All Articles by Derek Kessler

LinkedIn Contacts relaunches as Connected, aims to keep you more in the loop

LinkedIn's old Contacts app for iPhone has been revamped with a new focus: it's now LinkedIn Connected. The app, which previously served as little more than a standalone Rolodex with a hint of updates for your LinkedIn connections, is now more about keeping you up-to-date with what's going on in your extended business network.

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Senior Apple Maps engineer drives off to Uber

Uber, the car service that's irritating taxi companies everywhere, has poached a senior Apple engineer who was a lead on Apple Maps. Chris Blumenberg had been with Apple since 2000, starting as a developer liaison with Microsoft in building Internet Explorer and Office for Mac OS X. More recently, however, he led the 40-person team that built the Apple Maps client software for both iOS and OS X.

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Big changes reportedly coming to Apple technical support and AppleCare+

AppleCare is a great program for Apple customers, but it could soon be getting even better. At a recent town hall meeting held with AppleCare employees, Apple VP Tara Bunch laid out the changes that are in the works for the 30-million-customer AppleCare+ program. Apple plans to expand AppleCare+ beyond the current 14 nations of availability, though is being held up by local regulations.

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The Weather Channel swept in and blew Yahoo out of iOS 8's Weather app

When iOS 8 rolls around, one of the more subtle changes will come in the Apple-coded Weather app: Yahoo will be out as the source for weather data, replace instead by The Weather Channel. Yahoo's been the data and visuals provider for the Weather app for some time, so what brought the change? That'd be The Weather Channel amping up their game in the past year to offer better information for companies like Apple.

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iWatch reportedly being put through the paces by pro athletes

The Apple iWatch is anticipated to include loads of fitness capabilities, and to test them Apple has reportedly turned to several professional athletes. If there's anybody who would know what they need out of a fitness gadget, it'd be those for whom sports is their job. And so, Apple is reported to have called in athletes from the MLB, NHL, and NBA to help in testing out the wearable.

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iOS 7.1.2 expected to fix issues with email, lock screen, and iBeacons

The next update to iOS won't be the substantial iOS 8 — instead it'll be bug fixes in the form of iOS 7.1.2. Apple has been testing the incremental iOS update for at least a month, though until recently we couldn't tell you what might be inside it. Now we have a better idea: bug fixes, as one would expect from a 7.1.X update.

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Rumored square iWatch could kickstart wireless charging for Apple

The latest iWatch reports have pegged down more specs for the upcoming Apple smartwatch. The watch is reported to be to starting production in July, with a launch set for October (which is right about when we expect to see the iPhone 6). Quanta Computer of Taiwan is said to be the primary manufacturer for the Apple wearable, accounting for 70% of the final assembly of an anticipated 50 million units. That's a lot of iWatches.

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Skype for iPhone now lets you edit your gross spellling and grammar errors

Skype for iPhone today received an update that lets users edit messages they've already sent and makes it easier to set favorites. The update, bringing the app to version 5.1, also makes it possible to remove conversations from your recents list by pressing and holding.

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LinkedIn's Job Search for iPhone aims to find you a job from your iPhone

LinkedIn has grown from a business networking social network to something of a jobs board, and that's something that the new LinkedIn Job Search for iPhone app is seeking to leverage. The free app is meant to make things a bit easier for active job seekers, providing an end-to-end experience that lets you search for your next job easily while on the go.

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Yo, the inexplicable million dollar app that does f*ck all

There's a new app, maybe you've heard of it, Yo. No, seriously, that's the name of the app, Yo. As in, "Yo dawg." Yo does one thing, and one thing only: it sends a contact a notification of "Yo." No message attached to that, no images, no context, just "Yo from RENERITCHIE". It took eight hours to code, and yet somehow it's sweeping the globe in monosyllabic fashion, and even more inexplicably has raised a million dollars in funding to do… what? Hell if we know.

