Tech tAUk Reloaded #35: The Half Dome OS

We are hot off the presses this week on Tech tAUk Reloaded! Coming to you just hours after Apple executives Tim Cook and Craig Federighi delivered their annual Worldwide Developers Conference Keynote, we thoroughly analyze all of the announcements from WWDC and break down the biggest news from Apple’s first major product announcement of 2014.

WWDC 2014 Announcements
Software was the entire focus at this morning’s keynote, as Apple previewed OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, both free upgrades slated for release this fall.

Headlining the new features in OS X Yosemite is a new iOS-inspired redesign, and a handful of new features including improvements to Mail, Safari, Notification Center, and Spotlight. Chief among the new iOS 8 features include new features in Messages, iCloud Photo Library, QuickType keyboard, Health, and Family Sharing.

Getting a lot of attention for both OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 is Apple’s concept of Continuity, providing deep integration between Macs and iOS devices, and making it possible for works in progress to instantly transfer between devices, offering AirDrop support between Mac and iOS, and even allowing Macs and iPads to send and receive phone calls and SMS messages on behalf of wirelessly-connected iPhone, and more. And iCloud Drive brings filesystem support to iOS and documents in iCloud, directly competing with Dropbox.

Finally, a slew of new developer features in iOS 8 offers users new App Store functionalities, deeper integration into system services by third-party apps, third-party widgets in Notification Center, custom keyboards, and console-level speed increases for games.

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About Douglas Bell

I live in Washington, D.C., and work as a Broadcast Technician at WAMU 88.5 FM, the local NPR affiliate in the Washington metro area. My primary shift is to engineer the local feed of NPR’s Morning Edition, including local news and weather, long-form features and station breaks… and yes, the shift starts at 5 am, so I’ve got the whole quasi-nocturnal thing going on. I am also the Coordinating Producer for Ken Rudin’s Political Junkie, an independently-produced podcast and public radio program. Extracurricularly, I play cello, and participate in a church choir and a handbell choir. I enjoy discovering new places, and am constantly searching for the perfect cheeseburger. I am also known as a frequent teller of puns.