By Malcolm Owen Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 04:38 am PT (07:38 am ET) A tradition ahead of major events, Apple on Tuesday took down its online store ahead of its 'Field Trip' presentation, an indication that the company will be making changes to its product lineup, potentially involving new iPads and the Apple Pencil. Apple's online store went offline early in the day in preparation for the 'Field Trip' event, most likely for the introduction of new devices. Site visitors attempting to access the online store were greeted by the well-known "We'll be back" message written in Apple's bespoke San Francisco font, advising to "check back soon." Usually the online store becomes available shortly after the product launch event, with major new additions shown on the main Apple.com homepage in many occasions. Today's Field Trip presentation is due to start at 11am eastern time, so the usual Apple event duration of between one and two hours puts the store reactivation at sometime after 12pm … [Read more...] about Apple’s online store goes offline ahead of ‘Field Trip’ event
By AppleInsider Staff Monday, March 26, 2018, 03:00 pm PT (06:00 pm ET) Join AppleInsider as we provide live coverage of Apple's "Let's take a field trip" event from Chicago's Lane Tech College Prep High School on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. CDT (11:00 a.m. EDT, 8 a.m. PDT), where the company is expected to discuss educational initiatives and perhaps unveil new hardware.If you are not automatically forwarded, click here to view the archived livestream. Announced earlier this month, Apple's March event is unusual for a company that typically holds public presentations within the confines of California. As usual, not much is known about the event aside from its focus on education. Apple in a media release invited attendees to learn about "creative new ideas for teachers and students," but failed to detail what, exactly, would be discussed. Reports last week suggest a new low-cost iPad model will see release, potentially with Apple Pencil support. The tablet is expected to be a variant of … [Read more...] about Live from Apple’s ‘Field Trip’ education event in Chicago
Cult of Mac Magazine: Apple will take a field trip out of Silicon Valley to host its first major event of 2018 next week. Instead of focusing on iPhones and Apple Watches, this keynote will be all about education and creativity. Rumors have been swirling for months that new MacBook Airs and an updated, inexpensive iPad could arrive this spring. We might see those, but Apple probably has a couple other surprises in store that you haven’t heard of. Here’s what to expect from Apple’s education event next Tuesday. You’ll find that story and more in this issue. Get your free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine from iTunes. Or read on for this week’s top stories. Cult of Mac Magazine, Issue 237 What to expect at Apple’s big ‘field trip’ event Stylish poster shows the evolution of Apple So you’ve got your iMac, iPad and iPhone at the ready. Your bookshelves are heaving under the weight of all the Steve Jobs biographies. Now … [Read more...] about Cult of Mac Magazine: What to expect from Apple’s big ‘field trip’ event, and more!
Apple has invited the media to a spring event on March 27 in Chicago. The event is education-themed and has the tagline "let's take a field trip" before inviting us to "hear creative new ideas for teachers and students" We're thinking new iPad Pros, possibly new MacBooks (including a MacBook Air replacement?), and an upgraded Apple Pencil. There should also be the announcement of a release date for the AirPower wireless charging mat. On average, Apple holds two to three events per year, although it only held one major event last year in September. That's the second time in a decade it limited product announcements to a single showcasing.Still, it's held five events in March, so we suspected an invite was coming for some sort of event in the spring. Now that it's arrived, we've turned our attention to what may be unveiled, but that's trickier to work out.Looking back at past springtime or "special" events, Apple announced new Macs just once. However, there are rumours of … [Read more...] about Apple’s Field Trip event is on! Are new iPads or MacBooks coming?
TerraSentia is customizable and teachable, according to the researchers, who currently are developing machine-learning algorithms to "teach" the robot to detect and identify common diseases, and to measure a growing variety of traits, such as plant and corn ear height, leaf area index and biomass."These robots will fundamentally change the way people are collecting and utilizing data from their fields," said U. of I. agricultural and biological engineering professor Girish Chowdhary. He is leading a team of students, engineers and postdoctoral researchers in development of the robot. At 24 pounds, TerraSentia is so lightweight that it can roll over young plants without damaging them. The 13-inch-wide robot is also compact and portable: An agronomist could easily toss it on a truck seat or in a car trunk to transport it to the field, Chowdhary said. Automating data collection and analytics has the potential to improve the breeding pipeline by unlocking the mysteries of why plant … [Read more...] about A Tiny Ag-Bot Can Prospect Fields for Emerging Disease-Resistant or High-Yielding Breeds