New smart speaker expected as Apple kicks off conference

The smart speaker is not the only thing that Apple is expected to showcase at the WWDC though. With the Homepod, Apple promises a newer and more efficient software for the speaker, as well as its other new products revealed at the conference. Like the Amazon Echo and Google Home, the HomePod will play music while also helping people to manage their lives and homes.

Today at WWDC 2017, Apple announced its long-rumoured smart speaker solution. Apple Music, which hosts £9.99 a month, now offers 40 million tracks from two million artists.

Users can ask the speaker to read them the latest news, play podcasts, set reminders - everything that's already possible with Siri on other Apple devices.

Apple says its looking to "reinvent" the way we listen to music in the home.

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Creamer, who nearly won this tournament 13 years ago as an amateur, was one shot off the lead when she made the turn. Two-time defending champion Anna Nordqvist of Sweden also closed with a 69 to finish alone in second place at 204.

The HomePod will be available in December in the USA, United Kingdom and Australia in white and space gray. GOOGL, +0.78% GOOG, +0.83%, with its Google Home product, and Amazon Inc.'s AMZN, +0.46% Amazon Echo.

As per the survey, in the previous month by analysis firm eMarketer found Echo speakers held 70.6% of the USA market, compared with 23.8% for Google Home. The research firm eMarketer says than 35 million people in the USA are expected to use a voice-activated speaker at least once a month this year, more than doubling from last year.

It is the first new device Apple has announced in nearly three years. It will then enter other worldwide markets in 2018.

Apple is getting serious about competing with Amazon's and Google's infiltration of the home. Siri was introduced as a feature in the iPhone 4S in 2011, three years before Amazon came out with Alexa and the Echo. This overall adoption is still tiny compared to, say, the number of people using smartphones every month, but growing faster. It's the first time in 15 years that Apple has held its conference in San Jose, the heart of Silicon Valley.

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Blomkamp, the director behind District 9 and Elysium , has been teasing his experimental project on social media for a while now. Future volumes might then be monetized, and feature film adaptations of one of the shorts could be in the cards as well.

Apple's Safari browser will soon be able to stop videos from auto-playing.

The browser's new "intelligent tracking prevention", meanwhile, will use machine learning to identify and block digital-ad trackers in order to keep advertisers from following and profiling users. Safari isn't the only browser cracking down: The next version of Google Chrome will block ads on sites with poor ad experiences.

Along with upgraded versions of iPad and Mac laptops, Apple unveiled an iMac Pro work station that had the computing built in behind the screen and was touted as the most powerful computer the company has ever made. It's part of Apple's effort to entice professionals with tablets that can handle many tasks previously reserved for laptops.

The company rolled out new tools for developers to create augmented reality applications for iPhones and iPads.

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Curry is averaging 28.6 points in the playoffs and looks like a different player than the one who had a knee injury past year . He has hit just 38 percent of his shots as his normally reliable jumper has failed him. "I thought he did a good job of that".

The technology, a feature of the wildly successfully smartphone game Pokemon Go, overlays digital information on real-world images and is seen as an area in which the keenly awaited 10th-anniversary iPhone can stand out from competitors.

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