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  • Minecraft's Notch revealed in behind-the-scenes tale

    By Elizabeth Heichler | 27 November, 2013 15:52

    The wildly popular game "Minecraft" is a lot like its creator, Markus "Notch" Persson: modest in style and origin and apparently still true to its roots despite phenomenal success. In their new book just published in the U.S., authors Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson go behind the scenes to tell the story of how their shy fellow Swede became the indie games industry's first real rock star.

  • INTERVIEW: Bringing Aastra back to relevance in the channel

    By Allan Swann | 22 October, 2013 11:51

    Aastra’s Tony Warhurst has been managing director of the unified communications company’s A/NZ operations for just over a year, but has already overseen the company resurgent in the Channel. Boosted by the launch of a several key products, he sat down to discuss the company, his mission and the trends emerging in the UC market.

  • Apigee’s new API looking to push the A/NZ channel into mobile

    By Allan Swann | 02 September, 2013 11:03

    Silicon Valley-based, Apigee, recently opened its offices in Australia, picking up three new clients running its application program interface (API).

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  • Apple's HealthKit is available but some doctors remain skeptical

    By Ryan Faas | 03 October, 2014 07:14

    After a bungled release of iOS 8.0.1, Apple finally managed to get HealthKit into the hands of iPhone owners. I've been pretty open about the ways that I think technologies like fitness trackers and HealthKit can change lives (and for anyone interested in keeping score, my Fitbit-related weight loss is now up to 42 pounds) and, having worked in healthcare IT, I think there is an immense amount of potential in these technologies.

  • The 3 best iOS and Android apps of winter 2014

    By James A. Martin | 11 August, 2014 23:20

    If you're an iPhone or iPad user, you probably know that iOS app icons dance around when you tap and hold a finger on them to move or remove one. They do a little jig, hoping to entertain you and thereby save themselves from deletion.

  • Bankers beware: Technology is going to get you (and none of us will care)

    By Jonny Evans | 07 July, 2014 23:35

    Technology is about to take a big slice of the traditional banking business. Bankers have been slow to see what's coming, but they're starting to realize what's at stake.

  • Fitbit's updated iOS app doesn't go the distance

    By James A. Martin | 03 July, 2014 02:00

    Fitbit recently strengthened its iOS app with a new "MobileRun" feature for tracking exercise in real-time via GPS. It's a step in the right direction (bad pun intended) -- but not enough to help Fitbit catch up to RunKeeper or other workout tracking apps. (Fitbit's Android update is said to be coming soon.)

  • Why Newsstand needs to go away

    By Jason Snell | 28 April, 2014 23:55

    Newsstand was one of iOS 5's banner features when it was introduced back in 2011, but its time has come and gone. What was intended to be a special collection of apps has, instead, become a second-class collection. That's why it would be better for everyone concerned - Apple, users, app developers, and publishers (including Macworld) - if Newsstand just vanished.

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