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Samsung teases round face for next Gear smartwatch

04/24, 10:02am

Software development kit announcement includes round watch face imagery

The next smartwatch from Samsung is likely to have a round face, if a teaser image in a press release is to be believed. A release inviting developers to sign up for early access to a software development kit (SDK) for the manufacturer's "Next generation of the Gear device" has a supplementary image accompanying it, depicting a variety of round faces, strongly suggesting the watch will have one as well.

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Briefly: new MacBook issue, Porsche CarPlay, Xcode 6.3.1 update

04/22, 1:43am

Retina 12-inch MacBook can hang during first setup, workaround posted

A new tech note from Apple details a flaw that can occur during the initial setup of the new 12-inch Retina MacBook that causes the process to stop temporarily -- sometimes for a prolonged period -- before finishing. According to the new tech note, Apple recommends that if users experience the issue they can restart the initial setup process by restarting, and can opt to disconnect from the Internet in order to allow the setup to proceed, and then connect to the Internet afterwards. The problem appears to center around Apple ID setup or iCloud account creation.

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Apple Watch: developer draw, iWork update, new Ahrendts video

04/21, 6:22pm

Developers can sign up for single Sport model, shipping guaranteed by April 28

A new email being sent to developers from Apple is offering them the opportunity to buy a specific, single Apple Watch model -- and, importantly, guarantees shipping by April 28. The company is trying to ensure that developers either actively working on Apple Watch applications or are planning to develop apps for that platform have a test model they can use to confirm and troubleshoot their work. Apple is offering a single variation in the pitch to developers: a Sport model (42mm) with the aluminum casing and a blue sport band.

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Open-source networking flaw creates vulnerability in some iOS apps

04/21, 2:26pm

Recently-fixed AFNetworking library requires app update to close security hole

A flaw in a popular older version of an open-source networking library used by a number of iOS apps could create an exploitable vulnerability, particularly for users who do not keep their apps up-to-date. The issue could allow a hacker to bypass HTTPS security and conceivably steal passwords or other personal data. While the library in question was patched to address the problem three weeks ago, apps which include the older library are still vulnerable. According to SourceDNA, at least 1,500 iOS apps are currently exposed.

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Apple now notifying winners of 2015 WWDC ticket lottery

04/17, 7:11pm

Sold-out conference will cost winners $1,600, Apple increases diversity scholarships

On Friday, lucky recipients started receiving emails that they had been selected at random in a ticket lottery to register for the company's annual Worldwide Developer's Conference in San Francisco, which will start on June 8. The ticket lottery was required due to the incredible growth of Apple's iOS and OS X developer programs, which have nearly-instantly sold out over the last few years, and the company's desire to continue the conference at Moscone West, which allows for a total of 5,350 attendees, not counting press or the 1,000 Apple engineers who will be on hand.

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Report: Apple improves revenue for devs over Android in 2015

04/17, 6:30pm

Android gains 70 percent of downloads, iOS gains 70 percent of revenue

A new report by analytics firm App Annie has revealed that Apple and Google, as the progenitors of iOS and Android respectively, are locked in a roughly stalemated battle when it comes to revenues from apps versus app downloads. Google's Android enjoys the majority of app downloads, as it has for some time -- but continues to be unable to catch Apple in terms of being able to reward developers for their work. In a set of charts from the analytics firm, Apple's revenue from app sales is about 70 percent higher than Google Play, while Google's downloads outpaced Apple's by 70 percent.

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Apple offers first OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 beta, focuses on stability

04/16, 6:26pm

New beta comes on heels of 10.10.3 release, no change log yet available

Just a week after the official release of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 and days after the first beta of iOS 8.4, Apple has posted the first 10.10.4 beta for developers and testers, though it is has not been (and is not likely to be) made available to public beta testers until future builds are released. The sparse announcement of the new beta says only that the update focuses on "stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac," which suggests it will build on the improvements made in 10.10.3.

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Apple releases supplemental 10.10.3 update over video issues

04/16, 3:10pm

Not all users affected, but caused kernel panics, startup issues in some machines

On Thursday, Apple released a rare supplemental update to OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 that resolves a bug in a video driver that was causing some Mac owners to report startup issues or even full-blown kernel panics "when running certain apps that capture video," said the company. Users were reported longer-than-normal startup times or crashes. Not fixed by the new update are scattered reports of problems opening large JPEG files using Preview of QuickLook, but this is again not a universal issue.

