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Uber launches API enabling third-party app integration

08/20, 10:54am

Hyatt, United, Starbucks, Tripadvisor among early partners

Uber has released an anticipated API that will let third-party developers integrate its ridesharing services. The company says it is already working with 11 high-profile partners, including Starbucks, United, OpenTable, TimeOut, Tempo, Hinge, Tripadvisor, Tripcase, Hyatt, Mememo, and Expensify. Apps based on the API will be able to show available rides and/or price and time estimates, and make use of a person's trip history.

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New malware stealing advertising revenue from jailbroken iOS devices

08/20, 9:08am

Package changes developer ad ID with that of assailant with Cydia Substrate

A new piece of malware started infecting jailbroken iOS devices earlier this year. The "AdThief" or "Spad" package hijacks advertising clicks and revenue, and redirects them to the author of the package, rather than the developer who inserted the advertising in the first place. The malware is simple and low profile -- it replaces the developer's ID with the attacker's ID.

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Gatekeeper changes unconnected to Dev Center hack, sources say

08/19, 3:13pm

Re-signing mandatory for existing apps

Despite recent claims, a Dev Center security breach may not be why developers are being asked to re-sign Mac apps using OS X Mavericks, sources say. An alternative reason for the switch hasn't been mentioned, but unnamed sources are countering reports yesterday from other unnamed sources. In the earlier rumors, it was claimed that one or more hackers had managed to obtain not only Gatekeeper keys but "virtually every key Apple used for everything."

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iOS 8 beta 6 exclusive to testing partners, report says

08/19, 11:26am

Release reportedly not coming to developers

A sixth beta of iOS 8 has been issued, but only to Apple's testing partners, BGR says it has learned. The firmware is allegedly being withheld from developers because Apple is so close to the gold master stage. Testing partners must approve or reject beta 6 by September 5th, just four days before Apple is expected to announce new iPhones as well as iOS 8's launch date.

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Parallels Desktop 9 failing to load under latest Yosemite preview

08/19, 10:50am

Workaround involves manually launching dispatcher service

Yesterday's Developer Preview 6 release of OS X Yosemite is breaking Parallels Desktop 9, users complain. After DP6 is installed, Desktop 9 is simply refusing to run. The issue appears to involve the dispatcher service failing to load, as a temporary solution involves forcing the service to start via a Terminal command.

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Report: Dev Portal security breach prompted Gatekeeper change

08/18, 11:00pm

Enterprise Signing Key, Activation Lock keys could have been compromised

An unidentified Twitter user is claiming that recent changes to Gatekeeper in OS X Mavericks and OS X Yosemite which has forced developers to re-sign their app credentials is actually the result of a security breach that successfully pilfered the Gatekeeper keys and possibly "many other keys for many other things," according to the user. A corraborating source was located by TUAW that has allegedly confirmed the breach and tied it to the recent alleged Activation Lock hack.

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Apple seeds sixth betas of OS X Yosemite, Xcode 6 to developers [u]

08/18, 1:40pm

Final release date still nebulous

[Updated with noted changes] Apple is distributing its sixth betas of OS X Yosemite and Xcode 6 to developers. Changes have been largely minor and cosmetic thus far, centering around new appearances rather than fucntionality, and like previous seeds, the updates concentrate on performance and stability fixes. The last betas were released on August 4.

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Court invalidates two Vringo patents, Google Adsense off the hook

08/15, 2:31pm

Previous rulings favoring Vringo nullified, revenue percentage payout killed

A long-standing court battle between Vringo's I/P Engine and Google is grinding to a halt in the Mountain View-base ad agency's favor. The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit declared two patents of Vringo's invalid, nullifying a jury verdict that found the search engine giant and others liable for a total $30 million in damages plus a percentage of Google Adwords profits. The ruling is the latest in a string of verdicts calling into question the overall validity of software functionality patents over that of the code itself.

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MS Developers: Internet Explorer's image tarnished, may change name

08/15, 12:59pm

New IE 'not the one you remember' claim developers on Reddit.

