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Report: Apple planning Siri SDK for WWDC as it builds Amazon Echo/Google Home hardware competitor

Last week Google officially took the wraps off of its Amazon Echo competitor Google Home, while earlier this month the original Siri creators unveiled their latest personal assistant Viv. Now, The Information reports that Apple is working on an Amazon Echo-like device.

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Chance Miller

May 24th

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Apple to release a Siri-based Amazon Echo competitor

Siri Vs Echo
Remember when we said that Siri was becoming boring and stale in the face of impressive AI advancements from the likes of Google, Viv and Amazon? Well, perhaps we spoke too soon. According to a new report from The Information, Apple finally appears ready to let Siri grow up.

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Yoni Heisler

May 24th

Apple

GhostCodes makes it easy to discover new Snapchat users [Video]

Snapchat is insanely popular with the younger demographic, and it flourishes in areas like schools, where there is a community of individuals using the app who see each other face to face.

One of Snapchat’s greatest weaknesses, though, is that it lacks good discovery tools built inside the app. It’s why I believe that its growth, although impressive, has been bridled in some instances. It’s why an app like GhostCodes can provide a valuable bridge to user discovery on the platform. more…


Filed under: Apps Tagged: App Store app, discovery, Snapchat, social media, video
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Jeff Benjamin

May 24th

Apple

Mac

iPhone 7: Specs & features expected for Apple’s next flagship

A new dual-camera system, storage and RAM upgrades, a tweaked physical design, and possibly the Smart Connector that debuted on Apple’s iPad Pro line. Those are just a few of the upgrades possibly expected for Apple’s next flagship iPhone lineup, not to mention a lot of discussion over what it has planned for its bundled headphones now that it’s expected to ditch the old 3.5mm headphone jack with iPhone 7. Here’s what we know so far.

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Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: 5.5-inch model, Apple, Dual-Camera, features, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 plus, OIS, specs
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Jordan Kahn

May 24th

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Mac

Adonit launches new $79 Pixel stylus as worthy competitor to Apple Pencil, compatible with iPhone and iPad

The stylus market was shaken up last fall with Apple’s first-party entrance into the race with the Apple Pencil, which works in concert with special sensors in the iPad Pro display for pixel-accurate recognition. This left third-party stylus accessory manufacturers in a quandary — how can they compete with the officially-endorsed Apple Pencil? The Pixel stylus is the answer from Adonit, on sale today for $79.99. Not only is Adonit’s stylus $20 cheaper than Apple’s, it has a huge advantage in terms of iOS device compatibility.

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Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS, iOS Devices, Tech Industry Tagged: Adonit, Apple Pencil, iPad Pro, stylus
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Benjamin Mayo

May 24th

Apple

Mac

Adonit launches new $79 Pixel stylus as worthy competitor to Apple Pencil, compatible with iPhone and iPad

The stylus market was shaken up last fall with Apple’s first-party entrance into the race with the Apple Pencil, which works in concert with special sensors in the iPad Pro display for pixel-accurate recognition. This left third-party stylus accessory manufacturers in a quandary — how can they compete with the officially-endorsed Apple Pencil? The Pixel stylus is the answer from Adonit, on sale today for $79.99. Not only is Adonit’s stylus $20 cheaper than Apple’s, it has a huge advantage in terms of iOS device compatibility.

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Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS, iOS Devices, Tech Industry Tagged: Adonit, Apple Pencil, iPad Pro, stylus
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Benjamin Mayo

May 24th

Apple

Mac

9to5Toys Last Call: Panasonic 50″ 4K UHDTV $500, mophie 32GB Space Pack $40, Bose SoundLink Mini II $179, more

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Many acclaimed Bose speakers & headphones now on sale, SoundLink Mini II $179 shipped (Reg. $199)

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Justin Kahn

May 24th

Apple

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Parallels Access 3.1 adds native iPad Pro resolution, Apple Pencil support, 3D Touch features, more

You may be familiar with Parallels for its virtual machine software that lets you run Windows alongside OS X on a Mac, but the company also offers a service and mobile app called Parallels Access that lets you remote into your Mac and Windows VM from other devices. Parallels Access for iOS is updating to version 3.1 today with enhancements for Apple’s latest iPhones and iPads plus new features for all users.

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Filed under: Apps Tagged: Parallels
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Zac Hall

May 24th

Apple

Mac

Pebble 2 + Time 2 w/ built-in HR monitors & bigger screen, all-new 3G wearable Core unveiled

Pebble has just unveiled its latest smartwatches, and has done so in the most Pebble-like way possible, by launching a new Kickstarter project. The smartwatch maker has returned to the platform it used so successfully with the original Pebble, and the following iterations, with a true second generation Pebble and a second generation Pebble Time along with an all-new 3G wearable called the Pebble Core.

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Filed under: Tech Industry Tagged: Accessories, Kickstarter, Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2, smartwatches

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Cam Bunton

May 24th

Apple

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Opinion: What can we expect from the 2016 MacBook Pro, and will it be worth the wait?

Apple has kept us waiting a long time for a new MacBook Pro. It’s been more than a year since the last update, and that was a minor one. It added Force Touch to the trackpad, provided faster flash storage, an extra hour of battery-life and faster graphics. All fine as a refresh, but nothing to get too excited about.

The latest report suggests that we’re now going to have to wait until Q4 this year before a new model is released. Unsurprisingly, that report points to a next-generation MacBook Pro with a thinner and lighter design, with cues taken from the 12-inch MacBook. More power-efficient processors should allow a thinner casing without sacrificing battery-life.

But it also suggests a couple of new features: Touch ID, and a touch-sensitive replacement for the function keys on the top row of the keyboard. At first glance, Touch ID might sound welcome but no big deal, and the touchscreen a bit gimmicky, but – executed properly – I think they could make a huge difference to the usability of the machine …

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Ben Lovejoy

May 24th

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