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Everything Apple announced at WWDC: iOS 11, iMac Pro, HomePod, and more

This morning, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook took the stage to announce macOS and iOS updates, new hardware, including the iMac Pro and iPad Pro, and an ARKit for developers. The biggest and most anticipated announcement, however, was the HomePod, a smart speaker.

Here is a recap of the key takeaways:

Amazon Prime on Apple TV

Apple and Amazon are finding a way to collaborate. Later this year, the Amazon Prime app will be available on Apple TV. This is perhaps a way to offer a united front against Google’s offerings, such as Home and Play.

Apple reveals watchOS 4

Apple revealed the latest version of watchOS for its Apple Watch devices. Siri powers a new watch face that displays the info that is most relevant to you, such as traffic, your next meeting, and other features on your calendar. The workout app and the music app are also getting updates.

Macs: New software and hardware

Apple’s next big macOS update, version 10.13, was baptized High Sierra. Apple also unveiled a new model to its iMac line: the $5,000 iMac Pro, which will apparently deliver outstanding graphics. Finally, MacBook Pros will get a speed boost with Kaby Lake processors and support up to 32GB of memory.

Apple Pay goes P2P

Apple is adding person-to-person payments to Apple Pay and integrating the technology into Messages. It seems the company is catching up to PayPal and Square.

Siri now translates on-the-fly

This is a picture of Apple VP Craig Federighi discusses Siri onstage June 5 at WWDC 2017 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Calif.

Apple’s Siri will…

WWDC 2017: What’s Coming at Apple’s Big Spring Fling

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You can always tell when Apple’s WWDC developer shindig is nigh. Just follow the leaks.

A few months before Tim Cook and his executives take the stage to show off what Apple’s software teams have been building for the last year, whispers start to trickle out. The leaks start really flowing a few weeks leading up to the event, and in the last few days before WWDC, the pipes burst, the dam gives, the levee breaks. You get the idea.

This year’s conference, which starts Monday, has Apple at an interesting crossroads. The gadget-buying world is hyped beyond reason for the tenth-anniversary iPhone, but that’s likely not coming until this fall. (Or even later.) Meanwhile, most of Apple’s other products face some headwinds. The MacBook Pro with Touch Bar was met with a resounding meh. The iPad, the supposed future of computing, still can’t find a way to grow. The Apple Watch 2 still needs a killer app. The Apple TV, well, the Apple TV hasn’t exactly blown up the industry the way the folks in Cupertino wanted. Apple Music is losing to Spotify; Siri seems to be running a distant third behind Alexa and Google Assistant. Let’s be clear, Apple’s not doomed. Apple is still dominating the tech world. But there’s still that unshakeable feeling that the company’s moxie may be missing.

But Siri-ously

All of that may help explain why this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference is shaping up to be the biggest one in years. Siri will almost certainly be the star of the show, as Apple tries to keep up in the raging virtual-assistant wars. Siri will surely have new skills and new integrations, and Apple could even announce wider developer support. Right now,…

Thursday Tech Wrap: Apple, Google, Facebook

Samsung Will Be Apple’s Top Supplier For iPhones Again In 2017

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News.

Tim Cook has said that Apple will start a $1 billion fund to promote advanced manufacturing jobs in the United States. The iPhone maker’s chief executive revealed the news on CNBC’s “Mad Money” and said that Apple would announce its first investment in a company later this month.

“If we can create many manufacturing jobs, those manufacturing jobs create more jobs around them because you have a service industry that builds up around them,” Cook added. New York Times technology writer Mike Isaac tweeted, “someone convince me this isn’t pure PR/presidential buttering up.” Bringing manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. was a major part of U.S. President Donald Trump’s mandate coming into office.

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Facebook reported another blowout quarter on Wednesday, Forbes’ Kathleen Chaykowski reports. Sales beat analysts’ estimates, rising 49% on an annual basis to $8 billion. It’s the eighth quarter in a row that Facebook has surpassed Wall Street forecasts. Mobile ad revenue represented a whopping 85% of total ad sales in the quarter, up from 82% last year.

The company earned $3.1 billion in profit for the quarter, up 76%…

New iPhone 7S Threatens Apple’s Cash Cow

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Tim Cook has suggested that the leaks of the upcoming new iPhones have had a material impact on the sales of the current iPhone range during the last quarter.

