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Apple seeds sixth beta of iOS 11.3 to registered developers

Only a few days after Apple released a fifth beta of iOS 11.3, today the company has pushed out beta 6 to registered developers, featuring a build number of 15E5216a. This sixth beta release is not yet accompanied by a corresponding tvOS 11.3 beta. The release notes for the latest beta contain no significant changes, suggesting that Apple is primarily polishing iOS 11.3 for a final release, which is expected to be available by the end of this month.

Google Maps adds wheelchair-accessible transit navigation

Google has added support for finding “wheelchair accessible” transit routes to its Google Maps iOS app in order to make getting around easier for users with mobility needs. Users can filter transit directions to only include wheelchair-accessible routes by going into the “Options” section where a new “Wheelchair Accessible” route type will appear alongside the options for best route, fewest transfers, and least walking. Google says the feature is “rolling out in major metropolitan transit centers around the world” starting with London, New York, Tokyo, Mexico City, Boston, and Sydney, however this initial list may not be entirely comprehensive as it also appears to already be available in Toronto as well.

Apple announces education-focused event for March 27

Apple has announced that it will be holding an education-related event at a Chicago high school on March 27, Bloomberg reports. While specific details are vague, the choice to hold this event away from the usual vicinity of its Cupertino campus makes it a particularly unusual one. The invitation for the March 27 event simply notes that Apple will share “creative new ideas for teachers and students” and lists the location as Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago. It’s been several years since Apple has made any major announcements specifically targeted at the education market; the company held a similarly-themed education event in New York City in 2012, where it unveiled the iBooks Author tool, digital textbooks from major publishers on the iBookstore, and the advent of iTunes U as a standalone app targeted at handling online courses.


Daily Deal: Atech Micro Bluetooth Receiver

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering the Atech Micro Bluetooth Receiver for only $19.99 — that’s 60% off the regular price. This tiny Bluetooth receiver will let you make any pair of headphones wireless. If you’re been looking to gain the benefits of wireless playback but don’t want to ditch your favorite wireless earbuds or cans, then this device is for you. Minimalist and feather-light, you simply pair it with your iPhone in the same way as a set of Bluetooth headphones, plug your headphones into the standard audio jack, and you’re good to go.

Get the Atech Micro Bluetooth Receiver now for only $19.99

Gear: Sylvania Smart+ Soft White Filament Light Bulb

While LED bulbs have pretty much become the standard, especially among smart bulbs, we can’t help but appreciate the retro look of a old-school filament bulb, so we think Sylvania’s new A19 Soft White Filament Light Bulb is a pretty cool solution if you’re looking for something different for your HomeKit lighting.


Gear: Thought Out PED5 Grand iPhone Stand

Venerable stand maker Thought Out is back with another iteration in its product lineup, the PED5 Grand for iPhone. It’s a classic Thought Out stand design, made from solid steel and weighted and balanced for stability. This isn’t your typical lightweight aluminum stand — it’s got a serious heft to it, but we think that’s a good thing for something that you’re going to want to stay in place on your desk or kitchen counter.


Apple responds to allegations that it is abusing French developers

Apple has responded to allegations that it has been treating app developers unfairly in France, following yesterday’s report that the French government was planning legal action against both Apple and Google over “abusive commercial practices” stemming from the strict controls Apple imposes on pricing, data use, and contract terms with app developers. In a statement to Le Figaro, Apple emphasized the advantages of its App Store for developers, citing strong relationships with “tens of thousands” of developers in France, and emphasizing that it has paid out over one billion euros to French developers alone. Apple also added that many small startups in France have been able to see their businesses grow to reach users in 155 countries, which of course Apple credits to its investment in iOS, app development, and the App Store. The company also emphasized its stance on privacy and security, noting that it has no access to user transactions within third-party applications.


Apple’s new ‘Families’ page provides a unified collection of tips for parents

Apple has set up a new Families page on its website providing a one-stop collection of tips on all of the parental controls and other options that are available to support parents in helping their kids use their Apple devices safely and responsibly. The new page appears following recent concerns from investors that the company hasn’t been doing enough to protect children from the negative effects of increased device use, and the new Families page emphasis the efforts Apple has put into designing its products with families in mind, noting that the company has “put a lot of thought into helping parents choose what their kids can do with their devices.”


Daily Deal: Qi Wireless Fast Charging Stand

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering this Qi Wireless Fast Charging Stand for only $22 — that’s 68% off the regular price. This charging stand provides simple wireless charging for your iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or any other Qi-enabled device while allowing you to also keep your iPhone in an upright position like you would in a traditional dock.

Get the Qi Wireless Fast Charging Stand now for only $22

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