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Apple announces new iCloud pricing: 5GB free, 20GB for $1/month, 200GB for $4/month, up to 1TB

Apple just announced new iCloud pricing coming soon to compliment a ton of new cloud features unveiled for iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite today.<p>The new pricing starts with the same free 5GB for all users and introduces a new 20GB for $1/month tier as well as a 200GB for $4/month tier. Currently Apple …

WWDC14: iOS 8 Includes Health App Based on HealthKit Platform

Apple announced their new HealthKit platform and Health app. The main idea is that HealthKit is a single comprehensive repository for all your health and fitness information. The announced platform goes far beyond the rumors.<p>The app can not only receive information about your blood pressure from …

Apple focuses on developer features for iOS 8: TestFlight beta testing, biggest SDK ever, inter-app communication and more

Alongside a whole of other changes to the App Store, Apple is integrating TestFlight. This allows developers to do seamless beta-testing for free. There are also a whole host of ‘extensions’ apps can access, enabling integration into share sheets, Notification Center widgets and more.<p>Apple is …

Siri now identifies songs, works without touching the phone

Apple is trying to make Siri smarter in iOS 8. The redesigned version of Siri can be activated without touching the phone at all if the phone is plugged in — in other words, "Hey, Siri" is the new "Okay, Google," if you're doing something like driving. Siri was already plugged into pop culture, but …

Apple will bring third-party widgets to iOS 8

While introducing OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Craig Federighi showed off a new widget system for the Mac notification center, allowing users to pin small apps right in the "Today" view — and now we're learning that the iOS notification center will have a similar feature, as well. In iOS 5 and 6, users …

WWDC14: New Features for Siri

Siri will have a couple great new features in iOS 8. One is hands-free operation, such that you can simply say "Hey Siri" and Siri will respond. This, of course, will be especially useful if you're in your car.<p>Another feature is integration with Shazam, the music recognition service. When some …

Apple opens up iOS 8 to third-party keyboards

For the first time ever, Apple's opened up iOS to third-party keyboards, the company said today. The new feature — which is a part of iOS 8 this fall — lets users pick keyboards from other companies instead of the one Apple's shipped on its phones and tablets for the past few years. On-stage, that …

You'll be able to buy apps in bundles in iOS 8

Apple revealed a number of new features for its iOS App Store today, including the ability for developers to sell bundles of apps at a discount. App bundles let users buy multiple games or apps at once and are not offered by competing platforms. The App Store search feature has been expanded with …

Apple opens up Touch ID fingerprint sensor to third-party app developers

Apple just announced during its WWDC keynote that it’s opening up its Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone to third-party app developers. Apple showed off the personal finance management app Mint (pictured above) using the Touch ID feature to allow users to login instead of using the keyboard …

iOS 8 apps can talk to each other

Apple is adding one of the most-requested features to iOS 8: inter-app communication. App developers will be able to enable "extensions" in their software so that it can be used within other apps — examples demoed onstage at WWDC included VSCO Cam editing functionality accessible from within …

Apple adding new App Store features this fall: app bundles, Editor’s Choice logos, app videos, more

Several new features will be arriving to the App Store this fall, Tim Cook announced today at WWDC. These changes include a new Explore tab for browsing the App Store faster, search improvements, app bundles with discounts for buying app sets, and more. The App Store will offer support for …

Apple Announces Significant SDK Improvements with New 'Swift' Programming Language, CloudKit and More

Apple devoted the last third of its keynote address at the Worldwide Developer Conference today to improvements for its Software Development Kit (SDK), launching a new programming language called Swift, and development kits for health, home automation, iCloud and inter-app operability.<p>The …

Google Beats Out Apple as World's Most Valuable Brand

Google has usurped Apple as the world's most valuable brand in Millward Brown's annual BrandZ study of global brands (via <i>The Telegraph</i>). This comes after the survey had named Apple the top brand for the past three years.<p>The study saw Apple's brand value decline 20%, from $185 billion to $147 …

Survey claims that Apple is no longer the world’s most valuable brand

Google has overtaken Apple as the world’s most valuable brand, according to a new survey.<p>As per Millward Brown’s BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands, Apple’s brand value fell by 20% in the past year to just under $148 billion, while Google’s value increased by 40% to $159 billion.<p>“Google has …