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ResearchKit now available to all medical developers, goes open-source

04/14, 1:29pm

Powerful set of tools enables researchers to attract volunteers, study larger pool of data

One of the most critically-lauded -- particularly by the public -- aspects of Apple's "Spring Forward" event last March wasn't the sleek new MacBook or even the remarkable miniaturization that enabled the Apple Watch; it was the section devoted to ResearchKit, a new SDK aimed at leveraging the sensors found in many mobile devices to help medical professionals develop apps that could further medical research into any number of diseases, conditions, or illnesses. On Tuesday, Apple released it to all developers and open-sourced it.

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Apple Watch: medical app bonanza, including glucose monitor

04/14, 3:00am

Healthcare companies announcing plethora of new apps for Apple Watch platform

A number of healthcare companies, many of whom are just now working deeply with the HealthKit APIs from Apple to create health-oriented applications, are already pivoting to create complementary apps for the new Apple Watch platform as well, which creates new opportunities for handling certain kinds of results and notifications. More than a dozen applications have been announced in just the last week, ranging from a medication reminder for patients to a glucose monitor system for the Watch.

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Apple releases first iOS 8.4 beta, includes new Music app

04/13, 7:28pm

'Sneak peek' offers better iTunes Radio experience; Xcode 6.4 beta updated also

On Monday, Apple released the first iOS 8.4 beta to developers, which among other feature includes what the company calls a "sneak peek" at a revamped Music app that now offers a new Miniplayer, global search, a better iTunes Radio experience and improved "Now Playing" screen that allows custom art from users, along with a Recently Added automatic playlist. In addition, Apple updated its Xcode 6.4 beta with new SDKs for iOS 8.4, and compatibility updates for OS X Mavericks (10.9) and Yosemite (10.10).

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Apple, IBM expand partnership to enable HealthKit, ResearchKit aids

04/13, 5:51pm

Watson Health to provide analytics, secure cloud for medical app data

IBM and Apple, already in a partnership to service the enterprise sector, have announced an expansion of the deal that will see IBM utilizing its Health Cloud and Watson Health initiatives to support and secure data gathered or entered by users through apps using Apple's HealthKit and ResearchKit technologies. The partnership will work with the Watson Health business unit to offer developers a secure place to store gathered health data, and analytics to help researchers analyze it.

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Google reportedly trying to make Android Wear devices work with iOS

04/09, 4:29pm

Android Wear companion app for iOS allegedly close to completion

Google may be preparing to fight the Apple Watch on its home turf, by working on getting Android Wear devices to work with iOS devices. A companion app for iOS is reportedly close to being completed by Google, which in theory would allow smartwatches running Android Wear to receive notifications and interact with other apps on Apple's mobile operating system.

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Briefly: Xcode 6.3 released, more new Apple Pay merchants

04/09, 12:13pm

Update adds support for latest OS releases, Force Touch trackpad, updated compiler

Alongside the big OS updates yesterday, Apple also released a final version of Xcode 6.3, which has been in beta for some time. The update includes a modified SDK supporting Apple's Force Touch trackpad, as found on the new 13-inch MacBook Pro and forthcoming 12-inch Retina MacBook. It also includes the latest SDKs for iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3, along with Swift 1.2 for iOS 8.3, and a new version of Apple's LLVM compiler.

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Briefly: Dryft buyout, iOS 8.3 has Wi-Fi calling, Disney TV pressure

04/08, 7:32pm

Apple bought out alternative keyboard maker late last year, reports claim

Apple apparently bought out software keyboard developer Dryft last September, acquiring one of the co-founders of Swype in the process, according to reports. CEO Randy Marsden changed his job title to Apple's iOS Keyboard Manager on LinkedIn around the same time as the deal allegedly happened. Apple only rarely confirms acquisitions of small tech companies like Dryft.

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Apple releases OS X 10.10.3, Photos for Mac, iOS 8.3

04/08, 2:08pm

Widely beta-tested, each brings new features to devices

With today's release of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, Apple is officially releasing its iPhoto replacement program Photos for the Mac. While the program has already been in use on iOS for some time, the new program sits alongside existing iPhoto or Aperture libraries with its own copy, and adds new abilities and features we have previously reported on. The update, leaked earlier today, also brings a non-beta version of iCloud Photo Library and new emoji, while the iOS 8.3 release shares the emoji improvements and adds wireless CarPlay support, along with new Siri accents and languages.

