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Wednesday June 10

11:22
∞ Thoughts on Apple’s WWDC keynote

Apple kicked off its Worldwide Developer Conference on Monday in San Francisco, Calif. While some of the presenters (not mentioning any names) weren’t up to the usual Apple polish, the company did introduce some nice updates.

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10:51
PlayStation Vue adds to live TV subscriptions for...

Sony on Wednesday launched its PlayStation Vue TV service for the iPad, growing the number of TV subscrition services available for Apple products even as Apple's own rumored service remains in limbo.

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10:46
Xcode 7 allows anyone to download, build and ‘...

Apple has changed its policy regarding permissions required to build and run apps on devices. Until now, Apple required users to pay $99/year to become a member of Apple’s Developer Program in order to run code on physical iPhone and iPads. As part of the new Developer Program, this is no longer required. Apps can be tested on devices, no purchase necessary.

However, this technically means that developers will be able to release apps outside of the App Store as long as they are open-sourced. Interested users could then open the code in Xcode, compile and run it on their own devices — avoiding the App Store completely.

This is somewhat...

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10:03
Apple Gives Open Source a Swift 2 Kick


Apple this week announced Swift 2 and said it would open-source it later this year. Swift 2 is a programming language for iOS, OS X and watchOS. It has a new error handling model that works with Apple SDKs and NSError. Two new features in Objective-C -- nullability annotations and generics -- make Swift 2 work better with Apple SDKs. "Generating higher-quality code is the central problem in software engineering, and anything that helps developers do that will help," said Al Hilwa, a program director at IDC.

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09:46
Apple Pay reward cards will roll out slowly, with...

Apple earlier this week announced a handful of retailers that will be the first to offer loyalty card support through Apple Pay, but there’s one company planned for the initial launch that it didn’t mention: Whole Foods. Expect the roll out of other rewards cards to be slow, however, as NFC terminals work to enable support with retailers…

Whole Foods will be among the small number of companies that first launch when the loyalty card support goes live this fall alongside iOS 9 and the renamed Passbook app now known as ‘Wallet’, 9to5Mac has learned.

The adoption of loyalty cards through Apple Pay will likely be slower than credit and payment...

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09:22
First look: iOS 9 brings tons of tweaks to search,...

Alongside a few headline features, Apple has --?as it does in every iOS revision --?made a number of tweaks to existing apps and options in its flagship mobile operating system, including the newfound ability to set the function of the iPhone's side switch to orientation lock, making podcast playback easier, and adding built-in document search.

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09:04
Apple confirms traveling camera vans part of Maps...

Apple has confirmed that that camera-laden van driving around your town is part of a Maps project, not a self-driving car project. The company is even listing when the vans will be in specific areas.

Apple now has a webpage showing where its Maps vans will be between June 15 and June 30, which includes parts of Ireland and England, as well as cities in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Texas, Utah, and Washington.

Apple said it is “driving vehicles around the world to collect data which will be used to improve Apple Maps. Some of this data will be published in future Apple Maps...

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09:00
Want to pose for Apple Maps? Here's where they...

Google Street View

Apple has a fleet of vehicles that are driving around snapping images for a Google Street-like addition to Maps. If you'd like to see if you can get yourself into one of those images, hopefully doing something really stupid or weird, the company has now posted a list of where its vehicles are roaming

Between June 15-30, those vans will be cruising Dublin, Ireland; London and other English cities, and a wide variety of US cities including Atlanta, Chicago, and Orlando. It's time to grab your scuba gear, alien makeup or Spiderman cosplay garb and head out to the streets of your city to claim your fame.

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08:51
Apple replaces discoveryd with mDNSResponder for iOS...

It looks like the discoveryd protocol may not be working out for Apple and thus, it could be abandoned for both iOS 9 and OS X 10.11.

Recent analysis of the iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan have shown that Apple has dropped the network protocol for the time being.

In both cases, mDNSResponder has been substituted in again, although the internal nature of the process makes it impossible to see whether it has changed at all since the build of OS X 10.10.4. The discovery protocol has been blamed for many networking and communication stability issues. One way Apple has achieved this is to get rid of discoveryd completely.

There is still a chance that...

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08:11
Apple enables third-party content blockers for...

Developers building apps for iOS 9 have access to an API that can block content like images, tracking cookies, and pop-up ads in Safari, potentially laying the groundwork for Apple-sanctioned ad blockers.

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08:00
iOS Mail bug allows phishing attacks

Security researcher Jan Soucek discovered an iOS Mail bug a while back that allows attackers to run remote HTML code when an email is opened. What this means is that a malicious user who knows about the bug could create a phishing email that prompts users for their iCloud login. Once the login has been entered, the unsuspecting victim has handed over the keys to everything secured with Apple ID credentials. Here's Soucek's demonstration video of the bug in action:

The only way to skirt this issue right now is to be vigilant. If you're reading mail on your iOS device and a popup asks you to log into a system -- iCloud or other -- don't. The bug was initially filed with Apple in January, but the company has not yet fixed this problem. To force the issue and get things fixed as soon as possible, Soucek uploaded the proof of concept code to GitHub.

So once again: if you're reading mail in the iOS...

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07:34
Spotify climbs to 20M paid subscribers, picks up $...

With the debut of the competing Apple Music service only weeks away, Spotify on Wednesday announced that its total subscriber base has climbed to 75 million people, 20 million of whom are subscribers to its more profitable Premium tier.

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07:25
Apple Maps vehicles

Apple is sending cars around the world to collect map data. Want to know where they are going next?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:14
The Apple collector

Interesting video on Apple collector Lonnie Mimms and his lifelong dream to create a museum dedicated to old computers and gadgets, especially those made by Apple.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:07
∞ Want to beta-test El Capitan and iOS 9?

Help Apple make their new software better. Join the Apple Beta Software Program.

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07:00
Apple Music and music companies investigated for...

