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iOS 8.2 beta 5 is now available for developers to download

Apple has just released the fourth beta version of iOS 8.2 for software developers and others who have signed up to participate in the iOS 8 beta program. The over-the-air update should also be available from the Apple Developer Center.

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How to view WebM video on your iPhone or iPad

Google's WebM video file format has become nichely popular in the years since its debut. As a royalty-free alternative to H.264 standard, it's used for high-quality-but-low-bandwidth videos on sites like YouTube, Reddit, 4chan, and the like. I'm not going to get into the reasons why people might prefer WebMs to gifs, MP4s, MKVs, or FLVs; frankly, I see it as a personal/site-specific preference. But here's the thing: those people who desperately want to view WebMs on their iPhone? They run into a bit of a snag when using a mobile web browser.

Because Apple's QuickTime player codec doesn't support WebM. That means no WebM videos in Safari, no WebM videos in Chrome (which uses the same WebKit-based rendering engine on iOS), no WebM videos in any third-party browser or any app integrating a web view.

But don't woe over WebM just yet: There's a third-party app to save you from your troubles.

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iTunes Connect offline following login issues [Update: Back]

Update: iTunes Connect is now back online.

iTunes Connect, the portal Apple developers use to manage their apps, is currently offline. This follows several developers reporting login issues where they were presented with apps accounts not their own. That's obviously an incredibly serious problem, as evident by iTunes Connect being taken down.

Apple is no doubt aware of the issue and we suspect iTunes Connect will be back online when the login issues have been resolved.

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iOS Help: How to fix repeat iCloud sign-in requests on iPhone and iPad

This how-to is part of our iOS Help feature, where every week I try and help you fix the problems you're having with your iPhones and iPads. If you have a question or need help with something iOS related that you just can't figure out, I encourage you to drop a question in our iMore forums, no registration required!

This week's question comes to us from John:

Hi, On my iPhone 5S — running iOS 8.1 — I get repeated requests to sign in to my iCloud account (3 times in the past hour). Please tell me how to fix this.

Thank you, John

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iOS 8.1.3 is here! Fixes Spotlight, takes less space to install, and more bugs squashed!

Apple has just released iOS 8.1.3 for iPhone and iPad devices. The over-the-air update has a number of fixes and improvements, including one that should cut down on the amount of storage needed for future software updates.

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Comics: The Guardians of the Stylii

Ed: Welcome to this week's edition of The Pixel Project: a weekly comic from Diesel Sweeties' Rich Stevens on Apple, technology, and everything in-between. This week: The Guardians of the Stylii.

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Developing iOS 8 Apps with Swift course from Stanford now live on iTunes U

Stanford has just launched their new iOS 8 course on iTunes U and this year it's focused on Apple's brand new programming language, Swift. Taught by professor Paul Hegarty, two sessions and accompanying slides are online — Logistics, iOS 8 Overview; and More Xcode and Swift, MVC.

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Why haven't you updated to iOS 8?

Why haven't you updated to iOS 8?

According to Apple, as of January 19, 2015, 69% of devices — iPhones, iPads, and iPods touch — currently accessing the App Store are running iOS 8. That leaves 28% still running iOS 7, and 3% running iOS 6 or earlier.

The iPhone 4, originally released in 2010, is the only device capable of running iOS 7 that can't be updated to iOS 8. iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3 all shipped with iOS 8.

Everything else, including the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPod touch 5, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad mini 2, can be updated to iOS 8. It's reasonable to assume some portion of that 28% is comprised of iPhone 4. Tens of millions were sold between 2010 and 2014 and many are likely still in use. How many is impossible to say.

Presuming you're not using an iPhone 4 or older device, however, and your device is capable of running iOS 8, and you haven't updated yet, what are you still waiting for?

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Here's why Apple might make a stylus for the iPad

There's been a lot of talk lately about styluses — specifically, an Apple-branded stylus pen that might ship alongside the rumored iPad Pro.

As an artist, frequent note-taker, and all-around scribbler, I've wanted a Wacom-esque pressure-sensitive stylus since the iPad's release. I wrote about iPad styluses time and time again as we saw creative developers try and build around the iPad's hardware limitations. I've looked longingly over at Wacom's half-baked tablet solutions. And I haven't been happy.

Could Apple make an iPad stylus that actually fulfilled my wants — and those of other artists — for a tablet next year? It could. But would it want to? This year, quite possibly.

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Apple and the pain of platform transitions

The stability of Apple's platforms has been the subject of a lot of debate recently. Whether you agree with it or not, there's a growing sentiment that the quality of Apple's software has gone downhill in recent years, and that some form of "Snow Leopard moment" is needed to get it back on track.

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