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Apple and Samsung are attempting to find "common ground" in efforts to end their ongoing legal battle, reports The Korea Times (via GforGames). Citing sources "familiar with the negotiations", the paper notes that both firms are "trimming the number of disputed issues", stating that both Apple and Samsung are attempting to become "more practical" about finding a solution. Another source also claimed that Apple would like to keep Samsung as one of its main parts suppliers, with the report referencing the long-rumored iWatch: "As technology shifts toward wearable devices, Apple still wants to keep Samsung as its top-tier parts sourcing channel," another source said. "The recent release of the Samsung OLED tablet is an indication that Samsung can manage OLED displays to be used in almost all wearable devices, a segment that Apple is greatly interested in." In the past two years, Apple and Samsung have been in two trials over the issue of patent infringement. The first trial in 2012 awarded Apple more than $1 billion in damages, however a damages retrial last November brought that amount down to $290 million. Meanwhile, the second trial wrapped up last month and found both companies guilty, although Samsung was ordered to pay $119.6 million while Apple was to pay just $158,400. Samsung has since filed an appeal to challenge the second verdict. Last week, both companies also agreed to drop their cross-appeal rulings on an ITC ban for older Samsung products, which focused on patent 7,789,697, and dealt with the concept of accessories being recognized when they plug in to devices. Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung Electronics CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon also reportedly attending a mediation session earlier this year, however both parties failed to reach an agreement in their ongoing legal battle. While a new agreement would take some time to reach, a move to end the ongoing legal battle would prove to be very beneficial for both Apple and Samsung. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Wikipad Announces 'Gamevice' iOS Game Controller for iPad Mini • 10 Mac Apps in Summer 'Name Your Own Price' Bundle and MacBook Air in Giveaway • New Apple TV Beta, iOS 8 Beta 2 Lay Groundwork for Upcoming Family Sharing Feature • Halfbrick's Entire Library of Games is Now Free, Including Fruit Ninja, Monster Dash • Facebook Launches New 'Slingshot' Messaging App • OS X Yosemite's 'Dark Mode' Now Available via Terminal Command • Garmin Launches 'Viago' Navigation App for iOS with Speed Limits, Lane Assist, and More • Automatic Gains Redesigned App, New Data on Fuel Level

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While there have been plenty of videos comparing the 4.7-inch version of the iPhone 6 to the Samsung Galaxy S5 and other smartphones, there haven't been many comparing the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 to other devices. However, YouTube channel TechSmartt (via AppleInsider) has acquired a dummy of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and compared it to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, offering a look at Apple's rumored "phablet" against its main competition. When compared to the 5.7-inch Note 3, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is slightly taller. This correlates with an earlier size comparison that found the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 was the same height or taller than leading Android smartphones that had slightly larger screens. If believed, these dummy models signal that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 could be taller than the Note 3's height of 151.2mm. The extra height is largely due to a carryover of design decisions from previous iPhone models, which include identically sized top and bottom bezels. These bezels contain the FaceTime camera, the Touch ID Home button and numerous sensors. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • New Apple TV Beta, iOS 8 Beta 2 Lay Groundwork for Upcoming Family Sharing Feature • Halfbrick's Entire Library of Games is Now Free, Including Fruit Ninja, Monster Dash • Facebook Launches New 'Slingshot' Messaging App • OS X Yosemite's 'Dark Mode' Now Available via Terminal Command • Garmin Launches 'Viago' Navigation App for iOS with Speed Limits, Lane Assist, and More • Automatic Gains Redesigned App, New Data on Fuel Level • Apple Settles State and Consumer Class Action E-Book Price Fixing Lawsuit • 'Nest Protect' Smoke Detectors Back On Sale After Safety Recall, Now Starting at $99

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Over the weekend, we posted a story that Apple's Handoff feature was limited to Macs that support the Bluetooth 4.0/LE specification. Handoff/Continuity allows OS X and iOS device users to seamlessly transition between the two operating systems. However, there was some debate about the accuracy of that claim at the time, though now it seems almost certain to be true. Bluetooth 4.0 was was first introduced in the MacBook Air and Mac mini in Mid 2011. The feature has since made its way into later Mac releases, finally coming to every Mac as of the 2013 Mac Pro. Apfeleimer put together this nice graph showing which Macs support Bluetooth 4.0/LE. The full bars represent Macs that can run OS X Yosemite, while only Mac models in the green bar timeframes support the required Bluetooth protocol for Handoff. For iOS users, the iPad 2 is the only device that is capable of running iOS 8 but doesn't come with hardware support for Bluetooth LE. There was some uncertainty about this being an absolute requirement, though in the WWDC sessions, Apple clearly states that Handoff runs on Bluetooth LE technology. However, now with the release of Yosemite Developer Preview 2, Apple has added a new field for Continuity Support in the System Information. The new field falls under the Bluetooth category: Owners of late generation Macs seem to be showing Continuity support in line with the chart above, while older Mac owners are seeing Continuity support set to "No". It's not yet clear if adding a 3rd party Bluetooth 4.0 dongle will enable support on older Macs. OS X Yosemite is in developer beta right now and will be released to customers later this year. Handoff support in the early betas remain spotty, so even those with supported devices may not see the feature working. Apple, of course, could change requirements over time. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • New Apple TV Beta, iOS 8 Beta 2 Lay Groundwork for Upcoming Family Sharing Feature • Halfbrick's Entire Library of Games is Now Free, Including Fruit Ninja, Monster Dash • Facebook Launches New 'Slingshot' Messaging App • OS X Yosemite's 'Dark Mode' Now Available via Terminal Command • Garmin Launches 'Viago' Navigation App for iOS with Speed Limits, Lane Assist, and More • Automatic Gains Redesigned App, New Data on Fuel Level • Apple Settles State and Consumer Class Action E-Book Price Fixing Lawsuit • 'Nest Protect' Smoke Detectors Back On Sale After Safety Recall, Now Starting at $99

