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Differential Privacy in iOS 10 to be Opt-In

Apple appears to be going above and beyond with its differential privacy initiative. The company has an understandable interest in knowing what people think. It helps them help Siri anticipate what people will think or ask before those people realize it themselves. At the same time, Apple has this thing about not wanting too much information about its customers. Thus was born Apple’s Differential Privacy plan, announced a couple of weeks ago at WWDC and defined in one article as a ‘statistical method designed to reap useful intel from big piles of data or protecting personally identifying information therein’. Put a different way, Apple wants to know about users in aggregate but not specific individual users. But they still want the users’ permission – specific individual users’. Recode says that data collection under differential privacy in iOS 10 will be opt-in. The article lists three things learnt since WWDC about the initiative: (1) Differential data is making its debut with iOS 10, and Apple says it has not yet been collecting such data. (2)…

iTunes Stores Hit By End of Week Outage

Your iTunes Store problems on Friday were not yours alone. The iTunes Store, plus Apple’s App Store, the Mac App Store, and iBooks Store suffered unscheduled downtime at the end of the work week. Took a six-hour nap, they did. The piece, written as the outage was ‘outaging’, I guess, said: Customers attempting to connect to iTunes are being met with error messages, while others find themselves unable to complete App Store transactions. Friday’s sleepy time marked the third time Apple’s internet services went down so far this month. Earlier in the month Apple Music was unusable for some people due to authentication problems tied to iCloud Music Library. The next day, the piece says, an apparent server glitch took down a huge swath of the company’s internet services, including almost all iCloud related products.

Watch OS 3 – The Watch OS we’ve been waiting for?

So now we know Apples plans for the watch for the fall thanks to the recent WWDC event. Just in case you missed it here’s the round up from WWDC Apple really feels that people who are using Apple watch love it, particularly for quick glances, information and quick interactions and have taken heed of the frustrations of launching an app and waiting. In their own words “our top focus is performance.” Looking at the demonstrations, yes carefully coreographed, but again when Kevin P said We’ve made optimizations across the entire system including a serious acceleration in app launch time. Your app should actually respond instantly. The information you look at should be updated before you go look so it’s ready the instant that you are, so you are not waiting. Almost all agree that those waiting times have been the achilles heel of the Apple watch. In this age of uber responsiveness across product offerings, Apple Watch has almost been an embarrassment. Taking a look at these In watch OS/3 your favorite apps…

Eddy Cue On The Future Of Apple tvOS

So let’s talk about tvOS and Apple TV. Last fall we introduce the next generation of Apple TV and for the first time developers had a modern platform like iOS to develop for in the living room. We said the future of TV’s apps and the response to Apple TV has been incredible here is what Chris Albrecht the CEO stars had to say “tvOS has allowed stars to create an experience on Apple TV unlike anything we’ve done before and our subscribers are loving it” here’s what the CEO of BoomBit a very popular iOS game developer had to say “we easily extended our iOS game experience to the living room – something that is incredibly difficult to do on traditional consoles” Our last generation Apple TV had 80 video channels and thanks to many of you we now have over 1300 video channels and we have over 6000 native apps in just seven months and I’ve got some new apps to tell you about More Stations and Channels For Apple TV First…

Life is Strange Critically acclaimed award-winning episodic adventure heading to Mac

Feral Interactive today announced that the award-winning episodic adventure game Life is Strange™ will be released on Mac soon. Created by Paris-based developer DONTNOD and published by Square Enix on console and Windows, Life is Strange has been highly praised by critics and fans alike for its moving narrative, stylish visuals and compelling system of choice and consequences. All five episodes will be available to play at launch.

iPhone Wireless Charging Now Possible Thanks To Mophie Juice Pack Wireless

Today Mophie have come up with an ingenious solution to wireless charging for us iPhone users in the form of the Mophie Juice Pack Wireless. The battery case maker is launching a wirelessly charging battery case for iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone 6S Plus. Mophie says the Juice Pack Wireless will add more than 50% extra battery life though the wireless charging will likely be the big sell. B oth cases come bundled with a flat charging base intended mainly for desks and tables, according to the report. And they don’t come cheap. Apple Insider says the regular juice Pack Wireless costs $99.95, while theplus version is $129.95. One thing for sure is that it looks a lot nicer than Apple’s own external battery with the massive hump on the back but I wonder just how popular wireless charging is. You will have to plug the charger in obviously and then make sure you sit the phone down on to the mat so the only real step that’s being eliminated…

XCOM 2 Alien Hunters DLC Released

Alien Hunters, the second DLC pack for XCOM 2, is out now! Available to buy separately, or as part of the Reinforcement Pack, Alien Hunters DLC features a narrative-driven mission, new weapons and armor, a new Hunter’s Lodge facility in the Avenger, plus three new “Ruler” alien units to combat. Ruler aliens will show up at random during a campaign and they are highly intelligent: each has its own unique behavior and tactics. If you can’t take out a Ruler quick enough, it will escape to fight another day. The four new weapons are one-of-a-kind.There’s the Bolt Caster, a high damage single-shot weapon; Hunter’s Axe, a powerful blade weapon that can be thrown at enemies or used to dispatch foes at close range; Frost Bomb grenade, which can temporarily freeze targets; ShadowKeeper pistol, which grants its user the Shadowfall ability, an ability that guarantees a hit and places its user in concealment if the target is killed. Three new suits of armor can also be constructed, one from each of the alien Ruler corpses,…

TwelveSouth Release BookBook for iPad Pro

TwelveSouth make some lovely items and although they may be a bit on the pricey side they certainly look good and last well. To complement their ever expanding range of BookBook covers available for virtually everything that Apple currently makes (with the exception of the iMac and Mac Pro…although I REALLY want to see a BookBook cover for a 27inch iMac) they now produce one for the 12.9inch iPad Pro. The case features all of their usual stylish trademarks including being manufactured from genuine leather. Also included is a kickstand to place the iPad at an angle for wrist-friendly typing and artistic drawing with an Apple Pencil. Speaking of the Apple Pencil there is also a built-in holster that will keep your new little stylus safe and sound when you are not using it. Secured by dual zippers this case will keep your new ‘not-so-little-precious’ safe as you travel back and forth, while giving it a look and feel of a vintage portfolio. The BookBook for iPad Pro is shipping now and has a…

Fox’s 24 available in HD for just £4.99 per season on iTunes

Ran out of things to binge watch? Fear not as you can now purchase each season of the Fox Classic “24” for just £4.99 per season in HD. There’s no price difference between SD and HD so what are you waiting for. Available on iTunes. 24, Season 1: In 24, the entire season takes place in one day, with each of the 24 episodes covering one hour, told in real time. No sooner has Jack Bauer finished a game of chess with his daughter, Kimberly, on the morning of the presidential primary, when Kimberly sneaks out of the house and Jack, who heads up the government’s Counter Terrorist Unit, is called to work immediately. He learns that an assassination attempt will be made on presidential candidate David Palmer. Meanwhile, Jack’s wife, Teri, sets out to find their daughter. 24, Season 2: In the season two premiere episode “8:00-9:00 AM”, Jack and his daughter Kim continue to deal with the trauma of Teri’s loss, and the effect it has had on their relationship. But with one phone…

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