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Bug in iOS can cause iCloud Drive erasure, report warns

09/29, 8:13pm

Upgrade to iCloud Drive not recommended until after Yosemite official release

A newly-discovered bug in the "Reset All Settings" control in iOS 8 can cause documents stored in the new iCloud Drive to be permanently deleted. The feature is not recommended to be upgraded to until OS X Yosemite has been officially released -- which is expected to happen sometime next month -- but some iOS 8 users who have upgraded prematurely will be at risk of losing files, such as iWork documents stored in the cloud, if they use the "Reset All Settings" troubleshooting feature.

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Apple releases fix for 'Shellshock' Unix flaw

09/29, 6:13pm

Updates bash for OS X Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks

Although nearly all Mac users are unaffected by the issue Apple has made good on its word to quickly fix a serious security flaw in bash, a Unix shell that comes as part of OS X. Apple acknowledged the problem on Friday, and today released OS X bash update 1.0 for OS X Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8) and Mavericks (10.9). The flaw, known as "Shellshock," could potentially allow users who have set up advanced Unix services that interact with the web to be vulnerable to remote intrusion.

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Apple pulls Launcher from App Store for 'misuse' of iOS 8 widgets

09/29, 10:28am

Allowed users to create app, task shortcuts

Apple has removed an app called Launcher from the App Store, citing "misuse" of iOS 8 Notification Center widgets, says developer Cromulent Labs. The app lets users create create shortcuts for various tasks, such as calling a specific person via phone or FaceTime, navigating to a location, or simply opening an app. These shortcuts then appear in a widget.

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Microsoft respawns WinHEC Windows-oriented device conference in China

09/27, 11:11am

Show reborn after five years reappears in China after being US-exclusive event

Possibly hoping to kickstart a declining PC market, Microsoft yesterday announced is intention to hold the WinHEC conference again. The reborn conference will be held in Shenzhen, China on March 18 and 19, pointing to the large amount of hardware manufacturers and developers in the area.

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Apple no longer signing iOS 7.1.2, preventing downgrades

09/26, 4:29pm

Firmware still available for download by iPhone 4

Apple has officially stopping signing iOS 7.1.2, reports say. The move means that people who already have iOS 8 installed won't be able to downgrade. The v7.1.2 firmware can still be downloaded by iPhone 4 owners, however, since their devices are incompatible with iOS 8.

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Follow-up: most Mac users 'not at risk' from Bash vulnerability

09/26, 12:06am

Only those running advanced UNIX services should be concerned, fix is on the way

An Apple spokesperson has reassured Mac users that the "vast majority" of users are not at risk from a serious bug discovered in the UNIX shell Bash that some researchers have called "potentially bigger than the Heartbleed vulnerability." Apple says that only those who have configured "advanced UNIX services" using the Terminal in OS X could be a risk of the flaw -- which would mean that nearly all OS X users would be unaffected. Nevertheless, the company is said to be working on a fix.

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Apple offers video tour of iPhone testing facility

09/25, 7:00pm

Schiller suggests owners with bent iPhones visit Apple Stores

Continuing to fight back against claims that the iPhone 6 Plus is structurally unsound and prone to bending in people's pockets, Apple has given some tech reporters a tour of the iPhone quality testing lab, showing that it does and did test the new iPhone to simulate situations like those seen in videos to aggravate or cause bending. The original instigator of the furor has noted that his iPhone 6 Plus was slightly bent right out of the box -- opening up the possibility that some batches, rather than the phone itself, could have structural issues.

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Garmin releases Connect IQ SDK for third-party app developers

09/25, 9:33am

Connect IQ SDK offers sensor access, fitness data, option to create watch faces

Garmin is attempting to make its GPS watches for runners more attractive to fitness apps, by opening the platform up to third-party developers working in the field of wearable devices. Connect IQ is billed as a software development kit allowing developers create apps which will work with future Garmin watches and other items.

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Apple invites beta users to a 'test fest' for AirDrop in Yosemite

09/24, 9:00pm

Bug-finding and reporting emphasized, event runs through Sunday

Developers and AppleSeed testers working with the latest beta of the forthcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite are receiving email invitations from Apple to join in on a focused "test fest" that concentrates on one particular feature -- AirDrop, which allows wireless transfers of files between Macs and iOS devices. This is the first time in recent memory that Apple has opened up a "test fest" to users outside Apple for this level of focused feature examination.

