Apple Gets Siri-ous By Hiring Google’s AI Chief John Giannandrea

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Apple has just hired John Giannandrea, one of Google’s top AI executives. Giannandrea,  was previously Google’s Head of AI and Search, The New York Times reports.  According to a statement from Apple, Giannandrea will lead Apple’s “machine learning and A.I. strategy,” leading many to believe that the company may finally be upping its efforts to improve on Siri.  He will be one of only 16 executives that report directly to Apple’s CEO Tim Cook.

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Deal Alert – Get Apple’s Leather iPhone X Cases on Sale

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Phone cases can come in all shapes and sizes, and certainly prices, especially when it comes to cases for the iPhone.  Apple’s own offerings generally are more on the premium side, particularly their leather cases, but can also offer great protection.  If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines waiting to change cases, or perhaps just a different color for your iPhone X, Amazon is running a great sale on various leather cases.  Read on for more!

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Apple Changing Privacy Controls To Adhere to New European Law

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Bloomberg:

The iPhone maker said it will update its web page for managing Apple IDs in coming months to let users download a copy of all their data stored with the company. The site will also let customers correct personal information, temporarily deactivate their account, and completely delete it. The new privacy controls are designed to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, which kicks in May 25, the Cupertino, California-based company said.

While Apple may get chided at times for the lack of features on Siri, or other issues related to their focus on privacy, it seems like with the recent Facebook debacle, their efforts may be paying off.  Or as Tim Cook put it:

The ability of anyone to know what you’ve been browsing about for years, who your contacts are, who their contacts are, things you like and dislike and every intimate detail of your life — from my own point of view it shouldn’t exist.

In light of the recent Facebook events, what steps have you taken readers to strengthen up your privacy?  Feel free to discuss below!

Columbus State Community College Rolling Out Apple Swift Course

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You’ve heard the phrase – “there’s an app for that.”  You may have even wondered how you to get into developing “an app for that” yourself, but didn’t have a clue on how to get started.  If you live in the Columbus, OH area, you may have a chance to get to do that soon.  Read on for more…


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5 iPhone Photography Tips for Better Pictures

If you have an iPhone, particularly an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, you probably already know how to take a picture with the camera.  You probably also know that it takes great pictures.  But, do you know really know how to take a great picture with your iPhone?  As an iPhone owner myself, I love the convenience of being able to take a picture at a moment’s notice, especially with a little one.  Also with Mother’s Day coming up as well as other holidays, users might be interested in taking some of the best photos with family members.

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However, even though we may know most of the features of the camera, it can’t hurt to still have a bit of a refresher.  Apple unveiled a new site today, as well as series of videos to its YouTube channel, entitled “How to Shoot on iPhone 7.”  Currently there are five videos on YouTube, all designed to show users the best methods for capturing photos like panoramas, portraits, action shorts and more.

See below the jump for more on each video.

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New Apple Park Drone Footage – The Spaceship is Almost Ready

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It’s almost time.

By now, we all know that Apple’s “feat of engineering” new campus, dubbed Apple Park, resembles a spaceship, and what better way to keep track of its progress than with drone footage?  MacRumors reports that drone videographer, Matthew Roberts, has uploaded a new video to his YouTube channel yesterday, which has been covering the ongoing construction at the new campus in Cupertino.

Despite being close to completion, the building still isn’t quite ready yet to open its doors to the company’s employees.  However, construction has picked up rapidly in recent weeks, and the latest footage shows solar panel installation on the roof nearly complete, with large amounts of construction still going on in the main courtyard due to the large pond and neighboring fauna still being added.

See the new video after the jump:

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Imagining The New Modular Mac Pro Design

 

The previous Mac Pro lineup
One was modular, the other, not so much.

In what turned out to be a bit of a surprise in the tech world, Apple announced plans that it would be working on an updated Mac Pro, that would contain a modular design for users wishing to perform regular component upgrades.

Whilst development of the new Mac Pro has only just started, which of course means that release is probably still a year or more away yet, designers are already starting to dream up concepts of what the new machine might look like, such as today’s offering from CURVED/labs.  The design includes a Mac-mini style box along with the familiar Apple branded display.  Check out their video below the fold.

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