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MacIT Conference dates announced for July 14-16

While the plug on Macworld was sadly pulled after last year's event, the fun is still set to continue with this year's MacIT conference, which just had its dates announced for July 14-16 of this year at the Santa Clara Convention Center in California.

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Pioneer's NEX stereos are much more than just CarPlay

For years there's been this growing sentiment among smartphone users who have to drive on a regular basis, and that sentiment usually involved being able to just dock your phone in the car and use the larger screen in the dash to use the things your phone already does very well. As cool as it would be for the infotainment center in the car to just be the receptacle for our phones, many of these in-dash systems do a lot more than what we've seen from CarPlay so far. As a result, at CES this year, we saw several systems where the smartphone bits are treated like an app on a larger system.

A perfect example of this is the new Pioneer systems, much like the one we have a hands on with, which have their own UI and features independent of a connected smartphone. Who knows, maybe in future versions of CarPlay we'll see separate apps that control all of the car functions and there is no underlying system to speak of.

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Swift jumps up 46 spots on the RedMonk programming language rankings

Apple's new programming language, Swift, was introduced just over six months ago at WWDC 2014 and yet it's already leapt 46 spots up the RedMonk programming language rankings, going from 68 to 22 in just one quarter. Poised to become a top 20 language on the charts, it highlights what's so remarkable about Apple and the developer community — their ability to constantly move forward.

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Things for iPhone and iPad updated with Notification Center widget, more

Cultured Code's Things has been updated on both iPhone and iPad, adding a widget to the Notification Center. You can use the widget both the view your current tasks and start new ones.

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WWE Immortals fights its way onto the App Store

Wrestling fans are in for a pretty cool treat today. NetherRealm Studios, the developers behind Injustice: Gods Among Us, just announced that WWE Immortals has been released for iOS. The game allows you to play supernatural, supercharged versions of your favorite WWE stars such as John Cena, Roman Reigns, and Big Show.

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iBooks seeing 1 million new users every week since launch of iOS 8

Apple's iBooks ebook store is getting more and more popular. On stage today at the Digital Book World Conference, Apple's iBooks Director Keith Moerer said that the ebooks platform is seeing an average of 1 million new users per week, which he attributes partially to Apple embedding iBooks into iOS 8

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Blossom wants to make your sprinkler system smarter

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Apple has five new stores in China on tap for the new year

Apple plans to open four more new retail stores in China in the next several weeks, according to the company's retail head Angela Ahrendts. Apple opened a new store location in the city of Zhengzhou last week.

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Kickstarter's official app hits version 2.0 with new design and iPad support

Kickstarter's official app for iOS has hit version 2.0, bringing a few updates to the design. The app now also has full iPad support, letting you track your favorite projects and join new ones no matter what device you're using.

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Apple Pay now used by nearly 800,000 Bank of America customers

Apple Pay has apparently been a big hit for Bank of America. The company announced today that nearly 800,000 of its customers have used Apple's payment service since it launched in October, and those users have added about 1.1 million cards.

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