In the hopes of making coding more accessible, Apple has launched a new programme in the UK today. The tech giant has partnered with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to launch Everyone Can Code - a programme that teaches blind children to learn and write coding. Children will learn to code via the Swift Playgrounds app, which teaches coding through fun cartoons and puzzles. Alongside the app, children will also be provided with braille versions of the puzzles. Additionally, users will have access to Apple’s screen reading technology, VoiceOver, allowing them to use Swift Playgrounds without needing to see the screen. The programme launched in the US back in May, and has been very successful. Speaking at the time, Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, said: “Apple’s mission is to make products as accessible as possible. Read More Latest Apple news “We created Everyone Can Code because we believe all students deserve an opportunity to learn the language of … [Read more...] about Apple launches new programme to teach blind children in the UK how to code
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With the death of Aretha Franklin and Kofi Annan this week, we take a look back at all the names and faces we have lost from the celebrity world in 2018. It is 2016 which will always be remembered as the year when we said goodbye to huge name after huge name, from David Bowie to Fidel Castro. While 2017 was kinder, we still were forced to bid adieu to popular faces such as Bruce Forsyth and Keith Chegwin. However, 2018 looks to be following in the same footsteps as we've sadly said goodbye to some hugely popular and well-loved celebrities this year. With the Mirror, here’s a run-down of all the inspiring, well-known and stand-out individuals who have died in 2018 so far. John Turner BBC Radio Bristol's former presenter John Turner died at the age of 71. The cause of his death has not been confirmed. He retired in July 2007 after 29 years at the station. BBC Radio Bristol tweeted: "We are heartbroken to tell you that our beloved friend and colleague, BBC Radio Bristol legend John … [Read more...] about All the celebrity deaths in 2018 from Stan Lee to Barry Chuckle
Approximately 200 members of the Chasseurs Ardennais battalion will be deployed to Estonia, equipped with infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), SPIKE antitank missiles, and 120mm mortars, and complete with a combat engineer and combat support unit. The unit is to arrive in Estonia with some 100 pieces of combat equipment, including 35 IFVs and 65 support vehicles, daily Postimees reported on Monday.The Chasseurs Ardennais are based out of Marche-en-Famenne in Wallonia, Southern Belgium. Their motto is "Resist and bite!" and their insignia features a wild boar's head.Asked by Postimees why it is that Belgians in particular will be coming to Tapa Army Base, Liis Mure, director of the NATO and European Union Department of the Ministry of Defence, said that the involvement of new allies in the multinational battle group is decided in cooperation between NATO, Estonia and the UK, the last of which is serving as the battle group's leading country."The most important criteria is … [Read more...] about Belgian unit to serve in NATO Battle Group Estonia next year
A Guisborough chippy is celebrating after being recognised with a prestigious national award. Hutton Lane Fish Shop has become the first on Teesside to be recognised with the prestigious National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF) Fish & Chip Quality Award. The business, on Esk Close, is one of only 225 outlets in the UK recognised with the award, which identifies those serving the highest quality fish and chips. Inspectors make a thorough assessment of the premises, equipment, working practices, hygiene standards and management controls, along with the quality and taste of cooked fish and chips. Owners Alan and Rita Jackson said: "We are delighted to achieve this prestigious award. "To be recognized as one of the top fish and chip shops by the NFFF is indeed an honour and a credit to our hardworking staff who I would like to offer my sincere thanks for their continued hard work and efforts to maintain our excellent reputation. "The award doesn't just represent the fish and chips we … [Read more...] about This Teesside chippy has been named one of the best in the UK
It's one of the best loved Christmas films from the noughties - and it's having a makeover. It's back to Whoville as Dr Suess' The Grinch will be hitting cinema screens once again ahead of the festive season. The animated film is released in the UK on November 9, 18 years after the original live-action version, Dr Suess' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch will voice the title character and is joined by Pharrell Williams as the Narrator, Angela Lansbury as the Mayor of Whoville and Kenan Thompson, of Keenan and Kel fame, as jolly Whoville citizen Bricklebaum. The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to ruin Christmas for the residents of Whoville, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit. Young actress Cameron Seely, who played Helen Barnum in smash-hit film The Greatest Showman,will voice the character of Cindy Lou Who. To celebrate the release of the film, Odeon cinemas are offering every … [Read more...] about When is The Grinch out in the UK and what is the cast?