Apple has thrown down the gauntlet to Google and Amazon by unveiling its Siri-powered HomePod intelligent speaker. HomePod is seven inches tall, and is intended as a "breakthrough" speaker in addition to being a personal assistant.
To be "smart", the latest product in Apple's portfolio, known as HomePod, comes with a A8 microprocessor chip, the same power engine in the company's flagship iPhone smartphone and iPad tablet computer. You may get your hands on this for $349 which roughly translates to Rs 22,500. Apple said the speakers have "spatial awareness" that adjusts the speaker's sound levels to the acoustic conditions of the particular room.
Taking direct aim at services like those provided by PayPal Holdings Inc, Apple also debuted peer-to-peer payments for Apple Pay in which users will be able to send money through the Messages app on iPhones.
Apple is expected to add to those categories at its worldwide Developers Conference next week. While it's not as extensive as what Alexa or Google Home can offer, it looks like a fairly good start. And with Apple'sHomeKit, Apple's proprietary wireless protocol for controlling third-party smart home gadgets in iOS, HomePod serves as a hub that can control connected lights and thermostats.
It will be launched in December to compete with Amazon Echo and Google Home, which have both been really successful.
Compared to the audio quality of Apple's new HomePod, the AmazonEcho is a significant mismatch. And Apple's biggest consumer hits - such as the iPhone or the iPod - haven't historically been the first in their category.
Just as "Alexa" and "Ok, Google" spurs the AmazonEcho and Google Home speakers into life, Apple's HomePod is awoken with "Hey, Siri". Second, it needs to be spatially aware. I'm sure well learn more about the device in the coming months, but it seems like Apple is downplaying this announcement. The HomePod is integrated with Apple Music which makes it possible to listen to wide array of 40 million songs from its library.
While SpaceX's Dragon capsule makes history in the sky, the pad from where it launches is also celebrating a little history. Shireman explained that NASA has a fixed price contract with SpaceX for these launches so it does not quite work like that.
Apple is also bringing the ability to send money to friends or other people through its payment service, Apple Pay . The Echo, released in 2015, and Google Home , released a year ago , were the first entrants in a promising market.
Saina Nehwal too books a berth in the semis after she won a tough battle against Japanese shuttler Haruko Suzuki. Saina made her task hard by committing a large number of unforced errors in the second game of her match .
NY dropped the series opener to the Red Sox before winning the next two by a combined 17-1 as the baby bombers stepped up. The 28-year-old Tanaka has lost a career-worst five straight outings and is 5-6 with a 6.55 ERA in 12 starts this season.
Valverde stepped down as Athletic Bilbao boss this week and had his farewell press conference with the Basque club on Wednesday. When pressed further about the supposed interest from Barcelona , he added: "I'm not going to talk about specific teams now".
During testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, Coats refused to comment on The Washington Post report. Both Coats and Rogers were uncomfortable with the nature of the president's request and refused to comply, CNN reports.
Meanwhile, speaking at her house in Bologna, Italy, Zaghba's mother told the BBC she believed her son was radicalised in the UK. The Metropolitan Police says the body was found on Tuesday downstream near Limehouse from the bridge.
The Warriors, who won 113-91 and 132-113 at home over the Cavaliers, swept Portland, Utah and San Antonio to reach the finals. Both Durant and Thompson said they noticed the mental effect their lightning-quick scoring bursts have on opponents.
Penguins to stick with goalie Matt Murray for Game 5
If the Stanley Cup Final were played exclusively in Pittsburgh , it may have been one of the most lopsided series of all time . Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their power play chances.
Project Cars 2 release date announced
The names, designs, and logos of all products are the property of their respective owners and used with permission. This seems to indicate a more free path for building up your career, starting from karts and working your way up.
British police name two London Bridge attackers
Asked if he would back calls made by others for May to resign, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told Sky News: "Indeed I would. A minute's silence was observed in Britain at 11 a.m. local time (1000 GMT) in memory of those killed during the attack.
President Trump Honors Fallen Service Members
John Kelly's other son, Johnny, is preparing for his fifth military deployment, and his son-in-law Jake is a wounded warrior. The president spent most of the day yesterday at Arlington National Cemetery speaking to Gold Star families.
Manila casino gunman had gambling problem
In his first remarks on the assault, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said that the attacker was simply "crazy". Albayalde said Carlos, a father of three, had a bank account with an outstanding debt of 4 million pesos ($81,000).