UK loves iPhones, kids coding on iPads, top games, Apple TV 4, Apple Watch pilots drone


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Six iPhones were among the top 10 best selling mobile phones in the UK — Six iPhones were among the top 10 bestselling mobile phones of the year in the UK. Figures from price comparison site uSwitch.com (as noted by Daily Mail) show the 16GB version of the iPhone 6 took the top spot, followed by the iPhone 5s, the larger 64GB iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6s.

Kids can learn to Code on iPad, Part I — The dominant computing device of the last 30 years was the PC (or Mac). Almost every family had one, and any kid who wanted to learn to code could do so. Starting in about 2010, there was a distinct shift to mobility, smartphones and iPads. The very design of these devices weighed against software languages and learning to code. There are signs this is harming our youngest. However, help is on the way.

The 20 best iOS games of 2015 — Another Macworld slideshow.

Fourth gen Apple TV is a hit holiday gift — According to AppLovin data (derived from the company’s software development kit for tvOS), the Apple TV was a popular gift this Christmas, with usage growing 44 percent from Sunday Dec. 20, to Sunday Dec. 27. Between Dec. 24 and 26 alone, usage grew by 36 percent.

Apple TV universal search integration expands to PBS and PBS Kids, suggests API now open — It appears Apple has made good on promises to roll out developer access to Apple TV universal search APIs, as tvOS now includes deep content links from both the PBS and PBS Kids apps.

Researchers use Apple Watch to pilot drone, control HomeKit Hue lamps via hand gestures — Engineering students at Taiwan’s National Chung Hsing University demonstrated a clever use of the motion sensors in Apple Watch to interpret hand gestures, enabling them to remotely control real world devices akin to the science fiction fantasy depicted in Star Wars.

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