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Siri leads voice assistants in language support

Siri is Nuance, the crappy voice recognition that you love to hate when you call the airlines, banks, etc.

Posted by Kyle Lyles on March 9, 2017 at 7:08 PM (CST)

Siri leads voice assistants in language support

Great…so even more people worldwide can be frustrated with Siri’s ineptness at understanding common phrases and commands.

Posted by David_SC on March 9, 2017 at 2:04 PM (CST)

Apple releases fifth betas of iOS 10.3, tvOS 10.2, and watchOS 3.2 to developers

Public beta 5 is out - I’ve got it on my iPod.

Posted by Rob Hoffmann on March 8, 2017 at 3:24 PM (CST)

Apple ends support for second-generation Apple TV

“The Flashlight That Won The Best 2016” is a SCAM!!!!
I have went on their website where it was advertised the flash light is on discount @ USD19.95! After I have entered my credit card details and pressed next it diverted me to a page requiring me to pick option parts for the flash light, without an choice of not taking this option parts. So I closed the browser.
Next you know I received 2 confirmation email from them. 1 claiming I have made the purchase and was charged USD 59.9 where the flash light cost USD39.9 intead of USD19.9 as listed on the page. The next email confirmation is more absurd, it claimed that I have joined a monthly subscription USD 8.95 per month to a discount campaign! This is a SCAM from the beginning! Strongly advise people to stay away from it!
I have emailed their customer service email but no one ever replied back to me! After 2 weeks, the product arrived, the packaging looks flimsy, the torch isn’t even working! Save your money and stay the F away from this site!

Posted by Michael on March 2, 2017 at 10:15 PM (CST)

iDevices adds dynamic automation, enhanced scheduling to 'Connected' app for HomeKit

It’s definitely one of the better HomeKit apps out there, and one of the few that has a pretty good Apple Watch app.
That said, there’s definitely a personal preference issue, and it probably depends on your set up. I use Apple’s Home app for all of my day-to-day use, since I like the layout with the summary screen, along with the Control Center integration, and then go with Elgato’s Eve app for configuring more advanced rules and triggers — Elgato’s seems to be one of the few that can take advantage of all of the advanced HomeKit automation features, and even iDevices isn’t quite there yet. Of course, the beauty of HomeKit is that you can mix and match apps and use whichever collection of apps works best for your situation…. Until Apple’s Home app came along, I kept the iDevices app around just for Apple Watch support.
That said, I also still use ecobee’s app for most of my thermostat control, as ecobee and HomeKit still have a glaring limitation in that temperature changes made through HomeKit — using Siri or any HomeKit app — will be permanent and won’t respect the ecobee schedules, which I do rely on since many of ecobee’s energy saving features only really work if you’re using ecobee’s schedules — for example, the ecobee3 will avoid running your furnace at 10:55pm if you’ve scheduled a lower temperature to kick in at 11pm, since it knows there’s no point. On the other hand, this doesn’t happen with HomeKit schedules as ecobee has no way of knowing what’s coming up next.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on February 28, 2017 at 9:13 AM (CST)

Apple releases fourth betas of iOS 10.3 + watchOS 3.2 to developers

That’s actually a really good point, too…

Posted by Jesse Hollington on February 28, 2017 at 8:14 AM (CST)

Apple releases fourth betas of iOS 10.3 + watchOS 3.2 to developers

Not sure if this has been said previously or not, but Theater Mode makes a lot of sense when imagining series 3 having an always on display….

Posted by jeffy on February 27, 2017 at 11:08 PM (CST)

iDevices adds dynamic automation, enhanced scheduling to 'Connected' app for HomeKit

I have to say this is one sweet app for controlling HomeKit…it blows away Apple’s app! I have 4 plugs and outdoor outlet in addition to 2 Ecobee thermostats and couple iHome plugs. This app controls all of them, sets up scenes, and these new reporting features are great.
I’d suggest ordering any iDevice product, they’re well crafted and very responsive; but DEFINITELY get this app for any of your HomeKit setups. It certainly makes me more inclined to go with iDevices solutions when shopping for Smarthome devices.

Posted by David_SC on February 27, 2017 at 1:59 PM (CST)

Rumor: iPhone 8 to eliminate Touch ID in favor of Facial Recognition

Just like everyone else outside Apple and their supply chain, I have no idea if this rumor is true, but if it is using a laser scanner, it is VERY different than what Samsung did with their facial recognition. Samsung simply used a front facing camera. A laser scanner is a 3-D measuring tool, frequently used by manufacturing and quality control to obtain a point cloud image of a real part to compare against CAD data of the part. It has been prevalent for at least 15 years in engineering design and manufacturing. This would provide a MUCH more accurate facial recognition scan than a camera would because it provides a depth measurement. This could potentially also eliminate the problem of not working in well-lit environments.
True facial recognition scanning is very accurate, and used for identification purposes with high-end security. It also cannot be confused by facial hair, glasses, hats, etc. It creates a map of key points on the face - cheek bones, nose, brow, that the proportions do not change and are unique to an individual.

