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Massive iMacs? Multiscreen iTunes, Washing Machine deal, Siri vs Alexa, Aeon Timeline


Bigger monitors in demand, so a 31-inch iMac, perhaps? The global market for computer monitors is projected to decline to 121.8 million units by 2022 due to falling desktop sales and the rapid penetration of handheld computing devices. However, when consumers do buy a monitor, they’ll turn to larger screens (31-inches or more in size), according to IDC.
The research group says the large monitor display segment above 31+ inches in screen size grew by 12.2% year-on-year in 2013 and will continue growing. If IDC is right, it seems people are wanting bigger monitors for their desktops and/or bigger monitors with which to connect laptops. Can you imagine a 31-inch iMac?

Apple adds multiscreen movie rental viewing to iTunes in latest update — Along with Tuesday’s hardware debuts, Apple quietly released an updated iTunes version that allows users to rent movies once and watch them on multiple screens. And with this release, Apple has restored the ability to open a playlist in a new window on macOS: here’s how to do it. iTunes 12.6 is a free update available through Apple’s App Store app on the Mac.

Intego Washing Machine for Mac 40% off — Starting today through Saturday, you can get Intego Mac Washing Machine Secure X9 for 40% off MSRP by using this promo code at checkout: CLEANME.

Marriott pits Apple’s Siri again Amazons Alexa — Marriott International Inc., the world’s biggest lodging company, is pitting Amazon’s Alexa against Apple’s Siri to be the voice-controlled platform of choice in its hotels, reports Bloomberg.
The goal is to offer guests a virtual “hotel butler” that lets them access and manage systems such as heating, cooling, lighting and entertainment by speaking a request at home or using a smartphone.

Apple Stores on map — Check out Apple Stores Worldwide, an interactive map showing the impressive expansion of Apple stores by Retale.com. It’s a map of the globe that shows the year-by-year expansion of Apple’s fleet of retail stores. Each one blossoms like a nuclear hit in a war game, and you can hover over any one of them to get details about the store.

Aeon Timeline 2 for Mac and Windows for US$22.99 — Aeon Timeline 2 for both Mac and Windows is designed to help you organize even large projects and manage your workload. You can manage events, entities and relationships, dependencies and more. You can also link events with images, external documents, and websites to better track research and supporting documentation. You can get this license for both platforms for $22.99, a discount of 54%.

The Straw, Siri vs Alexa, saving Netflix vids, Apple Watch status icons


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McDonalds parodies Apple ad — The McDonald’s ad uses Jeffrey Roy, identified as the company’s “person with British accent,” who parodies Jony Ive by explaining that while the STRAW isn’t “so revolutionary, it changes everything,” it’s “close.” The video goes on to mock Apple’s tendency to over-emphasize minor design elements, including use of the term “magical.” [Can’t beat an “adjective inducing masterpiece”.]

Who’s more Intelligent, Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa? Microsoft has Cortana Artificial Intelligence and Google has Assistant. On your iOS and tvOS devices, we have Siri. If you’re an Amazon fan, Alexa is present in the Echo, Echo Dot, Fire TV and Amazon Tap. All of these are very capable virtual assistants, but Siri and Alexa seem to dominate the artificial intelligence landscape for many of us. So which is more intelligent? [OK, so I asked Siri on my Mac, and it offered me the contact details for someone called Alexa. But on your iDevice at least, make sure you set Siri to the NZ accent or you’ll get nowhere. You can do this on your Mac, too, in System Preferences>Siri under Language.]

How to save Netflix videos for offline viewing on an iPhone or iPad — A feature you’re bound to see more of in streaming video apps is support for offline caching – that is, the ability to temporarily download a show or movie so you can watch it later without internet access. Here’s how to do it for Netflix, one of the most popular video services on iPhone and iPad.

What’s with the Status Icons at the top of Apple Watch — Cupertino has added several new status icons to the list on Apple Watch, so here’s what they are and what they mean.
Note that you can always access the Apple Watch User Guide. From your connected iPhone, go to the Apple Watch app and tap My Watch>General>About>View the Apple Watch User Guide. The description of the status icons are in the Get Started section.