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“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
Verizon Communications Inc. today completed its acquisition of the operating business of Yahoo! Inc. Verizon has combined these assets with its existing AOL business to create a new subsidiary, Oath, a diverse house of more than 50 media and technology brands that engages more than a billion people around the world. The Oath portfolio includes HuffPost, Yahoo Sports, AOL.com, MAKERS, Tumblr, BUILD Studios, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Mail and more, with a mission to build brands people love. Marni Walden, Verizon president of Media and Telematics, said in a statement, “The close of this transaction represents a critical step in growing Click Here to Read more
We have had a few questions as to why we are not covering what’s new and upcoming with the recently announced iOS 11 and High Sierra. The short answer is -> WE CAN’T. Unlike other media outlets, the company that owns this web site is an official beta test site for Apple and other companies. For us to cover such information would violate any NDA (Non-disclosure agreement) with those companies. We also feel that since the software in question is still in beta, that we would be misleading our readers by reporting on features that may not be there in the Click Here to Read more
“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 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
AT&T’s DirecTV Now has started to warn users of its Internet TV service that it will stop supporting Safari on Mac for streaming video at the end of June, with subscribers advised to switch to Google Chrome if they want to continue streaming through a browser on the Mac desktop. DirecTV Now notice to Safari users.
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