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How should Apple & Siri compete with Amazon Echo and Google Home?

Amazon was first with its Echo Wi-Fi speaker — a dedicated, standalone hub for its Alexa virtual assistant software — and now word has it Apple is working on a similar product for Siri. The several reports this week detailing Apple’s plans followed Google’s unveiling of its competitive Home hardware and Assistant platform at its Google I/O developer conference earlier this month. But what exactly will Apple’s competitor look like? And how will its reported plans for a Siri SDK play into its approach?

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Filed under: iOS Tagged: Accessories, Amazon, Apple, assistant, Echo, far field mic, google home, SDK, Siri, speaker, WWDC

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Jordan Kahn

May 27th

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Report: Apple’s rumored Amazon Echo-like Siri speaker may feature facial recognition cameras

Earlier this week it was reported that Apple may announce a Siri SDK and Amazon Echo-like Siri speaker at WWDC next month. The software development kit would allow developers to integrate apps with the voice assistant, and a Siri speaker would compete with Amazon’s Alexa and the upcoming Google Home. Adding to the rumors, a new report suggests this product may not be available until sometime next year, but could feature cameras with facial recognition features that stand out from Amazon’s and Google’s products.

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Filed under: iOS Tagged: Siri

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Zac Hall

May 27th

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Apple working ‘rapidly’ to bring Apple Pay to more countries in Europe and Asia

Following the expanded launch of Apple Pay in Singapore this week, TechCrunch spoke with Apple VP Jennifer Bailey about Apple Pay’s roadmap. The Apple executive said the company wants to bring Apple Pay to every significant market in which it operates with particular focus on rapid expansion in Europe and Asia. Apple Pay is currently available in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, China, Singapore and Australia. Apple has already said the mobile payments service will reach Hong Kong soon …

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Filed under: AAPL Company, Apple Pay, iOS, iOS Devices Tagged: App Store, Apple pay, devices, iOS, iPhone, Users

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Benjamin Mayo

May 27th

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iOS 10: Rumored iPhone & iPad features in the cards for WWDC 2016

As we approach Apple’s WWDC 2016 developer conference scheduled for June 13-17, there are more than a few reported in-development features and fixes that are likely candidates for stage time. An Apple Music revamp, Apple Pay updates, improvements for the App Store, and new features for HomeKit, Siri, and Apple News are just a few possibilities for Apple’s event next month. Below we roundup those features and much more as we take a look at the most likely new iPhone and iPad features in the works for iOS 10:

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Filed under: Developers, iOS, iOS Devices Tagged: App Store, Apple Music, Apple pay, iOS 10, iPhone 7, new features, SDK, Siri, Touch ID, WWDC

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Jordan Kahn

May 26th

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New iPhone 7 schematics suggest similar dimensions, unlikely front changes on iPhone 7 Plus

There are a pair of new iPhone 7 schematics circling the Internet today, depicting the 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch SKUs of Apple’s next-generation flagship phone. The 4.7 inch iPhone 7 drawing appears pretty much as expected, resembling the iPhone 6s by and large with repositioned (and larger) rear camera and redesigned antenna lines. Similar three dimensional schematics surfaced two weeks ago.

The measurements listed indicate the 7 will be a tad thicker at 7.2mm excluding the camera bump, compared to 7.1 mm for the iPhone 6s, but a 0.1mm difference is effectively nothing and effectively impossible to notice by humans. (Sadly, these schematics show that the new iPhone 7 camera will indeed protrude from the rest of the casing). The drawings reiterate the point that Apple will remove the headphone jack, re-using the space as a second speaker grille.

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Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS, iOS Devices, Tech Industry Tagged: Device, iOS, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 plus

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Benjamin Mayo

May 26th

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Report: Apple considered buying Time Warner last year, will ramp spending on original TV content

The Financial Times is reporting that Apple considered a buyout of Time Warner late last year, with Apple executive Eddy Cue raising the idea at a meeting with Time Warner’s head of corporate strategy, Olaf Olafsson. The idea of bid was very much tentative and did not enter serious negotiations involving Tim Cook, according to the report. However, Apple is still interested in acquiring media company talent and sources indicate the company is ramping spending on original content: “several hundred million dollars a year”.

Apple has long been rumored to want to launch a skinny cable subscription service for internet television, in concert with its Apple TV set top box. At Startup Fest earlier in the week, Tim Cook said he wants Apple to be a catalyst in the entertainment business.

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Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS, iOS Devices, Tech Industry Tagged: app, exclusive content, iOS, Media, original content, TV, video

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Benjamin Mayo

May 26th

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Pixelmator for Mac update adds Magnetic Selection, Retouch brushes extension for Apple Photos app, more

The team behind Pixelmator has today released yet another free update to its Mac photo editor, Pixelmator version 3.5 ($29.99 in the Mac App Store). Alongside the usual round of performance improvements and bug fixes, the app includes a few handy new end-user features. There’s a smarter Auto Selection tool and a brand new Magnetic Selection tool to accurately and quickly cutout objects from a scene in a photograph. There’s also a brand new Retouch extension for the native OS X Photos app, integrating refined brush-style edits into iCloud Photo Library. Video demo after the break …

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Filed under: AAPL Company, Apps, iOS, iOS Devices, Tech Industry Tagged: iOS, iPad, iPhone, Mac, magnetic, photo editor, Photoshop, Pixelmator, pixlemator

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Benjamin Mayo

May 26th

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Pixelmator for Mac update adds Magnetic Selection, Retouch brushes extension for Apple Photos app, more

The team behind Pixelmator has today released yet another free update to its Mac photo editor, Pixelmator version 3.5 ($29.99 in the Mac App Store). Alongside the usual round of performance improvements and bug fixes, the app includes a few handy new end-user features. There’s a smarter Auto Selection tool and a brand new Magnetic Selection tool to accurately and quickly cutout objects from a scene in a photograph. There’s also a brand new Retouch extension for the native OS X Photos app, integrating refined brush-style edits into iCloud Photo Library. Video demo after the break …

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Filed under: AAPL Company, Apps, iOS, iOS Devices, Tech Industry Tagged: iOS, iPad, iPhone, Mac, magnetic, photo editor, Photoshop, Pixelmator, pixlemator

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Benjamin Mayo

May 26th

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Apple looking to hire lawyer with ‘health privacy expertise’ for continued health efforts

Earlier today, Tim Cook opened Startup Fest in Amsterdam with an interview during which he made several comments about Apple’s ambitious goals in the health industry. Now, a new job listing has surfaced that reveals Apple is looking to hire a high-level lawyer who specializes in health privacy regulations. The job listing was initially posted yesterday (via Business Insider).

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Filed under: iOS Tagged: Heatlh, HIPAA, researchkit

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Chance Miller

May 24th

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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

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