iOS

iWatch detailed as Health-friendly wearable

iWatch detailed as Health-friendly wearable

On the heels of the Health app and ecosystem announced by Apple this month at WWDC 2014 comes word that the company’s first wearable device will work with iOS 8. The iWatch, as it’s still code-named today, is said to be coming with a curved OLED display which is also touch friendly, enabling Apple’s mobile operating system to work intuitively. This mobile device’s functions will likely be picked up on early by developers seeking the deepest details in the code for iOS 8 Beta, also released this month.

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Hodor Keyboard born in iOS 8’s Swift

Hodor Keyboard born in iOS 8’s Swift

This week Game of Thrones is getting its own unofficial keyboard with Hodor. This keyboard was born this week in the wake of the introduction of Swift, Apple’s new mobile operating system developer language. You’ll find two iterations of this keyboard out in the wild - at least two, at this point - another appearing made by a completely different developer for Android.

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Safari WebKit changes mean other apps will get faster, too

Safari WebKit changes mean other apps will get faster, too

When you’re using an app like Facebook in iOS, opening a link up can be a bit of a pain. It opens up in Facebook’s in-line browser, which is nowhere near as quick or responsive as Safari. Part of that has to do with Apple allowing limited use of Nitro Javascript for WebKit, the engine that powers Safari and makes it so quick. Developers now have access to APIs that let them tap into WebKit a touch more, which should speed everything up.

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Here’s how Apple iOS 8 HomeKit works

Here’s how Apple iOS 8 HomeKit works

Apple has set its sights on the smart home, and HomeKit is how it plans to dominate it, promising a more cohesive automation experience by becoming the glue that holds everything together. HomeKit won’t launch officially until iOS 8 arrives on iPhones and iPads later this year, but developers and accessory manufacturers are already being let into the loop so they can get their software and hardware ready. Read on to find out exactly how it works.

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Next Issue Review

Next Issue Review

This week we’re having a look at the latest iteration of the Next Issue app for digital magazines. What we’re seeing here is, at first, exactly what the nickname for Next Issue suggests: Netflix for magazines. Next Issue doesn’t work with video, of course, it works with a digital magazine format. This system works with an entirely different kind of media than Netflix, working therefor with an entirely different set of abilities.

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Blurred Lines: Melding Mac and iOS into one Apple life

Blurred Lines: Melding Mac and iOS into one Apple life

There’s more to breaking down the barriers between desktop and mobile than making the UIs on an iPhone and a MacBook look alike, and Apple used its WWDC 2014 opening keynote to hint at how. Continuity came up several times during the presentation, on both the OS X and the iOS sides, explaining how later this year our Macs and iPhones will work together to transfer tasks as you move between them. Yet the potential for Continuity goes far further than just giving you a bigger keyboard to finish your email on.

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Temple Run hits One Billion download milestone

Temple Run hits One Billion download milestone

Temple Run has passed one billion downloads, developers Imangi Studios have announced, with the hit mobile game collectively racking up more than 32 billion games to-date. Players of the "endless runner" title - which has most recently seen Temple Run 2 launch on iOS and Android, and Temple Run on Windows Phone - have altogether run over 50 trillion meters in-game.

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