Win a WWDC scholarship just by being creative

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WWDC scholarships are available to talented and creative students.
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Attending Apple’s developer conference costs a whopping $1,599 but a fortunate few can win a WWDC scholarship by building a creative Swift playground. Apple began taking submissions today, and 350 winners will be announced in April.

What to expect from Apple’s big ‘field trip’ event

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What to expect from Apple education event 2018.
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Apple will take a field trip out of Silicon Valley to host its first major event of 2018 tomorrow. Instead of focusing on iPhones and Apple Watches, this Apple keynote will be all about education and creativity.

Rumors have been swirling for months that new MacBook Airs and an updated, inexpensive iPad could arrive this spring. We might see those, but Apple probably has a couple other surprises in store that you haven’t heard of.

Apple will not provide a livestream of the event, but Cult of Mac will be in attendance. Joins us Tuesday morning for our liveblog of everything that’s going down at the event. In the meantime, here’s our handy guide to what to expect.

Swift cracks list of the most popular coding languages in the world

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Swift has been a massive success since launching in 2014.
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Apple’s Swift programming language it continuing its ascent through the coding ranks. According to a new quarterly ranking by developer-focused analyst firm RedMonk, Swift has entered the top 10 programming languages as indicated on GitHub and Stack Overflow.

The rest of the top 10 (from no. 1 through no. 9) is comprised of JavaScript, Java, Python, PHP, C#, C++, CSS, Ruby, and Swift and Apple’s previous coding language Objective-C ranking in joint tenth place.

Swift Playgrounds adds new robots for budding coders

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Dive into coding with Swift Playgrounds.
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Swift Playgrounds, Apple’s code-learning app aimed at youngsters, got a huge update today with the biggest new set of features sent the app came out in 2016.

With the Swift Playgrounds 2.0 update, coders get access to a host of new robots, as well as the ability to subscribe to third-party level creators so you can find and download new levels faster.

Apple brings its ‘Everyone Can Code’ course to new countries

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Apple wants to bring its Swift focused curriculum to as many people as possible around the world.
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Apple today announced that it is expanding its “Everyone Can Code” initiative to 70 colleges and universities in Europe, bringing its syllabus focused on app-making with Swift to more users outside of the U.S.

The expansion covers educational institutes in the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Luxembourg, Poland and Portugal.

Name your price for a complete coding education [Deals]

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This is a great opportunity to add the super marketable skill of coding to your resume.
This is a great opportunity to add the super marketable skill of coding to your resume.
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It’s as true in 2018 as it was in 2017: coding is one of the most marketable skills you can learn. Learning any new skill can feel intimidating, but with the right instruction it’s possible for anyone to add coding to their resume. And with the right deal, it can be affordable to almost anybody too.

Apple in 2017: A year of epic proportions

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Did any company have a better 2017 than Apple?
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Cult of Mac's 2017 Apple year in review 2017 was a pretty damn good year for the world’s most profitable tech company.

Apple did much more than rake in more cash than any company this year. Cupertino also pushed out its most impressive product lineup ever, laid the groundwork for the future of augmented reality, moved into a new spaceship campus, battled other tech giants and got tossed into the political spotlight.

Apple dominated the tech scene in 2017 more than any other company. Here’s a recap of some of the year’s most memorable Apple moments.

Apple expands its ‘Everyone Can Code’ program beyond the U.S.

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Want to learn Swift? Apple's happy to help.
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Having experienced success with its “Everyone Can Code” initiative inside the U.S., Apple is expanding its coding education program to more than 20 colleges and universities in other countries.

Twenty different international universities — in Denmark, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, and the U.K. — will now offer Apple’s one-year Swift Curriculum, designed to give people tools to get jobs in the “app economy.”