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  • Siri is Now Actively Used on More Than Half a Billion Devices

    Siri is Now Actively Used on More Than Half a Billion Devices
    In today's announcement about the HomePod's February 9 launch date, Apple quietly provided new data on how many people are using Siri. According to the company, Siri is now actively used on more than half a billion devices.

    As noted by Above Avalon's Neil Cybart, that's an improvement over the last Siri data point shared by Apple. Back at the June Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple said Siri was used on more than 375 million iOS devices each month, suggesting Siri usage has increased since the debut of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra.


    iOS 11 brought several improvements to Siri, including new, more realistic male and female voices designed to more closely mimic natural human speech. Siri also uses on-device learning to understand more about user preference, and syncs that information across all of your devices for a more consistent experience.

    Siri in iOS 11 is also able to translate English to Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish, and there's a new Type to Siri accessibility feature.

    Siri usage is likely to grow further with the introduction of the HomePod, which will be heavily reliant on the personal assistant. Siri is designed to serve as an in-home musicologist on the HomePod, and Apple has been working to improve Siri's understanding of music related data.

    On HomePod, Siri will be able to make music recommendations based on personal taste, aiding in music discovery, and Siri will be able to respond to a range of music related commands and queries like "Play more songs like this," "Play something new," "Who's singing?" and "Play more like that."


    Siri on HomePod can also answer questions about a wide range of topics, providing weather updates, sending messages, playing podcasts, checking the news (a feature introduced in iOS 11.2.5), making calendar appointments, offering up data on movie times, and much more, and the personal assistant can be used to control HomeKit devices.

    HomePod will launch on Friday, February 9, but Apple will begin accepting orders for the device on Friday, January 26. It will be available in the United States, Australia, and the UK to begin with, and it will cost $349 in the U.S.

    Related Roundups: iOS 11, HomePod

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  • iTunes Opens 'Double Features' Movie Sale With $9.99 HD Bundles

    iTunes Opens 'Double Features' Movie Sale With $9.99 HD Bundles
    A new sale on the iTunes Movies storefront has opened up today, with two-movie bundles that are all priced at $9.99.

    These "Double Features" include films that are either part of a series, represent the original and rebooted versions of the movie, are the same genre, or include the same actors. Before the sale began, the bundles were priced between $19.99 and $27.99, so now you have the chance to add two films to your iTunes movies library for the price of one.


    You can find the list of bundles in iTunes Movies on iOS, macOS, or tvOS, located after scrolling down past the first few categories like New & Noteworthy. Check out the full list of HD bundles on sale below:

    The only two films offered in 4K in these bundles are TMNT: Out of the Shadows and Magic Mike XXL, although iTunes has also discounted The Maze Runner two-movie bundle in 4K to $12.99, down from $19.99. During a sale in December, iTunes marked down 4K films based on studios and genres, but after the initial $19.99 sale price all of the bundles have since increased to cost $29.99 and more.

    In addition to the iTunes Movies sale, Amazon's Gold Box deal today includes a refurbished model of the 21.5-inch 4K iMac from late 2015 (3.1GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD) for $899.99, down from $1,299.99. The iMac is being sold by Woot on Amazon, which describes its refurbished computers as "professionally restored to working order" and "inspected, cleaned, and repaired to meet manufacturer specifications."

    Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Amazon. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

    The iMac isn't guaranteed to come in its original packaging, but it shows limited or no wear and includes all original accessories, as well as a 1 Year Apple Warranty. Comparatively, the refurbished computer is $300 cheaper than the latest 2017 models of Apple's 4K 21.5-inch iMac, which start at $1,199.00 for the base configuration (3.0 GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD) and increase from there. For those interested, the Gold Box deal will expire tonight at midnight.

    Visit our Deals Roundup for more sales happening this week.

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  • Apple Releases New Beta Software for HomePod

    Apple Releases New Beta Software for HomePod
    Alongside this morning's release of the new iOS 11.2.5 update, which introduces support for the HomePod, Apple has also released new beta software for HomePod.

    The new software is not available through the Developer portal like a standard beta software update, but it will be downloadable by testers who have a HomePod. It is available via third-party software sites, so the general public can download it if desired.


    Apple's latest HomePod software update comes just over two weeks ahead of the official launch date of the device. Apple this morning announced plans to debut the HomePod on Friday, February 9, with initial orders to kick off on Friday, January 26.

    Ahead of launch, HomePod devices are in the hands of Apple employees who are testing the smart speaker to iron out bugs before it becomes available for purchase later this week.

    Apple has been beta testing the HomePod with its employees for several months now and has released several previous firmware updates.

    Once the HomePod is released, it will presumably get regular software updates much like iOS devices, Macs, the Apple TV, and the Apple Watch.

    Specifically, Apple has promised a future update that will bring support for multi-room playback and pairing multiple HomePod devices together for stereo sound, two features that will not be available at launch.

    HomePod is Apple's Siri-based smart speaker that focuses heavily on high-quality sound. It incorporates a 7 tweeter array, an Apple-designed 4-inch upward-facing woofer, and an A8 chip to power features like spatial awareness.

    A lot of new information was shared about HomePod this morning, so make sure to check out our HomePod roundup for complete details on Apple's smart speaker.

