New biopic will be seen at Colorado film festival ahead of October release
Universal Pictures' Danny Boyle-directed, Aaron Sorkin-written, big-budget biopic of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, titled eponymously after the mercurial former CEO, will have its debut with at least one screening at the Telluride Film Festival, which begins tomorrow. The timing of the screening or screenings hasn't been revealed, and will also be shown at the New York Film Festival on October 3, followed by a general US release on October 9.
'Confirmed' reports take cues from previous leaks, speculation
A pair of new "confirmed" rumors regarding accessories and devices that might be revealed at the September 9 Apple event are based on either previous leaked images or an "echo chamber" of cross-reported stories on the next Apple TV, though they may or may not come to pass. As widely predicted, the first of the reports says that Apple will debut new bands for the Apple Watch. While not unexpected, the report is based on a leaked image of new Sport colors shown by Sir Jonathan Ive at a show in Italy last April.
New recruits may be involved in alleged 'Project Titan' work
Apple has recently hired some further new engineers from Testla Motors and others with automotive backgrounds, fueling rumors of further work in vehicle electronics (with less credible reports claiming Apple is working on its own car). Among the recent hires, who may or many not be working on the same projects, are a technologist involved with automotive algorithms, two engineers from Tesla, and a former operations manager at India's Tata Motors.
New group attempts to make video codec free from H.264 patent mess
Seven leading Internet companies today announced formation of the Alliance for Open Media -- an open-source project that will develop next-generation media formats, codecs and technologies in the public interest. The Alliance's founding members are Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel Corporation, Microsoft, Mozilla, and Netflix. The new Alliance is committing its collective technology to meet growing Internet demand for top-quality video, audio, imagery and streaming across devices of all kinds and for users worldwide.
Free upgrade is expected later this fall, may be announced at September 9 event
On Monday, Apple updated both its developer and public betas of the next major upgrade of OS X, 10.11 El Capitan, with identical build releases, continuing a recent pattern of making the developer and public betas the same. The new build, 15A279b, comes 11 days after the last release, and just 10 days prior to Apple's September 9 media event, though El Capitan may not see a release at that event.
Temporary fix provided by Google to prevent app advertising from breaking in iOS 9
Google has advised app developers of a way to weaken the security of iOS 9, in order to serve ads to users. A post on the Google Ads Developer Blog offers code to help get around App Transport Security (ATS), a feature in iOS 9 that forces apps to use HTTPS to encrypt data sent over the Internet, with the code disabling ATS so that the apps comply with third-party advertising networks and are able to run some "custom creative code" from Google's own ad servers.
Both among tech and entertainment names to be interviewed
Among the list of speakers coming to the New Establishment Summit hosted by Vanity Fair in October will be Apple's Chief Design Officer Sir Jonathan Ive, making a second appearance at the event. He will be joined in Apple representation by Beats co-founder and Apple music executive Jimmy Iovine, though it is unclear if the two will appear together. The event will run October 5–7 at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.
New beta includes support for latest iOS 9, OS X 10.11, watchOS 2 betas
On Monday, Apple alerted developers that a new beta of Xcode 7 was now available, the sixth beta of the IDE program. The new build, 7A192o, includes an XCTest user interface testing tool, and fixes issues with watchOS app installation protocols and Xcode source control management. The beta also updates its support for forthcoming iOS, watchOS and OS X versions and the latest betas of same.
Public version was briefly released on Tuesday before being pulled
On Wednesday, Apple re-released a fifth public beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan for registered public testers, and debuted a slightly different built as the seventh developer beta of the forthcoming OS X upgrade. Public testers got build number 15A262e, while developers received 15A263e -- suggesting that the new public beta version is identical to the one accidentally released -- and then pulled -- on Tuesday.
Customized watch face hack code for watchOS 2.0 beta published
A developer has found a way to add a custom watch face to the Apple Watch, a software feature that is unavailable to developers and users normally, outside of any officially-sanctioned faces. Hamza Sood has uploaded a video on Twitter demonstrating a self-created watch face he created, as well as providing the source code on GitHub to interested developers looking to create and use their own faces on the Apple-produced wearable.
Updates of iOS, watchOS may follow; latest version currently developer-only
On Tuesday, Apple released a fifth beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan for public beta testers, then quickly pulled it. The new release came exactly two weeks after the previous one, but was curiously not preceded by a similar seventh developer beta, which may be part of the reason the update was removed. A developer beta, along with a public-tester version, will likely be re-released soon. Currently, El Capitan is expected to be released sometime in September, alongside the latest iPhones, iPads, and iOS 9.
