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For tech enthusiasts, speculation about what companies might be working on behind the scenes is some of the most fun that can be had, so you can imagine that with news that Apple has hired an ex-Microsoft engineer, Nick Thompson, who worked on the augmented reality Hololens headset, people are rather excited. Does this mean Apple is working on its own augmented reality hardware, or perhaps a way for phones and tablets to deliver such an experience?

It’s worth bearing in mind that the man who has jumped ship to join the fruity firm is not an inventor of Hololens, or someone focused on the visual side of things, but is rather an audio hardware engineer. He also worked on audio products for Apple almost a decade ago, where he helped develop for the Mac and Apple TV lines.

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apple 9 sept launch

Exactly a year after it unveiled the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and Apple Watch, Apple has scheduled another live event in which to showcase its new iPhone 6s (or iPhone 7) and iPhone 6s Plus. AND we’ll get to see the final version of iOS 9. Here’s what to expect from Apple’s 9 September 2015 iPhone event and how to watch the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus launch live. Also see: iPhone 6 review; iPhone 6 Plus review.

When is the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus launch? Hey Siri, give us a hint

Apple sent out invitations to its 9 September iPhone launch earlier this week. The new iPhone launch will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco at 10am on 9 September. For those of us watching in the UK, that’s 6pm BST.

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giphy cam

The Internet’s obsession with finding and sharing GIFs (regardless of how you pronounce the word) shows no sign of slowing. For a long while now, we’ve been using the PHOTO app to create our own and share them within their dedicated social network and just about everywhere else the app allows you to push your creations.

Today, however, there’s a new GIF-making alternative and it’s helmed by the team at GIPHY. You’ve most likely visited GIPHY, a hub of viral-worthy GIFs representing much of what the collective consciousness is focusing on. It’s also a place where anyone can sign up and upload their own GIFs. And this just got even easier with the GIPHY CAM.

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The Mac Finder offers a variety of methods of merging two folders contents together into a single directory. One option allows users to join different directory contents together that contain files with the same names, using the ‘keep both’ function in OS X Finder.

This can be a little confusing at first glance, but after a bit of practice you’ll understand a bit more how the feature works and how you can use it to merge directory contents with files that share the same names together into a single folder, entirely by using the OS X Finder.

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In today’s highly dynamic and even chaotic mobile realm there is little certainty in terms of roadmaps and release schedules. Apple, however, is still upholding the values of diligence and continuity and, as expected, a new wave of iPhones is inbound on September 9. In keeping with the long-standing naming convention, we can also be fairly sure that these will be the iPhone 6s and the 6s Plus.

This means than in all likelihood Apple is going to continue its new phablet line, but there has also been mention of a successor to the infamous iPhone 5c. Previous rumors brought us info on the smaller smartphone and even a few alleged shots of its casing, but the estimated launch date was a few month after the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

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bridging gap

Last week, we released Windows 10 as a free upgrade in over 190 markets, taking the first big step toward upgrading 1 billion devices to Windows 10 and the Universal Windows Platform (UWP). Alongside Windows, we also delivered the Windows SDK and accompanying tools that you’ll use to build and submit Universal Windows apps.

Windows 10 introduced new APIs and built a platform that does much of the work to make apps more personal through adaptive UX, natural user inputs and cloud-based services. We also introduced a series of “bridging” technologies to enable developers to bring their existing iOS, Android, Web and desktop code and skillsets to the Windows Store, for which I’ll provide an update here.

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Whether it’s playful refresh states, subtle icon movements or complex transitions, beautiful animation is all around us. Once considered an aesthetic luxury, animation is now used so commonly in modern web and mobile applications that entire websites are dedicated to UI animation patterns.
While animations may have great visual appeal, they also make app experiences more intuitive and engaging. Animation can make an app feel more fluid and responsive by providing feedback on user interaction. This means that, for designers, creating authentic animations is increasingly becoming a part of the job description.

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IBM on Wednesday launched a cloud service that aims to make it easier for enterprises to deploy Apple’s Macs.
The rollout is part of the broader partnership between Apple and IBM. Big Blue’s MobileFirst Managed Mobility Services is designed to enable companies to incorporate Macs into their infrastructure while providing custom apps and enterprise systems.
Apple’s Mac platform is one of the few growth areas in the PC market, but still represents a small portion of enterprise footprints. However, employees are increasingly bringing Macs to the office via bring your own device.

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