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Swift for iOS is now open source

Swift for iOS is now open source

Apple announces that Swift of iOS will be open source from this point on. WWDC 2015 is home to this announcement, the honor of announcing goes to Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi. This open source bit will be married to the release of iOS 9. This software will be released for developers in a public beta starting in July. This will be a free upgrade as all IOS upgrades are, and "all currently supported devices" will be included. Developers rejoice, change is afoot.

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Apple iOS 9 supercharges Siri

Apple iOS 9 supercharges Siri

Apple has begun detailing iOS 9, and first off is a supercharging to Siri that will make the virtual assistant more flexible and contextually-aware. The new Siri will be more intelligent, Apple's Craig Federighi, as well as more proactive, with a revamped UI and the ability to make suggestions from a swipe across on the homescreen. Those suggestions will include contacts and apps - perhaps a recently-installed game that hasn't yet been played with - along with nearby locations.

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iPhone: AT&T 2-year contract no longer available at Apple Stores

iPhone: AT&T 2-year contract no longer available at Apple Stores

About two weeks ago it was reported that US carrier AT&T was going to begin moving away from 2-year contracts on smartphones it offers, instead trying to push customers to sign up for its AT&T Next plan. The change was predicted to begin on June 1st, and while it's a few days late, it appears that's what AT&T is now doing, starting with iPhones sold at Apple Stores. As of today, purchasing an iPhone on AT&T from Apple will require users to choose AT&T Next.

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Sunrise debuts Apple Watch calendar app

Sunrise debuts Apple Watch calendar app

Sunrise, the popular calendar mobile app that was acquired by Microsoft earlier this year, has just launched an Apple Watch extension of its iPhone app. Sunrise for Apple Watch aims to be a simple, light weight way to keep track of your scheduled events and keep things relevant to the current time. Users will have access to view the current day, upcoming days, notifications, and a Glance all on their wrist. The Watch extension is available today, either by downloading Sunrise for free from the App Store, or updating your existing app.

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Kingston microDuo 3C USB Type-C Flash Drive aims for MacBook

Kingston microDuo 3C USB Type-C Flash Drive aims for MacBook

The Kingston microDuo 3C USB Type-C Flash Drive has been announced at Computex 2015, ready and willing to work with your brand new MacBook. This tiny worker is made to connect to USB Type-C ports as well as USB Type-A - so it's versatile. It'll be delivered in three different sizes, 16, 32, and 64GB, so it's made to bring storage to whatever tiny project you have on hand. It'll be delivered later this month - so you're going to be able to pocket it by July.

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Apple’s HomeKit is here: “Siri, turn on my lights”

Apple’s HomeKit is here: “Siri, turn on my lights”

Today Apple's smart home ecosystem HomeKit launches with brands like Elgato, Insteon, Lutron, Ecobee, and iHome. Just ahead of the company's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2015), HomeKit has launched with partners bringing hardware to the market. It's been nearly one year* to the day since Apple's HomeKit system was first revealed at WWDC 2014, and here we're seeing partners launching products aplenty, some that'll be carried by Apple Stores, some that will launch independently in stores around the world. Soon you'll be able to tell Siri to turn your lights on when you enter your home - soon!

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Apple remodels ranking for App Store games in favor or curated lists

Apple remodels ranking for App Store games in favor or curated lists

App developers for iOS should pay special attention to Apple's latest changes to the App Store layout. Apple has remodeled the layout of its Games section, doing away with lists like, "What's Hot", "New", and even the "All iPhone" free and paid sections. The App Store's Game's section is no longer relying on automated algorithms to pick the winners and now boasts editorialized lists like, "All Time Greats" and "Best New Games". Apple will be updating these editor-curated lists every week.

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Google’s VR circle is now complete: Cameras to Cardboard

Google’s VR circle is now complete: Cameras to Cardboard

Google's virtual reality ecosystem is now prepared to handle the public, with everything from low-cost VR headsets to YouTube 360. What we've got here is a full ecosystem, with the three main components ready to roll. The first step is providing the means to capture media, in this case 360-degree cameras - while Google's own 360-rig system Google Jump isn't quite prepared for the public as yet, they've already released tools for creatives with their own 360-capable cameras to upload to YouTube. Therein lies the second step: providing a place for creative people to share the media they've created - YouTube, of course.

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Spark email app offers customization, clever Apple Watch integration

Spark email app offers customization, clever Apple Watch integration

It seems like every week or so there's another email app for iPhone trying to compete with the popular options like Mailbox, Outlook, and, of course, Gmail. But every once in a while, something comes along that offers the right levels of customization, and enough features to make mobile email both useful and painless. Spark for iOS just might have what it takes. It's the newest app from Readdle, the developers behind well-known document management apps like Scanner Pro, PDF Expert 5, and Documents 5.

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