Getting Yosemite Early | OS X Beta Program

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You Apple fans chomping at the bit to get an early taste of OS X Yosemite before its fall launch, you will get your chance tomorrow as Apple launches the OS X Yosemite Beta Program.

The new OS will be a major update to the platform with better iOS device integration and a whole new look that takes a page from the UI styling of iOS 7. New features include a new notification center, a more robust Spotlight, and new iOS and OS X connectivity that lets you do things like answer calls from your phone on your desktop, send and receive both SMS texts and iMessage texts, and Handoff which lets you continue what you were doing on your iPhone on your desktop and vice versa.

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Apple announces iOS 8

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Apple took to San Francisco today to preview its next generation mobile operating system, iOS 8. New to the OS is are refinements to notifications with features like third-party widget integration and easier access to recent contacts. Apps such as Messages and Photos see updates with improved sharing across your devices and with Messages you can add voice to your conversation and its easier to send videos, have more control over group conversations, and much more. They've also improved the keyboard with predictive text and they've even added third-party support so you can add keyboards like Swype. Look for iOS's official release this fall.

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Inside

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Inside is a new app with an ambitious goal to create the best news product in the world. They hope to do this with a mobile app that is updated 1,000 times a day via a team of curators who find important and compelling stories from around the world and only seek out the best reporting available. Updated in real time, the stories are then captured in 300-word, fact filled updates to create a high-quality news feed that's easy to navigate and consume.

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Square Cash

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You no longer have to run to the ATM machine when you need to come up with some cash for a friend. Square has a new service called Square Cash that makes sending money as easy as sending an e-mail, literally. All you do is punch in how much you need to send, type in your friend's e-mail address, and once you link your debit card number the money is immediately on its way. Your friend doesn't need to use the app or sign up for any services either, they just enter their debit card number and the cash is deposited into their account within 1-2 days. Easy as pie.

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Instagram 4.0 | Now with Video

Looks like the apocalypse came early for Vine as Instagram finally adds video to their incredibly popular photo sharing app. Video recording is just as you'd expect with a variety of filters built specifically for video, simplified editing, and a Cinema feature that smoothens out your "shaky cam" footage after you've shot it. Instagram 4.0 is available today on the App Store and Google Play.

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Apple's WWDC Announcements | What You Need to Know

Leading off with a beautifully designed mission statement, Apple opened WWDC with much fanfare and a whole lot of love for its home state of California, and some gargantuan software and hardware announcements.

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Google Maps for the iPhone

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The announcement that every iPhone fan has been waiting for since the chaotic mess that is Apple Maps is here, Google Maps is back on the iPhone. Yes, Google Maps is back and better than ever (some say even better than Android's) with a new and improved design, faster load times, voice-guided turn-by-turn directions, public transit info, and info sheets for points of interest. Google

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Google's new Enhanced Voice Search

As convenient and fun as Siri is, its still a bit rough around the edges and its speed leaves a bit to be desired. Today, Google unveiled a new version of their Search app with a newly enhanced Voice Search feature that simply put, destroys Siri. Voice recognition and results are instantaneous and once you try it, you'll see just how Google is giving Siri a run for her money. Now if only Apple and Google could play nice and share technologies again... iTunes

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Out Tomorrow | Mac OS X Mountain Lion

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Time to prep those Macs for an upgrade. Apple is releasing Mac OS X Mountain Lion tomorrow via the App store ($20) and with it comes better iCloud integration, Reminders and Notes now for the desktop, iMessage, Notification Center, Dictation, Twitter/Facebook integration, and much much more. Link

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iOS 6

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Apple previewed its latest iOS 6 operating system today and wowed crowds with an impressive feature set. Amongst the massive list of new features, Apple introduced items such as Facetime over Cellular, an improved Siri implementation that now has information on sports scores and restaurants, and much much more. Apple also introduced Passbook, a digital wallet of sorts that easily organizes Movie tickets, boarding passes, and various other cards and is open for development to any company who wants to bring their ticketing or card systems to the App. The biggest highlight of the day was the debut of Apple's new in-house Google Maps killer which finally brings native turn by turn navigation to the iPhone. It also features impressive 3D flyovers, 3D buildings, and Siri integration. Link

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