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.
Instead of walking the stage at Hunter College on the Upper East Side, Alcantara was stuck on a stalled E Train deep under Queens. He was dressed in his purple cap and gown, but around 9 a.m. the train got stuck in the tunnel for more than three hours.
State Department official, Rank was unwilling to apprise the Chinese of the U.S.'s withdrawal from the climate pact. US Energy Secretary Rick Perry is also due to attend this week's energy meeting in Beijing .
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.
Asked if he rated it his best performance of the season, Murray said: "I played some good matches at the beginning of the year. With some exquisite returning and acutely angled groundstrokes, Murray raced through the final set and into the fourth round.
His passport and cellphone were seized, but he got them back after a court determined there wasn't enough evidence to arrest him. Zaghba had lived mainly in Morocco but had recently spent time working in Britain, most recently at a London restaurant.
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".
Nicholas Castellanos hit an RBI double to drive in Jose Iglesias , who'd reached on an infield single with one out. Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia returned to the lineup after a stint on the 10-day DL with a sprained left wrist.
That would put her ahead of Superman and on par with Batman, who gets an advantage from his assortment of weapons and vehicles. Her fellow jury member Maren Ade, the German director of "Toni Erdmann, " spoke about the dearth of female filmmakers.
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.
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.
Chris Sale has his worst game of the year against White Sox
While he gave up back-to-back dingers in a four-run second to dig a hole, the third inning encapsulates the frustration better. Former Chicago White Sox ace, Chris Sale , returns to the South side for a showdown against former teammate Jose Quintana .
Brownsville library plans summer reading program
To pick up a registration card and program schedule, stop by the Youth Services desk starting on June 12. Registration for the summer programs began this week and will be available until Sat., July 1.
Colleges vow to fight climate change despite USA leaving pact
Chinese officials recently asked the state for guidance with a carbon emissions trading market they plan to launch this year. But the nation has also become the largest investor in renewable energy, and the world's biggest producer of solar power.
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.
Dakota Access pipeline expected to begin shipping Thursday
Former President Obama delayed the project in December by refusing to grant the Army Corps of Engineers an easement for the lake. From there the 788-mile ETCO converted natural gas pipeline carries the crude oil to the Gulf Coast at Nederland, TX.