Apple apparently assembling team of speech-recognition experts to create neural network-powered Siri

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Date: Tuesday, July 1st, 2014, 10:16
Category: News, Software

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It’s time to have a more meaningful chat with Siri.

Per Wired, Apple is apparently assembling a team of A-list speech recognition researchers, including high-ranking employees from Nuance, to create an in-house Siri engine based on neural networking.

The article states that Apple has created a group of software engineers and researchers from Nuance, the firm responsible for Siri’s voice-recognition functionality, as well as other companies to work toward a next-generation backbone for the virtual assistant.

The publication points to a number of Apple hires over the past few years, including Nuance’s former vice president of research Larry Gillick and Gunnar Evermann, who is currently working as Siri’s speech project manager.
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Apple releases iOS 7.1.2 update

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Date: Monday, June 30th, 2014, 16:41
Category: iOS, iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

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This could prove helpful.

On Monday, Apple released iOS 7.1.2, the latest version of the operating system for its iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.

The new version, a 1.44 gigabyte download via Software Update, adds the following fixes and changes:
- Improves iBeacon connectivity and stability.

- Fixes a bug with data transfer for some 3rd party accessories, including bar code scanners.

- Corrects an issue with data protection class of Mail attachments.

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Apple releases OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks update

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Date: Monday, June 30th, 2014, 16:38
Category: News, Software

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On Monday, Apple released its OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks operating system update. The new version, which stands at roughly a 958.2 megabyte via OS X’s Software Update utility, offers the following fixes, changes and new features:

- Fixes an issue that prevented some Macs from automatically connecting to known Wi-Fi networks.

- Fixes issue causing the background or Apple logo to appear incorrectly on startup.

- Improves the reliability of waking from sleep.

- Includes Safari 7.0.5.

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Goodbye Aperture, hello Photos

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Date: Monday, June 30th, 2014, 15:10
Category: Announcement, Apple, Mac, photos, Pro Apps, Software, The Apple Core, Yosemite

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Last week an Apple spokesperson told TechCrunch that the company would be discontinuing the development of Aperture, Apple’s pro-level photo editing and management application, in favor of the new Photos app that will be released later this year;

“With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture. When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS X.”

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Recent iPhone 6 mockups may not be final design, back panel expected to feature glass similar to 5s model

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Date: Monday, June 30th, 2014, 10:34
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Following the recent parade of iPhone 6 mockups, a new report by Japanese web site Nikkei (spotted by G Games) claims that the final iPhone 6 design will have straight lines across the back and that the back will look largely similar to the current iPhone 5s model.

The report could also explain why most mockups to date have strangely shown round camera flash parts. Apple switched to a pill-shaped dual-color “True Tone” flash starting with the iPhone 5s last year, a feature the company will likely continue to offer with this year’s flagship model.

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Walmart now offering iPhone 5s for $49, iPhone 5c for $29 with two-year contract

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Date: Friday, June 27th, 2014, 12:17
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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You may not love Walmart, but you can get a cheap iPhone 5s and 5c there if you sign a two-year contract…

Per Engadget, in an announcement on Thursday, Walmart announced it will be slashing prices on Apple’s latest iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models on Friday ahead of an impending refresh cycle expected this fall.

Apple’s 16GB iPhone 5s will be available in stores for US$99 with two-year contract, down from US$149, while the 16GB iPhone 5c will be reduced to US$29, down from US$49.

The price changes were scheduled to take effect Thursday at 9 a.m. local time and are only available through brick-and-mortar stores. Further deals for higher capacity models like the 32GB iPhone 5s and 5c are also expected, though specific details have yet to be released.

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iFixit performs full teardown of 16GB 2014 iPod touch, finds similar components to larger capacity models

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Date: Friday, June 27th, 2014, 11:32
Category: Hardware, iPod Touch, News

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The 16GB 2014 iPod touch is out, it’s gotten some favorable feedback, is available for US$199 and apparently includes the same internal design and an identical rear facing iSight camera, a teardown of the device has revealed.

Upon getting their mitts on the new iPod touch, the cool cats at iFixit performed a full teardown of the unit, revealing a near-identical build to previous models with the exception of a 5-megapixel rear camera as well as a button for the iPod touch loop to accommodate Apple’s US$9 strap for the device.

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Apple releases updated 16GB iPod touch, includes rear camera, lowers price

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Date: Thursday, June 26th, 2014, 16:32
Category: iPod Touch, retail

The new iPod touch has arrived.

And it’s available at a pretty decent price.

Per TechHive, Apple on Thursday announced a new version of its 16GB iPod touch, available for just US$199, as well as dropping prices on the 32GB and 64GB models by US$50 and US$100, respectively.

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Microsoft releases Office 2011 14.4.3 update

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Date: Thursday, June 26th, 2014, 13:44
Category: News, Software, Uncategorized

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On Wednesday, Microsoft released its Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.3 update. The update, a 119 megabyte download via MacUpdate, adds the following fixes and features:

- Fixes an issue that causes Outlook for Mac not to automatically detect and connect to the connection settings for the Exchange server. Instead Outlook for Mac prompts for manual settings when you use certain proxy auto-configurations.

- Fixes an issue that causes Outlook for Mac to delete shared folders that are added by using the Open Other User’s Folder feature when certain errors occur on the server.

- Fixes an issue that causes Outlook for Mac to continuously try to connect to public folders that are disabled or removed from the Exchange server by the administrator.

Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.2 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later and Microsoft Office 2011 Service Pack 1 to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Rumor: Apple to incorporate 128GB capacity into 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model, limit storage space to 64GB for 4.7-inch model

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Date: Thursday, June 26th, 2014, 12:53
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

If you want the 128GB iPhone 6, you’ll have to buy it in the larger 5.5-inch size.

Per Chinese Apple blog Feng.com, Apple will constrain its 128GB capacity iPhone to the 5.5-inch version of the upcoming handset, implying that the 4.7-inch version’s maximum capacity will be 64GB.

The report comes on the heels of another questionable rumor from Wednesday that predicted Apple’s next iPhone will launch on September 19th.

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