Author: 0 Apple Joins Smart-Speaker Race With Music-Focused 'HomePod'

Combining all of these scorching hot takes into one cohesive opinion is tough, but we're going to go with: Apple's HomePod is a roll of toilet paper wrapped in thread, that costs way too much, but sounds totally fantastic. The company also rolled out tools for developers to create augmented reality applications for iPhones and iPads . For photos, Apple is replacing JPEGs with a new format meant to reduce file sizes.

Industry Apple taking on Venmo with peer-to-peer payments
Author: 0 Apple taking on Venmo with peer-to-peer payments

How do you think could this affect PayPal , Square Cash, and others? Though Apple Pay has been around for a while, it never gained the momentum that was expected. Leader Samsung Pay only has a 4.5% usage rate while Apple falls behind at 4%. Apple Pay is expanding. When users get paid, they receive the money in their new Apple Pay Cash account .

Industry Valve dates its new Steam Direct programme
Author: 0 Valve dates its new Steam Direct programme

The Greenlight program was shut down because the barrier for Steam Store entry was too high and too uncertain. The closure of Greenlight means that as of today, voting is disabled and submissions for new games will no longer be accepted. Steam claim that over 90 million votes have been cast on the program in its five year life with over 63 million people having played a game that came from the programme.

Author: 0 Apple unveils an Amazon Echo competitor

Apple announced the launch of HomePod today at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. Given Siri , already available on iPhone devices, now supports more than 30 languages including Korean, Apple's smart speaker is widely expected to hit other global markets in the near future.

Author: 0 Apple teases iMac packing 18-core Intel Xeon CPU, AMD Vega GPU

Apple also today updated MacBook and MacBook Pro with faster processors , added faster SSDs to MacBook and introduced a new $1,299 (US) 13-inch MacBook Pro. The popular workhorse amongst Apple users and design crowds now boasts a 27-inch Retina 5K display that's 43% brighter (supporting up to 1 billion colours), up to 18-core Xeon processors and up to 22 Teraflops of graphics computation.

Author: 0 Apple announces HomePod speaker to take on Sonos

A VoiceLabs survey of smart speaker owners found that more than 40 percent of activity with the AI-powered devices is still related to playing music or books . There were also updates to the company's Macs , iPads , and MacBook Pro laptops. Given that Siri is neither as connected as Alexa nor as intelligent as Google Assistant , that seems like a wise move, one that lets Apple play to its strengths in product engineering.

Author: 0 Amazon-Apple TV deal shows tough road to cooperation for tech rivals

Apple introduced many new features that will be available across its devices come September, at its worldwide developer conference, popularly known to geeks as WWDC, yesterday in California. "Not just the ones on your iPad, but also those in apps, on your other iOS devices, in iCloud Drive and across other services like Box and Dropbox", according to Apple.

Author: 0 Apple wants to rock the market with HomePod, faces challenges

New iMacs unveiled Monday at Apple's annual conference for software programmers are getting better displays and graphics capabilities. The number of smart home devices you can control with HomeKit is far fewer than that you can control with Amazon's Echo - but if you want a smart home that works with Siri , HomePod and HomeKit are your only options.

Author: 0 Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 (T713) getting Android Nougat update

The 2017 versions of the Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 are full-metal Nougat-running smartphones that boast of a decidedly Galaxy S7-like design without the dual curves. It runs Android Nougat and costs $179 here in the USA from AT&T. That could mean that the handset might be released earlier than expected, possibly in August or early September 2017, a few weeks before the official launch of Google's next mobile operating system.

Industry Apple Showcases New iMac Pro Workstation at WWDC
Author: 0 Apple Showcases New iMac Pro Workstation at WWDC

That comes as something of a surprise, but we don't think the iMac faithful will mind much. It is indeed the most powerful Mac ever delivered by Apple . Xeon chips are generally more robust and reliable than Core chips. As expected, the entire MacBook line of laptops - from the top-shelf MacBook Pro series to the slim MacBook and MacBook Air - has been bumped up to Intel's seventh-generation " Kaby Lake " processors - bringing more power, longer battery life and improved graphics.

