Apple has acquired AI startup Voysis to improve Siri. The startup has developed a platform that lets virtual assistants better understand a person’s natural language and help improve interaction. The website of the startup has been taken down since the acquisition.
Skype reminds us that anyone will be able to start a Skype call with just a link. This means no hassles of downloading or signing-up for Skype.
Apple has decided to offer HomePods at a discount to its employees. The HomePod retails at $299 but Apple retail and corporate employees can buy it for $149 which translates to a 50 percent discount on retail price.
Facebook has had a rough run in the recent past. The social media platform was embroiled in the Cambridge Analytica scandal and also took flak for other security issues. A new report by Motherboard reveals that Facebook attempted to buy a tool in order to spy on iPhone and iPad.
U.S. Federal Reserve recently announced yet another emergency cut to the interest rate. Apple followed suit and reduced Apple Card’s base APR to 10.99 percent from the previous 12.49 percent.
As per research firm Counterpoint Research, the online music streaming service market grew by a record 23% YoY in 2019 and reached a total of 368 million subscribers. The growth was driven by podcasts and original content which attracted consumers and turned them into subscribers. Price cuts and other promotional offers from major streaming services also helped drive growth.
Security engineer and hacker Ryan Pickren found seven zero-day vulnerabilities in Safari and was able to construct a kill chain using just three of them to hack the iPhone camera successfully. The vulnerabilities also affected the MacBook’s camera.
For the privacy-conscious folks out there, Apple has included a hardware microphone disconnect feature on its recent MacBooks. This feature ensures that the microphone is hardware disconnected when not in use thereby preventing it to pass any audio to a rogue app or malware with root or kernel privileges. Apple has introduced the same feature to its 2020 iPad Pro lineup as well.
In an internal memo, Apple has informed its employees that its retail stores in the United States will remain closed until early May and that they will have to work from home. The company has had to take this step due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
More evidence is mounting that Apple could announce the iPhone SE 2 on Friday (i.e. tomorrow). A number of accessory listings on the Apple Store for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 have been updated to include the iPhone SE name as well.