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Apple Discontinues Its Airport WiFi Routers

As Wi-Fi becomes an easily available commodity in an era of connected devices, Apple has decided to officially discontinue its "AirPort" Wi-Fi routers, the media reported

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As Wi-Fi becomes an easily available commodity in an era of connected devices, Apple has decided to officially discontinue its “AirPort” Wi-Fi routers, the media reported.

The Cupertino-based tech giant will continue to provide hardware and software support, but the devices like “AirPort Express”, “AirPort Extreme” and “AirPort Time Capsule” will only be available “while supplies last.”

“We’re discontinuing the Apple ‘AirPort base station’ products. They will be available through Apple.com, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last,” Engadget reported on Thursday, quoting an Apple spokesperson.

Apple introduced its AirPort line of products in 1999.

The company will provide service and parts for current generation “AirPort base stations” for the next five years.

Also Read: Apple to shut its last Watch-exclusive store in May

Apple’s “AirPort base stations” provided benefits unavailable through third-party options like built-in “Time Machine backup support” in the “Time Capsule” and “AirPlay” functionality for the “AirPort Express,” the report added.

Apple had shuttered the “AirPort” unit when it began selling “third-party routers” in January and offered the “Linksys Velop Mesh Wi-Fi System.”

“However, no price drops on the products have officially been implemented by the iPhone-maker as of now,” said a report in MacRumors.  IANS

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Apple’s Head Of Search and Head of Siri’s Advanced Development quits Amidst Siri Reshuffle

According to a report in The Information on Thursday, Apple has confirmed both the departures

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Apple’s Head of Search Vipul Ved Prakash and Tom Gruber, Head of Siri’s Advanced Development Group, have quit the company which is currently reshuffling its Siri team.

According to a report in The Information on Thursday, Apple has confirmed both the departures.

One of the original Siri co-founders, Gruber “will be pursuing personal interests in photography and ocean conservation”.

Prakash joined Apple in 2013 after Apple acquired the search engine and analytics firm Topsy where he served as a CEO.

“The deal was valued at upwards of $224 million. Apple shut down Topsy two years after its acquisition,” reports 9to5mac.com.

Revealing its future plans, Apple last week formally announced to make ex-Google executive John Giannandrea its Chief of Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy.

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Apple has invested in Siri and HomeKit to compete with Google Home and Alexa-based smart home systems. Flickr

Reporting to CEO Tim Cook, Giannandrea who joined Apple in April will be in charge of Apple’s ML division, Siri and the Core ML team.

Giannandrea will look after further development of Core ML and Siri technologies.

According to media reports, Apple lags behind from Google and Amazon in key AI areas like Natural Language Processing (NLP) and computer vision needed to power voice assistant features in Siri.

Apple has invested in Siri and HomeKit to compete with Google Home and Alexa-based smart home systems.

Also Read-Apple Gets a New AI Chief to Oversee Siri, Machine Learning

In 2017, Apple added an AI chip called Neural Engine to the A11 Bionic for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X to work with the Image Signal Processor (ISP). (IANS)

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