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Siri vs. Google Assistant: Which is better for iPhone users?

20 hours agoTechnology / Apple : Macworld

Battle of the AI bots Image by IDG Siri or Google Assistant? Well, that depends on how you plan to use your iPhone's voice assistant. While Google has made great strides in artificial intelligence, Siri has the perks of being seamlessly...Show More Summary

Why Google Assistant for iPhone can’t replace Siri just yet

20 hours agoTechnology / Apple : Macworld

“Hey Siri, should I switch to Google Assistant?” That’s the question many of us iPhone users had to ask ourselves last week after Google brought its Assistant to the iOS App Store. For this week episode of The iPhone Show, I put Google Assistant to the test. Show More Summary

You'll soon be able to control IKEA's affordable smart lights with Assistant, Alexa, and Siri

We’ve been hearing a lot about how Google Home and Amazon Echo can control our smart appliances and devices, but for many of us, they’re still out of reach. Spending a couple hundred dollars on smart light bulbs or thousands on a new oven aren't exactly impulse buys, especially if we’re just buying them to try out voice control. Show More Summary

Apple and Nokia join forces after settling patent dispute

Apple and Nokia have settled their ongoing patent dispute and entered a new licensing and business cooperation agreement. Apple will resume selling Nokia digital health products, formerly sold under the Withings brand, while Nokia will provide Apple with network infrastructure products and services. Show More Summary

Nike launching colorful new Apple Watch Sport Bands alongside matching Air VaporMax Flyknit shoes

Last month Nike expanded its Apple partnership with a special NikeLab version of its collaborative Apple Watch Nike+, and next month Nike is going further by introducing four new shoe-matching Nike Sport Band colors. The “Day to Night” band collection is designed to match Nike’s Air VaporMax Flyknit shoes… more…

Qualcomm seeks court order forcing Apple suppliers to pay royalties amid legal dispute

As part of an ongoing patent licensing dispute with Apple, Qualcomm on Wednesday requested a court order stipulating that Apple contract manufacturers maintain royalty payments during the legal process.

Apple Store app displaying ‘we’ve got something special in store for you’ message, online store still up

4 hours agoTechnology / Apple : 9 to 5 Mac

Ahead of new product releases, Apple will take its online store down for a few hours to changeover banners and products, as well as to build hype. This evening, the Apple Store app for iOS has gone offline without warning, though the store remains online. However, it’s unlikely that this is for product announcements… more…

Intel takes two big steps to push Thunderbolt 3 on PCs

Do you have Thunderbolt 3 on your PC? No? It's not surprising. Your system needs a separate (read: expensive) chip to handle the ultra-fast connector, and Intel hasn't made the specification available to other companies. You're more likely to see the USB-C port that it's based on. Show More Summary

Apple transitions App Store pricing to local currencies in 9 new countries

Apple this week is transitioning App Store pricing from the U.S. dollar and euro to the local currencies of nine countries, a change that in some locales equates to a small savings thanks to favorable exchange rates.

Stanford study finds Apple Watch top-notch heart rate monitor, mediocre calorie counter

A new medical study from Stanford University focusing on consumer fitness tracker reliability found Apple Watch to be the most accurate heart rate monitor out of seven popular devices, though all products tested failed in terms of calorie counting.

New study finds Apple Watch to be most accurate at measuring heart rate, calorie tracking subpar

6 hours agoTechnology / Apple : 9 to 5 Mac

A new study out of Stanford University today dives deep into the accuracy of modern fitness trackers, including the Apple Watch. The study, which consisted go 60 participants, takes a look at how accurate fitness trackers are at measuring heart and calories burned… more…

Twitter brings support for live, 360 degree video to its Apple TV app

7 hours agoTechnology / Apple : 9 to 5 Mac

Last fall, Twitter debuted a new app for the Apple TV to allow users to take advantage of its growing video content, and today the company is updating that app with a pair of new features. Headlining the update is support for live, 360 degree video… more…

Study finds Apple Watch is most accurate wearable at measuring heart rate

When it comes to measuring heart rate and calories burned, not all fitness trackers are created equal, based on the findings of a scientific study that pitted the top wearables on the market against each other. The in-depth study conducted...Show More Summary

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery fire lawsuits spreading to Galaxy Note 5, S6, S7 models

Hot on the heels of the devastating recall that stopped sales of Galaxy Note 7, Samsung is now facing additional lawsuits that allege the company was aware of battery overheating and fire hazards for years--including its Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, S6 Active, S7, S7 Edge, S7 Active and Note 5--but failed to address the issue or warn customers. Show More Summary

Giveaway: We're giving away another pair of Apple AirPods to one lucky reader, enter today for a chance to win

Heading into the Memorial Day weekend, we're gearing up for another AirPods giveaway. That's right, we're giving away a free pair to one lucky reader. Enter now through May 31 for your chance to win.

Watch: See DJI's Jedi-like palm-based gesture controls in action with the new Spark drone

While DJI's new Spark drone relies heavily on an iPhone for editing and sharing video, its default mode of control when powered on is via palm-based gestures. AppleInsider offers a closer look at how they work, including footage of controlling two Spark units at once.

How to use Instagram’s new Hashtag and Location stories

Instagram's Location and Hashtag Stories bring new ways to browse. Here's how to use them, and also how to stop your own stories from being used. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Twitter updates its emoji set with full Emoji 5.0 support

10 hours agoTechnology / Apple : 9 to 5 Mac

Twitter designer Bryan Haggerty has shared today that the social media platform has updated its emoji to include all of the new images available with the Emoji 5.0 release. more…

The best MIDI keyboards for Mac and Logic Pro

10 hours agoTechnology / Apple : 9 to 5 Mac

Now that we are well in to 2017, we thought it was a good time to re-assess the MIDI keyboard situation for Mac users. We have some new contenders on the block that have pushed some old favorites to the side, while AKAI, Native Instruments and more  continue to bring some of the best and most affordable controllers to market. Show More Summary

Twitter updates Apple TV app with live 360-degree video & Periscope Global Map

Twitter on Wednesday updated its Apple TV app with support for a few new features, including live 360 video support and the Periscope Global Map. On iOS, at least some users should now able to link their account to an Apple TV.

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