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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


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.


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


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.


Apple releases iTunes 12.2 update

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Date: Wednesday, July 1st, 2015, 07:11
Category: Apple Music, iTunes, News, Software


The mighty iTunes received an update yesterday.

And it possesses a new icon to be somewhat confused by.

Late Tuesday, Apple released iTunes 12.2. The new version of the software, a 232.8 megabyte download, adds support for the Apple Music streaming service, complete with Beats 1 and Apple Radio as well.


Apple releases OS X 10.10.4 update

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Date: Tuesday, June 30th, 2015, 14:44
Category: News, Software, Yosemite


You’ve been waiting for this for a while.

On Tuesday, Apple released OS X 10.10.4, the newest version of its current operating system.

The update, a 1.09 gigabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:


Latest OS X El Capitan beta build hints at 4K 21.5-inch Mac, Bluetooth remote for possible new Apple TV

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Date: Thursday, June 25th, 2015, 11:09
Category: Apple TV, Developer, Hardware, iMac, News, Software


It’s the beta builds that sometimes show the cool stuff that’s coming down the road.

The newest developer build of OS X El Capitan has revealed hints of a 4K 21.5-inch iMac as well as a Bluetooth remote control for the Apple TV.

The beta references Mac support for a new 4096 x 2304 resolution Apple-made display panel. While the larger, more expensive 27-inch iMac is offered with a 5K display, it could make sense for the smaller screen to be upgraded to a 4K resolution.


Adobe pushes Flash Player, cites security vulnerabilities in previous versions

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Date: Wednesday, June 24th, 2015, 08:25
Category: News, security, Software


As useful as it may be, Adobe is still putting out fires with Flash Player.

The company issued a security update for its Flash Player on OS X, Windows, and Linux. In the bulletin, it cited that this update addresses a critical security vulnerability that could allow an attacker to gain control and take over an affected system.

While Adobe notes that hackers have most commonly taken advantage of this vulnerability with systems running Internet Explorer for Windows 7 and Firefox on Windows XP, the exploit affected all users. To combat the issue, the company has pushed the build of Flash Player and is urging all users to update immediately.


Research team finds major zero-day security flaws in both iOS, OS X operating systems

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Date: Wednesday, June 17th, 2015, 08:31
Category: iOS, News, security, Software


Well, this is a bit awkward.

A group of researchers from Indiana University and the Georgia Institute of Technology have stated that security holes in both iOS and OS X allow a malicious app to steal passwords from Appleā€™s Keychain, as well as both Apple and third-party apps.

The claims appear to have been confirmed by Apple, Google and others.


Apple replaces discoveryd with mDNSResponder for iOS 9, OS X 10.11 betas

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Date: Wednesday, June 10th, 2015, 08:28
Category: Developer, iOS, News, OS X, Software


It looks like the discoveryd protocol may not be working out for Apple and thus, it could be abandoned for both iOS 9 and OS X 10.11.

Recent analysis of the iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan have shown that Apple has dropped the network protocol for the time being.

In both cases, mDNSResponder has been substituted in again, although the internal nature of the process makes it impossible to see whether it has changed at all since the build of OS X 10.10.4. The discovery protocol has been blamed for many networking and communication stability issues. One way Apple has achieved this is to get rid of discoveryd completely.


Apple posts full WWDC keynote speech online

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Date: Tuesday, June 9th, 2015, 08:32
Category: Developer, News, Software, WWDC


Following up on the slew of announcements from this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple late Monday posted to its website a full version of this year’s WWDC keynote address. The keynote clocks in at just under two and a half hours from Bill Hader’s comedic intro to a musical performance by The Weeknd.

The keynote includes announcements such as HomeKit 2, iOS 9, OS X 10.11 El Capitan, new APIs, watchOS 2 and more.


Apple announces Swift 2, promises programming language will go open source in the near future

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Date: Tuesday, June 9th, 2015, 08:38
Category: Developer, News, Software, WWDC


It never hurts when a programming language becomes accessible to a wider audience.

During the WWDC keynote on Monday, Apple announced that Swift 2, the update to its Swift programming language, would receive significant changes.

A number of enhancements to the language are planned, adding Objective-C generics, a faster debug mode, C function pointer APIs and more.