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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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Here’s why random apps automatically install on your Apple Watch

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Date: Monday, June 8th, 2015, 05:18
Category: Apple Watch, Apps

Apple Watch iOS app: Tap Choose Later to sync only basic information like Mail, Contacts, and Messages.This has been driving me crazy.

Shortly after visiting the App Store on my iPhone I’d notice several new watch extensions installed on my Apple Watch. I know that I didn’t explicitly install MindNode, Drafts and FitStar on my Watch, and I specifically selected “Choose later” when setting up my Apple Watch.

What gives?

If this has been happening to you, there’s a simple reason. The answer comes via Andy Gipetti on Twitter: if you update an iOS app (on your iPhone, for instance) and it has a watch extension, the new watch extensions automatically gets installed on your watch.

This strange behavior occurs despite selecting “choose later” when you set up your Apple Watch. (If you selected “Install All” during setup, you’re probably used to having tons of watch extensions running.) Let’s hope that Apple fixes this wacky “install everything” behavior before too long (today at WWDC perhaps?) and my other current pet peeve: the massive, scrolling list of apps in the Apple Watch iOS app. Apple needs to split it up into watch extensions that are “installed” and “available.”

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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Apple to stream WWDC keynote at Monday, 10 AM PT

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Date: Friday, June 5th, 2015, 07:22
Category: Announcement, Developer, News, WWDC

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If you’re hankering to watch the Worldwide Developer Conference keynote, Apple’s got you covered.

The keynote will take place on Monday, June 8th at 10 AM Pacific Time and the PowerPage will do everything it can to bring you the latest news from the event. .

This year, Apple is expected to show off features from the next versions of OS X and iOS, may introduce a new streaming music service built on Beats Music, and could unveil new features for Apple TV such as support for third-party apps. The company is also going to share details on developing native apps for Apple Watch.

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Next-gen Apple TV won’t surface at WWDC, not ready for prime time

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Date: Thursday, June 4th, 2015, 08:58
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, News

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It looks like Apple won’t be unveiling a next-gen Apple TV at WWDC this year.

In spite of copious rumors that Apple would introduce an updated set-top box, it seems as if the device isn’t ready yet. The New York Times’ Brian X. Chen writes that Apple has postponed its plans because the product is “not ready for prime time.”

The event was rumored to show off new Apple TV hardware, including an improved remote control and a tool kit for developers to use to make apps with. But those plans were postponed partly because the product was not ready for prime time, according to two people briefed on the product.

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Apple Watch units begin shipping with exception of one model, could hit Apple Store retail locations within two weeks

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Date: Thursday, June 4th, 2015, 08:30
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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Apple has essentially vowed to get all its Apple Watch back orders out the door and shipping within two weeks, albeit buyers of the Apple Watch 42 mm Space Black Stainless Steel with Space Black Link Bracelet will have to wait a bit longer.

A recently released statement offered the following:

All orders placed through May, with the sole exception of Apple Watch 42 mm Space Black Stainless Steel with Space Black Link Bracelet, will ship to customers within two weeks. At that time, we’ll also begin selling some models in our Apple Retail Stores.

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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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Apple issues recall for Beats Pill XL speaker, cites possible overheating, fire risk

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Date: Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015, 07:19
Category: Accessory, Hardware, News

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This isn’t the most auspicious beginning to Apple’s partnership with Beats.

Also, if you bought a Beats Pill XL speaker at an Apple store, there’s a chance it could catch fire.

Apple has issued a rare recall notice on the Beats Pill XL portable Bluetooth speaker sold in Apple Stores and various other retailers. The voluntary recall cites a situation in which the battery can overheat and become a fire hazard. Apple purchased Beats Electronics and Beats Music for some US$3 billion in 2014. The current Beats Pill XL hardware has remained the same since Apple purchased the speaker company.

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Recently published support guide shows how Apple TV can control HomeKit devices

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Date: Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015, 07:24
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, HomeKit, iOS, News, Software

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Apple has found a new use for the Apple TV: Controlling every HomeKit-based device in your home.

A recently published support page explains how to set up and use HomeKit and how the Apple TV is used as a hub for remotely controlling HomeKit accessories while on the go.

The guide explains how HomeKit will work with any iOS device running iOS 8.1 or later, how to pair an accessory and how to find and enter a seven-digit setup code and enter it into the gear maker’s custom iOS app. Some apps should allow accessories to be grouped together into homes, rooms, or scenes.

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