Apple’s iOS 8.3 Beta goes Public for the First Time

9:55 AM, Mar. 13th, 2015 · · News

Apple has been offering public betas of OS X Yosemite for months, and now the company has added iOS 8 to its public beta program for the first time. The iPhone and iPad maker is now offering iOS 8.3 beta to some of its OS X public beta list, giving them a chance to work with the pre-release version of the mobile operating system ahead of its official launch.

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Getting to try out iOS 8.3 as a public beta is pretty cool, but don't forget it's still a pre-release version. Some features may be broken, and there's always the chance you could lose important data, so be sure to have a good backup before jumping into the beta program.

Apple’s ResearchKit Poised to Revolutionize Large-scale Medical Studies

7:41 PM, Mar. 12th, 2015 · · News

Apple changed the landscape for medical science research with the introduction of ResearchKit. Scientists have been stuck with essentially the same data collection methods they've used for decades, but now they have a radically new way of gathering that information that's faster, and potentially more accurate and less expensive.

New Biography Claims Tim Cook Offered Steve Jobs Liver Transplant

7:10 PM, Mar. 12th, 2015 · · News

Becoming Steve Jobs

A new biography titled Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary claims that current Apple CEO Tim Cook offered Mr. Jobs part of his liver, an offer that was declined. The book comes out on March 24th, but an Amazon preview gave access to much of its content—that preview has since been sharply reduced.

Apple Pushes iOS 8.3 Beta 3 to Developers

2:31 PM, Mar. 12th, 2015 · · News

iOS 8

Apple released iOS 8.3 (beta) 12F5047f—the third beta release of the iPhone and iPad operating system—to developers Thursday . The most notable change in the release is a known issue with Verizon LTE Voice.

Intel Wins a Space in Apple’s next iPhone

10:26 AM, Mar. 12th, 2015 · · News

Intel has reportedly won a space inside the next iPhone model, and that's coming at Qualcomm's expense. Intel's new 7360 LTE modem will replace Qualcomm's LTE chip in iPhones sold in Asia and Latin America.

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Sourcing at least LTE chips from Intel should have Qualcomm worried. If Intel manages to impress Apple with its designs, that could cut deep into Qualcomm's LTE chip sales to the company.

App Store Downtime Cost Apple $25M in Sales

9:26 AM, Mar. 12th, 2015 · · News

When Apple's iTunes Store and App Store were taken out of commission on Wednesday thanks to a DNS issue, iPhone, iPad and Mac owners couldn't purchase apps, songs, movies or books. It took Apple 12 hours to get their systems up and running again, costing the company about US$25 million in lost sales.

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Yesterday's App Store, iTunes Store, and Mac App Store downtime was inconvenient, but it was also expensive. Developers missed out on about 12 hours worth of sales, and that has to hurt.

Apple Moves to Dismiss A123’s Employee Poaching Lawsuit

3:15 PM, Mar. 11th, 2015 · · News

Apple filed a motion on Tuesday to dismiss a lawsuit from A123 Systems that claims the iPhone and iPad maker essentially raided its company for employees, forcing it to shut down several projects. The employees came from A123's advanced battery development teams, and the company claims the hires violate non-compete and non-disclosure contracts.

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Filing for dismissal is standard operating procedure. For Apple, it has the added bonus of killing the need to negotiate a settlement if the court approves the motion.

The Ultimate Apple Watch Comparison Chart

3:03 PM, Mar. 11th, 2015 · · News

The Ultimate Apple Watch Comparison Chart

Rob Griffiths has posted a great comparison chart for Apple Watch. It lists every model with every strap option, and includes the price, weight, and size of the model. If you're interested in this device, it's a must-see.