New IDE aimed Visual Basic, .net coders
Cross-platform developer tool creator Anywhere Software has enhanced its B4X Rapid Application Development suite with the addition of a new developer's tool for desktop and server applications. Similar to VB6, B4J is a tool designed to take the learning curve out of desktop app development. The compiled apps can run on Windows, OS X, Linux and ARM boards.
Apple named to board of directors for NFC standards body
Apple has become a sponsor member in the NFC Forum association, which puts on the NFC World conference and is the leading trade organization for Near-Field Communication advancement. The group promotes and participates in other related technologies as well, such as QR, iBeacons, Bluetooth Low Energy, digital watermarks, augmented reality, biometrics, acoustics, bio-sensors, and light-based communications.
Stanford MyHeart Counts app adding UK, Hong Kong participants
A health study app based on Apple's ResearchKit API has now started collecting health date from outside the US for the first time. Stanford University's MyHeart Counts app has started including participants in the UK as well as Hong Kong, the first international expansion for apps created using ResearchKit, which makes it easier for medical professionals to create, deploy and recruit participants in health and medical studies.
Works with Intel-based Windows versions only at present, ARM-based version coming
On Thursday, Microsoft released and open-sourced an early version of a previously-announced tool now called Windows Bridge, which allows iOS developers to easily convert iOS apps to be able to run natively on Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and Windows 10 Mobile. While calling the early version "clearly a work in progress," the company asked that the "interested and curious" help improve the program by beta testing and filing reports on it.
Latest Apple Watch beta now dependent on iOS 9 install to work
[Update: third public beta released for iOS as well] Two weeks after the previous releases, Apple on Thursday offered new, fifth betas of iOS 9 and watchOS 2 to developers. The iOS 9 beta is now required in order to use the latest watchOS 2 beta, and may address some of the long list of serious bugs developers have reported so far, such as random reboots, poor battery life, inoperative Bluetooth connections and other problems unresolved or introduced in beta 4.
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Update likely to be final numbered update for Yosemite
On Wednesday, Apple released a third beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 to developers, and may also do so for public testers as has been its habit. The new build, 14F25a, has no obvious changes or release notes, but continues to methodically fix bugs and tweak performance, including a patch to block a recently-published exploit that was found to have potentially-serious consequences. The optimization and improvement process is expected to continue with this fall's El Capitan 10.11 release, making it likely that 10.10.5 will be the last Yosemite update.
Malicious installer requires user password, then installs junkware
A recently-published exploit that could allow attackers to gain unchecked root-level access, following the user initially installing it, has been patched in the forthcoming OS X 10.10.5 update, and in this fall's 10.11 El Capitan upgrade. The flaw, which was introduced in Yosemite's error-logging functions. Though widely reported as hair-on-fire dangerous, the exploit merely installs adware and junkware such as Genio and MacKeeper, and requires users to actively install it before it gains root privileges.
Unreleased model referred to with professional 4K resolution
[Correction: fixed error in revealed native resolution] The recently-released sixth developer beta (just today matched with a fourth public preview) has revealed listings for an as-yet-unreleased product listing, which could be an iMac -- and, according to the configuration files inside the beta, the forthcoming unit sports a "professional level" 4K resolution of 4096x2304 -- slightly higher than "consumer 4K" resolutions of 3840x2160 found on most 4K HDTVs. The files refer only to resolution, and give no hints on display size or class of product.
Update follows sixth developer beta released yesterday, minor tweaks noticed
As reported yesterday, the sixth developer beta for OS X 10.11 El Capitan has given way to a fourth public beta, available to pre-registered testers who signed up through the Appleseed program. Both of the recent betas, which share the build number 15A244d, are said to have very minor tweaks and under-the-hood fixes, including a new General icon in System Preferences, and at least one new wallpaper. Some notable flaws remain unaddressed, however.
Latest build may not have any notable changes beyond bug fixes
Exactly one week after the last developer beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Apple has issued another update to the forthcoming OS X upgrade, which is scheduled to appear this fall, and likely to debut some time in September. The previous beta, 15A235d, did not list any significant changes or fixes, but focused primarily on small UI tweaks and bug fixes. The new beta, build 15A244d, is likely to have followed the same path.
Exploit still requires user permission to install, downplayed by experts
A new exploit has been developed that could threaten Mac security by leveraging vulnerabilities in firmware rather than software, making the worm nearly impossible to remove. While sounding more ominous than any threat since the original firmware-based Thunderstrike (which was limited to a proof-of-concept with no reported attacks), leading security experts say this new threat is also very low-risk.
