Apple to launch Bug Bounty program, will pay up to $200,000 to hackers, cryptographers and researchers depending on bugs found

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Date: Friday, August 5th, 2016, 07:27
Category: Developer, Hacks, iOS, macOS, News, security, Software, TvOS, Watch OS

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Ok, this is pretty neat.

Yesterday at the Black Hat conference, an annual event designed for the global InfoSec community, Apple’s head of security engineering Ivan Krstic announced the launch of a bug bounty program that will see Apple paying money to individuals who discover major bugs and security flaws in the company’s software.

Many major technology companies like Google and Microsoft offer bug bounty programs to encourage people to discover and report major vulnerabilities, but until now, Apple has declined to provide a similar program.

The new program is part of an effort to open Apple’s software up to hackers, researchers and cryptographers who want to improve upon it and Apple will be offering up to $200,000 to researchers depending on the bug discovered. Secure boot firmware components will earn $200,000 at the high end, while smaller vulnerabilities, like access from a sandboxed process to user data outside of the sandbox, will earn $25,000.

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Apple releases iOS 10 Public Beta 3

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Date: Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016, 14:50
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software

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This is pretty nifty.

On Tuesday, Apple release its iOS 10 Public Beta 3 for anyone interested in testing out the new iOS before it hits.

On iOS, go to Settings > General > Software Update.
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iOS 10 beta 4 features new, updated emojis

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Date: Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016, 06:35
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software

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Within the iOS 10 beta 4 released yesterday, Apple has encoded a series of new and updated emojis including the following:

Rainbow Flag

Single Parent Families

Gender Variations

Redesigned Emoji Images

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Apple releases iOS 10 beta 4 to developer community

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Date: Monday, August 1st, 2016, 10:29
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software

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It’s not a public beta, but Apple has just released iOS 10 beta 4 to the developer community.

The new beta, which weighs in as a 456.6 megabyte download, contains bug fixes and improvements, albeit specific changes have yet to be announced.

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New report sees China overtake U.S. in iOS game revenues

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Date: Friday, July 22nd, 2016, 08:58
Category: Developer, Finance, iOS, News, Software

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The Chinese app market is the world leader at this point in time, the U.S. coming in second and Japan rounding out third place.

A few months ago, App Annie reported on China passing Japan in iOS game revenues, and the firm had predicted that China would jump over the US next. This has now happened and App Annie’s newest report on iOS revenues in Q2 has revealed even more explosive growth for the country. The site noted that China managed to generate nearly double the iOS App Store Games revenue it had just a year earlier in Q2 2015.

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Jordan Castor, 22, shows what a blind Apple engineer can do

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Date: Monday, July 11th, 2016, 07:30
Category: Developer, iOS, iPad, News

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You’ve got to admit, this is impressive.

Jordyn Castor, 22, who was born 15 weeks early, weighed just under two pounds and who has been blind since birth, is now one of the lead engineers for Apple’s VoiceOver technology, codes on a Braille device and is working on Apple’s new Playgrounds project for iOS. Castor, who has been using computers since her parents bought her a desktop in second grade, was first introduced to the Mac at a Minneapolis job fair in 2015.

Castor told Apple reps how amazed she was by the iPad she received as a gift for her 17th birthday just a few years earlier. It raised her passion for tech to another level — mainly due to the iPad’s immediate accessibility.

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Apple releases macOS Sierra public beta

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Date: Friday, July 8th, 2016, 09:53
Category: Developer, macOS, News, OS X, Software

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And now, for the truly brave of heart, the macOS Sierra public beta has just become available.

Late Thursday, Apple released the public beta to macOS Sierra, the successor to OS X EL Capitan.

In order to install the beta, you’ll need to go to beta.apple.com, sign in with an Apple ID and then you’ll be able to download the installer via the Mac App Store.

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Apple releases iOS 10 public beta

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Date: Thursday, July 7th, 2016, 14:12
Category: Developer, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

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If you’re feeling brave, here’s the iOS 10 public beta.

After only two developer releases, Apple has released the public beta of iOS 10 into the wild for public testing.

Apple started letting the public into its iOS beta tests last year. Before iOS 9, you had to be a developer (and pay $99 for a yearly developer subscription) to test drive prerelease versions of iPhone software.

As of now, Apple has released the iOS beta to the public in order to receive feedback from regular users as opposed to strictly developers. The iOS 10 public beta will install the Feedback Assistant app on your iPhone, which you can use to send notes directly to Apple.

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iOS 10 beta 2 heads out the door, walkthrough video posted

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Date: Wednesday, July 6th, 2016, 11:25
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software

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iOS 10 beta 2 is out the door and being tested throughout the developer community.

And, in addition to an assortment of bug fixes, the cool cats at MacRumors have thrown together a quick walkthrough that looks at the new changes, including sticker packs from Apple, changes to the Control Center 3D Touch actions, Apple’s new organ donor signup, and more.

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Spotify cites difficulties getting updated app approved by Apple, alleges competition-based motives (Updated)

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Date: Thursday, June 30th, 2016, 14:40
Category: App Store, Apple, Apple Music, Developer, iOS, Legal, News

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Apple may be playing its gatekeeper card a little too closely where Spotify is concerned.

The audio streaming provider said Apple is making it harder for the streaming music company to compete by blocking a new version of its iPhone app.

In a letter sent this week to Apple’s top lawyer, Spotify says Apple is “causing grave harm to Spotify and its customers” by rejecting an update to Spotify’s iOS app.

The letter stated that Apple had turned down the new version of the Spotify app while citing “business model rules” and demanded that Spotify use Apple’s billing system if “Spotify wants to use the app to acquire new customers and sell subscriptions.”

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