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Apple Watch: employee discount, special displays, 1K apps, more

04/06, 8:36pm

CEO offers employees a half-off discount on sport, steel editions

Following a suggestion from a retail employee during a meeting in Germany, Apple CEO Tim Cook has met the suggestion half way: he has decided to offer all Apple employees, including retail workers, a 50 percent discount off the cost of either aluminum "sport" version or the stainless steel version of the Apple Watch, or $550 off the cost of the 18kt gold Edition versions. The discount is only available for 90 days, starting April 10.

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Google ARC Welder allows Android apps to run in Chrome browser

04/05, 8:53am

Developer tool runs Android apps on Windows, Mac desktops

Google is attempting to increase the number of places people can run Android apps, by bringing them to desktops. The App Runtime for Chrome (ARC) tool was initially brought out for Chrome OS, but Google has expanded the development tool's availability to the Chrome browser, allowing the Android apps to run on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems, all from within the browser itself.

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Apple offers seventh OS X 10.10.3 beta to testers

04/02, 5:21pm

Updated version is second this week, hinting at problem fixes

Developers and public testers of the forthcoming OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 release have unexpectedly been notified of a second release this week, this time with build number 14D130a. Normally spaced a week apart, the last update came on Monday with 14D127a -- suggesting that the company is zeroing in on fixes for certain known issues, and perhaps planning a public release in the near future. Testers are cautioned to keep backups current while testing the new beta.

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Apple opens App Store to all developers for Apple Watch apps

03/31, 6:06pm

Hoping for variety, if not plethora, of third-party apps by public launch

With just over three weeks to go until the first wave of countries will begin selling the new Apple Watch (and less than two weeks until curious customers can try one on), Apple has sent out a reminder to developers that they can now submit apps based on WatchKit to the App Store in order to be ready for the public debut on April 24. The email to developers included a link to a submission tutorial.

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The MacNN Podcast, episode eight: Steve Jobs, Windows 10, more

03/30, 11:15pm

Staffers discuss new book, new gaming column, new apps

We're now at episode eight of The MacNN Podcast, which this week welcomes our new Apple Gaming column, as well as reminding listeners about our weekly game news roundup. We also discuss the book Becoming Steve Jobs, and Tim Cook's latest honor from the business world. More confusion about Windows 10 pricing outside China has come to light, and tech companies are asking for changes in the Patriot Act.

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Apple issues sixth OS X 10.10.3 beta with minor changes

03/30, 5:49pm

Public beta updated also; screen sharing, Wi-Fi, languages need focus

On Monday, Apple issued a sixth beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 to developers, and an identical third beta to registered public testers. The new build, numbered 14D127a, is said to be mostly a security, compatibility, and stability bugfix release, though the company has added a request that testers focus on screen-sharing features as well as Hebrew and Arabic localizations, on top of the ongoing focus on Wi-Fi "captive portal" networks (such as hotels or coffeeshops).

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Razer OSVR headset to have optional Leap Motion-embedded faceplate

03/25, 8:35pm

Hand-based motion controls added to developer version of Razer VR headset

Razer's virtual reality headset will include the ability to track the motion of the wearer's hands. The OSVR Hacker Dev Kit from Razer will include an optional faceplate with Leap Motion hardware embedded inside it, allowing for developers to create apps that take into account the wearer's hands, and potentially allowing for a more intuitive and realistic virtual reality experience for users.

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Logitech Harmony gains voice control from Ubi, Ivee smart home devices

03/25, 3:21pm

Voice recognition systems able to perform home automation tasks via Harmony API

Owners of Logitech Harmony devices will soon be able to perform various automated home commands using their voice. Ubi and Ivee are both using Logitech's Harmony API to communicate directly with smart home devices and appliances, allowing both systems to take control and change settings for various connected items around the house.

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Yokohama mayor confirms Apple R&D facility to open in 2016

03/25, 12:35pm

Former Panasonic factory to be repurposed, joins other new global facilities

First announced late last year by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japanese media and the mayor of the host city have confirmed that Apple will begin repurposing part of a former Panasonic plant into a new research and development center late this year, which is expected to open sometime in 2016. Apple has recently opened similar offices in China, Israel, and will be adding England to the list shortly.

