Raspberry Pi Foundation Announces Merger With Coding School, CoderDojo

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Raspberry Pi Foundation’s CEO Phillip Colligan announced merger
  • CoderDojo will continue to be a separate entity post merger
  • The merger is subject to approval by Irish regulators

Raspberry Pi Foundation, the company behind the nifty credit-card sized single-board computers, on Friday announced that they are joining hands with CoderDojo Foundation, an organisation helping kids learn coding, to form an entity that will be aimed at providing many more young people across the world with new ways to find new coding opportunities.

For the uninitiated, Raspberry Pi Foundation started a technological revolution with the introduction of inexpensive miniature computers fixed on a single chipboard. Many tech enthusiasts and coders have endlessly used them to make DIY computers, in addition to support from major companies like Google. It also runs a network of coding clubs for kids aged between 9 to 13, which is attended by over 150,000 kids per week.

Raspberry Pi Foundation Announces Merger With Coding School, CoderDojo

Coming to CoderDojo, it is an Ireland-based organisation that teaches schoolchildren coding skills. It also promotes volunteer-run programming clubs for kids aged between 7 to 17 years. The company says it has over 1,250 CoderDojos covering 35,000 youngsters in at least 69 countries. Raspberry Pi Foundation CEO Phillip Colligan said his goal is to reach a number of 5,000 CoderDojos by the end of 2020.

 

Post the merger of Raspberry Pi Foundation and CoderDojo, the latter will still continue to remain an individual entity without any ethos or brand change. The Raspberry Pi Foundation will form the entity with CoderDojo of which the former will be the shareholder, and Colligan to join its board of members. However, the merger is subject to an approval by Irish regulators.

“Bringing together Raspberry Pi, Code Club, and CoderDojo will create the largest global effort to get young people involved in computing and digital making,” notes Phillip Colligan, CEO of Raspberry Pi Foundation in a company’s blog post. “The two organisations will work together to advance our shared goals, using our respective assets and capabilities to get many more adults and young people involved in the CoderDojo movement. The Raspberry Pi Foundation will also provide practical, financial, and back-office support to the CoderDojo Foundation,” he added.

Apple announces peer-to-peer payments with new operating system

Apple Inc. AAPL, -1.07% announced peer-to-peer payments using Apple Pay Monday, putting it in competition with PayPal Inc.’s PYPL, -0.17% Venmo. Apple announced the update, along with its new iOS 11 operating system, at its developer conference. IOS users will be able to send payments through iMessage and also store the money received on Apple Pay Cash, a digital debit card. Shares of Apple were down 1% midday Monday.

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Apple Inc. announced peer-to-peer payments using Apple Pay Monday, putting it in competition with PayPal Inc.’s Venmo. Apple announced the update, along with its new iOS 11 operating system, at its developer conference. IOS users will be able to send payments through iMessage and also store the money received on Apple Pay Cash, a digital debit card. Shares of Apple were down 1% midday Monday.

Freedom Mortgage Announces the Acquisition of BluFi Lending

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Freedom Mortgage Corporation, a privately held, full-service residential mortgage lender licensed in all 50 states, has purchased the assets of BluFi Lending, a direct mortgage lender with branches in California and Nevada.  Under terms of this transaction, BluFi Lending’s five branches will be rebranded as Freedom Mortgage. This is part of Freedom Mortgage’s strategy to expand its retail lending footprint in the Western U.S.

BluFi, founded in 2009, is headquartered in San Diego, CA.  It specializes in helping consumers save time and money on home loans for purchase and refinance and prides itself on having a seasoned team of mortgage bankers and industry professionals.  In 2013, BluFi originated over $400 million in residential mortgages.

“The hard work of [BluFi CEO] John Lee and his talented team exemplifies what a well-established mortgage lending organization can accomplish.  BluFi Lending built a solid market presence in the Western U.S. and Freedom Mortgage will help them continue to grow,” said Stanley C. Middleman, president and CEO of Freedom Mortgage. “Freedom Mortgage is gaining valuable expertise, proven marketing tools and a retail platform to expand. We’re pleased to have them become a part of Freedom Mortgage.”