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Apple is offering discounts on several popular e-books from Hachette Book Group, the publisher currently embroiled in a dispute with Amazon. As noted by Re/code, Apple is promoting a sale on several Hachette titles under a "Popular Pre-Orders: $9.99 or Less" section in the book section of the iTunes Store, which includes upcoming titles from major authors like James Patterson, Michael Connelly, and J.K. Rowling (under pen name Robert Galbraith). While Apple does not specifically mention the books on sale are published by Hachette, every book in the 26-book section is indeed a Hachette title. An Apple PR representative confirmed the promotion to Re/code, but declined to discuss pricing or other details. For those unfamiliar with the dispute, Amazon and Hachette have been at war for the last month, after negotiations over profit-sharing failed. Amazon has since refused to take pre-order sales of Hachette books and has also ceased discounting existing Hachette titles, leading to much higher prices, in an effort to get Hachette to agree to better terms.An Apple PR rep confirmed the promotion, but wouldn't discuss the pricing or any other details. So we have to assume that either Hachette is lowering wholesale prices on its own titles to help Apple tweak Amazon, or Apple is lowering the retail price on its own, and losing margin in order to tweak Amazon.Amazon released a public statement in May, noting that it was not optimistic about resolving the disagreement with Hachette in the near future. That means Amazon customers must pay more for Hachette books and must wait for books to be launched to make a purchase, a situation that benefits Apple as it is still able to offer customers pre-orders on popular titles. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Garmin Launches 'Viago' Navigation App for iOS with Speed Limits, Lane Assist, and More • Automatic Gains Redesigned App, New Data on Fuel Level • Apple Settles State and Consumer Class Action E-Book Price Fixing Lawsuit • 'Nest Protect' Smoke Detectors Back On Sale After Safety Recall, Now Starting at $99 • G-Speed Studio 24TB RAID Storage Solution Takes on Mac Pro Design • New Retail Chief Ahrendts to Oversee Apple Store Restructuring, New Store Construction • MacBook Airs as Low as $649 With Best Buy EDU Deals • Foxconn Looking to Secure Orders for iPhone and iPad Displays with Sharp Partnership

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Apple today released the second beta of iOS 8, which brings a number of improvements, changes, and bug fixes to the beta software that was introduced on June 2. iOS 8 beta 2 also includes several minor interface tweaks and modifications that make the beta feel both faster and more polished. We've gathered a list of the enhancements that have been bundled into the release below. Podcasts: Following iOS 8 beta 2, the Podcasts app is a default iOS app that comes pre-installed on iOS devices. This means it can no longer be deleted. Safari: According to the release notes, Safari will now block ads from automatically redirecting to the App Store without user interaction. Safari also includes a new pinch to tab view. App Store Purchases: Apps in the App Store's purchased tab are once again sorted by purchase date. In iOS 8 beta 1, they were sorted alphabetically. QuickType Keyboard: Apple's QuickType keyboard is now available on the iPad as well as the iPhone, but does not appear to be available on the iPad 2. Brightness: In beta 1, the Brightness toggle in the Settings menu under Wallpaper and Brightness was broken. It is now functional again. Messages: Icons for the camera and the microphone in Messages are now gray rather than blue and there's a new setting to mark all messages read. Settings: There's a new "Raise to Listen" setting for Messages. Privacy: There's a new Home Data section within the Privacy menu of the Settings app. iCloud Photos: When entering the Photos app, there's a new "iCloud Photos" popup that activates Apple's new iCloud Photos feature, replacing a user's existing Photo Stream settings. Additional features in iOS 8 beta 2 will be added here as they are discovered. Apple is likely to continue pushing regular updates to iOS 8, bringing minor performance boosts and changes ahead of the operating system's public release, which is expected to come in the fall. For more information on iOS 8's features, big and small, make sure to check out our roundups. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Garmin Launches 'Viago' Navigation App for iOS with Speed Limits, Lane Assist, and More • Automatic Gains Redesigned App, New Data on Fuel Level • Apple Settles State and Consumer Class Action E-Book Price Fixing Lawsuit • 'Nest Protect' Smoke Detectors Back On Sale After Safety Recall, Now Starting at $99 • G-Speed Studio 24TB RAID Storage Solution Takes on Mac Pro Design • New Retail Chief Ahrendts to Oversee Apple Store Restructuring, New Store Construction • MacBook Airs as Low as $649 With Best Buy EDU Deals • Foxconn Looking to Secure Orders for iPhone and iPad Displays with Sharp Partnership

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Alongside iOS 8 beta 2, Apple today released a new version of OS X Yosemite, just over two weeks after initially introducing the operating system at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. The update, Developer Preview 2, has a build number of 14A261i, and can be downloaded from the Mac App Store or the Mac Dev Center. OS X Yosemite brings a flatter, more modern look to OS X, with an emphasis on translucency, along with a slew of new features, including improved integration with iOS 8 through Continuity. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Garmin Launches 'Viago' Navigation App for iOS with Speed Limits, Lane Assist, and More • Automatic Gains Redesigned App, New Data on Fuel Level • Apple Settles State and Consumer Class Action E-Book Price Fixing Lawsuit • 'Nest Protect' Smoke Detectors Back On Sale After Safety Recall, Now Starting at $99 • G-Speed Studio 24TB RAID Storage Solution Takes on Mac Pro Design • New Retail Chief Ahrendts to Oversee Apple Store Restructuring, New Store Construction • MacBook Airs as Low as $649 With Best Buy EDU Deals • Foxconn Looking to Secure Orders for iPhone and iPad Displays with Sharp Partnership

