Siri Vs Echo

Why a revamped Apple TV can’t truly be an Echo killer

By on May 26, 2016 at 8:45 PM.

Why a revamped Apple TV can’t truly be an Echo killer

For those who think that Google and Amazon have effectively already won the market for AI home assistants, you might not want to sleep on Apple just yet. Though Siri is not without its fair share of limitations, its functionality and feature-set has improved by leaps and bounds over the past few years. And looking ahead, a report from The Information earlier in the week claimed that Apple has some grand and ambitious plans for its intelligent assistant.

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Best Free iPhone Apps

13 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

13 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

By on May 26, 2016 at 11:59 AM.

App sales come and go but one thing is certain: if you don’t follow our series on paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free, you’ll miss the best of the bunch. We shared 10 premium apps that went on sale with you yesterday and today we’re back with a fresh batch. There are 13 freebies in total in Thursday’s post, but you’ll also find some more on Wednesday’s list that are still on sale. More →

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iPhone 7 Rumors iPhone 8

The iPhone 7 might actually be in trouble

The iPhone 7 might actually be in trouble

By on May 26, 2016 at 11:05 AM.

For a long time, Apple’s secrecy was legendary. The company managed to keep secrets under wraps better than any other consumer electronics company in the world. But the explosive popularity of the iPhone changed everything. Workers at the factories where Apple’s gear is built found out how valuable these leaks can be, and almost nothing is a surprise these days when Apple finally announces something new.

In the past, these leaks have done precious little in terms of a material impact on Apple’s bottom line. This year with the iPhone 7, however, that could change. More →

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Apple Time Warner Purchase

Apple’s efforts to buy Time Warner fell through

By on May 26, 2016 at 8:45 AM.

Apple’s efforts to buy Time Warner fell through

Some question Apple’s future in all sorts of “doom” scenarios, but the iPhone maker is hardly doomed. Its cash pile alone could help it move in any number of new directions, and a new report proves exactly that. Apparently, Apple considered buying Time Warner as it looked to make a major push into the media business. More →

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Apple iPhone Siri AI

Artificial intelligence isn’t going to be the end of Apple

By on May 25, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

Artificial intelligence isn’t going to be the end of Apple

Since 2007, I’ve read countless versions of the “Apple is doomed” argument, most of them related to the iPhone. Apple was doomed because it dared compete in the smartphone business, then it was doomed when Android came along, and then it was doomed every time a product failed to arouse the imagination of some analyst or journalist. In all this time, however, Apple has been anything but doomed. And it’s likely that will not happen in the foreseeable future.

Today’s version of “Apple is doomed” comes from well-known outspoken software developer Marco Arment, who has often shared his views on Apple’s business. His take on the matter has an “if” in it, suggesting this scenario isn’t likely to happen, but his reasoning isn’t entirely accurate. More →

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Amazon Echo Apple Siri

Why Amazon’s Echo is better to talk to than Siri

By on May 25, 2016 at 3:40 PM.

Why Amazon’s Echo is better to talk to than Siri

Artificial intelligence and voice-based computing are likely two of the main components of the smart devices of the future, and Amazon’s surprisingly popular Echo is certainly one device to beat. The home assistant can offer fast responses to some of your immediate needs, like playing music, or giving you the information you require the most, including weather, traffic, sports scores, to name just a few.

To many people, the Alexa assistant that powers Echo is about as robust as Siri. Apple’s voice-assistant that resides inside the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and iPod touch, can easily do the same things. But Alexa does things better and faster than Siri not because Amazon is better than Apple at processing voice requests, but because the devices offer vastly different experiences.

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Apple Car

An Apple vs Tesla showdown looks increasingly likely

By on May 25, 2016 at 1:40 PM.

An Apple vs Tesla showdown looks increasingly likely

The evidence pointing to Apple’s interest in developing an electric car is immense. As we’ve covered over the past year or so, Apple has hired a large team of engineers and executives in recent months, with expertise across all facets of the car development and manufacturing process. The most recent tidbit signaling Apple’s increased interest in an electric car comes via a Retuers report which claims that the company has begun investigating electric car charging technologies.

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Best Free iPhone Apps

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

By on May 25, 2016 at 11:27 AM.

Tuesday’s collection of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free was great, but that doesn’t mean we get a free pass on Wednesday. We’re back with a fresh new back of apps that are all normally paid downloads but are on sale for free right now. You can still check back in yesterday’s post if you want though, and you’ll find that more than half of the apps listed in there are still  free. More →

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OnePlus 3 iPhone 7 Specs

This is the OnePlus 3 feature the iPhone 7 has to copy

By on May 25, 2016 at 7:45 AM.

This is the OnePlus 3 feature the iPhone 7 has to copy

Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus, which has reached quite a level of popularity among hardcore Android users, is about to unveil its third “flagship killer,” a phone that appeared in countless rumors leading up to its June launch. A new report brings more details about the phone’s specs, including one feature Apple should definitely copy for the upcoming iPhone 7.

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Apple Wireless Carrier Support

Will no one save us from wireless carriers?

By on May 24, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

Will no one save us from wireless carriers?

Why is T-Mobile’s “Un-carrier” initiative working so well? The answer is as obvious as it seems: people don’t like wireless carriers. These telecommunications giants continue to squeeze subscribers for every last penny they can and all the while, they rake in billions upon billions of dollars each quarter. It would be one thing if a company just scraping by tacked on a tiny fee, but Verizon hauled in $7.9 billion in profit last quarter on $32.2 billion in sales while AT&T’s operating income climbed to $7.1 billion on revenue totaling $40.5 billion.

T-Mobile is hardly a non-profit, but the company has done a tremendous job of playing off consumers’ collective disdain for carriers and it has seen tremendous growth as a result. At the same time, its model really isn’t all that different from the rivals it regularly berates.

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Siri Vs Echo

Report: Apple to open up Siri to developers, release an Amazon Echo competitor

By on May 24, 2016 at 4:33 PM.

Report: Apple to open up Siri to developers, release an Amazon Echo competitor

Remember when we said that Siri was becoming boring and stale in the face of impressive AI advancements from the likes of Google, Viv and Amazon? Well, perhaps we spoke too soon. According to a new report from The Information, Apple is finally ready to let Siri grow up.

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