Apple to release HomePod device in Canada, France, and Germany in June

Apple’s first foray into the world of voice-operated interactive speaker assistants will hit several more markets during mid-June. The HomePod, which is Apple’s competitive answer to Amazon’s Echo devices and Google Home speakers, will soon make its way into Canada, France, and Germany. The speaker first arrived in February in the United States, so it’s no surprise that other markets will now get to add the high-end device to their homes or other environments.

 

A report from TechCrunch on Tuesday indicated that the Homepod will be available in those areas on June 18. In conjunction with the news, a new update for the Homepod was made which gave support for three additional languages: Canadian English, French, and German. There are plans to add Canadian French as a supported language at some point later this year.

 

The new iOS 11.4 update that arrived on Tuesday gave several other new features to the HomePod speakers. Those included stereo pairing and support for “multi-room AirPlay 2” streaming abilities. HomePod owners reportedly need to perform an iPhone update under the “Settings,” “General,” and “Software Update” area of their mobile devices to get the new HomePod features working.

 

The Apple HomePod speakers currently cost $349 each in the United States, but there haven’t been any reports regarding what they will cost in the new markets this June. The price of the speaker has been among the early stumbling blocks for Apple as they try to compete with Amazon and Google products. In addition, it’s been said that the functionality of Siri on the speaker has been lacking, whereas the Echo and Home speakers seem to better integrate their voice assistants. However, the sound quality has been praised and the recent updates seem to take that music experience to another level for home entertainment.

 

The generally mixed feedback about the Apple HomePod has also come with a mystery regarding how good (or bad) sales of the speakers have been. However, it seems imperative for Apple to begin introducing their devices into as many markets as possible so they won’t become completely overrun by Amazon and Google taking over the markets. With the brand new territories announced for the HomePod, it will give Apple about “half a dozen” countries where their high-end device is available.

Get top-notch investment insights from household business experts like Paul Mampilly during this year’s Total wealth Symposium

If you are an investor seeking to reap profits by staying informed about the most profitable stocks and also being on tabs about what is happening in the investment world, then you better brace yourself for the Total wealth symposium.

Held once every yearly, the Total wealth symposium is an event which attracts hordes of investors and high profile members and experts of the business community such as Paul Mampilly and Jeff Yastine. It seeks to address issues which affect investors, offer solutions and offer sound investment advice to help each participant make wise and profitable investment choices. The strategies and unique approaches offered during this event seem to be working because according to statistics, those who took part in the event last year have earned profits of more than 1000 percent. Follow Paul on Medium.

Last year, Paul Mampilly, a highly successful, and financial expert addressed cybersecurity, a subject that has been a thorn in the flesh of many investors. Even with that being the case, 99.9% chances are that the topic might pop up again during this year’s conference because it is one of the primary causes of the most damaging stocks in the corporate world.

However, according to Jeff Yastine, there is a light at the end of the tunnel because even though it is impossible to prevent cybercriminals from hacking into stock systems, technology has made it possible for investors to strengthen their system security. They can do this through encryption and many other protection techniques while at the same time enabling them to detect any unusual activities which might result in an intrusion thus averting that from happening before it’s too late.

Besides cybersecurity, attendees for this year’s symposium will have an opportunity to learn one on one from some of the most innovative minds of the finance sector a factor that will equip them with top shelf skills to help them achieve mega profits in the long run. Topping the list of experts expected in attendance is Paul Mampilly, Ted Bauman, Jeff Yastine, Matt Badiali and several others who will feed attendees with their vast knowledge of the corporate world hence helping them learn how they can maximize on their returns. Additionally, they’ll also learn about impending trends which will be game changers in this sector and how they can utilize them in their businesses to their advantage.

Who is Paul Mampilyy?

Paul Mampilly is an instrumental figure in the finance sector thanks to his rich knowledge, experience, and success in everything he touches. The Fordham University graduate has been in the sector for close to two decades now and has worked with high profile companies in wall street a factor that has played a significant role in his success train.

He has achieved major milestones which prove that he is not your average finance expert such as bagging the Templeton foundation accolade after successfully running of the Kinetics asset management hedge fund and leading it to greener grounds. However, he is not driven by incessant greed which is why he quit Wall Street and now focuses on empowering others through his profits unlimited newsletter where he gives his insight on the best stocks and offers strategies that investors can use to maximize their profits.

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What Happens to Your IPhone After You Send It Back?

