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Medical app developers can now include ResearchKit in their apps

Apple has announced that ResearchKit is now widely available for medical researchers and developers to use in their apps.

ResearchKit was first introduced at Apple's "Spring Forward" event in March with the aim of fixing problems with medical research such as small sample sizes and inaccurately-reported data. Users can sign up to participate in studies right on their iPhones, sending relevant data to medical research institutions as they wish.

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Apple announces WWDC 2015 to kick off June 8-12, registration open now

Apple will hold it's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) from June 8-12, 2015.

WWDC 2015 will once again be held at Moscone Center West in San Francisco, California. Registration is open to any member of the iOS Developer Program, iOS Developer Enterprise Program, or Mac Developer Program.

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Apple reportedly struggling to close Apple Pay deals with Chinese banks and UnionPay

Apple continues on its struggled journey to launch Apple Pay in China after talks with both UnionPay and a selection of Chinese banks continue without deals being sealed.

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Apple seeds iOS 8.4 beta to developers, includes revamped Music app

The iOS 8.4 beta is out now and available for download via Apple's developer portal.

The biggest new feature appears to be a revamped Music app that includes a streamlined version of iTunes Radio. It comes amid rumors that Apple is set to debut a new music streaming service sometime around WWDC 2015 this June.

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IBM's new Watson Health Cloud will draw data from Apple's HealthKit and ResearchKit

IBM has announced today that it has once again partnered with Apple for the launch of its Watson Health Cloud to give researchers access to anonymized health data.

Through its partnership with Apple, IBM's Watson Health Cloud will gather and anonymize information from HealthKit and ResearchKit, along with other providers such as Johnson & Johnson, to create an open cloud platform that will allow researchers and health-focused app developers to draw on vast amounts of health data from a centralized, HIPAA-compliant resource.

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Steam reports over 4 million gamers playing on OS X

While still a small segment, Mac gaming is growing, with Steam reporting that over 4 million gamers across the world play on OS X.

Steam's latest hardware survey, for March 2015, indicates that of 3.43% of Steam's 125 million users are using Macs. While that's a small percentage, that amounts to about 4.28 million people playing games through Mac on Steam.

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Apple facing lawsuit over artwork featured in 'Start something new' promotion

Apple is being sued because of artwork featured as part of its "Start something new" campaign.

Artist Romero Britto is claiming in his suit that artistic duo Craig & Karl violated his trade dress in their artwork by copying his particular artistic style. Britto's lawsuit, targets not only Craig & Karl, but Apple as well, due to the company's use of a piece by the duo in their "Start something new" campaign.

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Developers are loving Apple's Swift programming language

Apple's new Swift programming language is proving quite popular with developers, according to a new survey.

More than three-quarters of the developers currently using Swift have said that they plan to continue using it. Swift has proven more popular than the likes of C++ and Rust, according to the Stack Overflow 2015 Developer Survey.

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Sprint will send representatives to your location to deliver and set up your new iPhone

Sprint is rolling out a more personalized customer service program that involves its representatives visiting a location of your choosing to deliver and configure your new iPhone.

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EFF busts patent troll's podcasting patent

The Electronic Frontier Foundation on Friday announced victory against a patent troll that demanded money from podcasters.

And while the EFF says that it's a key victory, the non-profit organization says that there's much left to do. What's more, the company at the center of the controversy remains in business.

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