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"Apple CEO Tim Cook opened today’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a moment of silence for the victims of the weekend’s terrorist attack. Early Sunday morning Omar Mateen, a gunman who had reportedly sworn allegiance to ISIS, massacred 50 people and wounded at least 50 others at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.", venturebeat.com
"Analysts are saying that Apple's upcoming updates to its Siri voice assistant should help the company address criticisms that it can't compete on artificial intelligence. Apple is now opening Siri to apps made by other companies, and like Google and Microsoft, it's bringing the digital assistant to desktop and laptop computers. Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy explains it as Apple using non-personal information in aggregate to teach Siri new tricks, then having all the personalization take place on the individual device. Analyst Jan Dawson of Jackdaw Research says the changes announced in San Francisco on Monday should make Siri 'substantially more useful and effective as an assistant and keep it competitive with alternatives from Google, Amazon and others.' A new messaging app and improvements to maps and the Siri voice assistant are among the new features coming to iPhones and iPads. [...] Apple says its HomeKit smart-home system is", www.sfchronicle.com
"At Apple’s annual event for software developers on Monday, CEO Tim Cook asked for a moment of silence to remember the victims of Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando. Thousands of attendees stood in Bill Graham Civic Auditorium as Cook called the shooting a “senseless and unconscionable act of terrorism aimed at dividing and destroying.” Trying to keep pace with its competitors, Apple announced on Monday that it would open up key aspects of the operating systems on its iPhone, Watch and other devices for the first time to developers. The company announced a range of new features for its Watch, TV and music services. Hurt by lower iPhone sales, Apple has struggled to regain its footing among competitors, amid a year-over-year revenue decline in its most recent quarter. [...] Apple’s announcement on Monday that it was opening up Siri to developers will boost its ability to go up against Amazon and Google in the voice category. Google plans to launch a", www.sfchronicle.com