest-growing computer languages in the world.

Chris Lattner, who has worked as Apple’s director of developer tools for the past few years, revealed today that he is leaving the company to join Tesla.

Apple’s ‘Hour of Code’ classes will run for a whole week this year

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In previous years, Apple ran the events for just one day.
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Apple has officially opened registration for its free “Hour of Code” workshops, which this year will run every day for a week at around 500 Apple stores around the world.

In previous years, Apple has offered just one day of workshops for its introduction to programming events, produced in partnership with Code.org.

Apple’s free Summer Camp teaches kids to code

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Summer camp is coming to an Apple Store near you.
Summer camp is coming to an Apple Store near you.
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Parents looking for a cool summer activity for kids will soon be able to drop their youngsters off at the Genius Bar for a programming upgrade.

Apple opened registration for its annual summer Camps this morning which give children 8 to 12 the opportunity to come into the Apple Store to learn coding, robotics, moviemaking and storytelling using iPads and Macs. Best of all, the three day camp is totally free.

Today in Apple history: Apple Logo teaches kids to code

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Apple Logo was Apple's first go at getting kids into coding.
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tuesday14 Under Tim Cook’s leadership, Apple has been upping its focus on teaching kids to program — thanks to events such as its free “Hour of Code” classes at Apple Stores around the world.

But Apple’s been helping introduce young people to coding for far longer than that. In fact, years before Apple ushered in its Swift Playgrounds app as it did this week at WWDC, it helped popularize home programming thanks to Apple Logo, a basic coding language which found success on the Apple II.