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Apple to drop support of SSL 3.0 due to POODLE vulnerability

10/22, 11:55pm

Will use transport layer security for push notifications starting October 29

In a note to developers, Apple has announced that due to a serious security flaw in SSL version 3.0, the company will be dropping support for the protocol beginning Wednesday, October 29 for all of its push notifications, which are delivered through Apple's own servers. The company will switch to Transport Layer Security (TLS) for the service, and notes that developers will need to build in support for TLS in their apps to ensure uninterrupted push notification compatibility if they haven't already.

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Twitter introduces Digits, a new way to log into applications

10/22, 9:32pm

Digits offered in Twitter's Fabric development kit, uses only a phone number

Twitter has started putting the pieces into place to distance users from password requirements with the announcement of Digits. The company unveiled the new platform at its first mobile developer conference in San Francisco today, as a part of its Fabric suite of development tools. Rather than relying on a username and password for every app, Digits uses a telephone number and text messages to confirm identities instead.

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Windows 10 Preview updated, gives options for patch frequency

10/21, 3:47pm

Fast and Slow update tiers selectable for quicker updates

Microsoft is deploying the first update to the Windows 10 preview under the Windows Insider program. Build number 9860 is headed to users overnight through Windows Update, or users can opt to immediately install it. The update weighs in at between 2GB and 2.74GB, depending on architecture, and contains some improvements and bug fixes to the pre-release operating system.

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Briefly: Xbox One TV tuner in Europe, Doctor Who programming game

10/21, 6:44am

Microsoft releases digital TV tuner for Xbox One in Europe

A digital TV tuner for the Xbox One has gone on sale in Europe through the Microsoft Store. Priced at £25 ($40) in the UK and 30 euros ($38) in France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, the tuner will allow owners of the Microsoft game console to view free-to-air HD television through the device, complete with Snap Mode video, pausing and rewinding of live TV, and OneGuide program listings.

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Apple launches mini-site promoting Swift programming language

10/21, 12:27am

Shows example apps made using Swift, notes colleges adding the language

Continuing its effort to promote its own streamlined object-oriented programming code Swift, Apple has followed up from its Swift blog with a full-blown mini-site on Apple.com. The new site takes a similar approach to Apple's dedicated mini-sites for education and business, highlighting some of the many apps now built using swift and featuring case studies, profiles and links to tutorials and free resources. The new promotional mini-site is in addition to the regular Swift developer site.

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Apple Pay to be used at both 2014 World Series stadiums

10/20, 11:31pm

MLB was early adopter of Passbook app, iBeacons; MLB app will gain Touch ID functionality

Major League Baseball, which has taken the role of unabashed cheerleader for several of Apple's financial and retail technology initiatives including Passbook and iBeacons, has announced another embrace -- this time, Apple Pay. Both of the two MLB stadiums involved in this year's World Series will be accepting Apple Pay for concessions starting with the event, which begins on Tuesday. San Francisco's AT&T Park and Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium will both have the hardware on hand for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users.

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All iOS apps must support 64-bit code as of February, Apple says

10/20, 4:24pm

Should improve performance on more recent devices

As of February 1st, all new or updating iOS apps must not only be based on the iOS 8 SDK, but contain 64-bit code, Apple is informing developers. At the moment developers are still being allowed to submit 32-bit-only apps or universal binaries. The problem is that more recent iOS devices -- namely those based on 64-bit A7, A8, and A8X processors -- have to load extra resources into memory to handle 32-bit code, taking a toll on performance.

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Apple releasing smartwatch SDK WatchKit next month

10/16, 1:34pm

WatchKit SDK to help development of apps for Apple Watch

Apple is going to help developers create apps for the Apple Watch before its release early next year, by making available a software development kit for the device. WatchKit, being made available to download in November, will allow developers to work on and test their smartwatch apps without having the Apple Watch hardware to hand.

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Apple warns devs of upcoming iTunes Connect maintenance

10/15, 5:36pm

Analytics portal to be taken offline for maintenance for six hours next Sunday

According to a brief notification sent to developers, Apple is planning to take iTunes Connect offline for approximately six hours starting at 6AM Pacific on Sunday, October 26. The portal is used by developers to submit, take down, update, adjust pricing and study analytics of apps submitted to the Mac and iOS App Stores. The modest maintenance downtime is unusual in light of Apple annual and longer downtime that usually happens in December.

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Apple 'Yosemi-fies' iTunes 12 beta's look for anticipated launch

10/10, 11:41pm

Less-obvious buttons, more white space, flatter icons fall in line with iOS 7 aesthetic

The flatter, more minimalist look sported by both iOS 7 and 8 as well as the forthcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite has reached iTunes, or at least the version currently being beta-tested for imminent release. With OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1 expected to be unveiled next week at Apple's press event, the music management and storefront application that ties into most users' iOS devices for media access has gained a whiter, flatter interface that does away with shadows and 3D effects in favor of clean lines and subtle buttons.

