By: Jennifer Devitt on June 14th, 2016
Twitter's block button, Swift Playground, kill the password, Apple WWDC and We're Hiring in this weeks tech news.
Another Wednesday, more tech news. Is it just me or are the weeks going by quicker and quicker? This week we had a bit more tech news due to Apple's WWDC 2016 on Monday. So, let's take a look at what I found to be highlights or standouts.
1. Twitter improves block button. Ok, I wish that blocking on Twitter was as easy as it is on Instagram. I don't feel as though I should have to report someone as a spammer to be able to block them. I think if there is an individual that for whatever reason I want to block, I should be able to just select block as easy as I can follow/unfollow. But, I also think that someone who has a private account shouldn't just be able to follow whoever they choose without approval. I never understood why I should have to request to follow someone who follows me that I do not know or even have a clue what they share, just to find out who they are.
2. Apple releases Swift Playground. Apple has always been a solid supporter of kids learning to code. On Monday, at the WWDC, Apple announced "Swift Playground" for the iPad...and the best part is it's FREE!
3. Technologies aiming to kill the password. Behavioral biometrics, Voice recognition, and Facial recognition. Companies like Google with "Project Abacus" and Biocatch are in the Behavioral biometrics arena. Pindrop is in voice recognition and Cognitec is up and coming in facial recognition.
4. Apples all new iMessage features. Be ready to take your messaging skills to a new level. Find emojis easier based on the words you typed, add special effects, insert direct invisible ink, handwritten notes or celebrations like fire works!
5. Hidden iOS 10 features Apple didn't show off. Of course, the WWDC event is typically long, and updates and new software/hardware are plentiful so they obviously cannot cover everything. And, there is nothing wrong with finding some nice little hidden gems later, right? Well in this case, here are a few hidden ones: iCloud desktop folders, unlimited Safari tabs, and markup in messages to name a few. Take a look at the list in the link for more!
6. We're hiring. Are you a custom software developer with expert level PHP skills? If so, come join us in our suburban Chicago office. We are casual and laid back. We play darts, talk Game of Thrones, use standing desks (if you're so inclined) have free breakfast Mondays and free lunch Fridays! Best of all, we develop high-end code from scratch to suit client specifications. If you or someone you know is interested have them contact me ASAP!
Have you read any good tech news this week? Feel free to share it with me. What are you most looking forward to from Apples WWDC? Keep reading tech news and share it with others!