Apple seeds second OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite beta, asks developers to focus on Wi-Fi issues

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Date: Friday, December 5th, 2014, 11:32
Category: News, Software, Yosemite

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If you’re still having Wi-Fi issues with Yosemite, there may be some hope on the way.

Per MacRumors, Apple on Thursday seeded the second beta of OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite to developers, two weeks after seeing the first 10.10.2 beta and two and a half weeks after releasing OS X 10.10.1 to the public.

The new beta, build 14C78c, is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and should be available in the Mac Dev Center soon.

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Apple Store locations to host Hour of Code introductory programming events on December 11th

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Date: Friday, December 5th, 2014, 11:24
Category: Developer, News, Software, Uncategorized

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Programming may not be your thing, but this could still be something nifty to take your kids to.

Per TechCrunch, Apple is participating in this year’s Hour of Code, the second annual worldwide event designed to help spark interest in and provide access to coding education among youth and students. Apple’s participation will involve offering free one-hour workshops at its Apple Store retail locations, during which they’ll provide attendees with an introduction to basic computer science concepts.

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NinType debuts on App Store, promises typing speeds over 100 words per minute

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Date: Thursday, December 4th, 2014, 13:18
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, Software

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It’ll be interesting to see if it lives up to its claims.

Per MacRumors, NinType, created by app developer Yose Widjaja, has surfaced on the App Store. The program, which focuses on dual thumb use, incorporates a combination of taps and swipes to write words and insert punctuation quickly.

The NinType typing experience is significantly different from the standard iOS typing experience, so it does take some time to adjust to the two-handed swipe and tap input. Users are advised to use the keyboard as a standard keyboard to begin with, inserting swipe-based words gradually to adjust to the difference.

NinType has a built-in game-like tutorial that’s designed to walk users through all of the app’s features, and it is deeply customizable with a top bar that can be arranged to a user’s liking, different visual effects, extensive shortcut options, and settings for nearly every aspect of the keyboard. There are a number of handy gestures in NinType, including a swipe on the spacebar to move the cursor, a swipe on the backspace key to quickly delete words, edge slides for inserting punctuation, and flick to autocomplete. NinType does not require users to enable full access.



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Bluetooth Special Interest Group announces 4.2 spec, introduces speed and privacy improvements

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Date: Thursday, December 4th, 2014, 09:54
Category: Hardware, News, Software, Uncategorized

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Some nifty changes are coming to Bluetooth.

Per 9to5Mac, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced an updated Bluetooth spec, version 4.2, that introduces a number of new features alongside enhancements to speed and privacy. The update also allows for Bluetooth over IPv6, which along with an upcoming update will allow devices to have a direct connection to the Internet and open up new possibilities for Bluetooth sensors and other accessories.

“In addition to the improvements to the specification itself, a new profile known as IPSP enables IPv6 for Bluetooth, opening entirely new doors for device connectivity,” said Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG. “Bluetooth Smart is the only technology that can scale with the market, provide developers the flexibility to innovate, and be the foundation for the IoT.”

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Apple exploring VR gaming, user interfaces via Oculus, Leap-focused job listings

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Date: Thursday, December 4th, 2014, 09:58
Category: Hardware, News

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It’s the job postings that show where Apple’s going next.

Per 9to5Mac, following a series of job listings that indicated that Apple was looking to hire app engineers to build virtual reality experiences and “cinematic user interfaces” for future Apple products, some new details have surfaced. Apple has several new job listings on its website that give us more details about what it plans for virtual reality including a big focus on gaming. One job listing, for instance, is looking for a Game Engineer with experience in virtual reality and the latest game engines to “develop software combining state-of-the-art physics-based world simulation, visuals and Virtual Reality to enable Apple’s development of next-generation product.”

Another job listing seeking an app engineer hints again at gaming by requiring someone familiar with development on third-party virtual reality platforms Oculus Rift and Leap Motion.

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Sprint launches new promotion, offers to halve the wireless bills of customers switching from AT&T and Verizon

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Date: Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014, 09:20
Category: News, retail, wireless

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Sometimes competition is a good thing.

Per Re/code, Sprint unveiled an aggressive new price promotion Tuesday that it claims will halve the bills of customers who defect from AT&T and Verizon in the latest salvo of an increasingly bitter price war.

Under the terms of the deal, which kicks off Friday, a customer can bring a current AT&T or Verizon bill to a Sprint store and store representatives will set up a new plan that is half of the service portion of that bill (the cost of calls, texting and data). In addition to that service cost, though, customers have to buy an unsubsidized device, either up front, through installments or using one of Sprint’s new leasing plans.

Sprint will also pay up to US$350 in early termination fees or remaining device-installment payments, though customers must turn in their existing devices.

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Firefox could be headed to iOS devices in the near future

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Date: Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014, 09:49
Category: iOS, News, Software

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At long last, Firefox may be headed to your iOS device.

Per 9to5Mac and TechCrunch, Mozilla, the developers of the Firefox web browser, may be headed in a new direction under the leadership of new chief executive Chris Beard.

With rapidly declining market share in the web browser race since Google Chrome was released in late 2008, Mozilla appears set on capturing the hundreds of millions of iOS users with a Mobile Safari alternative. “We need to be where our users are,” Firefox release manager Lukas Blakk tweeted this afternoon. “So we’re going to get Firefox on iOS.”

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Apple patent explores Gorilla Glass 4, “fall sensor” for next-gen iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014, 18:20
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Patents

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Gorilla Glass 4 and a new motion sensor might be the thing that saves your iOS devices from nicks, dents and scratches in the future.

Per Macworld and Forbes, Apple has recently published a patent that covers a “protective mechanism for an electronic device” that would use a motion sensor to tell the processor when your phone is in a freefall. The processor would then “alter the center of mass of the electronic device” so your phone wouldn’t fall on its most sensitive parts like the screen or camera.

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Mock-up video surfaces of possible, larger next-gen iPad

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Date: Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014, 10:57
Category: iPad, News

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They have a mock up video of the possible larger, next-gen iPad.

Per MacRumors and Nowhereelse.fr, YouTube user Canoopsy has created a video showing how an iPad Air Plus with those dimensions would measure up to Apple’s other devices including the company’s current iPads, iPhones and 13-inch MacBook Pro.

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Apple co-founder to star in technology-based reality show, details to come

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Date: Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014, 09:52
Category: News

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You may not be a fan of reality television, but what if a show had Woz in it?

Per Gizmodo, engineer, philanthropist, Apple co-founder and Gizmodo contributor Steve Wozniak is teaming up with Mythbusters’ Kari Byron for an upcoming reality show called “The Woz”.

The show will feature Woz testing futuristic gadgets hands-on. The press release says it “introduces the audience to facilities where science fiction is quickly becoming reality.”

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