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Apple releases third GM candidate build for OS X Yosemite to devs

10/09, 11:40pm

Updates coming more quickly, signaling that testing phase is winding down

Apple has again updated its "Golden Master" candidate of OS X 10.10 Yosemite in a developer-only release, the third such build. Apple had already seeded a second GM candidate just two days ago, with the first one coming exactly a week before that. The new version, build 14A388a, is exactly two nightly builds up from the previous version. There were no new release notes to indicate what was changed, suggesting that the new GM candidate contains a fix for a recently-discovered issue.

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Game building tool company Unity Technologies may be up for sale

10/09, 9:10am

Google, Microsoft, Amazon have all reportedly tendered offers for Unity

According to sources familiar with the matter, cross-platform game development tool Unity's developers are having continuing discussions with possible buyers for the company. The biggest name attached to the development company's discussions is allegedly Google, with Microsoft and Amazon having made offers as early as 2013.

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Emulator for 64-bit Android released, windowed apps allegedly spotted

10/09, 7:15am

New Android emulator will help developers create 64-bit apps

Android developers looking to create 64-bit apps for the mobile operating system have been given some help, in the form of a new emulator. At the same time as the Android L preview emulator release, reports have appeared suggesting Google is considering adding a function to a future Android iteration where its apps load within a smaller floating window rather than taking up the entire display.

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Retina HD iPads? Beta 2 of iOS 8.1 hints at higher resolution

10/09, 2:07am

Art assets suggest new iPads will follow iPhone 6 in jumping up pixels, resolution

Further investigation into the recently-release iOS 8.1 beta by developer Hamza Sood has uncovered clues that the forthcoming new iPad models, expected to be revealed on October 16, may be offering significantly higher resolution and pixels-per-inch counts. Certain frameworks call for, and other already have, graphics rated at 1x ("ipad"), "2x-ipad" and a new "3x-ipad," suggesting up to a 50 percent jump in resolution or pixel count. This would create what Apple calls "Retina HD" display quality.

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Apple seeds new version of Yosemite OS X Server with SMB3 file sharing

10/08, 8:24pm

Update includes iOS 8 support for new management options, more

Following recent releases of developer betas for iOS 8.1, OS X Yosemite 10.10 and Xcode 6.1, on Wednesday the company also released an updated version of OS X Server 4.0 for testing. The new build, 14S323, mostly offers updates and improvements to keep up with the latter betas, but adds SMB3 file sharing to the mix for easier network transfers, as well as refinements to existing components like the server app itself and Profile manager, allowing administrators to work with devices on the latest releases.

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Apple finalizes HomeKit specifications for MFi gear makers

10/08, 3:51pm

Should enable release of HomeKit products

Apple has finalized and released official specifications for HomeKit, the home automation platform built into iOS 8. Details were reportedly made available to Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) gear manufacturers last week. Apple mandates that any company wanting to build HomeKit-capable hardware apply for MFi certification.

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Apple issues new beta, GM candidates for OS X Yosemite, Xcode 6.1

10/07, 6:49pm

Second GM candidate doesn't list changes, final version likely coming soon

On the heels of its update of the latest iOS 8.1 beta for developers, Apple has also seeded second GM candidates for OS X 10.10 Yosemite and Xcode 6.1 to registered developers for testing, also issued as "Beta 5" for public testers of Yosemite. The build on the new Yosemite candidate is updated, from 14A378a to 14a386a, but otherwise changes and fixes aren't noted. As the new version was released exactly a week after the last GM candidate, this appears to have been a scheduled second GM build rather than a fix for issues discovered in the first candidate.

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Second iOS 8.1 beta seeds to developers

10/07, 1:47pm

Could enable Apple Pay testing

Apple is seeding a second beta of iOS 8.1 to developers, users note. The contents of the code are unknown, but it likely builds out upcoming Apple Pay support, references to which were found in the first beta. If recent rumors are true the new beta may enable Apple Pay testing, and prefigure a public launch of v8.1 on or around October 20th.

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Adoption of iOS 8 stalled at 47 percent, new Apple tracking data shows

10/07, 10:37am

Figure just 1 percent higher than post-iPhone 6 launch data

Adoption of iOS 8 has slowed dramatically, having only gained a single percentage point between September 21 and October 5, according to new App Store tracking data from Apple. The company's iOS 8 and iOS 7 are now in equal use. In fact, use of pre-iOS 7 firmware has somehow increased from five to six percent, even though Apple no longer supports it on any substantial level.

