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Go all-in on the Oscars with Apple News, Siri, and apps

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Apple makes it easy to not only follow the Oscars but maybe, one day, get into the Academy Award action yourself.

It’s Oscar time. The nominees for best picture, best actor, best screenplay, best editing, best score, best FX — you get the idea! — are all preparing their acceptance speeches and hoping beyond hope they get to bring the Academy Award home.

And here’s how you can follow along, and maybe even get into it all one day yourself!

Apple News

Apple News is offering a specially curated section all about the Oscars from now until March 5. You’ll find everything you need to know to get up to speed with nominees, including predictions.

There are also video interviews from EW’s The Awardist and, during the show, there’ll be a special hub in For You filled with memorable moments from the monologue to the acceptance speeches, to unexpected moments and memes.

iTunes Movies

If you haven’t watched all the Oscar-nominated films or you simply want to watch them again, you can find them all in iTunes Movies.


Siri, Apple’s virtual personal assistant, has been brushing up on the Acadamy Awards as well, and can answer all your questions on iPhone, iPad, HomePod, and more. Here are some examples:

  • Hey Siri, when are the Oscars?
  • Hey Siri, who is nominated for best supporting actress?
  • Het Siri, who are the nominees for best picture?
  • Hey Siri, who won the Oscar for best actor last year?
  • Hey Siri, where is the closest theater showing ‘The Post’?
  • Hey Siri, tell me about Frances McDormand
  • Hey Siri, find Oscar-nominated films (response includes a link to the films in iTunes)
  • Hey Siri, play the soundtrack from “The Greatest Showman”

App Store

And then, of course, there are the apps. But don’t just use apps to follow the Oscars — use them to become the next Oscar winner.

  • Clips is Apple’s social video creation app and an incredibly easy way to get started telling visual stories.
  • iMovie is like Clips, but for more traditional video making.
  • Production Pro turns your iPad into a digital production notebook.
  • Videograde is color grading gone mobile. Well.
  • Shotlist for planning every shoot and every shot.
  • Artemis HD is your virtual viewfinder for blocking out shots the way you want them blocked.
  • Weekend Read, because great writers read a lot, and John August has made it easy to read the best.
  • Bear. Rian Johnson used it for Last Jedi. You can use it for Next Video of yours!
  • Storyist helps you get your manuscripts into shipping shape.
  • Procreate is how storyboarding is done these days.
  • Animatic is pre-viz on your iPad.
  • Animation Desk helps bring your cartoons to life.
  • iStopMotion lets you turn objects into cinematic magic, one frame at a time.

Oscar season

The Oscars air Sunday, March 3. Get your popcorn — and iPhone or iPad — ready!

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Apple News and TV goes all-in on the Winter Olympics

Apple is getting ready for the Winter Olympics by amping up coverage in both News and TV!

The Winter Olympics are upon us and with the deluge of information about all the sports, all the events, and all the winners, it’s going to be harder than ever to keep track of who’s where, doing what, and how well. Enter Apple News. From now, through the run of the Olympics, you’ll be able to find:

  • Video highlights courtesy of a partnership with NBC Olympics.
  • Schedules with Calendar support, so you don’t miss an event.
  • Real-time medal tracking.
  • Exclusive infographics so you can see and understand everything that’s happening.

It looks gorgeous. Tremendous work from NBC and the News team here.

For Apple TV, the TV app will provide:

  • Live NBC Olympics videos right in the Sports tab.

kinda makes you wish for an Apple TV News app that skims for videos and gives you a cue of all the news, sports, and events you need to know about.

For now, fire up News on your iPhone or iPad, or TV on your Apple TV, and enjoy the Games!

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Dell’s new XPS 13 is even smaller and goes all-in on USB-C

Dell’s XPS 13 is arguably the best traditional Windows laptop around, but it’s gotten a bit aesthetically stale in recent years as the design has hardly changed since 2015. While 2018’s model doesn’t radically change the formula, a new white-and-rose-gold colorway and even smaller frame is welcome change of pace. While you can still get the laptop in a traditional black-and-silver, the color is the star of the show. White laptops have a tendency to stain, but Dell says its special coating should ensure its resistant to most things you throw on it – including your grubby skin oils. The…

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AWS goes all-in on IoT at Reinvent in Las Vegas

AWS goes all-in on IoT in Las Vegas

AWS is placing serious bets on IoT, with a flurry of announcements at its Reinvent conference underway this week in Las Vegas.

When it comes to embracing industry trends, Amazon Web Services (AWS) CEO Andy Jassy prefers an evidence-based approach, it seems.

At the company’s Reinvent conference, taking place at The Venetian in Las Vegas this week, he pretty much told journalists not to expect any blockchain announcements from AWS, the cloud arm of the online retail giant.

