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What is Apple Arcade? Should You Subscribe?

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If you have yet to set foot in the Apple Arcade, then perhaps it's time you did. Apple Arcade is an easy and affordable way to play popular games on your iPhone and other Apple devices. It may not be the most popular gaming subscription service, but it has reshaped mobile gaming to some extent, and it is home to a handful of excellent exclusives. Whether you subscribe to Apple Arcade or PlayStation Plus, you can elevate your gaming experience with some of our other buying guides, from the Best Gaming Headsets to the Best Mobile Game Controllers. Special offer for Gear readers: Get a 1-year subscription to WIRED for $5 ($25 off).


How Does Siri Always Manage To Answer All Your Questions So Hilariously?

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One of my friends, who isn't much of a tech enthusiast and is very content with her current Android phone, recently told me that she intended to buy an iPhone. I asked if there was a specific reason behind her sudden decision to change her'calling device' (as she calls it). 'I just love Siri!' she said with enough excitement to take me by surprise. However, my friend is not the only person who feels this way. A lot of my buddies are hopelessly in love with this little digi-voice avatar called'Siri' that is available on iPhones and a few other Apple devices.


The Use of Artificial Intelligence Technology in Apple Devices

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From the iPhone to the Mac, iPad, iPod and the Apple Watch, Apple excels, and continues to do so, in hardware innovation and software development. However, not much is known about Apple's plan with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how it's used in Apple products, or apps in general. In its recent WWDC performance, Apple seems to have taken a quieter, yet smarter approach by adding several features and updates with machine learning at their core. The idea behind incorporating machine learning and AI into Apple products is to build amazing experiences for its consumers so they can do what they never imagined they could. Apple engineers and researchers are collaborating to integrate software and hardware across its devices and improve user experiences while protecting their data.


Who is Siri? (The Powerful Voice Behind Your Trusted Assistant)

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We have all heard of Siri, the intelligent voice that is your trusted voice assistant. But who is she really? What drives her personality and her famous voice? In this article post we will explore the powerful personality behind one of our most beloved assistant. How Siri help better our lives? For instance, She will generate lists of songs, videos, paths, or shopping recommendations that match your tastes and ask for details like your location or contact information.


iOS 14.5 arrives with controversial privacy feature, Face ID improvements and new voices for Siri

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Apple first released iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 in February through its developer and public beta programs. Since then, the operating system has seen several updates as Apple worked on refining features and removing bugs. On Monday, Apple officially released the update for all iPhone and iPad users. It's a good idea to back up your Apple device before installing the update just in case there's an issue you have a current backup to restore your phone or tablet with. The most notable and controversial feature included in the update is App Tracking Transparency (ATT).


Apple Acquires AI Startup Vilynx to Improve Siri

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Apple earlier this year acquired artificial intelligence startup Vilynx with the aim of improving the Siri voice assistant built into Apple devices, reports Bloomberg. The Vilynx website is now defunct, but the company described itself as "AI for media," and it developed tools to help media companies compete against Netflix and other major media giants. Vilynx had a tool that catalogued raw video to make it searchable, providing metadata for video, text, and images. It processed video and then provided relevant content tags. The service also generated rich, motion previews of content offerings, and provided search tools for surfacing content across videos, articles, and images.


Google Paid Apple Billions To Dominate Search On iPhones, Justice Department Says

NPR Technology

The Justice Department says Google CEO Sundar Pichai (left) met privately with Apple chief Tim Cook in 2018 to discuss how their two companies could collaborate. The Justice Department says Google CEO Sundar Pichai (left) met privately with Apple chief Tim Cook in 2018 to discuss how their two companies could collaborate. Buried on page 36 of the Justice Department lawsuit accusing Google of abusing its monopoly power is this remarkable figure: $8 billion to $12 billion. That's the hefty sum Google allegedly paid Apple for one of the most prized pieces of real estate in the world of online search: default status on iPhones and all other Apple devices. Justice Department investigators say Apple, which does not have its own search engine, hammered out a multiyear deal making Google the default search engine on all iPhones and other Apple products.


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Apple's AI Strategy, For Better or Worse, Stands Apart From the Rest of Big Tech - AI Trends

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Apple's artificial intelligence strategy continues to be focused on running workloads locally on devices, rather than relying heavily on cloud-based resources, as competitors Google, Amazon, and Microsoft do. While this fits in with Apple's core business -- selling devices -- and the company's emphasis on user privacy, it could put it at a competitive disadvantage with many app makers, who prefer the more flexible approach from competitors as they look at add AI features. Between announcements about iOS, Mac and Siri, Apple made two big announcements about AI at its recent Worldwide Developer Conference in San Jose. First, it introduced a new framework called CreateML that app makers can use to train AI models on Macs. Apple developers can try out Create ML inside the app that many of them are already very familiar with: Xcode, Apple's own app for coding programs for its devices.


Best Weekend Tech Deals: Apple Devices, Moto Z3, Robot Vacs, and More

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We're starting to get close to July 4th, which makes it an oddly fruitful weekend for tech deals. There are still a few E3 Game and Console Deals going on, and Best Buy's Massive Apple Sale is still happening. Microsoft has already tried to get a head start on competitors with an early Microsoft Store Independence Day Sale, with discounts on Surfaces, Xboxes, and other Microsoft products. The Motorola Moto Z3 Play hits shelves on June 29, but if you preorder it on Amazon, you can get $50 off. We haven't fully reviewed it yet, but given the track record of this line and what we do know about it, it's likely a very good bargain for $450.