Will Apple’s upcoming HomePod have major advantages over other A.I. Rivals?

“Amazon has seen huge success with its Alexa-powered Echo but this clever device is getting some serious competition,” David Snelling reports for The Sunday Express. “Google recently announced the launch of its Home speaker, which is now available to buy in the UK, and Apple has just confirmed it’s joining the connected speaker party with a new gadget called the HomePod.” “Although the HomePod won’t officially be launched until December, Express.co.uk has been one of the first to hear what it actually sounds like and our first impressions are good,” Snelling reports. “We listened to four identical tracks on both Click Here to Read more

Apple Leaves Intel in the Dust

“A key reason why the pace of Mac hardware updates has slowed in recent years can be placed in the hands of Intel. As they fell behind releasing new silicon, Apple was left without the parts they needed to do proper refreshes,” Gene Steinberg writes for The Tech Night Owl. “True, Apple did allow the Mac to languish way beyond the release of new Intel parts.” “That takes us to this year’s iPad Pro refresh, with Apple’s A10X Fusion chip. It’s an interesting design, with six cores, three of which operate at high power, and three of which operate at Click Here to Read more

Amazon Exec: Alexa and Siri SHOULD be able to talk to each other

“Alexa and Siri, rival voice assistants on Amazon’s Echo and Apple’s iPhone, don’t directly communicate with one another. But the Amazon executive in charge of Alexa and the Amazon Echo said he’d welcome the idea,” Edward C. Baig reports for USA Today. “‘You should be able to tell ‘Alexa, ask Siri X,” said David Limp, senior vice president of devices at Amazon.” “‘If Apple or Google want to come calling, my phone number is out there, they can call… I don’t know if I can envision it but I hope that will happen on behalf of customers,’ Limp told a Click Here to Read more

What Analysts are saying about A.I. at Apple

“What analysts are saying about artificial intelligence at Apple. [Here are] excerpts from the post-WWDC notes I’ve seen,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt writes for Apple 3.0. Neil Cybart, Above Avalon: I would go so far as to say the Siri watch face will turn the Apple Watch into a completely new kind of device. It’s all about positioning Siri as your proactive assistance. Powered by ‘Siri intelligence,’ Apple relies on machine learning to provide you information based on your daily routine. This adds an interesting element to the device as the watch face changes based on your life. You may receive morning Click Here to Read more

Official specs for Macs upgrading to Mac OS High Sierra

On Tuesday, we reported on the specs on hardware to run the upcoming iOS 11. Now here are the official specs to run MacOS High Sierra on Mac: • iMac: Late 2009 or newer • MacBook and MacBook Retina: Late 2009 or newer • MacBook Pro: Mid 2010 or newer • MacBook Air: Late 2010 or newer • Mac Mini: Mid 2010 or newer • Mac Pro: Mid 2010 or newer

Personal Notes from WWDC 2017 Keynote

The WWDC 2017 Keynote has now conclude and they announced several new products. Here’s an overview: TVOS: Amazon has announced that it will be bringing Amazon Prime Video to Apple TV this Fall. Prime members will be able to have access to their entire video collection. Apple Watch: Apple announces WatchOS 4. The device has a #1 rating in customer satisfaction.  New Watch Faces – Location aware, new cartoon characters (Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear). Will be able to connected to some gym equipment for enhanced exercise situations.  New kaleidoscope watch face.  Enhancements to the Activity App. New layout for music app (album art scrolling, 3d art). New Click Here to Read more

Reuters: Apple to expand Siri and take different route away from Amazon Alexa

(Reuters): Apple Inc is expected to announce plans next week to make its Siri voice assistant work with a larger variety of apps, as the technology company looks to counter the runaway success of Amazon.com Inc’s competing Alexa service. But the Cupertino, California company is likely to stick to its tested method of focusing on a small amount of features and trying to perfect them, rather than casting as wide a net as possible, according to engineers and artificial intelligence industry insiders. Currently, Apple’s Siri works with only six types of app: ride-hailing and sharing; messaging and calling; photo search; Click Here to Read more

Report: Apple’s “Siri Speaker” already being made, but may not ship until later in 2017

Bloomberg is quoting sources that are claiming that Apple’s answer to the Amazon Echo is already in manufacturing, but may not be publicly available until “later in 2017”. The product could still be announced at WWDC although that statement seems to be waning a bit.