Strategy Analytics: Google Assistant to gain popularity over Apple’s Siri and Samsung’s Bixby

Strategy Analytics: Google Assistant to gain popularity over Apple’s Siri and Samsung’s Bixby

By 2022, devices running Google Assistant are going to be much more prevalent in the smartphone market than those running competing native voice assistants like Apple's Siri or Samsung's Bixby, according to Strategy Analytics. The research group says one out of every three smartphones sold worldwide this year will use artificial intelligence (AI) to power virtual assistants. 

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Get an early start on Black Friday: FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds now only $23.95

Get an early start on Black Friday: FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds now only $23.95

One of our most popular deals in the Apple World Today Deals Shop has been for the FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds. They're designed for outdoor activities, with earhooks that keep 'em on your head during exercise and a design that snaps the earbuds together when you're not using them so they hang around your neck securely. How much? This week we're selling them for $23.95 -- $6 lower than our last deal.

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Apple ranks fifth on CareerBliss ‘Happiest Retail Employers for 2017’

Apple ranks fifth on CareerBliss ‘Happiest Retail Employers for 2017’

CareerBliss, the leading career community with over three million open jobs, has released new data identifying the “CareerBliss Happiest Retail Employers for 2017.” Apple ranks fifth on the list, preceded by Neiman Marcus, AT&T, Foot Locker, and Ace Hardware.

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Kantar: iOS share is flat in Europe, but up in the U.S. and urban China

Kantar: iOS share is flat in Europe, but up in the U.S. and urban China

The latest smartphone operating system data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reveals that in the three months ending September 2017, iOS share was flat in Europe, but up in the U.S. and urban China. Android’s good performance within Great Britain continued, with its share rising 8.2 percentage points to 63.9% in the latest three-month period.

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Use Facebook on your Mac a lot? You need the Current app

Use Facebook on your Mac a lot? You need the Current app

I don't entirely trust Facebook, but it does offer social media opportunities for businesses such as mine and is a great way to keep up with folks. If you're a constant FB user, you should check out Current, which turns Facebook into a native app on your Mac desktop (you must be running macOS 10.10 or higher).

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The kids are gonna get microchipped

The kids are gonna get microchipped

For the older generation, it is easy to look back and remember all the fears people used to have when it came to the Internet. Years ago, people worried about shopping online, and the risks associated with putting valuable credit card information online. This was seen as a potential invasion of privacy, and people were hesitant about taking that first step.

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Apple Park Visitor Center now open to the public

Apple Park Visitor Center now open to the public

The Apple Park Visitor Center opened in Cupertino, California, Friday morning, welcoming neighbors and guests from surrounding areas to experience Apple Park’s innovations. It’s is an architectural extension of the new campus (the “spaceship campus”) with similar aesthetics in staircases, stone walls and terrazzo floors. 

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