Apple has today seeded the third beta of both iOS 8 and Xcode 6 to developers. The new beta comes three weeks after beta 2. Reports late last month indicated the third beta of iOS 8 would drop on July 8th.
Facebook has updated its Messenger app for iOS, adding a full iPad version to the mix. The iPad version takes advantage of the tablet’s larger display, and includes the same calling features as are found on the iPhone and iPhone touch version. Oh, and those sticker thingies are in there too…
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Google has followed Apple’s lead in buying Beats Electronics and Beats Music, by acquiring its own music streaming service, Songza.
AgileBits recently released an iOS 8 beta version of their popular password manager app, 1Password, that takes advantage of two new features of iOS 8’s new APIs allowing developers to use the iPhone 5s’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner, and Extensions, which allow developers to integrate their own software into share sheets with other apps.
Mid-June saw a report from The Wall Street Journal claiming that Nuance, the company behind the speech recognition technology that powers Apple’s virtual assistant Siri, was in talks to be acquired by Samsung Electronics. A new report, this time from Wired, says Apple is putting together its own in-house speech recognition team to power future versions of Siri.
Apple has just released iOS 7.1.2 to the public. The minor update, coming over two months after the release of iOS 7.1.1, includes bug fixes and security improvements, an email attachment security fix, and improved iBeacon connectivity and stability.
General Electric has debuted its new lineup of smart LED light bulbs, dubbed “Link.” The lights can be controlled via an iOS device, and are priced at $15 for an individual light bulb or $49 for the starter kit that includes two bulbs and a (required) link hub.
Lightning connectors, 30-pin connectors, Micro-USB… Wouldn’t it be great if there was a charging dock that could handle any of these, so you could dock and charge your smartphone or tablet without any hassle?
Apple has added two new locales to the Flyover feature in its iOS and OS X Mavericks Maps app. Tokyo, Japan and Zion National Park in Utah are the new additions. Flyover allows users to take a 3D look at various areas around the globe, zooming in to view buildings and other landmarks.
German automaker Audi has announced that it has been conducting “intensive dialog” with Apple to integrate the iPhone maker’s CarPlay infotainment system into its new vehicles beginning in 2015. Audi was a founding member of Google’s “Open Automotive Alliance,” based on the search giant’s Android mobile operating system.
While Siri is a quite capable personal assistant, it appears she also has a more business minded sibling. SRI International, the company that originally invented the virtual personal assistant found on Apple’s iOS devices, is introducing Kasisto, a business version of Apple’s virtual assistant.
Apple’s Podcasts app is causing problems for a number of users today, crashing and hanging for many, rendering the app unusable. The issue appears to have reared its ugly head during late morning/early afternoon.
Sure, first-person shooter games are cool, very immersive. But there is nothing like actually shooting a projectile at something. Introducing Snipe – The Kickstarter-backed game for your iPad that interacts with special foam darts.
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A report from BGR claims the third beta release of iOS 8 will not occur until July 8th. That would mark a three week timeframe between it and Beta 2, released last week.