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  • Apple Releases Minor tvOS 11.2.5 Update With Bug Fixes and Security Improvements

    Apple Releases Minor tvOS 11.2.5 Update With Bug Fixes and Security Improvements
    Apple today released a new update for tvOS 11, the operating system designed to run on fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models. tvOS 11.2.5 comes more than a month after the release of tvOS 11.2.1, an update that introduced a fix for a HomeKit bug.

    tvOS 11.2.5 can be downloaded over the air through the Settings app on the Apple TV by going to System -> Software Update. Apple TV owners who have automatic software updates turned on will be upgraded to the tvOS 11.2.5 automatically.


    As a minor 11.x.x update tvOS 11.2.5 focuses on performance improvements and bug fixes to address issues that were discovered following the release of tvOS 11.2 and tvOS 11.2.1.

    During the beta testing process, no major outward-facing changes were discovered and Apple does not typically provide detailed release notes for tvOS 11.2.5, but security fixes will be listed in Apple's Security Updates support document.

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  • Apple Releases watchOS 4.2.2 With Bug Fixes

    Apple Releases watchOS 4.2.2 With Bug Fixes
    Apple today released watchOS 4.2.2, a minor update to the watchOS operating system that runs on the Apple Watch. watchOS 4.2.2 comes over a month after the release of watchOS 4.2, an update that introduced Apple Pay Cash.

    watchOS 4.2.2 can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General --> Software Update. To install the new software, the Apple Watch needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it needs to be placed on a charger, and it needs to be in range of the iPhone.


    During the beta testing period, no major outward-facing changes were discovered in watchOS 4.2.2. According to Apple's release notes, the update "includes improvements and bug fixes." No other details are available.

    For more on the watchOS 4 operating system, make sure to check out our dedicated watchOS 4 roundup.

    Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 4
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  • Mobile Gaming Technology

    Mobile Gaming Technology
    With the rapid advancement of mobile technology over the past decade many industries have been struggling to keep up or, rather, they are falling behind in terms of grasping and making the most of the opportunities that mobile internet can provide. Advertising is obviously one area and many sections of the market either overlook mobile [...]
  • iPhone Evolution in 2013

    iPhone Evolution in 2013
    The launch of smartphones has contributed to further growth within the online gaming market and in particular to the gambling industry. Through numerous sites that allow live gambling and the personal reach in audience through smartphones, the industry has experienced a further boost. Sports betting and online casino companies in particular have taken advantage of [...]
  • Should You Upgrade Your iPhone?

    Should You Upgrade Your iPhone?
    iPhones are notorious for new versions and with each new upgrade consumers wonder whether or not they should trade in their last model. The latest iPhone models are sure to have better features than those that were previously released and there are a number of websites set up to help users to sell their old [...]
  • Protecting Your iPhone with an Aluminum Jacket

    Protecting Your iPhone with an Aluminum Jacket
    iPhones do not come cheap and because of this, many users want to protect them from damage. There are aluminum jackets available that will help to protect your iPhone and many of these jackets are very stylish. They are designed to perfectly fit various iPhone versions without having to actually squeeze the phone into the [...]
  • DAB Digital Radio Advertising Benefits to Businesses

    DAB Digital Radio Advertising Benefits to Businesses
    More and more consumers are beginning to listen to digital radio which gives businesses an excellent platform to advertise their products and services. Radio is considered to be one of the greatest forms of advertising and with many UK consumers switching from FM to digital radio, many businesses have begun to look at the benefits [...]
 
 
 
 
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  • iPhone 4 Forum dot net moves to iPhoneForums.net

    iPhone 4 Forum dot net moves to iPhoneForums.net
    With the announcement of the new Verizon iPhone 4 heading to Verizon, we also have some big news.  iPhone4Forum.net is now iPhoneForums.net.  Under the new name we will cover all Apple iPhone devices but are main focus is still on the Apple iPhone 4.  If you haven't been there before please stop by and say [...]
  • Verizon iPhone 4 Announced!

    Verizon iPhone 4 Announced!
    Verizon Wireless & Apple Team Up to Deliver iPhone 4 on Verizon.   For more details visit http://www.iPhoneForums.net BASKING RIDGE, New Jersey and CUPERTINO, California?January 11, 2011?Verizon Wireless and AppleŽ today announced that the iPhoneŽ 4 will be available on the Verizon Wireless network beginning on Thursday, February 10. Qualified Verizon Wireless customers will be [...]
  • Wesley Snipes Launches His Own iPhone Game, Julius Styles: The International

    Wesley Snipes Launches His Own iPhone Game, Julius Styles: The International
    Actor Wesley Snipes, who is currently in prison in Pennsylvania serving a three-year sentence for tax evasion, will soon be starring in his very own action-strategy iOS game, called Julius Styles: The International. Snipes plays the part of the game?s protagonist, Julius Styles, an international ?Facilitator? in a world of money, power, sex and murder. [...]
  • Verizon to Offer Unlimited Data Plans for iPhone

    Verizon to Offer Unlimited Data Plans for iPhone
    On the eve of the joint Verizon Wireless /Apple event where they are expected to unveil the Verizon Wireless iPhone, The Wall Street Journal reports that Verizon will be offering unlimited data-use plans with the iPhone to its customers, according to its sources. As the WSJ points out, this would put clear blue water between [...]
  • E.D.F: Earth Defense Force Coming Soon to iPhone and iPad

    E.D.F: Earth Defense Force Coming Soon to iPhone and iPad
    Classic SNES game E.D.F.: Earth Defense Force is coming very soon to the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad according to developer and publisher DotEmu. One of the great Japanese shooter-arcade games of the 90s, Earth Defense Force was first developed and published way back in 1991 as a coin-op game by Jaleco Ltd., before being [...]