New York state attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman and the attorney general of Connecticut, George Jepsen, are again investigating Apple. This time the focus is not eBooks, but Apple's new streaming music service. The pair are preemptively investigating Apple's negotiations with music companies to see if Apple or the record labels violated antitrust laws, reports the New York Times.

The attorneys general wanted to know whether Apple pressured the music labels — or whether the labels conspired with Apple and one another — to withdraw support for popular “freemium” services offered by companies like Spotify in favor of Apple’s paid music subscriptions.

The European Commission also is examinging Apple's agreements with music labels for its Apple Music service overseas.

Our Take on the news:

This...

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06:45
Apple fires Campus 2 contractors as 'spaceship...

Apple has reportedly severed its relationship with general contractors Skanska and DPR -- the two firms responsible for overseeing construction of its new "spaceship" headquarters -- with near-immediate effect, a rare mid-stream shakeup that follows a string of delays and increasing costs.

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06:20
Apple debuts its first ads for Apple Music

Apple on Tuesday released the first advertisements for its upcoming Apple Music service. The three ads have completely different themes, with one focusing on Beats 1, Apple's new radio station, while another showcases the history of sound and Apple Music's role in its evolution. The third ad tries to explain Apple Music by asserting that "Music needed a home . . . so we built it one."

All three spots are well-shot and stylish, as you'd expect. Apple Music will be avaialbe on June 30, with pricing availabe for individuals and family members.

If you're an existing Beats Music customer, note that Apple Music will replace that subsription. Look here for what to expect from the transition.

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05:39
Apple’s watchOS 2 and activation lock

The features Apple is promoting from watchOS 2. Chief among them? Activation Lock.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:18
Apple Music antitrust investigation – Nothing to see...

The attorneys general behind the 2013 eBook price fixing investigation are at it again.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:03
Find My iPhone, Friends become built-in apps in...

Both Apple's "Find My iPhone" and "Find My Friends" applications are built in to the first beta of iOS 9, hinting that they could be added to the growing list of native iPhone apps when the software update launches this fall.

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05:00
Turning 'Shadow IT' into 'Better IT...


Sometimes things happen that seem undesirable, but they actually can turn out to be advantageous when viewed in a certain light, when approached in a certain way, or depending on circumstances. For example, this can be true when it comes to "Shadow IT" -- specifically, the adoption of technology without the involvement or knowledge of the IT organization. Most IT professionals for the past few years have struggled with the "shadow" adoption of technologies.

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04:42
External Link: Apple Announces 2015 Design Award...

Apple recognized ten apps at this year’s Apple Design Awards, plus two student efforts. The winners are the previously reviewed Fantastical, Robinhood, and Workflow; the games Crossy Road, Does Not Commute, Metamorphabet, Shadowmatic, and Vainglory; Mac illustration app Affinity Designer; music mixing app Pacemaker; and student entries Elementary Minute and jump-O. Congratulations to all the winners!

 

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04:15
Apple confirms vans are for mapping data, reveals...

Apple has officially brought to an end the speculation surrounding its formerly secretive mapping vans, revealing that the vehicles are collecting data for future Apple Maps updates, and also emphasizing both privacy and transparency with a list of upcoming driving locations.

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03:30
Here's how the Siri of iOS 9 will push ahead of...

For years, Apple’s Siri digital assistant has skulked in the corner of iOS, usually assisting only when asked. Like the wallflower who gets a summer makeover, however, the new Siri that steps out with iOS 9 this fall will be outgoing and eager, bounding forward to help. 

Siri’s upgrade (revealed at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday) emphasizes proactivity and has achieved parity with the primary features of Google Now and Microsoft’s Cortana: time- and location-based reminders, hunting down videos that can be played within an app, identifying contacts via their phone number, or launching particular songs. But several of Siri’s promised features actually push the platform ahead of the competition: pulling useful data from your apps, controlling your smart home, and kicking off specialized tasks based on your habits or current needs.

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01:28
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01:16
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01:14
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Tuesday June 9

23:41
Apple's Schiller talks iPhone storage, thin...

During a panel session with Daring Fireball's John Gruber on Tuesday, Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller offered his take on 16GB iPhones, the tradeoffs between battery life and device thinness, single-port MacBooks and more.

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23:40
The aboriginal antagonism took abode endure

Forums: Hardware

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With just a few added weeks to go afore Batman: Arkham Knight's release, developer Rocksteady has arise the next chapter in the "Arkham Insider" video alternation that offers an central attending at the activity game. The video covers a array of topics, one of which is Arkham...

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23:39
No one has fabricated any array of aggregate

Forums: Networking

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It's all allotment of Insomniac's drive to bless gaming and...

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23:19
Reactions To Apple's Plans To Open Source Swift

itwbennett writes: At Apple's WWDC 2015 event yesterday, Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, announced that the company planned to open source the Swift language. Reaction to this announcement so far has sounded more or less like this: Deafening applause with undertones of "we'll see." As a commenter on this Ars Technica story points out, "Their [Apple's] previous open-source efforts (Darwin, WebKit, etc) have generally tended to be far more towards the Google style of closed development followed by a public source dump." Simon Phipps, the former director of OSI, also expressed some reservations, saying, "While every additional piece of open source software extends the opportunities for software freedom, the critical question for a programming language is less whether it is itself open source and more whether it's feasible to make open source software with it. Programming languages are glue for SDKs, APIs and libraries. The real value of Swift...

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22:44
Apple’s Phil Schiller addresses 16GB iPhones, single...

The Verge:

On the sidelines of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, marketing SVP Phil Schiller has spoken to Daring Fireball’s John Gruber for a live episode of his The Talk Show podcast. The full interview hasn’t been posted yet, but it’ll be worth checking out for Apple fans when it is — Gruber asked Schiller about a few things that have become hot topics among the company’s community of users and developers.

Can’t wait to see the video. If Twitter is any indication, it was quite the surprise and quite the interview. Kudos to Gruber for scoring a big one.

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22:01
Apple's new developer resources for iOS 9, OS X...

