The Hands-On Edition Thursday, September 3, 2020

Sowing New Seeds: Dallas Science Teacher Brings Students Closer To Nature With iPad, by Apple

Jodie Deinhammer is a problem solver. This fall, the Coppell Middle School East science teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator based in Dallas, Texas, is teaching the school’s first gardening elective to eighth graders who will help tend the school’s community garden. Never mind the fact that the class is being taught remotely and students can’t visit the garden during school hours just yet. Deinhammer has long embraced technology in the classroom, equipping her students with both a practical hands-on learning experience and critical thinking skills since the district went one-to-one with iPad in 2014.

Apple Will Roll Out 'Offer Codes' For App Subscriptions With iOS 14, by Mariella Moon, Engadget

Apple is making it much easier for developers to get new or win back old subscribers with discounts or free offers. The tech giant has announced that it’ll give developers access to a feature called Offer Codes, which it describes as “unique, alphanumeric codes that provide free or discounted prices for auto-renewable subscriptions.” Developers will be able to distribute the one-time codes online or offline — they can give them out via email blasts, for instance, or hand them out at events.

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watchOS 7 Forces Out Force Touch, by Benjamin Mayo

Whereas 3D Touch for iPhone was tacked on years after the platform’s idioms were established, Force Touch was an inherent part of the Apple Watch’s design. The Watch’s small size meant that Apple needed a way to offer users access to additional app actions without taking up valuable screen space. So, the solution they came up with was that a firm press on the display would overlay a menu of buttons, relevant to the current context.

However, Apple is dropping pressure sensitivity from the Apple Watch this year and it is watchOS’s turn to adapt its software for a world without Force Touch. With watchOS 7, all of the old Force Touch menu stuff is deprecated. Instead, developers are expected to incorporate these buttons directly into their app UIs. In the WWDC sessions, Apple proposed a few approaches for how to achieve this.


Apple Updates Apple Support App With Expanded Wallet Support For Easy Apple Store Check-Ins, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple today updated its Apple Support app to version 4.1, introducing new language and Accessibility improvements to make the app more available to everyone, along with a new feature to make it easier to check in for appointments.

Six Tech Tips For Remote Learning: Protect Your Kid’s Data And Make Sure They Look Good On Zoom, by Heather Kelly, Washington Post

We spoke with education and privacy experts to glean some basic tips for things you can do now, before you end up with a $400 bill from the App Store, a digital footprint that will trail your children to college or just a stressed out and unhappy student.


Apple Employee Bag Check Class-action Lawsuit Revived, by Mike Peterson, AppleInsider

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit this week ruled that Apple must pay retail workers for the time they spend waiting for their bags to be checked.

Apple's Viborg, Denmark Data Center Is Operational, Powered 100% By Clean Energy, by Mike Peterson, AppleInsider

To help provide power for the center, Apple has announced that it will invest in the construction of two of the "worlds biggest" onshore wind turbines, to help fulfill the goal of becoming carbon neutral. The 200-meter wind turbines will be located near Esbjerg, and are expected to produce 62 gigawatt hours each year. If used solely on the grid, this would be enough to power almost 20,000 homes.

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If the Apple Watch SE rumors are true, and SE is the new shuffle... I can't wait for a new Mac SE.


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