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33 Conferences for Mac and iOS Professionals in 2018

If you make your living in the Apple world as a consultant, developer, designer, or tech, there are a wide variety of conferences you can attend to hone your skills, learn new topics, network with your fellow wizards, and open your mind to new ways of thinking. Here’s our list for 2018. Be sure to let us know if you run across any others.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 7 comments

Google I/O 2018 Shows Where Google’s iOS Apps Are Headed

The keynote presentation at this year’s Google I/O conference introduced no new hardware to compete with Apple devices, but it did feature improvements to Google apps and services used by many Apple users, including Gmail, Google Photos, Google Maps, Google News, and Google Assistant.

Josh Centers 3 comments

Extreme Transparency: Panic’s 2017 Report

Developer Panic has published a report detailing its successes and challenges in 2017, including the release of Transmit 5 and a major source code theft.

Geoff Duncan 108 comments

Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation Makes Privacy Global

Your inbox has probably been filled with notices from companies updating their terms and privacy policies to comply with Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). But what will it actually mean, both inside and outside the European Union?

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 27 comments

Google Revamps Gmail’s Web Interface

Gmail, Google’s popular email service, has undergone a revamp that includes visual tweaks and a battery of new features, some focused on usability, others on security.

Josh Centers 1 comment

Recycler Going to Prison for Planning to Distribute Free Restore Discs

A man who founded a successful business recycling computers is about to spend 15 months in prison for planning to distribute Windows restore discs that work only with a legitimate Microsoft license key.

Josh Centers 7 comments

Susan Kare Honored with AIGA Medal

Susan Kare, designer of the original Macintosh's icons and several of its fonts, has been awarded the prestigious AIGA medal.

Josh Centers 1 comment

Google Chrome 66 Promises to Mute Auto-Play Videos

Google has added a feature to its Google Chrome Web browser that the company promises will reduce the annoyance of auto-play videos, but there are exceptions that may make it less useful.

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Apple’s “Do Not Disturb While Driving” Is Reducing Distracted Driving

A study by EverQuote suggests that iOS 11's Do Not Disturb While Driving feature is helping to reduce distracted driving, which has become a major cause of highway accidents.

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The Legacy of OLPC’s $100 Laptop

When MIT's Nicholas Negroponte announced a $100 laptop in 2005 with the intent of giving a laptop to every child in the world, it promised to revolutionize education. Over a decade later, he's moved on and the One Laptop Per Child project is typically regarded as a failure. The Verge looks at what happened.

Adam Engst 2 comments

Architects of the Modern Internet Express Regret

Has the Internet become the victim of unintended consequences? In interviews with New York Magazine, people who played key roles in the development of the modern Internet express regret for what they did and concern for where we're going.

Tonya Engst 3 comments

Take Control Books Are 50% Off This Week

The Take Control series is having a 50%-off sale this week. Take Control’s former editor in chief, Tonya Engst, writes about what makes the series special and which three ebooks are her current favorites.

Adam Engst 12 comments

Google Sunsets goo.gl URL Shortener

Google has announced that no new users will be able to use the goo.gl URL shortening service after 13 April 2018, and existing users will lose access on 30 March 2019. Shortened links will redirect indefinitely.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 11 comments

Apple Strikes Back at Google with Education Initiatives

Apple is a bit of an underdog in the education market, where Google increasingly dominates with inexpensive, easily managed Chromebook laptops. On Tuesday, Apple staged an education-specific press event at a Chicago magnet school to trot out a host of education initiatives meant to make Apple more competitive in the classroom.

Adam Engst 3 comments

Apple Schedules Education Event for 27 March 2018

Apple has announced an education-focused event to be held at the end of March, at a Chicago high school. You might not want to buy an iPad or MacBook Air between now and then.