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Rumors: Apple Watch to have 4GB-8GB storage, Retina iPad mini delayed

09/24, 3:46am

Up to 480 songs on your wrist, perhaps, but only iPad Airs for Xmas

A new pair of rumors -- one from sketchy sources in Taiwan, the other a claim by a Wall Street analyst -- offer some unconfirmed sources of new details for the Apple Watch, as well as the company's holiday plans for the next iPad, the latter thus far being unmentioned by Apple but expected sometime next month. According to Taiwan's Commercial Times, Apple will only offer an updated 7.9-inch iPad Air for the holidays, leaving the second-gen Retina iPad mini until early next year.

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Adobe acquires photo-editing app, mobile SDK developer Aviary

09/22, 5:29pm

Development, support to continue on Aviary's SDK under Adobe's Creative SDK banner

Adobe announced that it acquired a developer of software development kits (SDK) for photo-editing and third-party mobile software. Aviary's SDKs are to be folded into the Adobe Creative SDK, which the company is building as a development platform for mobile apps. Terms of the acquisition were not given, but Aviary was privately held.

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Apple updates Mail app for public, developer betas of OS X Yosemite

09/22, 3:23pm

Solves problem preventing message writing

Apple has released an separate update of its Mail client for the public and developer betas of OS X Yosemite. The code "resolves an issue that may prevent composing a message," attached notes explain. Beta participants can download the update via the Mac App Store.

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Sony reveals SmartEyeglass headset prototype, releases SDK

09/19, 5:53am

SmartEyeglass adds hologram optics to Google Glass concept

The Project Morpheus virtual reality headset is not the only head-mounted device under development by Sony. The manufacturer has revealed a prototype of a headset similar to Google Glass called SmartEyeglass, though while Google's effort relies on a small screen off to the side, Sony is opting for something more ambitious, and less discrete in terms of design.

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App Store introduces app bundles, sales as part of iOS 8 rollout

09/18, 6:08pm

Users can pick up unowned remainder of bundled apps at savings

As part of the iOS App Store updated for iOS 8, Apple is now offering grouped "bundles" of applications at discounted prices, and a new ability to "Complete My Bundle" for those who already own some of the apps featured in the bundle. The bundles, usually grouped by developer at present, offer related apps shown in an "iOS folder" icon, and download together into a folder automatically when purchased. Users who already own one or more of the apps see the price discounted to reflect that.

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Apple releases iCloud for Windows 4.0, iAd Producer 5

09/18, 3:07pm

Former gets Windows users iCloud Drive ahead of Macs

Apple has issued v4.0 of iCloud for Windows, the client needed for Windows users to sync content such as email, bookmarks, and photos with iCloud. The v4.0 software is a major update, bringing support for iCloud Drive, Apple's Dropbox-like file storage service. Significantly, this means that Windows users are getting access to the feature ahead of Mac owners. It first became an option with iOS 8's debut on Wednesday, but won't hit OS X until Yosemite appears at some point in the next month.

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Apple updates developer tool Xcode, new OS X Server 4.0 preview seed

09/17, 2:56pm

'Point' update to Xcode suggests very minor change

Adding to the bevy of updates released today, Apple has released an update to Xcode -- bringing it up to 6.0.1. Additionally, a new version of OS X Server Developer Preview for OS X 10.10 has been released, incrementing the pre-release to version 4.0 build 14S291i. Few details are available about changes to either, but sources familiar with the new Server 4.0 developer preview are finding changed checksums to most of the Apple-provided apps, suggesting nearly everything has had at least a minor change.

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HealthKit problem prompting Apple to pull some third-party apps

09/17, 1:04pm

'No ETA' for fix

An unspecified, last-minute problem with HealthKit is prompting Apple to pull some compatible apps from the App Store, developers say. The developer of Carrot Fit, Brian Mueller, says that he received a phone call from Apple explaining the situation, and noting that nothing is wrong with his app. "Sounds like HealthKit won't be working at all this week. And there's no ETA for when a bug fix will go live," he adds on Twitter.

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Apple to extend iCloud security, add passwords for third-party apps

09/17, 12:14am

New system avoids compromise of Apple ID, limited to 25 active passwords

Starting next month, Apple will add another layer of security to its iCloud service for third-party apps that utilize iCloud storage or other access. The company will allow users to assign up to 25 app-specific passwords for those users who don't want a third-party app to have the user's Apple ID credentials to utilize services such as syncing. The app-specific password approach not only protects the iCloud and Apple ID account, but enhances security for apps that don't support two-step authentication.