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Apple today released the second beta of iOS 8 to developers, just over two weeks after unveiling the new operating system at its Worldwide Developers Conference. The update, build number 12A4297e, is available through Apple's over-the-air updating system on iOS devices and will also be available via the iOS Dev Center. Apple has also released Xcode 6 beta 2, new beta software for the Apple TV, and OS X Yosemite Update 1.0. iOS 8 introduces a range of new features, including improved integration with OS X through Continuity, a Health app, Family Sharing features, interactive notifications, a new QuickType Keyboard and improvements to several apps like Safari, Mail, and Messages. iOS 8 is only available to developers at the current point in time, but it is expected to be released to the public this fall after several additional beta iterations. Based on past history, iOS 8 will likely be released alongside new iPhones, and possibly the much-rumored iWatch. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Garmin Launches 'Viago' Navigation App for iOS with Speed Limits, Lane Assist, and More • Automatic Gains Redesigned App, New Data on Fuel Level • Apple Settles State and Consumer Class Action E-Book Price Fixing Lawsuit • 'Nest Protect' Smoke Detectors Back On Sale After Safety Recall, Now Starting at $99 • G-Speed Studio 24TB RAID Storage Solution Takes on Mac Pro Design • New Retail Chief Ahrendts to Oversee Apple Store Restructuring, New Store Construction • MacBook Airs as Low as $649 With Best Buy EDU Deals • Foxconn Looking to Secure Orders for iPhone and iPad Displays with Sharp Partnership

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While Apple is widely expected to expand use of its Touch ID fingerprint sensor to the iPad Air and iPad mini later this year, new photos of an alleged "perfect replica" of the second-generation iPad Air shared by Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate] hint that there may be a few additional changes in store for the device. The replica, which is making the rounds in China and Japan, unsurprisingly depicts a Touch ID home button for the device, but also shows some tweaks to physical features around the edges of the device, including a new speaker grille with a single row of larger holes on each side of the Lightning port as opposed to the current double row of smaller holes on the iPad. Another difference lies in the volume buttons which are shown slightly recessed into the edge of the case, compared to the current design that sees buttons protruding slightly from a flush holes machines in the device's shell. Nowhereelse.fr mentions that the mute switch is also missing, although there is a small hole where the feature is usually located. Unfinished protoype and mockup parts sometimes feature these pilot holes to guide machining of the final hole. Updated iPads are expected to launch later this year, with October being Apple's usual timeframe for such launches over the past couple of years. The latter part of 2014 is expected to be a busy one for Apple, with rumors of launches for the iPhone 6, new iPads, the iWatch, and perhaps some Mac updates such as the company's rumored 12-inch Retina MacBook Air. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Settles State and Consumer Class Action E-Book Price Fixing Lawsuit • 'Nest Protect' Smoke Detectors Back On Sale After Safety Recall, Now Starting at $99 • G-Speed Studio 24TB RAID Storage Solution Takes on Mac Pro Design • New Retail Chief Ahrendts to Oversee Apple Store Restructuring, New Store Construction • MacBook Airs as Low as $649 With Best Buy EDU Deals • Foxconn Looking to Secure Orders for iPhone and iPad Displays with Sharp Partnership • Newest MacBook Airs on Sale for Father's Day • Apple Plans to Encrypt iCloud Email in Transit Between Providers

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With conflicting opinions about whether Apple and partner GT Advanced Technologies will have enough sapphire crystal production ramped up for both rumored iPhone 6 models and the iWatch, Taiwan's Economic Daily News is now weighing in [Google Translate, via G 4 Games] with its own claims that only the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model will include a sapphire display due to production limitations. According to the report, the smaller 4.7-inch model will continue to use Corning's Gorilla Glass and represent the bulk of shipments for the new iPhone. From G 4 Games:The source also claims that the 4.7 inch iPhone 6 will hit the market with Gorilla Glass in tow. The main screen suppliers allegedly are LGD and JDI, and in anticipation of the handset’s success, the company expects to ship 60 million units (we assume that by the end of 2014). [...] As far as the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 goes, it will allegedly be built in limited quantities due to low sapphire yield, leading to a limited supply in 2014, therefore contradicting a recent report which claimed that Apple will have enough sapphire for both iPhone 6 models AND the iWatch. The report also addresses Apple's rumored iWatch, claiming that LG Display has been struggling to meet Apple's demand of nearly zero energy use in standby mode for the device's display. From G 4 Games:Reportedly, Apple has constantly pushed back the gadget’s release date because the device failed, in the past, to meet the company’s expectations. One of Apple goals with the iWatch is for the smartwatch’s display to draw almost no power when in standby, but this has proven to be a big challenge. And speaking of the display, the device will reportedly feature an OLED screen (between 1.3 and 1.6-inches in size) which will be supplied exclusively by LG Display, just as it’s been reported back in January 2014.Sources for the report reiterate previous claims that Quanta will be handling the bulk of iWatch production, although Inventec will reportedly also be helping out. According to today's report, the iPhone 6 and the iWatch will be introduced at the end of the third quarter, roughly in line with rumors and Apple's recent iPhone launch history putting this year's introductions in the September-October timeframe. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Settles State and Consumer Class Action E-Book Price Fixing Lawsuit • 'Nest Protect' Smoke Detectors Back On Sale After Safety Recall, Now Starting at $99 • G-Speed Studio 24TB RAID Storage Solution Takes on Mac Pro Design • New Retail Chief Ahrendts to Oversee Apple Store Restructuring, New Store Construction • MacBook Airs as Low as $649 With Best Buy EDU Deals • Foxconn Looking to Secure Orders for iPhone and iPad Displays with Sharp Partnership • Newest MacBook Airs on Sale for Father's Day • Apple Plans to Encrypt iCloud Email in Transit Between Providers

