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27. November 2018

YouTube Music Now Offers Discounted Student Membership for $4.99/Month

YouTube today launched cheaper monthly plans for students who are interested in both its video streaming service and music streaming service, YouTube Music. For the music service, YouTube is knocking down the price of YouTube Music Premium to $4.99/month from $9.99/month, only for verified students (via TechCrunch).

This pricing strategy aligns with similar student offers from rivals like Apple Music and Spotify, which both let students subscribe to their services for just $4.99/month. Similar to YouTube Music, Apple Music didn’t debut a student discount until nearly a year after the service first launched.

Students will also be able to subscribe [...]

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29. Oktober 2018

Apple Investigating Report of Forced Student Labor at Chinese Factory

Apple today said it is „urgently investigating“ a report that claims Apple Watch manufacturer Quanta Computer has subjected teenage students to illegal work conditions at its factory in the Chinese city of Chongqing.

„We are urgently investigating the report that student interns added in September are working overtime and night shifts,“ Apple said, in a statement issued to CNN. „We have zero tolerance for failure to comply with our standards and we ensure swift action and appropriate remediation if we discover code violations.“

In a report last week, Hong Kong labor rights group Students and Scholars Against Corporate [...]

 
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2. Oktober 2018

Three Universities Launch Contactless Student ID Cards on iPhone and Apple Watch

Following a preview at WWDC 2018, Apple today announced that students at three universities in the United States can now add their student ID cards to Apple Wallet to get around campus using just an iPhone or Apple Watch.

Namely, starting today, students at Duke University, the University of Alabama, and the University of Oklahoma can now add their ID card to the Wallet app on iOS 12 and watchOS 5 and use it to pay quickly and easily for laundry, coffee or lunch, and even get into their dorms, the gym, or the school library.

Apple says Johns Hopkins, Santa Clara, and Temple Universities will roll out the capability by the end of this school year.

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1. Oktober 2018

Steve Wozniak’s ‚Woz U‘ Institute Faces Blowback, Former Student Calls it a ‚$13,000 E-Book‘

One year ago Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak backed a new online learning institute that is aimed at educating users in coding and other digital skills. Called „Woz U,“ the subscription-based platform is now facing blowback from participants who cite a lack of quality in the courses and experience offered.

CBS News spoke to one student, Bill Duerr, who said that he expected quality from the $13,200 program (which lasts 33 weeks), but faced ongoing issues. Duerr said the system was full of problems, like live lectures coming pre-recorded and out of date, unqualified mentors, frustrations with typos while coding, and sometimes completely missing instructors [...]

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