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2015

Apple's public betas of iOS 9, OS X El Capitan are now available [u]

Thursday July 09, 2015

Apple on Thursday launched the first public betas of OS X El Capitan and iOS 9, giving the public an early glance at the operating systems before they officially debut this fall.

First look: Hands on with the new Phantom 3 Professional iOS-connected camera drone

Thursday July 09, 2015

DJI's new Phantom 3 Professional flying camera drone has a distinctly more premium feel when compared to its predecessor, thanks largely to an overhauled hardware controller that's a massive improvement to what was already a great accessory. AppleInsider offers a first look.

Microsoft releases all-new Office 2016 for Mac to Office 365 subscribers

Thursday July 09, 2015

Microsoft on Thursday announced that Office 2016 for Mac --a totally revamped version of its venerable productivity suite --is now available to any Mac user with an Office 365 subscription.

Facebook launches News Feed prioritization first via its iOS app

Thursday July 09, 2015

Facebook on Thursday began deploying a new feature first through its iOS app, making it easier for users of the social network to decide which posts are and are not presented by the social network's News Feed.

Driven again by China, Apple's iPhone shipments expected to hit 51M for June quarter

Thursday July 09, 2015

Apple is poised to announce yet another record breaking quarter, the latest research from investment firm UBS suggests, with iPhone sales once again driven to new heights thanks largely to growth in China.

Apple Stores begin selling third-party accessories with co-designed 'premium' packaging

Thursday July 09, 2015

Apple Stores are already beginning to sell third-party accessories with packaging co-designed by Apple, giving the company even greater control over the presentation and marketing of products sold in its retail outlets.

Apple invents continuous handwriting input method, magnetically linkable earphones

Thursday July 09, 2015

A pair of Apple patent filings published Thursday reveal ongoing work on perfecting the mobile computing experience, including an intuitive continuous handwriting recognition system and a pair of earphones that snap together magnetically for easy stowage.

Apple to remove Recovery Key from iOS 9, OS X 10.11 two-factor authentication process

Wednesday July 08, 2015

Apple on Wednesday confirmed that the removal of a pesky Recovery Key security mechanism will be one of the changes coming to its two-factor authentication solution when iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan are released this fall.

Option for high-quality Apple Music streaming over cellular shows up in iOS 9 beta

Wednesday July 08, 2015

It appears Apple is planning to give on-the-go Apple Music users the option to stream tunes at high bitrates when iOS 9 debuts later this year, as the latest beta released Wednesday includes a toggle switch for high quality audio streaming over cellular networks.

Hacking group that targeted Apple, others reportedly operating independently for profit

Wednesday July 08, 2015

A hacking group that previously targeted Apple, Twitter and Facebook appears to be operating independently and for the explicit purpose of turning a profit on corporate secrets, according to a Symantec research paper released on Wednesday.

Latest iOS 9 beta includes separate Photos folders for selfies, screenshots

Wednesday July 08, 2015

With its latest iOS 9 beta, Apple introduced separate Photos folders for selfies and screenshots, a small but useful addition that could go a long way in cleaning up users' libraries.

Flash Player update closes vulnerability identified by Hacking Team

Wednesday July 08, 2015

Adobe on Wednesday updated Flash Player to fix a number of security vulnerabilities, including one in the hands of Hacking Team, a company that infamously sold snooping tools and services to government agencies around the world -- potentially including harsh authoritarian regimes.

Apple Music helps iOS 8.4 exceed 40% adoption in first week

Wednesday July 08, 2015

Apple now notes that as of June 22, 84 percent of its mobile users are now using iOS 8. Analytics firm Mixpanel further details that 40 percent of the installed base has already upgraded to iOS 8.4, and states that rapid adoption is being driven by interest in the new Apple Music.

Spotify encourages customers to bypass Apple's App Store, save $3 per month on subscriptions

Wednesday July 08, 2015

In an effort to bypass Apple's 30 percent cut of all App Store purchases, and in the wake of the launch of Apple Music, Spotify has begun emailing customers who subscribed through their iOS to convert their subscription to a Web-based one and save $3 per month.

First look: Apple's News app debuts in latest iOS 9 beta

Wednesday July 08, 2015

The newest pre-release version of Apple's next-generation mobile operating system brought the first public release of the company's News app, an app and cloud service unveiled at WWDC and designed to act as an aggregator for news and commentary.

iPad home screen folders now display 16 apps per page in Apple's new iOS 9 beta 3

Wednesday July 08, 2015

In another move intended to take advantage of greater screen real estate on the iPad, folders in the latest beta of iOS 9 are now a larger four-by-four design, accommodating 16 apps per page.

Apple pursuing close, 'day-to-day' oversight of Campus 2 construction

Wednesday July 08, 2015

Even with well-established plans for contractors, Apple is micromanaging the construction of its Campus 2 complex in Cupertino, a new report revealed on Wednesday.

Apple issues third betas of iOS 9, Watch OS 2 & OS X 10.11 El Capitan to developers

Wednesday July 08, 2015

Testing of Apple's next-generation software platforms continues to move along, as developers on Wednesday were provided with the third beta releases of iOS 9, WatchOS 2 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan, ahead of their anticipated release this fall.

Deals: $180-$225 off new 15" MacBook Pros, $500 off 2014 15" MacBook Pros, $999 fully-loaded 11" MacBook Air, Dell 27" Ultra HD 4K for $499.99

Wednesday July 08, 2015

Apple's new 15" MacBook Pros are seeing their deepest discounts yet (between $180 and $225) this week. Meanwhile, two of the most brawny 2014 15" models are now marked down by $500. Also, a few days remain to take advantage of $50 rebates and grab a fully loaded 11" MacBook Air for $999 with free accessories. Most deals expire July 10th.

Apple orders up 90 million 'iPhone 6s' units with Force Touch for 2015 - report

Wednesday July 08, 2015

Apple reportedly has big ambitions for its next-generation iPhones, having tasked its manufacturing partners with assembling between 85 million and 90 million handsets --complete with Force Touch --to carry it through launch and the holiday shopping season.