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Apple Announces New Initiative Supporting Nonprofits Focused on News Literacy Programs
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(image)(image)Apple has announced a new initiative supporting nonprofit organizations in the US and Europe that offer nonpartisan, independent media literacy programs.

The News Literacy Project (NLP) and Common Sense in the US and Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori in Italy will each receive support from Apple to advance their efforts in empowering young people with the critical thinking skills necessary in today’s digital age.

“News literacy is vital to sustaining a free press and thriving democracy, and we are proud to be collaborating with organizations on the front lines of this effort,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’ve been impressed by the important work being done by the News Literacy Project, Common Sense and Osservatorio, empowering young people to be active and engaged citizens.”

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Apple Launches 'Media Literacy' Initiative to Encourage Critical Thinking and Better Informed Evaluation of News

Apple today announced the launch of a new media literacy initiative that's designed to encourage critical thinking and empower students to be better informed.

Apple is teaming up with several nonprofit nonprofit organizations in the United States and Europe that offer nonpartisan, independent media literacy programs, including the News Literacy Project (NLP) and Common Sense in the U.S. and the Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori in Italy.

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Each of these nonprofits will receive support from Apple to help them further their media literacy goals. Apple CEO Tim Cook said that news literacy is "vital" to maintaining free press.

"News literacy is vital to sustaining a free press and thriving democracy, and we are proud to be collaborating with organizations on the front lines of this effort," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "We've been impressed by the important work being done by the News Literacy Project, Common Sense and Osservatorio, empowering young people to be active and engaged citizens."
Alan C. Miller, founder and CEO of NLP, said that the organization is grateful for Apple's commitment to fighting misinformation.
"We are grateful for Apple's commitment to fighting misinformation and sustaining quality journalism," said Alan C. Miller, founder and CEO of NLP. "NLP is committed to equipping the next generation with the critical thinking skills to discern what news and other information to trust and the tools to become informed and engaged participants in our country's democracy. We welcome this timely initiative to help achieve our vision of seeing news literacy embedded in the American educational experience."
The News Literacy Project and Common Sense are both aimed at teaching students skills to become "smart, active consumers of news" and other information.

These media literacy programs are designed to teach students to identify different types of media and understand the messages that are being sent. The skills taught in these programs allow students to take a look at why something was created, who created it, and whether it's credible or not, evaluating viewpoints, hidden messages, and persuasive intent.

Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.


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How to order iPad Air 3 in the UK
Best answer: Right now the only way to guarantee yourself a new iPad mini as soon as possible is to preorder from Apple or Currys PCWorld.Apple: iPad Air 3 (From £399)Currys: iPad Air 3 (From £479) Only places currently accepting preordersIf you want to guarantee yourself an iPad Air 3 then you need to get a preorder in directly with Apple or go through Currys PCWorld right now.Whether or not you use the website or the Apple Store app on your iPhone or iPad, you'll be able to reserve yourself a new iPad mini in any of the colors, storage sizes, or cellular variants and pay with Apple Pay. Currys PCWorld doesn't currently offer that as a payment method.Initial shipping estimates were for March 28 - April 2, but those have already started to slip. Currys PCWorld, on the other hand, is showing availability for March 27. Carphone Warehouse will also likely be selling as part of the same group as Currys PCWorld, likewise we'd expect some or all of the carriers to get...
Apple Courting Publishers by Comparing News Service to Apple Music, but Most Say Logic is Flawed

With less than one week to go until Apple's "It's Show Time" media event, the company is said to still be courting major news companies to join its revamped Apple News subscription service (via Business Insider). The debut of this service is expected to occur alongside the big focus of the event, Apple's streaming TV service.

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During Apple's meetings with news publishers, the company is reportedly pointing to Apple Music to showcase evidence of its previous subscription success and convince partners to join. One source said that the company is pitching itself as a savior to the publishing industry, but some publishing executives have said that Apple's logic is flawed.

"Based on our experiences with Apple Music, we're very good at running a subscription business," said one publishing exec, describing how Apple pitched the service. "We know how to build a subscription business, and we're going to do that for news."

