Day: November 7, 2020

Apple’s Silicon Macs wish list: 5 new features business pros need

These are the features Apple should finally include in its new Mac hardware, which might be announced during the company’s “One More Thing” event on Nov. 10.

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In a last-minute invitation, Apple has scheduled an event for Nov. 10, 2020. Pro users are most interested in the possibility of Apple unveiling the new Mac hardware that was announced during WWDC’20; the Macs are expected to be the first devices utilizing Apple’s custom silicon-on-a-chip (SoC). It’s also expected that Apple will make macOS Big Sur available to the masses.

It is rumored that Apple will have a new Mac mini ready for the fourth quarter of 2020, and some signs point to the company also releasing a laptop in its MacBook lineup and perhaps even a new iMac–the rest of its offerings would transition to the new hardware over the course of its two-year roadmap.

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What software developers should know about 2021: Low-code, AI code testing, COVID-19’s lasting effect and the skills needed to stay on top

Forrester made 5 predictions for software development in 2021. Bill Detwiler talks with software industry veteran VP and principal analyst Jeffrey Hammond, the report’s lead author, about what developers and IT leaders should expect in 2021.

Software development is in a state of change.
Low-code

and no-code platforms are shifting some of the dev process to non-programmers.
AI

is changing how we test the software we do write. And the COVID-19 pandemic has forced dev teams to rethink how they work, when everyone’s remote.

Forrester just released five 2021 predictions for software development and we had a chance to talk with Jeffrey Hammond, vice president and principal analyst serving application development leaders at Forrester and the lead author of that report, for TechRepublic’s
Dynamic Developer

podcast. Hammond is also a former developer and dev team manager, with over 25 years of experience in the software industry. The following is a

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Long concerned about climate change, VC Steve Westly is feeling electrified – TechCrunch

A former CFO of the state of California, Steve Westly is passionate about government. The onetime eBay exec and early Tesla board member has also been a proponent of clean energy for roughly 30 years, so he’s feeling optimistic right now, with former U.S. VP Joe Biden amassing a growing number of electoral votes and widening his lead over Donald Trump as he inches toward an election win.

We talked earlier today with Westly, who founded the venture firm The Westly Group 13 years ago and which is currently raising up to $250 million for a fourth fund, according to SEC paperwork filed earlier this week. We wanted to know whether he thinks Biden will be able to achieve any part of his climate plan in the likely scenario that Republicans continue to control the Senate. We also wondered what he makes of VCs leaving California, and where he sees

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Best Tablets for Holiday Gifts 2020

These tablets from Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, Amazon, and Lenovo are sure to satisfy anyone on your gift list this holiday season.

‘Tis the season of gift giving. Tablets make great holiday gifts, but there are a lot to choose from–this tech gift guide can help take some of the guesswork out of which tablet to pick. With tablets from Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and more, you’re sure to find the perfect gift for your loved one. 





Apple iPad Air (2020)

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With a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display, A14 Bionic chip, and a 12-megapixel back camera and 7-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, this tablet makes a great gift for the Apple enthusiast in your life. The tablet is available in 64 GB or 256 GB options, comes in an array of colors, and has multiple accessory options like the Magic Keyboard attachment or the Apple Pencil (sold separately). Pricing for the

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Mind-expanding STEM gifts for kids including coding robots, rocket kits, and more

The fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are fundamental to a wide range of education avenues. Here are 9 of the top STEM gifts for kids to promote hands-on learning opportunities.

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are core components of numerous educational and career pathways. To heighten the allure of these fundamental fields, there are myriad STEM learning tools and all-in-one hands-on kits. These immersive offerings expose students to a host of critical education fields in an engaging, hands-on experiential format. From rocket propulsion systems and coding robots to hardcover books for aspiring chemists, here are some of the top STEM
gifts

for kids.





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The LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox is a great way to introduce children to coding and robotics at the same time. The kit allows children to build five robots including Vernie the Robot, Frankie the Cat, the Multi-Tooled Rover 4, and more. Once

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