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Apple issues new public, developer betas for iOS 8.3, Xcode 6.3

03/24, 4:43pm

Fourth iOS 8.3 beta shows no progress on known issues, likely arriving next month

Apple issued a fourth developer beta of iOS 8.3 on Tuesday, one day after an updated OS X 10.10.3 beta emerged. In addition, the company released the second version of a "public" 8.3 beta to registered public Appleseed testers, which is identical to the developer beta. Also included was a new, fourth beta of Xcode 6.3, which includes Apple's Swift coding language, version 1.2.

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Apple issues fifth OS X 10.10.3 beta, updates Photos, recovery tools

03/23, 5:05pm

Version is identical to new update for Appleseed testers

On Monday, Apple issued the fifth beta version of OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite to developers. The latest version, which comes on the heels of the previous fourth release that was aimed solely at new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro users, is also being released to registered public beta users as the second such version. The forthcoming Photos app has been updated (though it still has some known issues), as well as Yosemite's recovery tools.

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Briefly: BBM Protected for iOS and Android, Google Places mobile API

03/22, 12:44pm

BlackBerry adds BBM Protected mode to iOS, Android apps

BlackBerry is allowing its enterprise users to have highly-secure FIPS 140-2 validated conversations with other mobile users, rather than just between BlackBerry devices. BBM Protected, a mode for the BlackBerry messaging app that encrypts the conversation between two parties, is now available on the iOS and Android versions of the client. BBM Protected requires the use of the paid service BES from BlackBerry in order to set up the secure communications, though the secondary party only needs the free client to receive secure chat requests.

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ABC airs segment on secret Apple Watch testing facility

03/21, 8:16am

Apple employees used as health, fitness test subjects for Watch, HealthKit

In an unusual move for the normally-secretive company, Apple has allowed ABC News crews access to a previously top-secret heath and fitness lab that was designed to test and improve the Apple Watch. A report on the facility, which aired on Nightline on Friday, showed the nondescript building where the company created its full gym and testing facility, centered around activity.

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Latest MacBooks drop Windows 7 compatibility in Boot Camp

03/20, 5:30pm

New Pro, Air, MacBook now require Windows 8 or later; VMs still support Win7 for now

Apple's traditional zeal to push users forward extends even to its support for a rival platform, as the latest MacBook refreshes -- the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, 13-inch MacBook Air, and the forthcoming MacBook -- now require Windows 8 or later to work with Boot Camp, Apple's tool to create a dedicated Windows partition for users who need the compatibility. The company first dropped Windows 7 with the latest Mac Pro in 2013.

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Apple issues security, iPhoto updates for OS X Yosemite

03/19, 5:50pm

Early 2015 MacBooks, MacBook Pros get separate version

Apple on Thursday has updated OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 (only) with a new security update. While details are not available, the update could possibly be the first to address an https vulnerability known as FREAK, which can compromise secure web browsing on a variety of systems and applications. In addition, the company has issued an update for iPhoto to further help with the eventual transition to Photos, as well as clear up a few bugs.

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Pebble pledges $1M for smartstrap crowdfunding projects

03/19, 5:39pm

Smartstrap efforts for enhancing Pebble Time functionality will gain extra backing

Projects to create a Pebble smartstrap, add-ons for the Pebble Time smartwatch introduced on Kickstarter late last month, will be getting a development boost from the company itself. Developers creating their own smartband for the wearable device will be eligible to apply for funds from Pebble to create their smartstrap, with the manufacturer pledging $1 million for the handouts.

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Briefly: new Safari betas, Apple Pay expands in PGA Tour

03/18, 7:35pm

Apple releases new Safari betas for OS X 10.9 and 10.8

On Wednesday, Apple updated the developer versions of Safari with two new betas aimed at users of older OS X versions, specifically 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and 10.9 (Mavericks). The new versions follow a slight update to the current Safari versions for OS X 10.8 and later that contains several WebKit fixes for security issues. Version 7.15 is for Mavericks, while Mountain Lion owners will see only version 6.2.5.