At is annual World Wide Developers Conference on Monday, Apple announced a host of new technologies designed to help developers offer improved user experiences over the entire Apple product line.

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21:41
Phil Schiller talks 16GB devices, ultra-thin design...

Apple’s SVP of marketing Phil Schiller this evening gave an interview on John Gruber’s podcast The Talk Show during which he addressed a variety of different topics. Gruber and Schiller together discussed Apple’s WWDC announcements, such as watchOS 2 and Apple Music. The two also talked about many of Apple’s decisions over the past couple of years, including the company’s obsession with making the thinnest devices possible and how on earth they still sell 16GB devices in 2015.

Gruber asked Schiller about the length of this year’s WWDC keynote, which was seen by many as too long. Schiller responded that Apple tries to keep keynotes between 1:45 and 2:15 and noted that the...

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21:03
WWDC Steals: Apple's new iMac 5K for $1,799; 15...

WWDC 2015 has delivered some shocking deals, such as $200 off Apple's brand new 3.3GHz iMac with Retina 5K display ($1,799) and $300 off its souped up 3.5GHz cousin. Similarly, 15-inch MacBook Pros are now available for as little as $1,749 ($250 off) without a discrete graphics card or $2,149 with one ($350 off).

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18:28
Apple, record labels under scrutiny for collusion in...

Attorneys general in New York and Connecticut are conducting a joint antitrust investigation concerning Apple's negotiations with record labels over its new Apple Music streaming service.

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17:00
Daily Deals for June 9, 2015, featuring Billings Pro

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16:36
Universal denies involvement in anticompetitive...

We’ve already heard several times that Apple has been facing investigations from both the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission over how it negotiated with labels for Apple Music. Now, the New York State’s attorney general has posted a letter from Universal Music Group in which it claims that it is not doing anything illegal to prohibit the access of free music services by the consumer. From the letter:

UMG does not currently have any agreements with Apple Inc. (i) to impede the availability of third-party free or ad-supported music streaming services, or (ii) that limit, restrict, or prevent UMG from licensing its recorded music...

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16:00
AWT News Update: June 9, 2015

Eddy Cue in front of a LOT of the iTunes Library...

Another day, another AWT News Update. Today we look at some Watch stats and apps, an acquisition, a CarPlay story, and discuss whether or not every song in the world will really be available on Apple Music.

  • Thanks to Marketcircle, our sponsor this week!
  • The Apple Watch now has over 6,350 apps available
  • eBay delivers an Apple Watch app
  • 2016 Cadillacs are coming with CarPlay compatibility
  • Incipio acquires ClamCase
  • Guess who's missing from the Apple Music service?

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I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for June 9, 2015.

I want to start off today’s...

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15:43
Opinion: Beats 1 is what sets Apple Music apart from...

Apple announced its streaming music service at WWDC this week after months of much anticipation. The service includes many of the features that our own Mark Gurman reported on months in advance. Earlier this year, I broke down my own thoughts on what features the service needed to have in order to convince me to switch from Spotify. Those requested features included excellent support for my previously acquired music; well-designed, cross-platform apps; exclusive content; competitive pricing; and a killer radio functionality.

In response to the requests for a killer radio...

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14:58
Apple expands HealthKit in iOS 9 to track sexual...

Beginning with iOS 9, HealthKit will accept a number of new data types from external apps and accessories, tracking everything from water consumption to whether protection was used during sex.

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14:25
‘All Boats Rise’: Jimmy Iovine & Eddy Cue...

Billboard:

Apple Music, which launches on June 30 with an arsenal of 30 million songs, has been in the works for more than a decade, says Iovine, who first started talking to the Cupertino-based giant on the heels of the iTunes launch in 2003. Now, it’s a reality, boasting on-demand streaming (with an offline component, to help stem the decline of downloads), a 24-hour human-curated radio station (helmed by former BBC DJ Zane Lowe) and a connect function that facilitates direct-to-fan engagement.

It’s a massive undertaking whose impact is sure to be felt almost instantaneously thanks to the 800 million credit cards Apple already has on file. With a click, users can sign up for $9.99 a month — or $14.99 for the family plan, which allows up to six accounts — price points that, Cue says, took much deliberation.

These interviews are always interesting not only for what they say but what they don’t say. Notwithstanding Iovine’s “unpracticed” appearance and Eddy Cue...

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14:23
Apple Music to reportedly stream at 256kbps, below...

Apple is putting a 256kbps cap on Apple Music streaming, a report said Tuesday, a bitrate lower than competing top-tier offerings from Spotify and the service's own Beats Music forebear.

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13:51
Gadget Ogling: A Speaker-Stuffed Tablet Case, a...


ASUS is on a crusade to end the scourge of tablets with terrible sound. Its new ZenPad 8.0 has an interchangeable cover design that allows users several functional options. One is the Audio Cover, which bumps up sound quality by tucking a 5.1 surround-sound system inside. With six speakers, including a subwoofer, the Audio Cover promises to significantly improve the tablet experience of watching video and listening to music.
However, unless your tablet constitutes your home entertainment system, I can't quite understand the point.

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13:50
Opinion: These were the 10 game-changing WWDC 2015...

There were so many announcements during the WWDC keynote yesterday that even people who follow Apple for a living (and expected most of the details) were overwhelmed. New versions of iOS, OS X, and watchOS were only three of the biggies, alongside the official debut of Apple Music and a lot of small but interesting new details.

Since the keynote ended, I’ve been sorting through all of the stories, as well as all three new operating systems. What follows are my picks for the ten most...

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13:46
eBay arrives on Apple Watch, Google Maps for iOS...

eBay on Tuesday released its first app for Apple Watch, while Google Maps for iOS updated with the ability to receive locations pushed from the desktop.

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13:30
Today in the App Store -- Goatup 2, Sleep Smart and...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Goatup 2; the new Sleep Smart; and an update to JotForm that brings Apple Watch support. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

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Goatup 2 [$3.99 → Free] Unleash your inner Matthew Smith with Goatup 2!