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FiftyThree announced today (via TechCrunch) that its "Pencil" iPad stylus will be updated with a new Surface Pressure feature when iOS 8 debuts later this year. This feature allows users to change the thickness of the lines they create by controlling how much of the pencil tip comes in contact with the iPad screen. Pencil’s tapered tip was inspired by the expressive richness of real pencil points, which allow creators to change the character of the line with the angle of the tip. With Surface Pressure you’ll be able to control the lines you create based on how much of Pencil’s tip or eraser is in contact with your iPad. Use the point for fine details or the angled edge for broad strokes. Surface Pressure unlocks new capabilities for each of Paper's tools—fill faster as you draw, shade as you sketch, or carve away in varying widths as you erase. This Surface Pressure option is made possible by iOS 8's variable touch sizing, which lets developers interpret touch along a range of point sizes that vary from a single point to a broad circle. The ability to adjust line thickness on the fly is a significant advantage over the current version of the stylus, which delivers a single line whose thickness is controlled via an in-app setting that is changed manually. FiftyThree released the Bluetooth Pencil stylus last November as a companion to its popular Paper drawing app. It is available in either a brushed aluminum (US$50) or walnut ($60) option for consumers who live in the US or Canada. Surface Pressure will be included in a free Pencil software update, which will be released this fall following iOS 8. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Settles State and Consumer Class Action E-Book Price Fixing Lawsuit • 'Nest Protect' Smoke Detectors Back On Sale After Safety Recall, Now Starting at $99 • G-Speed Studio 24TB RAID Storage Solution Takes on Mac Pro Design • New Retail Chief Ahrendts to Oversee Apple Store Restructuring, New Store Construction • MacBook Airs as Low as $649 With Best Buy EDU Deals • Foxconn Looking to Secure Orders for iPhone and iPad Displays with Sharp Partnership • Newest MacBook Airs on Sale for Father's Day • Apple Plans to Encrypt iCloud Email in Transit Between Providers

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As it has done in prior years, Apple will once again be offering free summer camps for kids 8 to 12 at its retail stores, with this year's sessions focusing on filmmaking with iMovie and interactive storytelling with iBooks Author. The classes will run for three days with each class going for 90 minutes. The iMovie workshops will provide lessons on filmmaking with iMovie on the Mac and creating an original soundtrack in GarageBand for iPad. Meanwhile, the iBooks classes will teach kids how to draw illustrations using an iPad and how to add sound effects as well as Multi-Touch features using iBooks Author for Mac. The third day of each camp will also end with an Apple Camp Showcase so campers can share their finished projects. The first sessions begin in mid-July and go through early August. While some stores have already filled their slots for both workshops, others have many spots remaining. Interested parents can register for sessions on Apple's U.S. and Canadian retail websites, while parents in China, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom can register to be notified when registration opens in their countries. Apple Camp sessions for Australia's Apple Retail Stores will return in 2015. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Nest Protect' Smoke Detectors Back On Sale After Safety Recall, Now Starting at $99 • G-Speed Studio 24TB RAID Storage Solution Takes on Mac Pro Design • New Retail Chief Ahrendts to Oversee Apple Store Restructuring, New Store Construction • MacBook Airs as Low as $649 With Best Buy EDU Deals • Foxconn Looking to Secure Orders for iPhone and iPad Displays with Sharp Partnership • Newest MacBook Airs on Sale for Father's Day • Apple Plans to Encrypt iCloud Email in Transit Between Providers • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina MacBook Pro, iPad mini, Beats Headphones, and More

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Parallels has updated its Parallels Access app, which allows iPad users access their Mac or Windows desktops on their tablets, with iPhone support, allowing iPhone users to also access their desktops on the go. “Parallels Access received a tremendously positive reception from iPad users, and now we are extending our solution to millions of Android and iPhone users. While traditional remote desktop products are trying to show a large desktop on a small mobile device, we worked hard to make remote access from mobile devices a truly simple and effective experience,” said Jack Zubarev, president of Parallels.The update also includes the ability to use an iPhone or iPad's microphone remotely for desktop apps that may require them, the ability to change the screen resolution, the ability to wake a sleeping remote computer, Facebook login integration and a new file browser. The browser allows users to browse and open files on their iPad or iPhone. Users must download the free Parallels Access app on both their desktop of choice and iPad or iPhone. They can then launch their desktop apps in "full-screen mode" via a SpringBoard-like App Launcher. While the apps are free, users must subscribe to the service, which costs $19.99 a year for up to five remote desktops. Parallels also offers a two-week free trial. Parallels Access is a universal app that's available for free in the App Store. [Direct Link] Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • G-Speed Studio 24TB RAID Storage Solution Takes on Mac Pro Design • New Retail Chief Ahrendts to Oversee Apple Store Restructuring, New Store Construction • MacBook Airs as Low as $649 With Best Buy EDU Deals • Foxconn Looking to Secure Orders for iPhone and iPad Displays with Sharp Partnership • Newest MacBook Airs on Sale for Father's Day • Apple Plans to Encrypt iCloud Email in Transit Between Providers • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina MacBook Pro, iPad mini, Beats Headphones, and More • Microsoft Considering Expanding Cortana Virtual Assistant to iOS and Android

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The Unicode Consortium today announced version 7.0 of the Unicode Standard, which will see the introduction of approximately 250 new emoji that could be included in future versions of the Android and iOS operating systems. According to the Unicode Consortium, the new emoji characters are primarily derived from characters used in the Wingdings and Webdings fonts, as seen in an example image: As noted by The Verge, Unicode member platforms like iOS and Android will need to implement support for the new standard and create pictographs to represent the emoji, which are only described by Unicode in plain text. Unicode A full list of the new emoji names can be found on Emojipedia, which includes descriptions for each future emoji, such as "white sun behind cloud," "man in business suit levitating," "derelict house building," "chipmunk," "flying envelope," and more. Earlier this year, Apple began working with the Unicode Consortium to introduce more characters to its emoji offerings, adding diversity to the character set, but this update does not seem to focus on people emoji. The Unicode update will also see the addition of new currency symbols for the Russian ruble and Azerbaijani manat, 23 lesser-used and historic scripts, plus many other symbols. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • G-Speed Studio 24TB RAID Storage Solution Takes on Mac Pro Design • New Retail Chief Ahrendts to Oversee Apple Store Restructuring, New Store Construction • MacBook Airs as Low as $649 With Best Buy EDU Deals • Foxconn Looking to Secure Orders for iPhone and iPad Displays with Sharp Partnership • Newest MacBook Airs on Sale for Father's Day • Apple Plans to Encrypt iCloud Email in Transit Between Providers • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina MacBook Pro, iPad mini, Beats Headphones, and More • Microsoft Considering Expanding Cortana Virtual Assistant to iOS and Android

