Apple to showcase new features for its gadgets

There was a veritable feast of announcements at Apple's developer conference and we've rounded up the best.

Traditionally, WWDC only sees software updates.

The HomePod will hit the market in December in the USA, U.K., and Australia for $349.

The reaction Siri provokes in Apple customers is most often one of annoyance.

Onstage, Apple's worldwide head of marketing, Phil Schiller, described how the speaker analyzes the song it's playing and adjusts its output.

Following in Google's footsteps, Siri will also be able to translate and speak phrases from six languages, with more coming later, Apple said. HomePod can also act as a HomeKit base station, allowing for remote control of home accessories.

But while Amazon and Google have stressed the daily practicalities of the artificial intelligence assistants that run Echo and Home, Apple framed HomePod more as a music-listening platform, with practicalities like reminders and calendar nearly an after thought.

Amazon claims the reason it doesn't show Chromecast and Apple TV in its listings is because neither offer Amazon Video. There's no word yet on support for third-party services, or ways for developers to adapt their services for HomePod.

Apple traditionally has been reluctant to bring its technology to other platforms and would be unlikely to start doing so with Siri. Inventec is the same company that makes AirPods. But at least in the home assistant space, some companies have become increasingly willing to partner with one another.

"It put Apple TV at a big disadvantage", said Alan Wolk, lead analyst for TV industry publication TV [R] EV. He aims to double the services revenue from $24 billion past year to at least $48 billion by 2020.

NBA's Golden State in rare territory
But while James tied Magic Johnson for the all-time postseason record with his eighth triple double, Kyrie Irving shot 8-for-23. What was so discouraging for the Cavs is that they played better in Game 2 but the result didn't really change.

In response to Amazon's Alexa and Google Home, Apple has announced HomePod wireless speaker.

However, if you're thinking the Siri speaker will follow the usual Apple MO of swooping into a new or sleepy category with a better product, you're probably in for a disappointment.

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Ahead of the Siri Speaker launch, competitors have rushed to improve their offerings. Priced at $230, the new Echo will go on sale on June 28th.

Both Amazon.com Inc. and Google parent company Alphabet Inc. most likely sell their home speakers and other hardware at a loss or perhaps a small profit.

Amazon has also added the iCloud Calendar support to the Echo speaker. Google Maps already does both. You and your friends can add songs to a playlist from iOS without interrupting the music. The research firm eMarketer says than 35 million people in the USA are expected to use a voice-activated speaker at least once a month this year, more than double its estimate from last year.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple appears poised to unveil a voice-activated, internet-connected speaker that would create a new digital pipeline into people's homes. I, like others who I chatted with, feel like "Siri Speaker" is a more fitting title.

Apple really wants to hold on to its professional users. Apple's products nearly always command a premium over rival offerings. The speaker retails for $349 and won't hit store shelves until December.

MacOS High Sierra features a shift from HFS to the Apple File System, which is supposed to be faster, more secure and more reliable.

For the first time since the presentation of the Apple Watch in September 2015, Apple unveiled an entirely new product at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on Monday.


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