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Apple updates OS X Server 3.2 developer preview

09/16, 1:03pm

Finished code will likely be last Server release for Mavericks

Apple is seeding another preview of OS X Server 3.2 to developers. Changes are so far unknown, but the code is listed as build 13S5179. Server 3.2 is intended for Macs running OS X Mavericks, particularly 10.9.4 or later.

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Devs will not have access to NFC APIs this year, Apple says

09/16, 9:30am

Tech initially reserved for Apple Pay

Third-party app developers won't be able to access the APIs for Apple's NFC chips this year, a company spokesperson says. That effectively limits the NFC support in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to Apple Pay, as well as a few other authorized uses, at least for the next few months. That may be a security measure on Apple's part, since opening up the APIs too early could make it easier for hackers to crack the payment technology.

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Apple seeds third public, eighth developer previews of OS Yosemite

09/15, 2:44pm

Little time left before gold master ships

Apple has released a third public beta of OS X Yosemite, as well as an eighth developer preview. Both are available through the Mac App Store; for the former people must be participants in the AppleSeed program, and for the latter users must be registered developers. So far, any changes beyond bugfixes have yet to be discovered.

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Doximity: Doctors a prime market for fast iPhone 6 adoption

09/15, 3:16am

Traditionally quick to upgrade, new health features may increase adoption further

Although it is not surprising to learn that Apple products such as the iPhone and iPad have an above-average adoption rate among medical professionals, new information from a networking site devoted to doctors has shed new insight on the relationship between Apple and the medical field. Doximity, described by Forbes as a "LinkedIn for doctors," reports that of its 300,000 member database, some 85 percent of doctors carry iPhones -- and they tend to upgrade to new models very quickly.

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Details on Apple Pay revealed: 'safer' system, Apple gets 0.15 percent

09/12, 7:30pm

Apple gets 0.15 percent cut of purchases, does not affect purchase price

Some of the details of Apple's new mobile payment system, Apple Pay, have been revealed in a report by Britain's The Financial Times. As briefly alluded to by CEO Tim Cook, Apple does get a small commission on sales made using Apple Pay, to the tune of 0.15 percent (15 cents on every $100 spent), though this does not affect the purchase price.

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Briefly: iCloud.com gains icons, paid users get lower pricing notices

09/11, 12:30am

Website for iCloud gains iCloud Drive, Settings icon ahead of launch of iOS 8

On Wednesday, iOS 8 and Yosemite beta visitors to iCloud.com -- the web portal for iCloud web services such as Find My iPhone, Mail and the iWork suite -- saw two new icons on the home screen in preparation for the formal unveiling of the features coming to both OS updates if they had the "iCloud Drive" testing option turned on. Also on Wednesday, users who have paid for additional storage on iCloud were notified that their rates will be adjusted to lower prices under the new pricing plans.

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Swift programming language reaches GM status for iOS

09/10, 9:07am

OS X GM only coming with Yosemite

The Swift programming language has attained gold master status for iOS, Apple has announced. "You can now submit your apps that use Swift to the App Store. Whether your app uses Swift for a small feature or a complete application, now is the time to share your app with the world. It's your turn to excite everyone with your new creations," the company adds.

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Report: Microsoft to buy Minecraft developer Mojang for $2 billion

09/09, 10:17pm

Sale would be against Mojang's philosophy, could bolster Xbox support for Microsoft

Microsoft has entered into discussions that could see it signing a deal to purchase Mojang AB for more than $2 billion, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. Mojang AB is the developer behind Minecraft, one of the most popular games across the globe. The potential sale marks a shift in philosophy for the Swedish developer, as its majority shareholder and founder Markus "Notch" Persson has been a proponent against large corporations and mainstream video games.

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Gold masters of iOS 8, Xcode 6 reach developers

09/09, 4:20pm

Likely to be final pre-release versions of each

Apple has started seeding the gold master versions of iOS 8 and Xcode 6 to developers. The former is build 12A365, while the latter is 6A313. Both should be the identical to the versions that reach the public, barring the discovery of serious bugs that might prevent the software from working, or create serious security issues.

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Apple expanding Siri team, adding new technologies

09/09, 1:54am

Hires from VoiceSignal, Nuance talent hints at further work on in-house Siri engine

More evidence of earlier speculation that Apple was developing its own Siri engine to replace the licensed one from Nuance emerged on Monday, as a local newspaper reported that Apple is expanding its Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Siri operations with recent hires from Nuance and VoiceSignal Technologies, a company now owned by Nuance. The team would be staying in the same building, but moving to larger quarters on the upper floors -- enough for 65 workers, reports say.