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Over the weekend, The New York Times released an in-depth profile of Apple CEO Tim Cook. For that piece, the publication interviewed Jony Ive, Apple's head of design, and now The New York Times has released a transcript of the full interview with Ive, which points towards Apple's design philosophies, how the company has changed under Cook, and the new products that Ive is working on. In an anecdote about Steve Jobs and the creation of small, highly focused design teams as his legacy, Ive says that Cook has continued on with Jobs' push for innovation, nudging Ive and his team into new areas of exploration that includes all new materials.I've worked for the last 15 or 20 years on the most challenging, creative parts of what we do. I would love to talk about future stuff -- they're materials we haven't worked in before. I've been working on this stuff for a few years now. Tim is fundamentally involved in pushing into these new areas and into these materials.Ive's statement about working with new materials is incredibly vague, but rumors have suggested that Apple has been experimenting with a range of materials that have not yet seen wide usage in its devices, including sapphire crystal, which may make its way into the iWatch and the iPhone 6, Liquidmetal alloys, which the company may use for various iPhone parts, and possibly graphene, which is seen as the hot new manufacturing material. Apple has experimented with sapphire as a cover for the home button and the camera lens on the iPhone 5s, and Liquidmetal has been used in the iPhone 3G's SIM tool removal device, but both materials are ripe for extended usage in Apple's future devices. Along with hinting at future products, Ive also spoke on a recent management change that saw him taking over the software interface design team, saying that the changes made in that department are not as dramatic as one might imagine as the design teams have always worked together closely. According to Ive, titles are unimportant at Apple. "That's not the lens through which we see our peers," he says. The rest of Ive's interview can be read over at The New York Times. The full piece on Tim Cook, which has details on product development and Apple's plans for the iWatch, is also well worth a read. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • G-Speed Studio 24TB RAID Storage Solution Takes on Mac Pro Design • New Retail Chief Ahrendts to Oversee Apple Store Restructuring, New Store Construction • MacBook Airs as Low as $649 With Best Buy EDU Deals • Foxconn Looking to Secure Orders for iPhone and iPad Displays with Sharp Partnership • Newest MacBook Airs on Sale for Father's Day • Apple Plans to Encrypt iCloud Email in Transit Between Providers • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina MacBook Pro, iPad mini, Beats Headphones, and More • Microsoft Considering Expanding Cortana Virtual Assistant to iOS and Android

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The Wall Street Journal profiles one of Google's recent acquisitions which has implications on mapping, competitive intelligence and even privacy. Skybox Imaging is an intelligence company that by the year 2018 will be able to take satellite imaging to the next level: By the time its entire fleet of 24 satellites has launched in 2018, Skybox will be imaging the entire Earth at a resolution sufficient to capture, for example, real-time video of cars driving down the highway. And it will be doing it three times a day.The ability to take such frequent imaging will certainly aid Google's Maps product, but it also opens up a market for competitive intelligence. Skybox says they are already looking at Foxconn every week and are able to pinpoint the next iPhone release based on the density of trucks outside their manufacturing facilities. Google plans on initially using the technology to improve their Maps product, potentially providing more up-to-date satellite images, but Skybox executives have long term plans for offering their data to outside developers for a fee. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • MacBook Airs as Low as $649 With Best Buy EDU Deals • Foxconn Looking to Secure Orders for iPhone and iPad Displays with Sharp Partnership • Newest MacBook Airs on Sale for Father's Day • Apple Plans to Encrypt iCloud Email in Transit Between Providers • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina MacBook Pro, iPad mini, Beats Headphones, and More • Microsoft Considering Expanding Cortana Virtual Assistant to iOS and Android • Twitter App Gets World Cup 'Timelines' in New Update • Facebook Updates Messaging App with 15-Second Videos, 'Big Likes'

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Speech-recognition company Nuance, which is responsible for the technology that powers Siri, Apple's virtual assistant, is in talks with Samsung Electronics about a possible acquisition, reports The Wall Street Journal. The company has spoken about a possible sale with Samsung and other private-equity firms, but it is unclear if a deal has been reached.The Burlington, Mass., company has recently spoken about a possible sale of the company with Samsung Electronics Co. and private-equity firms, some of the people said. It isn't clear where sale talks, some of which happened earlier this year, currently stand or if they will lead to a deal.Nuance is well known for its speech recognition and dictation recognition software, which includes Dragon NaturallySpeaking. It has also formed partnerships with multiple companies, such as Amazon, and released an API for developers. Nuance's best known partnership is with Apple, however, as its speech and dictation recognition algorithms are the backbone of Siri. The exact nature of the partnership between Nuance and Apple was unknown for many years as the deal between the two companies was kept secret, but in 2013, Nuance CEO Paul Ricci confirmed that Nuance's technology powers Siri's voice recognition capabilities. "We're a fundamental provider for Apple," he said at the time. It is unclear what impact a possible Nuance acquisition would have on Apple's relationship with the company. Apple may be forced to find another solution for Siri's voice recognition abilities, but it's important to note that many of Siri's functionalities beyond voice recognition come from integration with other companies like Yelp, OpenTable, and Wolfram Alpha. Back in 2013, a report suggested that Apple may already be working to move Siri development in-house, stepping away from longtime partner Nuance. Apple has a dedicated Siri team in Boston that may be working on a voice recognition solution in the event that Apple is forced to end its partnership with Nuance. Nuance's talks with Samsung and other parties remain in the early stages, however, as noted above. iOS 8 brings several enhancements to Siri, including real-time feedback, Shazam integration, hands-free voice activation, and the ability to open the App Store for the first time. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • MacBook Airs as Low as $649 With Best Buy EDU Deals • Foxconn Looking to Secure Orders for iPhone and iPad Displays with Sharp Partnership • Newest MacBook Airs on Sale for Father's Day • Apple Plans to Encrypt iCloud Email in Transit Between Providers • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina MacBook Pro, iPad mini, Beats Headphones, and More • Microsoft Considering Expanding Cortana Virtual Assistant to iOS and Android • Twitter App Gets World Cup 'Timelines' in New Update • Facebook Updates Messaging App with 15-Second Videos, 'Big Likes'