Microsoft has had several discussions at high levels, according to reports, considering renaming the nearly two-decade old Internet Explorer browser. The move would be to distance the new versions from previous, flawed iterations, and would hopefully help to improve the image of the tarnished software. Also noted was that while there are tools for developers to test sites in Internet Explorer environments, there are no plans to make an OS X version of the browser.

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Microsoft rumored to release public Windows 9 preview next month

08/15, 12:48pm

Public pre-release version of next Windows version includes mandatory monthly updates

The next major version of Windows may be offered as a preview next month, according to a report. Microsoft's latest iteration of Windows, believed to be Windows 9 and codenamed "Threshold", will apparently be available to download and test out as a "technology preview" by the general public, rather than just to developers and hardware producers.

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Developer John Romero starts work on first shooter game since 2000

08/13, 4:57pm

Critically panned Daikatana last FPS game from Romero, new game in planning stage

More exciting news has come out of GamesCom this week, as a gaming industry veteran announced his return to the world of first person shooters. John Romero, known as one of the pioneers of the genre from his work with id Software, announced to Joystiq that he is working on his first shooter in over 14 years.

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Third beta of OS X 10.9.5 reaches developers

08/13, 3:07pm

Focus areas remain same as second release

Apple is now seeding a third beta of OS X 10.9.5 to developers. The software has a 13F14 build number, and focus areas identical to the previous beta. Developers are asked to test Safari, graphics, Thunderbolt support, and USB/USB smart cards.

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Future Intel Haswell TSX errata discovered, feature being disabled

08/12, 5:10pm

Advanced memory allocation, not widely implemented, affected by flaw

Intel has discovered a major bug (referred to as "errata") in some models of its new Haswell chipset releases. Problems with the chip's transactional synchronization extension (TSX) instruction set will be disabled by Intel in revisions of motherboard firmware by vendors. Little, if any, software uses the instruction set now, but the feature is expected to be widely implemented in software tailored for the Haswell-EP server chipset.

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Sierra Entertainment returns with new King's Quest, Geometry Wars

08/12, 3:40pm

Teaser video turns ends up more than a rerelease of old titles, Sierra to be a publisher again

After some stirring on its website, and a new video popping up last week with a revived logo, adventure game studio and publisher Sierra is indeed witnessing a rebirth. At Gamescom, it was announced that new entries in the King's Quest series and a new Geometry Wars game would be handled by Sierra Entertainment.

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Oculus Rift SDK gets first-ever support for OS X

08/12, 3:35pm

Enables development of Oculus-compatible Mac apps

Facebook-owned Oculus VR has released v0.41 of its beta SDK. Mostly a maintenance release, it is however the first to support OS X, which should allow developers to add Oculus Rift support to games and other Mac software. Since Macs are lacking an appropriate display driver, support currently relies on the Extend Desktop mode.

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White House creates US Digital Service to aid IT projects

08/12, 9:56am

US Digital Service created to avoid issues similar to Healthcare.gov launch

The Obama administration has launched a new team dedicated to managing the IT practices of government agencies. The US Digital Service (USDS), headed by former Google engineer Mikey Dickerson, aims to help government-created public IT projects work as effectively as privately-owned services, in order to avoid issues similar to the ill-fated Healthcare.gov launch, a project Dickerson helped rescue.

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Khronos Group releases new OpenGL, seeks future OpenGL participation

08/11, 5:32pm

OpenGL 4.5 released, group asks for participation in Next Generation OpenGL Initiative

The Khronos Group make a number of announcements regarding OpenGL today at SIGgraph 2014. On top of a number of industry implementations of OpenGL ES 3.1, the group announced the release of OpenGL 4.5. Khronos also unveiled a new project called the Next Generation OpenGL Initiation, in turn asking for participation in the project to help "define a future standard for high-efficiency access to graphics and computing on modern GPUs."

