Elderly woman learns to code and creates a popular game geared for people her age.
Retired bank clerk Masako Wakamiya of Japan decided to learn to code last year … when she was 82. Now she’s created a free iOs game, Hinadan, geared for older Japanese folks, just like her. Masako’s app has earned nearly five stars on the Apple App Store and has around 53,000 downloads since it came out last year.
With the median employee age at Facebook being 29 and 31 at Apple, Masako is a standout who’s showing ageist naysayers what an older woman is capable of. A few months ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook called her the “world’s oldest app developer” and since then, she’s become even more popular, which isn’t easy in a field where tech workers over 40 are often considered too old.
Masako noticed there weren’t many mobile games for older people in Japan, so she asked software developers to create some. They weren’t interested, but suggested she learn to do it herself, so she did. Using programming books and lessons with a programmer, this octogenarian learned Apple’s Swift programming language.
“Seniors tend to be depressed as they age, because they lose … family members,” the senior explains. “By teaching them to do new things, it gives them an excitement, a motivation — I really like that feeling and being able to share that.”
A court judge has ordered a 30-year-old man to move out of his parent’s home.
As we previously old you, parents from Syracuse, New York had taken their 30-year-old son to court in order to get him evicted from their home. Michael Rotondo had moved back in with his parents eight years ago after being fired from his last job. As the story goes, he doesn’t do anything to contribute to the home financially - even though he owns his own website business - and doesn't even help out with chores.
All that said, Mark and Christina Rotondo wanted their mooch out - and had repeatedly given Michael notices to move out from the home and even money find a place of his own. They had their day in court yesterday, and the judge has officially ordered Michael to move out. As you might expect, Michael is less than thrilled with the judge's order, saying quote: "This is outrageous." And yes, he plans to appeal.
- The judge has also asked that adult protective services to check up on the family because he’s concerned about the situation.
Source: ABC 7