In the News: 2014-10-01

Written on:October 1, 2014
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Apple News: Apple Asks Developers to Start Submitting OS X Yosemite Apps
Apple today notified registered developers that Mac App Store submissions are now open for OS X Yosemite apps. Apple repeated its previous statement that Yosemite will be made available to customers “later this fall”, but it may arrive as early as next week. By comparison, Apple notified developers to submit their OS X Mavericks apps last year on October 15, with Mavericks becoming available to customers a week later on October 22.
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Technology News: Short-timer U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder blasts Apple for protecting users’ privacy against government overreach
“U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urged technology companies to preserve law-enforcement access to smartphone data, responding to new privacy features from Apple Inc. and Google Inc. that he said would hamper investigations of child sex abuse,” Del Quentin Wilber reports for Bloomberg News. “‘It is fully possible to permit law enforcement to do its job while still adequately protecting personal privacy,’ he said. ‘When a child is in danger, law enforcement needs to be able to take every legally available step to quickly find and protect the child and to stop those that abuse children. It is worrisome to see companies thwarting our ability to do so.’”
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Programming News: Markdown Style Guide
Markdown is as a file format for easily producing text that can be pleasantly read both on the web and while using command line tools, or plain text editors. Recently, a crop of tools have emerged that deliver some form of WYSIWYG or side-by-side authoring tools to assist writers to visualize the final output as they work. Authors are turning to these tools to produce documentation that looks good when authoring the document, yet the tools are not true to the spirit and goals of markdown. And in some cases, authors are not familiar with the essence of what makes markdown great, nor the philosophy behind it:

Readability, however, is emphasized above all else. A Markdown-formatted document should be publishable as-is, as plain text, without looking like it’s been marked up with tags or formatting instructions.

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Photography News: Ready to Upgrade Your Kit Lens? Tips for Which Lens to Invest in Next
Most cameras come with a kit lens that generally works well as a decent all-around workhorse. A common focal range for these lenses is 18–55mm, which means they are capable of wide-angle shots as well as medium-telephoto pictures, and everything in between. The tradeoff for this zoom range, however, is a limited maximum aperture range of roughly f/3.5 when zoomed out (18mm), and f/5.6 when zoomed in to 55mm. Of course some kit lenses cover a longer focal range and have different maximum apertures, but overall most kit lenses are designed for the types of all-around shooting conditions in which you may often find yourself. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, it does mean that the kit lens is more of a jack of all trades while being the master of none, and after a while you might start wondering what other options are available to you and how they will affect your photography. This all begs the question: which lens should you buy when you want to upgrade from the one that came with your camera?
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In the News: 2014-09-30

Written on:September 30, 2014
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Apple News: Apple patches OS X against Shellshock bug: Now it’s your turn Apple has released a patch designed to neutralise the gaping vulnerability known as “Shellshock”, an exploit in many Unix-based computers’ shells that allows even inexperienced attackers to gain complete access using only 3 lines of code. “The vast majority of OS X users are not at risk to recently reported bash vulnerabilities,” an Apple spokesperson told ITProPortal…

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In the News: 2014-09-29

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Apple News: Apple Pay’s launch will impact mainstream payments market but how? Nearly two weeks ago at an event in California, Apple showed off the latest iterations of its smartphone range, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 plus, alongside the widely expected introduction of the company’s first foray into the wearable tech market, the Apple Watch. Amongst all of this excitement, however, many commentators feel that the real game-changing…

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In the News: 2014-09-28

Written on:September 28, 2014
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Apple News: These 14 Handpicked HealthKit Apps Have Their Own iTunes Section Health, powered by Apple’s HealthKit API, was one of the many lauded features of iOS 8. It’s Apple’s attempt to corral all your health data into one place and also empower disparate health apps with new features. Now, the platform is in full swing, complete with a new iTunes storefront. Right now, Apple’s curated content features 14 different…

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In the News: 2014-09-27

Written on:September 27, 2014
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Apple News: Setting Up and Using Your New Apple TV You’ve heard about the Apple TV. But, what exactly is it? How do you use it? Is it easy to setup and use? In this article, we’ll talk about what the Apple TV can and can’t do, how easy it is to setup, and also offer some tips for using it to its full capabilities. The Apple TV is a…

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