Siri turns 5, Apple vs spying, Micro Machines free fun, Google’s Pixel burns, iLuun Air, goodbye Apple TV 3rd gen


Siri turned five years old on Tuesday — it was launched on October 4th, 2011. She’s changed a lot in that time, grown up a bit. But she’s not too old to appreciate people singing to her (above).

Apple: we would never use secret tools to spy on users — Reuters’ Joseph Menn reported yesterday that Yahoo had reportedly created custom software that would scan all incoming emails in real-time, and flag any that contained certain pre-defined keywords. Yahoo hasn’t denied it, saying in a brief statement only that “Yahoo is a law-abiding company and complies with the laws of the United States.”
But Apple – and Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Twitter – said they never have, and would never do, such a thing. Apple, which is known for its strident privacy stance, says it has never been asked to do anything like this. “We have never received a request of this type. If we were to receive one, we would oppose it in court,” a spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.

Nostalgic free-to-play Micro Machines — Codemasters and Chillingo have revived the mostly-dormant brand for a fresh mobile entry that recalls the fun of 25 years back. Micro Machines rolls up a handful of classic toy brands in one amusing free-to-play game, delivering a nostalgia blast that doesn’t require any form of payment.

Google’s Pixel phone — Soon after Apple’s iPhone 7 event, Google held an event of its own, announcing several new products including two new Android phones (the Pixel and Pixel XL), an updated Chromecast dongle (the Chromecast Ultra), a VR headset (the Daydream View), and some connected-home devices (Google Home and Google Wifi). Macworld has a slideshow of 8 times Google burned Apple in the announcement. So who cares? iPhone 7 performance leaves Google Pixel far, far behind.

Kickstarter idea lets you stream iPad/iPhone pictures to a tiny wireless drive — iLuun Air would be the world’s first wireless flash drive created to work not just with your computer, but also with your smartphones and tablets. With the iLuun Air, you can wirelessly access your photos and files, stream videos and music, and transfer your media content to and from your mobile device. [Seems like a good idea, right? Especially for travelling where you can’t get decent wifi.]

Say goodbye to Apple’s third-generation Apple TV —Apple confirmed it was discontinuing the set-top box in an email to staffers obtained by 9to5Mac.

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  1. Re the wireless flash drive: I use a similar device: SanDisk USB wireless Connect 128GB. At home, I can access the internet via iPhone/iPad/Mac, while listening to M4a songs or viewing a photo. Using a VPN, performance with public Wi-Fi less surefooted so far… Also battery life short.


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