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Here’s Apple to Teach You About Swift

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As a company, Apple has a well-earned reputation for CIA-caliber secrecy. New products are developed under tight security, employees always refuse to comment on new projects and good luck trying to get a quote out of an executive if you’re a member of the press. With that in mind, the company’s latest move is a bit of a shocker: the debut of an official blog devoted to Swift, meant to provide “a behind-the-scenes look into the design of the Swift… continue…

CarPlay, Android Auto and Other In-Car Systems You Need to Know

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Earlier this week, the Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) project—hosted by The Linux Foundation—announced a crucial step in its quest to bring a Linux-based software stack to automobile dashboards: Developers can now download the group’s first open-source software release. Key platform features include support for Google Maps, a News Reader (AppCarousel), Bluetooth-enabled phone, “smart device” integration, audio controls and media playback, all of which can be activated via a customizable dashboard. As befitting an open-source platform, developers have access to these… continue…

Java/JavaScript, PHP, Python Top RedMonk List of Language Rankings

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RedMonk, a tech-industry analyst firm, has issued its latest programming-language rankings, and the list should come with no surprises to seasoned programmers and developers: Java/JavaScript, PHP, Python, C#, C++/Ruby, and CSS all top the list of most-used languages. Any language “observable within both GitHub and Stack Overflow” can end up in RedMonk’s rankings, according to the firm’s blog posting. “No claims are made here that these rankings are representative of general usage more broadly. They are nothing more or less… continue…

Which Cloud-Storage Option Is Cheapest?

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Over at Technologizer, Harry McCracken has assembled a chart comparing the major cloud-storage services by price, mobile support and other metrics. For anyone debating whether to put massive amounts of data in the cloud, it’s a potentially useful breakdown of the options out there. On a price-per-gigabyte basis, purchasing the Personal version Office 365 (Microsoft’s cloud-based version of Office) is the best option, as it comes with a terabyte of OneDrive storage for $6.99 per month; the Home version of… continue…

Apple’s iWatch Coming This Fall: Report

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Apple will release its much-anticipated “iWatch” near the end of 2014, according to anonymous sources “familiar with the matter” speaking to The Wall Street Journal. Those sources suggested that the device could come in multiple versions and sizes, and feature “more than 10 sensors including ones to track health and fitness.” Apple has already unveiled HealthKit, which monitors the user’s health and fitness data via an iOS app; it isn’t a stretch to presume that an “iWatch” would sync in… continue…

Google, Apple Want to Take Healthcare IT Mainstream

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At Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) earlier this month, CEO Tim Cook and other executives unveiled HealthKit, an app designed to consolidate health and fitness data within an iOS dashboard. HealthKit can list everything from cholesterol levels to calories burned, with an “emergency card” of contacts and pertinent data (blood type, etc.) accessible via the iOS lock screen. In theory, HealthKit will also have the ability to interact with apps from third-party developers, such as Nike’s FuelBand platform. Click here… continue…

Apple’s iOS Maps and the High Cost of Management Failure

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In 2012, Apple abandoned its longtime reliance on Google’s mapping data to power its iOS Maps app, opting instead to go with data collected and curated in-house. The result was an epic disaster, with iOS users complaining that the new data was highly inaccurate. As Apple rushed to repair the damage, CEO Tim Cook even posted a public apology on the company’s website: “With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are… continue…

A First Look at Apple’s Swift Programming Language

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As expected, Apple executives spent the first day of the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) unveiling iOS 8 and Mac OS X “Yosemite,” the newest versions of operating systems for iOS mobile devices and Macs. But the announcement that earned arguably the biggest response from the audience (and the tech media at large) came near the end, and it involved something that 99 percent of consumers probably won’t care about: a new programming language, Swift. For many years, Apple-centric developers… continue…

Get Ready for a Supersized iPhone 6

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Will Apple unveil the next iPhone at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this week? Tech punditry seems to think the answer to that question is a big, fat “No,” and it’s probably right—Apple generally uses the show to announce new versions of its iOS and Mac OS X platforms, not hardware. But no doubt about it: The next iPhone is coming this year. The galaxy of websites and blogs that routinely feed the Apple rumor-mill seem to agree on one… continue…

Take a Look at Apple’s ‘80s iPhone

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Apple has always placed enormous emphasis on good design. “It’s not just about aesthetics,” Jony Ive, the company’s design guru, told The Sunday Times earlier this year. “They care about things that are thoughtfully conceived and well made.” That’s why, for every iPad or Mac unveiled to the public, another dozen products might never make it out of Apple’s labs: something just wasn’t quite right, or executives thought the market wasn’t ready. Despite their abandonment, many of those discards offer… continue…