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Siri in the works for Apple TV, iOS 7.1 code reveals

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If Siri comes to Apple TV, it would put the feature in direct competition with the voice-recognition in Amazon’s FireTV.

Apple’s Siri, the virtual personal assistant that’s currently available in the company’s mobile product line, could be making its way to the Apple TV set-top box, if a newly discovered code string is to be believed.

An entry in the iOS 7.1 software development kit (SDK) mentions Siri support for the Apple TV, 9to5Mac is reporting after confirming its existence in the code. Apple did its best to hide the feature, calling Siri “Assistant” in its code and using integer value “3” to describe Apple TV.

Rumors have been swirling for some time that Siri support would eventually come to Apple’s set-top box. Such a move would make sense, considering many companies, including LG, are now offering voice assistance with television software.

Perhaps more importantly to Apple, Amazon’s recently launched Fire TV set-top box includes a remote with a microphone. When users speak into the remote, the voice assistant automatically detects the request and returns results related to it.

Since the current Apple TV doesn’t support Siri, it’s likely the iPhone maker is working on a new set-top box to replace the current model. That device, the iOS 7.1 code suggests, would support Siri. It’s not clear whether the microphone would be bundled with the set-top box itself or a new Apple TV remote. It’s likely, however, that the feature would be added to the remote to enhance the quality of the audio transmission.

Would you like to have Siri on your Apple TV?

(source: cnet.com; img source: wired.com)

Apple Profit Beats Forecast, Splits Shares and Boosts Dividend

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Apple posted quarterly earnings and revenue that topped estimates Wednesday and announced a 7-for-1 stock split and an 8-percent dividend increase.

The news sent Apple stock soaring over 7 percent in after-hours trading.

The company reported earnings of $11.62 a share, on revenue of $45.6 billion. Analysts expected the company to report earnings excluding items of $10.18 a share on $43.53 billion in revenue, according to a consensus estimate from Thomson Reuters.

In addition, the company authorized a 7-for-1 stock split, addressing calls to share more of its cash hoard. Apple’s liquid assets actually fell to $151 billion at the end of the quarter from $159 billion last quarter, the first decline since at least 2011.

The board also approved a dividend increase of approximately 8 percent to $3.29 a share. The company additionally said it would boost the overall size of its capital return program to more than $130 billion by the end of 2015, up from its previous $100 billion plan.

"We’re very proud of our quarterly results, especially our strong iPhone sales and record revenue from services," said CEO Tim Cook, in a press release. "We’re eagerly looking forward to introducing more new products and services that only Apple could bring to market."

Apple is expected to release its next generation iPhone in the fall, according to various news reports, although Taiwan’s Industrial and Commercial Times reported Tuesday that the 5.5-inch version of the device will be delayed until 2015 because of battery issues.

(source: nbcnews.com ; img source: zastavki.com)

Get your free iPhone 5S at RadioShack

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Starting today, RadioShack is offering a compelling promotion for those in the market for a new iPhone.

The electronics retailer is offering the iPhone 5S for free as long as you’re willing to trade in your old iPhone 4s.

As is the case with most promotions, you’ll have to commit to a two-year contract with AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon.

You can also purchase a 16 GB iPhone 5s for $99 without trading in your old iPhone.

This is a $100 discount compared to the standard iPhone 5s price of $199 on a two-year contract. The promotion was originally spotted by 9to5Mac before it was made public on Thursday.

RadioShack says that your iPhone 4s must be “eligible” for a trade-in, which means it’ll have to be in decent shape for the deal to apply. There’s no mention of how long the promotion will run, but it’s valid whether your shopping online or at one of RadioShack’s brick-and-mortar locations.

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(source: businessinsider.com; img source: imore.com)

One secret iPhone feature you had no idea about

The iPhone is one of the best selling smartphones in the world. Nevertheless, there are some hidden features you had no idea your iPhone could do. I’m going to present you to one of these features today.

LOCATON-BASED REMINDERS

All of you know this odd situation when you set up a Reminder on your iPhone to pick something up from the store and this irritating notification pops up too early. When you finally have some time to go to the store you’ve already forgotten this notification which popped up earlier that day. This really gets on your nerves but believe it or not, your iPhone can help you with this using some extra settings in the built-in Reminders app. All you have to do is set up a Reminder as usual and then tap on the information icon next to the title of it. From this menu you can easily activate «Remind me at a location» by clicking on it. Your iPhone’s GPS will be used to get your current location and whenever you enter or leave a location specified with a reminder you will be notified. It’s a very powerful and useful feature that is perfect for people like me who are as forgetful as a goldfish.

Do you know some other hidden iPhone feature everybody should know about? Tell us!

(source: techaholic.ch; img source: picjumbo.com)

What will the new iPhone 6 look like?

The next iPhone will boast a bigger screen, according to the tech rumor mill, and it’s expected to see the light of day very soon. Apple’s WWDC developer conference is right around the corner (June 2-6), but we’re expecting the iPhone 6 news to arrive sometime in September 2014, which is traditional of most Apple mobile device releases. But, you never know, Apple is certainly one for surprises.

What should you expect from the next-generation iOS smartphone? Probably something a lot like the iPhone 6 concept below, by Behance user Edgar Rios. It’s rumored to have slightly thinner hardware and a larger, wider screen. Read on for all of the iPhone 6 speculation around the web.

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  • About that bigger screen — 9to5 Mac spotted leaked photos from an iPhone 6 production plant that show an iPhone 4S next to the new mold, which is about 4.7 inches, about the same size as the iPhone 5S. This means that the screen, if larger, would bleed all the way to the edge like in the above concept design.
  • Thinner — Leaked photos from a supposed Foxconn plant made their way onto Weibo, China’s version of Twitter. The images show a much thinner aluminum-looking chassis that wraps around a rounded edge, similar to the design of the iPod Touch.
  • Two sizes — The Wall Street Journal reported that the new iPhone will be available in two sizes: one with a 4.5-inch screen and a larger version with a 5-inch display. Will the smaller size be called the iPhone mini or the iPhone 6C? If this report is accurate, the plastic backing of the current iPhone 5C will be replaced by metal casing.
  • iOS 8 — A new operating system may ship with the new phone. An iOS app codenamed Healthbook, a fitness-focused app, surfaced earlier this year, and many believe that the new app will ship with iOS 8.

(source: geeksugar.com; img source: Edgar Rios)