Google Chromebooks aren’t the only devices finding strong demand in the classroom; the company knows that kids and teachers have smartphones, too. On Wednesday, Google launched a Classroom app for both Android and iOS phones to further help reduce paper and bring new ways for educators and students to work together. Students snap photos from their phones and use Classroom to attach the images to homework assignments, for example. Or if the homework was left at home, a parent or sibling can snap a photo of it for submission. Other objects can be shared as well within the app, making it easier to use PDFs, web pages and content in the classroom.
Add another remote computer access app to the list: 9to5 Mac notes that Google introduced Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS on Monday. The free app, found in the iTunes App Store, uses your iPhone or iPad as an interactive window to computers with Google’s Chrome browser and the companion Chrome Remote Desktop app installed. You’re not limited to accessing Chrome of course: The software lets you use a computer running Windows or OS X from afar on your iOS device, remotely accessing whatever software you’d like. Google previously introduced Chrome Remote Desktop for Android, Chromebooks and its Chrome browser.
You can already buy an unlocked GSM iPhone 6 or 6 Plus direct from Apple but it comes with a T-Mobile SIM in the U.S. Consumers will have the option to ditch that SIM card — much to T-Mobile’s chagrin, I’d guess — according to 9to5 Mac whose sources say the SIM-free iPhones go on sale Tuesday.
Pricing should remain the same as the currently available unlocked models, which start at $649. The only real difference here is that you’ll have to provide your own compatible GSM SIM card for your new phone since there won’t be one included. Update: This phone did launch on Tuesday and isn’t just an unlocked GSM model; it’s a “world phone” that supports CDMA, GSM, TD-LTE and many other networks.
The iCloud Photos web app, which allowed users to access photos uploaded from iPads and iPhones in a web browser, has been taken down. Users navigating to the beta app’s permalink now receive an message that Apple “can’t load Photos.” The web app launched for iOS 8.1 users in October. Remember that Apple has promised to launch a new photo app for OS X in “early 2015″ to replace the native Mac versions of both iPhoto and Aperture — so the iCloud Photos web app could be coming back in a new form when that app launches.