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Back in 2011, a video of a one-year-old baby girl attempting to swipe on a glossy magazine like it was an iPad went viral. Depending on your viewpoint, the spectacle was either adorable or completely frightening. For many, it highlighted how digital natives were beginning to consume media in an entirely new way. Fast-forward a few years, and once again traditionalists have provided another stark warning. Sally Payne, a head pediatric occupational therapist, recently told the Guardian newspaper that children were arriving at school without the fundamental movement skills needed to grip a pencil and move it. As our children…

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Former Apple developer explains why the company’s software is struggling

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In recent months, Apple’s software development has been called into question like never before. Between a critical security bug in macOS, a brand-new product being launched late and without half of its features enabled, or a throttling feature being snuck into an iOS update, it seems that something is wrong in Apple’s development process.

Outwardly, the company says everything is fine, while also revealing that it’s going to take a year off from major feature development to focus on bug fixes and performance. But according to one software engineer who worked on iChat and Maps for years, the problems run deeper than just a lack of focus.

Posting on Reddit, the engineer attributed Apple’s software problems to a culture, not a lack of focus:

As someone who used to work on iOS at Apple, what that company honestly needs is a culture not beholden to the whims of their EPMs (project managers). They used to help organize and work with engineering to schedule things across the company’s waterfall style development. However, by the time I left, they essentially took power over engineering. Radar became the driver for the entire company and instead of thinking about a holistic product, everything became a priority number. P0 meant, emergency fix immediately, P4 meant nice to have. You get the idea.

Nothing could be worked on if it wasn’t in Radar with a priority number attached and signed off by the teams’ EPM. No room for a side project or time away from your daily duties because there were always P1s to fix. If you didn’t personally have any left for the day, you’d take one from another engineer who was likely swamped with their own list of P1s.

Software engineers are notorious for complaining about the layers of management getting in the way of their process, but Apple’s culture here doesn’t exactly sound conducive to producing quality code:

P1 P1 P1, everything is always in crises mode. Also why I and everyone around me felt bad for taking any vacation. If we weren’t constantly thinking about fixing those P1s, we were some how letting our team down.

This is how you get bugs in shipping software. EPMs driven to schedule things and over manage engineers would decide on a whim that something was a P2. That was basically always shelved to a follow-up .1 release.

Ultimately, engineers lost the freedom to decide when a feature was ready to ship. So here I see some “leak” about quality and I think, this is just PR spin for a buggy iOS 11. Unless the company is willing to take power away from the all-mighty EPM org, I just don’t see how engineering will really change.

The engineer’s account lines up perfectly with what Apple’s Craig Federighi told software teams recently, according to Bloomberg:

Software chief Craig Federighi laid out the new strategy to his army of engineers last month, according to a person familiar with the discussion. His team will have more time to work on new features and focus on under-the-hood refinements without being tied to a list of new features annually simply so the company can tout a massive year-over-year leap, people familiar with the situation say. The renewed focus on quality is designed to make sure the company can fulfill promises made each summer at the annual developers conference and that new features work reliably and as advertised.

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Apple’s iPhone X suppliers ‘still struggling’ with dot projectors for TrueDepth camera

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Apple suppliers are continuing to have trouble making the 3D sensors for the TrueDepth camera in the iPhone X, and in particular the dot projector belonging to the "Romeo" transmission module, according to a Thursday report.
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Struggling With Tablets? Try Using These IPad Tips.

The iPad is one of the most remarkable gadgets on the planet. If you are lucky enough to own one, you need to know how to use it! With all its features and apps, it can be challenging to learn. The following article will present you with useful tips and tricks to getting to know you iPad.

If you use your iPad to store sensitive information, you can turn on a feature that will delete all this data in case a wrong password is entered ten times. Go to your settings, tap on general and select the pass-code lock feature. Use a password you will not easily forget.

Make sure that you budget the amount that you spend on apps. It’s easy to rack up credit card bills with such engaging and entertaining applications that are just a click away. Keep to a budget to ensure you don’t overspend.

If you own an iPad, it is a good idea to make a backup. You can force iTunes to make a back up so that your data is properly saved. Go to iTunes and right-click on devices list and select backup. You can also use the same feature in iCloud to backup as well.

You can change alert notifications that you get for Wi-Fi networks with ease. There is an opportunity for you to turn this off. Change this setting, and you’ll no longer be asked to join random Wi-Fi networks.

You can take screenshots of what you are doing on your iPad. Press the home button and then the sleep/wake one. A screenshot will be taken instantly and saved into your photo gallery. You can then email these screenshots to your friends to show them the different features of you iPad.

Do you need to switch from one app to another? You should activate the multitasking gestures in the general tab of your settings. You will then be able to swipe left or right to switch apps, swipe up to see your multitasking bar and pinch your fingers if you want to access your home.

When using your iPad to input a large volume of text, use this time-saving tip. When you get to the end of a sentence, do not type a period. Instead, you can tap the space bar twice in rapid succession. This will automatically insert a period followed by a single space for you to begin your next sentence.

