“Hey Siri” feature now works with updated news providers, including NPR, Fox News, ABC and the Washington Post

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Date: Friday, January 19th, 2018, 03:46
Category: Amazon, HomePod, iOS, News, Siri, Software

As the arms race with Amazon’s Alexa continues, Apple’s “Hey Siri” feature has been improved upon in the iOS 11.2.5 beta and is now available to everyone in the US, UK, and Australia.

To invoke the new feature, simply say, “Hey Siri, give me the news,” wherein Siri will begin playing a news digest podcast from NPR by default.

Siri can also switch news sources to other providers such as Fox News, CNN and the Washington Post. In the UK, the audio news digest defaults to the BBC but can be switched to Sky News or LBC. Australians choose from ABC, SBS, or Seven Network.

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Amazon Prime Video app arrives for tvOS, supports third-gen or later Apple TV units

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Date: Thursday, December 7th, 2017, 03:35
Category: Amazon, News, Software, TvOS

You’ve been hankering for it and it’s here.

Months after Apple CEO Tim Cook’s announcement of it back at WWDC in June, the Amazon Prime Video app for the Apple TV is here. The app, which is designed for tvOS, may not show up in a tvOS app store search, but can generally be located by searching for “Amazon” in the tvOS app store, selecting the Amazon Shopping app, and finding the new Prime Video app in the “More by this Developer” section at the bottom of the page.

The app requires a third-generation or later Apple TV device to install and run.

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Developers uncover hints as to HomePod’s RAM, display specifications in latest firmware update

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Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2017, 05:24
Category: Amazon, Developer, Google, Hardware, HomePod, News

Deep within Apple’s firmware update for the upcoming HomePod, some of the critical specs have been found.

Developer Steve Troughton-Smith shared last week that HomePod will run a full iOS stack and uses a shell app called SoundBoard. He also mentioned more specifics about the display/touch surface stating “The center part of the HomePod surface appears to be an LED matrix and not just big LEDs—could perhaps display shapes/symbols.”

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Amazon executive extends invitation for Siri on Echo speakers

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Date: Thursday, June 8th, 2017, 05:57
Category: Amazon, Google, Hardware, Microsoft, News, Uncategorized, WWDC

It looks like Amazon is open to supporting third-party voice assistants such as Apple’s Siri or Google Assistant on its Echo speakers.

“If Apple or Google want to come call, my phone number is out there. They can call,” David Limp remarked to CNBC. “I hope there is a day when that happens. I don’t know if I can envision it, but I hope it happens, on behalf of customers.”

The Echo currently uses Amazon’s Alexa assistant, which has also been used on other devices, including third-party offerings like phones and thermostats. It in fact spawned the entire “smartspeaker” product category —Amazon’s main competition being the Google Home, and Apple’s newly-announced HomePod, coming in December. Microsoft is meanwhile working with partners on Cortana-enabled speakers.

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Rumor: Apple to announce Siri-connected speaker system, 10.5-inch iPad Pro at WWDC

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Date: Monday, May 15th, 2017, 05:11
Category: Amazon, Hardware, iOS, iPad, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, macOS, Rumor, Siri, TvOS, watchOS, WWDC

It’s a rumor, but there might be some truth to it.

KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo has stated that there is a more than 50% chance of Apple releasing a Siri Speaker, an all-new category for the company, at the Worldwide Developers Conference starting June 5th. In addition, he says that there is more than 70% chance of an all-new design 10.5-inch iPad Pro to be announced at the keynote.

Along with this, Apple is expected to make inevitable operating system announcements in the form of iOS 11, macOS 10.13, tvOS 11 and watchOS 4. KGI has not offered insight into what functionality or changes the new software will bring but it does include some notes about the predicted hardware unveilings.

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Google, Amazon, eBay and others drop Apple Watch support for some of their apps

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Date: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017, 05:57
Category: Amazon, Apple Watch, Google, iOS, News, Software, watchOS, Wearables

It’s been a quiet trend, but it’s still worth noting.

Over the last few months, a number of companies, including Google, Amazon and eBay have pulled some of their Apple Watch apps from the App Store.

The programs, namely Google Maps, Amazon and eBay, were all early supporters of the Apple Watch and released apps within a few months of the wearable’s April 2015 debut.

Checking today, none of the three companies offer Apple Watch apps, having quietly removed Apple Watch functionality through App Store updates. It’s not entirely clear when each app was updated to remove Apple Watch support, with the feature elimination appearing to have largely gone under the radar.

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Rumor: Apple to debut Amazon Echo competitor at WWDC in June

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Date: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017, 05:02
Category: Amazon, Hardware, iOS, macOS, News, Rumor, Siri, TvOS, watchOS, WWDC

Apple may have an Echo competitor in the works that could be announced at WWDC next month.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo weighed in with details on Apple’s first home artificial intelligence product in a note to investors on Monday. In the note, Kuo stated that he believes there is more than a 50 percent chance that Apple will announce the product at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, before launching it in the second half of the year.

Kuo also stated that the device would feature a woofer and seven tweeters in order to provide rich sound. He also stated that the unit will be powered by a custom ARM processor equal in power to at least the A8 CPU on the iPhone 6 or newer.

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Rumor: Apple said to be among corporations bidding to acquire Toshiba’s NAND unit

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Date: Monday, April 3rd, 2017, 05:31
Category: Amazon, Google, Hardware, Rumor, Samsung

Apple may just be in a bidding war for Toshiba’s NAND memory unit.

A report from the Korean Herald states that Apple, Amazon, Google and others are in a war for Toshiba’s NAND memory division, which accounts for 20 percent of the NAND market.

There are reported to be 10 bidders in total, although specific price points and bid amounts have yet to be made public. According to a separate report, however, U.S. equity form Silver Lake and chipmaker Broadcom offered 2 trillion yen, or $18 billion, for the business.

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Apple joins Google, other tech companies in resisting ‘troubling’ FBI search warrant

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Date: Wednesday, March 15th, 2017, 05:32
Category: Amazon, Apple, Google, iOS, Legal, Microsoft, News, security

Apple has joined Amazon and Microsoft in a court filing which supports Google’s decision to resist an FBI warrant demanding that it hand over emails stored outside the USA. The tech companies argue that this would set a ‘troubling’ precedent.

As reported, the FBI served search warrants ordering Google to surrender emails belonging to suspects in a criminal investigation. The emails themselves were stored on a server outside the USA. Google, in turn, refused, arguing that a domestic search warrant could not apply to data stored in a foreign country.

A Pennsylvania court both disagreed and instructed Google to comply with the warrant. Google has since appealed the ruling, with Apple, Amazon and Microsoft jointly filing an amicus brief in support of Google.

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Black Friday Round Up: Where to go for Mac savings this Friday

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Date: Friday, November 25th, 2016, 05:42
Category: Amazon, Apple, Apple Watch, Deals, Desktop Mac, Gift card, Gift Guide, Hardware, Hardware, iMac, iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad Pro, iPhone, iPhone, iPhone 6, Mac Desktop, Mac mini, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, Promotion, retail, Retail Store, Samsung, Touch Bar

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Thanksgiving is over and the Black Friday deals are about to begin at both online and back and mortar outfits. Assorted retail stores like Target, Best Buy and Walmart began opening their doors last night and the following list of deals can be found for assorted Apple devices:

Where there iPad Pro is concerned, Target is offering the best deals, dropping the price by $150.99. With the discount, the entry-level 32GB Wi-Fi only iPad Pro model is available for $449.

For the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, MacMall is offering the following prices:

– Wi-Fi + Cellular/128GB/Silver for $887, down from $,1029 ($142 off)
– Wi-Fi + Cellular/128GB/Space Gray for $887, down from $1,029 ($142 off)
– Wi-Fi/32GB/Space Gray for $675, down from $799 ($124 off)
– Wi-Fi/128GB/Space Gray for $767, down from $899 ($132 off)
– Wi-Fi/128GB/Space Gray bundled + Smart Keyboard/Pencil for $988, down from $1,266 ($278 off)
– Wi-Fi + Cellular/128GB/Space Gray + Smart Keyboard/Pencil for $1,128, down from $1,297 ($169 off)

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