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Rolling Stone and UVA: The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Report

<i>A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: Last November, we published a story, ‘A Rape on Campus’ [RS 1223], that centered around a University of Virginia student’s</i> …

The surprising downsides of being drop dead gorgeous

Good looks can get you far in life, but psychologists say there are unrecognised pitfalls for the beautiful. David Robson reports.<p>Can you be too beautiful? It is hardly a problem that most of us have to contemplate – as much as we might like to dream that it were the case.<p>Yet the blessings and …

Someone Involved With Apple’s New Programming Language Swift Must Be A Firefly Fan

Here’s a little factoid that has pretty much nothing to do with the broader significance of Swift, Apple’s new programming language for developing iOS and OS X apps. But it made me smile, and it suggests that when my editor Matthew Panzarino described yesterday’s event as “developer fanservice,” he …

Developers Applaud Apple's New Era of Openness

The iPhone maker's overtures are meant to ensure it is as relevant in the future as it is now.<p>This week’s Apple developers conference did little to appease those waiting for the Cupertino tech giant to make good on one executive’s promise of a product lineup that is the best in 25 years. But the …

Metal, meet Apple TV: Why iOS 8 seems destined for console gaming

"Apple's Metal technology in iOS 8 introduces a whole new level of performance that is unmatched in mobile today. With the ability to maximize game performance on the A7, we can deliver a console-level experience on an iPhone or iPad." <i>-EA's prepared statement regarding Metal at WWDC.</i><p>Watching …

WWDC 2014: 8 hidden gems in Apple's iOS 8

Apple unveiled iOS 8 on Monday at its Worldwide Developers Conference, but the company only scratched the surface of the hundreds of changes coming to its iPhone and iPad operating system.<p>There were several highlights at Apple's keynote event, but there are even more hidden gems that the tech giant …

Why You Should Be Excited For Extensions In iOS 8

Apple is routinely criticized for its closed operating systems — particularly iOS, hence all the jailbreaking— but at its WWDC keynote Monday, Apple began liberating iOS with a new mobile model that borrows the best of open ecosystems with Apple's notoriously tight security.<p>Call it a war on …

Apps

iOS 8 WebKit changes finally allow all apps to have the same performance as Safari

When iOS 7 launched, developers discovered that their apps with built-in web browsers were unable to achieve the same level of JavaScript performance as the stock Safari app. This was because Apple restricted use of its improved Nitro JavaScript engine to its own app, leaving third-parties with a …

Best WWDC Feature?

Everyone asks me right after (and often during) an Apple keynote "what was the best thing they announced?" Since this event was all about software, and there were so many new features announced, I had to ponder it all and let it sink in. And I thought, "What would my wife care about?"<p>My wife …

Why Apple Developers Like What They're Seeing at WWDC

SAN FRANCISCO - It's a great time to be an Apple developer. That's the consensus from the dozens of iOS and Mac developers I've spoken to at WWDC …

Apple's WWDC Preview Of OSX Yosemite Code Points To New 4K Retina iMacs

Sifting through some clues in the OSX code from Apple’s WWDC reveals more pointers towards an update to the iMac desktop computers with increased screen resolution.<p>You might recall that in the latest version of Mavericks code there were pointers towards the graphics cards being supported that gave …

Apple’s New Approach To iCloud Is Good News For Everyone

At its WWDC keynote earlier this week, Apple announced CloudKit, a new, “effectively free” developer framework that lets app creators tap into Apple’s iCloud so that they can more easily work cloud components into their mobile apps.<p>As Quartz’s Dan Frommer pointed out this morning, it was one of …

iOS 8 to allow third-party keyboards

Apple just made a big gesture to developers. No, not that one. A good one.<p>As part of today's WWDC keynote, the company announced not only a new, smarter keyboard to debut in iOS 8, but also support for third-party keyboards like SwiftKey and Swype.<p>What's the big deal about that? While Apple's …

Apple Hires Two Former Nike FuelBand Engineers, Possibly for iWatch Team

Earlier this year, Nike significantly downsized its FuelBand team, firing several members of the 80-person team that worked to create its well-known fitness tracker as part of a shift from hardware to software.<p>Apple snapped up two of the former FuelBand team members in June, Ryan Bailey and Jon …

Porsche 911 SC East African Safari Rally Car: Video

In the ongoing Porsche 911 Secrets video series, the latest car to get special treatment is the 911 SC East African Safari Rally car. And it’s a very …

Porsche’s Mid-Engine Super Sports Car: Motor Authority News Video

Word on the street is that there’s a new project underway at Porsche, and it could bear some mid-engined fruit. This is Motor Authority’s news for …