Speaking on a conference call following the announcement of the results, he indicated a belief that users have decided on a “pause in purchases” because of “earlier and much more frequent reports about future iPhones”.

Apple CEO Tim Cook looks on during a visit of the shopfitting company Dula that delivers tables for Apple stores worldwide (Photo: Bernd Thissen/AFP/Getty Images)

The drop in the volume of sales was balanced out by an increase of the average selling price (up $13), no doubt driven by the more expensive and larger screened iPhone Plus models. Apple has always prided itself on having a large margin on its mobile devices, but the fall in unit sales is a worrying one. A one percent rise in revenue coupled with a one percent fall in unit sales is not a disaster, but it is a warning sign. The margins can be as high as Apple sets them, but the units still need to be sold.

Every smartphone manufacturer has to contents with ‘reports about future phones’. Apple has benefitted in the past with leaks building up the anticipation around a new device and potentially informing consumers of their options. Now it s dealing with the flip side.

A “pause in purchase” is a…

Wednesday Tech Wrap: Apple, Microsoft, Samsung

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Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during a product launch event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California on October 27, 2016. (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)

reported a small but surprising fall in iPhone sales for the first three months of 2017. The company sold 50.8 million iPhones in the last quarter, down 1% on an annual basis. Chief Executive Tim Cook said the “pause” was due to customers waiting for the next iPhone, traditionally due out in September. But Apple’s shares were down 1.8% or $2.66 in pre-market trading on Wednesday morning in New York; Apple reported after trading closed on Tuesday. The stock had hit an all-time high of $147 per share on Tuesday as investors expected a blowout quarter, Forbes’ Brian Solomon reports.

The results were mixed overall. While iPhone sales did slide, the company was more profitable than expected, earning $2.10 per share compared with the $2.02 expected by analysts, Solomon added.

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Microsoft unveiled its next Surface laptop along with the Windows 10…

Unroll.me is Selling Your Information, Here’s an Alternative

Have you ever used Unroll.me, the web service that helps you unsubscribe from newsletters in bulk? If so, your emails have been scanned by that company and sold to third parties including Uber. There’s a chance they’re scanning your emails right now.

If you want to switch tabs right now and remove third-party access to your email account, I don’t blame you. It’s the first thing I did when I found out. Come back when you’re ready, though, because I know you’re curious how Uber is involved.

You might be aware that Uber is having, shall we a say, a difficult few months in the public relations department. The latest incident is a New York Times profile of CEO Travis Kalanick, which reveals the company was fingerprinting iPhones against Apple’s terms of service—Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly threatened to pull Uber out of the App Store altogether over it. That’s what made headlines yesterday, but scroll down a little further and you’ll find this tidbit about a company called Slice Intelligence, which Uber hired to do market research.

“Using an email digest service it owns named Unroll.me, Slice collected its customers’ emailed Lyft receipts from their inboxes and sold the anonymized data to Uber,” the article states.

We Got Played

I used Unroll.me many years ago. If you’re anything like me, a few things came to mind after reading about this.

  • Wait…Unroll.me is owned by a market research company? When did that happen?
  • That company scans people inboxes for reasons other than finding newsletters?
  • Does this thing still have access to my emails?

When I first started using Unroll.me, it was a two-person startup. I had no idea the service was still enabled on my Gmail account all these years later, and I had no idea that a market research company with a villainous name had since bought the service.

I’ll admit it: I got played. I feel betrayed. And I’m not the only one.

@nickoneill @Unrollme @johnsheehan Wow, I’ve been using @Unrollme for years, this is very unsettling. Looks like it’s back to the old Gmail filters. Not cool…

— Robbie Jack (@devevangelist) April 23, 2017

I apologize to whomever I’ve recommended @Unrollme to over the past couple of years

— Dvir Volk (@dvirsky) April 24, 2017

An uproar against Unroll.me quickly surged, and with good reason.

Is This Legal?

This is completely legal. Unroll.me doesn’t exactly go out of its way to advertise that it’s selling anonymized information from your inbox to third parties, but the information is there for anyone willing to dig for it. The Unroll.me privacy page specifically allows…