December 2017 News Wire

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Interesting stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for December 2017.

What’s Inside All the iPhones?

Every wonder what’s inside an iPhone, or really any phone (since they do similar things)? Apple Inc has sold 1.2 billion iPhones in 15 different models before their current iPhone 8 and X releases. Bloomberg joined with iFixIt.com and a New York City phone repair shop to break down every iPhone model they could buy on eBay.

https://www.bloomberg.com/features/apple-iphone-guts/

Games for people with disabilities

In the US alone, an estimated 33 million video gamers have at least one disability or another. For example, people with color blindness have a difficult time telling the colors red and green apart, colors often used in video games to identify characters or identify correct and incorrect choices. The “Star Wars Battlefront” game offers players multiple color choices, including one that works for people who are color blind. A British hardware company also makes one handed controllers as well as devices to convert head or leg motion into button presses and directional controls.

https://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21729736-some-developers-see-big-potential-market-games-people-disabilities

Also In The December 2017 Issue

Building and creating your tools with the Minecraft toolbox helps you survive the game.

Sensors give robots the senses humans have.

30+ ideas for all age holiday gifts, from books to apps to board games to VR and more.

There might be a reason that too-real robot and video game character creeps you out.

This programming language uses colors instead of text and punctuation to add and perform other tasks.

Knowing how passwords are cracked can help you create better passwords.

There are a number of strategies teachers (plus parents and students) can take to learn programming.

This project uses conductive thread to create a glove to activates your phone.

Software programming does neat things with language, in this case, mixing capital letters.

This Scratch game has lots of ways you can customize the game play. No cats were harmed in the making of this article either.

Links from the bottom of all the October 2017 articles, collected in one place for you to print, share, or bookmark.

Interesting stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for October 2017.