But the critics say that comparison is flawed. Music, along with entertainment, is inherently different from news. A lot of news articles are interchangeable in a way that music artists or movies aren't. Plus, most people don't want 100 magazines; they just want the ones they're already fans of.
The revamped Apple News service is rumored to use Apple's acquisition of Texture to combine subscriptions to magazine and news sites for one monthly fee. But, one digital publishing executive went so far as to say that "no one wants an all-you-can-eat magazine service." The executive, whose company won't be participating with Apple in its new enterprise, went on to say that "magazines are passion points, whereas music, you do want a library."

Apple is said to still be courting major newspapers, but The New York Times and The Washington Post have yet to join according to sources. Some publications do see a benefit to Apple's service, however, and are working on deals to join, like The Wall Street Journal.

In general, publishers also have many questions that Apple has yet to answer, a sentiment that seems to be a running theme for the March 25 event, as the exact same concern was raised by Hollywood insiders partnering with Apple's streaming TV service. For the news side, publishers wonder about how much reader data they will see, brand visibility, loss of direct subscribers in favor of the Apple News bundle, if the service will have a presence on Android, and more.

The reveal of the Apple News and streaming TV services isn't too far away now, as Apple's "It's Show Time" event will kick off at 10:00 am Pacific Time on Monday, March 25.


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Check Out These Photos of a Prototype Development Board for the First iPhone
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(image)(image)Check out these photos of the prototype development board for the first iPhone obtained by The Verge.

Apple was secretly working on the iPhone for over two and half years before Steve Jobs unveiled it. The project was only known by the codenames “M68” and “Purple 2” and engineers were given special development boards that contained nearly all of the iPhone's parts spread out across what looked like a large motherboard.


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Adobe and Moleskine bring paper drawing to the Mac with Creative Cloud connected notebook

Following an earlier collaboration in 2014, Adobe and accessory company Moleskine are teaming up again to deliver a new and improved Creative Cloud smart notebook. The connected paper tablet will allow creative professionals who enjoy the experience of drawing on paper to take advantage of the digital flexibility of working in Adobe Illustrator on the desktop.

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Instagram Checkout Lets Users Shop Without Leaving the App
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(image)(image)Instagram has announced the launch of Instagram Checkout, a new feature that lets users shop in app.

When you tap to view a product from a brand’s shopping post, you’ll see a “Checkout on Instagram” button on the product page. Tap it to select from various options such as size or color, then you’ll proceed to payment without leaving Instagram. You’ll only need to enter your name, email, billing information and shipping address the first time you check out.


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What's new on Netflix in April 2019
Ultraman, Kevin Hart and Mighty Little Bheem lead the way into Spring for Netflix.At long last, the mighty Ultraman lands on Netflix. It's a Netflix Anime original, bringing the Japanese gundam (you might remember it from Ready Player One) to American TVs once more.That's just the tip of the iceberg, of course. And really it's one of a pretty massive slate of Netflix Originals landing in April. Comedian Kevin Hart brings his "Irresponsible" tour to Netflix — his first special for the service, actually. Part 2 of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina finds "Sabrina exploring her darker side, curious to learn more about her heritage, while struggling to maintain her friendships in the mortal world."And Grass is Greener lights up on April 20. You get the gist.(Looking for what's new on Netflix in March? Click here!Get a free Netflix trialComing TBD in AprilChambers (Netflix Original): A young heart attack survivor becomes consumed by the mystery surrounding the ...
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New iPod Touch Expected as Early as Tomorrow

Apple may have plans to announce a new seventh-generation iPod touch in a press release as early as tomorrow.

MacRumors received a tip earlier this month claiming that Apple would announce new iPads, iMacs, and iPods on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week, and so far this information has proved to be accurate with the arrival of new iPad Air and iPad mini models on Monday and an iMac refresh today. Naturally, we now expect Apple to introduce a new iPod touch tomorrow.

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If accurate, this week's series of hardware announcements suggest that Apple may be clearing its docket to primarily focus on its widely expected news and video services at its March 25 event at Steve Jobs Theater.

Last month, oft-reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said he expects a new iPod touch with an upgraded processor to launch in 2019, while developer Steve Troughton-Smith uncovered references to a new iPod touch model in iOS 12.2 code back in January, so there is evidence to suggest a refresh is upcoming.

The iPod touch is certainly due for an update. The current model was released back in July 2015 with a 4-inch Retina display, A8 chip, 8-megapixel rear camera, and a home button sans Touch ID. To ensure the iPod touch remains capable enough to receive iOS updates for at least a few more years, an upgrade to an A10 Fusion or A11 Bionic chip would be appropriate.