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Unreal Engine 4 marketplace launches, provides assets for developers

09/06, 2:03pm

Paid, free digital resources for coders, game creators now available

Developer Epic has opened its marketplace for user-created and other curated content for the new cross-platform Unreal Engine game creation tool. Developers can now buy and sell community-created premium content for use in projects. In addition to all of the previously-released free content, the new Marketplace is launching with a variety of asset packs including environments, props, characters, sounds, materials, animated meshes, and a number of other asset types.

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Sixth OS X 10.9.5 beta seeds to developers

09/05, 2:40pm

Testing areas unchanged

A little over a week after the last one, Apple has issued a new beta of OS X 10.9.5 to developers. Listed as build 13F31, no significant changes appear to have been made. Areas of testing focus remain set on Safari, Gatekeeper, graphics, Thunderbolt, and USB/USB smart cards. It remains unclear how close Apple is to pushing out the final version of 10.9.5 to the public.

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Apple launches official iOS app for TestFlight beta-testing service

09/05, 11:31am

References to service appear in iTunes Connect

As it prepares for the launch of iOS 8 later this month, Apple has made public its official TestFlight app. The software requires iOS 8, but lets owners participate in beta tests via email invitations from developers. The app's interface is relatively simple, used mostly to fetch available updates and launch existing downloads. Notes for each app explain changes, what a developer wants to test, and when a release is set to expire.

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Developer tool iTunes Connect gets iCloud-like design update

09/05, 1:45am

New design offers more analytics, revamped iCloud-esque visual refresh

On the heels of a similar refresh for the Apple Store iOS app, Apple has also rejuvenated the iTunes Connect web app used by developers to gather statistics and information about sales, publishing data and other tidbits about their apps and App Store performance. The new design, originally shown off at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers' Conference but only just implemented on Thursday, offers more analytics and a new, more iOS-like design.

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Oculus VR eyeing $200 to $400 price point for consumer Rift model

09/04, 10:35pm

Hardware specifications are set, improvements will be coming to CD1 model

During GamesCom, Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey and Vice President of Products Nate Mitchell spoke to Eurogamer, giving some clues on the future of the virtual reality (VR) headset. While neither party had anything to say about a potential release date, new information was given on the price and improvements of the consumer version of the Oculus Rift.

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Apple sets out rules for HealthKit, HomeKit, other new iOS 8 tech

09/03, 10:44am

Health data not allowed on iCloud

Apple has updated its App Store Review Guidelines to define rules on how several new iOS 8 technologies can be used. With HealthKit, for example, developers are not only prevented from selling data to advertisers and brokers, but blocked from storing that information in iCloud. Apps using HomeKit are barred from collecting data for advertising or data mining, and must state in marketing that their primary purpose is home automation.

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Report: Yosemite already accounting for 3.3 percent of all Macs

09/02, 7:53pm

Public beta, developer interest credited for unusually high percentage

Thanks in large part to the release of two public betas in a program that was limited to one million signups, the forthcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite is now running on approximately 2.6 million Macs, thought to be around 3.3 percent of the worldwide Mac user base, according to statistics from Net Applications. The figures come statistics gathered in August, and are 33 times higher than the pre-release version of Mavericks, though of course the latter didn't have a public beta component.

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Some AppleSeed testers gain access to new iCloud for Windows beta

09/02, 5:46pm

Includes features previously not available for Windows, such as iCloud Drive

Selected AppleSeed public testers are being contacted by Apple via email and being offered the opportunity to download and test a new beta seed of iCloud for Windows, which was announced earlier this summer at Apple's Worldwide Developers' Conference. Candidates need to have a PC running Windows 7 or later, and will gain access to the forthcoming advanced features of iCloud such as iCloud Drive and iCloud Photo Library.

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Apple seeds OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 7 [u]

09/02, 1:54pm

Changes so far undiscovered

[Updated with some early changes] Apple is now distributing a seventh developer preview of OS X 10.10 Yosemite, as well as matching betas of Xcode 6, OS X Server 4.0, and Configurator 1.6. Any changes to Yosemite are unmentioned in release notes, but will probably be uncovered within the next few days. The last preview build of Yosemite was released roughly two weeks ago.

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Developer finds evidence supporting 3x resolution coming to iPhone

08/29, 10:14pm

Could offer resolutions as high as 2208x1242, likely for larger devices

It has been speculated for some time that if Apple does decide to make larger iPhone screens as it now appears to be doing, that resolution would have to increase dramatically, which could cause headaches for developers. However, new testing by Dragthing creator James Thompson has revealed that Apple may instead rely on pixel-tripling, asking developers only to provide assets at 1x, 2x, and 3x the logical screen resolution. This could yield Retina-quality images on devices with larger displays.

