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What I Learned From Riding the Greyhound From San Francisco to New York

Two years ago, I rode a Greyhound bus from San Francisco to New York to get home for the holidays. I have a tendency to procrastinate, so naturally I didn't even attempt to look for a plane ticket home until December 7. Upon seeing the price of a round trip ticket for the holidays (about $1,200), I …

21 Reasons To Fall In Love With Vietnam

Vietnam should be on the top of everyone's travel list. It's that simple. With its dramatic landscapes, fascinating history, epic food and pulsating energy, Vietnam will electrify all of your senses and seize you from all angles. Vietnam is at once crazy and serene, thrilling and relaxing.<p>There are …

Best towns for fall colors | CNN Travel

If You Want To Feel Very Small, Visit This Spot In Charleston

There's never a wrong time to go to Charleston, but as the colder months approach, now is as good a time as any to head down to South Carolina for sweet tea and warmer temps.<p>And while you're exploring one of the prettiest cities in the South, there are a few things you absolutely must do -- get a …

Apple bans two hazardous chemicals from use in overseas manufacturing

No more benzene or n-hexane when assembling iPhones, iPads, and Macs.<p>Apple has banned two chemicals from being used in the final stages of manufacturing its devices following pressure from activist groups and an investigation at 22 factories. The two chemicals in question are benzene and n-hexane, …

New developer APIs for iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 appear in open-source WebKit

Slightly ahead of the keynote later today, Apple has pushed some of its new APIs for developers into the open-source channels. The class in question is a new view that appears to replace the current iOS and OS X WebKit implementations, which enables apps to show webpages and other content …

Apple announces iCloud Drive, one location to store and sync all documents between Mac, iOS and Windows

Apple has just announced iCloud Drive, a central location for all iCloud documents, whether attached to an app sandbox or not. This is very similar to Dropbox. Files can be viewed and sync between Mac, iOS and even Windows.<p>An iOS document picker will enable you to access these files from within iOS …

Apple improving cross-platform integration between iOS and OS X, cross-platform AirDrop, Handoff, instant hotspot and more

Apple wants users to be able to smoothly move between their Macs and iOS devices. AirDrop now interoperates between Mac and iOS devices. However, it goes further. Handoff allows you to send a document from your Mac to your iOS device, just by being in close proximity to each other.<p>The Mac also …

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 …

Apple announces new Siri features, including Shazam integration and “hey, Siri” always-on mode

As expected, Apple has announced new Siri features for its iOS 8 mobile operating system, including the ability to analyze and identify songs automatically with recognition powered by Shazam. You can also purchase iTunes content directly from Siri, and dictate text in 22 new languages.<p>Also included …

Apple announces CloudKit, a new way for developers to easily create cloud-connected apps

Apple has announced CloudKit, a new way for developers to create cloud apps. Apple takes responsibility for the server-side elements of apps. This leaves developers with a greatly simplified client-side development experience.<p>This means developers should not have to worry about managing servers for …

Apple announces new Xcode, ‘Swift’ programming language

Apple has introduced a brand new programming language alongside a brand new version of Xcode.<p>Swift is a big deal for developers. The language includes loads of features third-party developers have been asking for. It sits alongside Objective-C and C, meaning developers can interchange between …

Apple publishes Swift programing language guide on iBooks

Apple just announced its new Swift programming language at WWDC, and has already published a free guide for developers looking to learn the language.<p>Swift is a new programming language for creating iOS and OS X apps. Swift builds on the best of C and Objective-C, without the constraints of C …

A closer look at iOS 8’s Health app (Video)

Apple has officially announced its Heath app and HealthKit SDK confirming our detailed reports from earlier this year. The new HealthKit platform will allow developers of various health and fitness apps to have all related data populate within the Health app in iOS 8.<p>Apple’s Health app will serve …

Android migration means there’s more iPhone growth to come, suggests Cook

With so many new iOS and OS X features being introduced in yesterday’s WWDC keynote, the numbers that kicked off the show perhaps didn’t get the attention they otherwise might have done.<p>While the Wall Street line is that the smartphone market is saturated and iPhone and iPad growth is done, Tim …

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 …

Opinion: Has Apple finally promoted iCloud from a hobby to a serious service?

