Those looking to catch an early glimpse of OS X 10.10 Yosemite, the next major installment of Apple’s desktop and notebook operating system, have been able to check out some of the changes by means of the Developer Preview releases. Since WWDC, the Developer Previews have enabled registered devs to test the new software for bugs, compatibility and new features, but even in the run-up to this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, we knew that Apple would be allowing anybody with an Apple ID to try out Yosemite before the end user release this fall. The OS X Beta Seed program, which Apple introduced to allow ordinary folk to get a flavor of what’s next, is about to come into effect thanks to the first Yosemite beta, which will land tomorrow.

Traditionally speaking, Apple has generally favored releasing new versions of iOS and OS X on a staggered basis rather than bombarding users with upgrades at the same time. The inclusion of the impressive Continuity features that were unveiled at this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference had led some corners to believe that iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite would be made available to the public at the same time this fall, but according to those familiar with Apple’s plans, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

If you happen to be a European iPhone user then it looks like you’ll have some additional power to look forward to when it comes to using your device on a foreign network when travelling. The fourth beta of iOS 8, which was circulated to registered developers on Monday, contains a new “EU Internet” option that is accessible directly through the native Settings app, allowing those travelling in the European Union to have greater control over when the device can, and can’t connect to potentially chargeable Web services.

If you thought Apple was going to follow what others are doing for smartwatches, you couldn’t have been more wrong. Or, at least, that’s what the iTime patent that the Cupertino-based company was granted is having us believe. The patent, as the name suggests, appears to be for a smartphone connected watch that doesn’t restrict itself to serving notifications from the accompanying device – it offers advanced features such as proximity sensing, wrist and arm gestures, GPS positioning and much more.

They say that time stands still for no-one, and at this time of year we’re pretty sure that most Apple engineers would agree wholeheartedly. As we slip ever nearer the expected September release date for the iPhone 6, the leaks are beginning to gather a pace that those in Cupertino simply can’t hope to outrun.

Apple has launched a new ad for its ever-popular MacBook Air, but it’s not quite like the ads that came before it.

Apple has posted its Q3 2014 earnings results, and as ever, the Cupertino giant has raked in revenues in billions, and has also revealed how many iPhone, iPads, iPods and Macs it has sold in the last quarter. Full details and breakdown of the earnings results can be found right here.

Earlier in May this year, news circulated the internet that Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar, Kobe Bryant, spent a day in Apple’s Cupertino complex, meeting with different executives including Apple Inc.’s Senior Vice President of Design, Jony Ive. At that time, it was speculated that Apple brought him on for a possible partnership for testing the company’s latest fitness wearables. While we don’t really have confirmation around that still, in a recent interview with Bloomberg, Kobe confirmed the meeting with Ive and shed some light on how the discussion went.

Waterproof smartphones are all the rage right now, a trend which Sony brought to the mainstream with the release of its Xperia Z handset, and other big names followed suit, such as Samsung, with the release of the Galaxy S5. But the big question in everyone’s mind is: is it possible to add waterproofing credentials to your existing smartphone without busting your bank? Well, yes, it’s possible, and it will cost you only 30 bucks!

At this point, it’s certainly a given fact that Apple will be refreshing its mobile lineup of devices in time for the holiday season, and one of those devices is the Cupertino’s smaller slate, the iPad mini. According to a new report that originates from Taiwan, the “iPad mini 3” will be a mighty thin device, and if the source is to be believed, then it would be the thinnest iPad Apple has ever made.

Apple’s introduction of the various CloudKit APIs within iOS 8 and OS 10.10 Yosemite at this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference was greeted with much glee and excitement from attending developers. The creation of CloudKit will ultimately afford developers with the ability to focus on creating impressive and immersive client-side experiences rather than having to deal with the issues that come attached with server-side cloud storage code. As the APIs are being developed and ironed out it seems that testers will need to put up with some bumps in the road with Apple once again notifying developers that all CloudKit data will once again be wiped at some point today.

Apple hasn’t even managed to get the iPhone 6 out the door yet, but Samsung has already begun poking fun at not just the phone, but those lining up to buy one, too.

In a statement emailed directly to Financial Times journalist Tim Bradshaw Apple has strongly denied working alongside any government agency with the intention of creating backdoor access in any of its products or services. You may have been a little concerned to read a presentation from iOS Security Researcher Jonathan Zdziarski earlier this week that claimed Apple had purposely created backdoor entries that would allow various sets of system and user data to be accessible without the need to authenticate via the usual means. The intricacies and merits of that report are still regarded as questionable at best, but while additional investigation into the claims is being carried out Apple have acted quickly to deny any wrongdoing whatsoever.

With its MacBook Pro lineup tightly tied to Intel’s chip release schedule, Apple will be pleased to learn that the chip maker has launched an update to its Haswell line of CPUs.

The voice-to-text dictation in iOS has always been one of those features that people either use extensively, or have never even noticed. Those that do make heavy use of dictation have long had one main complaint though, and that’s been about the way their voice is converted to text.

Microsoft made a lot of changes with Windows 8, and a large portion of its user base did not agree with, well.. a large portion of them. But as the world begins to settle down and adjust to the predominantly tiled appearance of the user interface, one element that many desktop users have never gotten over is the Start menu, or lack of it, and the post-BUILD news that it would be making a dramatic return was met with a collective sigh of relief. Now, some new ‘Windows 9′ screenshots have emerged, and as well as offering an insight into what’s from the software giant’s flagship OS, also gives us another look at that Start menu we all love so well.

It’s a new day and a new list of paid apps for your iPhone, iPod touch and/or iPad that you can obtain totally free if you hurry over to the iTunes App Store. For our regular readers, this regular feature needs no introduction, as they’re accustomed to us finding the best apps-gone-free deals for iOS and sharing them with our readers on a daily basis. Today, we have a total of 7 paid apps and games that you can get free right now. The list follows right after the break.

Apple prides itself on the security of its iOS mobile operating system, and aside from the occasional hiccup that besets all software at one point or another, this tends to be the case. However, one jailbreak expert has done some serious digging into the guts of iOS and discovered that while the software is pretty safe from the continued threat of hacks and attacks from malware makers, there are certain loopholes within the iOS make-up that make it potentially easy for Apple and government agencies to covertly get hold of your personal data.

It’s been a busy day for software-in-progress over at Apple today, and as well as rolling out OS X Yosemite 10.10 Developer Preview 4 and iOS 8 Beta 4, the Cupertino giant has also made iTunes 12 Beta available as part of Yosemite. As well as some serious design tweaks, there are also quite a few new features packed into this release, and as ever, you can check the details – as well as some first-hand screenshots – right here.

Saving links to be read later may seem like a simple, forgettable feature but as apps like Instapaper and Pinboard have already proven that there’s plenty of use for such a feature. Now, two years after buying Instapaper competitor Spool, Facebook has launched its very own read-it-later service.

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