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Apple is working on a ‘Neural Engine’ to improve AI in iOS devices

Apple is developing a processor dedicated to AI-related tasks, according to a new report from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. Gurman's source says that the chip is known internally as the 'Apple Neural Engine,' and that it will be used to improve the way that Apple's myriad devices respond to requests that typically require human intelligence, including facial recognition and speech recognition.

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Jacob Siegal

May 26th

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Report: Apple working on dedicated ‘Apple Neural Engine’ AI processor

Ahead of next-generation iPhones expected to include augmented reality features and updates for Siri, Bloomberg is out with a new report today detailing Apple’s work on a dedicated processor that it says will be devoted entirely to artificial intelligence tech.

Dubbed “Apple Neural Engine” internally, the report says the chip will allow for much improved facial and speech recognition applications as well as improved battery life:

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Jordan Kahn

May 26th

Apple

Mac

Friday 5: Screens 4 brings new features to the Mac [Video]

Although there are many solutions available to remotely connect to a Mac, Screens has long been my go to app for doing so. Edovia’s long-running app, available on both Mac and iOS, makes it extremely simple to connect back to your Mac, and forgoes the subscription business model for a one time payment model.

Screens 4, which just released for the Mac earlier this week, brings a bevy of new features to the table in an effort to make the app even easier to use. In this week’s Friday 5, we highlight a few of the new features that we especially appreciate. more…

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Jeff Benjamin

May 26th

Apple

Mac

9to5Rewards: Sphero’s Star Wars BB-8 iPhone-controlled droid [Giveaway]

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is Wellbots, a US-based online retailer that specializes in smart products like drones, robots, wearables, home automation devices, connected toys and more.

The company has the iPhone-controlled Sphero BB-8 Star Wars Droid to give away to 9to5Mac readers this week. 

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Jordan Kahn

May 26th

Apple

Mac

9to5Toys Last Call: Apple Watch Series 2 $70 off, iPad mini 4 $300, Mophie Juice Pack for iPhone 7/Plus $50, more

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Mophie Juice Pack Battery for iPhone 7/Plus for $50 shipped (Reg. $99)

Apple’s Great Games for $1 Sale: BADLAND, Assassin’s Creed, many more

Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro gets $124 discount, priced from $475

Best Buy is clearing out official Apple Watch Sport Bands, starting at $34 (or less)

Apple 13-inch MacBook Air 256GB gets a $279 discount to $920 shipped

Status Audio HD One over-ear headphones drop to just $28 shipped today

Assassin’s Creed Identity for iOS drops to just $1 (Reg. $5)

9to5Rewards: Twelve South Action Sleeve for Apple Watch [Giveaway]

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Pokemon’s Magikarp Jump splashes onto iOS and Android for worldwide release

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iHome SmartPlug with HomeKit/Alexa hits Amazon all-time low: $42 shipped

Apple’s official Silicone iPhone 7 cases are on sale at Amazon from $24

Pad & Quill offering 20% off leather/linen iPad & Apple Watch accessories

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Trevor Daugherty

May 26th

Apple

Mac

Tips for working out with Apple Watch

Apple Watch is an excellent fitness tracker and has proved to be an effective workout coach for me personally. If you want to get outside more over the three-day weekend or just use your Apple Watch in new ways for the first time, read along for a few of my favorite tips for working out with Apple Watch.

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Zac Hall

May 26th

Apple

Mac

857 missing/abducted children rescued as a result of AMBER alert program

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children says that a total of 857 children who were reported missing or abducted have been successfully rescued as a direct result of the AMBER alert program.

AMBER alerts are designed to get descriptions and vehicle details to everyone in the area as quickly as possible. They include television and radio appeals, but are notable for the text notifications sent to every mobile phone within range, known as Wireless Emergency Alerts …

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Ben Lovejoy

May 26th

Apple

Mac

857 missing/abducted children rescued as a result of AMBER alert program

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children says that a total of 857 children who were reported missing or abducted have been successfully rescued as a direct result of the AMBER alert program.

AMBER alerts are designed to get descriptions and vehicle details to everyone in the area as quickly as possible. They include television and radio appeals, but are notable for the text notifications sent to every mobile phone within range, known as Wireless Emergency Alerts …

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Ben Lovejoy

May 26th

Apple

Mac

Watch artist create this week’s New Yorker cover on an iPad Pro

The cover illustration for this week’s issue of New Yorker was created by an artist using an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, and as the magazine did back in January, it’s shared a time-lapse video showing how the drawing was created …

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Ben Lovejoy

May 26th

Apple

Mac

Poll: Will you buy the iPhone 8 with or without embedded Touch ID, or will you wait?

The latest in a long line of will-they/won’t-they reports on Touch ID embedded into the display of the iPhone 8 says yes – but there have been so many conflicting reports, it remains an unknown for now.

Conflicting reports have suggested that Touch ID could be moved to the back of the iPhone or even dropped altogether in favor of face-recognition.

Some have suggested that Apple could move Touch ID to the power button, but it seems unlikely this would offer sufficient surface area for the type of sophisticated sensor used in existing iPhones …

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Ben Lovejoy

May 26th

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