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Facebook updates API, disallows giving in-game benefits for 'likes'

08/08, 10:50am

Developers have until November 5 to hew to Facebook's will on the matter

Facebook has rolled out its latest API, and with it come some changes to policies that it expects developers to abide by. The first change requires developers that include in-app purchases to disclose this in the app's description, either on Facebook or other supported platforms. More importantly, the change also requires that users not be rewarded in-game with content or other benefits for "liking" a page.

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Briefly: FX Photo Studio 6.0 for iPhone, Godus, Flux V

08/08, 1:04am

Macphun updates UI, image processing engine, adds effects

Image software maker Macphun has updated its FX Photo Studio for iPhone to version 6.0, revising its effects categories, improving the image-processing engine and updating the look of the app to a more modern UI design. The app, which has been downloaded more than 1.2 million times since the beginning of 2014, allows users to stack effects as well as adjust portions of the image using a Mask tool. It carries a complete selection of over 200 effects and filters -- combinations of which can be saved as presets -- alongside standard camera app editing tools. To celebrate, the app will be on sale until Monday for just $1, one-third of its normal $3 price.

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Second beta of OS X 10.9.5 seeds to developers

08/07, 2:25pm

Thunderbolt added to listing of testing areas

Apple has begun distributing a new beta of OS X 10.9.5 to developers, available via the Mac App Store or the Mac Developer Center. The code is listed as build 13F12. In addition to Safari, graphics, and USB/USB smart card issues highlighted in the first beta, Apple is now also asking users to test out Thunderbolt connections.

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Mozilla warns of accidental disclosure of developer network database

08/06, 7:33pm

About 76,000 email addresses, 4,000 encrypted passwords were publicly accessible

At the beginning of the month, Mozilla issued a release on its security blog that there had been an investigation into accidental disclosure of its database for the Mozilla Developer Network (MDN). The company discovered a problem after a web developer found out that the data sanitization process it runs on the MDN database had been failing. The result was that 76,000 email addresses of account holders, as well as the "passwords of about 4,000 users" were able to be accessed publicly.

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Moscone Center dates pin WWDC 2015 between June 8 and 12

08/06, 4:36pm

Event firmly entrenched at Moscone

Just two months after hosting WWDC 2014, Apple appears to have already set dates for next year's conference. At San Francisco's Moscone Center -- where the company's Worldwide Developer Conference is traditionally held -- the official event calendar lists a generic "corporate event" as running from June 8–12. WWDC is usually held in early June, and Apple has had the same placeholder in several years past. Other Moscone bookings for June 2015 have specific names.

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Apple warns testers of iCloud Drive outages, ongoing maintenance

08/05, 7:54pm

Forthcoming feature will see 'more downtime' than in previous betas, but files should be retained

Apple has sent out an email to registered participants in the AppleSeed beta-testing program, most of whom are currently working with the forthcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite, that those who opted to engage the iCloud Drive feature may see "more downtime" than has been previously seen. Still in development, Apple's iCloud Drive is expected to be included in the formal release of Yosemite and iOS 8, and allows users to store any kind of document or image/video file, as well as enable other features.

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Google introduces 64-bit Mac version of Chrome Canary

08/05, 11:38am

Final channel may have to wait months for 64-bit support

The latest build of Chrome Canary for the Mac has switched to a 64-bit codebase, reports note. Canary is Google's "experimental" version of Chrome, based on the absolute latest changes, which can make it unstable but with the benefit of early access to upcoming features. The first 64-bit build is listed as "Version 38.0.2114.2 canary (64-bit)."

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Apple to require developers to re-sign, update older apps

08/04, 9:42pm

Essentially requires all apps be recompiled for Mavericks to avoid Gatekeeper trap

A upcoming change in the way the OS X security feature Gatekeeper works is essentially going to force developers to re-build and re-"sign" their applications and submit updates to Apple for programs that need to run in Mavericks or Yosemite. The upcoming change for security purposes only affects those running the forthcoming 10.9.5 or later, but cause cause apps that aren't updated to "break" (not launch) except through bypassing Gatekeeper, which most users will be loathe to do. The change will not force users to update their OS versions.

