AWT News Update: July 8, 2016

For this Friday afternoon, we have news of some great free content from Apple, secret messaging from Facebook, and Pokémon accidents:

  • Apple released a set of guidebooks for educators yesterday, all aimed at showing those teachers how they can best use the iPad and Apple apps in the classroom
  • Facebook has started limited testing of end-to-end encryption in Messenger
  • WWDC 2016 videos are now available for your viewing pleasure, even if you're not a developer
  • Don't try to walk and catch Pokémon in the new Pokémon Go app at the same time

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Text Version

Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 8, 2016.

Are you an educator? If you are, you might want to take a look at a collection of guidebooks Apple released on the iBooks Store yesterday designed to help educators to use iPads and Apple apps in the classroom. The guides as a whole are called the Educator Starter Guides for iPad, and consist of six interactive guidebooks with photos and videos. The guides were designed and published by Apple’s education team and were promoted today in an mass email to users of iTunes U and also in the Education section of the iBooks Store. There’s an iPad Starter Guide designed for educators who aren’t familiar with the iPad or in-class deployments, while separate guidebooks cover iMovie, Pages, Numbers, Keynote and Garageband. The complete Education Starter Guides collection can be found at this link.

Facebook is probably going to irritate governments around the world with its latest announcement. The company is doing initial testing of end-to-end encryption in Messenger to keep some conversations secure from any intrusion, even by Facebook. At the present time, a small number of users can launch “Secret Conversations,” which use the Signal protocol developed by Open Whisper Systems and used in Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging service. Secret Conversations are limited to text and images, and can only be viewed on one device. Later this summer, Facebook is expected to roll out the feature more widely to the 900 million users of Messenger worldwide.

Whether you attended the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference last month or not, and even if you’re not a developer, you might want to see what Apple has released on the Developer website today. A large, searchable library of videos is now available from WWDC 2016, covering a vast number of topics. All of the videos are free to watch, and include searchable keywords that let you jump right to a mention of a specific topic and share that moment in a video. This should give all of us something to do while we’re waiting for the next new devices from Apple. You can check out the list of videos here.

Finally, if you’re a Pokémon fan, please pay attention to what you’re doing if you are using the new Pokémon Go application. In the app, you see various little monsters appearing in the real world in front of you. Some people are so obsessed with trying to “catch them all” that they’re having accidents. One Reddit user reported that he slipped and fell down into a ditch, fracturing the fifth metatarsal bone in his foot. Others have reported seeking Pokémon while driving — which nobody in their right mind should be doing. A.T. Still University, a medical school in Arizona, actually sent out an email to the student body saying that they were aware that their school had been “invaded by Pokémon” and telling students to “Please approach them with caution and remember to look up from your phone to avoid tripping or running into something.” On the plus side, people are reporting that the game is causing random meet ups of people all trying to catch Pokémon. Stay safe out there this weekend!

That’s all for today; We’ll be back Monday afternoon with another edition of the AWT News Update.