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WWDC 2014 - Epic's Zen Garden, Made in Unreal Engine 4, Unveiled

Posted by Ellis Spice on June 3rd, 2014

Yesterday at Apple's WWDC 2014 keynote, Epic Games showed off Zen Garden, a demo that was created using Metal and Unreal Engine 4. The scene was built in order to demonstrate dynamic scenes and huge vistas using both technologies, and can be seen in the keynote if you skip to around the 99 minute mark.

Zen Garden will be available on the App Store after iOS8's public release this Fall, with further details set to be announced in a live stream on Twitch this Thursday. Metal will be introduced into Unreal Engine 4 "at an appropriate time" after beta NDAs for it have been lifted.

WWDC 2014 - App Store Changes Unveiled

Posted by Ellis Spice on June 2nd, 2014

Apple has announced some interesting updates to the App Store over at the WWDC keynote today, which both developers and customers alike will enjoy the sound of.

App bundles are set to be introduced in iOS8, allowing users to buy multiple apps at the same time at a discounted price. Preview videos are also set to be added for apps alongside the already-familiar screenshots. Finally, the beta-testing service Test Flight is set to become official, making it easier for devs to invite users to break test their upcoming apps.

These changes to the App Store will arrive in iOS8, which is available in beta form now.

WWDC 2014 - iOS 8 Release Date Revealed (Sorta)

Posted by Rob Thomas on June 2nd, 2014

Just before the WWDC 2014 conference wrapped up with Tim Cook giving a shout-out to all of his homies in the Apple community (not to be confused with Craig Federighi's on-stage chat with his homie Dr. Dre), we received yet another ambiguous release date.

Those lucky enough to be in attendance at WWDC will have access to the iOS 8 beta (download here) starting today. The rest of us lowly proles down in the salt mines are going to have to wait until this Fall to get our hands on all of the new features.

Thankfully, it doesn't look like Apple is going to make the new experience too heavy as they showed that iOS 8 will run on a variety of hardware, ranging from iPhone 4s all the way up to the current models. Check the screenshot below for a full list.

WWDC 2014 - Apple Unveils New 3D API for iOS 8 Named Metal

Posted by Tre Lawrence on June 2nd, 2014

Apple has just announced an upcoming new developer API named Metal.

Metal serves as a firmware layer that allows for developers to have better access to hardware components. It mostly replaces OpenGL. According to Apple, metal allows for 10 times faster draw call rate, can display 1.3 million triangles on screen at once, and add effects like depth-of-field.

WWDC 2014 - Touch ID for iPhone 5s will Support Third Party Developers in iOS 8

Posted by Rob Rich on June 2nd, 2014

During Apple's WWDC keynote today, it was announced that Touch ID (that fingerprint sensor) will allow for third party developer support. Which basically means that we can expect a lot more apps and maybe even games that make use of the extra sensor.

It's an interesting prospect when you think about it. If nothing else, those weird fingerprint scanning moments in games might actually scan fingerprints!

WWDC 2014 - Siri Gets Some Updates Too

Posted by Rob Thomas on June 2nd, 2014

I have to admit, when Siri was first announced for iOS, I was intrigued. While she's not an AI by any stretch, it's difficult not to grow a little attached to her. I find myself even keying the mic again to say "thank you" after I have her set my alarm for me.

Well, now it looks like everyone's favorite personal assistant is getting a little better, as WWDC just announced a few new features for Siri. iOS 8 will allow Siri to be triggered hands-free using the command phrase "Hey Siri." She can also recognize songs via integration from Shazam and even purchase said content directly from iTunes, making it easier than ever to own that new song you just fell in love with. Finally, she can also handle dictation in 22 new languages.

WWDC 2014 - QuickType Adds Auto-Suggestions

Posted by Ellis Spice on June 2nd, 2014

At WWDC, Apple has announced QuickType for iOS8: a new feature that'll provide content sensitive next word suggestions to users. For example, if a user is replying to a message about going out for a movie or dinner, 'movie' and 'dinner' could be suggested as words to use. QuickType will also learn how you type and will provide suggestions based on that, meaning that words like 'epic' and 'awesome' are more likely to be suggested if you commonly use those words. International users will also be happy to learn that QuickType will work in multiple different languages, not just English.

QuickType will make its début in iOS8 when it releases.

WWDC 2014 - Apple Introduces HealthKit Service for iPhone and iPad

Posted by Tre Lawrence on June 2nd, 2014

Apple just announced the upcoming release of is health-monitoring HealthKit service for iPhone and iPad devices.

HealthKit will come with iOS 8, and will be able to import relevant data from compatible apps to create data that can be shared with health professionals and used with third party monitoring devices. Users will be able to control which apps get access to specific pieces of information.

Apple also notes that it is working with Nike and Mayo Clinic on HealthKit. Mayo Clinic Chief Dr John Noseworthy says, "We believe Apple's HealthKit will revolutionize how the health industry interacts with people. We are proud to be at the forefront of this innovative technology with the Mayo Clinic app."