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iOS 8 beta 5 changes include SMS Relay support, several Health tweaks

08/04, 4:47pm

Many changes simply UI refinements

Users are beginning to discover some of the changes in iOS 8 beta 5, which was released earlier today. Many of these appear to affect the Health app. On top of supporting spirometry data, there are for example several new icons, and users can now export the app's information. Privacy settings for the app have appeared within Settings.

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Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 developer preview available to download

08/04, 2:57pm

Update to Windows Phone introduces Live Folders, improved Xbox Music app

Microsoft has made the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 available to download for developers. The software update, which introduces a number of changes to the mobile operating system, can be downloaded by developers enrolled in the Windows App Studio program today, ahead of a rollout to all compatible Windows Phone smartphones in the future.

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Apple seeds fifth betas of iOS 8, Xcode, OS X Yosemite to developers

08/04, 1:45pm

Apple TV, OS X Server, Configurator get matching updates

Apple is now seeding its fifth betas of iOS 8, OS X Yosemite, and Xcode to developers, as well as a preview of OS X Server 4.0, and fourth betas of new Apple TV firmware and Configurator 1.7. Relatively little is known about their content so far, although notes for the iOS 8 beta add that "spirometry data types are now available in HealthKit;" spirometry is the measurement of lung capacity. Xcode has received Swift-related improvements involving ranges and easier scripting.

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Koch Media acquires Homefront from Crytek as developer restructures

08/03, 6:20pm

Deep Silver to develop Homefront: The Revolution, Crytek closes UK, Austin studios

Crytek, the developer of Crysis series of games, seems to have found at least some relief from its financial troubles recently. The company commented for the first time about its monetary troubles last week, stating that it has a plan for the future. Releasing a statement that indicates it was in a transition from being a developer to a publisher, Crytek acknowledges that it wasn't as transparent with its employees as it should have been. As a result, the company entered conversations with the co-publisher of Homefront: The Revolution, which saw the franchise sold to Koch Media.

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Apple updates Epson drivers, Yosemite Feedback Assistant

07/31, 9:30pm

First incremental update for OS X 10.10 includes Public Beta users

On Thursday, Apple updated its supported drivers for Epson printers and scanners for all OS X Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8) and Mavericks (10.9) users, and also added an update intended only for those testing the forthcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite beta (either developers or members of the Beta Seed Program). The latter is just a small incremental update to the Feedback Assistant used to send Apple data on issues with the beta, and is available to all Yosemite testers.

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AgileBits' 1Password previews iOS 8 extension, Touch ID support

07/30, 9:07pm

Password vault app could work with third-party apps, merchants

AgileBits, makers of the security and password vault 1Password, are among the first to implement and preview an iOS 8 extension and third-party Touch ID support, allowing other app makers to utilize the program's stored passwords outside of the 1Password app itself. Apple announced the concept of iOS extensions at June's Worldwide Developer Conference, which enables one app to use tools or services found in a different app in a secure manner.

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Apple seeds first betas of OS X 10.9.5, Safari 7.0.6/6.1.6 to devs

07/30, 4:44pm

Testing concentrates on Safari, USB, graphics bugs

Apple has started seeding the first beta of OS X 10.9.5 to developers. The code is listed as built 13F7, and available through the Developer Center. Users are asked to focus testing on just a handful of areas, including Safari, graphics, and USB, including smart cards.

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Nvidia creates high-resolution screen using two low-resolution panels

07/29, 4:36pm

Cascaded display research from Nvidia could lead to cheaper virtual reality displays

High-resolution, low-cost displays for virtual reality headsets such as the Oculus Rift could become a reality sooner than first thought, if recently-revealed research from Nvidia is adopted. Researchers working for the graphics chip producer realized that stacking two lower-resolution panels on top of each other could effectively provide a similar experience to the user as looking at a higher-quality display.

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Microsoft opens pre-orders for Sharks Cove Windows development board

07/29, 10:49am

Sharks Cove takes after Raspberry Pi as SoC board with external connections

Microsoft has worked with Intel and CircuitCo to create a Windows development board in a similar vein to the Raspberry Pi. Available to pre-order, the Sharks Cove is a System-on-Chip "Windows compatible hardware development board" meant to help developers work on software and drivers for smartphones, tablets, and other devices with a similar architecture.

