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Apple promises developers better stability, performance for Swift

The company has been on a bug-killing mission with the latest version of the language.

Time to update: Yosemite 10.10.2 and iOS 8.1.3 are here

From Wi-Fi issues to FaceTime fixes, Apple is ironing out some bugs.

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The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac

Just unwrapped a shiny new Mac? Seek out these essentials first, and thank us later.

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Forensic software gets around Apple's iCloud security features

Elcomsoft's Phone Breaker can pull data from iCloud accounts with a person's knowledge

PDF: What it is, when it’s used, how to convert and edit it

PDFs are everywhere, despite being notoriously difficult to edit. Ever wonder why?

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Amazon, Apple updates let families share apps and media across devices

Families can share their apps, books and more across devices, as long as everyone can agree on an operating system.

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The kill switch is here: iOS 8 enables it by default

Apple is the first smartphone maker to abide by a new California anti-theft law by inserting a "kill switch" into iOS 8, which powers the iPhone 6.

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WWDC: Apple Design Awards winners for 2014

Apple describes the recipients as apps that “raise the bar in design, technology and innovation.” Here are this year’s winners.

Code Conference second night will star Apple top execs Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi

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Messrs. Cue and Federighi, Apple's senior vice presidents for services and software, respectively, will headline the second night of the new conference put on by veteran tech journalists Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher.

Bankable Backup and Recovery options for Your iPhone or iPad

Take a look at these useful tools for backing up and restoring your iOS device.

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The Week in iOS Apps: Here comes the sun

This week's roundup includes a cool new way of looking at the sun. Plus, there are apps for seeking real estate, organizing your life, and fighting in the Game of Thrones universe.

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The Week in iOS Apps: Across the universe

We've got apps from Cosmos and NASA this week, as well as gross games, flight trackers, and more.