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How Apple's HomePod smart speaker compares to Amazon Echo and Google Home

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Apple's marketing chief, Phil Schiller said, "You don't have to know what any of that is; just know that it sounds incredible". When Does the HomePod Go on Sale? Following Apple's WWDC keynote on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down with Bloomberg for an interview that touched on a number of varying topics, including his thoughts on augmented reality and Donald Trump. Read More »

Google Home gets two, like, hip ads and, like, a price cut

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One major sticking point for consumers may be the HomePod's $350 price tag, which makes it twice as expensive as Amazon's Echo . While Siri might not come across as smart as Alexa and Google Assistant "she" has been learning consumers' preferences, habits, behaviors for years now and doing that across over thirty countries albeit with different skills. Read More »

How Siri is clapping back at Alexa

Siri can also be used manage smart devices on a home network, such as heating and lighting. As it stands now, it seems as if Apple is positioning the HomePod as an fantastic speaker system first and foremost, in stark contrast to devices like Google Home and the Amazon Echo which tend to be positioned as intelligent voice assistants that just so happen to come with speakers. Read More »

HomePod, Apple's smart speaker, has finally arrived

How does it compare then? The company details that it uses spatial awareness to work out its location and automatically adjust the audio depending on where it is in the room. Internally, the Apple HomePod boasts of a seven-speaker array of tweeters located to the bottom of its cylindrical enclosure. "Whenever these companies try to freeze each other out, the consumer always loses", said Paul Verna, an analyst at research firm eMarketer. Read More »

BlackBerry Ltd (BB) Cut to Market Perform at Raymond James Financial, Inc

Equities research analysts expect that BlackBerry will post $0.02 EPS for the current fiscal year. The smartphone producer reported $0.04 earnings per share (EPS ) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of ($0.04) by $0.08. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a hold rating and issued a $7.50 price target on shares of BlackBerry in a report on Friday, March 24th. Wall Street await BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ: BBRY ) to release earnings on June, 22. Read More »

The Apple show highlights: Siri, speakers and software

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June 5, 2017. It's a smart wireless speaker powered by the Siri AI that seems created to compete with the likes of Amazon's Alexa and Google's Home speaker. "It's a logical step for Apple, to ensure that they don't miss the opportunity to get a smart device right in the centre of people's homes", said Ben Wood, an industry analyst at CCS Insight. Read More »

Apple Enters The Home Market With Its Own Connected Voice Assistant

You're looking at a four-inch high-excursion woofer that's supported by seven one-inch tweeters that point in every direction, and six microphones. For me, the event was a satisfying affirmation that Apple has not fallen behind its many competitors, and is working on products and platforms that take advantage of the most interesting and potentially exciting new technologies across hardware , software and services that we've seen for some time. Read More »

How to Sign Up for iOS 11 Public Beta

On iPads, mind you, you can tap and hold on an image, a file or selected text and drag it... wherever, not to mention easily move contacts, reminders and maps with "systemwide integration" across the Home screen, Dock, Messages , Spotlight, Safari, News, Notes and Photos, to name just a few. Read More »

Apple's tvOS 11 reveal explains why it wasn't mentioned in WWDC keynote

Apple Inc's long-awaited launch of tap-to-pay technology in its new iPhones and smartwatch may be the seal of approval that near-field communication technology needs to become as common as WiFi, Bluetooth and Global Positioning System. With the new NFC framework, Apple could let third-party developers make use of NFC chip in many ways. If Apple can get developers to come on board, NFC could play a bigger role in the ecosystem of connected devices. Read More »

Tekken 7 patch improves online connectivity

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Namco Bandai says the patch improves the matching functionality and connections can now "be established more frequently". You can check out the full list of changes in this update for yourself below. Update 1.02 is now available to download on PS4, and is due out for the Xbox One and PC versions of the game soon, too. Tekken 7 also serves as the last chapter of Mishima clan saga. Read More »

