The Join-Them Edition Sunday, October 9, 2016

Award-winning Teacher Makes Mother, Steve Jobs Proud, by Dexter Cabalza,

And when she saw how the very same devices tend to divide the students’ attention because of the gaming apps, she thought: “If you can’t beat them, join them.”

She thus tapped her students’ expertise on games such as Minecraft—a build-your-own-world game—to design domes for endangered plant species or explain the importance of coral reefs.

In Quest For Better AI, Tech Companies Gobble Up Smaller Companies: Study, by Berkeley Lovelace Jr., CNBC

In a race to create the best AI tech solutions in an increasingly hot sector, U.S. tech giants like Alphabet's Google and iPhone maker Apple have been quietly snapping up dozens of artificial intelligence companies over the last five years, according to a recent report from analysis firm CB Insights.


How To Master... macOS Sierra, by Craig Grannell, Stuff

Although the OS X name has been consigned to history (we’re now in the era of macOS), your Mac will seem broadly familiar on installing macOS Sierra. But there are new features – big and small – from Siri integration and iCloud Desktop sync through to handy tweaks to Photos and the means to nuke vom-inducing animations.

PDFpen And PDFpenPro 8.2, by Agen G. N. Schmitz, TidBITS

Both editions now support iCloud sync, enabling you to sync automatically with other Macs as well as PDFpen for iOS.


Apple To Expand Italy Developer Program, Will Partner With Five Universities For New iOS Foundation Program, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Jackson explained that Apple is working with at least five universities in the Campania region to expand Apple’s initiatives in Italy with a new iOS Foundation Program. This program would see Apple offer a three to four-week course in app development to students. Apple hopes that the iOS Foundation Program will serve up to 800 students during its first year, with that number increasing from there.

Virtual Reality Is In Desperate Need Of Real Storytellers, by Helen Klein Ross, Lithub

In 1895, the first film screening was one-minute long: L’Arrivée d’un Train en Gare de La Ciotat wasn’t a story, it was 60 seconds of terror for a Parisian audience who panicked, thinking a train was coming at them. Without storytellers, the medium of film might have fizzled as its naysayers predicted, a wild ride that audiences would take only once. If VR is to move beyond shrieks and sweaty palms, storytellers must play an integral role in its development.

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I am feeling restless this entire Sunday... but I am not sure where I am going and what I am aiming for. I'm not bored. I'm not anxious (unusually). I am not happy. I am not sad.

I have no idea.


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