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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.

iOS 8 Brings Many New Features to Messages App


Apple's Messages app will be getting many great new features in iOS 8, and it's likely the app that will see the most significant changes. One of the most requested features for Messages had been the ability to respond to alerts of incoming text messages from the lock screen or from within other apps, rather than having to open the Messages app. iOS 8 will now offer that feature.

Apple Posts Video of WWDC Keynote on Apple Website, YouTube


Even if you had the opportunity to watch the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote in Monday, you may be interested in watching selected segments again. You can now do that, as Apple has posted the video both on the Apple website and on their official YouTube channel

First-Look Demo of New Health App in iOS 8; Plus Other Unannounced Features


Now that iOS 8 is in the hands of developers, we'll likely be getting a lot more detail. Apple was able to give only a very cursory overview during the keynote. Macworld has posted an article on 20 features that Apple didn't talk about during the keynote. Some of these are pretty cool, such as time-lapse mode for the camera, private browsing tabs in Safari, battery usage by app, and more. The article covers detail related to features of Camera, iBooks, Siri, Safari, Settings, and Calling. 

WWDC14 Wrap Up: A Stunning Display of Innovation


If there was a common theme for WWDC 2014, Tim Cook articulated it at the end. He said what's great about Apple products is that their operating system, devices, and services work together in harmony, creating a seamless experience for users. And that seamless experience was expanded in dramatic fashion today, with the announcement of new technologies such as HomeKit, HealthKit, iCloud Drive, and Continuity. Apple also announced a ton of new features for built-in apps in iOS 8 such as Mail, Messages, Photos, and Safari.

WWDC14: Touch ID Now Available for Third-Party Apps


Touch ID has been very successful on the iPhone 5s, increasing both security and convenience. It's rumored that Touch ID will now be on all new iOS devices, including the forthcoming iPads. 

WWDC14: New Keyboard Features Include Third-Party Keyboards


Apple made two significant announcements related to the iOS keyboard today. One is predictive capability, called QuickType. Depending on context, iOS is now smart enough to predict words as you type. 

WWDC14: New Features for Siri


Siri will have a couple great new features in iOS 8. One is hands-free operation, such that you can simply say "Hey Siri" and Siri will respond. This, of course, will be especially useful if you're in your car.

WWDC14: iOS 8 Includes Health App Based on HealthKit Platform


Apple announced their new HealthKit platform and Health app. The main idea is that HealthKit is a single comprehensive repository for all your health and fitness information. The announced platform goes far beyond the rumors. 

WWDC14: iOS 8: Reply to Messages from Lock Screen or from Within apps; Group Messaging


Big changes to Messages in iOS 8. You can now reply to SMS messages within the lock screen or within an app. 

WWDC14: Apple Announces iCloud Drive, Greater Integration Between iPhone and Desktop


Apple's vision is stunning. A new feature being demoed right now is Continuity. You can make a call on your phone and then as you sit at your Mac, you can continue the phone via your Mac. 

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