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How Apple's Intelligent Tracking Prevention in Safari Works

by Daniel Bryant Follow 667 Followers on  Jun 14, 2018

The latest release of Apple’s web browser, Safari 12, will provide “Intelligent Tracking Prevention” (ITP) 2.0, which aims to reduce the ability of third-parties to track web users via cookies and other methods.

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Privacy and Security a Top Priority in macOS Mojave and Safari 12

by Daniel Bryant Follow 667 Followers on  Jun 12, 2018

At their annual Developer Conference WWDC Apple previewed macOS Mojave, the latest version of the company’s desktop operating system, and Safari 12, the updated web browser. Apple has stated that enhanced privacy and security are a top priority with these releases.

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Apple Has Released Core ML 2

by Roland Meertens Follow 7 Followers on  Jun 07, 2018

At WWDC Apple released Core ML 2: a new version of their machine learning SDK for iOS devices. The new release of Core ML should create an inference time speedup of 30% for apps developed using Core ML 2. An important new feature of the Core ML SDK is Create ML. Developers can create and train custom machine learning models on their mac.

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ARKit 2 Introduces Shared Experiences

by Sergio De Simone Follow 14 Followers on  Jun 05, 2018

At WWDC 2018, Apple announced version 2 of its augmented reality (AR) framework for iOS, ARKit, supporting shared experiences, persistent tracking, 3D object detection, and a new file format aiming to enable AR objects interoperability across Apple apps.

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Apple Open Sources FoundationDB

by Sergio De Simone Follow 14 Followers on  Apr 29, 2018

Apple has open sourced its distributed database core, FoundationDB, which it acquired back in 2015 from the homonymous company. FoundationDB is designed to handle large volumes of data stored across clusters of commodity servers and to favor data consistency by supporting fully global, cross-row ACID transactions.

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Swift 4.1 Enhances Generics, Compiler Optimizations, and Package Manager

by Sergio De Simone Follow 14 Followers on  Mar 30, 2018 2

Swift 4.1 is now officially available, bringing new language features, build options, and a few enhancements to the Swift Package Manager and Foundation.

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Swift 4.2 Enters Final Development Stage, Paving the Way for Swift 5

by Sergio De Simone Follow 14 Followers on  Mar 12, 2018

With Swift 4.1 being close to its official release in Xcode 9.3, currently available in beta, the Swift team is now focusing on the next version of the language, Swift 4.2. Besides including bug fixes and improvements to compile-time performance, the new version will further advance work on ABI stability.

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Apple Open Source SwiftNIO, a Low-Level Non-Blocking I/O Framework for Swift

by Sergio De Simone Follow 14 Followers on  Mar 04, 2018

At the recent try! Swift Conference in Tokyo, Apple announced the SwiftNIO project, a Netty-like non-blocking cross-platform I/O framework written in Swift.

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Swift 4.1 Brings Conditional Conformance and More

by Sergio De Simone Follow 14 Followers on  Feb 11, 2018

Swift 4.1, available in Xcode 9.3, brings a number of improvements to the language, including automatic implementation of the Equatable and Hashable protocols, conditional conformance, and more.

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Swift Has Got Its Discussion Forum

by Sergio De Simone Follow 14 Followers on  Jan 30, 2018

The Swift team has announced the migration of several Swift mailing lists to the Swift Forums, which will be the primary discussion and communication method from now on.

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Apple Getting Ready to Deprecate 32-Bit macOS Apps

by Sergio De Simone Follow 14 Followers on  Jan 28, 2018

Apple has started preparing the deprecation of 32-bit apps for macOS. The next maintenance release of macOS, High Sierra 10.13.4, will notify users when they launch 32-bit apps, while the upcoming Xcode 9.3 will include tools to make the transition to 64-bit less painful for developers.

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ARKit 1.5 Now Supports Vertical Surface Detection and 2D Image Recognition

by Sergio De Simone Follow 14 Followers on  Jan 25, 2018

Apple has announced a major upgrade of ARKit, which is available to developers with iOS 11.3 beta. According to Apple, ARKit 1.5 will allow developers to build more immersive augmented reality (AR) experiences.

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How Apple Uses Neural Networks for Object Detection in Point Clouds

by Roland Meertens Follow 7 Followers on  Nov 28, 2017

Apple invented a neural network configuration that can segmentate objects in point clouds obtained with a LIDAR sensor. Recently Apple joined the field of autonomous vehicles. Apple has now created an end-to-end neural network to segmentate objects in point clouds. This approach does not rely on any hand-crafted features or other machine learning algorithms other than neural networks.

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Apple Open-Sourced the iOS Kernel for ARM CPUs

by Sergio De Simone Follow 14 Followers on  Oct 04, 2017

Apple has quietly made available arm and arm64-specific files on its GitHub XNU-darwin repository. While this may not be interesting to all developers, it still enables interesting possibilities for security researchers and others.

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Swift 4 is Officially Available: What's New

by Sergio De Simone Follow 14 Followers on  Sep 20, 2017

Swift’s latest major release contains many changes and updates to the language and the standard library, most notably new String features, extended collections, archival and serialization, and more.

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