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Macworld's Jason Snell provides a nice hands-on writeup about Apple's new OS X Yosemite. Snell focuses on the user-experience from a long term Mac user, focusing on the visual and usability changes of Mac windows. He notes the increased use of transparency and the varying implementation of title bars in many applications: Overall, Snell feels that many of the design changes were done with Retina displays in mind: For a while now, I’ve thought that 2014 would be the year that Retina spreads across the Mac product line. After spending time with Yosemite on both Retina and non-Retina systems, I’m more confident than ever in that guess. Yosemite’s new design feels like it was built for Retina displays: Thin Helvetica Neue replaces the long-serving but chunky Lucida Grande as the system typeface. Apple first introduced Retina displays into the Mac line in with the Retina MacBook Pro in June, 2012. Since that time, Apple has been slow to extend Retina screens to the rest of their lineup. The MacBook Air seems likely to be the next Mac to deliver a Retina Display. Signs point to a 12" Retina model later this year, and there has already been early evidence in Yosemite of Retina iMacs in testing. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • MacBook Airs as Low as $649 With Best Buy EDU Deals • Foxconn Looking to Secure Orders for iPhone and iPad Displays with Sharp Partnership • Newest MacBook Airs on Sale for Father's Day • Apple Plans to Encrypt iCloud Email in Transit Between Providers • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina MacBook Pro, iPad mini, Beats Headphones, and More • Microsoft Considering Expanding Cortana Virtual Assistant to iOS and Android • Twitter App Gets World Cup 'Timelines' in New Update • Facebook Updates Messaging App with 15-Second Videos, 'Big Likes'

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WebMD today announced Healthy Target, a service that collects biometric data from activity trackers, wireless scales and other health monitoring devices and uses this information to deliver tips on healthy living. The release comes as a number of companies, including Apple, are looking at ways to integrate health and fitness tracking from a variety of sensors and devices to give consumers an overall look at their health profiles. Healthy Target will be integrated into WebMD's mobile app [Direct Link], allowing iPhone owners to aggregate all their health and fitness data into one application. Users will then receive health recommendations and fitness insights using WebMD's physician-reviewed content. "Consumers will appreciate the ease of incorporating their biometric data into our Healthy Target program and the health insights and recommendations offered to help them sustain a healthier life," said David Ziegler, Director of Product Management for WebMD. "With more than 40%[1] of consumers using mobile devices to access health information, the time is right for a mobile app that can help translate data into life-improving insights." Besides pulling in step information from the iPhone 5s' M7 coprocessor, Healthy Target also connects to devices from Entra, Fitbit, UP by Jawbone and Withings, with additional manufacturers expected to be announced in the coming weeks and months. According to Re/Code, the service uses the FDA-approved, secure online health repository 2net Platform from Qualcomm to sync this health data. Healthy Target is one of several recent new health app initiatives including HealthKit from Apple, Samsung's S.A.M.I, and the rumored Google Fit, which may be unveiled at Google's I/O developer conference later this month. Earlier this month, Apple briefly introduced its new HealthKit platform and associated Health app. Using HealthKit APIs, device manufacturers and app developers can share health and fitness data with Apple's Health app, which will debut with iOS 8. Apple's rumored iWatch product also is expected to be a primary focus of this health and fitness-related platform. The updated WebMD mobile app with Healthy Target [Direct Link] is available today in the iOS App Store. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Foxconn Looking to Secure Orders for iPhone and iPad Displays with Sharp Partnership • Newest MacBook Airs on Sale for Father's Day • Apple Plans to Encrypt iCloud Email in Transit Between Providers • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina MacBook Pro, iPad mini, Beats Headphones, and More • Microsoft Considering Expanding Cortana Virtual Assistant to iOS and Android • Twitter App Gets World Cup 'Timelines' in New Update • Facebook Updates Messaging App with 15-Second Videos, 'Big Likes' • Apple Introduces New 'Browse by Category' Collection in App Store

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A growing number of complaints on Apple's Support forums suggest there is an ongoing problem with Apple's iTunes Match service. According to the posts in multiple threads, the service times out when users try to upload new tracks for matching by Apple's iTunes servers. "I've been using iTunes Match for about a year and a half and have started experiencing a new problem in the last couple of days. I've added a few new tracks to my library over the last couple of days and have attempted to "Update iTunes Match." However, the matching process is stalling out at the end. It looks like it's just about to finish but then it never does, " writes Apple Support forum member Ryan Hargrove. The issue apparently began on June 10th and is still affecting users six days later. Various attempts to fix the issue by updating iTunes, restarting the computer and more were unsuccessful. "This started today. It was working fine. I have deleted my entire library and I can't even get one song to go through. Thoughts? I've been working with this all day. I have uninstalled iTunes, downgraded iTunes, upgraded iTunes again. Finally, I erased all data...Libraries...playlist data, etc.. I'm extremely frustrated now. I had synced about 4,000 songs since September and it had been working fine," writes Apple Support forum member ExileAtkins. Apple has not acknowledged the problem, with its System Status page still showing that all iTunes services are fully operational. Further tests by affected users and MacRumors staff suggest the problem may only involve tracks that are not included in Apple's iTunes library. These self-recordings and Indie music tracks appear to stall during the upload process, while recognized songs are matched without issue. We have reached out to Apple for comment and are awaiting a reply. Since this problem is likely a server issue on Apple's side, affected users will have to wait until Apple addresses the issue internally. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Foxconn Looking to Secure Orders for iPhone and iPad Displays with Sharp Partnership • Newest MacBook Airs on Sale for Father's Day • Apple Plans to Encrypt iCloud Email in Transit Between Providers • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina MacBook Pro, iPad mini, Beats Headphones, and More • Microsoft Considering Expanding Cortana Virtual Assistant to iOS and Android • Twitter App Gets World Cup 'Timelines' in New Update • Facebook Updates Messaging App with 15-Second Videos, 'Big Likes' • Apple Introduces New 'Browse by Category' Collection in App Store