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Yosemite public beta launch doubles presence in web traffic

07/26, 12:12am

Stats double literally overnight to 0.57 percent of all Mac web traffic

Though the increase is insignificant in the larger picture of overall global Mac web traffic, new numbers from GoSquared suggest that the release yesterday of the Yosemite (OS X 10.10) public beta, limited to a pool of one million Apple ID holders already running Mavericks, doubled the number of people using the forthcoming new update on the web literally overnight. According to GoSquared's live analytics page, use of Yosemite jumped from 0.26 percent on Thursday to 0.57 percent on Friday.

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Briefly: Google Glass webcam support, Google Play offline games

07/25, 8:31am

Google Glass developer kit adds support for external webcams

Google has added support for external cameras to Google Glass, on top of the existing built-in imaging sensor. Android Police reports the latest Glass Development Kit update enables the use of an external webcam connected via a USB On-The-Go (OTG) cable, though it warns plug-and-play does not work, and if it includes a microphone, it may disable voice commands. Glass owners looking to try it out will have to wait for a developer to create an app for it, as Google does not supply an application to view through a connected webcam.

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Apple seeds new betas of Safari 7.1 and 6.2 to developers

07/24, 9:01am

AutoFill, compatibility main areas of testing focus

Apple is distributing new developer betas of Safari 7.1 for OS X Mavericks and Safari 6.2 for OS X Mountain Lion. In release notes for both, the company is asking developers to test AutoFill, extension compatibility, and "general website compatibility." The updates' main feature though will be WebGL, making it possible to run 3D content without third-party plugins.

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Report: Apple could debut payments system, e-wallet with iPhone 6

07/23, 7:00pm

May build on iBeacons, Passbook, Touch ID and partners to create truly seamless, secure system

A new report is claiming that Apple is accelerating its plans for a grand "digital wallet" mobile payments system, which could even be ready to debut in the same time frame as the expected "iPhone 6." The company is said to be in talks with Visa to create a partnership agreement that would allow consumers to pay for goods and services using only their iPhone, leveraging the "secure enclave" portion of the A7 chip and Touch ID to create what would be expected to be a seamless mobile payment system.

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Briefly: New Griffin iPad Air case, new apps for FiftyThree's Pencil

07/23, 6:23pm

Griffin Technology's Survivor Slim rugged iPad Air case now available

Griffin Technology has announced the release of a new rugged case for use with iPad Air. The Survivor Slim aims to deliver protection for all conditions, featuring a shatter-resistant shell and silicone bumper for absorbing the shock of a drop. Its accompanying screen shield prevents scratches and smudges, and the flexible button covers deflect dust, dirt, and rain from entering vulnerable places on the tablet.

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Apple 'tentatively' planning mid-September event for iPhone 6, iOS 8

07/23, 12:10pm

5.5-inch iPhone might wait until later showcase

Apple is "tentatively" scheduling a press event for mid-September to reveal the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and final launch details of iOS 8, sources say. The people add that the second and third weeks of September are the most likely target, but that uncertainties about manufacturing timetables are a factor. The 5.5-inch iPhone may also be shown at the event, but that has likewise yet to be decided.

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Nadella: Microsoft continuing push for unified operating system

07/23, 10:22am

Microsoft CEO confirms future convergence of operating systems in conference call

Microsoft is still planning to unify its operating systems in the future, CEO Satya Nadella has confirmed. As part of the conference call with analysts following its latest quarterly financial results release, Nadella advised that Windows 9 will be a version of the operating system which will work with universal apps, namely apps which work across multiple platforms and devices.

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First public beta of OS X Yosemite to go live on July 24 [U]

07/23, 9:52am

Developer betas to get more regular updates

The first public beta of OS X Yosemite will be made available on Thursday, July 24, Apple has revealed in a meeting with The Loop's Jim Dalrymple. The public release will be the same code seeded to developers on Monday. To get it, people must sign up for the OS X Beta Program, which is limited to the first million participants.

