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iOS 9 beta 5 sports new tools, including interesting new “Wi-Fi Assist” feature

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Date: Friday, August 7th, 2015, 06:40
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software


The iOS 9 betas continue to roll out for registered developers, but some interesting new features appear to be surfacing.

Over the past few weeks, the betas have included tweaked icons, the return of Home Sharing support, a new Handoff UI, a cleaner Apple Music experience, and changes to how Apple Pay can be activated on the lock screen. Main features in iOS 9 include an overhauled Notes app, transit directions in Maps, multitasking features on iPad, a News app, and others.


Status Board 2 released, adds new features, additional templates

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Date: Wednesday, August 5th, 2015, 07:58
Category: iOS, News, Software


This could be useful.

Panic has just released Status Board 2, an update to its data layout program that keeps track of assorted applications.

The new version features an updated user interface, new panel types, multiple board support, a customizable transition & delay, wallpapers, publish & subscribe support and more.


Apple denies MVNO rumor, defuses idea of company becoming cellular carrier for U.S., European markets

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Date: Tuesday, August 4th, 2015, 09:07
Category: iPhone, News, wireless


It was an interesting rumor while it lasted, but Apple appears to have nipped it in the bud.

Apple on Tuesday directly addressed and denied a recent rumor that Apple was looking to launch its own MVNO service in the U.S. and Europe, thereby becoming its own cellular carrier further down the line.

The rumor stated that Apple would lease space from existing network carriers and build SIM cards that switch from network-to-network as need be. Rumors about such a service have been around for a while now, and today marks the first time that Apple has directly denied the existence of any such feature being built by the company.


Researchers demonstrate proof of concept for firmware worm that can directly target Macs

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Date: Monday, August 3rd, 2015, 16:00
Category: Hack, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, security, Software


It’s generally been accepted that Apple’s computers are much more secure than their Windows PC counterparts.

This isn’t entirely true, as a part of researchers have found that several known vulnerabilities affecting the firmware of all the top PC makers can also hit the firmware of Macs. The researchers have designed a proof-of-concept worm for the first time that would allow a firmware attack to spread automatically from MacBook to MacBook, without the need for them to be networked.


Leaked images show purported “iPhone 6s” display components

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Date: Monday, August 3rd, 2015, 08:26
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Pictures, Uncategorized


You can’t say image leaks of forthcoming Apple products don’t answer a few questions.

A set of photos leaked by Chinese repair firm GeekBar show the supposed front and back views of an “iPhone 6s” handset. The photos highlight a Force Touch implementation and appear to incorporate the same rounded glass edges and general shape, with no change to ear speaker or camera positioning. On the back, the LCD module and other internals are obscured by the usual protective metal shielding, though a few differences stand out.


Rumor: Apple to launch fourth-gen Apple TV, updated App Store this fall

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Date: Friday, July 31st, 2015, 08:37
Category: Apple TV, Developer, Processors, Rumor, Software


We’ve been around this rumor before, but it seems to be picking up steam again.

A new report says that a fourth-generation Apple TV, App Store and all the trimmings will arrive in September. The new Apple TV will be unveiled along with the latest iPhones, and sport Appleā€™s A8 chip along with a slimmer look.

The new Apple TV will reportedly feature a control with a touchpad input, and feature Siri on board.


This is Nifty: YourMoji allows for custom emoji creation from any image file

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Date: Friday, July 31st, 2015, 08:47
Category: iOS, News, Software


Jason pointed this out and it looks interesting.

ScStan LLC’s YourMoji allows users to create and edit emojis and stickers directly from your iOS device.

Once created, the emojis can be sent via any social media and messaging app, including iMessage, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter.


Apple releases third public beta of OS X El Capitan operating system

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Date: Thursday, July 30th, 2015, 09:05
Category: Developer, News, Software


If you’re feeling brave of heart, the new public beta of OS X El Capitan has been released and is ready for you to download and play with.

Apple on Wednesday seeded the third beta of OS X El Capitan to public beta testers, one week after seeding the second beta and just under three weeks after first providing the OS X El Capitan beta to the public for testing purposes.

The third public beta, which features no outward-facing changes, is thought to be an under-the-hood update with bug fixes and performance improvements.


Google Translate app update, now supports 27 languages

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Date: Thursday, July 30th, 2015, 08:21
Category: iOS, News, Software


A nifty thing just got a hefty upgrade.

The Google Translate app, which previously allowed you to visually translate printed text in seven languages, has now been updated to 20 more languages, for a total of 27. The app also allows for real-time voice translations with greater fluidity.

The app now supports English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish and users can now translate to and from English and Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian.


Yahoo releases LiveText app, looks to add video to text-based conversations

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Date: Thursday, July 30th, 2015, 08:23
Category: iOS, News, Software


This is pretty interesting.

Yahoo has released its LiveText app, an app that streams video without audio and allows you to send text, icons and emoji. The thought behind this is that the expressiveness of the video makes the conversation more authentic and adds to the nuances that may be missing from a standard text-based conversation via a device.