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Briefly: 77 percent on iOS 8, cracking box for older iOS versions

03/18, 4:52pm

Potential but unwieldy security threat to those running pre-iOS 8.1.1

A new device on the market costing $300 could be used by attackers to crack the PIN codes on iOS devices running system versions older than iOS 8.1.1. While the chances of it being used on someone's personal device are extremely low -- since it requires both physical access to the device as well as a great deal of time -- users can protect their devices and foil the so-called "IP Box" attack by moving to a more complex passcode.

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Google adds human screening, age ratings to Google Play apps

03/18, 12:11pm

Android apps on Google Play inspected by team of experts before being sold

Google is making one major change to its Android app store, and has revealed it already made another significant alteration. Apps in Google Play will now be covered by a new global content rating system, advising buyers of the kind of content they can expect within the app, and new apps are being subjected to an improved app review process, which will involve a team of human experts inspecting apps before they go on sale.

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Briefly: Google I/O lottery begins, Chromecast controlled by TV

03/18, 10:25am

Google accepts registrations for developer conference lottery draw

Google has started to accept registrations for its Google I/O developer conference, set to take place on May 28 and 29 in San Francisco. Until 5pm PT tomorrow (8pm ET), potential Google I/O attendees can sign up on the website and placed into a lottery. Applicants selected at random will then be asked to pay $900 or $300 for a general or academic ticket.

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Apple updates 10.10.3 beta to fix issue with new 13-inch MacBook Pro

03/16, 2:19pm

Testers had been previously warned not to install beta on that model

A new build of the latest beta for the forthcoming OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 was issued on Monday specifically for the few present -- and all future -- owners of the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro. Following the release of the beta last Thursday, which included a warning of a known issue that meant testers should not install it on the new 13-inch MBP, the new build removes that warning -- suggesting that the issue may be fixed.

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Apple updates developer guidelines for medical, pay, media apps

03/12, 7:11pm

Small but meaningful changes enforce company's strong privacy, ethical outlook

On Thursday, Apple updated App Store Review guidelines to reinforce privacy, consent, and other ethical concerns regarding the implementation of apps that work with medical data (specifically ResearchKit), Apple Pay, and apps that download or stream music or video. The guidelines generally reinforce more transparency or set minimum standards, but also target apps that illegally "rip" copyrighted material from video and audio sites like Vimeo and Soundcloud.

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Apple launches new betas for OS X, Xcode, Server; new iOS 8.3 beta

03/12, 5:02pm

Company unifies different beta programs into single 'Apple Beta Software Program'

On Thursday, Apple released a flood of new betas for various versions of its two main operating systems, including the first semi-public beta of iOS 8.3, and third developer betas for iOS 8.3, OS X 10.10.3, Xcode 6.3 with Swift 1.2, and OS X Server 4.1 Developer Preview. The company has also decided to unify its various beta programs under a single tent now known simply as the "Apple Beta Software Program."

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BBC providing 1 million children with free 'Micro Bit' computer

03/12, 10:54am

Free computer hardware heading to students this fall in BBC coding effort

The BBC is continuing in its attempts to promote digital literacy in the United Kingdom, by providing approximately 1 million devices to children. The broadcaster will be providing the Micro Bit, a compact electronic board inspired by the BBC Micro from the 1980s, to students in secondary schools this fall, which it hopes will encourage a new generation of coders to create software.

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ResearchKit cardio app brings 10,000 volunteers virtually overnight

03/11, 3:04pm

Publicity from feature spot in 'Spring Forward' event demonstrates Apple influence

On Monday, Apple devoted a portion of its "Spring Forward" event to talking about a previously-unannounced initiative called ResearchKit that will help medical researchers put together apps that improve the voluntary data collection process so vital to the field. Five example applications were also released that day, including one that sought participants in a Stanford University cardiovascular study. Today, some 10,000 new applicants have volunteered through the app.

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Marvell ships HomeKit SDK for microprocessor, Wi-Fi lines

03/10, 9:14am

Marvell first silicon vendor to offer the SDK, drivers for chipset for Apple's IoT

Chip manufacturer Marvell today announced that it is the industry's first silicon vendor to develop a fully-supported SDK for HomeKit. HomeKit from Apple is a framework in iOS 8 for communicating with and controlling connected accessories in a user's home. Marvell's SDK for HomeKit is available on its EZ-Connect Internet of Things (IoT) Platform, including Marvell's 88MC200 microcontroller and Avastar 88W801 Wi-Fi system-on-chip (SoC).

