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Hold on to Your Pants, Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana is Coming to iPhone

1 hour, 25 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Microsoft's Cortana coming to iPhone


Microsoft is making a big push for cross-device support in Windows 10, and part of that includes bringing its Siri-like Cortana voice control system to the iPhone. Just like Siri, Cortana lets you speak to perform tasks and retrieve information, and in some ways is considered more advanced than Apple's own system.

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I've spoken with several Windows and iPhone users who say Cortana is superior to Siri. Bringing that experience to the iPhone will force Apple to step up its voice recognition game, but it's also a shot across the company's bow. Make no mistake: Microsoft wants to eat Apple's pie.

Local Content Deals to Delay Apple’s Streaming TV Plans

2 hours, 30 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's streaming TV service may be delayed over local TV station deals

Apple most likely won't launch its rumored streaming television service this fall thanks to content licensing deals for local content. The company wants to include local TV stations as part of its service, but swinging the deals is proving to be a difficult task.

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If Apple really wants to disrupt the current television distribution model, deals with local stations across the country would play a significant role. Considering how difficult it is to line up those deals, however, Apple may have to make a decision to keep waiting, or launch with just a handful of stations and hope more come on board over time.

Apple Watch In-Depth Review

5:40 PM, May. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · In-Depth Review

The dust is starting to settle and we've been able to spend some serious time putting Apple Watch through its paces following its release, so we're ready to let you know what we think of Apple's entrance into the smartwatch world. Is it worth the cost, and will you really get any benefits out of slapping one on your wrist? Read on to find out.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-18: Apple’s Navigation Plans, iPhone Crime Doesn’t Pay

1:08 PM, May. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple just bought the GPS service company Coherent Navigation. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about how Apple could use Coherent to improve services it offers like Maps, navigation, Find My iPhone, and more. They also look at a case out of England that shows exactly why crime doesn't pay, and they offer up a send off for popular Mac community writer Ted Landau.

Rumor Claims MacBook Pro, iMac Update Coming this Week

11:08 AM, May. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is reportedly planning on updating the 15-inch MacBook Pro and 27-inch iMac on Wednesday. The new computers are said to include Intel's new Broadwell processors, and the MacBook Pro will ship with the Force Touch trackpad recently introduced on the new MacBook and 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro.

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Regardless of when new MacBook Pro models ship, it seems likely they'll include Intel's Broadwell processors and the Force Touch trackpad. It's just a matter of timing.

Sorkin’s ‘Steve Jobs’ Biopic Trailer Already More Interesting than the Kutcher Movie

10:23 AM, May. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The much-hyped Steve Jobs biopic written by Aaron Sorkin, directed by Danny Boyle, and starring Michael Fassbender is giving us a first glimpse into the movie with a just release teaser trailer. The minute-long teaser already looks more interesting than the "Jobs," the earlier biopic starring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs and so far all we have to go on is a very short clip and some voice overs. The movie is based on the only authorized biography of Mr. Jobs by Walter Isaacson, and considering the powerhouse team behind the movie adaptation, there's a good chance it's going to fair much better in theaters than the Kutcher film did. Sorkin's "Steve Jobs" movie is due in theaters this year on October 9.

Apple Buys GPS Company Coherent Navigation

9:25 AM, May. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's Maps service will most likely gain some more independence now that the company has purchased Coherent Navigation. Coherent is a GPS company that offers higher accuracy location data compared to other services.

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Apple has been buying up navigation-related companies ever since it dropped Google Maps for its own navigation system for the iPhone. Getting its own satellite-based positioning company is yet another step in closing the gap between Apple and Google for navigation, and considering the level of accuracy Coherent Navigation offers, it looks like a pretty smart purchase.

Apple Watch Security Bug Overblown

3:05 PM, May. 15th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

The Internet lit up on Thursday with reports of the horrible security bug in Apple Watch that makes it an easy target for criminals. The real problem isn't that Apple Watch has a big security bug—it doesn't—it's that an intended feature of the watch is being presented as if it's a bug. The reality is that Apple Watch isn't more prone to theft than any other quality watch, although Apple could take steps to make it less desirable to steal.

Apple Watch Production Bottleneck Ends, Quanta Now Building at Full Capacity

9:14 AM, May. 15th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch should be easier to get now that Quanta, the company building Apple's smartwatch, has ramped up production. Company vice chairman CC Leung said there weren't enough workers available during the Lunar New Year holidays, but that's no longer an issue.

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Assuming Quanta really has been able to ramp up production to the levels Apple needs, Apple Watch deliveries should start coming in larger numbers. We may finally get to see in-store sales soon, too.