You need secure login credentials to be able to engage in e-commerce and other online activities, but keeping passwords straight can stump even the most advanced computer user. At best, you forget and need to reset your password every time you visit an infrequently-accessed site. At worst, you end up using an insecure password that opens you up to identity theft and other modern problems. Apple's fix for this problem is new in OS X Mavericks, and it's called iCloud Keychain.
While OS X Mavericks' look and feel won't change quite as radically as iOS 7's when it debuts this fall, there are some welcome changes for users who aren't fond of skeuomorphic design elements. Calendar is getting a nice facelift in Mavericks and some new functionality too. We got a bit of a preview during the WWDC 2013 keynote, and now we've got a bit more info to share with you.
Prime is an ambitious iOS developer that wants to carve out a segment of the enormous Electronic Health Records (EHR) market for itself by catering to patients who carry iOS devices. To find out a bit more about their motivation and their plans for the future, we sat down with them at WWDC. They're three smart guys who have left full-time jobs with other employers to follow their dream of starting a business that could fundamentally change the way people manage their own health records.
Aaron Fothergill is a veteran Mac game programmer who turned his attention to iOS as soon as Apple let him. The result is some of the biggest hits published by legendary game maker Freeverse, which has since been acquired by Ngmoco (which itself was acquired by Japanese publisher DeNA). Fothergill's company Strange Flavour treks on, however, now as developer and publisher of its own unique content on iOS. It has a fun slot car racing game called Slotz Racer which just got a major overhaul, and is working on new games including Apple Dash - which features parallax moving backgrounds similar to iOS 7 - and Any Landing, a fun game that involves crashing airplanes. He recently gave us a sneak peek at WWDC.
Some of the most interesting things to come out of WWDC last week didn't actually happen at WWDC, but at the nearby SFSU dowtown campus, where altWWDC happened. To find out more, I spoke to two of the show's coordinators: Judy Chen and Rob Elkin.
Tipbit is billed as the "world's first smart inbox for people on the go." The software, currently in development for iOS, helps you get to know the people you meet and connect with using their social media footprint. CEO Gordon Mangione sat down with me at WWDC to explain what makes Tipbit different.
Live from WWDC, I interviewed Natalie Osten, lead developer of App Camp for Girls, a new effort to get school-age girls interested in programming as a potential career choice. App Camp for Girls will kick off in Portland, OR this summer. The non-profit is raising funds on Indiegogo, and has blown past its initial goal of $50,000. Find out why App Camp for Girls is important what inspired Natalie Osten to get involved.
Andrew Stone has seen a lot of changes in the Apple ecosystem - changes he talked about as a featured speaker at AltWWDC, the event that's happening concurrently with WWDC and is only a few blocks away.