• Apple unveils $349 HomePod to compete with Amazon Echo, Google Home
Apple unveils $349 HomePod to compete with Amazon Echo, Google Home

Along with upgraded versions of iPad and Mac laptops, Apple provided look at an iMac Pro work station that had the computing built in behind the screen and was touted as the most powerful computer the company has ever made. In addition, you can tell Siri that you like the song now playing to play something different. And Apple will have a ne...

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  • Apple unveils an Amazon Echo competitor
Apple unveils an Amazon Echo competitor

The HomePod will give you voice control of any HomeKit-supported accessories, letting you control your wonderful motorised blinds or Hue lights without whipping out your iPhone. On the software front, RBC Capital analyst Amit Daryanani expects the iOS 11 - the next operating system for Apple's iPhones and iPads - to get an overhaul that will accomm...

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  • WWDC 2017: With iOS 11, AirPods are even more customizable
WWDC 2017: With iOS 11, AirPods are even more customizable

Both the Apple iPad Pro 9 .7 and the iPad Pro 10 .5 feature a four-speaker setup, a Smart Connector on the rear and compatibility with the Apple Pencil and Apple Smart Keyboard for working on the move. The HomePod is Apple's first new gadget in almost three years, following its announcement of the Apple Watch in September 2014. Coming to ...

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  • WWDC 2017: Apple Announces iOS 11, HomePod and 10.5-inch iPad Pro
WWDC 2017: Apple Announces iOS 11, HomePod and 10.5-inch iPad Pro

A Siri face will show more info from the assistant, like flight times, controls for smart home devices and third-party notifications. Translation support was also added. Apple fourth major announcement was the announcement of iOS 11, which included the obligatory "taking it to 11" comment from Cook. Following in the footsteps of competitors...

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  • Apple's making an Amazon Echo competitor called 'HomePod'
Apple's making an Amazon Echo competitor called 'HomePod'

You can also tell Siri you like a certain song, and it'll remember your tastes. Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the latest operating system for Mac computers. For smart home users, the three speakers will take a similarly narrow split for compatible devices. And it would mark an effort by Apple to catch up with Amazon and Google.

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  • Hey Venmo, Apple is coming for the person-to-person payments market
Hey Venmo, Apple is coming for the person-to-person payments market

Apple Pay now supports person-to-person money transfers exclusively through Apple Messages, and will analyse your messages to suggest when you should pay someone if the conversation turns to how much you spent drinking at McSorley's (though come on, I think you know when someone's asking for dough).

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  • Apple launches new iPad Pro and iMac Pro at WWDC 2017
Apple launches new iPad Pro and iMac Pro at WWDC 2017

Assuming both users have Apple Pay accounts , this feature could make Apple Pay even more convenient than Venmo. HomePod also works as a home assistant, just like Echo. The iOS 11 beta 1 is a huge update and it brings tons of changes to Apple's fleet of iOS-powered iPhones and iPads. That size offers room for a full-size keyboard, somethi...

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  • Apple announces an iMac Pro update and iOS 11
Apple announces an iMac Pro update and iOS 11

As a developers conference, it's no surprise that Apple's WWDC keynote today - not to mention its scheduled programs for the rest of the week - will primarily focus on software. Apple's new model and larger 12.9-inch model will feature a 12MP camera, USB C support (via a dongle), faster A10X CPUs, and improved displays (brighter, higher refresh r...

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  • App Store update will add gameplay livestreams
App Store update will add gameplay livestreams

Apple Pay saw plenty of love at the event, with person-to-person payments now a thing, being integrated into the iMessage platform. The voice-assistant now understands context and interest of users, and what a user wants to read or access next.

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  • Apple shows off VR on new Mac, iPhone
Apple shows off VR on new Mac, iPhone

The new Apple money-transfer service will go up against competing offerings from PayPal, PayPal-owned Venmo, Square Cash and popular bank services like Chase QuickPay. If a user erases a message on your iPhone or iPad , that will be reflected on the Mac as well. "Every element of the new App Store is richer, more handsome and more engagi...

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  • WWDC 2017: Apple Just Launched A TON of New Products
WWDC 2017: Apple Just Launched A TON of New Products

One of the new features in iOS 11 includes synchronized messages on iOS and macOS . Apple is expected to announce plans this week to make its Siri voice assistant work with a larger variety of apps, but initial changes were expected to add just a small number of capabilities.

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  • Apple unveils VR features on Mac, new iPhone software
Apple unveils VR features on Mac, new iPhone software

A new Leather Sleeve is available for both the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro in a range of colors for $129 (US) and $149 (US), respectively. Apple is also cutting the basic price for the MacBook's 13-inch model by $300. App Store has been redesigned and looks a lot like Apple Music now. The new iPad Pros will also support a feature called...

