Regardless of whatever happens to Nuance, it looks as though Apple's about to extend Siri to a greater segment of the world's population. MacRumors reports that the Cupertino giant recently posted job listings for "Siri Language Engineers" fluent in Norwegian, Turkish, Danish, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Swedish, Dutch, Thai, and Russian — none of which are currently supported by the service.
One of the first changes to iOS 8 that beta testers noticed was that Yahoo, long the source of Apple's data for its default Weather app, had been ousted by The Weather Channel. At the time, some commentators wondered if it was a simple mistake. But according to Re/code, the switch was all part of a plan by Weather Channel CEO David Kenny, formerly a Yahoo board member, to wrest the high-profile logo placement from his former company.
The iPhone has a tremendously powerful camera for a smartphone, and now Apple is planning to allow photographers even more control over their images with APIs in iOS 8, reports Anandtech. Unfortunately, most of associated settings will be found in third-party creations (such as Camera+); only a few will make it to the default camera app.
The Mac minis are back. These little pint-sized wonders do magical things despite their tiny size, so if you're looking for the very lowest Mac buy-in point, this is the way to go. Granted, you gotta come up with the peripherals, but if you want a Mac and it's time to ditch your old machine, this is a nice way to go. But get 'em while they're hot. Meanwhile, with the iMacs seeing a good price drop on new models, there's not much in the refurb line that can compete in pricing, so hit up the store and grab a new one of those beauties.
We've heard in the past that Apple plans to fit the upcoming iPhones with a wide range of sensors pertaining to health, but today 9to5Mac relayed news that suggests the new units will also support a barometer. Similar information popped up in vague rumors last March, but new evidence suggests there might be some truth to them.
iOS-compatible household items have become so commonplace that they scarcely warrant attention in the news anymore, but Vessyl, a new smart cup conceived by Justin Lee and designed by Yves Béhar, is something of an exception. Dump virtually any kind of drink into the unit, and it can tell you exactly what you're drinking and yield some associated nutritional information.
We hear rumors that Apple's got some refreshes in mind for the iMac and code in Yosemite certainly is suggestive. But if you can't wait, we have some great deals on some iMacs and on a jumbo display that'll give you that iMac feeling if you picked up one of our highlighted refurb Mac minis in previous weeks, but there aren't any of those cute little refurbs in the deals of this week, as they're gone for now. Never fear, we've got other options, plenty of those.
Could a new day be dawning at Apple? Judging from a pair of recent reports, the Cupertino company is looking to put on a friendlier face, both in public relations and with former retail partners like Costco.
It's only been a couple of days since Apple announced that it's extending its Touch ID API to third-party developers, and already PayPal is considering the possibilities of the service, reports BusinessInsider. "It seems to be a fairly easy API to use, but we're still kicking the tires," a source from PayPal told the publication.
Apple is a little late to the music-streaming revolution with its acquisition of Beats Music; that much is clear. According to a new Buzzfeed report, however, that tardiness has as much to do with willful ignorance on the part of Apple's executives as it does with maintaining sales on iTunes.