WWDC 2017: Apple introduces smart compact music speaker
13:39, Jun 8, 2017
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In a blog post Technalysis Research founder Bob O'Donnell depicted Apple's latest product news as an affirmation that the company has not fallen behind competitors and is working to take advantage of potentially exciting new technologies.
The new iOS 11 will be rolled out later this year and will bring a slew of new features to iMessage in iCloud person-to-person payments with Apple Pay, Siri enhancements, and more. iOS 11 also brings HEVC for video recording at high quality while consuming less space. This year virtual reality is a factor; the new iMacs will also support graphics for VR content creation. Compared to Amazon.com's (NASDAQ: AMZN) immensely popular Echo, which starts at $180, that's a pretty hefty premium that Apple is now tasked with justifying to consumers. Apple isn't saying, and it's probably going to stay that way until we get closer to HomePod's launch in December.
Activated by voice with Apple's natural language user interface Siri, it will have access to Apple Music, a music-streaming service.
Speaking at the conference earlier today, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing Philip Schiller said that the device will "reinvent home music. just like the iPod reinvented music in our pockets". Apple plans to ship it in December-first to customers in the U.S., U.K., and Australia.
Apple HomePod is the smart speaker that wants to be at the center of your home audio experience, and that's great news for iPhone and iPad users.
A survey released last month by research firm eMarketer found Echo speakers held 70.6 percent of the U.S. market, compared with 23.8 percent for GoogleHome and 5.6 percent for others including Lenovo, LG, Harmon Kardon and Mattel. 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.
Ahead of Apple's launch, the competition has upgraded their speakers with support for making voice calls, while Amazon's gained a touchscreen.
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Of the 132 ODIs that India and Pakistan have played, India has only won 51 of them, pegging the ratio of victory at 41.7%. As yet, it is hard to say if he will be fit for England's next match against New Zealand at Cardiff on June 6.
This year's developers conference will be the first since 2013 to introduce new hardware.
Apple is also updating the operating software for its Apple Watch, including new watch faces, more personalized alerts that use machine learning to tailor information to you based on your routines and tastes.
Analysts said the smart home speaker market is ripe for Apple. Alphabet's (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) Google Home is quickly trying to catch up with third-party Actions, but is nowhere near 10,000.
The Wall Street Journal says Amazon has already sold $1 billion worth of product in its Echo smart speaker range, which utilises the company's virtual assistant Alexa.
Apple had plenty of other announcements.
In addition, CNN reports, Obama also urged the audience to get more people of color involved in the tech industry as well. It's a software developer kit that allows developers to create augmented reality apps.
Safari, Apple's web browser, is getting new features aimed at online annoyances. It will not block the ads themselves, though. Well, the HomePod is easily the best of the three in terms of overall performance - but you'd expect that given it's also the most expensive. Google, meanwhile, previewed new speaker features such as hands-free phone calling during its software conference last month. Apple also laid some groundwork for augmented reality, the projection of digital features onto real-world surroundings, by giving app developers tools for incorporating AR into their products. Later, BuzzFeed News had reported that both brands have finalised a deal.
Adams retired in 2002 after he and Wenger led Arsenal to a second Premier League and FA Cup double in five seasons. I don't think I could have done much more this season, it is the coach's decision and you have to respect that.
Behind the two Ferraris came the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo with Hamilton's teammate Valterri Bottas's Merecedes in fourth. Championship leader Sebastian Vettel , his Ferrari teammate, also got away cleanly from second on the grid.
In his second season in New York, Babe Ruth led the Yankees to their first World Series berth in 1921 against the Giants. Fellow starters Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, but the surprise was Deron Williams .
After touting the work of Apple's developers, Cook announced that Amazon is coming to Apple TV with its Prime Video app. Apple also released a software kit so developers could infuse augmented reality into applications for iPhones or iPads.
The 2015 champion Warriors will face the 2016 champion Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals for the third straight year. Nearly immediately in the first round, both teams made it clear they have no equal in their respective conferences.
They split the first two, and it wouldn't surprise anyone to see either team take home the Larry O'Brien trophy this year. Steve Kerr continues to deal with complications from a back surgery but hopes to be ready to coach in the NBA Finals .
I'll absolutely take a fast auto any day over one that's trotting around in the back that's going to finish the race. Foyt Enterprises, and this year, to Andretti Autosport, the best equipment he has steered in the series thus far.
It was a triple-double history making night Sunday when the Warriors' beat the Cavaliers 132-113 in Game 2 of the NBA Finals . He wasn't particularly impactful on either end in Game 1 finishing with zero points, four rebounds and a minus-13.
He's been mentioned on a level with Michael Jordan - I've chimed in on that subject - and for the most part it's deserved. When those shots are falling, it opens things up for James , giving him the option to drive to the basket or post up.
Last night, the Stanley Cup Finals kicked off with an energetic game one between the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins . Country music star Alan Jackson will play a concert prior to Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final in Nashville on Saturday.
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Inside the speaker, there are seven tweeters, each with their own driver, that give sound precise directional control. Apple's SVP of Global Marketing Phil Schiller said Sonos aren't smart speakers and Amazon Echos aren't good speakers.
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Diving back to the open net, Rinne made his fourth and most important save in the flurry of chances to keep the score 2-1. NOTES: The Predators used the same lineup as they did in Game 2 , scratching LW Cody McLeod as well as C Vern Fiddler.
New smart speaker expected as Apple kicks off conference
Google's parent had its shares crack US$1,000 on the Nasdaq stock exchange on Monday, just six days after Amazon did the same. Last August, Backchannel editor Steven Levy wrote an article titled "The iBrain is Here, and It's Already Inside Your Phone".
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.
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Lebron James was the star for the Cavs as he had a triple double but he couldn't get enough help to steal a game in Oracle Arena. Former coach and player Al Attles called it "terrific" news. "It was just great to be on the sidelines again.
Penguins beat Predators 4-1, take 2-0 lead
It's a team game, and everyone looks at shots and save percentage but forget about the quality and who we're playing. This one would have been Pittsburgh's fifth goal of the game and thus didn't materially affect the outcome.
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All the reports of Apple's rumored Siri Speaker have it targeting Alexa and Google Home , and at one level that makes sense. Apple may first release a software development kit for developers to develop apps that can be used in this home speaker.
Koreans named in draft UN resolution
I took it upon myself to put together a list of some comforting facts that offer a more realistic picture of the situation. While the draft does not call for new sanctions it adds significantly to the list of individuals and companies sanctioned.
Tamim century lifts Bangladesh to 305-6 against England
The right-handed batsman's match-winning century ensured Tamim Iqbal's calm and composed ODI century for Bangladesh went in vain. Meanwhile Root moved to allay fears over his fitness after he suffered cramp in his calf while batting.
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And the film's bubbly spirit makes " Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice " look like a college lecture by comparison. It also must impact boys who notice that almost all take-charge action figures at the multiplex look like them.
LeBron James becomes NBA's all-time playoff scoring leader
It's the matchup most expected, the matchup most predicted, and probably the matchup the Cavaliers and Warriors wanted as well. Want to show up your friend? Will the Warriors be haunted by letting last season's 3-1 lead slip away? The answer is 2010.