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Fleksy for iOS 8 teased, shows off new word prediction feature

Fleksy for iOS 8 teased, shows off new word prediction feature

With the announcement of iOS 8, we were all treated to news that third-party keyboards can be used on our various devices. We know the popular SwiftKey is coming, and now we’ve learned at least one more will make an appearance around the time iOS 8 is official. Fleksy, the simplified keyboard, will also be one you can get for iOS 8.

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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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iOS 8 Health: Apple’s play to own fitness

iOS 8 Health: Apple’s play to own fitness

As plays for the wearable and fitness space go, iOS 8 HealthKit is ambitiously broad. Apple will initially support logging of over sixty different types of data, from the basics like weight and gender, through step-counts and blood-glucose levels. By leaving the collection to accessory manufacturers - at least initially, anyway - Apple can safely be comprehensive without having to fill each of those gaps itself with dedicated hardware, throwing itself into the center of the argument over privacy versus aggregation.

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AirPlay goes offline, possibly gaining p2p connection

AirPlay goes offline, possibly gaining p2p connection

A small but interesting change is coming to AirPlay. Apple’s streaming service is apparently going p2p, wherein we won’t need a connection to actually make the system work for us. Listed prominently on the Apple website, details are still light.

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Here’s how Apple handles iPhone 6’s resolution change

Here’s how Apple handles iPhone 6’s resolution change

Apple has redesigned how developers can create apps to suit different screen sizes, orientations, and dimensions, giving the strongest official hint so far at how iOS 8 will pave the way for a bigger iPhone 6 and even split-screen multitasking. The new size classes in iOS 8, detailed in Apple's State of the Union event for developers at WWDC 2014 today, will make creating dynamic and flexible interfaces far more straightforward for app coders.

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Apple relaxes stance on bitcoin apps with new guidelines

Apple relaxes stance on bitcoin apps with new guidelines

While a bit concerning to many and troublesome for even more, bitcoin isn’t illegal. It’s also been deemed a commodity, tradable if you can find a partner who wants to swap virtual coins for goods. In what can be seen as a bit of a reversal in their stance on bitcoin, Apple has updated their App Store review guidelines to be a touch more specific about bitcoin apps.

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iOS 8 turns iPhone into iPad and Mac gamepad

iOS 8 turns iPhone into iPad and Mac gamepad

Apple's keynote focus may have been on iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, but it couldn't fit everything into two hours, like a useful tidbit making Game Controller more flexible. Game Controller Forwarding takes the snap-on gamepads for iPhone, and allows game developers to access them for iPad and even OS X titles.

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OS X Yosemite round-up: smooth looks, mobile ties

OS X Yosemite round-up: smooth looks, mobile ties

Apple’s next desktop operating system os OS X Yosemite, a system that looks very similar to its predecessor as it doubles down on iOS connectivity. This new operating system is also being released for free, like its predecessor, and is headed for developer desktops and laptops now.

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SwiftKey for iOS? “We’ve already started”, say founders

SwiftKey for iOS? “We’ve already started”, say founders

On news that Apple would allow us to use third-party keyboards in iOS 8, the most notable keyboard of all started work on their app. SwiftKey, who made a name for themselves as a great alternative keyboard for Android, have begun work on an iOS app.

 

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iOS 8 round-up: Apple paves the way for hardware

iOS 8 round-up: Apple paves the way for hardware

Apple’s newest version of their mobile operating system, iOS 8, builds on the look and feel of iOS 7. Inside you’ll find a number of feature updates on the surface, but - especially important since it was introduced at a developer conference - you’ll find more underneath the surface than meets the eye. Apple suggests that iOS 8 is "Huge for developers. Massive for everyone else."

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Swift to simplify iOS app development

Swift to simplify iOS app development

At WWDC, Apple just hit the world with a bomb. Though Objective C is still around, Apple has created a new language they call Swift, meant to make app development quicker, easier, and more intuitive. The changes should make it easier for Developers to create great apps quickly, and push them to market faster than ever.

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HomeKit is smart home automation certification from Apple

HomeKit is smart home automation certification from Apple

With the dawn of the Smart Home comes Apple’s jump into the fray. This week at WWDC 2014, Apple has announced their first Home Automation Certification initiative called HomeKit. With this certification comes official Apple interactivity along with APIs for developers to work with.

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