With today’s growing concern about the planets wellbeing recycling is becoming more and more technologically advanced. Over 90 million people use an IPhone in today’s cellular market, and with Apple pumping out new versions of the phone each year it makes you wonder: What happens to all of these old IPhones?

Apple revealed their new recycling robot named Daisy. This incredible machine has the power and the wits to take apart nine different versions of 200 IPhones in a single hour. Daisy not only takes apart these old phones, but also sorts the reusable components so that they can be used again and not discarded. A remarkable upgrade to Apple’s previous recycling robot named Liam.

Apple has also announced their new recycling program GiveBack. By turning in or trading in your old IPhones Apple will make a donation to a Virginia-based environmental nonprofit group called Conservation International. That includes turning in devices for in-store or gift card credit. You can also recycle your obsolete IPhones via Apple’s website; it is incredibly easy Apple will provide you with a prepaid trade-in kit or shipping label to send it off.

Recycling your old phone is not just good for the planet; it is also good for your identity. People use smart phones for all kinds of things these days. Most of it includes personal information, bank accounts, credit card information, the list of what we use our smart phones for today goes on and on; with many of these programs we use an auto sign-in feature making it even easier for someone to get your information. If you don’t properly recycle your phone it could end up in the wrong hands, and your identity could be at risk. 41 million people in American alone have fallen victim to identity theft.

Do the planet and yourself a favor; take advantage of the GiveBack program Apple is offering until April 30th. It will keep your identity safe and can even get you an Apple gift card up to $1000.

New Season Brings New Apple Watch Bands

After a pretty intense winter season, Spring is finally upon us and with that new Apple Watch bands. A trend started the year Apple first launched the Apple Watch when all thought a second generation was due here we are again. More often than not, Apple tends to throw out the old and bring in new colors and styles to give customers more options to make their watches as personal as possible.

In an article on Techcrunch, these new bands include the now cult classic Sports bands, Woven Nylon, Nike bands, and Hermès Bands.

For those not already familiar, there are two ways to go about getting these new bands. The first is purchasing a new Apple Watch accessorized with one of the new bands or purchasing them individually.

This spring the Woven Nylon is focused on stripes alternated with white with black, blue, gray and pink. Sports Bands will now come in Denim Blue, Lemonade, and Red Raspberry while the Sports Loop will come in Flash Light, Hot Pink, Marine Green, and Tahoe Blue. The Classic Buckle will also come in Spring Yellow, Electric Blue, and Soft Pink.

Alternatively, the Nike Sports Loop are now, thankfully, sold separately in Black-Pure Platinum, Bright Crimson-Black, Cargo Khaki, Midnight Fog and Pearl Pink. Nike Sports band will come in Rose-Pearl Pink, Black-White and Cargo Khaki-Black.

The more premium Hermés (the French fashion design house) will also offer Indigo or Blanc with a rough H polished edge and contrasted loop for their 38mm Double Tour band. Their 42mm Single Tour Rallye band will also come in the same colors.

Here in the United States prices will vary where the Sports, Sports Loop, Woven Nylon, Nike Sports, and Nike Sports Loop bands will come in at $49 each, the Classic Buckle at $149. On the other hand, the Single Tour Rallye will cost you $439 and the Double Tour will set you back $489. It’s also worth noting that a new Apple Watch with one of these bands will cost starting anywhere from $249 to $1149. Depending on the watch case fit and finish, the price could also vary from there, but there is no shortage of options for you to personalize your watch style to your heart’s content.

Who Would Have Thought Apple AirPods Were For Audiophiles

Fourteen months ago, and counting, Apple released their AirPods. A Pair of wireless earbuds said to surpass the sound quality of their wired brethren. Personally, I didn’t want to believe this, because I love my wired EarPods. On the other hand, as a self-professed audiophile on a budget, I’ve always wanted a pair of wireless earbuds to go with my iPhone. What was I waiting for? Well, a proper review from another audiophile to better get a sense of the experience. That day is upon us as I came across a review on the Verge by their resident headphones obsessive.

Described as so much more than wireless EarPods, Vlad Savov states they sit flush with his face and remained anchored in his ears throughout various vigorous activities, push-ups, and lifting of weights. Neither of the AirPods came close to falling out, a relief to say the least. I like to move around while I listen to music and don’t want to be bothered with keeping them in my ears like with the EarPods.

