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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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“ARK: Survival Evolved” lets you ride a dinosaur in VR

“ARK: Survival Evolved” lets you ride a dinosaur in VR

The dinosaur-filled "ARK: Survival Evolved" MMO has been announced today with plans for virtual reality involvement on PlayStation 4. This game will be played from a first-person perspective and will have users walking around an ancient landscape with futuristic tools. You'll have "about 60 distinct species" of ancient Earth creature in "a real place that you can walk through, explore, and truly experience in your own way." This is the dinosaur age of video games starting in earnest. This is really happening, and it's happening on the PlayStation 4 with Project Morpheus, Xbox One, and Steam for both PC and Mac systems.

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Pixelmator update brings new repair tool, Force Touch support

Pixelmator update brings new repair tool, Force Touch support

If you don’t want a full Photoshop client for your Mac, Pixelmator is as good as it gets. The app does a solid job of bringing you the core of what Photoshop does, and has just been updated to bring you the best of what a Mac has to offer. With the update, those with Force Touch trackpads will notice touch sensitivity now plays a big role. Additionally, a new repair tool — two years in the making — is now available.

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CameraBag 2 review; simple, powerful photo editing on your Mac

CameraBag 2 review; simple, powerful photo editing on your Mac

Editing photos has become really simple, at least when it comes to mobile devices. With apps like VSCO Cam and Enlight dotting the landscape of mobile, you might wonder why you’d even take your photos to the desktop. The answer, more often than not, is power; your desktop apps typically have more (and better) editing tools, and better hardware to lean on. Should you sacrifice ease of use for power, though? Nope. CameraBag 2 doesn’t ask you to, either.

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WWDC 2015; five things we expect to see from Apple

WWDC 2015; five things we expect to see from Apple

The last year or so has been an exciting one for Apple, with significant product refreshes made across the board. We’ve also seen two new products introduced with Apple Watch and MacBook. Some of the whispers circulating after Apple’s second Watch event suggested they’d exhausted themselves, and there would be little left for WWDC. Though a lot has come to pass lately, maybe Apple got some of their light work off the desks around campus, and are about to make even bigger things happen. Curious what may be in store? Read on.

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Apple WWDC 2015 begins June 8: Registration open

Apple WWDC 2015 begins June 8: Registration open

Apple has announced the dates for WWDC 2015, its annual developer conference, and an event which this year will likely see coders explore the limits of Apple Watch. Taking place June 8 through June 12, WWDC will once again be held in San Francisco at Moscone West, and kick off with an opening keynote that in previous years has offered previews of new OS X and iOS versions.

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OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 is here, and Photos has finally killed iPhoto

OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 is here, and Photos has finally killed iPhoto

Apple has released OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, the latest version of its software for Mac, complete with the full release of the new Photos app that replaces iPhoto. Available as a free update through the Mac App Store, 10.10.3 has been floating around in beta form since March for those who wanted an early taste, but today is the day that Apple believes the software is ready to graduate. Functionally, it's the biggest change we've seen in Yosemite since day one, on the surface at least.

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Infinit brings their file transfer software to iOS & Android

Infinit brings their file transfer software to iOS & Android

Email, cloud storage links, AirDrop, NFC — file storage transfer is a pain. Though effective most of the time, those methods aren’t effective all the time. There’s a better way (I promise). Already available for OS X and Windows, the Infinit file transfer service is also going to be available for iOS and Android, starting today. With a few taps, you can take your files — any size or type — and shuffle them to other devices. The transfer doesn’t compress file sizes, and once initiated, can’t be killed by loss of signal.

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