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Apple and Education

Apple will discontinue iTunes U at the end of 2021. iTunes U will continue to be available to all existing customers through the 2020-2021 educational year.

https://support.apple.com/guide/itunesu/welcome/web

Nick Heer says it succinctly.

I don’t think either one of these announcements is a surprise; these apps have suffered from inattention for years. But Apple’s rocky approach to education needs and lack of clear strategy cannot be confidence-inspiring for schools or teachers who need to decide what technology to use in their classrooms.

https://pxlnv.com/linklog/itunes-u-ibooks-author-discontinued/

Contrast this with Google’s strategy in education, which is pretty focused. Google Classroom is becoming the defacto standard. From the New York Times, as far back as 2017:

In the space of just five years, Google has helped upend the sales methods companies use to place their products in classrooms. It has enlisted teachers and administrators to promote Google’s products to other schools. It has directly reached out to educators to test its products — effectively bypassing senior district officials. And it has outmaneuvered Apple and Microsoft with a powerful combination of low-cost laptops, called Chromebooks, and free classroom apps.

Today, more than half the nation’s primary- and secondary-school students — more than 30 million children — use Google education apps like Gmail and Docs, the company said. And Chromebooks, Google-powered laptops that initially struggled to find a purpose, are now a powerhouse in America’s schools. Today they account for more than half the mobile devices shipped to schools.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/13/technology/google-education-chromebooks-schools.html

I’d rather have Apple in these classrooms. The iPad Pro – as expensive as it is – is, to me, a superior device than Chromebooks – and I own a Pixelbook myself and like it. But Apple needs a more cogent strategy for education, especially in a remote-focused world where Google’s tools are way more useful than anything Apple has to offer.

Don’t Trust That Twitter Bot

Nearly Half of Twitter Accounts Pushing To Reopen America May Be Bots https://news.slashdot.org/story/20/05/21/2147232/nearly-half-of-twitter-accounts-pushing-to-reopen-america-may-be-bots?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&utm_medium=feed

Well that makes sense. These bots are all about convincing us Americans to do stuff that will damage ourselves and our nation.

Trust the experts. Trust the doctors and nurses and epidemiologists. Do NOT trust that guy on Twitter with the username @eijjeei73795.

Self-disinfecting mask that works with Face ID in development – 9to5Mac

The Amazfit Aeri mask […] comes with removable air filters and will have built-in ultraviolet light emitters. By plugging the mask into a USB-C plug for a few minutes, it can disinfect itself after every use. This would allow each filter to be effective for one and a half months, according to a Huami spokesperson
— Read on 9to5mac.com/2020/05/18/self-disinfecting-mask/

I would totally buy this.

Giphy alternatives and how to delete Giphy iMessage app – 9to5Mac

Facebook just announced that it purchased Giphy and all across the Internet, users quickly committed to ditching the service. If you’re concerned about the service being owned by Facebook, follow along for the best Giphy alternatives for iPhone and how to delete the iMessage Giphy app.
— Read on 9to5mac.com/2020/05/15/saying-goodbye-to-giphy-after-facebooks-acquisition-here-are-the-best-alternatives-for-iphone/

Oh good.

More Adobe Vulns

Adobe patches Acrobat Reader security flaw that could allow root access on Mac https://appleinsider.com/articles/20/05/14/adobe-patches-acrobat-reader-security-flaw-that-could-allow-root-access-on-mac

This friggin app keeps popping up in my weekly patch meetings.

From Jamf to Chef, Part 2 – The Sea Change (and figuring out a few basics)

What I want,” Darren said, “is for everything, all configuration data, to be text files.”

To get the full effect of that sentence, you have to imagine it being said with a British accent, in a voice so low it often feels like he’s letting you in on a secret, and with pauses at least three seconds long in place of each of the commas.