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Handoff in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Explained

Handoff is a major element of Apple's "integration" theme, and of the new Continuity feature set for iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, which also includes cross-compatible AirDrop, iPhone call and SMS handling on the iPad and Mac, and the new, much easier to connect, tethering service. Rather than trying to fit one interface across a range of different devices, or making the cloud the center of the universe, Apple is promising to transparently, seamlessly move whatever activity you're doing to whatever device you want to continue doing it with. It's a person-centric choice and a bold one, but if Apple delivers, it could forever change the way we use our iPhones, iPads, and Macs. So, how does Handoff work?

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New iPhone Lock screen bypass discovered — here's how to protect against it!

A new iOS 7.1.1 iPhone Lock screen bypass has been discovered. Lock screen bypasses in and of themselves aren't new — trying to protect a phone while also allowing access to convenient features results is an incredible tension — but this one can provide access to an app, which makes it one of the most serious to date. It does require physical access to your iPhone, but if you do lose possession, here's how the bypass works and, more importantly, how you can protect yourself from it.

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TestFlight in iOS 8: Explained

Beta testing apps has long been a pain point for iOS developers. So it's no surprise that the announcement of TestFlight as part of iOS 8 was met with much fanfare at WWDC 2014. Since Apple's acquisition of Burstly (makers of TestFlight), there has been a lot of speculation and hope that Apple could finally release a more friendly solution for handling the distribution of beta apps. TestFlight marks a significant advancement for Apple in that area, and a welcome change for developers.

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How to downgrade from iOS 8 beta back to iOS 7

If you installed a beta version of iOS 8 on your iPhone or iPad and now find yourself thinking the bugs and crashes are more than you bargained for, you may want to return to iOS 7 again. Luckily, the downgrade process is fairly straight forward and simple. However, it does come with a few caveats...

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Here's how easy it is for app developers to support Family Sharing in iOS 8

Family Sharing was just one of the many new features announced for iOS 8 at WWDC 2014 and better yet it'll be super simple for app developers to support it. Family Sharing allows up to 6 people to share iBooks, iTunes purchases and apps from the App Store and as an email to Apple developers describes, opting in and supporting it is a doddle:

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What are you most excited about in iOS 8?

What are you most excited about in iOS 8?

We're now a full day removed from the torrent of information Apple threw at us at WWDC 2014 concerning iOS 8, and hopefully by now most folks will have had chance for most of it to sink in a little. There are so many different features to get excited about that it's probably hard to pick a favorite. But we're going to ask anyway. What are you most excited about in iOS 8? Does iCloud Drive give you the cloud storage solution you've been hankering for? How about the impressive new Messages features? Perhaps you're most keen on Continuity, the enhanced synchronicity between your iPhone, iPad and and Mac? Something else?

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iOS 8 AirPlay won't need a network connection

Here's an interesting tidbit about iOS 8 that Apple didn't give stage time to, and that's the removal of a necessary network connection for AirPlay. It's not even easily noticeable on Apple's iOS 8 preview site either, but there, nestled within the enterprise section is what we're looking for:

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Apple CarPlay confirmed for new Volvo XC90

Volvo announced the new XC90 a short time ago and today is back with yet more details on its interior workings, and it's good news on the CarPlay front. Alongside built in technology from HERE, Volvo has confirmed – as expected – that Apple CarPlay support will be included. From the official press release:

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Check out Apple's OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8 previews now!

The WWDC 2014 keynote is done, the dust is settling, and you're no doubt eager to take a more relaxed look at OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8. Fortunately Apple already has you covered on both parts with its preview pages for both operating systems now live over on Apple.com.

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