Apple unveils voice-activated, connected home speaker

Shipments of intelligent home speakers surged almost 600 per cent year-over-year to 4.2 million units in the fourth quarter, with Amazon taking about 88 per cent share and Google 10 percent, according to consultant Strategy Analytics.

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The decision was not about the team at large: the 13-0 Warriors did not need Kerr manning the bench for a home game. "They just took it to us right from the beginning". The Cavaliers see it as must-win game as well. No team in National Basketball Association playoff history has rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a series.

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The company is also teasing an iMac Pro . Two USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports have been added to the back of the machines. The 21.5-inch iMac can be had with 32GB of RAM, while the 27-inch model can have up to 64GB. It will be available with up to 18-core Xeon processors and up to 22 Teraflops of graphics computation. The apparent new Macs, known only as A1289, A1347, A1418, A1419, and A1481, are said to be new 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro models.

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The HomePod will use its internal microphones to pick up voice commands and uses the same processor chip as the iPhone to pump out "spatially aware" sound, Apple said. The company is expected to unveil a voice-activated, internet-connected speaker that would create a new digital pipeline into people's homes . Apple is taking Amazon head on for living room dominance.

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Its primary role will be to enable its users to send money directly to their contacts with one tap. The software is already the number one contactless payment software for mobile according to senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi.

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The new MacBook will also get a faster SSD. The 13-inch version starts at $1,299, the same price as the 2015 MacBook. The new iMac features Radeon Pro 500 series graphics and the 27-inch iMac is equipped with a Retina 5K display and can be fitted with up to 8GB of dedicated VRAM and the smaller 21.5-inch iMac is fitted with a Retina 4K display and up to 4GB.