Industry Apple Adds Hundreds Of Mobile Features With Launch of iOS 11
Author: 0 Apple Adds Hundreds Of Mobile Features With Launch of iOS 11

Back in March 2016, Apple made its first attempt to answer these queries with a new iOS update but still seem to miss the mark. This is what allows digital content to be overlaid on the real world. With that in mind, iOS 11 will include a do-not-disturb mode that people can turn on when they are driving. Craig Federighi , Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, first announced the new feature at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose , USA Today reported .

Industry Apple's HomePod speaker pumps up the volume on tech rivals
Author: 0 Apple's HomePod speaker pumps up the volume on tech rivals

The announcement was made at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2017 in San Jose, California. A new Siri interface on the Apple Watch will also blend users' calendar information with other useful details, like airline tickets they may have booked, the company said.

Author: 0 Apple introduces power-packed iOS 11, wireless home speaker

ARKit allows developers to tap into the latest computer vision technologies to build detailed and compelling virtual content on top of real-world scenes for interactive gaming, immersive shopping experiences, industrial design and more. But compared to its apparent rivals, audio qualities may not be enough to make it a hit. The camera app too is being enhanced so that they take up much less space while storing photos and videos with more efficient software features.

Industry Apple Takes On Distracted Driving With New Feature
Author: 0 Apple Takes On Distracted Driving With New Feature

Using a Bluetooth , WiFi or cable connection, iPhones will be able to detect when a phone is in a moving vehicle. The only real differences are that the new driving mode activates automatically, setting the screen to black, whenever the phone detects it is in a moving vehicle, and that it allows the user to set an automatic text message reply if desired.

Industry Senate Republicans claim progress on health care legislation
Author: 0 Senate Republicans claim progress on health care legislation

But it's still far from a guarantee that they will have the votes they need. " Obamacare sucks", Kennedy said . John Kennedy (R-LA). "We may be working on this for a while". Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) are question marks. Axios reported that the Senate would still allow some waivers from Obamacare's insurance rules, but would not allow states to waive the prohibition on plans charging sick people more than healthy people.

Industry Apple Launches iOS 11 And New iPads At WWDC 2017
Author: 0 Apple Launches iOS 11 And New iPads At WWDC 2017

Building on improvements launched past year, iOS 11 includes new multitasking features for the iPad that let you more quickly switch between apps and find important content. If you've got a "must-keep" idea that you need to note down in an instant, you can tap Apple Pencil on the iPad's lock screen to immediately open the Notes app to a blank page.

Author: 0 Apple's iOS 11 to restrict logging into apps using social media platforms

There are new Macs and iPads for those looking for new hardware. The speaker will sell for about $350 in December in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. The company "can't afford to yield valuable real-estate in the heart of people's homes to Amazon, Google and others", said Geoff Blaber, research analyst at CCS Insight.

Industry WhatsApp announces new features for iPhone users
Author: 0 WhatsApp announces new features for iPhone users

All you need to do is select the picture or video and simply swipe. The new update for WhatsApp on iOS has been released ahead of a major new feature which is expected to be rolled out to all users imminently. A user can now swipe right on a particular text in iOS chats for swift reply . Through this new feature, a user will now be able reply to a specific message in a group chat.

Author: 0 Smartphone OnePlus 5 will be a replica of iPhone 7 Plus

During the official keynote, the company will disclose what makes the OnePlus 5 more special than others, it said in a blog post. It is going to be a little more expensive than OnePlus 3T but will be worth the specifications. Although the phone will have the same physical buttons as in the previous models, the dual LED will be placed right next to the main camera. The OnePlus 5 could be the company's slimmest flagship phone yet.

Author: 0 Apple WWDC showcases HomePod smart speaker and new operating system

Are Amazon and Apple ready for a detente? The HomePod is due to be released in Australia in December, with the price to be announced soon (expect around $500 based on U.S. Back at TechCrunch Disrupt New York 2016 , Mike George, Amazon's VP of Echo, pointed to music when asked about the device's most common use case.