Best Buy offers $25/$50 with new Apple iPad Pro preorders

Not everything is going to be this great after the release of Apple's mobile operating system. iOS, rather all Apple products in general, is supposed to give a seamless experience with minimal efforts on the part of the user. Although, the autofill feature is a great feature to talk about and Android will also get the feature in its next iteration. Many of the App Store changes Apple highlighted during its World Wide Developer Conference earlier this week revolved around increasing ... Read More »

Apple Unveils New iMac Pro - Its Most Powerful Yet

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Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple's all-in-one iMac has gone Pro with powerful new processors and graphics created to meet the needs of professional users. Since this is only a preview, Apple will undoubtedly be showing off more as the time gets closer for a retail release. One of the ways the tech giant thought of to bring glory back to its laptop line is to give the MacBook a new keyboard. Read More »

Apple announces "HomePod" smart home speaker

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From the opening of the video when someone says off camera, " Hey Siri , play my favorites", to the end, we hear music as the camera gives us a look around the device. Siri can also get you access to the Maps, weather, sports, contacts and much more. Apple's Kevin Lynch speaks about the Apple Watch during an announcement of new products at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose , Calif., Monday, June 5, 2017. Read More »

Michelle Obama to Talk Empowerment at Apple Conference

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Some had the chance to meet with Obama before the talk. Obama said we're at a point as a country when problem solvers are needed, "who believe in the power of immigrants, believe that global warming is real". Obama also said it's nice to not have to dress up to go outside, and to wake up with nobody in the house. She said her husband, former President Barack Obama, took the duty of role-modeling very seriously when managing his staff. Read More »

Apple pushes Siri to the fore at annual developer conference (AAPL, AMZN)

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Positioned as a competitor to the Amazon Echo , the HomePod prioritizes music usage. "HomePod packs powerful speaker technology, Siri intelligence and wireless access to the entire Apple Music library into a handsome speaker that is less than 7 inches tall, can rock most any room with distortion free music and be a helpful assistant around your home", said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior VP of worldwide marketing. Read More »

Amazon Prime Video Is Officially Coming to Apple TV

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Apple Watch has emerged as the market leader for smartwatches - but it has competition after including basic fitness trackers in the count. The analysts have called the model "revolutionary", but it's unclear how Apple would talk about the device's improvements and advantages over its other iPads . Read More »

Hands-on: Oppo R11 and R11 Plus in the metal

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The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 660 processor coupled with 4GB RAM, 64GB of native storage and microSD card support. Oppo R11 and the R11 Plus both come equipped with a similar camera module i.e 16-Megapixel primary sensor with a wide angle lens and an additional 20-Megapixel sensor. Read More »

Best Buy is Offering a Deal on the Newest iPad Pro Models

Having said that, the company also stopped this update for a slew of devices including iPhone 5, iPad 4th generation and 2013's iPhone 5C. The company began this effort a year ago by adding a new option to iOS 10 that grants apps access to your location only while they're actively being used. Read More »

Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night Gets Its Own E3 Trailer

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The video ends by showing a bloody boss fight that'll surely test gamer's reflexes and pattern recognition skills. "The boss that awaits the player is a vampiric mistress, Bloodless, whose appearance might be altered in the future", developer Koji Igarashi wrote in the latest Kickstarter update . Read More »

Apple's HomePod Pumps Up Volume On Tech Rivals

That was my quick takeaway after getting to hear a quick demo of Apple's new speaker in a controlled environment versus the $180 Amazon Echo and the $299 Sonos Play:3. The research firm eMarketer says than 35 million people in the US are expected to use a voice-activated speaker at least once a month this year, more than double its estimate from last year. Read More »

Apple iMac gets serious spec boost for 2017

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Under the hood, Apple has made the jump to Intel's 7th generation Kaby Lake processors and upped the memory capacity to 32GB of RAM for the 21.5-inch iMac and 64GB of RAM for the 27-inch version. Plus, Apple is offering a solid-state drive option that will promise even faster speeds. Meanwhile, the 27-inch 5K model will have a choice of Radeon Pro 570, 575, and 580 graphics cards, topping out at 8GB of VRAM. Read More »