Machine Learning / AI is everywhere. From image recognition, playing Go game to self-driving cars, the technology is getting more and more pervasive in our everyday life.
Google, Facebook and Baidu are known as the leaders in machine learning field, and scientists from these companies openly contribute their studies, papers and findings. In contrast, majority of AI research by Apple scientists and engineers are not known to the rest of the world.
Apple has launched a new blog called Apple Machine Learning Journal that publishes “posts written by Apple engineers about their work using machine learning technologies to help build innovative products for millions of people around the world.”
Could this be the first step to a more open Apple regarding their AI research? Check out the Apple Machine Learning Journal blog.
Since its debut in WWDC in 2014, Swift programming language has become one of the most sought-after skill for developers on the Apple platforms. As part of Everyone Can Code effort, Apple has released a new app development full-year curriculum called “App Development with Swift”. The course, comes as a free download ebook on the iBooks Store, is designed for those who want to pursue careers in iOS app development.
Apple has added transcripts to WWDC 2016 presentation videos. This allows developers to read the video content, perform search by keyword and quickly navigate to specific time in the video where keyword is referenced. Head over to WWDC 2016 video site.
At WWDC 2016, Apple has made three changes to its policy in a bid to attract more developers to its platforms.
The first change came last week where Phil Schiller, the person in charged of the App Store, announced that Apple will open its in-app purchase renewable subscription to all categories of apps. Currently developers can adopt renewable subscriptions only for a few kind of app category, such as magazine app.
The second policy change is with Apple TV apps. Current policy states that all Apple TV apps must support the Apple remote. This is the reason why you do not see many console games being ported to Apple TV, as it takes effort to build for the Apple remote. This restriction will be gone. It is expected we will soon see more games being ported and made available on the Apple TV.
The third policy change is with regards to Mac apps and iCloud. Currently only apps on the Mac App Store is able to build iCloud features into their apps. Apple will relax this policy to allow apps outside of Mac App Store to use iCloud as long as the app is signed by a registered Apple developer. It is doubtful if this change will revert the decisions by many major apps that abandoned the Mac App Store.
A smarter Apple? A softer Apple?
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Apple has refreshed its WWDC app for iOS with a new black and white icon and dark theme. The app now has edition for Apple TV and Apple Watch.
Make the most of the 2016 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference with the WWDC app. Even if you can’t join us in San Francisco, you can still follow along each day on iOS and tvOS. And because the WWDC app experience extends to Apple Watch, favorite session information is available right on your wrist.
• Watch live streamed sessions on iOS and tvOS.
• Stream or download WWDC videos from this year and previous years.
• Start watching on one iOS device, and pick up where you left off on another iOS device or on the new Apple TV.
• Browse times, locations, and descriptions for sessions, labs, and special events.
• Mark schedule items as favorites.
• Keep up with the latest news, get important notifications, and see new photos throughout each day.
• View accessible maps to find your way around Moscone West.
• Provide feedback on content and speakers for each session.
• Add your pass to Wallet for faster check-in at WWDC.
WWDC app is essential for attendees of Apple’s developer conference which kicks off June 13 Monday for a whole week. It includes track schedule and info, and sessions will be streamed live on the app. The app is also useful for all other Apple developers not in San Francisco for the event, to watch the live streams and to download the session videos.
The WWDC keynote will start on June 13 10am (PT). Apple has invited the press to this presentation, where Tim Cook and his teams are likely to give highlights of new features of next generation version of iOS, OS X, tvOS and watchOS.
With over 3 million units sold, Amazon Echo is a surprised hit and define a new category of smart home device. Its no wonder Google is developing its Google Home clone to compete, and rumours point to a similar device coming soon from Apple.
Echo enthusiast Sam Machin has created a web app based Echo simulator at EchoSim.io, complete with Alexa integration. Amazon Alexa is the bot engine (equivalent to Siri) behind Echo. The site is build to enable developers to experiment and test their Echo/Alexa apps. It is even promoted by Amazon to its developers.
Amazon Echo/Alexa is better than Siri in few areas. It is an always on device listening to you for the whole house. Currently Apple TV has Siri but is is only for query on TV, movie, song content, and is not always on. Echo has a superior and more accurate voice command detection capability. And its killer feature is an open API and platform for integration to third party apps and services. It is rumoured that Apple will release an SDK for Siri in the coming WWDC developer conference.
If you have not jump on the Amazon Echo bandwagon, check out EchoSim.io to find out what the fuss is all about.
Stanford Professor Paul Hearty has once again return with his popular and highly regarded iOS app development course on iTunes U. This time the course is updated for iOS 9 and Swift programming language.
The course has just started with only two videos available. Subscribe the course on iTunes U to follow the course to learn how to use Swift to create iOS app for the iPhone and iPad.