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Company compiles Apple's Swift for use with Android, Windows .NET

08/29, 8:37pm

Now possible to use the same language for apps for all three mobile platforms

A compiler company called RemObjects has created a new front end for its own Elements compiler called Silver that allows developers to write code hooking into APIs and frameworks outside iOS, letting them write native apps for iOS and Android. The project has also been made to work with both the Fire IDE and .NET, allowing Windows Phone developers to use Swift through the Visual Studio IDE. While not a universal write-once-run-anywhere solution, Silver could prove to be a boon for small developers who want to create Android and Windows Phone versions of their iOS apps written in Swift.

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HealthKit policies updated to block data use by advertisers, brokers

08/28, 3:51pm

Should address one central fear

Apple has updated the language in its privacy policy for HealthKit to prevent apps from selling data to "advertising platforms, data brokers or information resellers," notes the Financial Times. HealthKit will allow iOS 8 apps to exchange health and fitness data tracked via various accessories, such as the iWatch. The iOS upgrade is rumored to launch next month alongside the iWatch and the iPhone 6.

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Microsoft removes 1,500 misleading apps from Windows Store

08/28, 11:29am

App crackdown part of Microsoft Windows Store certification changes

Microsoft is cleaning up its Windows Store catalog, by ejecting misleading apps. After modifying the Windows Store app certification requirements to try and prevent fake apps from reaching the app store in the first place, the company has started to comb through its app listings, and has already removed more than 1,500 apps from the store.

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Fifth OS X 10.9.5 beta goes out to developers

08/27, 3:20pm

Testing continues slow advance

A little over a week after the last one, Apple has issued a new beta of OS X 10.9.5 to developers. The code is identified as build 13F24. Areas of testing focus remain unchanged, and include Safari, graphics, Thunderbolt support, and USB/USB smart cards.

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Apple to turn off CloudKit for older iOS 8, OS X Yosemite betas

08/26, 12:31am

Developers, testers must use beta 5 or later to continue testing new features

In something of an unusual move, Apple has sent emails to developers informing them that they must keep up to date with iOS 8 and Yosemite betas if they want to continue testing new features, particularly the CloudKit functionality that is part of the forthcoming iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library and MailDrop technologies. The change, which could be due to a change in iCloud sandboxing, will also impact Safari histories and call histories. Developers must be on Beta 5 of either platform in order to continue working with CloudKit.

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Microsoft may include one-click build updates in Windows 9 preview

08/25, 5:47am

Build upgrade option could lose need to reinstall Windows in preview version

Microsoft may make the next version of Windows easier to update, starting with the preview version. A report claims current internal builds of the operating system, also known as Windows Threshold, can be upgraded to a newer build with a single click, which could mean that those using the public preview may be able to use a newer build without uninstalling and reinstalling the software.

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Apple expands Volume Purchasing to 16 more countries

08/23, 3:27pm

Effort expanding as expected to Hong Kong, Mexco, Sweden, Turkey, others

As expected, Apple has grown its Volume Purchase Program for institutions seeking apps and iBooks to 16 new countries. Effective immediately, the program is available in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.

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Twitter details how it fights off spam with BotMaker anti-spam tool

08/21, 6:43pm

Bot system results in 40-percent spam reduction, rule changes issued in seconds

Social microblogging service Twitter offered details on how it battles with spam on the service, showing off a specialized tool that the company made in the process. BotMaker was built by the team, which has so far been responsible for a reduction of 40 percent "in key spam metrics" since its launch. The company went into spill some of the specifics of its creation, something it needed to make since it offers real-time interactions and an exposed developer API.

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Apple updates Safari 7.1/6.2 beta, OS X Mavericks Server beta

08/20, 8:00pm

AutoFill, subpixel rendering, extension compatibility and more being tested

On Wednesday, Apple released two betas for its Safari web browser, as well as a new beta for OS X Server. The Safari betas, 7.1 for Mavericks and 6.2 for Lion and later, add new features to WebKit, the rendering engine at the heart of the browser. In addition, Apple has asked testers to focus on general website compatibility in light of changes in some defaults, and tie-ins to forthcoming features in OS X and iOS. The new OS X Server beta requires the latest Mavericks (10.9.4).

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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 into their own apps. 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 has 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. Mobile ad kits targeted by the AdThief malware are mostly from Chinese vendors, with four in the US, and a pair in India.

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Gatekeeper changes unconnected to Dev Center hack, sources claim

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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