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Apple Is Taking Its First Steps Towards A More Comprehensive Post-PC world

Hands up if you’ve heard of Swift Playgrounds? No, it’s not some new start-up providing quick playdates for bedraggled parents, although that might be interesting. Swift Playgrounds is the new programming tool, introduced by Apple in June at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference, based on the Swift programming language the company introduced a few years ago. What makes Swift Playgrounds interesting is that it provides a first-party computer programming platform that can be run entirely on an iPad, no computer required. It is also a milestone for Apple as it adapts to a world where personal computers are on a decline.


Why Phone Antivirus Software Is A Waste Of Time

One of the surprisingly common questions I’m asked in my day job is “do I need to buy antivirus software for my phone or tablet?” The short answer is no — anti-virus software for sale in the Google Play store or the App Store are at best pointless, at worst, outright scams. But that’s not to say you shouldn’t take steps to protect the very personal information on your phone.



Did You Install The iOS 10 Or Sierra Betas?

It’s been a week since the iOS 10 and macOS Sierra public betas launched, and we’re curious, did you install them? If so, how’s the experience been?


How Much Would It Cost To Build A 'Hackintosh' In Australia?

A Hackintosh is a machine dedicated to running the Mac operating system but it is strictly non-Apple hardware. Apple is notoriously restrictive with the official hardware that can run its operating systems so, of course, tenacious techies have found ways to work around it. There are whole communities of devotees that dedicate themselves to creating Hackintosh machines with different specifications. Recently, app developer Mike Rundle detailed his process of building a US$1200 Hackintosh. Sounds quite cheap. So how much would it cost an Australian that wants to buy all the parts locally? We did a breakdown of the costs bit by bit.


How To Disable The iPad's Slide Over Multitasking Screen

iOS: For the most part, multitasking on the iPad is a great addition, but depending on how you use your iPad, the new feature can be more of annoyance than a boon to productivity. OS X Daily reminds us that you can turn it off.


Apple Discontinued The Thunderbolt Display, Try These Four Great Alternatives

Apple recently discontinued its standalone Thunderbolt display, which sucks because it was one of our favourites. To soothe the wound, here are some of the best monitors we’ve found to replace Apple’s dearly departed display, most of which offer similar features without the price tag.


Command Center Crams An iOS-Style Control Center Onto Your Mac

Mac: If you’re a fan of the Control Center in iOS, then Command Center is a Mac app worth taking a look at. It jams a Control Center-esque interface on the side of your screen, complete with an Activity Monitor to boot.


Apple Leaves iOS Kernel Unencrypted For The First Time: Why Is This Important?

In the preview version of iOS 10, which was released recently at the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), the kernel has been found to be unencrypted. Previous versions of iOS all featured an encrypted kernel, so for Apple to open iOS 10 up like this is a big deal and allows security researchers to take a deeper look inside the operating system to expose potential bugs. Some security pundits have claimed this move makes iOS less secure. Here’s what you need to know.


Apple iOS 10 VS Google Android: Which Is Leading The Way?

Both Apple and Google use their developer conferences to introduce updates to their mobile operating systems. Google IO, held last month, introduced Google’s latest version “N” of Android, along with new apps. Apple has done the same this week at its World Wide Developer Conference, introducing iOS 10.

While both Apple and Google are likely to be monitoring each others’ releases to stay competitive, there is a big difference underlying the Android and iOS approaches to feature development that means their respective focus will also differ. Read on to find out more.


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