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Xcode 7 available for free, allows iOS app development, testing and side loading

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Date: Thursday, June 11th, 2015, 08:56
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software, Uncategorized


Apple’s allowing wider – and free – access to its iOS development tools at long last.

Prior to this, Apple required users to pay US$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.


Apple replaces discoveryd with mDNSResponder for iOS 9, OS X 10.11 betas

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Date: Wednesday, June 10th, 2015, 08:28
Category: Developer, iOS, News, OS X, Software


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.


Apple posts full WWDC keynote speech online

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Date: Tuesday, June 9th, 2015, 08:32
Category: Developer, News, Software, WWDC


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.


Apple announces Swift 2, promises programming language will go open source in the near future

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Date: Tuesday, June 9th, 2015, 08:38
Category: Developer, News, Software, WWDC


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.


Apple to stream WWDC keynote at Monday, 10 AM PT

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Date: Friday, June 5th, 2015, 07:22
Category: Announcement, Developer, News, WWDC


If you’re hankering to watch the Worldwide Developer Conference keynote, Apple’s got you covered.

The keynote will take place on Monday, June 8th at 10 AM Pacific Time and the PowerPage will do everything it can to bring you the latest news from the event. .

This year, Apple is expected to show off features from the next versions of OS X and iOS, may introduce a new streaming music service built on Beats Music, and could unveil new features for Apple TV such as support for third-party apps. The company is also going to share details on developing native apps for Apple Watch.


Fleet of camera-laden minivans part of Apple Maps data collection effort

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Date: Monday, June 1st, 2015, 07:49
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Pictures


If you were wondering what that minivan with photo gear attached to its roof was doing driving down the street, it’s probably one of Apple’s. In an effort to gather data for its iOS Maps app, a fleet of mysterious vans has appears and begun taking pictures of business storefronts to replace Yelp photos to replace Yelp photos. Sources have stated that this reduces the company’s reliance on outfits like TomTom and allows them to build a 3D Street View feature.

The vans have been spotted in cities such as Los Angeles, Dallas and New York this year and are part of an effort to gather in-house data for the Maps application.


App Camp for Girls 3.0 Indiegogo launches, worth looking into

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Date: Friday, May 29th, 2015, 07:31
Category: Developer, News


If there was one Indiegogo worth getting behind, it’d be this one.

The App Camp for Girls 3.0 fundraiser has launched and is looking to raise US$100,000 to finance this year’s App Camp for Girls programs. The fundraiser works to address the larger issue of why only 20 percent of software engineers are female and why that percentage is even lower among mobile app developers.

The same is true of technology classes in schools, wherein there are few opportunities for girls to explore high-tech fields that aren’t already dominated by males.

App Camp 3.0 will launch an additional location, this time in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Apple swaps out discoveryd network protocol in latest OS X 10.10.4 beta, looks to overcome DNS-related errors

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Date: Wednesday, May 27th, 2015, 07:29
Category: Developer, News, Software, Yosemite


When in doubt, go back to the networking protocol that works best.

And, hey, it should hopefully fix some of the Wi-Fi bugs in Yosemite.

Apple, in an apparent effort to fix DNS errors seen in its Yosemite operating system, will be replacing its buggy discoveryd service with mDNSResponder, a process last implemented in OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

The change was found in the newest OS X 10.10.4 beta, released on Tuesday, wherein Apple reinstated mDNSResponder to handle DNS processes previously assigned to discoveryd since the debut of OS X 10.10 Yosemite.


Rumor: Apple working on “Find My Watch” feature for Apple Watch, new tools and features for Apple Watch, Apple TV

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Date: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015, 08:11
Category: Apple TV, Apple Watch, Developer, iOS, iPhone, Rumor, Software


Apple is implementing a lot of new features for the Apple Watch and Apple TV.

One of them is said to be the ability to find your Apple Watch if it goes missing.

A new report claims Apple is working on a “Find My Watch” implementation that could be paired with a “Smart Leashing” feature that would remind Apple Watch users if they appear to have accidentally left their iPhones behind.


Apple states HomeKit-based devices to surface in June, refutes reports of delays

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Date: Friday, May 15th, 2015, 08:31
Category: Developer, iPad, iPhone, News, Software, Uncategorized


The HomeKit stuff will begin arriving in June according to Apple.

Refuting a recent report claiming delays with the home automation software platform would push back the launch until August or September, Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller went on record as saying that “HomeKit [hardware certification] has been available for just a few months and we already have dozens of partners who have committed to bringing HomeKit accessories to market and we’re looking forward to the first ones coming next month.”