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2018

This week on AI: Apple's HomePod arrives, 2018 iPhone modems, 'iBoot' code leaks

Saturday February 10, 2018

Originally intended to ship in December, the HomePod made its long-awaited debut on Friday. While the smartspeaker dominated headlines, Apple meanwhile dealt with a source code leak, and Intel was rumored to score a coup with 2018 iPhones.

How to trigger Siri on your iPhone instead of HomePod

Friday February 09, 2018

With HomePod, accessing Apple's Siri technology is more convenient than ever. But users might want trigger the virtual assistant on an iPhone rather than a speaker that blasts answers to anyone within earshot. Here's how to do it.

'iBoot' leak may stem from low-level Apple engineer with ties to jailbreaking community

Friday February 09, 2018

This week's publishing of the "iBoot" source code for iOS 9 can be traced back to a "low-level" Apple employee who shared it with a small group of jailbreaking friends -- and may not have wanted it to go beyond that circle, a report claimed on Friday.

Despite being a HomeKit accessory, HomePod does not work within custom triggers or scenes

Friday February 09, 2018

Though HomePod integrates with Apple's HomeKit, and even shows up as a smart home accessory within the iOS Home app, it cannot be used as a part of an automated trigger or custom scene.

Sonos greets Apple HomePod's arrival with joking Spotify playlist

Friday February 09, 2018

Sonos on Friday shared a special Spotify playlist on Twitter, taking a friendly jab at the Apple HomePod, its new competition in the Wi-Fi speaker market.

Last call: 2017 13" MacBook Pro for $1,049 ($250 off), plus up to $150 off iPads with no tax in 48 states

Friday February 09, 2018

Today is the last day to take advantage of the lowest price we've ever seen on Apple's Mid 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro at Adorama. Save $250 on the 2.3GHz, 8GB, 128GB model in Silver, bringing the price down to an all-time low of $1,049 with no tax outside NY and NJ. B&H is also knocking up to $150 off iPads and iPad Pros, plus $20 off AppleCare.

First look: Apple's HomePod is loud, heavy and powerful

Friday February 09, 2018

Friday marks the launch of Apple's foray into home audio, the HomePod, a compact yet booming smart speaker that will delight your ears and possibly annoy your neighbors. AppleInsider offers a closer look at the newly released hardware.

Uber & Waymo settle self-driving car lawsuit in $244M deal

Friday February 09, 2018

Improving the stability of the self-driving car world -- in which Apple's role is still uncertain -- Uber and Waymo have reached a surprise settlement over allegations that Uber used stolen data in developing its own technology.

Amazon set to launch own delivery service, competing with UPS & FedEx

Friday February 09, 2018

Amazon is reportedly kickstarting "Shipping With Amazon," or SWA, a delivery service for other businesses that will take on industry leaders UPS and FedEx.

Microsoft tests use of iPhone authenticator app as password replacement in Windows 10 S mode preview

Friday February 09, 2018

Microsoft is allowing users to sign into their computers using an authenticator app instead of a password, as part of testing of Windows 10 S that effectively eliminates the stripped-down version of the operating system in favor of a new mode for all Windows 10 variants.

Analyst predicts new Apple Pencil, 'low-end' $200 HomePod this fall

Friday February 09, 2018

Although early HomePod orders appear to be doing well, Apple could ship a "low-end" model this fall costing between $150 and $200 instead of the current model's $349, an analyst said Friday in an investor memo seen by AppleInsider.

HomePod AppleCare+ costs $39, accidental damage without incurs $279 fee for repair

Friday February 09, 2018

Apple's AppleCare+ extended warranty and accidental damage repair program for the HomePod retails for $39, with a single out-of-warranty repair like accidental damage from a drop otherwise costing the user $279 uncovered, and $39 when under the program.

DirecTV Now renews deal for free Apple TV 4K with pre-payment of three months of service

Friday February 09, 2018

DirecTV Now has re-started the promotion it had at launch, and is offering new subscribers the new Apple TV 4K if they pay for three months of service in advance instead of the normal four.

iPhone firmware leak suggests Apple considered A9X for Apple TV

Friday February 09, 2018

Apple was apparently experimenting with the possibility of creating a powerful version of the Apple TV long before it created the Apple TV 4K, with the discovery of code references in the "iBoot" leak suggesting it could have used an A9X chip.

AppleInsider podcast interviews Michal Jurewicz of Mytek, talks about HomePod and a 6.1 inch iPhone

Friday February 09, 2018

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Neil talk about HomePod, rumored iPhones and Bryan Fuller's inability to stay on a show. In addition, Michal Jurewicz joins to talk about audio digital signal processing.

Apple adds live news section to TV app on iOS and tvOS

Thursday February 08, 2018

Apple on Thursday updated its TV app for iOS and tvOS with a live news section, making good on promises last year to deliver live streaming content from a variety of network news channels to the cord-cutting app.

Florida man's AirPods reportedly 'blow up' during gym workout

Thursday February 08, 2018

In what appears to be a rare catastrophic Apple hardware failure, a Tampa, Fla., man's AirPods "blew up" during a recent gym workout, prompting Apple to investigate the matter.

Stacking up Apple HomePod, Amazon Echo and Google Home

Thursday February 08, 2018

Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Apple all have voice assistants vying for attention, and all are moving the concept of computer-human voice interaction forward. AppleInsider offers an abbreviated history of how we got here and the capabilities of these assistants and their devices in anticipation of HomePod. What do these things do? What do people use them for? And what is Apple doing differently?

FBI agents dish on Tim Cook, Apple in private texts discussing iPhone encryption debate

Thursday February 08, 2018

Documents recently aired in an ongoing investigation into the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton probe show texts between two agency officials discussing 2016's encryption debate, offering a revealing look at government sentiment at the time.

First HomePod orders arrive as Apple publishes User Guide

Thursday February 08, 2018

HomePod is now on sale at Apple retail locations in Australia, New Zealand and other areas where the clock turned Friday, and customers who recently took receipt of the new smart speaker are posting photos of the device to social media outlets.