• Apple just unveiled HomePod, a $349 competitor to Amazon's Echo
Apple just unveiled HomePod, a $349 competitor to Amazon's Echo

Apple is taking on Google Home and the Amazon Echo with its Siri sporting HomePod smart speaker, revealed at its World Wide Developers Conference ( WWDC) 2017 . The speaker, while expected by some industry watchers, marked Apple's first new product announcement since the Apple Watch in September 2014. Whereas Amazon sells the main vers...

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  • Apple Announces New 'Homepod' Smart Speaker
Apple Announces New 'Homepod' Smart Speaker

Apple "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. Consider HomePod as a smart assistant that you can use to control all your smart home device. But their approaches are different. Apple's new device is called HomePod , and...

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  • Amazon Prime shows will finally be available on Apple TV
Amazon Prime shows will finally be available on Apple TV

As a home assistant, HomePod sends messages, get updates on news , sports and weather, or control smart home devices by simply asking Siri to turn on the lights, close the shades or activate a scene. "This is a smart move because Siri is not that bright and is easily outperformed by Google Assistant while being on a par with Amazon's Alexa...

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  • Apple Joins Smart-Speaker Race With Music-Focused 'HomePod'
Apple Joins Smart-Speaker Race With Music-Focused 'HomePod'

Apple has unveiled a smart speaker to rival the Amazon Echo and Google Home as the tech giant said it wanted to "reinvent home music". After more than two hours of chit chat about iOS 11, the MacBook and iPad Pro at the Worldwide Developers Conference this morning, Apple finally announced something the general public might be very intere...

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  • Apple pushes Siri to the fore at annual developer conference
Apple pushes Siri to the fore at annual developer conference

Apple Music serves up the 40 million songs - probably an incentive for you to become one of the more than 27 million subscribers and counting. Apple also announced new features for its iPhones and iPads, coming in a software update expected in September.

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  • Apple unveils HomePod smart speaker
Apple unveils HomePod smart speaker

One major sticking point for consumers may be the HomePod's $350 price tag, which makes it twice as expensive as Amazon's Echo . More often than not, Siri fails to understand the question I am asking - be it instructions to set a reminder or a query for information about a place.

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  • Siri in your living room: Apple unveils $349 HomePod
Siri in your living room: Apple unveils $349 HomePod

New iMacs unveiled Monday at Apple's annual conference for software programmers are getting better displays and graphics capabilities. The device would be used to control internet-enabled products around home, as well as answer queries and provide news, weather and schedule updates.

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  • Apple's new HomePod to compete with Amazon, Google
Apple's new HomePod to compete with Amazon, Google

For photos, Apple is turning to a "high efficiency" format to replace the widely used JPEG standard. On Monday, Apple introduced HomePod , its new smart speaker, at WWDC 2017 . I'm not saying that you'd have to be lazy, dumb or financially invested in Apple products to buy the HomePod when it comes out in December . Still, the Apple...

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  • Soon, iPhones will block texts while driving
Soon, iPhones will block texts while driving

While iOS 11 is the newest operating system by Apple which will be released on all compatible older devices, the OS will work and run the flawless way when paired with the latest hardware introduced in the newly launched iPad Pro. Apple CarPlay is a auto interface specifically created to allow drivers to hear and respond to text messages using vo...

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  • Apple unveils an Amazon Echo competitor
Apple unveils an Amazon Echo competitor

The moves announced Monday escalate Apple's technological battle of wits with Google , Amazon , Microsoft and Facebook . Google's machine learning technology is only getting more advanced as time goes on, too. Well, it really is Apple's version of a smart home speaker . A survey released last month by research firm eMarketer found Ec...

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  • Apple makes it tougher to text and drive
Apple makes it tougher to text and drive

Although the company has been intending to explore the market for connected homes recently via iOS 10 Home app and Home Kit, all that it needs is an ideal hardware to string everything together. It is supposed to give a big boost to the multitasking capabilities of the iPad Pro and can be summoned from any screen . Here's the five key thin...

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  • Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Updates iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Updates iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro

The new all-in-one computers are coming with two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports. The 21.5-inch model will come with an Intel Iris Plus 640 GPU, while the 4K 21.5-inch models will feature Radeon Pro 555 and 560 graphics cards. And as BGR spotted, at one point the Foxconn source was asked: "Is Apple done with the MacBook Air or will we see a new v...

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  • Apple unveils 'the most powerful Mac we have ever made'
Apple unveils 'the most powerful Mac we have ever made'

The 21.5-inch models can now fit up to 32 GB of RAM , with up to 64 GB available on the 27-inch models. "We're also increasing CPU and SSD speed on MacBook, adding faster processors and making faster graphics standard on our 15-inch MacBook Pro and introducing a new $1,299 13-inch MacBook Pro".

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  • Apple's HomePod speaker pumps up the volume on tech rivals
Apple's HomePod speaker pumps up the volume on tech rivals

With HomePod , not so much. Created to be optimised when used with an Apple Music subscription, Apple says HomePod can "provide deep knowledge of personal music preferences and tastes and helps users discover new music."By saying things "Hey Siri , I like this song", HomePod will work to learn the musical preferences of a user (incl...

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  • General Election 2017: Millions of voters head to the polls
General Election 2017: Millions of voters head to the polls

If you have lost your polling card or need to check where your nearest polling station is located, just enter your postcode on the Your Vote Matters website. You could get fined or even a prison sentence for this. It may be within walking distance or you may be getting the auto out for a family trip to cast your votes.

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  • New iPhone feature to block texts while driving
New iPhone feature to block texts while driving

So beyond turning off your cellphone or leaving it at home, Apple has a new solution aimed at keeping drivers' eyes off the screen and on the road. The new version of its mobile operating system, iOS 11, will bar notifications from popping up if a phone is connected to a auto, Apple revealed at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWD...

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  • Apple kicks off event with virtual reality, browser privacy
Apple kicks off event with virtual reality, browser privacy

However, Apple has a well-established reputation for keeping its app ecosystem and platforms under tight control, so developers hoping for more open smart home ecosystems such as Google Home with the Google Assistant and the Amazon Echo Show with Alexa , may be sorely disappointed.

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  • Apple takes on Amazon
Apple takes on Amazon

Monday's launch was also unusual by Apple standards. Apple unveiled its long-awaited HomePod at its annual developers conference taking place this week in the heart of Silicon Valley, enticing lovers of its products with a high-end offering in a market dominated by lower-priced devices from Amazon and Google .

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  • Apple expected to reveal Amazon and Google smart speaker rival
Apple expected to reveal Amazon and Google smart speaker rival

While Apple played up the music aspects of the HomePod in its presentation, the device will be capable of performing the everyday tasks that competing smart speaker devices perform such as retrieving the weather or reading news headlines.

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  • Apple unveils 'HomePod' speaker, first new product in years
Apple unveils 'HomePod' speaker, first new product in years

The HomePod is designed for voice control with an array of six microphones, so users can interact with it from across the room, even while loud music is playing. The new Echo Show goes on sale on June 28 for $230. Google dramatically improved its language translation capabilities past year and Apple will have a long way to go to catch up in this ar...

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