iPhone might soon offer handwriting recognition

Apple is actively working on a handwriting recognition system. This raises the distinct possibility that you might someday enter text by writing words on your iPhone or iPad screen, rather than tapping out letters on a virtual keyboard. Some will remember that Apple’s tried something similar before and it didn’t go well. Back in the […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Watchpop’s nylon bands throw Apple Watch for a loop

If you’ve got a hankering for one of Apple’s Sport Loops for Apple Watch, we’ve got a fantastic alternative that costs 10 bucks less and features a new design element to Apple’s version. Enter the Watchpop Loop for Apple Watch, German-company Bluestein’s stylish answer to those seeking the look and performance of Apple’s Sports Loop. […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Spike Jonze’s amazing HomePod ad wins Cannes advertising award

A Grand Prix in the Cannes Entertainment awards went to “Welcome Home,” a long-form ad for the HomePod created by Spike Jonze. The goal of the “Lions”  is to reward education or advertising excellent enough to qualify as art.. Watch the brilliant 5-minute ad below: “Music is at the core, the complex film craft is undeniable and the […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

YouTube influencers carefully watching IGTV

Fashion influencer Pia Muehlenbeck wore a red dress chosen by her social media fans for a sunny day in Santa Monica to make her first video for the new IGTV. Once shooting finished, she posted it on YouTube. YouTube has seen competitors come and go and none have been able to threaten its standing as […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Google Makes Talking to Google Assistant Less Awkward

Google today began rolling out Continued Conversation, an update to Google Assistant that should make the tool easier to interact with. With Continued Conversation enabled, people will be able to have more natural, back-and-forth conversations with Assistant without repeating the "Hey Google" command each time. This is an optional feature, according to Google, and must be turned on manually through the Google Assistant app. Google says people will still need…

Apple, Samsung Support Digital Key for Unlocking Cars with Phones

The Car Connectivity Consortium this week announced release 1.0 of its Digital Key specification, which will let people use their phone to unlock their car. The spec supports the ability to lock, unlock, start, and share access to cars from smartphones and other devices. The underlying technology makes it possible for carmakers to securely transmit a digital key to a mobile device, which then makes use of NFC and a…

Motorola Makes the Moto Z3 Play Available for Preorder

Motorola today kicked off general preorders for the Moto Z3 Play phone. People can now pre-purchase the Z3 Play from Motorola.com, Best Buy, B&H Photo, and Amazon. The phone adopts a 6-inch 2:1 screen, and is made form a slim metal-and-glass chassis. It is compatible with Motorola's Moto Mods accessories and includes either a speaker or battery. The phone sells for $499. The phone will be sold directly by Sprint…

BlackBerry KEY2 Goes On Sale July 13

TCL today said the BlackBerry KEY2 will be available to preorder starting June 29 with an expected retail date of July 13. The phone will be sold unlocked from Amazon and Best Buy for $649. The KEY2, announced earlier this month, has a redesigned chassis, taller keyboard with better keys, and dual rear cameras. Other features include a Snapdragon 660 processor, 6 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of storage.…

AT&T's Unlimited Plans Now Include 'Watch TV' Video Service

AT&T today added to its top-tier plans in the wake of its recent acquisition of Time Warner. The company's unlimited service plans now offer an optional video service called Watch TV. Watch TV includes more than 30 live channels and is compatible with most every smartphone, tablet, browser, and device. The service offers access to 15,000 TV shows and movies on demand. Some of the available channels include AMC, Animal…

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