Then he peaked my interest when mentioning the sound. An avid user of Audeze MX4, Savov described Apple’s sound as good enough for most people, himself included. They convey a full sense of mood while listening to music. They don’t outshine earbuds priced 2x or more, but they did put him in a wistful longing mood. When I listen to music I want to hear the full track to pick out certain aspects, and in his review, he put these fears to rest too.

With their design, AirPods reproduce the stage in which a given track is presented. Most Bluetooth earbuds fall short when it comes to this sort of reproduction over a wireless connection. It seems AirPods are designed for function where the battery and wireless electronics are located in the stems leaving the earpieces to produce great sound overall.

I would highly recommend checking out Savov’s full review but would add that AirPods aren’t for everyone. Based on his review though, I would bet if Earpods fit in your ears comfortably you will have no issue with AirPods. The lack of wires helps create a worthwhile experience, and at $159, I think it’s about time I try them out myself.

A Closer Look At The Newest Specs Of The iPhone X

It has been 10 glorious years since the launch of the first Apple iPhone. There were a few bumps and hiccups over the years but Apple continues to lead as the key innovator in the realm of smartphones. It is no surprise that their latest addition has all of the elements that Apple users practically begged for, a sleek glass and stainless steel design that is jammed-packed with the all of essentials and then some. The new iPhone X has rid itself of the fingerprint sensor as well as the home button. Since the home button was omitted, users will have to remember a couple of new but simple combinations to remember while operating certain features. For instance, if you want to use Siri you will need to hold the sleep button down for a few seconds. The sides of the iPhone X has the volume control, trusty sleep or wake button and a mute switch that we have all grown accustomed to. Apple has launched its new facial ID system within the iPhone X and users will rejoice at how convenient it is to unlock their smartphone. The front has no bezel, which is great for more screen space but that means that there still is no room or use for a headphone jack.

There are only a couple of colors to choose from, space grey and silver. The iPhone X’s overall display size is 5.8 inches with resolution so tight and crisp you won’t even believe how much the phone has improved itself from its previous models. The rear facing camera packs a mighty twelve megapixels and the front facing camera now comes with a special portrait mode because of the TrueDepth sensors. Photos and videos are now extremely high-res and wonderful. To calibrate the new Face ID system for the first time, you will be prompted to move your face in a complete circle few times before the system give you an okay. Your phone will now recognize you and unlock itself even if you are wearing sunglasses, just as long as they can pass infrared lighting. The iPhone X is currently operating on iOS 11 and navigating with the 3D Touch has become a much better experience that runs smooth like butter.

After a Three-Year Gap, the Mac Pro Will Be Back in Action

In a rare move this week, technological behemoth Apple summoned a small corps of tech journalists to its headquarters where they revealed details about a new model of the Mac Pro, slated for release sometime next year. The Mac Pro, thought to be long dead, is an all-in-one workstation that first made its debut in 2006. Later models were capable of incredible computing feats, with the ability to house as many as eight processor cores out of the box. Unfortunately, this was almost meaningless as the hardware was not up to contemporary standards.

Apple hopes to rectify the mistakes it made with previous version of the Mac Pro by reinventing it from the ground up. One of the company’s mistakes, according to Apple executive Craig Federighi, is that the Mac Pro was inflexible in its design. The iMac, on the other hand, catered to customers’ needs more adeptly and for less, ultimately rendering the Mac Pro pointless to many. Worse still, the Mac Pro didn’t even come with any kind of display, an oversight Apple plans to fix. Interestingly, there are no plans for a touch display.

Apple has not abandoned current Mac Pro customers, however. To tide them over until the newer model releases, Apple is offering new six core and eight core models of the current Mac Pro for $2999 and $3999 respectively. These updated 2013 models feature technology that probably should have been present initially, including Intel Xeon processors and AMD FirePro GPUs. There is no information on how often these will receive software and hardware updates, however – a major complaint among many Mac Pro users. Still, they provide at least some way to upgrade their workstation, albeit a pricey one.

It is unusual for Apple to hold such a lowkey event to announce a new product. As most can tell you, they’re quite well-known for a bit of theater whenever they announce something they feel will be a big hit. Just look at this reveal video for the iPad Pro. This secrecy makes people curious as to what they have in store for the Mac Pro.

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AirPods Finder Is A Thing of The Past

AirPods have been a bit of a mixed bag in terms of success for Apple. They have been lauded for their wireless functionality and ability to detect audio input. However, many of complained of poor sound quality and their ability to stay in place.

