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Apple Notes update hints at new kind of iPhone

Apple Notes update hints at new kind of iPhone

Today Apple introduced an update to their iOS app Notes, an update which allows free-form note-writing. This sort of note-writing works with your finger, but lends itself to the use of a stylus. As Apple does not yet have an official stylus, it's been suggested - not by Apple directly - that a new type of iPhone might be coming in. With the iPhone 6 Plus already large enough to hold a stylus inside, why not? Can you imagine any reason why Apple wouldn't want to put a stylus in their iPhone?

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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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Apple HomeKit’s newest Hue addition is retrofit

Apple HomeKit’s newest Hue addition is retrofit

The Philips Hue ecosystem will be fit with Apple HomeKit capabilities this Autumn, including both systems old and new. Philips Hue has suggested that they "will help existing users to upgrade their system" and will be updating "all existing Hue light sources" to be "made compatible with HomeKit." If that's not good news for those Hue users looking to work with HomeKit in the future, I don't know what is. Come this September, this system will be sent up in full detail. For now, Philips is preparing their system for full compatibility.

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Skype adding real-time translation to its Windows app

Skype adding real-time translation to its Windows app

Skype's impressive real-time translation tool has been limited to invite-only, and preview builds for the last six months or so, but it seems that's all about to change. Skype has just announced that it will begin integrating the Skype Translator software directly into its desktop app for Windows before the end of this summer. With Windows 10 recently revealed to be available on July 29th, it wouldn't be surprising to see Microsoft touting the new Skype overhaul as a new feature available on the OS.

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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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Plex now streams securely over HTTPS

Plex now streams securely over HTTPS

Plex, the media server software that streams your content to different devices in your home, has just announced a big change in the name of security and encryption. Now all streams are to be delivered over an encrypted connection with HTTPS, and even better is that the change is automatic. The company says it has partnered with DigiCert to provide free SSL security certificates to users with media servers, with each one being unique. Users just need to make sure they turned on the "secure communications" option while installing Plex.

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Facebook Lite Review: stripped for the next billion users

Facebook Lite Review: stripped for the next billion users

This week Facebook launches Facebook Lite, a version of their social networking app made for low-speed data networks around the world. This app is aimed at nations with little or severely limited data on smartphone, pushing the line between functionality and operability. This app isn't made for everyone - it's made for those that want to connect in remote areas, and don't mind giving up a few flourishes in an app to do so. Facebook Lite functions very similar to the standard Facebook app - can it keep up?

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Five things we’re expecting from WWDC 2015

Five things we’re expecting from WWDC 2015

Just days before Apple's WWDC 2015 - their yearly developer conference - we're having another close-as-possible look at what'll be shown by the company. Here we're highlighting the most important bits, running down the software that'll be shown off in San Francisco. While there's a possibility that Apple COULD reveal some new hardware, we'd suggest you didn't bet on it. This year's developer conference will be all about developers, as it was always meant to be. This list includes iOS 9, OS X 10.11, HomeKit, Beats Streaming Music, and the Apple Watch Native SDK.

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SteamOS 2-years later: why you don’t want it

SteamOS 2-years later: why you don’t want it

Back in September of 2013, Valve revealed SteamOS - now it's time for action. Here in June of 2015, just a bit under two years later, Valve's revealed the final iteration of the Steam Controller, the key to the system - the one component you can't buy anywhere else. Every other piece of this gaming environment can be had elsewhere, or run on a PC you've got at home. After months and months of preparation, Valve's presented a system they hope will take over your living room. Is it too late? Has the company lost all momentum? Is SteamOS dead in the water before it launches in ernest?

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