Follows same two-week schedule as iOS 8.4.1, release date unknown
Following an earlier release of a second beta of iOS 8.4.1 for developers, Apple late on Thursday released both the second developer beta and a public beta version of the next minor update to OS X Yosemite, 10.10.5. The new build, 14F19a, comes two weeks after the first beta, and has no new information on the usual assortment of tweaks and bug fixes such releases usually entail. The final version of the update is expected ahead of the next major release, OS X 10.11 El Capitan, which should appear in September.
Bug fixes and updates in preparation for fall's launch of iOS 9
While attention and development focus continue on the upcoming iOS 9 major upgrade expected to be delivered in September or early October, Apple on Thursday also updated its ongoing iOS 8-based improvement set of updates with a second beta of iOS 8.4.1, now available through an update directly on iPhones associated with developer accounts or through the iOS Developer Resource Center.
MIB-II infotainment system also supporting Android Auto, VW app suite
As promised roughly a year after CarPlay was unveiled, German car maker Volkswagen is now shipping automobiles that include a next-generation infotainment system called MIB-II that includes support for both CarPlay and Android Auto along with its own proprietary suite of Car-Net apps, the latter of which requires a subscription. The company says that all but its entry-level models will feature the new MIB-II system.
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Finally you won't be forced to have one
If you have signed up for YouTube, if you've got yourself a Gmail account, or if you have sneezed within 17 miles of a Wi-Fi hotspot, you've been given Google+. We'd say "whether you wanted it or not," but did anyone actually want it? Now the service continues -- sans Google+ Photos -- but it's no longer going to be rammed in the direction of your throat. You can safely sign up for Google's more useful and popular services, and not automatically get this plastic toy in the bottom of the box.
Release presages likely update to iOS 9, watchOS 2 betas
A day earlier than expected, Apple on Monday issued a fifth developer beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan to registered developer accounts. At present, there is no further public beta release apart from the second tester release, issued last Wednesday. The new beta 5 has the same focus areas as the previous beta.
Apple well aware of issues, blending of Apple Music and iTunes Match at issue
We reported last week on fellow Mac journalist Jim Dalrymple's particularly bad issues with iTunes 12.2 and later on the Mac, centered around the arrival of Apple Music and Apple's attempts to blend the paid service's ability to store songs for later streaming or offline use with some customers' existing or previous iTunes Match libraries, which appears to cause much confusion, ranging from mislabelled entries in the iTunes library to missing songs in some cases.
Apple increasing efforts in India with search for government affairs specialist
Apple is seeking a senior manager for its New Delhi-based offices that has experience with India's government procurement system, indicating a new pitch to improve sales of the iPhone to the government as well as find someone who can represent the company's position on policy issues that come before the government and "within trade associations," according to the hiring notice.
Phantom adverts affecting data caps, defrauding advertisers
Over 5,000 fraudulent apps currently available for iOS and Android are displaying ads users cannot see, but which are causing problems, using up cellular data, and costing advertisers around $850 million per year, says online fraud research company Forensiq in a new report. The ads are not visible on screen, yet the volume of them contributes to an overal slowing down of iPhone or Android devices while stealing data from often-limited cellular data plans.
Releases follow latest developer betas, still have plenty of issues
As predicted yesterday, Apple has created public beta versions from the latest developer betas of OS X 10.11 El Capitan and iOS 9 for testing with registered testers. The betas are the second public incarnation, but are actually based on the fourth developer betas. Both upgrades, available to the public for free this fall, are still in early stages, and still have a long list of problem areas and issues. Testers are strongly cautioned to heed Apple's warnings about beta software.
Coding course could help launch your app development career
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New pop-up notice warns iOS 9 beta users they cannot add App Store reviews
In a move likely to please app developers, users of the beta for iOS 9 are no longer able to add their reviews to the App Store. The latest build of the mobile operating system removed the ability to post the reviews, with a new pop-up window appearing on beta versions stating "This feature isn't available. You can't write reviews while using a prerelease version of iOS" whenever a user attempts it from a device with iOS 9 installed.
Second public beta of OS X 10.11 now includes Apple retail employees
Apple on Tuesday released new betas for all three of its in-development updates for OS X 10.11 El Capitan, iOS 9, and watchOS 2. The OS X and iOS betas will likely also be available as "public" betas to those who have signed up for the AppleSeed pubic beta program, currently limited to roughly one million users. WatchOS 2 is not available as a public beta, and users are cautioned that only Apple can downgrade the Apple Watch if users install a pirated copy of the earlier (and buggy) beta.
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Update is said to 'improve stability, compatibility, and security'
Two days after issuing a developer beta of the next minor update to OS X, Apple has taken the release public to pre-registered testers. Version 10.10.5 continues the series of bug-fix and tweaking to Yosemite, and is distinct and separate from the public beta for the upcoming major update, OS X 10.11 El Capitan, that was released exactly a week ago. The new public beta of 10.10.5 is identical to the first developer beta.