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LG demonstrates SDK for G3 QuickCircle case with game release

07/23, 7:51am

Puppy Pop is first game made for the LG G3's QuickCircle case window

LG has made its case for the G3 smartphone arguably more useful, by releasing the first game designed specifically to use it. Puppy Pop, a "match-three" game involving dogs, is being made available for free through Google Play later today, and is notably the first and only to use the round window on the front of the company's QuickCircle protective case.

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Cook: Apple has made 30 acquisitions thus far in fiscal 2014

07/23, 4:05am

Most remain undisclosed, but details on Beats buyout rationale emerge

Apple CEO Tim Cook disclosed during Tuesday's conference call with analysts that Apple had acquired 30 companies and/or their talent over the course of the past nine months, back to the beginning of the fiscal year which began last October. Of these, less than half have been publicly revealed -- though a few of the higher-profile buyouts, such as the record-setting Beats Electronics and Music deal, have made headlines. On the topic of the latter company, Cook shared a bit more detail on the thinking behind it.

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Former Bungie composer settles suit with studio president for $95,000

07/22, 6:46pm

Marty O'Donnell takes settlement in individual suit after Harold Ryan denied benefits

Composer Marty O'Donnell, best known for his work on the Halo video game franchise, settled his individual lawsuit with Bungie President Harold Ryan last week on a judge-approved deal. In the lawsuit against Ryan, which was filed in May, O'Donnell claimed that Bungie owed him unpaid time off and other benefits under company policy, which Ryan denied.

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Apple to again wipe CloudKit database for iOS 8, Yosemite betas

07/21, 5:53pm

Will delete photos, videos stored in iCloud Photo Library, email attachments, more

Apple has informed developers testing both of the forthcoming Apple platform releases, iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite, that it will again delete content stored on the CloudKit database serving both platforms tomorrow, July 22. Although details were not listed this time, the effect is expected to be the same as the previous "wipe" of the database, which took place on July 7. Anyone testing the iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library or Mail Drop attachment features will see their cloud-stored data destroyed.

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Apple seeds fourth preview betas of iOS 8, OS X Yosemite [u]

07/21, 2:25pm

OS X gets iTunes 12, iOS 8 gets new Tips app

(Updated with other beta releases, more Yosemite changes) Apple is now seeding its fourth betas of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite to developers. Perhaps the most significant change is in the latter, which includes the first beta of iTunes 12. The updated media player uses a flatter, streamlined design more in keeping with Yosemite, and is the first version to support Family Sharing, something also present in iOS 8. While Yosemite is still only accessible to developers, sources claim that the first public beta could go live later this month, after Apple has put more polish on it.

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LiquidFun 1.1 brings Google's 2D physics to iOS, Chrome

07/17, 3:33pm

iOS support comes out of unofficial stage

Google has released v1.1 of LiquidFun, its open-source 2D physics engine. The software now officially supports iOS, as well as desktop versions of Chrome, the latter via extensions. It was previously possible to make LiquidFun run on iOS, but Google didn't enable that compatibility by default.

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Unreal Engine 4.3 adds support for Apple's Metal API

07/17, 3:00pm

Should allow game studios to start full-scale iOS 8 development

Epic Games has released v4.3 of the Unreal Engine, code that undergirds many desktop, console, and mobile games. Although most of the changes are of interest only to developers, the update also includes the first support for Metal, Apple's new 3D graphics API. Developers must be using the Xcode 6 beta to compile it, and it's not enabled by default. It can however be toggled on via a game's Project Settings.

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Amazon's mobile ad network comes to iOS

07/17, 11:45am

Reach extending to Fire phone on July 25th

Amazon's Mobile Ads API supports iOS devices as of today, the company has announced. The change means that developers will be able to use banner and interstitial ads from Amazon's network on iPhones and iPads, in addition to the Android and Fire OS devices already supported. Support for the Fire phone is due on July 25th, the same day that product launches.

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