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  • Apple's Xcode 9 finally allows iOS app testing over Wi-Fi
Apple's Xcode 9 finally allows iOS app testing over Wi-Fi

The exact launch day for the HomePod is not set. The developer preview is open today , and will roll out to all customers this fall. Essentially, it's about as updated as an iPad Pro gets, and with support for 802.11ac WiFi and high-speed 4G LTE, Apple appears to be pushing this as the tablet that does more.

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  • New Smart Speaker Expected as Apple Kicks Off Worldwide Developers Conference
New Smart Speaker Expected as Apple Kicks Off Worldwide Developers Conference

It also combats the competitive threat from Google's and Amazon's connected speakers: Those don't support Apple services like Apple Music , which brings in US$10 in revenue per user each month. A product that was years in the making, Apple claims that its speaker is a "breakthrough home speaker" that it's calling HomePod. During Jobs' last dec...

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  • Apple taking on Venmo with peer-to-peer payments
Apple taking on Venmo with peer-to-peer payments

But Venmo may have a large, fruit-shaped target on its back because Apple just declared war. Apple confirmed rumors swirling about its ambitions to create a Venmo-like payments service at its annual developer conference, WWDC. "Today, Apple announced that it will bring its users the ability to make and receive person to person payment...

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  • WWDC: Apple Revamps App Store UI for iOS 11
WWDC: Apple Revamps App Store UI for iOS 11

Some of the products will be available immediately, others will come later this year. Following Microsoft , Facebook and Google , which all emphasized artificial intelligence at their annual developer conferences , Apple threw its own hat into the AI ring, heating up the competition in Silicon Valley.

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  • Apple Announces Smart Speaker, Device Upgrades, and iOS 11
Apple Announces Smart Speaker, Device Upgrades, and iOS 11

With the nation under siege by a legion of people who still think it's okay to text while driving, Apple has chose to get proactive with their new feature. The speaker features a seven-tweeter array, six-microphone array, high-excursion woofer, and Apple A8 chip for processing, all housed in a seamless mesh fabric.

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  • Apple's WWDC 2017 Kicks Off, Siri Speakers Hotly Anticipated
Apple's WWDC 2017 Kicks Off, Siri Speakers Hotly Anticipated

Speaking of iOS , we're also expecting Apple to show off dozens of new features in its various software platforms, including macOS, tvOS, watchOS, and of course iOS 11 . Apple is redesigning the App Store , its first major overhaul in its nine years. The virtual assistant's voice will now sound more natural. It has six microphones that ar...

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  • Apple Unleashes the iMac Pro, Its 'Most Powerful Mac Ever'
Apple Unleashes the iMac Pro, Its 'Most Powerful Mac Ever'

Both speakers can respond to voice requests for the news, weather and tasks such as turning on the lights. Music . Apple announced MusicKit, an API that lets developers integrate their services more tightly with Apple Music . The 21.5-inch 4K model is also getting discrete AMD graphics instead of integrated Intel graphics. In fact, A...

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  • Apple's new App Store redesign comes with big changes for Games
Apple's new App Store redesign comes with big changes for Games

The next Mac version will be called High Sierra, suggesting that it's a refinement of the current version, Sierra. Safari, Apple's web browser, is getting new features aimed at online annoyances. For instance, Apple initially resisted enlarging the size of iPhone's screen despite strong sales for larger-display phones made by Samsung and othe...

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  • Apple to reveal iOS11, macOS 10.13 details during conference
Apple to reveal iOS11, macOS 10.13 details during conference

Amazon's Echo speaker has been a sleeper hit. Apple isn't just going after Amazon . Tim Cook at Apple's annual world wide developer conference ( WWDC ) in San Jose . There will also be more fitness controls and gadget support through the watch. These three gadgets are the last iDevices to use 32-bit processors (the Apple A6 in ...

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  • Three iPad Versions to be Released at the WWDC Event
Three iPad Versions to be Released at the WWDC Event

The Apple Pay upgrade will be integrated with Messages as an iMessages app . Apple Pay, meanwhile, is being updated to support peer-to-peer payments right in iMessage. The new iOS brings a redesigned Control Center , a redesigned App Store , improvements to the Photos app, WebRTC support, much-improved multitasking features for the iPad,...

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  • Apple's iOS 11 Comes With New Do Not Disturb While Driving Mode
Apple's iOS 11 Comes With New Do Not Disturb While Driving Mode

It will ship later this year. Yes, you can do the same thing with an Amazon Echo or a Google Home, but remember: this is an Apple gadget. Apple announced today (Monday) its efforts in the battle to reduce traffic accidents with the upcoming iPhone IOS 11 operating system's new feature called, " Do Not Disturb While Driving ", which Apple de...