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Hands On: Tynker (iOS)

03/10, 7:28am

Cute game teaches elementary kids the basic of coding video games

Edutainment took off in the early 1990s, with games like Math Blaster and The Incredible Machine. For the most part, edutainment games have usually been math or science-centric, with enough history and reading thrown in to keep the mix interesting. However, that's beginning to change with a new dawn of kid-targeted apps. Tynker is one such app, which promises to teach elementary-age children how to code their own video games.

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Briefly: Xcode 6.2 released; Marriott, Etsy adding Apple Pay

03/10, 12:21am

Apple's official IDE gets updates following release of iOS 8.2, WatchKit

Among the many other releases on Monday, Apple also quietly brought forth a final version of Xcode 6.2 for developers. The integrated development environment has been updated with the latest SDKs for OS X 10.10 Yosemite, and also includes features designed to help developers write apps for iOS 8.2 and now, the Apple Watch by including WatchKit. The update requires a 64-bit (Core2Duo or later) Intel Mac running OS X 10.9.4 or later. The update is available to all registered ADC members.

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OS X security update resolves FREAK https exploit flaw

03/09, 10:13pm

Security update 2015-002 fixes problem is OS X, iOS 8.2 patches iOS version

On Monday, Apple issued a security update for OS X 10.8 or higher that resolves a recently-discovered vulnerability in the SSL/TLS protocol that could have allowed supposedly secure communications -- such as bank transactions -- to be decrypted and intercepted. The flaw, known as FREAK (meaning "Factoring RSA Export Keys") forced the security back to a weaker "fallback" standard that had since been cracked. The new update, 2015-002, fixes the flaw in OS X, while today's iOS 8.2 release patches the issue for iOS devices.

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Briefly: iMovie updated to 10.0.7, Digital RAW to v6.0.3

03/09, 5:26pm

Command line tools also updated for 10.10.3 beta testers

Alongside a recent update by Apple to its Digital Camera RAW Compatibility plug-in, the company on Monday updated iMovie for OS X to version 10.0.7. The latter update, along with a minor update for command-line tools, allows iMovie to work with Photos for OS X, which is unreleased but available to testers in the current 10.10.3 beta update, and adds support for Sony's XAVC-S format. The RAW update brings compatibility for a number of cameras to Apple's current three photo programs.

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Apple: ResearchKit, health researcher's development framework coming

03/09, 1:34pm

First five apps available today, focusing on diabetes, Parkinson's, more

As part of today's Apple "Spring Forward" event, CEO Tim Cook announced ResearchKit, a framework that enables medical researchers to more easily design the apps they're going to use for clinical studies. The first apps available target Parkinson's disease, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and breast cancer. The app development kit is strictly opt-in for users, and is designed to collate data from research subjects. It runs hand-in-hand with HealthKit, and will be open source for full availability to all who seek to use it.

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Weekly Game Replay: Maxis closure, Amazon Game Studio titles on iOS

03/08, 11:45pm

News from the video game industry for the week of March 2

Every Sunday, MacNN and Electronista rounds out the week by bundling together some notable stories from the world of gaming. In the same week as GDC's various hardware and software development announcements, EA shuttered the spiritual home of The Sims and SimCity, Amazon reveals it is porting games from its Fire devices to iOS, and Epic Games shows off what could be coming in its openly-developed Unreal Tournament reboot.

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WSJ: Google has team dedicated to creating Android for Virtual Reality

03/08, 11:19am

Google VR development team said to include dozens of engineers

Google is working on making an interface for Android specifically for virtual reality headsets, a report from the Wall Street Journal claims. The search company allegedly has a team made up of "tens of engineers" and other staff working on a VR experience for the mobile operating system, which aims to make Android more useful for developers of VR apps and games.

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Valve makes Source 2 engine free, introduces Steam Link console

03/04, 7:55pm

Steam Link home streaming device, virtual reality hardware announced at GDC

Valve Software made a considerable number of announcements at the Game Developers Conference, just as it advised, concerning both hardware and software development. The company's Source 2 engine was revealed, alongside a new set-top box for in-home streaming called the Steam Link, Steam Machine updates, and more about its recently-unveiled virtual reality efforts.

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