Beyond that, it is unclear if the new iPod touch would have many new features, as the device has become a niche product used mostly by children and some developers as an affordable testing device. All other iPods were discontinued in 2017.

The current iPod touch remains available in six colors with 32GB and 128GB of storage for $199 and $299 respectively.

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30 of the best, great-looking Apple Watch bands on Amazon
Finding the perfect band for your Apple Watch can be quite the challenge — especially one that doesn't break the bank — but it helps when you have a couple of choices to peruse through while you search. Here are 30 great-looking Apple Watch bands fresh from Amazon that are bound to catch your eye and save you a bit of cash.WFEAGL Retro Top Grain Leather Replacement StrapWFEAGL Retro Top Grain Leather Replacement StrapStaff Favorite$17 at AmazonTirniga Apple Watch Milanese LoopTirniga Apple Watch Milanese Loop$10 - $13 at AmazonAdMaster Soft Silicone Strap ReplacementAdMaster Soft Silicone Strap Replacement$8 - $20 at AmazonTomazon Pearl Stone Bracelet StrapTomazon Pearl Stone Bracelet Strap$15 at AmazonGeneric Apple Watch Silicone Rubber Sport BandGeneric Apple Watch Silicone Rubber Sport Band$4 at AmazonKOLEK Soft Silicone Strap ReplacementKOLEK Soft Silicone Strap Replacement$8 - $12 at AmazonUrberry Bling Glitter Repl...
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Code in Latest iOS 12.2 Beta Suggests AirPower Launch Coming Soon

Apple's long-awaited AirPower could be launching in the near future, based on coding changes that 9to5Mac's Guilherme Rambo says he found in the latest iOS 12.2 beta, released yesterday morning.

There have been "significant changes" to the wireless charging code in the beta update, including "code responsible for identifying that two devices are charging on the same mat," which could indicate that Apple is planning an AirPower launch soon.

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Apple's AirPower charging mat will be able to charge an iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods (with a new wireless charging case) all at once. The AirPower charging mat was first announced in 2017 alongside the iPhone X, but has seen production difficulties that led to multiple delays.

In the iOS 12.2 beta specifically, there are changes to the 3D animations that are displayed on the largest of the charging devices to let you know charging levels.

Apple has been silent on the AirPower ever since announcing it, but there have been continual signs that the Cupertino company is still working on it, including multiple recent rumors that a launch is happening in the spring.

Apple on Monday introduced a new iPad Air and an iPad mini 5, and today introduced refreshed iMacs, suggesting it is perhaps aiming to roll out all of its spring hardware updates ahead of its services-focused event on March 25.

Ahead of when the iPads and iMacs launched, we heard from a source that suggested Apple would debut new products on Monday through Wednesday, with a new iPod touch set to be announced tomorrow. We haven't heard word of an AirPower launch or an AirPods launch with new wireless charging case, but that doesn't mean it's not going to happen.

There's a chance we will see AirPower and AirPods this week, but if not, it certainly seems like we're at least a bit closer to a debut.


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The best shooters on iOS

In case you missed it yesterday, Tencent and Activision announced they are putting out a new Call of Duty game for mobile. While details are pretty scant, they did put out a trailer (see above) and have a page where you can pre-register for the game, which might give you in-game rewards when the game actually launches.

Based on what's shown in the trailer, it looks to be a no-nonsense attempt to shoehorn every facet of mainline CoD games into a mobile package, which could be good. Though personally, I have my doubts. There are already precious few first-person shooters on mobile that are any good at all. Many of the best ones, like Call of Duty: Strike Force, have disappeared off the App Store completely. Meanwhile, things like Modern Combat 5 persist, which is a prime example of how to faithfully recreate the feeling of a big budget shooter on mobile while also leaning heavily into every worst tendency of free-to-play mobile design.

