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Apple on privacy: “You’re in control”

Apple on privacy: “You’re in control”

Privacy. It's a big deal, yes? The answer is yes, and Apple knows this. The numerous whistleblower leaks and government documents that have been raised over past years -- not mention all the instances of hacking -- have raised big concerns in consumers about their privacy and how big companies are handling it. And, again, Apple is reassuring its users that they don't have to worry. Apple understands privacy is a big deal, and it has detailed how your information is handled.

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OS X El Capitan developer beta arrives today

OS X El Capitan developer beta arrives today

At WWDC 2015, Apple has detailed the upcoming version of OS X "El Capitan", which we've already detailed quite a bit. Sound exciting? If you're a developer, there's good news: you will be able to get the developer beta version today, while the public in general will be getting access to the public beta some next month (the specific date hasn't yet been revealed). Finally, there will be a free upgrade going out to Mac users some time this upcoming Fall.

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Apple brings Metal to OS X

Apple brings Metal to OS X

OS X El Capitan is introduced with the iOS developer feature Metal, allowing developers to get "closer to the hardware." This software element allows developers to code in a way that brings potential speed increases and battery performance as well, "up to 40 percent battery performance," has been reported by users after re-coding apps with Metal, according to Apple's Federighi. According to Epic Games, Metal is allowing developers to destroy vehicles 70-percent faster than ever before, on a Mac - onstage at WWDC 2015.

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OS X El Capitan – the “S” for Yosemite

OS X El Capitan – the “S” for Yosemite

This morning Apple introduced OS X El Capitan - that's the "S" version of the operating system they revealed last year, OS X Yosemite. As predicted earlier this morning, the images shown on the iMacs onstage at WWDC 2015 show the mountain El Capitan, a vertical rock formation inside Yosemite national park. This indicated that there wouldn't be a whole new, completely different operating system in store, but an upgrade, much in the way Apple released a numbered iPhone every other year, and an upgraded "S" version every year after.

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OS X Yosemite “S” incoming

OS X Yosemite “S” incoming

This morning at WWDC 2015 it's been tipped that Apple will not give their desktop operating system a full upgrade to a new version. Instead, they'll move forward with a sort of iPhone "S" upgrade schedule, bringing on a boost to the version they've released the year before. As such - and as you see on the displays on the iMacs you see here - Yosemite will continue. Feature updates will mostly focus on stability, and the operating system will become more reliable than ever before.

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WWDC 2015’s pre-event Black Banners dropped early: no secrets here

WWDC 2015’s pre-event Black Banners dropped early: no secrets here

While past years' Apple developer conferences have had black covers over banners before the week's main event, no such covers are necessary this time around. This year isn't about secrets. It's not about big reveals. This year Apple is up front about what it's bringing to the table - assistance and support for developers. Perfectly understandable since WWDC 2015 is a developer conference - a conference which is supposed to be aimed at giving developers a leg up in the software development environment for Apple products.

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Macs older than 1 year may be vulnerable to security exploit

Macs older than 1 year may be vulnerable to security exploit

A security researcher has just, reportedly, found a way to gain control of Macs using OS X. The exploits allow attackers to remotely overwrite firmware responsible for booting up the device. Once attackers isolate the flaw in a targeted machine, they could control the computer as soon as it boots up. The specific exploit discovered by Pedro Vilaca is explained in detail in an article on his blog. This attack can give a user continuous, low-level control of a Mac without any initial physical access; therefore, hackers from the other side of the globe can exploit your system.

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IBM staff can now choose a Mac as their work computer

IBM staff can now choose a Mac as their work computer

Last summer’s partnership between Apple and IBM has proven extra-special for the latter company’s workers -- as of yesterday IBM employees can choose to use a Mac as their work computer rather than a PC, removing the shackles from a company that has been out of the PC business for many years. The change took place on Thursday, and it didn't take long for IBM employees to praise the decision on their social accounts. A quick peek at Twitter shows that many will be requesting Macs instead of their PCs.

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Apple rumored to replace Helvetica Neue with San Francisco font

Apple rumored to replace Helvetica Neue with San Francisco font

If you’re fond of the new San Francisco font Apple introduced with its Apple Watch smartwatch (and you’re either an OS X or iOS user), then good news, maybe: rumor has it that Apple will be replacing the font Helvetica Neue in upcoming iterations of iOS and OS X with San Francisco, unifying the fonts and giving a dose of readability that many think Helvetica Neue lacks. Such information comes from sources, however, and hasn’t yet been confirmed by Apple.

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TripMode for OS X guards your mobile data usage

TripMode for OS X guards your mobile data usage

With the speeds you get on 4G LTE networks, it’s easy to forget to keep your data use in check while tethering. One thing turns into another, then you realize you’ve burned through half your data in a single day. There are mobile data alerts and limits that can be set on smartphones (though, of course, one might be using a dedicated hotspot device instead), but that's not ideal -- what's better is blocking unnecessary data use when needed, something TripMode for OS X does automatically.

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