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OK, Google, let’s put the new voice ID everywhere

Google Home knows who’s talking.

When each recognized user speaks Home’s wake words — which are “Hey, Google” and “OK, Google” — Home now switches to that person’s account to give personalized information.

This is a huge deal, a technological marvel and a major leap forward in human-machine interaction.

It’s also a cautionary tale about the downside of overzealous concern about privacy.

How Google Home knows you’re you

Google Home is a virtual assistant appliance similar to the Amazon Echo that runs a version of the Google Assistant. Assistant is also available in Google’s Allo messaging app.

Google Home now supports up to six users for a single device.

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Apple’s Mac Pro gets crushed by new HP Zbook laptops

Apple’s Mac Pro has been ignored for so long that even Windows 10 mobile workstations are catching up on features and performance.

Take HP’s latest Zbook laptop workstations , which were announced on Friday. These heavy built laptops — which is why they are called mobile workstations — have comparable memory and storage capacity technology to the Mac Pro, but excel in other areas.

The laptops feature Thunderbolt 3 ports, DDR4 memory, Intel’s latest Kaby Lake-based Core and Xeon processors, and the latest GPUs from Nvidia and AMD.

By comparison the Mac Pro has Thunderbolt 2 ports, an old AMD GPU, DDR3 memory and Intel Xeon processors based on the Ivy Bridge architecture, which were released in 2013.

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March for Science: Live Updates from Washington DC and Around the US

WIRED Science writers across the United States follow the March for Science from Washington DC, Boston, and San Francisco. The post March for Science: Live Updates from Washington DC and Around the US appeared first on WIRED.

How the technology behind Apple’s Touch ID will likely change with ‘iPhone 8’

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There’s a lot of talk about Apple’s shift to a new screen technology with the “iPhone 8,” but fewer conversations about how it will all work — AppleInsider explains what changes Apple will likely need to make to implement the technology, while retaining Touch ID on the front of the rumored edge-to-edge screen on the device.

This week on AI: Apple goes 100 percent recycled, Apple Watch NikeLab, ‘iPhone 8’ rumors & more

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Ahead of Earth Day, Apple went on an environmental publicity blitz, most notably promising to eventually make products entirely out of recycled materials. Rumors about specific projects like the “iPhone 8” continued, meanwhile, and a new version of the Apple Watch appeared: the Apple Watch NikeLab.

IDG Contributor Network: At DockerCon, another one of those PR fail stories

Sometimes things get in the way of common sense and people inadvertently make bad decisions. But sometimes those bad decisions are an indication of core structural problems.I’ve been thinking about that distinction recently in light of a somewhat un…

Apple self-driving car testing plan gives clues to tech program

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Inc outlined a plan to train operators of self-driving cars in documents submitted to California regulators earlier this month, the latest clues to the company’s autonomous vehicle technology aspirations.

Massive power outage closes busy Union Square Apple Store in San Francisco

The year-old flagship Apple Store at Union Square in San Francisco was closed down today due to a massive power outage that affected around 90,000 other customers, shut down some subway stations and turned off traffic lights that s…

Full copy of Apple’s self-driving car permit revealed

On Friday, a report revealed snippets of Apple’s California Department of Motor Vehicles self-driving car application, offering insight into the company’s autonomous vehicle project. AppleInsider has since obtained a full copy of t…

U.S. Homeland Security probes possible abuse in Twitter summons case

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The U.S. Homeland Security Department’s inspector general said on Friday he was investigating possible abuse of authority in a case that triggered a lawsuit against the department by Twitter Inc .

Dell’s first HDR display is aimed squarely at video editors

HDR10 and Dolby Vision are the two main competing standards for high dynamic range displays. Today, Dell lent its support to the former as it announced its first HDR10-compliant display, the Dell UltraSharp 27 4K HDR Monitor. Dell revealed the…

Internal documents reveal first look at Apple’s self-driving car platform

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Documents filed as part of Apple’s application to test self-driving cars in California were revealed on Friday and offer a first look at the company’s autonomous platform, dubbed the “Automated System.”

IDG Contributor Network: When pure play isn’t: Mirantis releases Kubernetes distro

The vast majority of readers will know the Mirantis story. Lots of drama, the center of many an internet storm, intrigue and a singular focus on making OpenStack really break out and be a thing. Well much of that remains, but much doesn’t. Mirantis’ image as the bad-boy Russian tech company has changed since they consciously decided to move away from the Russian thing. They still no doubt party hard, but they’re no longer purely focused on OpenStack. (Oh, and one other thing has changed, and that is the departure of one of the better tech communications execs out there, Sarah Bennett, y’all should hire her, she’s ace.)