Posted by Derron Bohne on February 17, 2017 at 12:57 PM (CST)

Rumor: iPhone 8 to eliminate Touch ID in favor of Facial Recognition

Yup, this is why we tend to prefix highly speculative pieces with the word “Rumor” — while not every rumour is worth reporting on, some are far enough out there just to be interesting for their own sake, not to mention facilitating discussion.
However, I’m not buying it either…. While Apple may indeed have a 3D laser scanner in the supply chain to incorporate in the next iPhone, the idea that Apple would phase out Touch ID in favour of this is pure speculation and just doesn’t wash with reality. He also mentions the use of it with Apple Pay, which strikes me as even more odd…. Is Apple really going to expect people to take “selfies” in the checkout line? Further, if banks are already concerned about the insecurity of fingerprints (which I don’t really think is the case), are they really going to be that much more convinced by some newfangled and basically unproven facial recognition technology?

Posted by Jesse Hollington on February 17, 2017 at 8:15 AM (CST)

Rumor: iPhone 8 to eliminate Touch ID in favor of Facial Recognition

That’s the thing about rumors…they can say just about anything. While there may be some merit to facial recognition, I give 0 credence to the removal of Touch ID. What percentage of iPhone users are frustrated w/ Touch ID when wet…enough to drop a major component of iPhone operation?! And how does this work when you’re driving, or operating Apple TV, or at night to check your phone? And if a fingerprint is not secure enough, you think a facial will be…with a hat on, sunglasses on, unshaved, from the side?

Posted by David_SC on February 17, 2017 at 7:02 AM (CST)

New lawsuit accuses Apple of deliberately 'breaking' FaceTime to force users to upgrade to iOS 7

Class action lawsuit ... Pure crapola ... sleaze bag lawyers grabbing for money.

Posted by MXJ222 on February 3, 2017 at 4:59 PM (CST)

European Union announces an end to wireless roaming charges in June

but..but wait… brexit. oh dang too late.

Posted by bioglassmusic on February 2, 2017 at 10:12 AM (CST)

Report reveals insights into Apple's HomeKit strategy and vendor requirements

Security should be a big issue for consumers, but I think Android owns enough of the smartphone market share to safely say that security isn’t the top concern of the modern consumer. The modern consumer wants integration and ease, with security being an afterthought.
Apple is smart to keep its products and accessories as secure as possible, and I doubt the baggage that comes along with it will greatly affect their target demographic. The problem I see is Apple’s shortsightedness regarding their attempts to fully connect devices in the home. They half-assed the Apple TV, they half-assed the Apple Watch, they completely abandoned the innovation that has made and kept them relevant for 30 years. Keeping up the status quo on iPads and iPhones and MacBooks is probably enough to keep their foothold on the smart device industry, but it’s not enough to produce results for their investors. Apple is at the top of the food chain monetarily, but other companies are seeing an opportunity with Apple’s stagnation.
That being said, Apple’s top competitor is not Amazon, it’s Google and then Microsoft.
Amazon can only ask hardware manufacturers to add a third party app to their devices to allow them to become Amazon-connected. Google and Microsoft are legitimate hardware manufacturers that consumers trust. If Google releases a television this year that has voice integration and face recognition, by the time Apple can respond in kind President Trump will be in the final days of his first term.
Apple has nowhere else to go in terms of innovation. A home-connected speaker that can play music or turn on your dishwasher? That’s so out of tune with reality that it’ll only serve to further the dilute the consumer base who respects Apple’s ability to know what consumers really want.
Maybe Apple is holding off on the Apple television set because they have nothing else in the pipeline. Maybe they’re acquiring television rights to popular shows or working out contracts with one of the Big 6 film studios. But from an investor perspective they’re just stagnating, and they’ll need to jumpstart their flatlining revenue within the next few years or they’ll see shareholders pulling the plug on their investments.

Posted by Mozby McCosby on January 28, 2017 at 5:36 PM (CST)

Report reveals insights into Apple's HomeKit strategy and vendor requirements

It’s a Catch-22…without stringent standards, your home’s security would be compromised using HomeKit; but if the standards are preventing the availability of profitable HomeKit products, then you’re left buying less secure alternatives (Alexa).
I like my HomeKit items, but honestly, I’d buy more if there were more robust selections with competitive pricing.

