Category: Apple


Apple acquires Novauris to improve Siri speech recognition

Just a day after Microsoft unveiled its Cortana digital assistant as part of a major Windows Phone update, Apple has confirmed its acquisition of speech recognition technology company Novauris. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, it’s clear the company was brought in to work on Siri. After an initial splash and some savvy



Microsoft Office for iPad hits 12M App Store downloads in a week

Well, that was fast. Just one week after launching its Office suite of apps for the iPad, Microsoft announced via a tweet yesterday that they have already surpassed 12 million downloads. This number also includes legacy OneNote downloads, and Microsoft didn’t provide numbers on each app’s contribution to the overall total, but the achievement is



Apple’s WWDC developer conference taking place June 2-6 in San Francisco

Apple announced today that it’s WWDC developer conference will take place between Monday June 2nd and Friday June 6th at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The regular site of Apple’s conference, the summer show usually coincides with the announcement of a new iOS version, along with minor updates to hardware like laptops. No new


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XTouch makes tablet actions out of table taps

Imagine not needing your hands to navigate a tablet, and not being limited to the scope of the front-facing camera in order to do so? This is becoming reality thanks to the team of researchers and developers at XTouch, a startup being incubated at JOLT, a fund based out of Toronto’s MaRS hub. Currently available



New iPhones likely to feature 4.7 and 5.5-inch sapphire crystal displays

9to5Mac had previously done some great investigative work revealing Apple’s possible intentions to produce sapphire crystal displays for future iPhones, based upon manufacturing deals with GT Advanced. A new patent filed by Apple all but confirms 9to5Mac’s suspicions that sapphire crystal displays are on their way. The patent, titled Oleophobic coating on sapphire, and describes



iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c now available at Videotron

Videotron has added another couple devices to their lineup today that will surely help increase their subscribers base. Previously, the only way Videotron customers could bring an iPhone onto their network was to purchase one directly from the Apple Stores (AWS band 1700/2100 and model number A1428), along with a nanoSIM. Today brings a different



So long, iPad 2; welcome back, iPad 4

Apple has quietly retired the iPad 2, which was selling at the bottom of its tablet lineup starting at $399. It has been replaced with the iPad 4, also known as the iPad with Retina display, the second-generation product that replaced the first iPad with Retina display in October 2012. Still with us? The iPad with



iOS 8 may focus on fitness and wellness with new Healthbook app

We’ve been hesitant to post any rumours of the upcoming iOS 8 update due to lack of convincing evidence, but we’re fairly confident in the authenticity of 9to5Mac’s latest leak. According to sources close to the website, Apple will debut a new feature called Healthbook, similar in scope to Passbook but aimed at consolidating health,