Apple debuts HomePod speaker to bring Siri into the living room

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The speaker will sell for about $350 in December in the USA, United Kingdom and Australia.

Apple says its Safari browser will try to guard your privacy by identifying and blocking data files that track you as you move from website to website.

Improvements to the AirPlay feature for sharing audio from iOS devices, which one-ups Google's invasion of home audio speakers through the Chromecast Audio dongle.

The five-day event, which takes place from June 5 to 9, brings together Apple app developers from around the world to meet and discuss with over 1,000 Apple engineers on the latest updates to Apple software for its iPhones, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Amazon sells the main version of the Echo for $180; Google's Home speaker goes for $130. Although that product came out after other smartwatches hit the market, it quickly outshone competitors, according to industry research firms. Tapping Apples Siri digital assistant, such a speaker is expected to serve as a butler as well as an outlet for listening to music.

Unveiled Monday at Apple's annual conference for software programmers, the new computers are getting better displays and graphics capabilities which Apple hopews will make the Mac a great platform for developing virtual-reality experiences.

Like the Amazon Echo and Google Home, the HomePod will play music while also helping people to manage their lives and homes. It is coming out this fall and will be a free update.

The browser's new "intelligent tracking prevention", meanwhile, will use machine learning to identify and block digital-ad trackers in order to keep advertisers from following and profiling users.

The money can be stored on a virtual card and used with Apple Pay, which Apple expects will be accepted in 50 percent of US retailers by the end of the year.

CEO Tim Cook said Amazon Prime Video, which includes original series like "Man in the High Castle", would be added to Apple TV.

The Cupertino, California-based company said Siri, which also competes with Alphabet Inc's Google Assistant, will now work across devices.

Finally, Apple is preparing to launch a file management app for iOS 11.0 or later.

But the prospect of a completely new Apple product, combined with a more useful Siri, is the most anticipated possibility for analysts and Apple fans.

The cylindrical-shaped HomePod is roughly 7-inches in height and features a large, Apple-designed woofer for deep, clean bass, an array of seven beam-forming tweeters for pure high frequency acoustics with directional control.

Siri's name recognition could play a role in HomePod adoption. Through the Siri-powered speaker, you'll be able to ask questions bout thinks like basic reminders and local news along with being able to control music and audio playback. It would mark an effort by Apple to catch up with Amazon and Google.

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