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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

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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.

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Apple to replace iOS app Passbook with Wallet, fold functionality into Apple Pay

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Date: Monday, June 8th, 2015, 15:10
Category: iOS, News, retail, Software, WWDC

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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.

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Apple announces Apple Music streaming service, cites June 30th launch date

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Date: Monday, June 8th, 2015, 15:04
Category: iOS, iTunes, News, Software, Uncategorized, Wearables

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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.

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Apple announces watchOS 2, new features such as video playback, more accessible development environment

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Date: Monday, June 8th, 2015, 14:14
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, News, Software, Watch OS, Wearables, WWDC

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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:

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Apple introduces iOS 9, outlines upcoming features and changes, multitasking for iPad

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Date: Monday, June 8th, 2015, 14:36
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software, WWDC

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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.”

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Apple announces changes for HomeKit, plans for integration with iOS 9

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Date: Monday, June 8th, 2015, 13:07
Category: iOS, News, Software, WWDC

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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.

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Apple announces OS X 10.11 El Capitan, plans for fall release

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Date: Monday, June 8th, 2015, 13:44
Category: News, Software, WWDC

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The torrent of news and announcements from this year’s WWDC keynote starts here.

It starts with El Capitan.

On Monday, Apple announced OS X 10.11 El Capitan, the next version of its operation system. The updated OS will feature new versions of multiple stock apps, including Safari, Mail and Notes, improved Spotlight search with natural language enhancements and contextually aware results, Metal for Mac and other new features and refinements.

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Philips announces that Hue Lights will be available in the fall, will support Apple’s HomeKit interface

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Date: Monday, June 8th, 2015, 08:00
Category: Accessory, News, Software, Uncategorized

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Philips’ Hue Lights will get HomeKit support and be en route to you this fall.

Philips has also stated that the smart lights you already own will work with HomeKit and you won’t have to replace them to get them working with HomeKit.

The company released the following statement on its Facebook page:

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Yahoo slims down services, will require iOS 5.0 or later, Mac OS X 10.8 or later to access Yahoo Mail after June

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Date: Friday, June 5th, 2015, 08:53
Category: iOS, News, security, Software, Uncategorized

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Sometimes you’ve got no choice but to upgrade…

Yahoo announced that it will be ending support for Yahoo Mail and Yahoo Contacts will be discontinued for some older Apple devices as of June 15th.

In the case of Yahoo Mail, users with devices running iOS 4 or earlier will no longer be able to use their Yahoo accounts with iOS’ native Mail app. At the same time, Yahoo Contacts will stop syncing with Macs on OS X Lion or earlier.

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Google Drive for iOS updated to 4.0, adds new Material Design user interface, other features

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Date: Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015, 15:43
Category: iOS, News, Software

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Google Drive for iOS has just been updated and it’s added some nifty new features.

The app now features a Material Design user interface to bring it in like with Google’s other apps. A new swipe feature can be used to go back a level in the app and other new features include faster syncing, faster image viewing and improved scrolling performance.

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