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By Namerah S
Grammarly revamps iPad app, adds new features
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
Grammarly introduced a bunch of new features in its latest update for its iPadOS application today. The updates improve the user experience on the iPad app by integrating the features provided by Grammarly - spellchecking, synonym suggestions, and other grammatical assistance - more seamlessly into the UI.
Previously, iPad users had to head over to the tab's browser to access the Grammarly Editor. This lengthy process of copying and pasting content just to edit it has now been shortened and made easier thanks to today's updates. Starting today, iPad users can access the editor from the Grammarly Keyboard app directly.
As for the Grammarly Editor itself, that has also been upgraded. The new optimized version of the editor enables users to create and save new documents and manage other documents synced to their accounts once signed in. Other features rolled out today include support for hardware keyboards, keyboard flicks and iPad-optimized layouts.
And finally, the last new addition to the Grammarly Keyboard for iPadOS is a feature called the 'insights' tab, similar to the weekly progress reports emailed to users called Grammarly Insights. Users can tap on the new tab to access their weekly writing statistics and track their improvements by comparing the number of words written, the accuracy of the language and the vocabulary used.
Grammarly's latest update for the iPad app is currently rolling out and should be installed automatically based on the settings. Alternatively, users may download it manually from the App Store.
By Namerah S
Vine resurrected in the form of Byte, out now for Android and iOS
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
Back in 2018, Vine co-creator Dom Hofmann announced that he was working on creating a similar social media application to succeed the popular video-looping app. At that time, it had already been two years since Twitter had killed its famed six-second video sharing platform.
It's a little past the original slated release - spring of 2019 - but the app is finally here. Called Byte, the successor to Vine is out now for the iOS and Android platforms. Much like its predecessor, Byte also focuses on creating and sharing content in the form of looped videos which last six seconds.
Back when Vine was still alive and thriving, there were far fewer social media platforms available with relatively smaller user bases. It will be interesting to see how this revamped new version of Vine performs in the current world of social media which is now overpopulated with similar apps such as TikTok, Likee, Instagram and Snapchat.
The stable version of Byte is rolling out now and can be downloaded free of charge from the Google Play Store for Android users and the App Store for iOS users.
By Usman Khan Lodhi
GitHub launches the beta version of its Android app
by Usman Khan Lodhi
GitHub, the largest code hosting service in the world, announced at GitHub Universe 2019 that it would be making its way to the iOS and Android platforms. Although the company released an Android app in 2012, it was later removed from the Google Play Store in 2015. GitHub has released its Android beta version today which focuses on "making these tasks easier to complete while you’re on the go, with a fully-native experience."
Although the app lets users browse through repositories, share feedback in discussions, and carry out searches among other features, it is not possible to view code unless it is part of a merge request. Users can only view the README file for each repository.
For now, the app is only available to a limited number of developers via email invite links who earlier signed up for the Android beta waitlist. For those who missed out on signing up, GitHub says that it will increase the number of seats for the beta app "as they become available." You may click here to sign up for the waitlist.
Via Android Police
By Namerah S
GitHub is making its way to the iOS and Android platforms
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
Microsoft-owned software development platform GitHub will soon be available to mobile users for iOS and Android platforms alike. The announcement was made at the company's annual three-day event, GitHub Universe 2019, which is currently ongoing.
GitHub for mobile will automatically adjust to any screen size and is compatible with dark mode settings on all devices.
Shanku Niyogi, GitHub's recently appointed senior vice president of product, described the idea behind screen-size optimization for the GitHub app for tablet users:
While the mobile application is already available in beta for iOS, Android users will have to wait until an unspecified point in time to test out GitHub for mobile. All we know so far is that the Android beta is 'coming soon'. In the meantime, interested users can sign up for the Android beta waitlist to be notified about any future updates.
By Ather Fawaz
Applications for the Amazon Future Engineer scholarship program now open
by Ather Fawaz
Back in September, Amazon hosted the United States' biggest career fair where people hailing from all sorts of backgrounds and experience levels came in and explored the 30,000 full-time and part-time, job openings that were up for grabs. The tech giant now has something in store for passionate and upcoming computer scientists.
Today, applications for the Amazon Future Engineer scholarship program officially opened. Under it, 100 students belonging to underserved and underrepresented communities across the country will have the opportunity to receive $40,000 to pursue computer science at a college of their liking. The lump sum of $40,000 will be equally spread, at $10,000 each, over the four years of the degree.
In addition, the chosen students will also have a guaranteed paid internship placement at Amazon at the culmination of their first year under the program. According to the firm, "Amazon Future Engineer is one of the only computer science programs to offer a scholarship and internship placement to students."
This will be the second year for the program, which was originally announced in November 2018, exactly a year ago. For the firm, the "Amazon Future Engineer is a four-part childhood-to-career program intended to inspire, educate, and prepare children and young adults from underrepresented and underserved communities to pursue careers in the fast-growing field of computer science."
As far as the application is concerned, Amazon highly encouraged current high school seniors, who fit the demographic above, to apply. There are also some prerequisites for applying to the program, which the firm outlined in its press release:
The due date for the application is January 17, next year. For more information, past experiences of accepted candidates, and for applying to the Amazon Future Engineer program, you may visit the website here.