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Apple releases iOS 9, OS X 10.11 El Capitan public betas

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Date: Friday, July 10th, 2015, 08:16
Category: iOS, News, Software

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If you’re both brave of heart and hankering to play with the first public betas of Apple’s upcoming operating systems, your dreams have come true.

Apple has just released the first public betas of OS X El Capitan and iOS 9.

The iOS 9 beta build will allow early adopters to try out upcoming features, including new apps like News and a refreshed Notes, transit directions in Apple Maps, an improved Siri, a smarter search which lets you surface results from inside apps, and much more.

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Microsoft launches Office 2016 for Mac to Office 365 subscribers

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Date: Friday, July 10th, 2015, 08:06
Category: News, Software

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Microsoft Office 2016 is here.

Or, at least, it’s arrived for Office 365 subscribers.

The new version of Microsoft Office has arrived with Microsoft citing support for Mac capabilities like Full Screen view, Multi-Touch gestures, full Retina display support as well as cloud support to allow Macs and assorted devices to work on documents.

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Liner app now available for iOS, allows highlighting, annotation, sharing to other apps

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Date: Friday, July 10th, 2015, 08:29
Category: iOS, News, Software

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This is actually pretty neat.

Liner has released the Liner app for iOS. The application allows users to highlight & annotate text, share complete pages or phrases, function as a Safari extension, share to other apps with the share extension and save pages to to Liner app for later highlighting.

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Apple to do away with Recovery Key as part of Two-Factor Authentication in iOS 9, OS X 10.11 El Capitan operating systems

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Date: Thursday, July 9th, 2015, 09:42
Category: iOS, News, security, Software

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There shall be Recovery Key no more come iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

Apple on Wednesday confirmed that the security feature will be removed from its future operating systems.

Currently, the Recovery Key system in Apple’s “two-step” protocol works as a failsafe for accessing an Apple ID when a registered trusted device or phone number is unavailable. Under the existing setup, losing both a trusted device and Recovery Key renders the account inaccessible, which has in the past forced some users to abandon their Apple IDs altogether.

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Hooks notification app now available for iOS, Android and Apple Watch

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Date: Thursday, July 9th, 2015, 08:21
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, News, Software, Wearables

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Hook, the choice notification app, is now available for iOS, Android and the Apple Watch.

The Hook application lets users choose custom notifications such as the latest tweet, news article or sports score, or something more specific such as a change in stock price or the current bitcoin exchange rate.

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Showtime launches streaming service

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Date: Thursday, July 9th, 2015, 07:28
Category: iOS, News, Software

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This could come in handy if you’re looking to cut the cable cord and get things piecemeal.

Showtime Network has just launched its web-based streaming service. The service offers same-day access to Showtime’s content, an ad-free environment, access to the network’s back catalog and sporting events.

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Apple releases VoiceOver patches for iOS iWork apps

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Date: Wednesday, July 8th, 2015, 08:33
Category: iOS, News, Software

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You may want to update your iWork apps today.

Following a rare overnight update on Tuesday, Apple has updated its Pages, Numbers and Keynote apps for iOS to version 2.5.4, returning full VoiceOver navigation and editing functionality to the apps.

The fixes resolve issues that prevented UI navigation and content editing using VoiceOver. In addition to the VoiceOver patch, Pages no longer blurs text on certain devices when the Speak Screen option is activated.

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iOS 8.4 disables some Home Sharing functions, Apple says it’s working on a fix for iOS 9

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Date: Tuesday, July 7th, 2015, 08:19
Category: iOS, News, Software

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This is why they invented bug fixes.

A number of iOS 8.4 users have stepped forward to complain that the recent update disabled their Home Sharing functionality.

They, in turn, have been told that they’re have to wait until iOS 9’s release to get the feature working again.

Home Sharing lets users stream their iTunes songs over Wi-Fi from a Mac to iOS devices, Apple TV boxes, and other Macs. Last week, Apple disabled this feature for music in iOS 8.4, which is the same update that enables the new Apple Music streaming service. Apple has since flagged the lack of Home Sharing as a “known issue” and has yet to say when it might bring the feature back.

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Leaked iPhone 6S schematic shows minimal exterior changes for next-gen handset

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Date: Monday, July 6th, 2015, 07:57
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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If nothing else, a leaked schematic should do the trick.

The cool cats at Engadget Japan have published what’s apparently a schematic of the upcoming iPhone 6S, which came from a source in the Chinese supply chain. The schematic shows a handset with only minimal changes from the current iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

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Rumor: Apple Watch 2 to retain similar appearance to first gen model, will feature larger battery

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Date: Friday, July 3rd, 2015, 07:07
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The current rumor has it that the Apple Watch 2 will look pretty much the same but run for a longer period of time.

And that’s a decent thing.

Apple’s second-generation Watch is unlikely to see any external changes, a Thursday morning report from South Korea suggests, with the company instead focusing on tightening up internal components in order to fit a larger battery.

Following up on yesterday’s report that Apple is working with South Korean firms LG and Samsung to produce thinner OLED displays for its Watch revamp, the new rumor is that Apple is working on a larger battery for the wearable.

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