AirPods are another great invention by Apple that offer a way for us to untether ourselves. It removes the cumbersome mic and headphone cable that many of us are used to. The microphone input for the AirPods is definitely an improvement compared to the cable method.

They also hold an impressive charge for such a small size. The labeling states they will last up to five hours when fully charged. This makes them a great choice for taking out on a job or a quick bike ride.

However, the small size of AirPods makes them subject to one massive design flaw. That flaw is how easily you can misplace one or both of the earbuds. Thankfully, an app was developed to solve this problem.

The app, Finder for AirPods, was released as an option to track down your wayward buds. Unfortunately, it looks like the app’s success was very short lived. Apple has already removed it from the app store in less than two weeks.

Apple has not commented on their reasoning for removing the app yet. It may be due to the app’s unreliable method of locating AirPods. It used their Bluetooth signal to help gauge if you were getting further or closer to them.

While this method was not perfect, it did at least offer an option besides buying another set. Hopefully, Apple will comment on their decision to remove the app soon. Until then, it’s probably best to keep your AirPods in a secure location. If they are lost, your recovery options are just as limited now as they were at product launch thanks to Apple’s decision.

Apple Deals with Strange Battery Indicator Issue

Apple is a company known for its continual success stories in the world of technology. The huge company is known for its many hits and success stories. Not all endeavors by Apple, however, turn out to be successful ones. Minor glitches do arise now and then as well. Those running Apple do realize quick responses to customer concerns and complaints do have to be addressed and done so quickly. The fast response of Apple is typified in the way the company moved to deal with the “time remaining battery” issue associated with the macOS update.

 

With MacBook Pros, the battery life on the device has proven unpopular with users. Battery life does not seem to be what it should be. Or is it? The ambiguity of available and remaining battery life is a major concern among using the MacBook Pros. The battery indicator may show the power source is running extremely low. Yet, the actually remaining power may be higher than what the battery icon is showing. Reporting indicate this is due to the strange way power is regulated through the processor. The readings simply might not be accurate ones, which can cause headaches for those trying to figure out how much longer their batteries are going to last before needing recharging.

 

Apple has made a rather unique decision in the matter. The company has chosen to eliminate the time remaining indicator from the most recent macOS Sierra versions. Eliminating the time remaining indicator does not solve the problem, but it could eliminate complaints from customers — or at least that seems to be what Apple is hoping for.

 

Likely, customers are going to be annoyed that they won’t be able to check out the time remaining on their laptops. Complaints are sure to roll in. Apple is likely hedging that people won’t worry about the time remaining if they do not have a constant reminder from the battery icon.

 

Honestly, it is hard to see how Apple is making the right decision here but the company does not have much of a choice. Recalls of these particular MacBook Pros for a minor glitch wouldn’t make sense. Eliminating the indicator does make sense since it is not working in the preferred or desirable manner.

 

Apple Air Pods to be Released in Time for Christmas (Finally!)

With Christmas just days away, the highly sought after Apple AirPods will hit stores just in time to make a fabulous stocking stuffer. The AirPods, which are being touted as Apple’s answer to the BeatsX, are available for online ordering now with a ship date of December 21st. This announcement comes just in time for that last minute holiday gift rush.

 

The AirPods were announced in September along with the new, highly antipated iPhone 7, which is Apple’s first phone that does not feature a headphone jack. The reason for the delay in the release of the AirPods is unclear and sources from Apple are declining to comment. There is some speculation that issues could range from sound quality to battery life. Speculation from the Wall Street Journal includes the issue of the 2 independent sound signals that the pods receive from the device they are paired with.

 

One of the major features of the new AirPods is the enhanced Bluetooth connectivity. The addition of the new Apple W1 chip is reported to eliminate some of the traditional issues that other Bluetooth headsets have, along with optimum battery life management and a sound system that can filter out background while listening to music or talking to Siri.

 

The five hour battery life of the new AirPods is another feature that makes them highly desirable. This is a longer battery life than other competitors, plus the wireless carrying case holds an additional 24 hours of charging power. If the AirPods start to lose battery life, then all it takes is a fifteen minute stint in the carrying case for an additional three hours of listening.

 

Something that sets the Apple AirPods apart from the other Bluetooth headsets before them is the fact that both pods are set up to receive sound. In other Bluetooth sets, the sound is only transmitted to one of the ear buds and wired across to the other. Since the AirPods are completely wireless, additional technology and development had to happen for the sound transmission.

 

You can read more about the AirPods’ highly anticipated release and what makes them the perfect gift here.