John Lee stated, “Given the financial strength and commitment of Freedom Mortgage to grow its retail business, we are very proud to become members of this highly regarded company.   Assisting future homebuyers with an easy loan process to homeownership is our goal, and we will be able to achieve more with Freedom Mortgage. ”

“The industry’s changes are opening up a lot of opportunities for lenders that have a solid plan in place,” said Mr. Middleman. “Some companies are downsizing but, at Freedom Mortgage, we’re growing. By merging with BluFi we’re expanding our ability to foster homeownership to more people in a greater territory, and for that we are both excited and grateful.”

About Freedom Mortgage
Freedom Mortgage Corporation is a national full-service mortgage banker with wholesale, retail, commercial, correspondent and servicing operations. The company is licensed in all 50 states, DC and Puerto Rico and has a $44B servicing portfolio. Freedom Mortgage maintains an A rating with the Better Business Bureau and is known for using the most advanced technologies and providing world-class service to its clients, borrowers and partners. The company was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. For more information, please visit www.FreedomMortgage.com.

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Apple announces a new operating system for the Mac: High Sierra

Image result for Apple announces a new operating system for the Mac: High SierraApple’s senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi took the stage during Apple’s WWDC 2017 in San Jose on Monday where he unveiled macOS High Sierra.

MacOS High Sierra is the successor to macOS Sierra, which Apple announced last year. It offers plenty of new features.

Safari is faster, Apple said, and will prevent videos from autoplaying when you visit a page. It also has “Intelligent tracking prevention” to make sure websites aren’t invading your privacy and revealing your history.

Mail has also been refined with new search functions. Spotlight now controls search within mail. The app also now supports split view, so you can type out an email while doing something else, like surfing the web.

Federighi said the largest refinement in macOS High Sierra is in Photos, which now lets you search by keyword, favorites, type of photo and even by face with facial recognition (Apple has worked with this before.) Any edits made to photos in Photoshop sync right back to the Photos app, too.

Apple File System is also coming to macOS as the new default file management system. It was originally announced last year and helps Apple provide more secure storage.

macOS Sierra also supports virtual reality for the first time ever, which will be enabled by new powerful computers Apple is announcing during the show, such as its new iMacs.

macOS High Sierra will be available in the coming months.

Apple Announces Metal 2, External GPU Support, and Steam VR at WWDC 2017

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Apple revealed the new Metal 2 API at WWDC 2017
  • Metal for VR was announced as well
  • Support for Steam VR, Unity, and Unreal was confirmed too

Aside from announcing macOS High Sierra, Apple at WWDC 2017 revealed the new Metal 2 graphics API which the company claims will make code run 10x faster versus last-gen Metal. Also, Metal for VR was announced as well. There are driver optimisations, indirect argument buffers, and sampler arrays to name a few improvements for creators.

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Furthermore, Metal will now support external graphics via a Thunderbolt port with the Metal 2 developer kit that ships with the recently announced AMD Radeon RX 580 GPU.

To drive home Apple’s commitment to creators, the company stated that Metal 2 will support the Steam VR SDK as well as Unity and Unreal Engine. Combined with external GPU support, it means you should be able to use HTC Vive on the Mac.

Does this mean Apple’s hardware will actually work with everything in your Steam library as well as it does on a Windows PC? Not really. But it is a statement of intent. Combined with renewed focus on creators, it could have more than enough to give Microsoft and Oculus cause for concern.

“That is up to Apple. If they ever release a good computer, we will do it,” Oculus founder Palmer Luckey said last year. He went on to clarify the meaning behind his statement and said it’s down to how Apple doesn’t provide high-end GPUs in its computers, which is essential to running the demanding Oculus Rift VR platform.

“You can buy a $6,000 (Rs. 4,00,000) Mac Pro with the top of the line AMD FirePro D700, and it still doesn’t match our recommended specs. So if they prioritise higher-end GPUs like they used to for a while back in the day, we’d love to support Mac. But right now, there’s just not a single machine out there that supports it.”