First look: Visual Studio for Mac is here at last, almost

Visual Studio for Mac is something that many Microsoft developers have sought for more than a decade. As Mac OS X became interesting in the early 2000s, coders who spent most of their days working in Visual Studio on Windows wondered why they couldn’t use the same languages, frameworks, and tools for the Mac, rather than needing to learn Objective-C, Cocoa, and Xcode, all of which were substantially different from the languages and tools for Windows development.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here(Insider Story)


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WWDC 2016: Across its OSes, Apple evolves and integrates

If I had to choose two words to sum up Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote today, those words would be evolution and integration. Apple has clearly moved to evolve its four platforms — watchOS, tvOS, macOS and iOS 10 — in ways that will help users in a variety of ways big and small. The company also notably built on its existing Continuity approach to bolster integration across Apple devices.
But nowhere were Apple’s moves more comprehensive than on the Apple Watch. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


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Google aims to kill ‘Death by PowerPoint’ with new Slides

Google Slides — can it displace PowerPoint? La GOOG hopes so, especially in education.

The new features — currently rolling out on Android, iOS and the Web app — aim to make slide presentations more interactive. Audience members can ask questions and vote for which questions should get answered.

That should give the audience something useful to do with their smartphones, rather than Googling ways to kill boring presenters. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers point a LASER. <!– Not to mention: XXXXXXXXXXXX… –> Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

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Financial analysts forecast first-ever year-over-year decline in iPhone sales

Later today, Apple will announce downbeat results from the first quarter of 2016, nearly three dozen financial analysts bet today.

According to Philip Elmer-DeWitt, who formerly blogged about Apple for Fortune but left the magazine earlier this month to kick off his own Apple 3.0 subscription-based site, all 11 independent and 19 institutional analysts pegged rare year-over-year declines in Apple’s revenue and a fall in unit sales of its iPhone and iPad lines. Most of the 30 analysts also bet that Mac sales would also slip from the same quarter of 2015.

Elmer-DeWitt has been collecting and averaging financial analysts’ forecasts for years, and continued the chore on his new site.

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Here is how the Apple TV transforms education

It started with an app, TV Maps from indie developer Arno Appenzeller. His app (a Maps client for Apple TV—take a look) made me realize Apple TV could transform education by making it part of daily life.

Education anywhere

Traditionally, TV is a one-way entertainment vehicle, a “sit-down” medium. Watching TV and playing games are its two killer apps, but you don’t necessarily want to interact with your TV set. That’s fine because until very recent developments in gaming consoles you couldn’t interact much.

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Apple iOS 9.3 is here — download now, or wait for bugs to be fixed in 9.3.1?

Apple iOS 9.3 release is here, so go download and update your iPhone or iPad, right now, this minute. But wait, perhaps you should pause until the bleeding-edgers have done it first — remember the 9.2 débâcle?

Not that anyone would dare suggest Apple’s QA has gone to hell in a handcart. No, no, perish the thought, gentle reader.

In IT Blogwatch, impatient bloggers melt Apple’s CDN. Not to mention: How does AlphaGo beat the best Go players?

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8 easy ways to speed up older iPads (and iPhones)

Apple products hold value in the second user market. You can still raise $69 or more for a first generation iPad on eBay, while you can’t expect the same performance as you enjoy from newer models, you can get much more from an older iPad (or any iOS device) using these eight easy tips.

Restart

Restart flushes the memory to help boost performance. To restart your iPad hold down the Sleep/Wake button and use the Slide to Power Off control when it appears. Wait a few seconds and start the device again.

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What Apple could learn from Windows 10

Microsoft sought reinvent its flagship operating system with Windows 10 by backing away from some of the extreme user interface changes that characterized Windows 8. Windows 10 introduces the concept of Windows-as-a-service, bridges all manner of devices from PCs to tablets to phones, and introduced a range of new features when it arrived last July.

Despite years of being criticized for copying Apple and for some of the missteps of Windows 8, Microsoft has increasingly shown a real sense of creative design in recent years. I’ve spent the past few months living with Windows 10 as my primary desktop OS, and there are aspects of it that Apple should learn from and adopt in OS X and iOS.

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OS X El Capitan launches Wednesday

Apple today reminded Mac owners that they can download OS X 10.11, aka El Capitan, free of charge starting tomorrow.

If the Cupertino, Calif., company follows past practice, it will add El Capitan to the Mac App Store around 10 a.m. PT.

The upgrade will run on the same Macs that now run last year’s Yosemite, 2013’s Mavericks, 2012’s Mountain Lion and 2011’s Lion, according to Apple’s system requirements. That means more than nine of out 10 Macs which were online in August should be able to install El Capitan.

This year’s version of OS X will be the third that Apple has handed out for free, a zero-dollars pricing it introduced with Mavericks. That, in turn, should trigger an immediate surge in its user share, an estimate of the percentage of all Macs running the operating system. The last two editions, Yosemite and Mavericks, accumulated user shares of 37% and 32%, respectively, by the end of their first full month of availability.

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