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Apple Introduces Software Update To Amp Up Wireless Speaker HomePod

AirPlay 2 also brings stereo dual-HomePod music playback to HomePods.

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The China Clean Energy Fund will be managed through a third party, DWS Group, which specialises in sustainable investments and will also invest in the fund, Apple said. Pixabay

Apple has introduced a software update for HomePod just ahead of next week’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2018 that will bring features such as AirPlay 2 or multi-room audio and iMessages in iCloud.

“HomePod, the wireless speaker from Apple, now delivers an even more immersive listening experience throughout the home with support for HomePod stereo pairs and a new multi-room audio system in iOS 11.4,” the iPhone maker said in a statement late on Tuesday.

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This software update introduces the most advanced, wireless multi-room audio system using AirPlay 2. Pixabay

AirPlay 2 also brings stereo dual-HomePod music playback to HomePods.

“This software update introduces the most advanced, wireless multi-room audio system using AirPlay 2 to play music in any room from any room, move music from one room to another or play the same song everywhere using an iOS device, HomePod, Apple TV or by asking Siri,” the company added.

Another overdue and key feature in iOS 11.4 is the addition of Messages in iCloud which syncs across all devices and deletes iMessages across everything.

It also backs up iMessages so that any new device in the account can get old iMessages without restoring a backup.

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Messages in iCloud would use end-to-end encryption and use Cloud storage instead of local storage for message archives and attachments.

iMessage is an instant messaging service developed by Apple Inc which is supported by the Messages application in iOS 5 OS and later versions and OS X Mountain Lion and later. (IANS)

 

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Samsung Competes Apple, Launches Stores and Expand Retail Footprints in US

On February 20, Samsung is also hosting its "Unpacked" event in San Francisco, where it will announce its first foldable smartphone and "Galaxy S10".

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Samsung's retail presence in the US was marked only by pop-up stores and dedicated spaces in franchisees like Best Buy. Pixabay

Keeping in line with the prevailing competition with Apple, Samsung is planning to inaugurate three full-scale stores in Los Angeles, New York and Houston on February 20, aiming to expand its retail footprint in the US, Apple Insider reported.

Samsung intends to allow users to try and buy its products ranging from smartphones to Virtual Reality (VR) glasses and televisions via these retail stores.

Much like Apple Stores, the South Korean giant plans on providing in-person customer support along with walk-in repairs available for mobile devices.

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Apple has long touted its retail stores as one of its key advantages, since people can try products in advance and have a place to turn if they need help with setup or troubleshooting. Pixabay

Up until now, Samsung’s retail presence in the US was marked only by pop-up stores and dedicated spaces in franchisees like Best Buy. This move comes at a time when Apple is coping with declining iPhone sales, driven mostly by tough competition in China from local smartphone makers.

“Apple has long touted its retail stores as one of its key advantages, since people can try products in advance and have a place to turn if they need help with setup or troubleshooting. It remains to be seen whether Samsung would be able to cultivate an equal or superior level of support and whether or not will enough people choose to shop at outlets instead of online or at the many third-party vendors that carry Samsung gears,” the report said.

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Due to low traffic and poor response, the company failed in its attempts at retail expansion in the UK and withdrew quickly.

On February 20, Samsung is also hosting its “Unpacked” event in San Francisco, where it will announce its first foldable smartphone and “Galaxy S10”, the report noted. (IANS)