Posted by David_SC on January 28, 2017 at 10:51 AM (CST)

Report: 'iPhone 8' to include upgraded water resistance

Going from 3 feet for 30 minutes to 5 feet for 30 minutes is a drastic upgrade?  That’s a joke, right?  I certainly hope that is the least of the changes, by far.

Posted by 0megapart1cle on January 13, 2017 at 1:10 PM (CST)

Leak claims iOS 10.3 beta to arrive next week with 'Theatre Mode'

Yup, and this was the other experience that led me to believe that it was totally a bug as opposed to deliberate behaviour. As you’ve said, there is absolutely no valid reason for this to be the case for videos you’ve synced onto your device yourself.
From what I can tell, it’s not so much that the device was “phoning home” as checking to see if it was on a Wi-Fi network, and blocking playback regardless of whether the file was stored locally or not. In other words, probably just a logic bug — instead of doing “(IF FILE LOCATION == CLOUD) AND (IF WI-FI == UNAVAILABLE)” they were probably doing an OR comparison

Posted by Jesse Hollington on January 10, 2017 at 10:34 AM (CST)

Samsung's Gear S3, Gear S2, Fit2 smartwatches gain iOS compatibility

I just want them to make an app to allow the gear 360 to work with IPhone.

Posted by Dave on January 9, 2017 at 11:06 AM (CST)

Apple Executive Team sees reduced compensation as Apple misses 2016 targets

Steve Jobs had a way of convincing people that they couldn’t live without things that they didn’t think they needed, Tim Cook has a way of convincing people that they can do without the things that he thinks they don’t need.

Posted by esteel on January 7, 2017 at 11:44 AM (CST)

Apple Executive Team sees reduced compensation as Apple misses 2016 targets

apple execs have more money than they will ever need. They should work for their money now. Actually make some advancements in computing.

Posted by bioglassmusic on January 7, 2017 at 1:20 AM (CST)

Leak claims iOS 10.3 beta to arrive next week with 'Theatre Mode'

You’re welcome. Again to clarify: these weren’t downloaded, per se. I encoded the videos myself, added them to iTunes, changed the media type to tv show and synced them with a lightning cable. The TV app refers to them as “downloaded,” but they were synced the old-fashioned way.
These are MY files. I shouldn’t have to ASK to be able to watch them, whether on wifi or cellular.
All that being said, this is something I’ve been concerned about for years: our devices being so intertwined with the internet that they’re unusable without a connection. With some applications it’s understandable, but not with the app Steve Jobs once referred to as “the best iPod we’ve ever made.”
This is why I’ve kept all my old iPods. They can’t be forced to “phone home” so I can listen to my own music I’ve encoded from a physical cd I own.
There are still people who have a giant collection of physical media and do not need to or want to stream. We may be in the minority, but when our iOS devices are crippled by an Apple who is apparently losing its way little by little, we will find devices that suit our needs.

Posted by JV on January 6, 2017 at 5:01 PM (CST)

Leak claims iOS 10.3 beta to arrive next week with 'Theatre Mode'

Wow, thanks for pointing that out…. I hadn’t noticed that limitation, but I agree that it’s pretty insane. The problem seems to occur even in the legacy “Videos” app as well and not just in the new “TV” app that’s replaced it on U.S. based devices, so it’s definitely a big one.
In fact, it seems to insist that the device be connected to Wi-Fi specifically, which gives me some degree of confidence that this is a bug and not an intentional design change; if this were some silly copy-protection restriction forced onto Apple by the studios there’s no reason that the iPhone shouldn’t be able to “phone home” over cellular to authorize the movie.
My guess is that a bug has crept in somewhere causing the Videos app to not realize that the movie is downloaded, since the Wi-Fi-only restriction does make some sense when streaming.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on January 5, 2017 at 10:02 AM (CST)

Apple acknowledges Apple Music now includes 'all the benefits of iTunes Match'

Hi Eric…. thanks for the follow-up. Unfortunate that it required a brute force fix, but it pretty much makes sense that with the way that Apple has presently designed iTunes, this was probably the only way to ultimately handle it. Hopefully Apple adds a “rescan” option at some point in the future.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on January 5, 2017 at 9:58 AM (CST)

Apple removes New York Times app from Chinese App Store

Why Cook?

Posted by justmewhoelse12 on January 4, 2017 at 4:49 PM (CST)

Leak claims iOS 10.3 beta to arrive next week with 'Theatre Mode'

How about the re-enabling of watching synced/downloaded tv shows while in airplane mode? When is that coming (back)? I figured out that this ability was taken away while on a flight.
Why does my device need to check with a server to play files I made myself and synced with my computer?
This is a big one, folks.

Posted by JV on January 3, 2017 at 7:20 PM (CST)

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