GoatUp [$1.99 → Free] GoatUp is easily the best goat-related platform game on iOS.

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13:24
Apple Music will stream at 256kbps like iTunes Match

Specific details about Apple Music are still rolling out after the iPhone maker announced its new subscription music service at WWDC yesterday. Music quality for streaming and offline playback is bound to be one concern for potential members and it appears Apple will be taking a conservative approach, according to Slashgear.

Apple Music will be at 256 kbps. In comparison, Beats Music uses a 320 kbps bitrate, as does Spotify, while Tidal offers a high-bitrate option.

By default, Beats Music only streamed at the higher 320kbps MP3 quality on the web and when the setting was changed within the mobile app. Download quality, however, did default to the higher quality version of tracks when available....

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13:14
This song is actually a pretty good roundup of the...

Jonathan Mann has been running his “Song a Day” YouTube channel for quite some time now, and without fail, you can navigate to his channel on the day of an Apple event and find yet another song-ified version of Apple’s announcements. He’s a self-proclaimed Apple fanboy, and he was the guy that wrote the song played during the opening to the Antennagate press conference.

Unsurprisingly, he’s back again with a music video going over Apple’s announcements from WWDC 2015. Covering the additions in Mac OS X El Capitan, the latest coming to iOS 9, and Eddy Cue dancing on stage, his song pretty much covers it all. And there’s a bit of humor packed in as well, mentioning Swift going open source and comparing it to...

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12:31
6 ways Apple Music will be better than Beats Music

When news broke last year that Apple was in talks to acquire Beats, my initial response was concern that the subscription music service I’d only just started to love would change into something different. Then Apple actually bought Beats.

What happened next is Beats Music stopped all significant consumer-facing development completely. Apple TV gained a channel for the service as Apple started...

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12:02
These 12 iOS & Mac apps are the 2015 Apple...

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is taking place this week following the company’s kickoff keynote presentation yesterday where it introduced the future of iOS, OS X, and its new Apple Music service, among other updates. As is tradition, one of the first presentations after the keynote was to announce this year’s Apple Design Award winners, a small-scale award show of sorts where Apple honors select app developers by recognize their work and success over the last year.

This year’s 12 winners range from games to education and stock trading apps. Head below for the full list of 2015 winners....

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12:00
After iOS 9 is out, the iPad Air 2 will make a lot...

Yesterday's WWDC keynote will probably be best remembered for the overlong, awkward, and uncharacteristically unpolished Apple Music reveal that closed it out. But what I'm left thinking about the most is the iPad Air 2—all of a sudden it makes a lot more sense than it did when it launched.

Even at the time, it was clear that the iPad Air 2's hardware was created in anticipation of something bigger. There's nothing in iOS 8, save perhaps Safari tab reloading, that makes full use of the A8X's beefy tri-core CPU, its GPU, and its 2GB of RAM. It was faster, but anything it could do could also be done by the fourth-gen iPad from late 2012. This was noted in many reviews of the device, including...

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11:00
Apple steps up security with native two-factor and 6...

Nestled in the middle of iOS 9 announcements were two security-related bumps: Apple now suggests you sete a six-digit passcode instead of a four-digit one; and two-factor authentication becomes a built-in part of iOS (and OS X) rather than an afterthought.

Orders of magnitude harder

The first change is easier to explain. It’s up to 100 times harder to crack a truly random six-digit code (that is, not a pattern like “111111” or “123456”) than the same four-digit code. While brute forcing 10,000 codes into an iOS device seems unlikely, a set of researchers recently exploited a power-off issue in iOS devices to create an automated four-digit cracking system. Breaking the code takes from 6 seconds to 17 hours, they say.

To read this...

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10:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Bigger sound with Boom 2,...

Boom 2, Spotlife, and more

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps brings you a way to improve your sound, a calendar that won’t go away, and all the financial calculations you can handle—and then some.

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10:25
Spotify, Rdio, & Pandora offer mixed reactions...

Apple Music was introduced yesterday at WWDC and has since prompted reactions from many other streaming music companies. When Apple enters a new market, it always shakes things up enough to warrant some concerns from its competitors and Apple Music is no different. Rdio, Spotify, and Pandora have each responded to the Apple Music announcement in their own way:

Spotify has yet to address Apple Music as a company, but CEO Daniel Ek posted a cryptic tweet while Tim Cook and Jimmy Iovine were on stage introducing the streaming music platform. Since deleted, Ek tweeted “Oh ok,” seemingly in response to Apple Music and some of the claims Apple made regarding its competitors. Ek deleted the tweet quickly after posting it. Spotify has not yet commented on the...

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10:02
Apple releases OS X 10.10.4 build 14E33b to...

In addition to releasing an updated build of iOS 8.4 beta today, Apple has seeded out a new build of OS X 10.10.4 to developers and public beta testers. The updated build is labeled 14E33b and highlights stability, compatibility, and security. Apple has been seeding builds of OS X 10.10.4 to testers since late April.

Apple also released the first beta preview of OS X 10.11 El Capitan at WWDC yesterday with new stability and performance improvements alongside improved window management features and an updated system font.

Filed under: Mac Tagged: Apple, beta, Mac,...

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09:59
The 2015 Apple Design Award winners

Apple:

Student Winners – Elementary Minute for iPhone, jump-O for iPhone

Design Award Winners – Shadowmatic, Metamorphabet, Robinhood, Affinity Designer, Crossy Road, Fantastical 2, Does not Commute, Vainglory, Pacemaker.

I always love this list because, if nothing else, the vast majority of these award winners are gorgeous looking apps.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:52
Apple takes aim at Android switchers with ‘Move to...

ZDNet:

With iOS 9 Apple is making a direct play for Android users with an app to help them migrate their data and apps to the iPhone.

The new app, called ‘Move to iOS’ will be released this fall with iOS 9 and is one of two apps targeting the Android platform, the other being Apple Music.

According to Apple, the apps will allow Android users the ability to securely transfer “contacts, message history, camera photos and videos, web bookmarks, mail accounts, calendars, wallpaper, and DRM-free songs and books” wirelessly to an iPhone.