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Apple to launch iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay support on October 20

10/03, 10:14am

Private beta should allow early testing

Apple Pay will indeed launch alongside iOS 8.1, and Apple is currently targeting an October 20 date for the firmware, sources say. The people add that hidden code should allow Apple Pay testing via the 8.1 beta. It's not clear whether that includes NFC functions, or simply online-only transactions. Either way, testing will allegedly start early this month, supported by code rolling out to developers.

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Apple updates iTunes 12 beta for OS X Yosemite testers

10/02, 10:39pm

Further tweaks on design in preparation for likely October release

On Thursday, Apple released an updated version of the beta for iTunes 12, intended for developers and OS X 10.10 Yosemite Public Beta testers. The update follows on the heels of Monday's Golden Master candidate for Yosemite. The iTunes update makes very minor changes to version 12, including some refinement on vertical alignment in the top bar, a handful of revised icons and other minor tweaks. The forthcoming final release will include support for Family Sharing, and an overall new look.

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LG developer site hints at webOS-based smartwatch in development

10/02, 6:25am

Teaser page shows Bean Bird webOS smart TV mascot, watch face

A webOS-based smartwatch may be in development by LG, the company's developer site strongly suggests. A now-removed teaser page strongly hinted at a wearable device running the software, by depicting a "Bean Bird" mascot from the company's webOS smart TV software next to a watch, along with the words "Coming soon".

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Pro-democracy protesters targeted with malware on iOS, Android

10/02, 1:47am

Malware entry vector not yet identified; may capitalize on jailbreak compromise

In an almost unheard-of claim, Lacoon Mobile Security has said that it has discovered a new spyware attack that targets both iOS and Android devices and which appears to be aimed specifically at Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters. Lacoon says it made the discovery while investigating the Android version, but did not clarify how the malware might be installed, or overcome the security built into iOS that has, thus far, kept it largely immune to serious malware or viruses.

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Analysts: Apple Watch likely a hit, but will take time to mature

10/01, 7:00pm

Piper Jaffray's Munster forecasts 10M units in first year, ASP of $500

Analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray, while calling the Apple Watch "light years ahead of any other smartwatch on the market," nevertheless advised both clients and market watchers to expect "conservative" initial sales of the device in its first year. Like the iPod, which took three years to become the dominant force in music players, Munster said that "consumer application may be limited initially, until developers begin to create useful applications for the watch."

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Bug in iOS 8 triggering problems with Bluetooth connections in cars

10/01, 3:39pm

Apple developing fix

The current versions of iOS 8 is creating problems for people who pair their iPhones with Bluetooth devices, particularly car audio systems, according to complaints. In the case of cars, devices with the firmware may refuse to pair, fail to play audio, or disconnect when a phonecall comes in. The problem can't be solved with iOS 8.0.2, and is affecting many automotive brands, including BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Toyota, and others.

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Apple calling for Yosemite app submissions following GM seeding

09/30, 10:08pm

Final version imminent as golden master in hands of developers

On Tuesday, Apple signaled the end of active development of the first official version of OS X 10.10 Yosemite with the seeding of the "Golden Master," a one-last-lookover build that will be used as the final first release if no show-stopping bugs are found. An email was sent to registered developers calling for app submissions ahead of the upcoming launch of Yosemite, though no date or deadline was given. The existence of a GM candidate suggests that Yosemite is not far from being released to the public.

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Apple seeds GM candidates of OS X Yosemite, Xcode 6.1 to developers

09/30, 2:38pm

Public releases coming soon

Apple has begun seeding gold master candidates of OS X Yosemite and Xcode 6.1 to developers. While "candidate" status means the software is still pre-release, it implies that the code is nearly complete, as it could be released to the public should no serious bugs be discovered. Apple has, in some years, released multiple GM candidates.

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Apple Pay, iPad with Touch ID references found in iOS 8.1 beta

09/30, 2:10am

Just-released beta confirms expected Touch ID and online Apple Pay support

Inside the just-released iOS 8.1 beta for developers are various clues to future Apple products and services, according to developer Hamza Sood. He uncovered settings menus for Apple Pay as well as references to an iPad that includes Touch ID -- both expected additions in forthcoming versions of iOS and iPad models, respectively. A further find of Apple Pay for the iPad appears to offer only online-buying or in-app purchasing support.

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Bug in iOS 8 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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Study finds Google Glass as dangerous as smartphones when driving

09/29, 2:33pm

Researchers put 40 students in driving simulator to simulate speech-to-text distractions

In a joint study between the University of Central Florida and Air Force Research Laboratories, researcher Ben Sawyer found that drivers wearing Google Glass are just as distracted as those using smartphones to text. The study attempted to discover the level of driver distraction using Google Glass, a hands-free device that many claimed offers no or a lesser degree of distraction than other in-car devices.

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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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