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Apple on Tuesday supplied developers with its second beta release of iOS 8, packing in bug fixes and improvements in the pre-release software scheduled to ship to users this fall. Updates for OS X Yosemite, Apple TV, and Xcode 6 were also provided. iOS 8.0 beta 2 can now be downloaded through the Software Update section of the native Settings application. Apple has warned that it should only be deployed on devices dedicated for beta software development. Also on...
While Apple's next-generation full-sized iPad isn't expected to see a major redesign this year, a new set of dummy models claiming to show the look of 2014 iPad Air feature tweaked volume buttons with a new, recessed design, along with a Touch ID enabled home button. The nonfunctioning dummy model shows an indented space for two elongated volume buttons, representing a change from the current iPad Air where the buttons protrude. The mockup was first spotlighted on...
Parents looking for an outlet for their creative-minded children this summer can take advantage of Apple's annual Apple Camp, in which the company invites kids ages 8 through 12 to participate in three-day workshops covering moviemaking with iMovie or storytelling with iBooks. U.S., Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and the U.K. in the months of July and August. Enrollment is free, and parents can sign up at...
A number of new photos purporting to show manufacturing mockups of Apple's next-generation handset have surfaced from sources in Japan and Korea, detailing a thinner, larger iPhone with a redesigned rear flash and relocated sleep/wake button. In agreement with previous "leaks," the new images seem to show a more svelte design featuring a 4.7-inch display and a side-mounted sleep/wake button. The photos were published by Japanese publication ascii.jp and Korean blog...
Art-minded app and hardware developer FiftyThree on Tuesday announced it will be adding an iOS 8-exclusive feature to the "Paper" drawing app that lets users of the company's "Pencil" stylus change the characteristics of a drawn line by modifying how they hold the tool. Source: FiftyThree The new feature, called "Surface Pressure," will be built into an updated Paper app and allows the Pencil's tapered tip to shade, fill and draw depending on how much of the rubber tip...
Cowen & Company on Tuesday became the latest Wall Street firm to revise their price target for shares of Apple stock upward, setting a new forecast of $102 ahead of the anticipated blockbuster launch of the company's next-generation iPhone. Analyst Timothy Arcuri believes Apple's so-called "iPhone 6" is positioned to give an even bigger boost to handset sales than the iPhone 5 did two years ago, representing the last major redesign of the company's flagship device....
Parallels on Tuesday announced an update to its subscription-based Parallels Access remote desktop app, adding new gestures and controls to support operation on smartphones like Apple's iPhone. With the latest Parallels Access version 2.0 for iOS, the software firm best known for its virtualization software has made its iOS remote control app universal. Parallels first launched the app as an iPad-only title in August 2013, offering a new way to interact with Mac and...
Google-owned smart home device maker Nest on Tuesday announced the reintroduction of its Protect carbon monoxide and smoke alarm after product sales were halted and units recalled when a convenience feature was determined to pose a safety risk. Some two months after Nest first took the Protect CO + Smoke Alarm off the market in April, the device is once again on store shelves with a hefty price reduction from $130 to $99 and crippled feature set, reports The New York...
In a court filing on Monday, an attorney representing the plaintiffs in a class action suit seeking damages from Apple's e-book price fixing scheme informed federal Judge Denise Cote that the company has agreed to settle. Apple's closing slide in its e-book antitrust case. | Source: U.S. District Court The letter addressed to Judge Cote was handed in by plaintiffs' representative Steve Berman, a well-known class-action attorney who told Bloomberg that all parties...
The Unicode Consortium on Monday announced the latest Unicode Standard version 7.0 release includes 2,834 new characters and -- more importantly to avid texters -- more than 250 pictographs, otherwise known as emoji. Source: Unicode Consortium In a post to its official blog, the Unicode Consortium announced the new characters, which include new currency symbols, 23 historic scripts and the widely-used emoji character lineup, along with other assets. The Unicode Standard...
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