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  • Apple's new iOS update aims to make driving with your iPhone safer
Apple's new iOS update aims to make driving with your iPhone safer

It would mark an effort by Apple to catch up with Amazon and Google . Like the Amazon Echo and Google Home , the HomePod will play music while also helping people to manage their lives and homes. Other navigation apps, like Google Maps, will also work, although not quite as easily. So far, interest in VR has been strongest among gamers, dev...

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  • Apple is redesigning the App Store to make it easier to use
Apple is redesigning the App Store to make it easier to use

Here are answers to most of the internet's biggest questions about the livestream, including how to watch it, how long it'll last, what's new in iOS 11 and what's going on with the MacBook Air. Apple may also introduce a refreshed iPad lineup. The new model will be similar to the already existing 9.7-inch iPad, but it will have a wider edg...

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  • Apple may finally be adding a file manager app in iOS 11
Apple may finally be adding a file manager app in iOS 11

Today is the much awaited WWDC Keynote event of the known tech giant, Apple . Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed Monday at the company's Apple Worldwide Developers Conference event in San Jose that Apple TV, its TV-connected streaming platform, will open access to Amazon Prime Video later this year.

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  • Apple Watch gets 'smarts' from Siri
Apple Watch gets 'smarts' from Siri

Once upon a time it was fairly hard to watch Apple's keynote live streams without having access to an Apple device, but this is no longer the case. In a tweet , Troughton-Smith said the app's details state it will only run on iOS 11. The new MacOS High Sierra will also be rolled out later this year, offering a smart photos feature to mak...

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  • London police arrest more suspects in bridge attack
London police arrest more suspects in bridge attack

Conway would not say whether the president should apologize to Khan and, instead, argued that there's an "obsession with covering everything Trump says on Twitter and very little of what he does as president". "Do you notice we are not having a gun debate right now?" He used to ask neighbours whether they prayed or not. Donald Trump's stepping ...

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  • Apple unveils number of upgrades to Mac computers
Apple unveils number of upgrades to Mac computers

The keyboards both have the same layout and offer the same amount of key travel, but the newer version of the keyboard has a slightly more satisfying feel. The refreshed 12.9-inch model, which gets the same internal improvements as its little cousin, starts at $799 for a 64GB Wi-Fi-only version. They'll be available for sale for $649 starting...

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  • Apple pushes Siri to the fore at annual developer conference
Apple pushes Siri to the fore at annual developer conference

If someone does text you while you're driving, the phone can respond with an automatic message telling them you're driving and can't respond just now. Lock screen notifications also get an upgrade. App Store: "We're going to do something we've never done before". Speed limits and lane guidance have been added to Maps navigation.

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  • Apple gears up for big announcements at WWDC
Apple gears up for big announcements at WWDC

Amazon has now made several iterations of its Echo speaker and Google has gotten into the smart speaker game with its Google Home speaker powered by Google's Assistant AI. The drag and drop mention is still present in the Feedback app, and you can find it even on the iPhone version of the app. Debuting a smart speaker competitor to Amazon.c...

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  • Apple is giving the iPhone a 'Do Not Disturb While Driving' feature
Apple is giving the iPhone a 'Do Not Disturb While Driving' feature

The mobile OS will bring many new features across messages , Siri , Apple Pay , Maps and more. Finally, Apple's Appocalypse video is highly amusing - and is also one of the best arguments I've seen yet to argue that the introduction of security back doors in apps and devices at government behest may absolutely threaten the safety and secur...

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  • Apple unveils 'HomePod' speaker, first new product in years
Apple unveils 'HomePod' speaker, first new product in years

To show off the tools, Apple invited Wing nut AR, the company formed by "Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson, on stage. Google , meanwhile, previewed new speaker features such as handsfree phone calling during its software conference last month.

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  • MacOS is now fully baked with macOS High Sierra
MacOS is now fully baked with macOS High Sierra

Like most of the announcements at Apple's developer conference, including iOS 11 , there was a key emphasis on machine learning integration - Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, described the changes to the macOS as "deep technologies that provide a powerful platform for future innovations".

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  • Toshiba shares rise on report Broadcom chosen as chip unit buyer
Toshiba shares rise on report Broadcom chosen as chip unit buyer

SAN FRANCISCO-Apple and Amazon will pony up to pay a portion of contract manufacturer Foxconn's bid to acquire Toshiba's semiconductor business as the consumer electronics powerhouses move to secure a steady supply of NAND flash memory, Foxconn's cheif executive told the Nikkei news service.

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