Tech Briefing 16: Courses, apps, news you should use from the Week May 8-14, 2017


Welcome to Episode 16 of Tech Briefing for the week of Monday May 8 to Sunday May 14, 2017. Let’s kick off with news from Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

The institute has announced new Courses/Modules and Opened enrolment for them. These are:

(A) Braille Literacy 4: Contracted Braille, UEB Edition

(B) Introduction to Braille, UEB Edition

(C) Contracted Braille, UEB Edition

(D) Effective Listening

(E) Eccentric Viewing

(F) Earth and Space Science

(G) Everyday Reading in UEB

Visit http://bit.ly/2qpGXnt to get more information about each course and module.

On a completely different note, let me ask you, how much will you be willing to pay for the next iPhone?

Well, predictions of the price of the next iPhone is continuing, with many agreeing it will be the most expensive yet.

Goldman Sachs analyst Simona Jankowski wrote in a research note that Apple will offer the iPhone 8 in 128GB and 256GB capacities, coming in $999 and $1,099 respectively.  Currently, the most expensive iPhone Apple sells is the 256GB iPhone 7 Plus for $969.

Remember, it’s only a prediction and Apple could change things by the time the phone is released.

Still talking about predictions on Apple,analyst group KGI reported that  it expects the company to launch two new hardware products during next month’s Worldwide Developer Conference.

The Siri Speaker and an all-new design 10.5-inch iPad Pro are the predicted products.

With Microsoft’s recent release of the latest version of its operating system called Windows 10S, users can only install apps from the Windows Store. In response, Apple last week announced plans to make iTunes available in the Windows Store before the end of this year. So, if you’re like me who loves iTunes on my Windows or want to still have access to Apple Music or just need to sync your iPhone with your PC, then there’s no need to worry.

An update to the Uber app on Android released last week now makes it easier for users in the United States to remember destinations other than their home and work addresses with Saved Places. Now, these saved locations can be saved as a shortcut. Saved places will become available internationally later this year.

Google Search on mobile began adding a new view that better surfaces and summarizes events. Available on  Android and iOS, users will now be able to filter based on location and other factors. For example, searching for “art events this weekend” will surface a new Events card as the first result. Users can expand this view to take up the full screen by tapping “More events,” with a carousel of convenient date filters on top.

Finally, have you voted for your choice of most deserving app in the 2017 AppleVis iOS Hall of Fame? Voting closes at the end of the day on Friday 19 May 2017 for this year’s inductees in the AppleVis iOS App Hall of Fame so head on right away to http://bit.ly/2qTziyW

Thanks for your time.