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iOS 8.1.1

Apple makes iOS 8.1.1 beta available to developers, which will likely contain about half of the bug fixes and or performance improvements you're desperately hoping for.

Sleepless in Seattle

Apple opens office in Seattle, has acqui-hired startup Union Bay Networks?

An Apple spokesman confirmed that the company has indeed opened an engineering office in Seattle, but declined to provide further details. It is the company’s first engineering office in the Northwest and is likely to continue growing.

The nucleus of the Apple office is a group of employees who had worked at Union Bay Networks, a cloud computing startup near Google’s Seattle campus in Fremont. Union Bay’s information email no longer works, and at least five of its employees have changed their LinkedIn profiles to say they began working at Apple in September.

Seven of the startup’s nine employees became Apple employees and are working at an undisclosed office location in the city.

Most of the Union Bay team came from F5 Networks, including Benn Bollay, a former principal engineer at F5 and chief technology officer at Union Bay, according to his LinkedIn profile. Bollay now describes himself as an Apple manager and on Friday posted a notice on LinkedIn saying that he’s hiring for the Seattle office.

The post’s headline — since removed — said:

“Ever wanted to work at Apple, but didn’t want to live in Cupertino?”

Rumorz

"Apple rumored to abandon iPad mini in 2015, move to 12-inch 'iPad Pro'". Bolstered by Apple giving the iPad mini 3 exactly 2 seconds of coverage at that last Apple iPad event. 

Marked down

Markdown Mac app Marked 2 now just $2.00.

I'm quitting again

And making my own GIF keyboard app:

Riffsy, the maker of a popular GIF keyboard for iOS 8, is announcing that it has raised $3.5 million in funding from some pretty solid investors.

Riffsy’s team actually got started with a GIF-making and -sharing app back in February/March, but got the idea of making a keyboard after Apple announced that iOS 8 would support custom keyboards. The keyboard can be used to send GIFs through text message, iMessage, Twitter, and email.