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UK site The Guardian drops Apple News in bid to boost ad & subscription revenues

Prominent U.K. newspaper The Guardian on Friday pulled out of two major app-based initiatives, Apple News and Facebook Instant Articles, in a bid to reclaim revenue.

Apple’s self-driving car test program detailed in new document

Last week Apple was granted permission to publicly test self-driving car technology on California roads, and now a new document has surfaced that details Apple’s self-driving car training program for drivers. The new document provides further evidence that Apple is actively working on autonomous driving technology internally.

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Apple Autonomous Driving Training Program Confirms Self-Driving Software Platform

Apple has developed a training program to instruct employees on how to handle cars being used to test its autonomous driving software platform, according to documents obtained by Business Insider.

The company’s “Development Platform Specific Trainin…

Microsoft fixes Windows 10 upgrade tempo and timing to placate enterprises

Microsoft yesterday announced it will target March and September as the launch months for all upcoming Windows 10 feature upgrades, a return to regularity that has been demanded by enterprise customers.”We’ve … heard our customers want more predic…

Researchers build a microprocessor from flexible materials

Researchers have built a primitive microprocessor out of a two-dimensional material similar to graphene, the flexible conductive wonder material that some believe will revolutionize the design and manufacture of batteries, sensors and chips.To read …

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Gravitas iPhone Dock From Henge Docks

For this week’s giveaway, we’ve teamed up with Henge Docks to give MacRumors readers a chance to win a Gravitas dock for the iPhone or iPad.

Made from a heavy, sturdy metal alloy base, the Gravitas is designed for single-handed docking and undocking, but it’s also made to minimize the amount of space that it takes up on a desk.


It is made from an alloy that’s 265 percent denser than aluminum and it weighs in at 2.5 pounds, giving it enough stability to work with both the iPhone and the iPad. Due to the design, it’s compatible with thin cases, such as those made by Apple, but it won’t work with thicker Otterbox-style case options.

The Gravitas works with the iPhone 6, 6s, 7, and 7 Plus, along with multiple iPad models. It ships with a three-foot USB cable for charging and it also features a 3.5mm Stereo Audio Out port for listening to music.


Henge Docks normally charges $69 for the Gravitas, but we have four docks to offer to MacRumors readers for free. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner and send the prize. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

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KKR, INCJ plan joint bid for Toshiba’s chip unit: Nikkei

(Reuters) – U.S. private equity firm KKR & Co LP and Japanese government-backed fund, Innovation Network Corp of Japan (INCJ), will submit a joint offer for Toshiba Corp’s memory chip unit, the Nikkei business daily reported on Friday.

Apple hires two Google satellite execs for ‘new hardware team’

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Apple has reportedly hired two executives from Google’s satellite division to head up “a new hardware team,” with goals that are still unclear.

Photoshop World 2017 Deals: Pre-order the latest cameras & lenses with no tax in 48 states + 5% off DJI drones

With Photoshop World 2017 well underway, Adorama and B&H are both accepting pre-orders on Sony’s newest mirrorless Alpha a9 camera and GM lens, as well as Nikon’s D7500 DSLR camera — with no tax collected on orders shipped out…

Apple creates new hardware team led by former Google execs

It’s well known that Apple is working hard to bring innovation to augmented reality and self-driving cars (in some capacity). However, new hires recently made by the company are making a satellite constellation project seem likely.

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Apple Begins Notifying 2017 WWDC Scholarship Winners

Apple today began sending out emails to students and STEM organization members who have won a scholarship to attend the 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference, which will take place in San Jose, California from June 5 to June 9.

Scholarship winners receive free tickets to WWDC, a huge benefit as a ticket is normally priced at $1,599. Apple is also providing scholarship winners with free lodging this year, housing them at the San Jose State University dorms, located approximately 15 minutes away from the venue when walking.


To win a WWDC scholarship, students and STEM members were tasked with sharing a three-minute visually interactive scene created in Swift Playgrounds. Entries were judged on technical accomplishment, creativity of ideas, and content of written responses. Scholarship winners must accept the scholarship award by April 28.

Apple has also already selected WWDC ticket lottery winners and charged chosen developers the attendance fee.

Developers and students who were not selected to attend WWDC are able to watch both the keynote event and sessions with engineers through the Apple Developer website and the WWDC app for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.

(Thanks, Ian!)

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‘iPhone 8’ renders based on shaky diagram ‘leaks’ appear on Chinese social media

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A new set of images purporting to be of the “iPhone 8” rear case have appeared on Chinese social media, but AppleInsider has learned that they are renders, based on recent, alleged schematic ‘leaks.’

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