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Apple releases iTunes 12.7.3 with HomePod support

Apple has released iTunes 12.7.3, a minor update that appears to be focused entirely on adding support for Apple’s new HomePod speaker, featuring a redesigned AirPlay menu, similar to that found in iOS 11.2.5, that allows Apple Music playback to be started and controlled remotely on not only the new HomePod, but also fourth-generation Apple TV devices running tvOS 11.2.5.

iTunes is now designed to work with HomePod. Use the improved AirPlay menu to easily choose HomePod and control what plays next with your Apple Music subscription.

When clicking on the AirPlay menu in iTunes 12.7.3, additional compatible playback destinations will be shown, and selecting an alternative target, such as an Apple TV, will allow you to control music playback on that device, with content selected from iTunes streamed directly from Apple Music in the cloud to the target device, rather than sent from your computer using AirPlay.

Apple releases iOS 11.2.5 with HomePod support, Siri news, enhanced audio control

Apple has released iOS 11.2.5, an update that brings support for the company’s new HomePod speakers along with Siri’s audio news feature and support for remote control of Apple Music playback. The new iOS update will be required to configure the HomePod when it’s released on Feb. 9, allowing users to automatically transfer their Apple ID, Apple Music, Siri, and Wi-Fi settings to the new speaker, likely similar in the way that an Apple TV can be automatically configured from an iPhone or other iOS device. The update also adds the ability to remotely control Apple Music playback on Apple TV and (presumably) HomePod speakers; selecting an audio destination from the Music app or Control Center widget will now display additional compatible playback destinations as separate panels, which can be used to start and control playback on that device directly from Apple Music, independently of whatever is playing on the iPhone itself.

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Report: HomePod will work outside of U.S., U.K., and Australia — in English only

A report from MacRumors has confirmed that Apple’s new HomePod speaker will function in other countries outside of the U.S., U.K., and Australia, although users will be limited to using Siri in English only. Citing a leak by Guilherme Rambo from last August that outlined the HomePod set up procedures, MacRumors notes:

When users try to set up the HomePod outside of the those aforementioned countries, a dialogue box will appear that directs them to choose one of three English language options to proceed. We can confirm this setup process can be completed, and that the HomePod functions, in mostly any country from day one.

This suggests that users who are able to purchase a HomePod from the U.S., U.K., or Australia will be able to take it to another country like Canada, where it will work fine but be limited to English until Siri gains support for additional languages on the HomePod.

Tim Cook visits Canada, makes surprise drop-in at Toronto’s Eaton Centre Apple Store

Apple CEO Tim Cook made his first visit to Canada since becoming CEO, dropping in at the Apple Store at the Toronto Eaton Centre yesterday, The Globe and Mail reports. Cook’s unannounced visit to the Apple Store was a surprise for a group of grade 7 students who were attending a workshop to learn how to program robots using Swift, where Cook spoke about the importance of learning to code and Apple’s initiatives in education such as its “Everyone Can Code” program. Cook’s visit marks the first time an Apple CEO has come to Canada in almost 30 years; in addition to his appearance at the Apple Store, Cook also stopped by to see Shopify, noting their latest work in AR and VR technologies. [via iPhone in Canada]

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Apple announces HomePod arriving Feb. 9, pre-orders open Friday

Apple has announced a release date for its HomePod speaker system, with the new device scheduled to arrive in stores on Feb. 9, and pre-orders opening this Friday in the U.S., U.K., and Australia. Originally announced last June at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference for a late 2017 release, Apple later acknowledged that the new speaker system would be delayed saying the company “need[ed] a little more time before it’s ready for our customers.”

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Apple expands Everyone Can Code program to 70 more colleges in Europe

After rolling out its Everyone Can Code program to more than 20 international schools last November and Chicago high schools last December, Apple has allowed 70 colleges and universities across Europe to offer the program to students, according to a press release from the company. “Education institutions in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Luxembourg, Poland and Portugal will offer App Development with Swift to prepare their students for future careers in app development,” the release reads. “The full-year course was designed by Apple engineers and educators to teach coding and app design to students of all levels and backgrounds.” CEO Tim Cook echoed earlier comments he’s made about the importance of teaching coding in schools, saying, “Since launching Everyone Can Code two years ago, we’ve seen growing excitement for the initiative from schools around the world, who are increasingly incorporating the curriculum into their classrooms.”

Nokia pulls Pulse Wave Velocity feature from Body Cardio over regulatory issues

Nokia has been forced to disable the Pulse Wave velocity feature that allowed its Body Cardio scale to measure arterial stiffness and high blood pressure, according to an updated FAQ from the company. The scale used the speed at which heartbeat-generated vibrations spread out along arterial walls and the time it takes for blood to flow from the heart to the feet to go well beyond the measurements a normal bathroom scale can make. But In the company’s updated support document, Nokia said it has learned the PWV measurements “may require a different level of regulatory approval. In light of this, the decision was made to turn off the pulse wave velocity feature.”

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Graphics in iOS beta provide details about HomePod as device gets FCC approval

Apple’s HomePod has been granted FCC approval amid speculation that a release is imminent, and developer Filipe Espósito has uncovered a set of graphics in the latest iOS beta that hints at some of the device’s functionality, AppleInsider reports. The public FCC document leaves out guides and photos — which will be available to the public on July 17, likely well after the speaker is already available to customers. But the embedded iOS graphics have provided some hints about the new device’s functions, like providing custom responses tailored to multiple users or disabling voice control temporarily (possibly for situations like parties where voice controls could become a nuisance). The set of icons also features ones that represent water, temperature, a spinning fan and assorted other environmental items that likely tie into HomeKit controls.





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