Apple’s new ‘Sesame Street’-themed TV show will teach kids coding basics

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The original “Sesame Street” TV show taught preschoolers basics like numbers and letters, but Apple’s new Sesame Street-themed show will instead focus on teaching kids coding basics. Introduced on stage today at Apple’s press event by none other than Big Bird himself, the Sesame Workshop-produced show is one of the new arrivals to Apple TV+, the company’s just-announced streaming TV service and Netflix rival.

The new kids show will focus on coding, because “coding fosters collaboration, critical thinking skills, and is an essential language that every child can learn,” Apple announced today by way of a muppet called Cody, who has learned to speak in PR soundbites.

“By teaching preschoolers about coding, we’re giving them the opportunity to change the world!” the muppet exclaimed.

The show will also have “cool music” and “funky dance moves,” Cody added.

Apple, of course, directly benefits by helping inspire the next generation of coders, as its ecosystem of apps – and the billions of dollars they generate – are built by millions of third-party developers. For Apple to retain a dominant position in the app industry, it needs to continue to build out its pipeline of new coders.

To date, the company has been pushing its coding language, Swift, by hosting educational sessions at Apple Stores, funding school programs and nonprofit initiatives, offering course materials to teachers, and through its own learn-to-code app, Swift Playgrounds. But this new kids TV show is designed to spark interest in programming at an even earlier age.

“You’re helping kids grow up to be smarter, stronger, and kinder,” said Big Bird to Cody, touting the series on stage at the press event.

Because Apple didn’t show a trailer for the series, it’s unclear how the coding tutorials will be presented to viewers. But at a high level, it will use the big ideas behind coding to solve problems.

Apple’s deal with Sesame Workshop had been announced in June 2018, and was said to include both live action and animated TV. But none of the actual shows were announced until today. The deal, it’s worth noting, does not include “Sesame Street” itself, as HBO made a five-year deal with Sesame Workshop for that title back in 2015.

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Oprah made Tim Cook cry

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She brought the crowd to their feet and a tear to Tim Cook’s eye. 

Continuing, and perhaps the logical extension of years of “One more thing…” surprise announcements at Apple events, Oprah Winfrey capped off Monday’s entertainment focused-lineup. 

The veteran entertainer will launch a show focusing on optimism, community-building, and inclusivity. After an enthusiastic preview of her show, Oprah got a hug from a visibly emotional Tim Cook. And can you blame him? Who wouldn’t be emotional listening to the Queen say nice things about you?

Also making an appearance was Oprah’s signature delivery celebrating the company of the hour: Apple. 

The show will debut in the fall as part of Apple TV+, Apple’s new streaming subscription offering. No details yet on an exact launch date or costs, but the company’s clearly betting big on the initiatives. Big-name celebrities including Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carrel, Jennifer Anniston, Jason Momoa, Kumail Nanjiani and Alfre Woodard. In other words, Apple’s poured a lot of money into this.

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Undefeated Boxer 15 Seconds From Winning Gets KTFO After Taunting Opponent In Ultimate Display Of Karma

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Boxer Sabri Sediri Gets Knocked Out After Taunting Sam Maxwell

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Undefeated French boxer Sabri Sediri was 15 seconds from winning another fight, but ended up getting knocked out after taunting his opponent Sam Maxwell. Karma, she is a bitch.

Fighting for the vacant World Boxing Organisation European Super Lightweight Title, Sediri and Maxwell came into the bout with identical 10-0 professional boxing records.

However, it was Sediri who had the upper hand as the fight went into the 10th and final round, having scored a couple of knockdowns earlier in the fight. So he began doing a little showboating, dancing and taunting the seemingly exhausted Maxwell.

Big mistake.

“I knew the right hand was waking,” Maxwell told BT Sport Boxing. “We just knew it in our corner. I just let it go, I just believed in it.

“I think he switched off a little bit and I just took my chance. The start of the fight threw me completely off. I felt I was edging back into it [fight] and I was waiting for one last big round, which I got.”

Maxwell also posted my new favorite hashtag on Twitter after the fight: “#chatshitgetsammed.”

Yes, Mr. Maxwell, we are very entertained.

God love all the British slang this knockout spawned.

I have no idea what any of them are saying, but I am going to start using all of these words and phrases in conversations now.

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The 11 most sophisticated online scams right now that the average person falls for

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  • Online scams prey on internet users’ sympathy, fear, and greed.
  • Some internet scams, like phishing and the dreaded "Nigerian prince" email, have been around for decades, but are growing in sophistication.
  • We compiled 11 of the biggest scams on the internet today.

As the internet continues to expand into every aspect of society, online scams are only growing in sophistication.

From phishing schemes to fake ticket vendors, online scams prey on different facets that drive us, like sympathy, fear, and greed.

What online scams all have in common is that they prey on their audiences’ naïveté and ignorance.

Some of the most elaborate scams are circulating the corners of the internet right now, from the front page of YouTube to right in your inbox.

Here are some of the most sophisticated online scams on the internet.

SEE ALSO: 8 of the biggest scams to avoid when buying a car

Phishing has major consequences for the victims.

One of the most widespread online scams is phishing. In 2016, depending who you ask, phishing at most derailed Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid, and at the least, revealed her campaign manager’s delightful recipe for creamy risotto.

