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Still outperforming, iTunes problem, Didi investment, new voice assistant, stop your Mac ringing, WWDC Orientation, app bundle


Despite Q2 sales dip, Apple’s Macs continue to outperform the industry — Over the past quarter, reports from all over have been belabouring the idea that Apple is on the edge of crisis because its iPhone sales – which represent the majority of its business—declined year-over-year and because China – its brightest growth territory – similarly turned in disappointing sales numbers across the board. But the overall trajectory of Mac shipments has been upward, bucking the clear downward trend among generic Windows PC shipments, and it’s the same for iPhone and iPad.

Apple confirms reports of iTunes music deletion issue, ‘safeguards’ coming next week — Apple in a statement Friday said it is investigating reports of a supposed Apple Music compatibility bug that deletes local music files without user permission, adding that an updated version of the media management software is expected for release this week.

Apple’s Didi investment is surprising but good use of massive $233B cash hoard, analyst says — Investment firm Piper Jaffray views Apple’s Didi funding as a new direction for the company, providing long-term strategic positioning benefits in China’s expanding automotive industry.

Awa is a new AI voice assistant for Mac OS X — Stahl Labs AB has introduced Awa, a new AI voice assistant for Mac OS X. It’s designed to help you perform tasks like searching the web, opening apps and creating todos as well as more complex tasks using only your voice. It’s like Apple’s Siri but for your Mac. Aww requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs just  US99¢ (NZ$1.49) and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

Stop your Mac ringing when your phone does — Here’s how, and if you want to prevent your Mac from receiving FaceTime calls entirely (like if someone accidentally attempts to start a video chat), go to the top of that window and deselect the “Enable this account” checkbox.

Apple invites WWDC 2016 scholarship winners to June 12 orientation — People who won a scholarship to attend Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June are now being invited to attend a special orientation session on the Sunday before the conference, June 12.

Pay what you want for 13 Premium Mac Apps – Deal Alert
mac bundle — If you want to maximise your productivity, this bundle of premium Mac apps is the ticket. Together, they’re valued at US$946, but here’s your chance to pay what you want for them. If your price is below the average, you’ll nab the first three. Pay above the average, and you unlock them all.

Siri, Viv, Microsoft OneDrive, free Opera VPN, 8 ways to improve iPad Pro


Neil Patrick Harris shows off ‘Hey Siri’ in Apple’s latest iPhone 6s ad — Actor Neil Patrick Harris has once again joined Apple to promote the iPhone 6s, this time in a new TV ad where the Oscar and Tony host dictates notes to his iPhone using its “Hey Siri” handsfree capabilities. In the new 30-second ad, Harris prompts his phone to read a saved memo from the Notes app using only his voice. Siri responds accordingly, allowing Harris to freshen up his tuxedo and practice the speech without touching the iPhone 6s.

Meet Viv, the new voice assistant from the creators of Siri — Siri made the iPhone more responsive with artificial intelligence, but now its founders want to put AI in every device you own. Dag Kittlaus, who cofounded Siri, left Apple five years ago, but now he’s back with a new voice assistant named Viv that he predicts will change the way we interact with not just our phones, but our home appliances, cars, and more. Viv has gotten a lot of hype for a product that hasn’t shipped yet, but Kittlaus demoed Viv publicly for the first time at TechCrunch Disrupt on Monday.

Microsoft embraces Apple’s 3D Touch in OneDrive update — Users of Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage service will now be able to browse more easily through their files — as long as they have an iPhone 6s — as the Redmond giant has added Apple’s 3D Touch.

Opera has launched an iOS app to expand its free, unlimited, ad-blocking VPN — Opera Software is taking its VPN campaign to iOS with a free, unlimited virtual private network app. Launched Monday, the new app follows Opera’s debut in late April of a free, built-in virtual private network in the beta version of its PC and Mac browsers. Opera’s VPN services are offered by SurfEasy, a Canadian VPN provider that Opera acquired in early 2015. [Free and easy to use …]

Eight changes that could make the iPad Pro even better — Jason Cipriano loves his Pro but reckons these changes would improve it.