Monday, 21 August, 2017

New iPhone feature to block texts while driving

A man uses HTC Vive Virtual Reality headset at the mk2 VR a place dedicated to virtual reality in Paris Taiwan's HTC says virtual reality headset will be compatible with Apple's new OS
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The company "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.

Driving guidance: Apple in its iOS 11 has also added new improvements to Maps which can be used while driving in a vehicle.

Users will be able to see Apple Maps, Apple's navigation application, while driving - though they will be unable to input destinations. Google already tries to be proactive with its Assistant on Android phones and Google Home speaker.

A feature which should've preceded the voice-enabled personal assistants, Siri has finally been endowed with the ability to converse via texts. Or making new voices, with a male version of Siri getting a refresh, too.

Among those commenting today, Andy Hargreaves of Pacific Crest, who just cut his rating on Apple stock yesterday, writes that the presentation "did not change our views". The smartwatch promises to learn about your routines to figure out what information to display. Well, that's no longer the case, so perhaps we will start to see Apple TV units popping up in there? The features are part of the Mac software update this fall, to be called High Sierra. And both utilize the same ports as previous iPad Pro versions: A Lightning connector and the magnetic Smart connector that is now used only by the keyboard cover.

Billed as a "breakthrough home speaker", the HomePod is attempting to differentiate itself as a premium smart speaker as opposed to current products that are generally either a premium speaker (Sonos) or smart (Echo), but not both. In addition to that, users will also be able to take notes directly from the Lock Screen via the Instant Notes feature which can be accessed simply by tapping on the display.

The "HomePod" speaker unveiled at Apple's annual developers conference is similar to rival devices that have been released during the past two years.

Apple Music now offers additional ways to discover music - the one that your friends are listening to.

Tim Cook, CEO, said this year's event would be "the best and biggest" as he prepared to unveil the tech giant's first new product range since the Apple Watch and a whole host of other treats.

Apple will roll out a brand new iMac in December called the iMac Pro: featuring 8-, 10- or 18-core Intel Xeon processors, the computer will use Radeon Vega graphics, up to 128GB ECC memory and feature for USB-C (with Thunderbolt) ports.

Apple iOS 11 takes a stand on driving safety with CarPlay updates
Siri will be able to translate English words and phrases into Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish. Safari, Apple's web browser, seeks to make users' online experience smoother and less annoying.

Trump lashes out at London's mayor, again
Acosta said , "There are going to be folks who are going to ask the question was the president attacking the major of London because he is Muslim".

Warriors' Steve Kerr back on sideline, will coach Game 2
The Warriors squandered a 3-1 lead to the Cavs a year ago to miss a repeat. "It was 2-0 past year , we lost". Kevin Love started 4 for 4 for the Cavs, but was briefly shaken up and seemed to be favoring his left side.

Hardware upgrades woo pros back and set stage for developers to use augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR).

Analysts said the smart home speaker market is ripe for Apple.

Apple is introducing a 10.5-inch iPad Pro in an attempt to revive interest in its once hot-selling line of tablets. Yet it isn't as bulky as the 12.9-inch model.

A 64GB version of the iPad Pro will cost $650; it is available to order now and will begin to be shipped next week. The performance facilitates "complex tasks like editing photos and 4K video, rendering 3D images or playing games", says Apple.

With the next version of the iOS system for mobile devices, messages will sync in the cloud.

It revealed there are more than 375 million active devices using Siri each month over 36 countries. They can use the money instantly to send to someone, make purchases using Apple Pay in stores, apps and on the web, or transfer it from Apple Pay Cash to their bank account. The research firm eMarketer says than 35 million people in the US are expected to use a voice-activated speaker at least once a month this year, more than double its estimate from last year.

The pro level camera features will allow for looping videos with new Loop and Bounce effects in Live Photos.

Up next, Apple Pay has been integrated right in to iMessage, which supports person to person payments as well.

Apple Maps has added several indoor maps for major airports and shopping centres worldwide. This highlights a broader issue for Apple as consumers' interaction with computing becomes even more fragmented; services in which Apple is weak are likely to drive the bulk of consumer value.

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