Priced at $149, will include universal search for finding content across providers.
Mark Gurman reports: The fourth-generation Apple TV, set to be unveiled at an event on September 9thand released in October, will feature a mix of new and familiar hardware, according to reliable sources. While the new device will sport a much faster processor than the current Apple TV, a color-matched remote control, and a somewhat larger body, it will lack support for 4K video streaming and have the same basic ports as the third-generation model…
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The current Apple TV design, first released in late 2010, has 8GB of internal storage for caching media, and the fourth-generation boxes in testing surprisingly range from 8GB to 16GB of storage. We are told that Apple has considered two pricing strategies: the simultaneous release of a $149 base model with 8GB of storage alongside a $199 16GB model, or the release of the 16GB Apple TV alone at $149. In either case, Apple will offer a $149 Apple TV.
While the new Apple TV will include an App Store for deep support for gaming, sources say that the limited storage offered by 8GB and 16GB flash memory is appropriate for the new model, as all content outside of applications will be streamed directly from the Internet. Additionally, the new Apple TV runs an iOS 9 core, and iOS 9 includes several new features for reducing the file size of App Store apps, including the ability to load games in level-sized chunks and stream rather than store videos within app binaries.
Sources indicate that the new Apple TV will be powered by the A8 chip found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, coming in behind the A9-based iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. In iPhones, the A8 is notably less powerful than the A8X chip found in the iPad Air 2, which includes an additional processing core and improved graphics. Read the rest of this entry »
[VIDEO] Violet vs Siri: Watch a Frustrated Four-Year-Old Have an Argument with Siri About Nothing for Three MinutesPosted: June 30, 2015
An Atlanta woman has come forward to CNN as the U.S. voice of Siri, the built-in “personal assistant” first introduced in the iPhone 4S. Susan Bennett says she first discovered that her voice was being used on Apple’s smartphones when a friend emailed her and asked if it was her voice on the iPhone commercial. She headed to the Apple website to discover that she had unknowingly provided the voice for the system with samples she recorded in July of 2005, a full six years before the phone’s launch.
Bennett says she had no idea that the voice samples would be used by Apple and that her work also appears on many GPS units and other devices, including the first ATM.
Previously, an Australian morning show interviewed the voice actress who provided the voice for Siri in that country. The interview can be seen below.
Now she’s having fun taking a dig at the opposition.
Try this yourself. Hit and hold the home button on your iPhone to activate Siri and then whisper this sweet nothing in her ear: “Okay Glass.”
If you were wearing Google’s hi-tech spectacles, that would be the command to activate them into action. (Here’s a life tip: if you are wearing a pair of Google Glass spectacles, never ever say the words “Okay Glass” just as you’re walking into a public toilet).
Try the Okay Glass command on Apple’s Siri, and she’ll put you in your place.
Editor’s Note: I just tried this with my iPhone. Here are two examples of Siri’s Glass-bashing smack talk:
“Just so you know, I don’t do anything when you blink at me”
“Stop trying to strap me to your forehead, it won’t work”
The Verge reports that beta versions of Apple’s new operating system iOS7 has even more witty retorts in the Siri versus Google Glass rivalry.Source: Fox News