When checking out any new applications, don’t overlook free options. Many times they are just as good as the paid version, although they may include advertisements. This is also a great way to have a type of trial before purchasing the full version that doesn’t have any obtrusive ads on it.

Find out about other Apple products. You may be able to use your iPad in tandem with other devices in the Apple family, making your use of all of them much easier. You can look at the Apple site, or you can just search on the internet for ways that you may be able to use other Apple devices.

If you are struggling with the battery life of your iPad, don’t fret. First, you should be sure to close any programs that you aren’t using. Also, keep your brightness at a low but comfortable level whenever possible. Finally, be sure to turn off any music programs when you aren’t using them.

When web browsing privacy is important on your iPad, turn on private browsing. Sometimes the things you are searching for or looking at are highly sensitive or personal, so much so that you don’t want a history. That’s ok, the iPad has you covered. You can turn on private browsing from the Safari menu in settings.

Protect your information that you have stored on your iPad. Use the passcode lock to lock your iPad if the password is entered incorrectly ten times. This can be done by going to your Settings menu, selecting General, then Passcode lock and finally Erase Data option. This way, if an unauthorized person tries to access your iPad, everything will be deleted.

Use “erase” for your security. If someone is trying to enter your password code, and gets it wrong 10 times, all the data on the device will be erased. After all, someone who is trying it 10 times in a row does not mean well, and you certainly don’t want them accessing your information.

You want to make the most of your iPad screen, so setting up the appearance of just about everything is important. Have you found that you would like your battery charging icon to not be there? You can eliminate this icon by going to your settings, tapping general, and then turning it off in the usage section.

If you ever find yourself in the unfortunate situation of a frozen iPad, don’t worry. Apple built in a hidden reset function to the device. All you need to do is hold the home button while holding the power button. This will do a hard reset that should work even when frozen.

Do you find that your iPad is not as fast as it used to be and apps do not lead right away? Have you looked at everything you have put on the iPad and have gotten rid of things you’re no longer using? Free up some memory by moving photos and media files to cloud space. Following this process, your iPad should speed up.

You can maximize the battery life of your iPad. Avoid storing it in hot areas, like a car. When you can, decrease its brightness. When you are not using the Internet, set it to airplane mode. Turning Push off is another feature that you will want to be aware of to save battery. Instead, you can check calendars and email manually.

Owning an iPad is a pleasurable experience, no matter what level of expertise with technology. However, it is helpful to have a little bit of guidance and hopefully this article provided you with just that. Spend some time learning about all the amazing things you iPad can do, and enjoy!

Canonical: Businesses are struggling to hire IoT talent

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Businesses are struggling to recruit skilled Internet of Things (IoT) developers, which could be slowing the deployment of enterprise IoT solutions. In a report from Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu OS, 68 percent of IoT professions say they struggle to recruit employees with the right IoT experience. Data analytics and big data skills are the most sought after, but 35 percent of professionals struggle to find an employee with that skill set. See Also: Four big trends pointing to a boom in healthcare IoT 75 percent of professionals surveyed said data analytics and big data were key skills…Read More

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It’s not just Google — many major tech companies are struggling with diversity

Here’s a look at their comparative diversity.

An internal memo written by a male Google engineer has reignited a heated debate about representation in Silicon Valley. Google’s new diversity VP has since come out against the memo’s central claims — which include statements about women being biologically unsuited to engineering jobs — but the debate still rages on.

Here’s a look at major tech companies’ comparative diversity, according to their most recent reports. Women make up at most 30 percent of leadership roles and less than 27 percent of technical roles at these companies.

Twitter, the smallest company by number of employees, has the highest rate of female leadership at 30 percent. It also has the lowest rate of women in technical positions, such as engineers at 15 percent.

Racial demographics aren’t much brighter.

Blacks and Latinx are represented at a much lower rate than their U.S. population. Facebook, which most recently reported new diversity numbers, had the highest share of people of color, particularly Asians, in technology jobs. Asian Americans tend to be overrepresented in technical roles but underrepresented in leadership positions.

Amazon, Apple and Google all had 31 percent of their leadership consisting of Asian, Latinx and blacks. These companies also report “other” and people who are two or more races, but those are usually under two percent.

Inequality exists at all levels of the job pipeline, but so do solutions. Look, for example, at the record number of women and minorities taking college-level computer science in high school this year.


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Struggling shipping company Shyp retreats to San Francisco

Once considered the “Uber of shipping,” logistics company Shyp has announced that it’s downsizing its operations in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, and will no longer accept new orders in those cities. The company will instead focus on achieving profitability in the single market of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Shyp launched in 2014 and gained prominence for handling all the hassles of shipping items — picking up items from your house, packaging them up, and sending them on their way — all for a flat fee of $ 5. The start-up also promised pickups within 20 minutes.

In a blog post, CEO Kevin Gibbon said the company would also cut some staff from its headquarters. “Knowing what we…

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Fitbit is reportedly still struggling to make a smartwatch

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