Phishing, when successful, tricks the user into unwittingly handing over their passwords to the scammer, often through professional-looking emails purporting to be from trustworthy businesses. The endgame is generally acquisition of personal information, like credit card and social security numbers.

According to the Anti-Phishing Working Group, nearly 100,000 attempts of phishing are reported each month worldwide.

Recently, phishing has been weaponized to varying degrees of sophistication with a key technique: impersonation.

The trick was enough to convince one employee at Gimlet Media, which runs the everything-internet podcast “Reply All,” to open an email from his “coworker.” Except the sender was not his coworker, but a hacker attempting a work-sanctioned phishing test on the company’s employees.

Familiarity fraud is an online tactic people have to be especially wary of on social media, where friends’ pictures and handles are rife for imitation. Duplicate accounts fish for personal information under the guise of intimacy.

The Nigerian prince scam is one of the oldest on the internet.

The Nigerian prince scam is one of the oldest scams on the internet.

The scam rose to prominence in the 1990s, and is referred to by the FBI as “Nigerian Letter” or “419” fraud.

The premise is simple: You get an email, and within the message, a Nigerian prince (or investor, or government official) offers you an opportunity for lucrative financial gain.

The catch? Pay a small portion of the amount up front, or hand over bank account information and other identifying information so that the transfer can be made. Of course, you lose that “seed money,” never receiving a dime in return.

According to a 2018 Wired article, the conspiracy has risen in sophistication, netting millions in scam money and minor celebrity status for the Nigerian email schemers who commit the fraud.

“It’s malware and phishing combined with clever social engineering and account takeovers,” James Bettke, a counter threat unit researcher at the security firm Secureworks, told Wired reporter Lily Hay Newman in 2018.

“They’re not very technically sophisticated, they can’t code, they don’t do a lot of automation,” he added. “But their strengths are social engineering and creating agile scams. They spend months sifting through inboxes. They’re quiet and methodical.”

Ticket fraud leads to consumers buying fake sports and music tickets.

Another popular online scam is ticket fraud, in which consumers are tricked into buying fake tickets for sporting events, concerts, and other events. 

Scammers usually target high-profile events that are likely to sell out so they can take advantage of increased demand. Often, the tickets they send customers have forged bar codes or are duplicate copies of legitimate tickets. Other times, consumers won’t receive any ticket at all after they pay up.

More than 10% of millennials have been victims of ticket fraud, and the Better Business Bureau recommends customers take several precautions before buying tickets online.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Use these eight tricks to get out of a creative rut in no time

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Every once in a while all creatives get stuck in a rut with their work. Photographers and filmmakers are no exception, and I believe we’ve all been there. Overcoming the creative block may seem difficult, even impossible – but it’s not the case. In this great video from This Guy Edits, you’ll see eight fantastic tricks for getting out of the creative rut and getting inspired anew.

1. Embrace constraints

Are constraints limiting you, or expanding your creativity? Many photographers and filmmakers would agree that, by embracing constraints, you expand your creativity because you’re forced to “think outside the box.” So, limit yourself: shoot your photo or video project with just one lens, using only a phone camera, using only natural light… The options are many! It will push your boundaries, make you think differently, and ultimately create something new and awesome.

2. Change the rules of the game

There are certain rules in filmmaking and photography. If you know them and have been following them – now is the time to start breaking them. For example, tell the story backward, use a media new to you to publish your project, or make up a character to interact with people (like Borat). As the video suggests, “modifying the rules can force a different creative outcome.”

3. Immerse yourself

Sometimes you have to experience something yourself to be able to tell the story better. So, immerse yourself in the project, live the life your subjects or characters live and gain a new perspective that will improve your storytelling.

4. Change the tool

Another way to boost your creativity is to use unconventional tools. For example, you can set the entire movie on the computer and phone screens. You can record it with a web camera and entirely in one frame (see a Serbian movie Smrt čoveka na Balkanu). Once again, there are plenty of ways to do it, and it’s up to you to choose how you’ll challenge yourself.

5. Roll the dice

Good planning is important for creating a photo project or a movie. But sometimes, you have to let the chance get involved. Allow your actors or models to improvise and make some changes. After all, some of the most iconic movie scenes were actually improvised, so this can really create great results.

6. Steal and remix

I believe you’ve heard the quote saying “Good artists copy; great artists steal.” Okay, don’t blatantly steal or copy someone else’s work. But get inspired by other people’s ideas and build upon them to get out of the creative rut.

7. Warp your mind

A different state of consciousness can also improve creativity and make you think of new ideas. And no, I’m not talking about taking drugs or alcohol. But meditation, for example, can help you clear your mind and come up with some new ideas for your creative work. And from my experience, it works far better than alcohol. : D

8. Bend the genre

The last tip is more for filmmakers, but photographers could find it useful too: bend the genre. Mix things up and create something unusual and unexpected. An awesome example is Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, Netflix’s interactive mystery drama where the viewers get to decide what happens next. Okay, not all of us have the budget of Netflix, but you get the gist.

These were only some of the ways to get out of the creative rut and start creating again. Personally, I often use the first one: I limit myself in order to be forced to think creatively and elicit my problem-solving side. Also, I sometimes leave things up to chance, and it can give awesome results. What are your ways to get out of the creative rut?

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