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Apple had so much to announce at the 2017 edition of its annual Worldwide Developer Conference that it had to swallow important bits like the customary updates on status of various verticals. The new displays can also dynamically adjust their refresh rates depending on usage - saving battery life by dropping to only 24Hz for displaying still images, 48Hz for video content, etc.
  • Apple Announces 10.5 Inch iPad Pro With Thin Borders At WWDC 2017

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    Differential privacy works by inserting noise - or bad information - into good data in order to confuse outsiders who might try to hone in on an individual's records, said an Apple blog. For photos, Apple is turning to a "high efficiency" format to replace the widely used JPEG standard. The update also includes refinements to Photos, Safari and Mail.
  • Massive iPhone 8 Leak Confirms Various Features And Better Design

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    Probably the only highlight of the entire two and a half hour show, Apple is completely redesigning the way the App Store looks in iOS 11 . WatchOS 4 will arrive alongside iOS 11 later this year, with Apple CEO Tim Cook confirming it will finally introduce some new faces to its best-selling smartwatch, including new character faces in the form of Toy Story's Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and Jessie.
  • Apple wants Siri to read your mind and take over your home

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    HomePod will be available to purchase in white or space grey in December this year for $349 (£270). Apple vice president Phil Schiller said the Siri team at Apple had tuned the assistant into a "musicologist" that learns the tastes of listeners and gets songs from the internet cloud.
  • Apple App Store Is Getting A New Design

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    The news was announced at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference as one of a suite of features in the company's new mobile operating system, iOS11. HomePod is deemed a more expensive competitor of Echo, which was released two years ago.
  • Kaspersky files antitrust complaints against Microsoft in Europe

    Kaspersky files antitrust complaints against Microsoft in Europe

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    In a statement, Kaspersky said that European Union antitrust agencies should review whether Microsoft broke competition law. A Microsoft spokesperson said the company reached out to Kaspersky after its initial complaints a year ago, but that no meeting between the two had happened so far.
  • Apple unveils its speaker

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    Amazon has heavily dominated the field with its home speaker called Echo, which uses the digital assistant Alexa . Apple is updating its smartwatch to give it more "smarts" using the Siri digital assistant. "But of course this is kept completely private, readable only by you and your devices". Apple is also bringing the ability to send money to friends or other people through its payment service, Apple Pay.
  • Apple Unveils iOS 11 At WWDC 2017

    Apple Unveils iOS 11 At WWDC 2017

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    On the iPhone a new one-handed keyboard mode makes typing easier, while on the iPad iOS 11 introduces a QuickType keyboard with quick access to symbols, numbers and punctuation. On-device learning will be more proactive and offer suggestions based upon your usage of Messages, Safari, News and Mail. The Apple Pay Cash Card will pick up money received, which can be used for further Apple Pay payments, or to transfer money back into your account.
  • Battleborn's PVP is free-to-play

    Battleborn's PVP is free-to-play

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    It's like it's gone half free-to-play. Those who download the Free Trial will also have access to a pool of six heroes, which rotates each week, and the standard progression system (without a level cap) for each. If you already own the game, you're automatically given Founder Status, which grants you bonus content like "Legendary" gear, 1,000 Platinum and 50,000 Credits, loot packs and a special " Founders Crown" for your heroes to represent as they fly into battle.
  • Apple unveils smart speaker as first new product in years

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    Yet it isn't as bulky as the 12.9-inch model. To allay fears of any type of snooping, Apple assures prospective buyers that the "Hey Siri" launch phrase is recognised locally on the device and if any information is sent to Apple servers, it will always be encrypted and sent using an anonymous Siri identifier.
  • WWDC 2017: Apple introduces smart compact music speaker

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    The announcement was made at the tech giant's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California. Drivers will still be able to use Apple CarPlay , of course, in cars that are equipped with it. "The fact that Apple is claiming to marry really great and smart audio with a smart assistant and cloud music service makes this device unique in the market so far".