Apple Announces iOS 10, Sony PlayStation VR Due Imminently… [Tech News Digest]
Apple announces iOS 10 and more at WWDC 2016, Sony PlayStation VR is due imminently, single sign-on for streaming pay TV, Amazon’s music streaming service is announced, and how to make plasma out of a lightbulb.
Apple Announces iOS 10 and More at WWDC 2016
Apple’s WWDC 2016 has presented a number of new innovations, including confirmation of the news that Siri will be opened up to third-party developers . This expansion of Siri’s capabilities is crucial to the effectiveness of the whole ecosystem of Apple devices, as it will allow users to call for Uber rides and more.
Primarily, iOS 10 has been announced, and with it comes a few new innovations involving 3D touch. A new feature called “rise and wake” wakes the phone up when it’s lifted, exposing the 3D-touch-enabled notifications.
Apple Music and Maps are also completely redesigned in iOS to incorporate 3D touch. Meanwhile, the Messenges app is evolving to allow handwriting and integration from iOS apps, in much the same way as Facebook Messenger has.
OS X has been renamed to macOS, and the new release coming late this year will be named Sierra. Apple wants to maintain continuity between devices and showcased new features like the Universal Clipboard that allows you to copy text on an iPhone device and paste it on to your Mac.
Apple’s watchOS 3 was announced, proving that Apple still believes in the Apple Watch’s importance. Apple seems to have positioned the Apple Watch as more of a fitness device, with the activity tracker prominently displayed and encouraging users to compete with friends.
The tvOS operating system behind Apple TV has also been updated to offer a single sign-on feature. For users, this means you can log into Netflix, Showtime, Hulu and other services at once.
Another powerful feature connecting Apple devices is that users wearing the Apple Watch will be able to log into their Mac without using a name and password. Apple Pay has also partnered with some online retailers to accept payments, expanding the service’s capabilities widely.
Apple News will now allow users to subscribe to their favorite publications, and it also got a new look with clearer sections: Top News, Trending, Sports, and Feature Stories.
The Apple Maps app has received a complete makeover, with plenty of new features added. You can now book and pay for an Uber ride from within Maps, or make a restaurant reservation.
Apple Music now sports lyrics, a discovery mix and daily curated playlists. It will also clearly separate your downloaded music and recently added tunes.
The Apple Photos app has evolved to be more like Google Photos, and will allow you to use facial recognition to organize your photos.
Sony PlayStation VR Due Imminently
Sony’s press conference at the E3 event currently underway has revealed a slew of new titles, with many of the new games designed for the PlayStation VR. The PlayStation VR itself will be released on October 13, with all of the new titles hopefully ready to play, including Batman Arkham, a new Resident Evil, and Star Wars.
Death Stranding, the first game from Kojima Productions, was revealed with a preview starring Walking Dead actor, Norman Reedus. Other Sony games and release dates were also revealed during the event, such as The Last Guardian, God of War, Spider Man and Crash Bandicoot.
Ubisoft also had their big reveals at E3, including South Park: Fractured but Whole, Watch Dogs 2, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Steep and Just Dance 2017.
Single Sign-on for Streaming Pay TV
A new industry standard for Pay TV sign-on is emerging, which will enable users to authenticate themselves using one simple method only. Top TV networks have worked on this standard and those channels adopting it include CNN, ESPN, Food Network, HGTV, and NBC.
The new standard, called TV Everywhere (TVE), lets you automatically authenticate using your home’s Wi-Fi network. If you’re accessing your account from elsewhere, you still only need to authenticate yourself once to access all of your participating TV services.
The cable companies Comcast, Cox and MediaCom are all involved in developing this standard, so the list of channels covered also includes Disney channels, BBC America, Bravo, Comedy Central, SyFy, Nickelodeon, CNN, and MTV, among others.
Our couch-potato lifestyles are about to get a whole lot easier.
Amazon’s Music Streaming Service
Amazon is taking on Apple Music and Spotify with their own take on a streaming music service. It’s hoping to launch the service in late Summer, starting with a rate of $9.99 per month in line with its competitors.
Amazon hopes that use of the Echo will make the music streaming service more appealing due to its integration, and vice versa. Other music streaming services can currently be accessed via the Echo, but Amazon streaming integration will be seamless.
Sources told Reuters Amazon is currently finalizing the licenses and will offer a competitive catalog of songs.
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