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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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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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