Mercoledì, 28 Giugno, 2017

Apple Announces New 'Homepod' Smart Speaker

Parmenio Sano | 20 Giugno, 2017, 01:39

First there was Amazon's Echo, introduced to the public in 2014.

Here's everything you need to know about tech's hottest new gadgets. For instance you can voice-activate it with a simple "Hey Siri" using six microphones laid to pick up sound in all directions. The speaker will be powered by virtual assistant Siri. And, if you have a speaker that supports Apple AirPlay or an Apple TV, you may be able to upgrade to AirPlay 2 so you can use your HomePod and all your AirPlay 2 devices together as a whole-home system.

Needless to say, it can also provide answers to basic questions regarding the weather, traffic, and others. Meanwhile, the Google Home, unsurprisingly, is great for Googling things. Echo is powered by Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa.

The Apple HomePod is going to be made available initially in Australia, the United Kingdom and the USA, and that will be in December 2017. Google Home and Amazon Echo have certainly jumped out to a headstart in this category, but that just means Apple has had a chance to sit back and watch the reaction in order to release its own version with hopefully less issues and an emphasis in key areas.

As of now, most smart speakers plug into a wall, so they're not portable. Beyond a visual overhaul, Apple could include updates to Apple Music and some core apps like Maps.

"It's the biggest brain inside a speaker", Apple marketing head Phil Schiller proclaimed. At $349 it's priced substantially higher than the $175 Echo and $129 Google Home. Indeed, its Echo speaker will have 70.6% of users this year. And so we wanted something that, No. 1, sounded unbelievable.


Apple said the speakers have "spatial awareness" that adjusts the speaker's sound levels to the acoustic conditions of the particular room. If Apple or Google want to come call, my phone number is out there. One issue here is whether the HomePod will play nice with other music streaming services like Spotify. "As prices decrease and functionality increases, consumers are finding more reasons to adopt these devices", he added.

It's unclear if the HomePod will work with third-party services right away.

"What we tried to do is build something that is a breakthrough speaker first", Apple CEO Tim Cook told Bloomberg. Ask her to play something new or play more like what you're listening to, and Siri will happily oblige. Once the devices hear a wake word or phrase, they start recording and send your voice to the cloud to complete the request.

Apple also used its annual developer meeting in San Jose, California - its largest ever with some 5,000 people attending-to offer hints about so-called augmented reality technology.

Now it seems the Echo is getting some serious competition from Apple.

Consigliato

  • Supreme Court strikes down sex offender social media ban

    The post , which involved him thanking God for avoiding a traffic ticket, was illegal under N.C. Ann. §§14-202.5 since he was convicted for having sex with a minor in 2002.

    Lonzo Ball's draft stock stays strong with Lakers watching

    Majority are looking for players who will come in and start right away and see if they have someone they can build around. In his latest mock draft , ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford wrote that the Lakers remain the "heavy favorite" to land Ball.

    Father of UVA Student Otto Warmbier Holds News Conference

    The North's KCNA news agency said in a one-sentence dispatch that Warmbier's release followed a court decision on Tuesday. Warmbier was released from a North Korean prison and returned home to suburban Cincinnati on Tuesday in a coma.
  • Additional Security at British Mosques Following Terror Attack in London

    Additional Security at British Mosques Following Terror Attack in London

    The Foreign Ministry has confirmed that there have been no reports of Malaysians involved in the Finsbury Park attack in London . The Muslim Council of Britain wrote on Twitter it had been told worshippers were run over as they left the mosque .

    Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Trial: Jury Deliberates for Third Day

    That was followed by a fiery broadside from Constand's civil attorney, Dolores Troiani, who said the witness' claims were untrue. Each carries a maximum 10-year prison term, though the counts could be merged at sentencing if he is convicted.
    Arab states to 'accept nothing but deep changes' in Qatar

    Arab states to 'accept nothing but deep changes' in Qatar

    But Tillerson focused on asking the four nations to ease the blockade, citing humanitarian consequences like food shortages. He went on to say that Qatar has to "end that funding and its extremist ideology in terms of funding".
  • Warriors 2017 NBA championship parade

    May 22, 2017 - Western Conference Finals - The Golden State Warriors defeat the San Antonio Spurs with a series win, 4-0. They are called the Golden State Warriors , but they don't belong to all of California.

