Apple’s Echo rival could make Siri the master of your home

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Amazon is sitting pretty on top of the smart home with its Alexa voice-controlled Echo devices, and Google will close in later this year with its own Home assistant device. But what about Apple?

While iOS 10’s much-needed Home app for controlling all your HomeKit-compatible smart home devices is a step in the right direction, the company may need an Echo rival of its own.

Apple is reportedly working on an Echo-like smart home device according to Bloomberg

This report corroborates a earlier one from The Information earlier this year that Apple was developing its own Echo-like product based around Siri.  Read more…

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Android Circuit: Note 7 Nightmare Continues, Super Mario On Android, Samsung Fights Apple’s Emotion

This week?s Android Circuit includes more details on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 recall, details on why the South Korean batteries might be exploding, the differences between Samsung’s and Apple’s PR, Super Mario’s late arrival on Android, the new Stagefright fixes, OnePlus combining Oxygen and Hydrogen, the death of Project Ara, and a phone running Android and Windows 10 at the same time.


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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella follows Apple’s Tim Cook to India

Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella is visiting India, reflecting the growing importance of the country as a market for multinational technology companies.

Nadella’s visit follows the first visit to India by Apple CEO Tim Cook, who visited the country this month to drum up support for the company’s plans to offer refurbished iPhones in the price-sensitive market as well as to get permission to set up its wholly-owned stores in the country. Both deals appear to have been blocked by regulators, according to reports.

While Apple was largely seen as lacking focus on India until recently, when its China revenue fell 11 percent, while iPhone sales in India grew 56 percent year-on-year in the last quarter, Microsoft has been a long-time player in the Indian market.

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The one silver lining in Apple’s earnings report: iPhone SE demand

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Apple on Tuesday announced its quarterly earnings, and, for the first time since 2003, the company made less money than it had in the same quarter of the previous year

Even though Apple warned investors back in January this was going to happen, it can’t be easy for investors to see a 13-year growth streak come to an end.

As everyone knows, the only number that really matters when it comes to Apple’s financials is iPhone sales. And in that case, the company sold 51 million devices. That’s an incredible number, but it’s still down 18% from the same period in 2015. Read more…

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Apple’s iCloud problems are reportedly due to office politics

As iPhone sales growth slows, Apple has pointed to software and services like Apple Music, Apple Pay, and iCloud as strong revenue generators. But the company’s quest to turn its cloud services into the next big thing has been sabotaged by internal conflicts, The Information reported on Thursday.

The problem: Apple needs to develop new infrastructure to make iCloud and iTunes more reliable. Anyone who has been prompted to enter their Apple ID and password over and over again for no reason can attest to the need for a back-end overhaul. But the company reportedly has two engineering teams on the project who just can’t seem to get along. One is the group that worked on the platform that powers Siri, which Apple decided to expand to other cloud services. That puts the 1,000-person iCloud engineering team, headed by Eric Billingsley, at risk of becoming obsolete.

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