Apple's developer site stirs back to life after downtime

Major parts of Apple's developer site flipped back online Friday afternoon after more than a week of downtime.

The developer sites for iOS, Mac, and Safari development once again became available, alongside downloads for upcoming versions of Apple's desktop and mobile software. Apple also brought back tools that let developers set up new devices to test their software, a crucial development tool.

Apple took down its developer site and more than a dozen connected services last week following the discovery of a security intrusion that may have resulted in unauthorized access to some developer information.

While offline, some developers were left in a lurchRead more

Extended Apple downtime leaves some developers in limbo

Developer Max Wheeler had to pry his old iPhone 4 from the clutches of his 11-year old son. Why? Not because his kid was misbehaving, but because one of his employees needed it to test an upcoming iOS app, and Apple's developer site was in the midst of what's turned into a weeklong outage.

That phone, which Wheeler had retired in favor of Apple's latest model, was already provisioned to run test versions of software using the company's security certificate -- something that could not be done on a new device with Apple's services down. … Read more

Microsoft readies IE 11 for Windows 7, too

Browser aficionados and haters alike will be overjoyed that Microsoft is keeping its promise to keep the new Internet Explorer up-to-date on Windows 7 as well as Windows 8.

The Internet Explorer 11 Developer's Preview for Windows 7, which debuted on Thursday, introduces the most of the new features and functionality of the Windows 8.1 default browser.

Roger Capriotti, Microsoft's marketing director for Internet Explorer, said that, like IE 10 for Windows 7, IE 11 won't have the modern interface, but it will have performance benefits.

"We're faster than the folks at Chrome or … Read more

Apple lays out plans to resurrect developer site, services

After nearly a week, Apple's developer Web site and most of its connected services are still unavailable.

The company on Wednesday provided a small update on its progress.

On an updated version of its downtime page, Apple laid out its plans to bring services back online, saying things will occur in three phases.

"We plan to roll out our updated systems, starting with Certificates, Identifiers & Profiles, Apple Developer Forums, Bug Reporter, pre-release developer libraries, and videos first," Apple wrote. "Next, we will restore software downloads, so that the latest betas of iOS 7, Xcode 5, … Read more

Bottoms up! Now you can drink the sweat from your shirt

"Too many bodily fluids are going to waste!" said no one ever. But scientists are finding ways to make use of this great untapped resource.

We've seen how urine could be used to recharge your smartphone or tell you you're too drunk to drive. Now you can turn your sweat into refreshing H2O.

Engineers in Sweden have come up with a machine that extracts the sweat from your gym clothes and turns it into purified drinking water. Imagine drinking the very essence of your stinking self. … Read more

Researcher: Apple developer site hack? I meant no harm

Ibrahim Balic thinks he may be the intruder identified by Apple in an attack against its developer site but says he had no malicious intent.

Apple reported Sunday that an "intruder" tried to gain access to developer data last week, prompting the company to take down its Developer Center Web site. The general developer Web site is accessible as always, but the actual Developer Center sites for iOS and OS X remain offline.

No names have been revealed in the alleged security breach, but security researcher Ibrahim Balic pinned the blame on himself, claiming that he was merely … Read more

Apple developer site targeted in security attack, still down

Apple's site for developers was attacked by an intruder last week, the company said Sunday.

In a note to developers, the company said that an "intruder" tried to gain access to developer information, prompting the company to take the service down. Sensitive information on that site was encrypted, Apple said, however it's keeping the site down while security is being hardened. No estimate was provided for when it will be back up.

Apple sent the following to developers on Sunday, detailing some of what happened:

Last Thursday, an intruder attempted to secure personal information of our … Read more

Fluid-filled ChildVision specs let kids do the adjusting

Simple kids' eyeglasses that let wearers tweak the lenses could help solve a problem that has complex implications for young people in the developing world who lack access to the eyewear they need.

The key to the prototype specs, called ChildVision glasses, is their special lenses, made of two clear plastic membranes filled with silicone fluid. Adjusting the lenses via a small dial on the side of the glasses controls the amount of fluid that's pumped between the covers. Depending on the volume, the curvature of the lenses changes, adjusting the strength. More fluid means more curvature, and more power. When fluid is pumped back out, the lens curvature flattens, making for a weaker prescription.

Designed for children between 12 and 18, the glasses earlier this month nabbed the inaugural Visitor Vote award (PDF) at London's Design Museum. Since June, visitors to the institution have voted for their favorite design from 99 nominations displayed at a pop-up installation. … Read more

Apple's developer site experiencing extended outage

Apple's developer Web site has been down for maintenance in the past, but the latest is a doozy.

The site, which is home to software downloads, documentation, and forums for Apple's software developers has been unavailable for more 30 hours, leaving users hanging.

"This site is undergoing maintenance for an extended period today," links to the members section of the Mac and iOS Developer Web sites read (pictured above). "Thanks for your patience."

As a result of the outage, several developers have turned to Twitter to speculate on the cause, with some blaming the … Read more

Netflix in talks for new season of 'Arrested Development'

Despite a lukewarm reception to Netflix's initial effort to resurrect "Arrested Development" on the Web, the video-streaming company is reportedly willing to give the series another shot.

Brian Grazer, co-chairman of the production company Imagine Entertainment, revealed Thursday that his company was in negotiations with Netflix for another Web-only season of the popular series.

"We are in conversations with them to do another," Grazer said in an interview with Bloomberg Television at the Allen & Co. conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. "They are interested in doing that."

Netflix confirmed its interest in another … Read more