I wrote a piece last month arguing that it was time for Apple to up its iCloud game, showing that the company is serious about cloud storage by focusing more on fast, reliable syncing, and by matching the functionality, storage capacities, and pricing of Google Drive.<p>In the WWDC keynote, Apple did …

RunKeeper, Withings, Strava, & iHealth plan HealthKit integration, excited for medical industry tie-in

Whenever Apple introduces a new feature baked into iOS that was previously a domain ruled by third-party apps like its new HealthKit platform and Health app in iOS 8, questions inevitably come up about how it will impact other developers and competing platforms. That’s why we were interested in …

iCloud Drive enables non-Mac App Store apps to use iCloud document storage

Prior to OS X Yosemite and Apple’s new iCloud Drive announced on Monday, Mac developers were explicitly required to succumb to the restraints of the Mac App Store to allow their customers to use iCloud file storage within their apps.<p>Now with the introduction of iCloud Drive, which gives users much …

Apple brings Multipeer Connectivity to Mac, enables cross-platform nearby networking w/ iOS

In iOS 7, Apple introduced nearby networking features called Multipeer Connectivity to allow iOS devices in proximity to talk to one another over WiFi or Bluetooth even without a traditional Internet connection. Developers have used the tech for everything from exchanging files and other data …

Apple removes Java applet plugin from OS X, continuing push for plugin-free web

Further pushing toward the idea of a plugin-free internet, Apple has issued an update to Java for OS X that removes the Java applet plugin. Attempting to use a Java applet through any OS X web browser will now prompt users to download the latest version directly from Java maker Oracle.<p>This is not …

iPhone, iPad leads in business, profitability, Android leads in smartphone marketshare

Henry McCracken over at <i>Time</i> has done us all a favor by collecting various data sets that illustrate the state of iOS versus Android.<p>The data ranges from device marketshare to revenue from app downloads, which presents some stark differences between the two platforms.<p>We unpack the results …

Apple starts new campaign to push businesses to convert tools to iPad apps

Apple has replaced its iPad in Business apps website with a new site that is much simpler and more direct. The new page highlights multiple specific use cases for which a business could use an iPad, then presents specific applications to complete those tasks. The old website was more cluttered and …

Apple Stores to push Macs to businesses with new Parallels/Windows 8 demos

Apple is pushing its business-focused Apple Retail salespeople to sell Macs to businesses currently running in Windows environments, according to Apple retail employees briefed on the new initiative. Apple Retail Stores, in their business/professional sections, will now have a 27-inch iMac prepared …

BlackBerry implosion generating even bigger enterprise gains for iPad, says analyst

Concerns about the future viability of Blackberry – once the default choice of mobile device for the enterprise market – have further boosted iPad penetration in businesses, according to an analyst quoted by <i>AllThingsD</i>.<p>Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair theorizes that BlackBerry’s ill-starred …

Filemaker releases new version for 2013 with HTML5 data entry, new iOS features and tightened security

Filemaker, a subsidiary of Apple, has just announced its 2013 version of its popular database application. The new version focuses on bringing desktop database solutions to the browser. New in Filemaker ’13, projects can now be managed through a centralized web dashboard, with options for partner …

Apple’s success in enterprise market “unbelieveable,” with more to come, promises Cook

<i>Business Insider</i> highlighted Cook’s celebration of Apple’s success in the enterprise market in the analyst call following its quarterly earnings report.<p>It’s up to unbelievable numbers. The iPhone is used in 97% of the Fortune 500, and 91% of the Global 500, and iPad is used in 98% of the Fortune …

Apple introduces significant changes to iOS for education and enterprise programs

Apple recently introduced several changes to the ways education and enterprise customers can manage iOS device deployments.<p>The first of these changes has to do with how devices are configured before being assigned to employees. Previously IT administrators would have to plug each device into a …

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …