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Beta testers point out possible “Hey Siri” feature, individualized voice recognition possible in iOS 9.1

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Date: Friday, September 11th, 2015, 07:05
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Siri, Software


This could be interesting.

A number of users who had the chance to test the first public beta of iOS 9.1 on Thursday, along with the GM version on Wednesday, have stated that the operating system allows for a set-up process for voice customization with Siri. A new “Hey Siri” feature coming to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, thanks to a built-in M9 motion coprocessor, enables the phones’ always-on functionality.

Although unconfirmed by Apple, the discovery in iOS 9.1 suggests that Siri will be able to begin detecting specific user voices and determine whether or not the owner of the iPhone in question is speaking to her. Similar in vein to the way Apple aimed its Touch ID feature to work better and better the more you unlocked an iPhone using the fingerprint scanning sensor, it seems the set-up process will guide users into stating words or phrases to better acclimate Siri with each iPhone owner.


iPhone 6s to feature smaller capacity battery, offer same run time as iPhone 6 battery

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Date: Thursday, September 10th, 2015, 07:25
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News


Well, this is both confusing but also reassuring.

One thing Apple didn’t mention during yesterday’s keynote was the iPhone 6s battery life. In the promo video, Apple shows a shot of the iPhone 6s internals. During the video, the viewer can make out the battery’s specifications, which is rated at 1715mAh,down from the 1810mAH packed into the previous iPhone 6.

The smaller capacity battery apparently allows for new features such as the 3D Touch screen and the Taptic Engine, albeit Apple’s specs state that the battery life estimates for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s models are identical.


Apple introduces long-awaited iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard, iPad mini 4 at media event

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Date: Wednesday, September 9th, 2015, 13:18
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad mini


You were hankering for the iPad Pro at the media event.

And your wish came true.

Over at the “Hey Siri” media event, Apple introduced its 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablet. The unit, which features a 5.6 million pixel display, A9X processor, 10-hour battery and 4-speaker audio system with audio frequency balancing, will arrive in gold, silver and space gray colors.


Apple announces fourth-gen Apple TV, points out enhanced Siri features, new remote control

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Date: Wednesday, September 9th, 2015, 13:03
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, News, Processors


It looks like the Apple TV just became more than a “hobby” over at 1 Infinite Loop.

Over at today’s media event, Apple announced the fourth-generation Apple TV. The new unit, which appears to be measurably thicker than the previous generations, sports a new user interface, an operating system written for it (known as “tvOS”), a Touch surface to its new remote control, A8 processor, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Lightning connector at the bottom of the remote and full Siri connectivity capable of searching across multiple apps such as Hulu, Netflix, HBO and Showtime to find content via criteria such as cast, director, movie name and age rating.


Apple introduces iPhone 6s, 6s Plus models at media event

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Date: Wednesday, September 9th, 2015, 12:18
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Processors


Well, the rumors were mostly right.

As expected, Apple announced the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6S Plus handsets at the “Hey Siri” media event today. The new units will ship in silver, gold, space grey and rose gold colors, feature more durable glass, a 3D Touch feature that will calculate the force of a touch and bring up new options to work with and also include an improved Taptic Engine to gauge more accurate responses.


Vulnerabilities noted for several models of Seagate external drives, patch offered

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Date: Tuesday, September 8th, 2015, 07:51
Category: hard drive, Hardware, News, security


If you’re using a Seagate external hard drive, you may want to be aware of both the security risks present on the drive as well as the patch that was just released to fix the vulnerability.

A series of vulnerabilities primarily affect owners of Seagate Wireless Plus Mobile Storage, Seagate Wireless Mobile Storage, and LaCie Fuel devices purchased since October 2014.

Tangible Security, the firm that discovered the flaws, has stated that other Seagate products may be affected as well.

The worst flaw is thanks to a hard-coded username and password that gives an attacker access to an undocumented Telnet service. Telnet is a command line method of logging into one computer from another over the Internet or a local network.


Rumor: Apple to release 21.5-inch 4K iMac in October

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Date: Friday, September 4th, 2015, 07:40
Category: 4K, Hardware, iMac, Rumor


A 4K iMac sounds undeniably cool and sexy.

And it might be en route for this October.

The rumor comes on the heels of a new 21.5-inch Retina iMac has been anticipated for several months, following the discovery of code in OS X El Capitan that pointed towards a 21.5-inch machine with a resolution of 4096 x 2304. That code pointed towards Broadwell chips with Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200 and AMD Radeon M380 – M395X discrete graphics, which may hint at a 4K iMac.


Recent patent shows Apple’s exploration into fuel cell-based devices with weeklong battery lives

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Date: Thursday, September 3rd, 2015, 07:19
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Patents


This could lead to some extremely cool stuff.

A patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday shows that Apple is looking into using hydrogen fuel cell technology to power its portable devices.

Text and diagrams depict not only a fuel cell stack for generating power, but related aspects like connections with the portable device and a cartridge system for adding fuel.

The diagrams make reference to a MagSafe connector, implying that technology would be oriented towards MacBooks, and claim that a device could run for “days or even weeks” without refueling.


Rumor: New iPads, including “iPad Pro”, to debut at September 9th media event

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Date: Thursday, September 3rd, 2015, 05:42
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad mini, Rumor


Apple might be debuting its long-awaited next-gen “iPad Pro” come the media event on September 9th.

The rumor mill currently has it that besides a pair of new iPhones, the substantially revamped Apple TV set top box, and new bands for the Apple Watch, Apple is currently planning to debut a a refreshed version of the iPad mini and the iPad Pro at the event.


Rumor: Next-gen Apple TV remote to feature motion sensors, features targeted at casual gamers

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Date: Monday, August 31st, 2015, 04:23
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, Rumor


It’s an interesting rumor.

And there’s a decent chance it might be true.

According to recent reports, the next-gen Apple TV will feature an A8 processor, a native SDK for creating apps and a motion sensitive remote control with multi-axis sensors, complete with a touchpad on the top, physical buttons on the bottom and a microphone for Siri.