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Google has made its artificial intelligence platform available to iOS developers for the first time via GitHub as an open source project, reports cnet. Google calls the TensorFlow AI "neural network software," as the way it processes data is loosely based on the way human brain cells process information. The same software was recently responsible for beating the world's top Go player, and can become clever enough over time to learn how to respond to your email automatically.
Nest founder and former Apple executive Tony Fadell, who championed the iPod before starting home-automation company Nest is leaving his CEO role at the company, which is now owned by Alphabet (formerly Google). In a statement, Fadell claims he began discussions with Google about his "next endeavor" last year, and will move into an advisory role to Alphabet CEO Larry Page, turning over the keys at Nest to former Motorola Home and Charter cable executive Marwan Fawaz.
Google has taken to its official blog to announce the introduction of a new Google account feature it calls "Find Your Phone." If a user loses his or her iPhone or Android device or has it stolen, the feature allows users to take steps to secure their Google account in the first instance by signing out of remotely, something that works for both iPhone and Android users. In order to locate an iPhone, however, the service redirects iPhone users to Apple's iCloud-based "Find My iPhone" service.
Oracle has lost its lawsuit against Google, after a jury declared Android's use of 37 APIs for Java were considered "fair use." Following after three days of deliberation by jurors, the two-week trial ends in failure for Oracle, which was hoping to collect as much as $9 billion from the search giant over the potential API copyright infringement if the jury sided with the company, though there is still the chance Oracle will appeal the decision.
Not that you would, but you could shut up co-presenters Malcolm Owen and William Gallagher by just clicking cancel or maybe a close box, perhaps choosing Quit or any other way you've got of stopping your podcast app playing. It has always been thus, it will always remain this so long as the stars are in the heavens and you are in control of your own computer. Except now.
The second annual "Power List" from trade magazine Adweek has listed Google and Alphabet founder Larry Page, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Apple CEO Tim Cook as its top three choices based on "the profiles and results of global corporate titans, taking into account such criteria as company value, revenue and revenue growth, market performance, consumer reach and affinity, their standing among rivals, the number of employees overseen, key acquisitions and partnerships, industry accolades and media buzz."
Oracle and Google laid out their closing arguments to the jury yesterday, in the latest lawsuit between the two companies over Google's use of Java in Android. Google maintained the use of Java APIs was transformative and counts as "fair use" for copyright purposes, while Oracle managed to sum up its entire argument into one short sentence, telling the jury "You don't take people's property and use it without permission."
At today's Google I/O conference, the search engine giant revealed a pair of upcoming communications apps. The first, Allo, is a Google-assisted text chat application, combined with Google's new information engine. The second is Duo -- Google's interpretation of person-to-person video calls, designed by some of the pioneers from WebRTC.
Google is altering the way it performs voice search queries to take on Siri and other competitors, becoming more conversational and assistant-like, with the upgraded Google Voice Search renamed Google Assistant. At the same time, it is attempting to fend off dedicated assistant devices, like the Amazon Echo and Alexa, confirming the rumors by announcing Google Home, a similar network-connected speaker device the company expects to ship later this year.
The updated fourth-generation Apple TV appears to have given the streaming box a big boost in sales, but this wasn't enough to move it up the streaming device sales rankings, according to new data from Parks Associates. Still leading the market is Roku, with its streaming sticks and boxes claiming a 30 percent share of the US market. Amazon's Fire TV and Google's Chromecast hold a 22 percent share each, while the Apple TV retained its fourth-place ranking overall -- even though sales were up 50 percent year-over-year, thanks to the launch of the upgraded model in the fourth quarter of 2015.
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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R