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Apple Inc. is set to join the Partnership on AI, an artificial intelligence research group that includes Amazon.com Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Facebook Inc. and Microsoft Corp.

bloomberg.com by Alex Webb, 1 min read

In less than a year, Amazon’s combination of the Echo speaker system and the Alexa voice-controlled digital assistant has come close to delivering on the elusive promise of easy-to-use technology that can control gadgets in the home with a few spoken words.

reuters.com by Stephen Nellis, 4 min read

Key iPhone assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry is mulling a joint investment with Apple topping $7 billion for a highly automated display facility in the U.S.

nikkei.com by Debby Wu, 3 min read

Greg Duffy, a former Nest manager who famously called Nest co-founder Tony Fadell a “tyrant bureaucrat,” has joined Apple—the company where Mr. Fadell made his name. Mr. Duffy’s hiring was confirmed by an Apple spokeswoman. His role couldn’t be learned. But given his background, starting …

theinformation.com by Reed Albergotti

With the next version of iOS, users will also be able to rate programs without having to go to the App Store.


recode.net by Ina Fried

macOS Sierra 10.12.4, seeded to developers this morning, introduces a major new feature: Night Shift for the Mac.

First introduced for iOS…

macrumors.com by Juli Clover, <1 min read

Apple’s Find My iPhone app will include a feature that uses AirPods’ wireless technology to track their whereabouts when you inevitably misplace the tiny things

wsj.com by Joanna Stern

Steve Mollenkopf says lawsuits and government actions against his company “are at their core driven by commercial disputes.”

cnet.com by Shara Tibken, 5 min read

A limit of three prompts per year, and a system-wide switch to turn off all such prompts, go a long way toward fixing the problem from the user’s perspective.

daringfireball.net by John Gruber, 2 min read