WWDC 2014 - iOS 8 Messages Will Include In-Line Video and Voice Messaging

Posted by Rob Thomas on June 2nd, 2014

More new iOS 8 features are rolling out of the WWDC conference today in the Bay Area. Messages, touted by the Apple execs on stage as being THE most used iOS app of all time, is getting some cool new changes.

Users will be able to record voice messages by holding down on the mic icon, swiping up, recording their message, then swiping back down when finished. These audio clips will get dropped right into the ongoing conversation. Video clips can be recorded and shared in similar fashion, turning boring old text messaging into a richer audiovisual experience.

To save on storage space on the device, these messages will typically self-destruct after about 2 minutes, sort of like a supercharged Snapchat. However, this is optional and users can change the timer or turn it off altogether.

WWDC 2014 - iOS 8 Includes More Interactive Notifications, Frequent Contacts

Posted by Rob Thomas on June 2nd, 2014

At the 2014 WWDC conference, Apple's Senior VP of Software Development, Craig Federighi, introduced a couple of new features to the upcoming iOS 8: interactive notifications and frequent contacts.

Now users will be able to deal with incoming notifications directly from the lock screen without having to actually drop into the phone itself. Like a Facebook post or a response to a text.

Also announced was another new iOS tweak involving the double-tap of the Home button. Ordinarily, this brings up a swipe-able list of apps recently opened or used. Now, at the top of the list of apps, will be a bar showing a list of the contacts you most frequently interact with. Tapping on them will open a submenu allowing you to access standard contact interactions like making a voice or Face Time call, or sending a text.

WWDC 2014 - Apple Introduces Intra-Device 'Handoff' Service

Posted by Tre Lawrence on June 2nd, 2014

Apple has just introduced a new service called "Handoff" at the ongoing World-Wide Developer Conference Keynote. The new service ties in with similar Continuity features like Airplay, and allows Macs and iOS devices to integrate even further when, for instance, working on a document.

It's all part of the drive towards the concept of continuity that is part of the new OS Yosemite, which will be available this Fall for free.

A Swarm Forms Around Hive's WWDC Week Sale

Posted by Blake Grundman on June 2nd, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Have you ever heard of a boardless board game? Though the concept may seem a smidgen crazy, that hasn't stopped the insect-inspired tile game Hive from not only succeeding in physical form, but also making the jump to iOS back in 2012.

Well just in time for WWDC, developer Gen42 Games has announced that they are treating the $0.99 price point to a heavy dose of insecticide, resulting in a temporary free price cut. Get on this while you can, because this swarm will only be around for a limited time.

Apple WWDC Scheduled for June 2 - Application for Tickets Opens upToday

Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 3rd, 2014

Apple has announced the time and location for this year's Wordwide Developer Conference, which is scheduled to be held from June 2 through June 6 in San Francisco, California. Interested parties can also apply for tickets starting today through April 7, 2014.

WWDC is a well-regarded conference that gives developers insight into the future of OS X and iOS, as well as giving them the tools to create apps for these systems. The conference looks to present plenty of technical sessions and more than a 1000 Apple engineers, as well as design awards for apps from the past year.

"We have the most amazing developer community in the world and have a great week planned for them,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Every year the WWDC audience becomes more diverse, with developers from almost every discipline you can imagine and coming from every corner of the globe. We look forward to sharing with them our latest advances in iOS and OS X so they can create the next generation of great apps.”

Tickets will be assigned via random selection, there are also opportunities for students to enter for free tickets.

The Portable Podcast, Episode 190

Posted by Carter Dotson on June 18th, 2013

Flatter than ever!

In This Episode:

Carter and co-host Brett Nolan talk about the big announcements from WWDC, including iOS 7. Will it be a huge change to iOS? As well, the announcement of MFi gamepad support in iOS is discussed - will it herald major things for iOS gaming in the near future?

Episode Cast:


How to Listen:

2012 ADA Winners Announced at WWDC

Posted by Lisa Caplan on June 13th, 2012

The ADAs, as the Apple Design Awards are known, were presented for the 16th year at yesterday’s WWDC. The winners are those whose interface best exemplified the innovation the Cupertino elite hope to see on their platforms. Along with the honor and an inevitable boost in sales, winners receive a actual physical award complete with glowing Apple logo. This year there were three categories dedicated to iOS. Three apps were chosen for iPhone and iPad respectively and two student-developped apps were honored as well. We’re got the list for you below, but if you think Apple missed a great choice let us know in the comments.

iPhone Winners

Jetpack Joyride
Company: Halfbrick Studios

National Parks by National Geographic
Company: National Geographic Society / Rally Interactive
Based: USA

Where's My Water
Compnay Disney Interactive
Based: USA

iPad Winners

Paper by Fifty Three
Company: FiftyThree Inc
Based: USA

Bobo Explores Light
Company: GameCollage
Based: USA

DM1 - The Drum Machine
Company: Fingerlab

Student Winners

DaWindci (iPad)
Company: Reality Twist GmbH, Mimimi Productions, Mediadesign
Highschool of Applied Sciences

Little Star (iPad)
Company: BiBoBox Studio, Dalian Nationalities University
Based: CHINA