Tighter security, hardware authentication may be hampering products
A new report makes the claim that third-party products utilizing Apple's HomeKit technology are slow in coming to market because of the iPhone maker's changes to improve the security of the devices, including a certification requirement to use hardware-based authentication chips that makes product upgrading difficult, and products more expensive. The report also makes more questionable claims of "capricious" changes.
Bluetooth LE beacons using Eddystone will work with iOS, Android devices
Google is going after Apple's iBeacon by revealing a new standard for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons. Eddystone is claimed to be an open BLE beacon format that will be platform agnostic, allowing it to work with Android, iOS, and other operating systems, with Google supplying APIs and resources for developers and hardware manufacturers to create new apps and beacons using the format, as well as to make existing beacons compatible with a firmware update.
No new changes listed at present, bug fixes and tweaks continue
Apple on Tuesday released new betas for the next updates to the present iOS and OS X versions, even as it concurrently tests its next major upgrades to both. The updates, iOS 8.4.1 and OS X 10.10.5, are likely to arrive before the major grades OS X 10.11 and iOS 9, which are anticipated for the fall. The new betas, intended only for developers, do not list any new changes, but the seed notes for 10.10.5 suggest it "improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac."
Revision corrects issues, crashing with 32-bit applications
One day after releasing the first public beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Apple has issued a supplemental update to fix a problem that caused crashes and instability with 32-bit apps. For most users, the instability issues introduced in older apps by the public beta was among the worst problem encountered in initial use. Apple has promised to quickly fix the flaw yesterday.
High-quality cellular music streams, automatic screenshot albums among changes
The latest beta given out to developers (and now the public) for Apple's iOS 9, expected early this fall, has revealed a handful of minor changes and features, along with a significant change in how the company is going to handle two-factor authentication in iOS and OS X going forward. When enabled, two-factor authentication allows users to add and verify new devices (such as iPhones) to be allowed to access a user's established cloud services and syncing. In addition to a previously-announced change to six-digit codes for verification, Apple will be removing the 14-digit Recovery Key option.
Public beta begins despite long list of issues, problems
Apple has made available public betas for iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan, according to reports. The new software, based on the issue-laden third developer beta released yesterday, is available to users previously registered with the company's Beta Software Program. While the company normally waits until there is a fairly stable developer beta existing before issuing the first public beta, today's releases are fraught with issues and missing functionality.
Stolen computer prompts Dominican rapper to seek help from Apple Store
A struggling artist with a run of bad luck turned to the SoHo Apple Store in Manhattan to complete, in a piecemeal fashion, a full-length album on the store's Macs -- with some help from some employees. Following a computer that broke down and another that was stolen, Dominican immigrant and rapper Prince Harvey told his story to some sympathetic Apple Store employees, who assisted the young artist in completing his album.
Updated release notes detail numerous issues remaining in each
On Wednesday, Apple released new betas for developer of the company's coming fall OS updates for the Mac, iOS devices, and the Apple Watch. The developer-only betas still have a long list of issues, and do not include any new features compared to the second beta, issued just over two weeks ag. All three betas offer some fixes for issues seen in the earlier betas, but continue to have problems and non-functional areas.
Mantle no longer being actively improved by AMD
AMD is no longer going to be working on Mantle, its API launched in 2013 that allows developers to work with its Graphics Core Next GPUs at a low level, according to a report. The chip manufacturer isn't directly ending support for the API, but has apparently confirmed that it will no longer be producing any new optimizations for Mantle, with AMD instead seemingly concentrating on making their future cards and drivers work better with DirectX 12 and Vulkan.
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Up to $100,000, two HoloLens units offered to five research projects
Microsoft is attempting to prove the usefulness of its HoloLens augmented reality headset, by offering free units and cash to researchers. The Microsoft HoloLens Academic Research project will grant five academic institutions two development kits for the device as well as up to $100,000 in grants each, if researchers make a suitable proposal that aims to "better understand the role and possible applications for holographic computing in society."
Next version of Safari, coming in 10.11, will offer new features
Among a storm of major updates, Apple has also issues updated versions of Safari for the three versions of OS X currently supported: Mountain Lion (10.8), Mavericks (10.9), and Yosemite (10.10). In addition to the updated Safari versions (6.2.7, 7.1.7, and 8.0.7 respectively), the company also issued the first developer beta of the forthcoming Safari 9.0, which will accompany the release of OS X 10.11 this fall, and a pair of EFI updates.