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Adobe announces Photoshop CC 2014, updates to Creative Cloud

Adobe's flagship Photoshop image editor is in for a big update. Details of the upcoming Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 were revealed today, with some notably cool update coming to everybody's favorite image editor, Photoshop. The CC 2014 version of Photoshop is getting a new Focus Mask tool (you can see it in the video above), which will automatically select the in-focus portion of a photo so you can apply effects to just it or the out-of-focus area.

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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Beta 2 available now for developers!

An update for OS X 10.10 Yosemite Beta has arrived. Coming to us from the Apple Dev Center is Yosemite Beta 2. What exactly is in the update, well, that's technically under embargo, though as an update to a beta we'd expect it to be fixing features that weren't quite up to production standards and tweaking things in response to beta tester feedback rather than an update with new features and the like.

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Secret expands exploration and improves interface

Secret today received an update that will let you snoop in on secrets in the broader world. Initially, Secret was only limited to what a stream of your friends and what they liked and shared. But now with the latest update to Secret you can now look out beyond your friends to see what gossip is anonymously spreading in the world and around you in the Explore stream.

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Sprint expanding LTE roaming to more rural and regional carriers

Sprint has signed agreements with 12 carriers to expand the LTE footprint of everybody involved. The dozen carriers, all smaller regional and rural networks, cover 34 million Americans not touched by Sprint's fledgling LTE network. The roaming agreements will expand Sprint's LTE coverage into those areas, as well as giving those carriers access to Sprint's network.

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iBeacons in grocery stores leading to more engaged customers

It turns out that getting iBeacon-triggered notifications really does help to increase user engagement. That's the judgement of inMarket, a firm that's been installing iBeacons in grocery stores across the nation. The iBeacons, set to trigger notifications on nearby devices with specific apps installed (including inMarket partners like Epicurious), have led to a 19-fold increase in "interactions with advertised products."

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The Daily Show takes on Google Glass: 'Do you hear what you're saying?'

The Daily Show has turned its satirical lens onto Google Glass. Stories of Google Glass Explorers getting attacked, harassed, and expelled from venues are nothing new anymore, though to the average person seeing somebody walking around with Glass, it can be a touch unnerving. As Comedy Central's The Daily Show is apt to do, they dug into that uncomfortableness with comic results.

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iTunes Store, App Store, Apple TV experiencing server problems, don't panic

Update: iTunes services appear to be coming back online, though it make take some time to restore services for everybody and all devices.

Original story follows.

The iTunes Store and App Store are currently down for some people in some parts of the world, taking with it a bunch of the iTunes ecosystem. You aren't going to be downloading any movies, music, or TV shows, you won't be streaming off iTunes Radio, and your Apple TV won't even let you watch any such items. Poof, they're gone. iMessage, FaceTime, and other Apple web services don't appear to be affected.

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Apple's new employee cafeteria is nicer than any cafeteria you've ever been in

Between the glass, concrete, steel, wood, and trees, what we have here might be the nicest cafeteria on the planet. It's no surprise that it comes from Apple, purveyor of fine modern architecture and a few electronic gizmos. Apple's new cafeteria in Cupertino, not far from their existing Infinite Loop campus, is a massive space that would be instantly recognizable as an Apple structure.

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Feedly RSS service crippled by ongoing DDoS attack [update]

Update: It looks like Feedly was able to neutralize the DDoS attack that crippled the news reader service for hours today. "We have neutralized DDoS attack that began at 2:04am PST last night," the company wrote in a blog post, noting that "it might take a few hours for some of the 40 millions feeds we poll to be fully updated." Feedly should work now on the website and through various apps.

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Apple building their own 1,000-member in-house ad team

Apple has always set a high bar with their advertising, and that high bar has led to frustration with their long-time partner TBWA/MAL and the formation of an internal advertising team that Apple hopes to build to one thousand members. That's a huge team, and as previously reported, they're already producing work for Apple.

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