Apple dropped this news on Friday, announcing a significant upgrade to its Swift Playgrounds coding education app for iOS. This was news that could have owned a slice of the WWDC keynote – suggesting there’s a lot of news to fit into the main event this week.
The Swift Playgounds app launched (at WWDC last year) with just some basics but has now seen updates bring it to a phase where you can interface with robotics toys like Sphero and Jimu, as well as musical instruments.
It’s a great example of Apple iteration. Get a good-if-rudimentary first version out there and upgrade it until it moves from “clever” or “adequate”, with caveats, to become something vying for best-in-class honours.
I’ve done a typical lapsed blogger’s job of maintaining this site. But then, I’ve had a decade of mostly writing words about things I love on other websites as a focus. So now Byrning will become my personal outlet for talking about things I care about in the tech world as my daily work focus shifts toward the domain of science. Some casual tech punditry, if you will. The world needs more of that. You know it’s true.
For those eager to know where I’m going next for my full-time brain work, I’m joining ScienceAlert.
Mobile-first, social-first science news that’s built an amazing balance between catchy headlines, punchy openings and then going deep on the science within. So excited to join this incredibly lean and effective science news crew as it looks to evolve and grow its efforts.
It’s also a truly modern digital operation. Everyone works remotely and collaborates through digital tools. For someone like myself, living in a country town, it’s brilliant to find that perfect balance of living where I want while working as part of a smart and agile digital team.
On Facebook, ScienceAlert is 4x the scale of CNET, so a lot of you already know it. But if you didn’t already, check it out.
I’ll be there from May 1.
CNET is an amazing, influential, global juggernaut of the tech world. And being a part of it for six years has been wonderful. I led the Australian team from separate websites around the world to be a highly respected, integral part of a unified worldwide CNET and that was one hell of a journey. The work we’ve produced along the way has been amongst my proudest achievements.
So it’s very hard to leave. But that’s what I’m doing. And I’m not going to a competitor either.
I’m shifting my attention to another field, a more fundamental area of coverage. Science! Science needs more communicators and advocates than ever in the current world. I’m excited to join an outlet that’s succeeding in this task already (more on this soon), as well as eager to spend some of my own time promoting STEM education and awareness to parents and families who want to better prepare their kids for the future and to get the tech balance right as kids grow up.
I hope all the best people in the land fight it out for my seat here at CNET. It’s an amazing position. A regional leadership role in editorial as part of the world’s best premium publisher. It’s the best role I could have asked for and I’ll miss the team greatly.
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So much ‘why should I pay for basic features’ guff around Feedly Pro. Feedly is a post Reader winner because it is slick and it is iterating features rapidly. I’m happy to give them some money to support the good work of a team who seems to know what I want.
As ever, it’s not about a raw list of features. It’s about the details.
Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
I’m now the Editor of CNET Australia. It’s almost three months into the ride and it’s been great to have my mind firmly on the task of creating the best content we possibly can.
So much to do, so little time. And that means little to see here.