Google is replacing its homepage logo with a Doodle honouring Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of the movable type printing press. German-born Gutenberg's invention in the 1400s is credited with bringing about the printing revolution in Renaissance Europe. Google has chosen to celebrate Gutenberg on 14 April, because on that date in 2000 the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Germany, launched an exhibition to honour him in celebration of its 100th anniversary. The Doodle includes an ornate frame, with the word "Google" written in a traditional Gutenberg-style font. Both of the letter o's in Google include illustrations of the printing press and of Gutenberg himself and below that is a reverse of Google in block letters as it would have appeared on the press.
Apple is about to hold one of its major events – titled "Spring Loaded" – in which it is expected to reveal a host of new products. Rumours suggest there will be new iPads, Macs, accessories and more. Here's everything that is rumoured to be coming at the event, which will be held on 20 April, and broadcast live online. The most certain rumours seems to be a new update to the iPad Pro, ready for 2021. The premium tablet is now lagging somewhat behind its iPad Air sibling – which has a better processor, though lacks some of the Pro's features – and the new update is rumoured to put it back on top with improved performance and other features. CNN anchor cries as she reads co-worker's tribute to son who died of cancer Everything you need to know about Apple's upcoming big event Nasa has made the first ever powered flight on another planet CNN anchor cries as she reads co-worker's tribute to son who died of cancer Everything you need to know about Apple's upcoming big event As well as improved specs, at least one version of the iPad will include miniLED display technology aimed at better contrast, colours and brightness.
Apple has released the first major update for its HomePod smart speaker - and has its sights firmly set on Amazon and Google. The new iOS 11.4 update released today adds multi room capabilities to the Siri smart speaker, allowing users to play music in other rooms, in in every room at once. It comes as Apple is believed to be putting the finishing update to a major update to its Siri AI software. The free update also adds new features such as the ability to store iMessages in the cloud. The new iOS 11.4 update released today adds multi room capabilities to the Siri smart speaker, allowing users to play music in other rooms, in in every room at once.
Four months before its anticipated launch, some experts have already discounted Apple HomePod's prospects for success. HomePod, due in December, is Apple's belated entry into the connected speaker market and a challenger to Amazon's leader in the space, the Echo. These devices, which understand human commands, can be used to order food, play music, and look up information on Wikipedia. Connected speakers are part of a broader white-hot market for connected home devices, which Amazon, and Google hope to control against rival devices planned by number of others like Apple and Microsoft. All of these companies want consumers to use their respective technology to control connected gadgets, from smart lights and thermostats to audio-video gear.