Great move by Apple to make this process as easy, painless and efficient as possible.

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09:00
Samsung's NX500 camera delivers 4K video in a...

Samsung's NX500, introduced earlier this year, is basically a smaller version of its NX1 flagship mirrorless camera. The main difference between them is their look, although the top model does feature better continuous shooting and shutter speeds. In...

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08:53
Apple posts full WWDC keynote speech online

Following up on the slew of announcements from this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple late Monday posted to its website a full version of this year’s WWDC keynote address. The keynote clocks in at just under two and a half hours from Bill Hader’s comedic intro to a musical performance by The Weeknd.

The keynote includes announcements such as HomeKit 2, iOS 9, OS X 10.11 El Capitan, new APIs, watchOS 2 and more.

If you’re curious about the full keynote and anything you might have missed, click the link below.

As always, please let us know what you think in the comments.

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08:43
Apple announces Swift 2, promises programming...

It never hurts when a programming language becomes accessible to a wider audience.

During the WWDC keynote on Monday, Apple announced that Swift 2, the update to its Swift programming language, would receive significant changes.

A number of enhancements to the language are planned, adding Objective-C generics, a faster debug mode, C function pointer APIs and more.

The company also stated that it will make available a migrator tool to move developers from version 1.2 to 2.0 easily, despite the fundamental changes to the language.

The company also that Swift will be entirely open-source in the near future, a move that...

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08:35
The winners of the 2015 Apple Design Awards

One of the highlights of the first day of the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference is always the Apple Design Awards ceremony. The annual awards highlight a cross-section of the best apps available on iOS and OS X in several categories.  This year, the winners included the iOS automation tool Workflow, calendar app Fantastical 2, and even the highly addictive Crossy Road.

For developers, the awards include a trophy and recognition from Apple and their peers. Apple uses the awards as a way to spotlight high-quality apps that provide that special mix of technology and design to make...

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08:34
Governments want to get rid of passwords, too

It's not just giant tech companies that want to put an end to passwords. Both the US' National Institute of Standards and Technology and the UK's Office of the Cabinet have become the first government bodies to join the FIDO Alliance, giving them a d...

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08:24
6 headaches Apple is fixing in iOS 9

Apple’s iOS 9 has plenty of major features to look forward to, such as a more intelligent Siri, transit maps, and, and side-by-side iPad apps. Just as important, however, are the little things—the minor headaches of previous iOS versions that Apple is now getting around to alleviating.

To recap, here are six iPhone and iPad annoyances that will disappear in iOS 9:

1. A less-confusing shift key

Pop quiz: On the default iOS keyboard, are the letters uppercase when the shift key is gray, or white? Unless you bother to memorize, this issue has likely been a constant source of confusion since iOS 7. (The answer, by the way, is white.) As 9to5Mac notes, hitting shift in iOS 9 will toggle the letters on the keyboard between uppercase and lowercase, so there’s no ambiguity about...

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08:13
Apple Combines Developer Programs

Apple has combined its Mac, iOS, and Safari Developer Programs into the new Apple Developer Program, in essence halving the price for those who develop for both OS X and iOS.

 

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08:00
UK Apple Pay purchases to face the £20 contactless...

Apple Pay is on its way to the UK next month, and from launch, all the big banks except Barclays, and a quarter of a million retail outlets will support it. And yet, despite so many day-one partners, it seems we're not quite ready for it. You see, Ap...

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07:42
WWDC 2015 keynote: The fine print

Six colors:

Now that the main show is over, I’ve combed through Apple’s site and press releases to try and find more about those details that didn’t make the cut for the presentation, as well as those announcements that may have been glossed over.

Dan has a good overview of yesterday, recapping what was and wasn’t announced. He caught a bunch of little stuff I missed or that Apple didn’t even mention during the keynote.

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07:07
Apple still in licensing talks to complete Apple...

Even after making Apple Music public during Monday's WWDC keynote, Apple is still negotiating some important music licenses for the streaming service, a new report says.

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06:14
WWDC 2015: Presenting the Apple Design Award winners

The best of the best

At every WWDC, Apple takes some time to recognize the best that the App Store and Mac App Store have to offer—apps and developers that go above and beyond, and serve as examples of what Apple’s platforms are capable of. Let’s meet this year’s cream of the crop: Here are the 2015 Apple Design Award winners.

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05:00
Apple Music Steals WWDC's Scattershot Show


To cap off Monday's wide-ranging keynote at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced a three-pronged music initiative. "Music is such an important part of our lives and our culture," Cook said, showing off Apple's famous "one more thing" slide. Apple executives Eddy Cue and Jimmy Iovine shared the demonstrations that followed, while musician Drake talked up how the new service will enable artists to connect with fans.

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21:05
The best slides, charts, and factoids from Apple...

So many slides, so little time

Monday’s World Wide Developer’s Conference keynote was jam-packed with info about Apple’s adoption rates, new partnerships, app features, and more, with info neatly presented in detailed slides that seemed to zip by a mere second or two after they hit the screen. Some of these slides went by so fast, that if you took your eyes off the live stream for one moment, you might have missed something fascinating—maybe not as exciting as new Apple hardware or software, but an interesting tidbit nonetheless. 

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18:39
“App thinning” will be a major boon for 8GB and 16GB...

iOS 8 wasn't kind to users of 8GB an 16GB iPhones and iPads. Its over-the-air updates required multiple gigabytes of free space, and installing it reduced the amount of free space available on your device. It brought with it the iPhone 6 Plus, which introduced a new "3x" asset size that made apps even larger than they already were. Luckily, iOS 9 should help.

Apple already talked in the keynote about how it had reduced the amount of space required the iOS 9 OTA update from around 4.6GB to 1.3GB, but a more transformative technology only got a passing mention: App Thinning. In short, apps in iOS 9 will leave your phone or tablet with more free space in the first place.