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Earlier this month, Apple updated its App Store review guidelines to allow for "approved" virtual currencies in apps. Now, Coindesk (via The Next Web) reports that Bitcoin wallet app Coin Pocket has launched in the App Store, becoming the first app on iOS that allows users to send and receive the virtual currency. Bitcoin wallet app Coin Pocket In addition to Coin Pocket, gift card purchasing app eGifter has also received an update to now accept Bitcoin as a form of payment. Earlier this month, betting app Betcoin also appeared on the App Store with in-app Bitcoin spending capabilities. Its developer, Omri Cohen, noted that the app was an experiment to test what Apple would allow ahead of the policy change on virtual currencies in apps. Prior to its policy change, Apple displayed past tendencies to remove and deny apps that promoted virtual currencies, notably asking the developers behind private messaging app Gliph to remove the app's Bitcoin sending capabilities. With the launch of Coin Pocket however, it is now likely that users will be seeing many more Bitcoin-related apps in the App Store provided they follow Apple's guidelines. Coin Pocket [Direct Link], eGifter [Direct Link], and Betcoin [Direct Link] are all free apps for iOS devices and can be downloaded through the App Store. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Foxconn Looking to Secure Orders for iPhone and iPad Displays with Sharp Partnership • Newest MacBook Airs on Sale for Father's Day • Apple Plans to Encrypt iCloud Email in Transit Between Providers • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina MacBook Pro, iPad mini, Beats Headphones, and More • Microsoft Considering Expanding Cortana Virtual Assistant to iOS and Android • Twitter App Gets World Cup 'Timelines' in New Update • Facebook Updates Messaging App with 15-Second Videos, 'Big Likes' • Apple Introduces New 'Browse by Category' Collection in App Store

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One of the more exciting features in Apple's upcoming OS X Yosemite is the Handoff feature that allows a seamless app transition between your Mac and iOS devices. The feature, however, is based on Bluetooth 4.0/LE which was first introduced in Macs in Mid 2011. The feature has since made its way into later Mac releases, finally coming to every Mac as of the 2013 Mac Pro. Apfeleimer has published this chart which shows all Macs that support Yosemite, and the subset of those which have support for this version of Bluetooth: The full bars represent Macs that can run OS X Yosemite, while only Mac models in the green bar timeframes support the required Bluetooth protocol for Handoff. For iOS users, the iPad 2 is the only device that is capable of running iOS 8 but doesn't come with hardware support for Bluetooth LE. OS X Yosemite is in developer beta right now and will be released to customers later this year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Foxconn Looking to Secure Orders for iPhone and iPad Displays with Sharp Partnership • Newest MacBook Airs on Sale for Father's Day • Apple Plans to Encrypt iCloud Email in Transit Between Providers • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina MacBook Pro, iPad mini, Beats Headphones, and More • Microsoft Considering Expanding Cortana Virtual Assistant to iOS and Android • Twitter App Gets World Cup 'Timelines' in New Update • Facebook Updates Messaging App with 15-Second Videos, 'Big Likes' • Apple Introduces New 'Browse by Category' Collection in App Store

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Apple will reportedly have enough sapphire glass for both of its iPhone 6 models as well as the iWatch in 2014, based on the latest supply chain check at the company's sapphire glass manufacturing partner GT Advanced done by analyst Matt Margolis for Seeking Alpha (via GforGames). As a result of my most recent supply chain check I believe that the Mesa sapphire operations will have ample supply to cover the iWatch, the 4.7" iPhone and the 5.5" iPhone with full sapphire cover glass in 2014. Additionally, the maximum sapphire screen capacity of the Mesa facility is likely to exceed 200m annual units. Margolis notes that GT Advanced has installed more than 2,500 furnaces and is expected to work with sapphire boules that weigh between 200 and 235 kg. The plant is waiting for its final prepayment from Apple in order to finish construction and secure equipment, which is expected to be received by the end of this month. Furnaces for sapphire glass production In February, Margolis estimated that Apple would be gearing up for mass production of devices with sapphire displays, with equipment in the factory leading to a yield of anywhere from 100 to 200 million ~5-inch sapphire displays. A yield of over 200 million sapphire displays as indicated by this latest report means that Apple could possibly produce more than enough sapphire displays for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and the iWatch. Previous reports indicated that sapphire display supply constraints may force Apple to reserve the scratch resistant material for its larger iPhone models, with expenses perhaps driving up the retail price for consumers. Other reports suggested that initial sapphire production would target the iWatch instead of the iPhone 6, however the reported volume of raw material and equipment purchased would likely hint at bigger plans for sapphire display production. Apple's 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is expected to be released later this year, with the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 launching near the end of 2014. In addition to a sapphire display, both phones will likely include a thinner profile, a faster A8 profile, and an improved camera. Meanwhile, the iWatch is expected to be revealed at an October event and may launch later that month. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Newest MacBook Airs on Sale for Father's Day • Apple Plans to Encrypt iCloud Email in Transit Between Providers • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina MacBook Pro, iPad mini, Beats Headphones, and More • Microsoft Considering Expanding Cortana Virtual Assistant to iOS and Android • Twitter App Gets World Cup 'Timelines' in New Update • Facebook Updates Messaging App with 15-Second Videos, 'Big Likes' • Apple Introduces New 'Browse by Category' Collection in App Store • iPhone-Connected Vessyl Smart Cup Tracks Drinking Habits