IoT, however, is a different matter entirely. “Of all the buzzwords of choice that we’ve been working on at AWS, IoT might be delivering the fastest in terms of the actual number of companies doing realy work there,” Jassy told attendees in his keynote presentation. “We’re now just entering a world where the growth in number of [connected] devices is going to be exponential.”

Read more: AWS launches Greengrass for IoT edge computing

Flurry of announcements

In keeping with that, the company unleashed a flurry of IoT-related announcements at the event. Of particular interest to managers in charge of large fleets of connected devices within enterprises was the announcement of three new services in particular.

The first is AWS IoT Device Management. Available now, this provides a platform by which IT managers can onboard, organise, remotely manage and retire IoT devices scattered around the networks. In other words, it’s a tool to oversee the entire lifecycle of a connected device, from initial set-up to end-of-life procedures.

Once devices are in service, the service enables customers to “easily group and track devices, quickly find any device in near real-time, troubleshoot device functionality, remotely update device software, and remotely reboot, reset, patch, and restore devices to factory settings, reducing the cost and effort of managing large IoT device deployments,” said the company. 

The second service is AWS IoT Analytics. Currently in preview, this service helps bring data from edge devices into the cloud for analysis and insight. It’s a fully managed service that takes care of cleaning, processing, storing and analysing IoT data at scale. According to the company, getting started with this service is easy: “Customers simply identify the device data they wish to analyze, and they can optionally choose to enrich the data with IoT-specific metadata, such as device type and location, by using the AWS IoT Device Registry and other public data sources.”

The service also supports more sophisticated analytics, so customers can better understand device performance, predict failures and perform time-series analysis to dig down into what a device is telling them. When the service is combined with Amazon’s Quicksight data visualization tools, they can build dashboards and heat maps that display data in easy-to-understand ways.

The third IoT service in this trio is AWS IoT Device Defender. Scheduled for release in the first half of 2018, this service will continuously audit security policies associated with devices to keep them safe. THe service also monitors the activities of fleets of devices, identifying abnormal patterns that might indicate a security issue. For example, a customer can use the service “to define which ports should be open on a device, where the device should connect from and how much data it should send or receive.” said the company.

Amazon Web Services was also able to give examples of customers already using the first two products. Philips Healthcare, for example, said it is using AWS IoT Device Management for medical devices on which doctors and hospitals rely, while iRobot, maker of the Roomba vacuum cleaner, is using AWS IoT Analytics to better understand “device performance and usage patterns”, according to Ben Kehoe, cloud robotics research scientist at the company.

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Other IoT news from Reinvent

Other IoT announcements at Reinvent included the unveiling of AWS IoT 1-Click. This is focused primarily on companies that want to build devices that perform simple functions, such as single-button devices used to call technical support, reorder supplies or track location assets. With this service, they can download a mobile app, register the device and associate it with an Lambda function (a simplified piece of code running in the cloud that triggers an event) – for example, locking a garage door once a car is safely put away inside. Customers also have the option to author and upload their own Lambda functions.

In addition, there was the introduction of Amazon FreeRTOS, which helps customers connect small, low-power devices that don’t contain much onboard computing power but just a microcontroller to connect to the cloud.

Finally, there was AWS Greengrass ML. This is a new feature for Greengrass, the company’s service that customers use to run AWS compute, messaging, data caching and sync capabilities on connected devices for edge computing. Greengrass ML adds to the mix by enabling application developers to add machine learning to connected devices, without requiring special machine learning skills.

Amazon Web Services is clearly very serious about IoT and sees the area as a potentially huge moneyspinner in the years ahead. As Jassy told Reinvent attendees: “When I think of net new opportunities, the conversation starts with being able to get data from assets in the field and to be able to do analytics on it.”

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Apple emphasizes again that Touch ID for iPhone X was never an option, company all-in on Face ID

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Apple has once again reiterated that, despite rumors to the contrary, the company did not intend to have a Touch ID fingerprint sensor embedded in the display of the iPhone X, and that Face ID was developed to be a full, permanent Touch ID replacement.
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Watch: Apple goes all-in on augmented reality

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Apple is going all-in on augmented reality with iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iOS 11. From hardware acceleration on the A11 Bionic chip to ARKit in iOS 11, check out all the new AR features consumers coming to Apple’s product line starting Sept. 22.
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Apple has been ‘all-in’ on iPhone X Face ID replacing Touch ID for over a year – report

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Apple has allegedly been planning for Face ID to be a full replacement for Touch ID for well over a year, a new report claims, refuting earlier claims by the supply chain that the removal of the fingerprint technology is a recent decision.
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