There are three different mechanisms that developers can use to make these apps smaller. The first, App Slicing, is the most significant. Each iOS app binary you download contains a whole bunch of code for a whole bunch of devices—assuming it's an up-to-date, universal iOS...

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18:27
Top 10 iOS 9 Features (Video)

Apple’s WWDC 2015 keynote was full of software announcements. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much on the hardware side of things, but we have some important updates for Macs and iOS devices. Today we’re checking out the Top 10 features in iOS 9. There’s not much of a redesign happening here, but there are a handful of noteworthy features you should know about…

To see these features in action, be sure to check out our features video embedded below. First up, Apple has added a new Low Power Mode, which can be enabled in the Settings app and will add up to 3 additional hours of usage to your device. Resources will be limited and the display...

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18:01
WWDC 2015: The top 3 biggest reveals

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17:45
Developers, Drake, Pharrell, a bird, and some...

ars.AD.queue.push(["xrailTop", {sz:"300x250", kws:[], collapse: true}]);SAN FRANCISCO—This year's World Wide Developer's Conference was a bit more subdued than last year's. In 2014, Apple filled the floors of the Moscone Center with an assortment of vintage and luxury cars, it launched its new Swift programming language, and it launched the heavily-redesigned Yosemite OS. Today the area outside of the conference rooms was sparsely decorated, but there was still a little excitement to come.

Apple announced the new El Capitan OS and WatchOS 2, previewed some things to come in iOS 9, and introduced its...

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17:10
Apple to require 6-digit passcodes on newer iPhones...

As part of its iOS 9 announcement on Monday, Apple revealed that all newer iDevices equipped with TouchID and running the newer version of the operating system will be required to upgrade from a four-digit to a six-digit passcode. Passcodes remain optional, and users can create a more complex alphanumeric password, but six digits will be the minimum. After 10 failed attempts to type in the code, the device will erase itself.

According to Apple (and math), this will vastly expand the effort required to crack a four-digit passcode. Instead of 10,000 possible combinations, newer iOS devices will soon have one million. This change affects the iPhone 5S, 6, 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, and iPad Mini 3.

The switch comes at a time when the White House is in the process of coming up with a position on the issue as a chorus of...

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15:40
AWT News Update: June 8, 2015

WWDC 2015 Special Edition... with not enough time to talk about everything even though this is the longest AWT News Update in history!

  • The Platforms State of the Union livestream is going on right now, with a lot more detail about what we heard this morning...
  • iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan will be released this fall. Developer betas are available now.
  • Apple merged the OS X and iOS developer programs and added in watchOS, all available now for a single $99 annual membership
  • Apple Watch will be getting native apps this fall
  • Apple Music launches on June 30, 2015 for $9.99 per month or $14.99 for up to 6 people per household. It includes Beats 1, a music/music culture radio station.
  • Siri gets a chance to help you with your music trivia

The full text version of the podcast is located below!

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15:16
Apple to replace iOS app Passbook with Wallet, fold...

Apple Pay will be incorporated into Passbook and become Wallet.

During the WWDC keynote, Apple announced that its upcoming Wallet app will replace Passbook, but function in the same way: You’ll still store your concert tickets in Wallet alongside your Apple Pay card information. The program will also store reward cards for stores like Kohl’s and JCPenney as Apple Pay will start supporting retail loyalty programs this fall.

Apple Pay is also rolling out in the United Kingdom this July, supporting about 70 percent of all British credit and debit cards. More than 250,000 locations will accept Apple Pay on launch day, including Boots, Waitrose, Post...

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15:15
For news organizations, this was the most important...

Nieman Lab:

The big news — and pitched as one of the biggest new features in iOS 9 — is an app called News. It’s an awful lot like Flipboard — though the power of being installed on every iPhone and iPad is obviously huge.

The presentation features all the same sort of bells and whistles we’ve seen in Facebook’s Instant Articles — animations, swipe-able photo galleries, fluid movement. And it promises, like other aggregator apps, to get better with time, as it learns which sorts of articles you’re interested in.

Its importance remains to be seen. I don’t necessarily think “Apple just sherlock’ed Flipboard” but, depending on how news organizations take to this, it will be another medium to publish rich content on. I’m interested to see whether or not average people will be able to create “magazines” with these tools.

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15:10
WWDC 2015: OS X El Capitan Key Features

Apple today unveiled OS X El Capitan, the successor to OS X Yosemite 10.10. Besides overall performance improvements, the next generation desktop operating system from Apple is chock full of minor improvements to many different apps and core technologies that drive the OS.

Improved Spotlight Search
First and foremost, Apple is improving Spotlight search, adding new information such as weather, sports, stocks, web video, and transit information. With even more information to display, Apple now presents search results within a resizable window that can be moved around the display. Spotlight also is smarter, allowing you to use natural language to search for an item. It also pulls in additional

Split View
One significant addition to OS X El Capitan is a new split-screen view for full-screen apps. This new view will allow you to run two Mac apps side-by-side on a...

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15:08
Robots Meet DARPA Challenge Despite Pratfalls


Robots from Korea and the United States staggered off with the top three prizes at the DARPA Robotics Challenge, held in Pomona, California, over the weekend. In all, robots from 23 teams participated in the challenge, which consisted of an obstacle course simulating conditions similar to those following the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster. DRC-Hubo, the entry from South Korea's Team Kaist, took home the first prize of $2 million; second prize went to Running Man, from Florida-based Team IHMC Robotics.

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15:01
Apple announces Apple Music streaming service, cites...

You knew it was coming.

It wasn’t like the universe needed another streaming music service, but Apple’s thrown its hat into the ring and announced “Beats One”, or the Apple Music service, which will be available for US$9.99 per month for a single account, US$14.99 per month for a family account and feature on-demand content and curated playlists. The service will launch on June 30 for Apple devices and Windows, but will also come to Android and Apple TV this fall.

During his segment of the keynote speech, Apple executive Jimmy Iovine stated that one of the key components of Apple Music is human-curated playlists, which Iovine said offer much better...

