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Apple releases iOS 11.2.5 beta 7, watchOS 4.2.2 beta 5 & macOS 10.13.3 beta 6

Apple has released multiple new betas for testing ahead of release. iOS 11.2.5 beta 7, watchOS 4.2.2 beta 5, and macOS 10.13.3 beta 6 are all now available on Apple’s developer center and over-the-air. Excluded is any new tvOS 11.2.5 beta, although a new version was released earlier this week.

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Amazon continues its assault on Siri with full voice control coming to Alexa iOS app

Amazon has today brought full voice control to its Alexa app for Android and will be coming shortly to iOS as well. Previously, the Alexa app was more of a hub to customize Echo speakers and other smart home settings.

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Bloomberg: Apple hires data scientist team for analytics project

Apple has hired a team of data scientists from a company called Silicon Valley Data Science, Bloomberg reports. While it doesn’t sound like a full blown acquisition, the report notes that Apple’s hiring spree includes the CEO of the consulting firm.

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Disney hires former iTunes director to lead its upcoming streaming platform

A few months ago, Disney announced that it was planning to launch its own streaming video service as it ended its deal with Netflix. Variety now reports that Disney is turning to a former Apple director to lead that effort…

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