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What's the best way to buy the new 2019 iMac?
Best answer: Currently, the only way to buy the new iMac (2019) is directly from Apple, but there are a couple of different ways to order so you can get yours the day it's available.Buy direct: iMac (2019) (From $1299)Add a trackpad: Apple Magic Trackpad ($129)iMac (2019) hands-on preview: Freshly brewed updateDirectly from AppleCurrently, the only way to buy the 2019 iMac is directly from Apple. There are, however, a couple of options for a speedy and convenient purchasing process.On the webIf you're sitting at home (or at work) and just want to pop over to Apple's online store, you can easily see all the different configurations available (and how much each config will set you back).Personally, this is my favorite method for that exact reason. You can choose from two different screen sizes (21.5 and 27-inch), each with three different core processors. So that's six different options, just to start.Then, you can upgrade your Mac with a better processor chip, more mem...
Tuesday's top deals: microSD cards, Anker true wireless earphones, and more
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Prime members get $60 off a Ring Alarm 8-Piece Kit and Echo Dot bundle
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Apple Drops Prices on MacBook Air and Mac Mini SSD Upgrades, Lowers Cost of 64GB Mac Pro RAM Price

As we reported this morning, Apple today cut the prices of higher-end MacBook Pro SSD upgrades by up to $400, and as it turns out, there have been pricing changes to components in other Mac machines as well.

For the MacBook Air, released in 2018, upgrading to a 1.5TB SSD on either base model is now $100 cheaper, with the SSD upgrade pricing options listed below.

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Entry-level MacBook Air SSD options:


  • 256GB SSD - +$200 (No change)

  • 512GB SSD - +$400 (No change)

  • 1.5TB SSD - +$1,100 ($100 off)


Higher-end MacBook Air SSD options:

  • 512GB SSD - +$200 (No change)

  • 1.5TB SSD - +$900 ($100 off)


Apple has also dropped the price of the 2TB SSD upgrade option in the Mac mini by $200, with the new SSD upgrade pricing options listed below.

Entry-level Mac mini SSD options:

  • 256GB SSD - +$200 (No change)

  • 512GB SSD - +$400 (No change)

  • 1TB SSD - +$800 (No change)

  • 2TB SSD - +$1,400 ($200 off)


Higher-end Mac mini SSD options

  • 512GB SSD - +$200 (No change)

  • 1TB SSD - +$600 (No change)

  • 2TB SSD - +$1,200 ($200 off)


Apple has also quietly dropped the price of the 64GB RAM upgrade in the Mac Pro, which is the 2013 model that has not seen an update in many years.

Prior to today's update, upgrading the base Mac Pro configurations from 16GB RAM to 64GB Ram cost $1,200, but Apple has dropped the price by $400. It now costs $800 to upgrade from 16GB RAM to 64GB RAM. Upgrading to 32GB RAM continues to cost $400 over the base 16GB option.

Related Roundups: Mac Pro, Mac mini, MacBook Air

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Eddy Cue Says Apple Isn't Interested in Exclusive Rights to Live Sports Games

A new Sports Illustrated article offers a look inside Apple's so-called sports surveillance room at its Results Way office complex in Cupertino, California, where a team of Apple employees have been monitoring sports events for newsworthy and unpredictable moments for almost a year now.

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The report says the team manages the sports subsection in Apple's TV app and its Apple TV interface, highlighting what's available around the clock and sending notifications about exciting moments like a playoff game reaching triple overtime.

Apple's services chief Eddy Cue reflected on the company's broader goal of curating sports, using retired NBA superstar Kobe Bryant's 81-point performance in an otherwise unremarkable Los Angeles Lakers vs. Toronto Raptors game in the 2006 NBA playoffs as an example of a sports moment worth highlighting.

"It was amazing to watch, but the vast majority even of Lakers fans didn't see it," said Cue. "As a fan, I've always looked at it as an opportunity."

For now, though, Apple doesn't appear to have any larger ambitions with sports. Asked how much he thinks about competing against Facebook and Amazon, both of which have experimented with airing live sports games on their platforms with exclusive rights, Cue responded "not a lot, honestly."

From the report:

"That's not to say we would never do sports, because who the heck knows," he said. "Never is a long time, but I don't think that's a problem right now." Sports rights are deeply fragmented, with different owners split by platform and region. "You really can't own all the rights, so therefore at some point you need to solve some other problems," Cue said. "You can't design for owning the rights because if that's the only thing you're doing you're always going to be tiny."
In other words, don't expect Apple to have its own sports broadcasts in its widely expected streaming video service, although it could provide sports content from partnered networks.

Read the full Sports Illustrated article for a deeper dive into Apple's sports content efforts.