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14:55
iOS 9 to Add More Intelligence and iPad Multitasking

Apple has announced iOS 9 with a number of refinements to iOS, improving the efficiency of the operating system, taking better advantage of the iPad’s screen size, adding intelligent features, and enhancing the built-in apps.

 

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14:39
Apple announces watchOS 2, new features such as...

Apple pulled the curtain back on watchOS 2, its upcoming operating system for the Apple Watch, on Monday. The new version, which will be available in the fall, is said to feature added support for native third-party apps, on-screen video playback, and a collection of many new features for both users and developers.

The upcoming operating system offers the following fixes and changes:

New Timepiece functions: Apple is adding Photo face, Photo Album face, and a Time-Lapse Face covering five different cities to the collection of Watch faces; Photo and Time-Lapse were slated to be part of watchOS 1.0, but didn’t make the cut....

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14:38
Mapbox Sponsoring TidBITS

Please welcome our latest TidBITS sponsor, Mapbox, makers of the Mapbox mapping platform for designers and developers.

 

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14:22
iOS 9 "Move to iOS" app to ease the move...

With all of the great new things coming out for Apple devices, it's not surprising that Apple will be adding a new "Move to iOS" app in iOS 9 that will make it fast and simple for Android users to wirelessly transfer information to a new iOS device.

The app is shown on Apple's iOS 9 preview web page and it's noted that Android users can move photos and video, bookmarks, mail accounts, contacts, message histories, and even wallpapers between devices. However, DRM-protected music, video and ebooks won't be moved over. 

Next, the app actually analyzes the free Android apps on a device and then makes suggestions on how to rebuild or replace those items with iOS versions. If an app is a paid app, it's added to the user's iTunes Wish List so that it can be purchased later.

Expect to see this capability this fall when iOS 9 ships. 

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14:18
Apple Music

John Welch:

WEDR, and its DJs taught me things. Like what funk was. What soul was. Not the calm, whitewashed things you saw on TV when they trotted out Ray Charles for yet another rendering of “Georgia on My Mind” or “Hit The Road, Jack”. But the deep dirty funk. It’s where I first heard Prince, Earth, Wind, and Fire, and so many other artists.

But here’s the thing: WEDR and the DJs were the only way I was going to hear that. My friends were all into either Zeppelin & Pink Floyd, or Disco. From them, I’d have never heard this stuff.

My friend John Welch makes a great point about Apple Music and Beats 1. Like him, I’m interested, if not excited, by what Apple and their DJs come up with. Like John, I’m of an age when DJs mattered. Maybe Apple can bring that age back.

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14:15
Apple introduces iOS 9, outlines upcoming features...

Apple introduced iOS 9 during the Worldwide Developers Conference with a copious number of new changes.

As the mighty Craig Federighi took the stage, he highlighted improvements for Siri, power management, extending battery life, etc.

Federighi cited that Siri is now 40 percent faster, and comes with a new interface that matches Apple Watch, and understands contextual statements like, “show me my WWDC photos from last year.”

iOS 9 will include a Proactive Assistant that learns your routine and offers to perform tasks based on your location, the time of day, or activity. Proactive Assistant can search your email messages for phone numbers to...

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14:14
WatchOS 2 brings new features, more powerful and...

Ars Technica:

All of the Apple Watch’s third-party applications so far have used WatchKit, a small SDK that limits apps’ functionality and UI and restricts them from using all the watch’s underlying hardware. At its WWDC keynote today, Apple announced that it would be moving beyond WatchKit and giving its third-party developers a more capable, native SDK that can take advantage of more of the Apple Watch’s features.

With WatchOS 2 and the native SDK, third-party apps will be able to do more of the things that Apple’s first-party apps can do.

This is a really big deal, akin to the launch of the App store the year after the original iPhone launch. It’s going to make the Apple Watch app ecosystem positively explode.

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13:55
Introducing Apple Music — All The Ways You Love...

Apple today unveiled Apple Music, a single, intuitive app that combines the best ways to enjoy music — all in one place. Apple Music is a streaming music service, a worldwide live radio station broadcasting 24 hours a day, and a new way for music fans to connect with their favorite artists. Apple Music combines the largest and most diverse collection of music with the expertise of world-class experts who have programmed playlists for your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, Apple TV, and Android phones. Apple Music will be available starting June 30 in over 100 countries. “We love music, and the new Apple Music service puts an incredible experience at every fan’s fingertips,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “All the ways people love enjoying music come together in one app — a revolutionary streaming service, live worldwide radio, and an exciting way for fans to connect with artists.”

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13:52
Apple Previews iOS 9

Apple today unveiled iOS 9, giving a preview of new iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch software that will be available this fall. In this upcoming release, iOS devices become more intelligent and proactive with powerful search and improved Siri features — all without compromising users’ privacy. New multitasking features designed specifically for iPad allow you to work with two apps simultaneously, side-by-side, or with the new Picture-in-Picture feature, to keep watching a video while browsing the web, composing email, or using any other app. “iOS 9 is packed with more intelligence throughout, and delivers big updates to the apps customers use most — Maps supports public transit, a redesigned Notes app provides great new ways to capture ideas, and a beautiful News app delivers content that’s personalized to your interests,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “With our new iPad features, users can take advantage of the power of iPad, working in...

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13:51
Apple Announces News App for iPhone and iPad

Apple today unveiled an all-new News app delivering the best news reading experience on any mobile device. Available with iOS 9 this fall for iPhone and iPad, News combines the visually rich layout of a magazine with the immediacy and customization of digital media. News follows over a million topics and pulls relevant stories based on your specific interests that can be easily shared or saved for later. News is powered by the new custom-designed Apple News Format, a digital publishing format that allows publishers to create beautiful layouts. “News seamlessly delivers the articles you want to read in a beautiful and uncluttered format, while respecting your privacy, because Apple doesn’t share your personal data,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We already have nearly 20 publishers representing more than 50 titles joining us, including Condé Nast, ESPN, The New York Times, Hearst, Time Inc., CNN, and Bloomberg.”

