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

Posted by:
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.

(more…)

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto go head to head in comparison video

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, March 29th, 2017, 05:26
Category: Android, CarPlay, Fun, News, Siri

In an informal – but funny – showdown between Apple’s CarPlay and Android Auto, the mighty Yuri and Jakub hopped into a car and tested both systems out in terms of voice recognition, finding directions and making quick calls from your car.

The results speak for themselves, especially when Siri comes into play.



(more…)

Apple releases watchOS 3.2, tvOS 10.2 updates

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, March 28th, 2017, 05:54
Category: Apple TV, iOS, iTunes, News, Siri, Software, TvOS, watchOS

‘Tis a day of updates and watchOS and tvOS are no exception.

Apple on Monday, released watchOS 3.2, which will require that you update your iPhone to iOS 10.3 and your Apple Watch have at least a 50 percent battery charge and be within range of your iPhone before beginning the installation.

watchOS 3.2 offers the following fixes and changes:

(more…)

Apple releases iOS 10.3 update

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, March 28th, 2017, 05:08
Category: CarPlay, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Siri, Software, Touch ID

iOS 10.3 is out and ready to go.

Apple on Monday released iOS 10.3, the latest version of its mobile operating system for its iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices.

The update, which weighs in at about a 2.4 gigabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

Find My iPhone:
– View the current or last known location of your AirPods.

– Play a sound on one or both AirPods to help you find them.

(more…)

Apple releases macOS Sierra 10.12.4 update

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, March 28th, 2017, 05:20
Category: macOS, News, Sierra, Siri, Software

If you’ve been hankering for macOS 10.12.4, it’s available and ready to go.

The new operating system update, a 1.85 gigabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Adds Night Shift for automatically shifting the colors in your display to the warmer end of the spectrum after dark.

– Adds Siri support for cricket sports scores and statistics for Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council.

– Adds Dictation support for Shanghainese.

(more…)

Apple hires former QNX staff, begins efforts in Canada towards Project Titan

Posted by:
Date: Thursday, October 27th, 2016, 05:55
Category: Apple Car, Hardware, Rumor, Siri, Titan

flag_of_canada-svg

Apple has both taken the long view of its Project Titan automative effort and settled it in Canada.

Apple apparently has “dozens” of software engineers working out of an office outside of Ottawa, Ontario—just a five minute walk from BlackBerry’s QNX division, which provides automotive software. In fact, about two dozen of Apple’s engineers reportedly came directly from QNX.

The hires include former QNX CEO Dan Dodge and Derrick Keefe, a software engineer with decades of experience under his belt.

While QNX doesn’t currently product autonomous driving software, it is on the company’s list of goals. QNX has already reached a deal with AdasWorks to integrate AdasWorks’ software into QNX’s operating system, which already powers systems like BMW ConnectedDrive, Ford Sync3, Buick Intellilink, and others, in more than 60 million vehicles.

(more…)

Apple announces $42.4 billion in revenue, $7.8 billion profit for Q3 2016

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, July 26th, 2016, 14:42
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, iOS, iPad, iPad Pro, iPhone, macOS, News, Sierra, Siri

applelogo1

You know, in most businesses, a quarterly profit of $7.8 billion would be considered a good thing.

In Apple’s frame of mind, this isn’t that stellar.

In today’s Q3 2016 conference call, representatives from Apple cited revenues of $42.4 billion, a profit of $7.8 billion with a margin of 38 percent.

Apple CEO Tim Cook cited the successful launch of the iPhone SE, wherein demand outstripped capacity at first. Additional capacity was brought online to handle this.

Cook cited an 8 percent decline in iPhone sales from Q3 2015.

(more…)

Siri for Mac beta hands-on video released

Posted by:
Date: Friday, June 17th, 2016, 08:38
Category: News, Sierra, Siri, Software

siridockicon1012

This is what it’s like to use Siri on the Mac.

The cool cats at MacRumors have assembled a demo video of using the Siri beta on macOS Sierra, which is due for release this fall. Siri on the Mac can perform many of the same functions available on iOS, like answering simple queries, looking up information, sending messages, opening apps, and more, plus there are Mac-specific functions.

Siri can be accessed through the menu bar, a dock icon, or a keyboard command, and the Siri results, displayed in individual windows, can be pinned to the Today section of the Notification Center or added to documents and files.

Take a gander:



(more…)

WWDC: Apple highlights hefty tvOS update, new features to come

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, June 14th, 2016, 09:32
Category: News, Siri, Software, TvOS

tvOS

Apple’s tvOS is about to receive a fairly hefty update, as outlined by Eddy Cue during the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference yesterday. Cue began by showing off a reworked iPhone remote app that includes all the same features as the bundled Siri Remote. When you’re searching for stuff to watch, Siri can now look up categories like “high school comedies from the ’80s.” Siri’s universal search is also adding YouTube to its content sources in the upcoming tvOS update.

The company will also be incorporating a new feature called Single Sign-on, which allows you to enter multiple login credentials at once and gain access to app from larger networks like HBO, ABC, NBC, ESPN and others. tvOS is also gaining a new feature called Live Tune-in, which lets you open live programming streams from certain networks (including ESPN and Disney) by just commanding Siri to put them on.

(more…)

Siri begins to return queries regarding Finder, speculation brews ahead of WWDC

Posted by:
Date: Monday, June 13th, 2016, 08:15
Category: iOS, News, OS X, Siri, Software

siriicon

Siri is changing a bit ahead of WWDC 2016.

And it now knows what the Finder is.

As of now, when asked the specific question “Siri open settings in the window,” Siri for iOS responds with: “It doesn’t look like you have an app named ‘Finder’.”

Interestingly, omitting the word “Siri” from the query changes the response, and the assistant simply opens the iOS Settings application.

Over the years, there never has been a Finder application for iOS and the Finder was limited to OS X. The updated response has been seen as Apple’s possible integration of Siri on the Mac, a feature which is expected in OS X 10.12.

(more…)