February 21

AAPL: 136.70

0.98
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February 14

AAPL: 135.02

1.73
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There’s no shortage of options for virtual meetings these days, from Apple’s own FaceTime through Skype, WebEx, Facebook, WhatsApp and many others. But Amazon believes that there’s room for one more, aiming Chime specifically at businesses looking for an easier and more manageable way to host video meetings.

Meetings start on time because they’re easy to join – meetings call you and you can join with a single tap. Lengthy pins are a thing of the past. A visual roster shows who has joined the meeting and who is running late, and allows anyone to mute background noise. Amazon Chime offers rich apps for iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac, and your chats are always synchronized across your devices. You can switch seamlessly between devices anytime, even in the middle of a meeting … 

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February 7

AAPL: 131.53

1.24
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As it continues to focus on the evolution of the Apple TV, Apple has reportedly hired the former Amazon Fire TV head, Timothy D. Twerdahl. According to Bloomberg, the former Amazon executive will head up the Apple TV business, freeing up other executives to spearhead different efforts.

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9to5toys 

January 23

AAPL: 120.08

0.08
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Apple’s rumored Siri Speaker may be hitting the market this year and with it will likely come improvements to Siri itself. Apple, however, won’t be the first to release a standalone speaker with a built-in virtual assistant. Google has already released its solution, Google Home, while Amazon has its Alexa virtual assistant available in several forms, including the Echo and Echo Dot.

The Echo Dot and the Echo series as a whole has been a smash hit success for Amazon and it’s where Apple should take inspiration from for its Siri Speaker, but its success really hinges upon implements to Siri itself…

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January 12

AAPL: 119.25

-0.50
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There has been speculation that Apple may be planning to build its own home speaker device to compete with the Amazon Echo and Google Home, with some expressing the view that Apple is already late to the party.

But does Apple need to compete in this space, when it arguably already has its own version of Echo or Home? The one that’s either on your wrist or in your pocket …

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January 9

AAPL: 118.99

1.08
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On the Backchannel blog, Steven Levy has posted a concise interview with Apple SVP Phil Schiller timed with the iPhone’s tenth anniversary. The post includes Levy’s anecdotes about Steve Jobs back in 2007 at the original iPhone launch followed up with some questions to Schiller about the success of the iPhone looking back and looking forward.

Regarding voice-only personal assistant devices like the Amazon Echo’s Alexa, Schiller says that the best intelligent assistant is the one that’s always with you, and that you can’t discount the value of a color display to present information …

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9to5google 

December 30, 2016

AAPL: 115.82

-0.91
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December 15, 2016

AAPL: 115.82

0.63
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December 13, 2016

AAPL: 115.19

1.89
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Amazon today has released a new shopping app for any Apple TV running tvOS. The app, which is useful for Prime members especially, doesn’t include streaming video like many would hope, but rather allows users to complete purchases from their Apple TV.

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electrek 

December 12, 2016

AAPL: 113.30

-0.65
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December 7, 2016

AAPL: 111.03

1.08
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December 6, 2016

AAPL: 109.95

0.84
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December 1, 2016

AAPL: 109.49

-1.03
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9to5toys 

November 24, 2016

AAPL: 111.23

0.00
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November 21, 2016

AAPL: 111.73

1.67
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November 18, 2016

AAPL: 110.06

0.11
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9to5google 

November 16, 2016

AAPL: 109.99

2.88
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Following a launch of its new Amazon Music Unlimited plan in the U.S. last month and an EU launch earlier this week, today the company announced a family plan option for the service. 

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November 15, 2016

AAPL: 107.11

1.40
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electrek 

November 14, 2016

AAPL: 105.71

-2.72
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I’m a pretty big fan of Apple’s recently-launched Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones. The on-ear headphones, which we reviewed back in September, have a high upside for convenience, sound and style. Now that the headphones are widely available in stores, Apple has issued a new advertisement to highlight the advantages of the Beats-branded cans…and Amazon might have another pricing mistake on their hands dropping the price by a whopping $80, something Apple never does with just released products.

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