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13:50
Apple Announces OS X El Capitan

Apple today announced OS X El Capitan, a new version of OS X that refines the Mac experience and improves system performance. Building on last year’s release of OS X Yosemite, El Capitan introduces enhancements to window management, built-in apps, and Spotlight search, and makes everyday activities faster and more responsive. Metal, Apple’s breakthrough graphics technology, is integrated into El Capitan, delivering systemwide performance gains and enabling games and pro apps to tap into the full power of Mac graphics processors. “OS X delivers unparalleled integration between Mac hardware, iOS devices, apps, and online services, and has helped Mac sales outpace the PC industry every year for the last decade,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “Customers loved last year’s landmark OS X Yosemite release and made it the fastest-adopted PC operating system ever. With El Capitan, we’re further refining the Mac experience with enhancements to...

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13:50
Apple announces changes for HomeKit, plans for...

HomeKit is evolving.

On Monday, Apple announced several changes to its connected-home platform. The next version of HomeKit, which will correspond with the launch of iOS 9 this fall, will add support for motorized window shades and a raft of new sensor classes, including motion and carbon-monoxide detectors.

HomeKit already supports a limited number of thermostats, along with lighting controls from Lutron and Insteon. While Apple didn’t release any specifics, it indicated that the next version of HomeKit would work with home security devices such as those manufactured by outfits like ADT and Vivint.

Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software...

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13:50
WWDC 2015: iOS 9 Key Features

During today's WWDC 2015 Keynote, Apple senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi introduced the upcoming version of Apple's mobile operating system -- iOS 9. Key features of iOS 9 include:

Slide Over, Split View and Picture-in-Picture

Slide Over provides a way to work in a second app without leaving the first with a single swipe. With a tap on the iPad Air 2, the new Split View (see image at top) lets iPad users work in two apps at the same time side-by-side. As AWT Editor Dave Caolo noted during our Google Hangout, "this may finally make the iPad something I can use to do work on everyday." For video or FaceTime calls, the Picture-in-Picture functionality provides a way to continue watching or talking while using your favorite apps.

All of the multitasking capabilities are supported by the built-in Apple apps and third-party developers can use new APIs to add support to their apps. 

Multi-Touch Trackpad...

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13:49
Apple Previews New Apple Watch Software

Apple today previewed watchOS 2, the first major software update for Apple Watch, giving developers the tools to build faster and more powerful apps running natively on Apple Watch. Starting today, developers can take advantage of innovative hardware features of Apple Watch including the Digital Crown, Taptic Engine, and heart rate sensor, along with software APIs to build new app experiences. Available to Apple Watch users this fall, watchOS 2 also includes new watch faces, third-party app information as watch face complications, and new communication capabilities in Mail, Friends, and Digital Touch. “We are thrilled with the feedback we’re getting from Apple Watch customers, and after just a few weeks of availability we’re excited for developers to start building native apps for watchOS 2,” said Kevin Lynch, Apple’s vice president of Technology. “We think Apple Watch users will love being able to see information from their favorite apps right on the watch face, and enjoy the many...

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13:48
Apple Pay Giving Shoppers Even More Ways to Pay

Apple today announced Apple Pay is adding support for rewards programs and store-issued credit and debit cards with iOS 9. Apple Pay will also give shoppers more ways to pay in the U.S., expanding merchant acceptance to over one million locations next month and bringing support for Discover this fall. With this addition, Apple Pay will accept credit and debit cards across all major card networks, issued by the most popular banks, representing 98 percent of all credit card purchase volume in the U.S. “Apple Pay has kicked off a new era of payments and our users love the incredibly easy, secure, and private way to pay,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We’re bringing our customers the most requested features with support for rewards and store-issued cards, and expanding how and where Apple Pay is accepted, which truly transforms the way people pay.”

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13:46
Apple Pay Coming to the UK

Apple today announced that starting next month, Apple Pay will be available to customers in the UK, bringing them the easy, secure and private way to pay. At launch, over 250,000 locations will accept Apple Pay, with support from eight of the UK’s most established banks, across all of the major credit and debit card networks. “We’re thrilled to bring Apple Pay to the UK with support at launch from the most popular banks, an incredible roster of merchants, and many of our users’ favorite apps.” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services.

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Retype - Typography Photo Editor (Photo...
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Toca Life: City (Education)
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12-inch 1.2GHz Gray MacBook on sale for $1487...
Amazon.com has the new 12″ 1.2GHz Gray MacBook in stock and on sale for $1487 including free shipping. Their price is $102 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this model. We expect... Read more
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Amazon.com has the 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro on sale for $1819 including free shipping. Their price is $180 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this model. Read more
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Otterbox’s new Symmetry Series of smartphone cases flaunts the best of both both street style and street smarts with their new metallic finishes and trusted OtterBox protection for iPhone 6 and... Read more
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GE licensee Jasco Products has introduced a new line of GE branded Wrap-n-Charge USB wall chargers with built-in cable management. “We are always working to combine great technology with innovative... Read more
2015 13-inch 2.7GHz Retina MacBook Pro on sal...
B&H Photo has the new 2015 13″ 2.7GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pro on sale today for $1199 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $100 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price for... Read more
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The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pros available for $829, or $270 off the cost of new models. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free: - 13″ 2.... Read more
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The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished iPad Air 2s available for up to $140 off the price of new models. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free: - 128GB... Read more
MacBook Airs on sale for up to $75 off MSRP
Save up to $75 on the purchase of a new 2015 13″ or 11″ 1.6GHz MacBook Air at the following resellers. Shipping is free with each model: 11" 128GB MSRP $899 11" 256GB... Read more
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Purchase a new Mac or iPad at The Apple Store for Education and take up to $300 off MSRP. All teachers, students, and staff of any educational institution qualify for the discount. Shipping is free,... Read more
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The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished Mac Pros available for up to $600 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each Mac Pro, and shipping is free. The... Read more

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