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Cochlear app, iPhone X reviews, object detection, Qualcomm conundrum, KRACK fixes, watchOS 4.1, Siri commands, Kindle for iOS


Cochlear Nucleus 7 is the world’s first and only cochlear implant sound processor that’s Made for iPhone — Recipients can stream sound from their compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch directly to their Nucleus 7 sound processor. Users can reconnect with friends over the phone, FaceTime with their children, dial into work teleconferences and even stream maps while driving.
Unlike hearing aids which amplify sounds, cochlear implants do the work of damaged parts of the inner ear (cochlea) to provide sound signals to the brain.
Earlier this year the New Zealand Government acknowledged the life changing benefits cochlear implants offer and boosted funding for adult cochlear implants to NZ$14.93 million for this calendar year. This means the number of adults who will have these operations payed for will rise from 40 to 100 people. Key features and benefits of the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor include:
It is 25% smaller and 24% lighter than the previous generation of Cochlear implant
Users can control, monitor and customise their hearing on their compatible Apple devices via the free Nucleus Smart App Talking on the phone, listening to music in high-quality stereo sounds, watching videos and making FaceTime calls easily accessible
The new Hearing Tracker records coil-off time (when the external coil component of the sound processor is not attached or sending a signal to the internal electrode) and time in speech – information that’s especially helpful to parents trying to track their child’s hearing
The Find My Processor feature helps locate a lost processor by using Location Services to determine the last place the processor was connected to the paired iPhone or iPod touch

iPhone X reviews start to appear — Here’s Steven Levy’s on Wired (“The iPhone X is a big screen in a compact form factor – Cinerama in a phone booth…”),  AppleInsider has a hands-on Apple’s highly anticipated iPhone X, and offers a closer look at the new edge-to-edge OLED display, Face ID biometric system, and much more with this in-depth video overview. There’s also a first look.
Helping to support Apple’s accuracy claims, a video published on Tuesday shows the iPhone X’s Face ID system reacting as intended, even when confronted with identical twins.

Internet discovers Apple’s Photos object detection feature, controversy inevitably ensues — Twitter on Monday caught wind of how specific a now year-old object recognition feature in Apple Photos can get, with users expressing concern over the system’s ability to detect “brassieres.”
The Photos feature in question introduced at WWDC in 2016 integrates machine learning and AI technology to detect and tag faces, objects and places in user photos. The key word here is tag; no data is offloaded, no folders are created and no images are “collected.”

Apple designing iPhones, iPads without Qualcomm modems after key testing software withheld — In an international legal fight against Qualcomm, Apple is said to be mulling a decision to drop the chipmaker’s modems in next year’s iPhone and iPad models after it was denied access to software used to test key communications components.

Apple iOS 11.1 now available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch with 70 new emoji, other improvements — After a month-long testing process, Apple has made available iOS 11.1 including a fix for the KRACK wi-fi exploit, and a large amount of accessibility feature fixes.

Apple outs tvOS 11.1 for Apple TV with fix for KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability & minor changes — Apple has released tvOS 11.1, a maintenance update for the Apple TV and Apple TV 4K that nevertheless includes one important addition: a fix for the KRACK WPA2 vulnerability in devices with Wi-Fi.

Apple releases watchOS 4.1 with support for LTE music streaming on Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular — Delivering a feature that has been showcased in advertisements for the Apple Watch Series 3 since it launched in September, Apple has released watchOS 4.1, giving users the ability to stream Apple Music and an iCloud Music Library without a phone near by.

Watch the 50 most useful Siri commands — Apple’s Siri understands a huge number of commands and queries, from relatively simple tasks like turning on HomeKit-connected lights to more complex requests like translating words into foreign languages. AppleInsider went through the list and picked out 50 of the most useful.

Kindle iOS app update is the most dramatic in years, and brings new reading tools — Light mode and improvements to Page Flip are welcome but it’s still the number of books available that make the latest version of Amazon’s Kindle app for iPhone and iPad a must.