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iOS apps can now "facilitate transmission of approved virtual currencies"

A new section in the App Store guidelines suggests that virtual currencies like Bitcoin may very well be supported in the future on iOS. Previously Apple had placed a ban on those sorts of apps, but section 11.17 shows there's been some easing up.

"Apps may facilitate transmission of approved virtual currencies provided that they do so in compliance with all state and federal laws for the territories in which the app functions."

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Apple pays tribute to awesome iOS app developers in latest video

Today's WWDC keynote kicked off with a great video of everyday users talking about how they're using their iPhones and iPads, and how they feel about the people that make the apps they use every day. The video runs through a bunch of common conceptions about what developers look like and how the act, but more importantly, it's showing the gratitude people have towards devs. Take a watch and try not to feel just a little warm and fuzzy inside.

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Metal helps game developers get the most out of iOS hardware

Apple has announced Metal, a way to help game developers get the most power out of iPhone hardware in iOS 8. Metal reduces OpenGL overhead and is described by Apple as "near bare-to-the-metal" of the Apple A7 chip.

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Apple updates iTunes Connect, brings Sales and Trends into the modern age

iTunes Connect, the portal developers use to manage their App Store apps, has had it's Sales and Trends section updated today, making it not only modern, but much more useful. In addition to the better look, new features include sales within selected time periods, sales groups, filters, and estimated proceeds.

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New OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 beta, Safari 6.1.2 Seed 2 now available — developers, go get 'em!

Apple has pushed out a new OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 beta, and Safari 6.1.2 Seed 2 to developers. They're available in the usual places, via the usual means. If you're a registered developer, they're ready and waiting for you on the Mac Dev Center.

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Apple 2013 Tech Talk videos, presentations now available to developers

Apple has posted their 2013 Tech Talk videos and presentations to their developer center. The talks, given by members of Apple's technology evangelist team, took place across North America, Asia, and Europe, and covered both apps and games, design and development. Here's a sampling of the description from the Interface Design talk, from Apple's Developer Portal:

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Apple tells developers apps must be 'optimized' for iOS 7 by February 1, 2014

Apple has posted a notice advising developers that, by February 1, 2014, all apps submitted to the App Store much be "optimized" for iOS 7. From News and Announcements for Apple Developers:

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Apple seeds new OS X 10.9.1 beta: Developers, come and get it!

Apple has posted a new beta version of OS X 10.9.1, marked as build 13B40. The new release is current available for pre-release testing by registered Mac developers.

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Apple gives game developers the ability to boot cheats from Game Center leaderboards

Call it poetic whack-a-mole, but Apple has just given game developers the ability to obliterate fake scores from Game Center leaderboards to help crack down on cheaters. Apple:

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OS X Mavericks Server can create bots to help developers make better apps faster

If you're a developer and you've ever wished you had magical bots to help you build, analyze, and test your apps, well OS X Mavericks Server can do just that. And Apple has sent out an email saying so:

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