iOS 8 Will Let You Install Systemwide Third-Party Keyboards

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Apple's iOS 8 offers a number of big changes to who you interact with your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. iOS 8 will now support third party keyboards, which will be available through the App Store. During today's WWDC presentation, Craig Federighi noted that keyboards will be sandboxed unless you explicitly provide access outside of your device. This is particularly useful to keyboards like Swype, which can store your information on their cloud. … [Read more...]

iOS 8 Officially Introduced at WWDC 14

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Apple today made iOS 8 official, introducing their next generation operating system that powers the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV. CEO Tim Cook said, "iOS 8 is a giant release". iOS 8 will be available as a developer only beta, starting later today. This will start the beta process that typically lasts a few months. Expect a number of beta releases throughout the summer as Apple works to refine the next major revison of their mobile operating system. There is no confirmation yet on when we can expect the iPhone 6, though the prevailing thought is later this year. Given previous releases and the time required to finish up iOS 8, September seems like a likely release date. iOS 8 is expected to released to developers later today at … [Read more...]

Apple Introduces Mac OS X Yosemite

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Mac OS X Yosemite, the next major release of Apple's desktop operating system, was formally introduced today at Apple's worldwide developer conference. Demonstrated by SVP of Software Engineering Craig Fedrighi, Mac OS X Yosemite includes major changes to the user inteface design, coupled with hundreds of new features. "We started with the most fundamental. Focused on clarity as well as utility", said Fedrighi speaking to an enthusiastic audience of developers at the Moscone Center. Speaking about the use of translucency throughout the new release, "Your windows take on the personality of your desktop wallpaper." Mac OS X Yosemite is expected to be released in beta later today. Apple had previously made OS X beta updates available to … [Read more...]

Apple Event Channel Live on Apple TV To Live Stream WWDC

WWDC 14 Keynote Live Stream

We are just a precious few hours away from WWDC 2014, where Apple will introduce iOS 8, Mac OS X 10.10 and perhaps some new hardware. As reportedly previously, this years WWDC will be available as a live stream, accessible via Safari. For those of you looking to enjoy the event on your big screen TV, you can do so provided you have an Apple TV (second or third generation). This morning, the Apple Event channel went live. You'll find it on the second row of channels. … [Read more...]

iOS 8 and Mac OS X ‘Yosemite’ Banners Going Up At Moscone

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Two huge banners were hung today inside the Moscone Center, a mere two days before Tim Cook and company take the stage for the annual keynote. While we were expecting iOS 8 and Mac OS X, the banners are the first actual confirmation. The two don't provide much in the way of what we expect on Monday. The iOS 8 banner shows the number 8 both below and above water. The Mac OS X banner shows what appears to be Yosemite National Park. Apple started using California landmarks with the last major OS X release, a departure from their use of big cats. Mavericks was named for the popular surfing destination. If it is indeed Yosemite, that will be the second time Apple has used the name. It was a codename for the blue and white Power Macintosh … [Read more...]

How To Use Siri To Add, Find and Update Reminders in iOS

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The Reminders app on your iPhone and iPad is a great way to create all types of lists. Whether you use it to share a grocery list, things you need to do for work or a school project, the Reminders app is a simple and effective way to manage your lists. Regardless of how you use reminders, using Siri with reminders in iOS can make it faster and easier to add, find or update your reminders and lists. So buckle in and let's put Siri to work. … [Read more...]

Concept Video Imagines iOS Widgets

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Widgets have long been a staple on Mac OS X. On mobile, they are a big part of Google's Android OS, which offers plenty in the way of customization. Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 offers 'live tiles', also offering information at a glance, without having to open an app. Widgets act as mini-windows into apps. Music apps can offer player controls, weather offers time and temp and other applications offer primary functions. Information gets pushed to the user in the form of email, song playing and so on. They also act as a gateway to the app, by tapping on the widget. iOS, for its part, makes the iPhone or iPad a single use device. That might be changing on the iPad with multitasking possibly coming with iOS 8.1. As of now, there are no plans for … [Read more...]