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Recent wave of Apple hiring may point to effort to improve iOS device batteries

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Date: Tuesday, March 31st, 2015, 08:45
Category: battery, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News

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It’s the hiring cycles that show where a company’s going.

Apple has been looking to make significant additions to its battery technology team since the beginning of March, with a special emphasis on iOS devices, newly listed positions available at the company reveal.

At least nine listings posted within the last month are directly connected to battery technology. Some examples include openings for a hardware manager, a firmware development manager, a battery pack engineering manager, a cell engineer, and an electrical engineer.
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Apple Watch could help lend data to hyper-local weather prediction apps

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Date: Monday, March 30th, 2015, 07:46
Category: iOS, News, Software, Wearables

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A lot of attention has gone into the upcoming Apple Watch’s biometric and health-centric sensors, but the device could also be great for weather forecasting.

Last fall, after the announcement of the iPhone 6 and its barometer, meteorologist Cliff Mass wrote a giddy blog post about the promise of smartphone barometers. He said experimental results from his research team show that dense networks of mobile barometers alone can create highly accurate three-dimensional weather maps. That “almost sounds like magic” to Mass.

The implications of highly localized weather forecasts are profound. The Weather Company, which owns the Weather Channel, has used local weather forecasts to drive increased revenue through context-specific advertising for years. Dense networks of barometer-enabled smartphones in India and Africa could boost local economies by aiding agriculture and other weather-dependent sectors.
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Fantastical 2 now available, offers redesigned interface, new features

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Date: Friday, March 27th, 2015, 12:31
Category: iOS, News, Software

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A useful calendar application just got better.

This week, Flexibits released Fantastical 2 for the Mac.

The new version, which sports a redesigned user interface, also includes a full calendar window with day, week, month, and year views, an intuitive parsing engine, iCloud reminders support, light theme, time zone support, birthday reminders, Action and Share Extensions as well as Handoff support to connect your Mac with your iOS devices.

iCloud Reminders are even better and users can now see their events and dated reminders together in the main list. Reminders can be quickly created by starting sentences with “reminder”, “todo”, “task”, or “remind me to.” Users can also add dates, times, and location-based geofences (when I arrive/when I leave) to their reminders.

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First Apple Watch-compatible apps arrive, now available for download in App Store

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Date: Thursday, March 26th, 2015, 14:00
Category: iOS, News, Software, Wearables

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You may not be able to buy the Apple Watch for almost a month, but the apps are coming out for it.

A slew of new apps have been released with full Apple Watch functionality. That being said, here we go:

Target – The Target app lets you add items to your list and find aisle locations for items. The app’s glance lets you swipe up from the watch face to see when your store is open and how many items are on your list.

Dark Sky – The popular hyper-local weather app brings its accurate forecasting to your wrist.

Evernote – Evernote on the Apple Watch lets you dictate notes, view your recently-created notes, search, and create reminders.
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Hooks 2.1 notifcation app for iOS out the door

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Date: Thursday, March 26th, 2015, 10:35
Category: iOS, News, Software

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If you’re a fan of muchos updates, you’ll like this.

Hooks has just announced version 2.1 of its Hooks iOS app. The app offers over 60,000 notifications and can update you from everything from concerts to Bitcoin exchange rates, is available in multiple languages and can be custom-configured as needed.

Users can receive instant notifications if their personal brand is mentioned, changes in website rankings, sports scores or if there are difficulties with their website, thereby eliminating lost time and income.

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Swifty app helps teach Swift programming basics on your iOS device

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Date: Monday, March 23rd, 2015, 06:02
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Uncategorized

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This qualifies as both useful and cool.

Last summer, Apple surprised almost everyone at WWDC with the announcement of Swift, a new programming language for iOS and Mac development.

The language feels like something Apple would invent. Like several of the languages currently popular in web development, it has a concise, readable syntax that’s easier to pick up than Apple’s older language, Objective-C. It was engineered by Apple’s compiler experts, so in addition to being compatible with existing code and Cocoa libraries, it’s also faster by some metrics.

But even though Apple’s tagline for the language is that it “lets everyone build amazing apps,” no novice is going to pick up Swift and get to coding full-on iOS or Mac apps without some guidance. For those beginning to work with Swift, the Swifty App provides an interactive set of tutorials that gradually guide you through the basics of Swift on your iOS device.

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Nintendo bows to investor pressure, announces plans to bring games to iOS, other platforms

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Date: Tuesday, March 17th, 2015, 11:50
Category: iOS, iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, News

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Sometimes you’ve got to do what the investors tell you to do, even if it means bringing the crown jewels to other platforms.

Still, the upside is that it brings Mario to your iOS device.

Nintendo announced on Tuesday that it has partnered with Japanese mobile game maker DeNA to jointly develop games for smartphones, tablets and PCs, meaning that new titles based on iconic franchises such as Mario, Pokemon and Zelda could soon be available on devices such as iPhone, iPad and Mac. Nintendo will purchase a 10% stake in DeNA for US$182 million as part of a cross-shareholding deal.

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Apple Pay adds 13 new retailers including Fuddruckers, Jamba Juice, JetBlue, others

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Date: Wednesday, March 11th, 2015, 08:23
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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The list of Apple Pay retailers is growing.

As of Tuesday, the total now includes 61 merchants including the following 13 new additions:
- Coca-Cola

- Dan’s Fresh Market

- Dick’s Fresh Market

- Lin’s Fresh Market

- Bashas’

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Ulysses 2.0 writing app in works for Mac, iPad

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Date: Wednesday, March 11th, 2015, 08:03
Category: iOS, iPad, News, Software

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If you were a fan of the Ulysses writing app for Mac and iOS, version 2.0 is just around the corner.

Major changes to Ulysses 2.0 for the Mac include the following:
- New name: Ulysses for Mac is now called just that. No more Roman numerals.

- Seamless sync with Ulysses for iPad: That’s right. Ulysses is now also available on iPad. It’s the full monty. And it syncs via iCloud.

- Updated interface: Redesigned almost every aspect based on Yosemite’s fresh new look. Cleaned house in the process.

- Attachment bar: Attachments now have their proper place. Again.
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Uncovered documents point towards CIA-sponsored program to break iOS device encryption, install backdoors

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Date: Tuesday, March 10th, 2015, 09:45
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, security, Software

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When the CIA sponsors a full-on “jamboree” focused on breaking the security found in the iPhone and iPad, there’s something to be said for that.

According to recently obtained top-secret documents, security researchers were gathered at a CIA-sponsored “Jamboree” event wherein attendees discussed strategies for exploiting security flaws in household and commercial electronics. The conferences have spanned nearly a decade, with the first CIA-sponsored meeting taking place a year before the first iPhone was released.

By targeting essential security keys used to encrypt data stored on Apple’s devices, the researchers sought to thwart the company’s attempts to provide mobile security to hundreds of millions of Apple customers across the globe. Studying both “physical” and “non-invasive” techniques, U.S. government-sponsored research has been aimed at discovering ways to decrypt and ultimately penetrate Apple’s encrypted firmware. This could enable spies to plant malicious code on Apple devices and seek out potential vulnerabilities in other parts of the iPhone and iPad currently masked by encryption.

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