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Apple Confirms It’s Deal With Oprah Winfrey For Digital Entertainment

Winfrey and Apple will create original programs

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Actress Oprah Winfrey poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'A Wrinkle In Time' in London, March 13, 2018.
Actress Oprah Winfrey poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'A Wrinkle In Time' in London, March 13, 2018. VOA

Apple Inc on Friday announced a multiyear deal with Oprah Winfrey to create original programming, a coup in the battle for A-list talent and projects in the booming digital entertainment market.

“Together, Winfrey and Apple will create original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world,” Apple said in a statement.

Apple gave no details of the type of programming that Winfrey would create, the value of the deal, or when it might be released. Winfrey had no immediate comment.

Winfrey, 64, an influential movie and TV producer who also publishes a magazine, is expected to appear on screen, a source familiar with the deal said.

Apple has not said how it plans to distribute its programming, to which it has committed an initial $1 billion. The partnership is the biggest original content deal struck by Apple so far as it aims to compete with Netflix Inc,

Amazon.com Inc and Time Warner Inc’s HBO. Netflix, which has said it will spend up to $8 billion on programming this year, in May struck a multiyear deal with former U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle to produce films, documentaries and other content.

Harpo Inc. Chairman Oprah Winfrey
Harpo Inc. Chairman Oprah Winfrey, flickr

Netflix, the world’s leading streaming entertainment provider, has also lured prolific television producers Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes away from broadcast television.

Amazon said in November it had bought the global television rights to “The Lord of the Rings” and would produce a multi-season series that explores new storylines preceding author J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Fellowship of the Ring.” Earlier this week, Amazon also announced a development deal with
Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman’s production company for movies and television.

For its part, Apple in November ordered two seasons of a dramatic series with Hollywood stars Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, looking at the lives of people working on a morning television show.

Other projects Apple has announced include a remake of Steven Spielberg’s 1980s science fiction anthology series “Amazing Stories,” based on Isaac Asimov’s influential “Foundation” science fiction novels, and a drama from “La La Land” movie director Damian Chazelle.

Under the deal with Winfrey, she will remain chief executive of cable channel OWN, which she launched in 2011 in partnership with Discovery Inc. Winfrey in December extended her contract with OWN through 2025, OWN and Apple said.

Under her contract with OWN, Winfrey can appear on camera on other platforms on a limited basis.

Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey, flickr

Known in the United States by millions on a first-name basis, Winfrey rose to fame as the host of her own television talk show, using it to build a media empire that spans magazine publishing, movie and television production, cable TV and satellite radio.

Born into poverty, she is one of the world’s wealthiest women and has been nominated for two Academy Awards.

A rousing speech by Winfrey at the Golden Globes awards ceremony in January triggered an online campaign to persuade her to run for U.S. president in 2020.

Also read:“The Oprah Winfrey Show” was my greatest Therapy: Oprah Winfrey

She dismissed the notion, telling InStyle magazine in an interview, “It’s not something that interests me.” (VOA)

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Best Programming Languages for Beginner Coders

Whichever programming language you choose to start with from this list you will soon pick things up and be coding with confidence.

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It is very simple to set up, and works by creating code in blocks. Pixabay

Learning to program can be a challenge, but some languages are definitely easier to learn than others. For beginners it’s not just about choosing the appropriate programming language to learn, but also about picking one suitable for what you want to do with it. For example, those interested in web development will be looking at Javascript and PHP, while mobile app programming tends to require swift or Java.


There’s a lifetime ahead of you to learn as many programming languages as you wish to, but here we are assuming you are looking for simple, easy to grasp programming languages, so that’s the point we start from.


Python
This free open-source language has simple and easy to read code, requires less code than other languages, and is one of the most popular programming languages taught to beginners in schools. As it is a scripting language it’s not difficult to write a lot of code quite quickly, which beginners appreciate, along with the various free tutorials available online which make self study a breeze.

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A man types on a computer keyboard in front of displayed cyber code in this illustration picture. VOA


Ruby
This is another language which is simple and easy to read, and flexible as it supports various styles of programs such as functional, object-orientated and imperative. It’s a good first language to learn as you can get straight into programming without having to learn lots of jargon first, and it is useful for developing both websites and apps. There are lots of online support resources available free for extra help if needed.


Java
Considered one of the most influential programming languages this general purpose option is object-orientated and designed to be used in cross-platform situations. Learning Java gives anyone a great understanding of the key techniques of programming, a perfect springboard it more complex languages down the line. Android apps designers use Java, and those who are comfortable with it are never going to be out of work.


C and C++
These are two very well established programming languages which underpin many that have followed. They may not be the simplest languages around but they are very popular, and learning these brings so much foundation knowledge that is invaluable for further learning. Both C and C++ have a good range of uses, building things such as desktop, web and mobile apps, and operating systems.

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All we need to remember is that intuition is an ineffective approach to writing efficient code.


Javascript
Known as the ‘language of the web’ this is largely a client-side front-end development language. The syntax is not difficult to learn, being likened to that of C language, and it is a very good choice for your first or second programming language learned. Javascript is used for various things, including web and mobile app development.

Also Read: Apple To Give Free Coding Education To Students


Blockly
Great for terrified beginners or youngsters, this free program is very basic but great or learning basic principles and building confidence. It is very simple to set up, and works by creating code in blocks. Learners who are confident with Blockly will move on to languages like Python with confidence.


Whichever programming language you choose to start with from this list you will soon pick things up and be coding with confidence. To learn more and improve your skills, head over to Simple Programmer.