    Captain Sarfraz hopes Champions Trophy triumph ends Pakistan's exile

    With the ball we could have had a few more wicket-taking opportunities. "The way we showed character, this is for the nation . The decline cost Azhar Ali the captaincy and Sarfraz Ahmed , the Twenty20 skipper, was elevated to the role in February.
    Britain says will be

    Britain says will be "positive and constructive" in Brexit talks

    This breaking news story is being updated as more information emerges - please refresh the page for the most recent version. Officials on both sides play down expectations for what can be achieved in one day.
  • Confederations Cup: Portugal 2-2 Mexico

    Confederations Cup: Portugal 2-2 Mexico

    In his next game, Silva scored a hat-trick against the Faroe Islands, when Ronaldo added one goal in another 6-0 victory. The game began with controversy, the video-assistant referee again playing its part in creating a storm.
    Amazon's Whole Foods deal set to quicken grocery evolution

    Amazon's Whole Foods deal set to quicken grocery evolution

    Busy people could walk in on their lunch break, pick up what they want and walk out without having to wait in a checkout line. But by and large, the retailer has retained its "Whole Paycheck" image and nickname - and sales have suffered because of it.
    'We Will Stop at Nothing to Defeat Extremism': Theresa May

    'We Will Stop at Nothing to Defeat Extremism': Theresa May

    One sick message questioned why the suspected attacker was not shot dead by police - like the gang of London Bridge terrorists. He pointed out the similarity between this attack and two others on London Bridge and outside Westminster Palace.

Macron kicks off Paris Air Show with airborne entrance Macron kicks off Paris Air Show with airborne entrance The local commander at Luke will decide when the planes can fly again, he said. A spokesman for Airbus said it doesn't comment on discussions with customers.

Vegas Golden Knights hold cards as NHL expansion draft nears Don't think additional protection is the only way McPhee is going to go about acquiring those picks, however. Thornton is in a very similar situation to Neal and would add even more veteran experience at 37 years old.

Can Microsoft's Xbox One X Take on Sony's PS4? Mike Ybarra, corporate vice president for Xbox and Windows Gaming, recently spoke to Polygon over Xbox One X pricing. For a niche market of gamers, those games plus the Xbox One X's power and future potential will make it worth it.

Cosby lawyers seek to paint accuser as opportunist Cosby lawyers seek to paint accuser as opportunist Pulliam has defended him in the past and in an interview with Access Hollywood , she told the public to hold their judgment. But ultimately, that's just how I've lived my life-in terms of being very genuine and authentic to who I am.

Oil prices fall as USA drilling continues to rise US production is expected to continue rising along with other non-OPEC producers in 2018, outpacing the expected demand increase . Investment bank Goldman Sachs said if the U.S. rig count holds, fourth-quarter domestic oil production would rise substantially.

Pakistan send India packing by 180 runs It was the sort of start the Pakistani batsmen were looking for and they got it with a bit of assistance from the Indian bowlers. In the semifinal, Pakistan stunned the cricketing world by thrashing favorites England to dump them out of the contest.

Trump proposes privatising air traffic control Trump proposes privatising air traffic control He failed to mention, however, that Canada employs nine times fewer air traffic controllers than the U.S. Trump said we live in a modern age yet our air traffic control system is stuck, painfully, in the past.

Kane rescues draw for England against Scotland in qualifying Kane rescues draw for England against Scotland in qualifying England have now gone 35 games and nearly eight years since they last lost a World Cup or European Championship qualifying match. I'm not someone who gets too irate or too low. "The way the game panned out, it was a good point for us".

Vehicle hits rams into pedestrians in London, police say 'number of casualties' Vehicle hits rams into pedestrians in London, police say 'number of casualties' The van used in the attack appears to have been hired from a hire company called Pontyclun in Pontypridd in South Wales. Britain's terrorist alert level is now at "severe", the second-highest level, meaning an attack is highly likely.

Long road: Koepka's journey now includes a US Open title A year on we were playing late on a Sunday in a major, so that's a nice way to cap it off. "But I'll take exactly where I'm at". In the eternally odd physics of golf, he thought he had been trying too hard to win, so he won by not trying so hard to win.

Zinedine Zidane to Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid need you! Zinedine Zidane to Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid need you! Calzada says not many teams can afford to sign Ronaldo, with a move to the Chinese Super League not looking likely. Red Devils fans went insane at the news that one of the world's best strikers could make a return to Old Trafford.

Check out all the OnePlus 5 Prototypes with Different design! Check out all the OnePlus 5 Prototypes with Different design! OnePlus 5 , the upcoming flagship from the OnePlus brand, will be launching globally on June 20 , which is tomorrow. As per a Weibo post, the 6GB of RAM and 64GB of ROM OnePlus 5 is going to set buyers in India back by Rs 32999.

Driver plows into crowd outside London mosque, injuring 10 Driver plows into crowd outside London mosque, injuring 10 She said on Saturday the response to the fire, in which at least 58 people were killed on Wednesday, had been "not good enough". Early police caution about declaring the incident terrorist-related was interpreted by the community as discriminatory.

New York Times sues Federal Bureau of Investigation to get notes of Comey-Trump talks New York Times sues Federal Bureau of Investigation  to get notes of Comey-Trump talks But we do know the special counsel investigating the Russian attempt to influence the election has them. Trump is under increasing pressure on the Russian Federation probe.

Britain, EU in suspense Britain, EU in suspense On a visit to Paris on Tuesday evening where she met with French President Emmanuel Macron , May described the talks as "productive".