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iOS 8, OS X Yosemite getting FaceTime for groups, screen sharing

iOS 8, OS X Yosemite getting FaceTime for groups, screen sharing

Hangouts is fast becoming the video chat platform of choice, but they may have company in the iOS landscape. Those with access to both OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 are reporting FaceTime is getting some tweaks, allowing it to act a bit more like Hangouts. Group video chats are said to be inbound, as is a screen sharing feature.

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iCloud, M7 and Context: WWDC paves way to iWatch

iCloud, M7 and Context: WWDC paves way to iWatch

WWDC 2014 is over, and while it may not have brought us new hardware, it did give iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite their official reveal, key software launches in Apple’s master plan. As is so often the case, though, the devil is in the details, and in among the developer sessions a picture of context, device ubiquity, and cross-platform identity gradually made itself clear; one which could have huge implications for Apple’s upcoming push into wearables.

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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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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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Netflix uses HTML5 in Safari on OS X Yosemite

Netflix uses HTML5 in Safari on OS X Yosemite

If you’re one to watch Netflix on Safari, you’re about tot get a more streamlined experience. Netflix today announced that they’ve worked closely with Apple to bring HTML5 streaming to OS X Yosemite. There is no longe a need for the Silverlight plugin used in former (current, really) iterations of Safari.

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OS X Yosemite round-up: smooth looks, mobile ties

OS X Yosemite round-up: smooth looks, mobile ties

Apple’s next desktop operating system os OS X Yosemite, a system that looks very similar to its predecessor as it doubles down on iOS connectivity. This new operating system is also being released for free, like its predecessor, and is headed for developer desktops and laptops now.

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Open beta for OS X Yosemite available this summer

Open beta for OS X Yosemite available this summer

Want to try out all the cool new features of OS X? It’s scheduled for release this fall, but if you’r really anxious, you can get in early. Apple has announced their public beta program for OS X Yosemite, with the chance for you to get in on the changes ahead of just about everyone.

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Safari update stripped and share-friendly

Safari update stripped and share-friendly

There’s a new Safari coming with the rise of OS X Yosemite, one that’s meant to make the browser look far more unique than it has in the past. There’s a new way of searching inside of Safari, with Google Search inside. Searching for a band’s name will now result in a Wikipedia entry first on the list, then "Google Search" with similar search possibilities, Search in History, go to site "keyword", and find "keyword" on this page.

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OS X Yosemite design highlighted for desktop

OS X Yosemite design highlighted for desktop

This week Apple is showing off their newest desktop operating system OS X Yosemite. At WWDC 2014 they’ve teased how it’ll work, but to get that deep, they’ve had to show how it looks. This system will look very similar to OS X Mavericks, but here several icons are getting a little flatter.

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OS X Yosemite Spotlight supercharges Mac search

OS X Yosemite Spotlight supercharges Mac search

Apple has announced OS X Yosemite, the new version of its Mac platform, and its supercharged one of the most-used features of the OS: Spotlight search. Clicking the search icon in Yosemite's menu bar now summons a huge, clean search box into the center of the display, which can be used to not only hunt down local files, but give shortcut access to apps and online content.

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OS X Yosemite named as Apple talks implementation of Mavericks

OS X Yosemite named as Apple talks implementation of Mavericks

At WWDC 2014, Apple CEO Tim Cook took to the stage first, and laid out the plans for this year’s conference. He laid out some implementation numbers ahead of Craig Federighi releasing the official name of the new desktop platform: Yosemite.

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WWDC 2014: Rumor roundup ahead of the keynote

WWDC 2014: Rumor roundup ahead of the keynote

As we wait for the WWDC Keynote speech to start, a few rumors have caught our eye. Though Apple likes to keep the world in a holding pattern until they’re ready to tell us what is really going on, some interesting tidbits of info have come pouring out. It seems this year’s WWDC may not be as much about hardware as it has been in years past, but the software should be pretty special.

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