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Apple creates Swift programming language, has “none of the baggage of C”

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There was no doubt some people disappointed that they did not announce any new hardware at WWDC, but it has certainly excited developers with its latest announcement. Announced earlier today, Apple has created a brand new programming language for designing apps to run on iOS and its Mac computers to replace Objective-C. Called Swift, the new language is said to be similar to Objective-C without the baggage of C. According [...]

Apple announces iOS 8 – with Interactive Notifications, QuickType and Health Kit

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Apple has today announced iOS 8 at the World Wide Developer Conference of 2014. Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO said on stage that the experience of iOS 8 is two-fold, great end-user features and developer tools. Paired with OS X 10.10 Yosemite, iOS 8 introduces a major change to the way Apple’s desktop and mobile platforms interact. On stage Apple called this Continuity, though the most impressive feature comes in the form [...]

Apple confirms Mac OS X Yosemite – with brand new UI design

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At its WWDC press conference, Apple has lifted the lid off the next version of OS X. Following the new naming scheme of locations in California, the new version is called OS X 10.10 Yosemite and it will introduce an overhauled “fresh [and] modern” user interface that features the flat design elements introduced in iOS. According to Apple, the new redesigned user interface makes it more “clearer, smarter and easier [...]

Beats Music starts small with just 111,000 subscribers, no word on how many are paid

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Despite rumoured, and practically confirmed, acquisition plans from Apple for US$3.2 billion, Beats Music, the subscription streaming service from the popular headphone brand, has just over 100,000 users according to a new report. As The Guardian reports, the actual user count for Beats Music is strengthened by the fact that 61,621 of these accounts are part of the Beats Music ‘Family-Plan’, which can allow up to 5-users for AT&T users at [...]

Microsoft Office for iPad to be released in coming weeks

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Hot off the heels of OneNote coming to Mac, The Verge is reporting that Microsoft Office for iPad, which had reportedly been completed a while ago, will finally be released in the coming weeks. At a keynote in San Francisco on March 27th, new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will be showing off the app as part of Microsoft’s new “mobile first, cloud first” strategy. However, it isn’t going to be a big change [...]

This is iOS 7.1 and it’s out now

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Apple have this morning released iOS 7.1 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Featuring a refined UI, faster animations, major bug fixes, CarPlay support, and improved responsiveness on some older devices, it’s a welcome update that finally brings back some of the snappiness we lost with iOS 7. The full changelog includes: CarPlay support. New Camera setting to automatically enable HDR for iPhone 5s devices. Improved performance on the [...]

Apple reveals CarPlay – iOS in your car coming later in the year

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Apple said last year that they were working on bringing iOS into your car. Today, it’s becoming reality. The iPhone maker has lifted the lid on CarPlay, partnering with several car makers to bring a “smarter [and] safer way to use your iPhone in the car”. CarPlay will let drivers access content from their iPhone to their car’s onboard entertainment system, such as music to listen while on the road or [...]

Tumblr becomes the weapon of choice for Apple’s marketing team

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According to Apple, every colour has a story. Or at least, that’s what they want to tell potential young customers using microblogging site Tumblr. While it isn’t out of the ordinary for a company like Apple to flaunt their latest devices in an expensive marketing blitz, their latest attempt to sell the iPhone 5c is a little out of the ordinary. Generally limiting themselves to more traditional advertisements, users of [...]

PSA: Upgrade your iOS devices ASAP

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Janitors / Flickr While some may take the opportunity to laugh at Apple’s misfortune, this is probably a bit of a serious issue. Apple have released an update to the iOS 7 operating system after a bug was found allowing secured/encrypted streams to be read by attackers. Initially, Apple didn’t provide any information on what the update fixed, however, basic information has been added since. The following is from the [...]

iTunes Radio begins transmission in Australia

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With increased competition from Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, Beats Music and plenty of other streaming music services, Apple took a step away from its subscription-free iTunes Store and launched iTunes Radio in September of last year. But, as usual, it was originally only available for US listeners. Or at least until now. iTunes Radio is a free, ad-supported recommmendation-engine, similar to Pandora. Unlike Spotify or other subscription-services, you won’t be able [...]

iA Writer grows up: Writer Pro now available for OS X and iOS

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Released on May 28, 2011, iA Writer for Mac was built around the idea of simplicity in creation. Rather than taking the traditional word-processing route, Information Architects created an application which literally disappeared as you wrote, revealing only your words, in a big, monospaced font on a white canvas. Sitting on your desktop, iA Writer was more of a notebook than a piece of software, offering only the bare essentials. With [...]

Let’s get physical: FiftyThree announces second foray into the hardware world with Pencil for iPad

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If there’s ever been a killer app for the Apple iPad, it’s debatably been a simple drawing app called Paper by FiftyThree. Offering simple, dynamic drawing tools, Paper has been key to Apple’s hopes for the iPad to become more than just a consumption device, but also a creation device. But software and hardware are obviously very different, justifying the surprise of another hardware release from the startup. Following Book, [...]

Google Play Music for iOS: a buggy disappointment so far

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It’s been at least 6 months since Google promised that their Play Music service would come to iOS, and it’s 6 months too early by the looks of it. I’m not usually one to complain about first-day bugs, but for an app promised to arrive at a more appropriate 5 months ago, to see it genuinely broken in key features isn’t fun. It’s smooth though. Google Play Music was first [...]

iPad mini with Retina display now shipping from the Apple Store

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Despite concerns from Tim Cook over holiday availability, a batch of the new Retina display-equipped iPad mini’s are now available from the Apple Store. Coming in Space Grey and Silver, the iPad mini with Retina display starts at AU$479 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, AU$598 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model, while the most expensive iPad mini, with 128GB of storage and Wi-Fi + Cellular, comes in at AU$949. Currently the 16GB [...]

iPad Air weighs at just 469 grams

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Apple have announced the iPad Air. The new Full Size iPad which weighs at just 469 grams. The iPad Air is 20% thinner and 28% lighter than the fourth generation iPad. The iPad features a A7 chip, upgraded camera and expanded 4G LTE connectivity. “iPad created an entirely new mobile computing experience, and the new iPad Air is another big leap ahead. It is so thin, light and powerful, once [...]