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A new profile on Tim Cook done by the New York Times has shared a variety of details discussing the Apple CEO's leadership style over his nearly three year tenure as the head of the company, including his influence on product development, brand expansion, and "quiet" approach to design. The profile also sheds new light on the development of Apple's highly-rumored "iWatch" smartwatch. The report notes Cook's differences in management compared to Apple's late co-founder Steve Jobs, sharing how the CEO has made key decisions to release unique new products and acquire new talent over the past few years. Moreover, his attempts to broaden Apple's brand by expressing support for initiatives such as environmentalism and charitable giving were also highlighted. A number of Cook's peers spoke on Apple's pressure to deliver another breakthrough product, with Apple design chief Jony Ive saying that Cook has "not neglected" the company's central mission of "innovation," noting that it has been "hard" for the company and its CEO to "be patient." Honestly, I don’t think anything’s changed,” he said. And that includes the clamor for some exciting new thing. “People felt exactly the same way when we were working on the iPhone,” Mr. Ive added. New details were also shared on Cook's influence on the iWatch, with the report noting Cook has been "less involved" in the direct engineering of the device, delegating the hands-on roles to other executives such as Ive. Cook is said to be interested in the smartwatch's "broader implications", taking an interest as to how the device could help people monitor their health more efficiently. Sources said that the iWatch is expected to launch in the fourth quarter of this year, which is in line with previous reports. Cook has also managed to acquire new personnel throughout the past few years, hiring personnel such as former Burberry chief Angela Ahrendts to head Apple's retail efforts and former Yves Saint Laurent CEO Paul Deneve to lead "special projects." U2 lead singer Bono, who worked closely with Apple through the (Product) RED initiative, says that Cook is amassing a "creative brain trust," adding that Apple's acquisition of Beats Electronics was done to expand the company's creative perspective in the absence of Jobs. Disney CEO and Apple board member Bob Iger also shared perspective on Cook's decision making towards new products: Since he took over, the company has released a number of upgrades, including a smaller tablet, the iPad Mini. Mr. Cook “thought the world would love a smaller and less expensive tablet,” said Robert A. Iger, the chief executive of Disney and a member of Apple’s board. It was a product that Mr. Jobs thought did not have a market, he said. The profile finally speaks on Cook's approachability as told by developers and employees at the company, highlighting the CEO's ability to hold conversation and express his activism and perspectives. Overall, while Apple has experienced criticism amid slowing revenue growth and the lack of drastic product expansion, the profile notes that Cook has gained a considerable amount of influence throughout his tenure as CEO. Apple is expected to launch a variety of new products this year, including bigger iPhones, a new Apple TV, and refined iPads, as well as new MacBooks and an upgraded iMac in addition to the aforementioned iWatch. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Newest MacBook Airs on Sale for Father's Day • Apple Plans to Encrypt iCloud Email in Transit Between Providers • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina MacBook Pro, iPad mini, Beats Headphones, and More • Microsoft Considering Expanding Cortana Virtual Assistant to iOS and Android • Twitter App Gets World Cup 'Timelines' in New Update • Facebook Updates Messaging App with 15-Second Videos, 'Big Likes' • Apple Introduces New 'Browse by Category' Collection in App Store • iPhone-Connected Vessyl Smart Cup Tracks Drinking Habits

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A couple of new model photos of the rumored iPhone 6 have been posted to Twitter by SonnyDickson. The new images depict the 4.7" and 5.5" iPhone 6 side by side -- both front and back. The images show what we have already seen about the iPhone 6, including the rounded case edges and larger form factors. Apple is expected to release the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 around September of 2014, while the 5.5-inch version may come later. Photos of iPhone 6 dummy models have been floating around for months, making even more frequent appearances in recent weeks. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Plans to Encrypt iCloud Email in Transit Between Providers • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina MacBook Pro, iPad mini, Beats Headphones, and More • Microsoft Considering Expanding Cortana Virtual Assistant to iOS and Android • Twitter App Gets World Cup 'Timelines' in New Update • Facebook Updates Messaging App with 15-Second Videos, 'Big Likes' • Apple Introduces New 'Browse by Category' Collection in App Store • iPhone-Connected Vessyl Smart Cup Tracks Drinking Habits • Rovio Launches RPG-Based 'Angry Birds Epic' for iOS Devices

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With iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, Apple is focusing heavily on increased integration between desktop and mobile through several new "Continuity" features, including Handoff, which allows users to start a task on one device and swap to another nearby device. While Handoff doesn't appear to work reliably at this point in time and is listed as one of the features currently unavailable in the beta software, some users have been able to get it working, giving us a quick glimpse at how the feature works. A video from French site Mac4Ever displays how the feature works with Maps, Safari, and Mail. A map opened on the iPhone is automatically picked up by the Mac, displayed in the lower left corner of the screen, with the process repeated for a site in Safari and an email message in Mail. Handoff is also demonstrated in a second video from Cult of Mac, which explains how Handoff works and shows the feature being used with Safari and Mail. The video also demonstrates a second Continuity feature, which allows Macs and iPads to make and answer phone calls relayed through an iPhone. Handoff, Mac/iPad phone calls, and the other Continuity features will continue to be refined during the iOS 8/OS X Yosemite beta testing period. Both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite are currently available to developers and are expected to be released to the public in the fall. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Plans to Encrypt iCloud Email in Transit Between Providers • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina MacBook Pro, iPad mini, Beats Headphones, and More • Microsoft Considering Expanding Cortana Virtual Assistant to iOS and Android • Twitter App Gets World Cup 'Timelines' in New Update • Facebook Updates Messaging App with 15-Second Videos, 'Big Likes' • Apple Introduces New 'Browse by Category' Collection in App Store • iPhone-Connected Vessyl Smart Cup Tracks Drinking Habits • Rovio Launches RPG-Based 'Angry Birds Epic' for iOS Devices

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