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OS X Yosemite Public Beta Reportedly Coming Later This Month

More than a month after announcing OS X Yosemite at its annual developers conference, Apple will reportedly release the first public beta of the software later this month, according to 9to5Mac.

Apple is planning to release a publicly available beta of the upcoming OS X Yosemite later this month, according to sources briefed on the plans. This release will mark the first time Apple has released a public beta of a new OS X version in over a decade.

According to the site’s sources, Apple has chosen to release the beta at this time to give itself time to polish the software for consumers’ use. To-date, Apple has released three developer previews of Yosemite, with the fourth reportedly coming later today.

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Free ‘Single of the Week’: 陳惠婷 – 荊棘的冠冕

This week’s free Single of the Week on the iTunes Store is “荊棘的冠冕” by Taiwanese singer 陳惠婷 (Hui Ting Chen).

Singer, songwriter, producer and keyboardist Hui Ting Chen first came to attention as one third of Taiwan’s acclaimed indie rockers Tizzy Bac. “Crown of Thorns” introduces Chen’s solo ambitions with a coy stylistic evolution. The gentle, cascading electronic production is rounded out by winsome synth lines before the song blossoms with layered instruments and a driving, deliriously catchy chorus.

Download it for free here.

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Free ‘App of the Week’: Cinamatic

Hipstamatic’s Cinamatic is the App Store’s free ‘App of the Week’. The app is available for free for one week and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch running iOS 7.1 or later.

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Cinamatic is the best way to create beautiful short films. Record multiple short clips that transform into amazing short motion pictures. Your Cinamatic videos can be shared straight to Instagram, Vine, or Facebook.

• Shoot 3 to 15 second films
• Choose from an amazing set of video filters
• Instantly post videos to Instagram, Vine, or Facebook
• Get even more filters from the shop

Download it for free here.

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Apple and IBM Announce Landmark Deal To Transform Enterprise Mobility

Apple on Tuesday announced a partnership with fellow tech giant IBM to revolutionise enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps tailored specifically for the iPhone and iPad.

The landmark partnership aims to redefine the way work will get done, address key industry mobility challenges and spark true mobile-led business change—grounded in four core capabilities:

  • a new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps, developed exclusively from the ground up, for iPhone and iPad;
  • unique IBM cloud services optimized for iOS, including device management, security, analytics and mobile integration;
  • new AppleCare® service and support offering tailored to the needs of the enterprise;  and
  • new packaged offerings from IBM for device activation, supply and management.

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Free ‘Single of the Week’: Kris Kuan – 安靜的張揚

This week’s free Single of the Week on the iTunes Store is “安靜的張揚” by Taiwanese singer Kris Kuan.

Taiwanese chanteuse Kris Kuan first gained notice when she appeared on a reality TV singing competition at the age of 15. After taking time away from the spotlight to complete her university studies, she returns with a compelling piano-driven pop track, “安靜的張揚”. Opening with dark chords and dramatic, echoing drums, the tune blossoms with layered instrumentation, a bold lead guitar and a heavy backbeat. When the song reaches the buoyant chorus, Kuan delivers it with shining confidence.

Download it for free here.

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Free ‘App of the Week’: Assassin’s Creed Pirates

Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Pirates is the App Store’s free ‘App of the Week’. The app is available for free for one week and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch running iOS 7.0 or later.

Become one of the most feared pirates of the Caribbean in this exclusive Assassin’s Creed adventure on smartphones and tablets!

Play as Alonzo Batilla, a young and ambitious captain, a pirate eager to take on the fiercest of enemies…

Break all the rules, challenge empires and make your own fortune!

Download it for free here.

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Apple Launches New Developer Blog for Swift

Apple yesterday launched a developer blog covering its new Swift programming language, in a move aimed at promoting greater collaboration with developers.

This new blog will bring you a behind-the-scenes look into the design of the Swift language by the engineers who created it, in addition to the latest news and hints to turn you into a productive Swift programmer.

Get started with Swift by downloading Xcode 6 beta, now available to all Registered Apple Developers for free. The Swift Resources tab has a ton of great links to videos, documentation, books, and sample code to help you become one of the world’s first Swift experts. There’s never been a better time to get coding!

- The Swift Team

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Apple Announces High-Definition iTunes Extras Content for Mac and Apple TV

Apple on Thursday released iTunes 11.3, bringing high-definition iTunes Extras content to the Mac. At the same time, the company also announced availability of the feature for the Apple TV via update 6.2.

iTunes 11.3 includes all-new iTunes Extras for HD movies. iTunes Extras can include behind-the-scenes videos, short films, high-resolution image galleries, director’s commentary, scenes, and more. These immersive iTunes Extras can also be enjoyed on Apple TV with Software Update 6.2 now, and will be available on iOS 8 this fall.

New iTunes Extras will be automatically added to your previously purchased HD movies as they become available – at no additional charge.

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Over 24 Million Cars Could be Fitted with CarPlay by 2019, New Report Claims

Market research and intelligence firm ABI Research has forecasted that Apple’s CarPlay technology could be in over 24 million cars by 2019, according to a new research note released yesterday.

With so many supporting CarPlay, ABI Research forecasts that in 2019 over 24 million new cars will be fitted with CarPlay. As well as CarPlay, ABI Research believes that the uptake of MirrorLink will also be fairly significant but predicts that more cars will be fitted with CarPlay.

The firm’s optimism is derived mainly from the popularity of the iPhone and also the large number of carmakers that Apple has gotten on board with the technology.

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Chinese Court Rules Against Apple in Voice Recognition Patent Suit

Apple suffered a legal setback earlier this week after a Beijing court upheld a Chinese company’s patent related to a voice-controlled assistant, Xiao I, which Apple had attempted to invalidate in favour of Siri. The news was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

Apple had sued China’s Patent Review Committee and the Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology Co. at the end of 2013, asking the court to determine if Zhizhen’s patent over “a type of chat robot system” was valid. On Tuesday, Beijing’s No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court upheld Zhizhen’s 2006 patent for its “Little I Robot” voice-controlled assistant, according toChina’s official Xinhua news agency.

Apple’s lawsuit was a counteroffensive to Zhizhen’s 2012 claim that Siri had infringed its patent, which had been awarded to the Chinese company in 2006 by China’s Patent Review Committee.

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