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Xcode 7 available for free, allows iOS app development, testing and side loading

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Date: Thursday, June 11th, 2015, 08:56
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software, Uncategorized

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Apple’s allowing wider – and free – access to its iOS development tools at long last.

Prior to this, Apple required users to pay US$99/year to become a member of Apple’s Developer Program in order to run code on physical iPhone and iPads. As part of the new Developer Program, this is no longer required. Apps can be tested on devices, no purchase necessary.

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Apple manifest file points towards 1080p front-facing camera, improved flash for next-gen iPhone

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Date: Thursday, June 11th, 2015, 08:24
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

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This could be useful.

An iOS 9 manifest file discovered by developer Hamza Sood lists ways for apps to determine the hardware capabilities of the device they’re running on, a number of entries reference front-facing camera features that don’t currently exist. In addition to 1080p recording and a front flash, the manifest also refers to “Front60FPSVideo,” “FrontSlomo” and “FrontPanorama.”

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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 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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Microsoft announces June 29th launch date for Windows 10, says it’ll play nicer with the iPhone

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Date: Monday, June 1st, 2015, 10:56
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software, Uncategorized

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You may not love it, but Windows 10 will be en route to a computer near you come June 29th.

And Microsoft says it’ll play nicer with the iPhone.

Microsoft Operating Systems Vice President Joe Belfiore stated that the new operating system would be released on June 29th. Windows 10 will include Cortana, Microsoft’s voice control system that is often considered superior to Apple’s Siri. It also includes new Photos, Videos, Music, Maps, Mail, People, and Calendar apps, all of which will tie into Microsoft’s own iPhone apps.

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TextExpander 5.0 released for OS X, includes new features, iOS companion apps

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Date: Friday, May 29th, 2015, 08:13
Category: News, Software

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A cool thing just became that much more useful.

Smile has released TextExpander 5 for Mac OS X. The new version, a major upgrade to the popular typing shortcut tool, lets you type abbreviations that expand to whole paragraphs, images and more. TextExpander 5 suggests which frequently typed phrases to abbreviate, saving time. Search on your abbreviations as you type to speed text entry.

In addition to an updated user interface for Yosemite, TextExpander 5 adds the ability to store your snippets in a location of your choice, and sync via iCloud Drive or any sync folder. It reminds you when you could have used abbreviations; adds JavaScript snippets that expand programmatically; all with a stats display so that you know how much time TextExpander has saved you.

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Rumor: Apple to launch Apple Pay rewards/incentive program in June

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Date: Thursday, May 28th, 2015, 07:46
Category: retail, Rumor, Uncategorized

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Because commerce is nothing without rewards and incentive programs.

Rumor has it that Apple is set to announce a rewards program next month that will give perks to customers using Apple Pay, a feature that could escalate the stakes in what appears to be a coming battle with Google’s competing Android Pay service.

Sources have indicated that Apple will announce its Apple Pay rewards program in June, potentially at the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhone to feature 12-megapixel Sony sensor with RGBW support

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Date: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015, 08:37
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Uncategorized

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It’s a rumor, but it’s a rumor that could point towards an really nifty camera for the next-gen iPhone.

A recent report states that the next-gen iPhone will arrive with a 12-megapixel Sony sensor that makes use of the firm’s RGBW technology to help with low-light photography.

Sources downplayed the possibility of a dual-camera setup with wide-angle and telephoto lenses, but noted that RGBW means an alleged switch to smaller pixels won’t come at the expense of low-light imaging.

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Apple adds on new data providers for Apple Maps, including NavAds and Gas Buddy

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Date: Friday, May 22nd, 2015, 14:47
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

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Apple’s apparently adding to its list of information providers for its Maps application.

Although the company continues to have TomTom at the top of its list of data providers, additional contributors cited on the acknowledgement page include, E-WEGO SARL, NavAds BV, and Yellow Pages Turkey. The new data sources are likely noticeable in regions around the world including France and Turkey where the information is sourced.

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Apple may have inadvertently outed upcoming iPhone 5c with Touch ID sensor

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Date: Thursday, May 21st, 2015, 09:58
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

An inadvertent promotional photo may have just outed an iPhone 5c with a Touch ID sensor.

A new promotional photo posted to Apple’s online storefront this week shows what appears to be a new version of the iPhone 5c, complete with a Touch ID embedded in its home button.


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The photo was part of a promotion for Apple’s recently-announced Lightning dock. Aside from the Touch ID home button, the pictured device looks much the same. The FaceTime camera remains above the earpiece, while the lock button is on the top right and distinct, pill-shaped buttons control the volume.

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