Apple's new iPad aims to compete with Chromebooks

Apple recently unveiled a new version of its iOS-powered tablet at its education event in Chicago, which it hosted at the largest public high school in Chicago – Lane Tech College Prep High School.

During the event the company’s CEO, Tim Cook said, “Macs and iPads are used throughout schools by students for everything from music to language arts and even advanced robotics.”

The smartphone giant called the 9.7-inch tablet “our most affordable iPad”. The addition to the iPad line-up, which includes the top-end iPad Pro and the smaller iPad Mini 4, starts at $299 for schools and $329 for consumers for the 32GB model. The new iPad is Apple's answer to Google-powered Chromebooks, which have become the go-to gadgets for teachers in classrooms. Apple devices used to fill up schools across the country, but they've since slipped as Chromebooks rose in popularity.

Julian Assange’s internet access revoked

The WikiLeaks founder can't tweet anymore from the Ecuadorian embassy in London. According to an announcement from the government of Ecuador, Assange broke a promise not to interfere with foreign relations; therefore, he can't go online.

The statement from the Ecuadorian embassy states, “The government of Ecuador warns that the behaviour of Assange, with the messages he sends through social networks, puts at risk the good relations that the country maintains with United Kingdom, with the rest of the European Union and other nations.”

Assange has lived in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for six years. He says he faces arrest and the possibility of extradition if he leaves the building.

39 languages are now available on Google Maps

Google has recently announced the availability of Google Maps in 39 new languages. These languages – including Afrikaans, Danish, Filipino, Hebrew, Icelandic, Mongolian, Serbian, Slovak, Swahili, Turkish, and Vietnamese, to name a few – are spoken by around 1.25 billion people.

There are a total of 6,909 living languages recorded in the Ethnologue catalogue. Many of the languages Google chose to add are spoken by large populations. The new language additions will be available on the mobile and desktop versions of Google Maps on iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows OS.