January 12

AAPL: 119.25

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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 5

AAPL: 116.61

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9to5toys 

January 4

AAPL: 116.02

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December 16, 2016

AAPL: 115.97

0.15
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December 15, 2016

AAPL: 115.82

0.63
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9to5google 

December 7, 2016

AAPL: 111.03

1.08
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[UPDATE: T-Mobile pulled their DIGITS sign-up page after a glitch exposed unintended customer information. It appears the issue is now solved and the page is back up and running.]

Known for pushing the envelope, as far as cellular carriers are concerned, T-Mobile has disclosed the details of its new program ‘DIGITS’ in an un-carrier announcement today. Certainly taking cues from Google Voice, the new Digits initiative aims to provide users with phone number flexibility and convenience, and includes multiple phone number solutions as well. The company is launching a limited free beta for T-Mobile customers (with post-paid accounts) starting today. expand full story

Earlier this week Apple’s director of AI research Russ Salakhutdinov made an appearance at a machine-learning conference to announce that Apple will allow its researchers to freely publish their findings, a rare move for the normally secretive company. Today a new report from Quartz offers more details from Apple’s talk at the NIPS 2016 conference, including slides that detail AI research related to “volumetric detection of LiDAR” and “prediction of structured outputs” next to visuals of vehicles and more.

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November 30, 2016

AAPL: 110.52

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Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are wrapped, we’re starting to see some data roll in that shows the most popular purchases of the weekend. New data from Localytics shows that, in terms of smartphones, the Google Pixel beat out the iPhone 7 as the most popular purchase this weekend, but it’s not as simple as that…

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Google today is pushing a new version of Google Maps to iOS users. The update, which brings the app to version 4.25, includes a pair of new features. There’s additional optimization for iOS 10’s widget functionality, as well as a new feature that will make it considerably easier to find a place to stop off during a drive…

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November 29, 2016

AAPL: 111.46

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Google has made its Featured Photos screensaver – previously limited to Pixel, Chromecast and Google Fiber devices – available on the Mac. The screensaver pulls in the highest-rated shots Google+ users have chosen to make public, so you get a constantly-updating flow of often breathtakingly gorgeous photos.

The screensaver works especially well on multiple monitor setups, as each monitor displays a different photo …

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November 28, 2016

AAPL: 111.57

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November 15, 2016

AAPL: 107.11

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Google Photos is getting a number of updates today that improve the editing experience through machine learning and more manual controls. Additionally, a standalone PhotoScan app for iOS allows you to digitize your old physical prints with just your phone’s camera.

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9to5toys 

November 14, 2016

AAPL: 105.71

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Apple Music may be working hard to dethrone streaming music market leader Spotify, but it also can’t afford to ignore the other horses in the race. Google Play Music has today launched a major revamp of its iOS and Android apps, using machine-learning to put together context-specific playlists and ensuring that you always have music to listen to even if you forget to download offline music.

The move happens on the same day that Amazon Music Unlimited began its international expansion …

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November 10, 2016

AAPL: 107.79

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Adobe has updated its Photoshop Express app for iPhone and iPad to allow automatic creation of photo collages, and to add support for Google Photos.

The company said that collage-creation was its most-requested feature, and that ‘studio caliber’ collages can be automatically created in 5-7 taps …

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November 7, 2016

AAPL: 110.41

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Google today released an updated Gmail app for iPhone and iPad that introduces a redesigned user interface alongside a few features from Gmail on the web that it says were highly requested. The new design is notably similar to the Gmail app available on Android devices. 

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October 26, 2016

AAPL: 115.59

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Google’s new flagship Pixel XL phone landed in my hands early Monday morning, and I’ve been taking it for a test drive ever since. I’m obviously someone who prefers Apple devices over Google devices, but this phone is so fascinating that I just had to try it.

I should note that this isn’t a review — if you want a review you should definitely check out Stephen’s review over at 9to5Google — these are first impressions from an iPhone fan. Considering that the Pixel is the first real Google-branded smartphone, one that’s obviously meant to go toe-to-toe with Apple’s best offerings, I felt obligated to try it out. Here’s a brief look at a dozen of my initial thoughts. expand full story

How Google created the Pixel… I was suspicious this was the case!

 

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October 25, 2016

AAPL: 118.25

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