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Apple announces Healthkit and Health app at WWDC 2014

Apple announces Healthkit and Health app at WWDC 2014

At WWDC 2014, Apple announced their health ambitions. With Healthkit, we get a go-to source for living healthy, while their Health app will be a standalone app aimed at monitoring your health. It’s a two-pronged attack, meant to keep you healthy and fit no matter how you want to interact.

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Family Share for iOS 8: iTunes sharing & kid purchase permission

Family Share for iOS 8: iTunes sharing & kid purchase permission

Kids accidentally racking up hundreds of dollars of iTunes and App Store purchases may be a thing of the past with iOS 8, with Apple adding Family Share to better interlink accounts of parents and children. Family Share for iOS 8 allows a group of people set as a family to share their apps and media bought from the App Store and iTunes across all of their devices, while the security to prevent unauthorized purchases has been boosted, too.

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Apple taking on Snapchat with self-destructing a/v Messages

Apple taking on Snapchat with self-destructing a/v Messages

At WWDC 2014 with the release of iOS 8 will come a new version of the most-used app on the platform: Messages. This updated app will come with Group Messaging - name a thread, add & remove, add a Do Not Disturb note, and Leave Thread are all options. You can also send messages that self-destruct.

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iOS 8 Keyboard adds contextual autocorrect

iOS 8 Keyboard adds contextual autocorrect

Apple's new keyboard for iPhone and iPad has been previewed, with the iOS 8 'board making intelligent suggestions for autocomplete. The new layout keeps track of who you're writing to and the sort of language style you generally use with them, switching between dictionaries according to how professional or familiar you are.

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Spotlight in iOS 8 will find apps, media, and give directions

Spotlight in iOS 8 will find apps, media, and give directions

Users of iPhones and/or iPads are getting a neat new feature in iOS 8, as Spotlight gets a few new features that bring a more contextual feel. Complimenting Siri, Spotlight can now find things you didn’t even know you wanted, or maybe things you did but weren’t sure how to find. On your device or elsewhere, Spotlight will be a go-to source.

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Notifications in iOS 8 get actionable with quick-access multitasker

Notifications in iOS 8 get actionable with quick-access multitasker

The way in which Apple handles mobile notifications has been refined in iOS 8, making it quicker to react and respond to alerts on iPhone and iPad. The new mobile platform now allows notifications to be pulled open with a fingertip instead of just being tapped or swipe-dismissed, opening up a selection of context-specific responses.

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iOS 8 official at WWDC with expanded developer experience

iOS 8 official at WWDC with expanded developer experience

Apple has made clear that they’re intending on taking the iPhone and the iPad out a new door this week with a release of iOS 8 that will change the developer experience. Apple CEO Tim Cook suggested that "iOS 8 is a giant release and is really two stories, not one. It has great end user features, but it also has dev features."

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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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Dr Dre speaks with Apple onstage at WWDC 2014

Dr Dre speaks with Apple onstage at WWDC 2014

Today in a demonstration of how OS X Yosemite was able to use an iPhone as a relay to make phone calls, Apple made a call to Dr. Dre. His phone number - almost certainly a single-use number - called up Dre on stage. "Hey how you doing, this is Dre," said Dre, "I'm glad you called. I heard Tim gets in early — what time should I show up for work."

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Continuity eases Mac and iOS handover in OS X Yosemite

Continuity eases Mac and iOS handover in OS X Yosemite

Apple has announced Continuity in OS X Yosemite, blurring the lines between Macs, iPhones, and iPads. Some of the elements are straightforward, like AirDrop now allowing for sharing between OS X and iOS. However, there's also some smart tech to switch what you're working on between platforms, as well as to handle calls and messages on your phone from your Mac.

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Mail Drop and iCloud changes detailed at WWDC 2014

Mail Drop and iCloud changes detailed at WWDC 2014

One knock on Apple is that they’ve not quite figured the cloud out. That has changed a bit today, as Apple introduces changes to both Mail and iCloud. The two changes are dovetailing into one another, as Mail relies a bit more on iCloud, and iCloud gets a lot more useful and organized.

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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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