Apple Wants Everyone to Learn how to Build Apps!

Apple swift app design

Interested in a career in app development? Apple just made it that much easier to get into! Last Wednesday Apple announced the launch of their app development curriculum for high school and community college students.

Designed by Apple engineers and educators to teach students how to design apps using the iPhone maker’s Swift programming language, the full-year curriculum is available as a free download in Apple’s iBooks store. Many apps you probably use often, such as Airbnb and Yelp, were built using Swift.

According to Apple, “students will learn to code and design fully functional apps, gaining critical job skills in software development and information technology.”

“We’ve seen firsthand the impact that coding has on individuals and the US economy as a whole. The app economy and software development are among the fastest-growing job sectors in America and we’re thrilled to be providing educators and students with the tools to learn coding,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.

Beginning this fall, six community college systems and select high schools across the U.S. will be among the first to offer the curriculum, including Alabama Community College System, Columbus State Community College, Harrisburg Area Community College, Houston Community College, Mesa Community College and San Mateo Community College District.

In a statement, Apple CEO Tim Cook said “the app economy and software development are among the fastest-growing job sectors in America. We hope these courses will open doors for people of all ages and backgrounds to pursue what they love.”


The Past Year in Bitcoin was Incredible

Another day, May 11, 2017, and Bitcoin has climbed another $100. Since late December of 2016, Bitcoin has been increasing in value rapidly. The value increase correlates with higher frequency of trading and increased public adoption. Bitcoin is setting records daily, and seems to be on track for widespread use as more online merchants and real-world locations begin to accept the digital currency.

Bitcoin quadruples over 1 year, May 2017

Bitcoin has nearly quadrupled over the past year, as of May 2017.

It’s incredible to think that Bitcoin was worth less than $500 in May of 2016, and has climbed to over $1800 at the time of this publication. With three major ups and downs during that time, Bitcoin has shown strong resilience in rebounding, and appears to be on its strongest run yet. Lets talk about those three previous runs.

As CNBC reported around June 2016, there are three main reasons for the activity in
June 2016 bitcoin price fallBitcoin around that time:


While Bitfinex, a major Bitcoin exchange in 2016, suffered with server issues and eventually being hacked for over $72M worth of Bitcoin, traders and believers in the digital currency had to contend with the influence of the Chinese Yuan as well as the uncertainty around whether or not a Brexit would happen. These are the three most influential factors in the action we see around June 2016 regarding the value of Bitcoin.
Bitcoin price fall January 2017 reasonsThe next hiccup faced by Bitcoin enthusiasts came in January 2017, after briefly rising to near all-time-high prices during its most impressive run since 2013. On January 5th, the average price of a Bitcoin across most trading platforms sharply fell around $200. This specific price drop was speculated to be linked to rumors of increased regulation on the digital currency by the Central Bank of China, and the free fall continued for a full week.

Bitcoin volatility in march 2017The final hurdle in our incredible story of Bitcoin over the past year is still fresh in the memory of many Bitcoin traders and enthusiasts. After hitting record highs, and even surpassing the price of gold for the first time ever, an unfavorable decision by the SEC regarding the eligibility of  a Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust to be traded on the stock exchange put the entire future of Bitcoin at risk. But this is not what caused the rapid loss in value of nearly $300 in just 3 days. The cause of this most recent hurdle comes from within the Bitcoin community itself (along with more rumors of Chinese regulations), as Bitcoin miners and thought-leaders debate over complicated software and tech issues.

At the time of this writing, we have yet to experience the next big roadblock in the blockchain-based digital currency’s journey to widespread adoption, as Bitcoin continues to soar at truly astonishing rates.

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Bitcoin volatility creates trading opportunities

Bitcoin Price May 5 volatility creates opportunity

Yesterday, May 4th, Coindesk reported that Bitcoin had broken the $1500 mark for the first time, only to follow that report up near the end of the day with a new report, that Bitcoin had taken a sudden $100 nosedive.

Bitcoin 100 dollar nosedive May 4

Fast forward to today, May 5th, and we’re all the way back up in the high $1500’s at the time of writing this article. It’s becoming increasingly clear that Bitcoin isn’t going to drop off the map again the way it did after it’s first big rally at the end of 2013.

Not only is the value of Bitcoin rising to comfortably surpass the value of gold, but the frequency with which it is being trading is also seeing a significant increase. NewsBTC said yesterday that trading platforms are reporting surges, and more exposure in media is leading to more adoption in the mainstream, which is expected to continue to drive demand for the cryptocurrency up, as well as its value.


While trading can be a way to be earn small gains at a time, many die-hard believers in the blockchain technology are happy to collect and save the coins for what they’re sure is going to be a very dramatic value increase with widespread adoption.

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