Apple iOS & tvOS 11.2.5, and watchOS 4.2.2 updates available for download

Apple has finally made available its iOS 11.2.5, tvOS 11.2.5 and watchOS 4.2.2 updates available for download. As far as iOS 11.2.5 is concerned, it is not full of many great features, but it does include the ability for Siri to read news – initially exclusive to the US, UK, and Australia. Users in the US, UK, and Australia can initially avail the new feature and catch all the latest happenings from the world of sports, business, and music. If you’re living in the supported regions, you just need to ask, “Hey Siri, read the news.” You can also pick a …

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Siri’s natural language capabilities drags Apple to court

Apple has been dragged to court by Portal Communications for Siri’s natural language capabilities. According to Portal Communications Apple is allegedly infringing on three patents related to natural language voice query systems that it holds. Portal Communications is a non-practicing entity. A non-practicing entity (NPE) is someone who holds a patent for a product or process but has no intentions of developing it. The NPE has failed a suit with the Eastern Texas District Court wherein it has pointed out that the three related patents were invented by Dave Bernard, CEO of technology solutions firm The Intellection Group. All the patents …

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KGI: iPhone X shipments in Q1 2018 to reach 18 million units only

Apple will likely be able to ship as many as 18 million units of iPhone X, a new report by KGI Securities suggests. According to the report, Apple will be able to ship around 18 million iPhone X units in the current quarter, strikingly lower than the ongoing estimates of 20-30 million units. There are indications that the original iPhone X could reach its end of life around mid-2018 and this effective means that new iPhones could be in pipeline. The report says that the major drop in iPhone X shipments is because of the longer replacement cycles in China. …

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Wacom Bamboo Tip Stylus for Android, iOS announced

Wacom has announced its latest in the line of Android and iOS accessories – Wacom Bamboo Tip Stylus – that pairs up with Android and iOS easil. The stylus has been designed for Android phones/ tablets, iPhone, and iPad. It enables switching between devices without pairing. The Bamboo Tip stylus comes with a claimed 20-hour battery life. It has been priced at $49.95 in the US, EUR 59.90 in European markets, and JPY 6,280 in Japan. The Bamboo Tip comes integrated with Wacom’s proprietary Inkspace, a cloud based service that offers access and synchronisation for notes and other sketches. The fine-tip stylus …

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Apple HomePod launching on February 9, but is it too late?

Apple HomePod has finally got an official release data – February 9 – and while Apple fans would be thrilled at the announcement, critics and business analysts question whether Apple has taken its sweet time entering into the niche and if HomePod will be able to withstand competition from Google and Amazon. Apple is releasing its smart speaker nearly three years after the Amazon Echo and after the Google Home, which launched in 2016. Apple also originally scheduled the HomePod to hit the market in December 2017 before the critical holiday shopping season. But the device was delayed until early …

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Apple, Shazam deal inspection by EU antitrust regulators could happen soon

Reports have emerged that EU antitrust authorities will decide on the Apple, Shazam deal by April 23. The regulators will be deciding whether to clear iPhone maker Apple’s buy of British music discovery app Shazam, the European Commission said on Thursday. The Commission, which has previously expressed concerns about big companies acquiring small but data-rich rivals, can clear the deal with or without conditions or open a four-month-long investigation. Apple sought EU approval for the deal on Wednesday, according to a filing on the EU competition agency’s website. The move had been expected after seven European countries including France, Italy and …

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Apple HomePod to launch on February 9, features revealed

Apple HomePod is going to launch on February 9 after a couple of months delay and just before the launch we have a set of features that HomePod brings with it. The Siri-powered speaker will be available in the US, the UK, and Australia starting February 9. Reports indicate that HomePod will not require an Apple Music subscription to stream music from the service and that it can stream purchased iTunes music, podcasts, and Beats 1 tracks. On the official product listing page for HomePod, Apple mentions that AirPlay 2 support, which lets two compatible speakers play the same audio, …

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Apple Music student membership coming to 80+ new markets

Apple Music student membership is being launched in 80+ new markets by the end of the month, the iPhone maker has announced. According to Apple the Apple Music student membership is being made available in 82 additional markets by February 26 of which 79 are already live now. The expansion brings student memberships to nearly all the markets Apple Music is available in. The student memberships are verified by UNiDAYS, a student verification technology provider. Students will have to be enrolled in an eligible college or university. The plan will be valid for up to four years, with the option …

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