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Add 32GB to your iPhone with SanDisk's iXpand flash drive at a new low
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The LG 34WK95U-W looks good, but does it perform as well? Let's review!
Are you in need of a no-frills top notch pro display? LG's 5K Ultra-Wide may be for you!LG has been in the 5K monitor market for a couple of years now so making amazing panels with all the nits and all the pixels isn't something new for the company. In fact, up until I got my hands on the 34WK95U-W I was already rocking an LG 5K display in a 16:9 aspect ratio on my new Mac mini. I'd dare say that setup was perfect for me.Does the 34WK95U-W make it an even better setup for my Mac mini? Is it worth the $1500 price tag? Read on for my take on LG's 34WK95U-W!LG 34WK95U-W Price: $1397Bottom line: If you're a creative professional; needing some of the best LCD display technology available with an amazing UltraWide aspect ratio, then LG's 34WK95U-W is what you're looking for.See at AmazonThe GoodNo frills, display-focused technolog...
One week out, New York Times and Washington Post still not signed up to Apple News deal

Just a week before Apple is due to announce its Apple News subscription service, expected to cost $10/month, at least two major US newspapers have reportedly not yet signed up.

A report today says that neither The New York Times nor The Washington Post have as yet agreed to Apple’s terms – as we predicted last month

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Deals: 10.5-Inch iPad Pro Hits New Low Price as New iPad Mini and Air Get Pre-Order Discounts

Amid the launch of brand-new iPads this week, there are quite a few deals on older models for users who don't mind purchasing previous generation devices. Along with these sales, you can also save a bit of money when pre-ordering the new iPad mini and iPad Air at Best Buy this week.

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The majority of the sales center on the 10.5-inch iPad Pro from 2017, which Apple discontinued this week to make way for the new 10.5-inch iPad Air in this price range and screen size. For a detailed breakdown of the differences between the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and 10.5-inch iPad Air, check out our comparison guide on the tablets.

For the 2017 iPad Pro, you'll find lowest-ever prices among major Apple resellers like Best Buy, Amazon, and B&H Photo in the list below.

Older Models on Sale


10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • Wi-Fi, 64 GB - $499.99, down from $649.00 / Best Buy and Amazon / $150 off, lowest price

  • Wi-Fi, 512 GB - $749.00, down from $999.00 / Amazon and B&H / $250 off, lowest price

  • Cellular, 64 GB - $629.99, down from $779.99 / Best Buy / $150 off, lowest price

  • Cellular, 256 GB - $779.99, down from $929.00 / Best Buy / $150 off, lowest price

  • Cellular, 512 GB - $899.00, down from $1,129.00 / Amazon and B&H / $230 off, lowest price

9.7-inch iPad (2018)
  • Wi-Fi, 32 GB - $249.00, down from $329.00 / Amazon / $80 off

  • Wi-Fi, 128 GB - $329.00, down from $429.00 / Amazon / $100 off, lowest price

  • Cellular, 128 GB - $479.00, down from $559.00 / Amazon / $80 off, lowest price

New Models for Pre-Order


iPad mini 5
If you're interested in the brand new fifth-generation iPad mini, Best Buy is offering a $25 discount on pre-orders of the tablet. You'll have to be a My Best Buy member to get the discount, and if you place your order you'll also get a free six-month subscription for Webroot Internet Security + Antivirus 2018 for three devices.

There are multiple iPad minis available for the pre-order discount, including Wi-Fi and Cellular options, as well as both 64GB and 256GB storage options. The sale drops the cheapest iPad mini 5 to $374.99, from $399.99. Head to Best Buy to see the full list.
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Best Buy is also discounting the previous-generation iPad mini 4 in Cellular/128GB to a new low price of $379.99, down from $529.00 ($150 off). The Wi-Fi only models of the iPad mini 4 aren't being discounted at this time.

You can also pre-order the new iPad mini at B&H Photo, Adorama, and Amazon, although these retailers do not offer any discounts this week. The new iPad mini is also available on Apple.com, and will ship next week.

10.5-inch iPad Air
If you're interested in the larger-screened iPad Air, opportunities to pre-order the tablet have also opened up this week. Just like for the iPad mini, My Best Buy members can get $25 off pre-orders for the new iPad Air, placing the cheapest model (Wi-Fi, 64GB) at $474.99, down from $499.99.

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You can pre-order the new 10.5-inch iPad Air at B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon, and on Apple's own website. The new iPad Air will begin shipping next week.

Head to our full Deals Roundup to check out more information on the latest Apple device sales.

Related Roundup: Apple Deals

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