Apple Voice Recognition Hires Point to Siri Getting Neural Networking Update

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Siri is a big deal. It wasn’t the first voice recognition tool, but in conjunction with iOS and the iPhone it has been brought to the masses. According to Wired.com, Apple is now poised to incorporate neural networking technology into its voice recognition system.

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Samsung Rumored to Produce Apple’s A9 Chips, Made in the U.S.A.

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For a few years now, Apple and Samsung have been battling each other in courts around the world over patent infringement issues. While the lawsuits appear to be winding down, rumors of the strained relationship continue. Every few months or so, we hear that Apple is planning on dumping Samsung as the designer for its processor chip line. Then, shortly after that, we hear that the company is on track to produce Apple’s branded mobile chip for years to come.

Today is no different. A new rumor from Taiwan’s DigiTimes is reporting that Samsung will make Apple’s A9 chip, due out in 2015. Additionally, this rumor notes that the chip will be made at Samsung’s U.S. plant in New York.

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Apple Offers $50 -$100 Gift Cards in Latest Back to School iPad and iPhone Promotion

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Now that the kids have celebrated their last day of school, college students have sold back their textbooks for 10 percent of what they bought them for, and the first day of summer has official passed, Apple is starting its Back to School campaign. Starting today and continuing until Sept. 9, Apple is offering a $50 retail store gift card for qualified students who purchase an iPad or iPhone. If you are investing in a new Mac, Apple will give you a $100 gift card.

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E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation Launches ‘Life on Earth’ iBooks Textbook Series

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Apple recently updated iTunes U with new tools for educators and students to better create, edit, and collaborate. While looking into the updates to iTunes U, I noticed a spotlight for a series of books I recall reading when I was in school. As it turns out, Dr. Edward O. Wilson’s “Life on Earth” has been completely redesigned as an immersive, interactive textbook series that is now available for free on the iPad.

Thanks to donations from supporters of the author’s Biodiversity Foundation, “Life on Earth” will be presented with animations, videos, and interactive modules in a 41-chapter series that meets the Next Generation Science Standards for high school curriculum.

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Some L.A. Schools Switch to Laptops After Troubled iPad Rollout

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We’ve been following the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) iPad program for quite some time. The reason is that LAUSD is the second largest school district in the U.S. and can be considered a tastemaker when it comes to new programs. When the District’s school board approved a $30 million contract with Apple to provide iPad tablets for every student, it piqued our interest as to whether this would become the new way of classroom learning.

Turns out, no.

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Akamai Expands Quarterly Internet Report Analysis

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The internet is continuing to change and Akamai is tracking those changes on a global stage. In addition to testing for 4K media streaming capabilities and IPv6 adoptions rates, Akamai is also expanding their analysis of mobile connectivity. Their published quarterly report is an interesting read and showcases the trends of internet availability on a variety of platforms around the world including the iPad and iPhone.

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Apple Joins San Francisco Pride Festival, Hands out Free Music to Attendees

Every June, San Francisco plays host to a huge celebration that spans then entire world. The yearly Pride Festival takes place in major cities in the U.S. as well as France, Spain, Mexico, and other international locations. The San Francisco Pride Celebration boasts the largest gathering of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.

This year, Apple, along with Facebook and Google, joined the festivities in support of gay pride and human rights equality. Apple employees attended en masse donning the company’s iconic logo with the universally known gay pride rainbow colors. Apple employees handed out playing card style certificates with a promo code for one free song on iTunes. The card, also sporting the rainbow Apple logo, simply reads, “Pride.” Recipients can use the card to add one dollar to their iTunes account and choose one song (or app) of their choice.

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Go Go Ghost Haunts the App Store

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The endless runner genre goes on, and on, and on. It’s like… endless. After a while, games all start to seem the same with a different skin. However, from time to time, a new title will pop up that adds a twist to the traditional format, giving us something new to love.

Go Go Ghosts is one such game. It follows the traditional endless runner schematic. However, you’ll be treated with a few interesting additions, like creature collecting and boss fights.

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Apple Adds iTunes U Educational Tools To Help Teachers and Students Collaborate on iPad

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Back in 2012, Apple added the iTunes U app to iOS. This education app allows educators from leading universities, as well as other schools, the ability to add content for students to access from their iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. The free app makes it possible for people all over the world to take courses from such educational institutions as Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford, and more.

Today, Apple announced an update to the iTunes U app that makes it possible for teachers to create, edit, and manage entire courses directly on the iPad. Additionally, students have new ways to collaborate with others, including starting a class discussion and asking a question, right from their iPad.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: 120 Sports

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With the World Cup turning everyone upside down, it’s no wonder Apple as spotlighted a sports related app for this week’s Editor’s Choice. There are plenty of sporting apps in the App Store. The first thing I thought was, what’s so special about this one? Turns out 120 Sports is special thanks to the fact that you don’t need a subscription or cable authentication to enjoy it.

120 Sports is a collaboration between MBL, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, and Time Inc. that brings the company’s online content to mobile devices. It features eight hours of live programing every day from 4:00 PM to midnight PT every day. Content is broken up into clips that cover baseball, basketball, hockey and more.

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