Apple plans to make Amazon Echo rival by opening Siri

Siri popularized digital assistants, but it's quickly falling behind.
Siri might gets its own product.
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The next evolution of Siri could feature a new Apple product designed to directly compete with Amazon’s successful Echo device.

Apple is reportedly planning to make a rival to the Amazon Echo, but the in order to compete with the device’s incredible array of features and services, Apple plans to open up Siri to third-party apps.

Apple rehires cryptography expert to tighten security 

Apple is ready to tighten security.
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Renowned practical cryptography expert Jon Callas is returning to Apple to help the iPhone-maker stay ahead of hackers and the FBI in its on going battle with security. 

Callas co-founded well known secure communications companies such as Silent Circle, Blackphone, and PGP Corp. This will be his third stint at Apple where he is expected to ramp up security features across Apple’s wide ranging product line up.

Take a peek inside our video editors travel bag

Take a peek at what's in my tech travel bag.
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I’ve already shown you what’s on my iPhone and given you a tour of my office, so now it’s time to find out what I carry with me when I’m on the road.

Video and photography are a big part of what I do here at Cult of Mac, and just because I’m away from my office doesn’t mean I’m not creating something for the YouTube channel or for the team’s articles.

Check out the full video tour below to find out what’s in my bag when I’m on the go!

Former Google CEO admits to using iPhone 6s


A new iOS update has arrived.
Even Googlers love iPhone.
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Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt has finally come clean to his long love affair with iPhone.

The former Google CEO was spotted using an iPhone to take pictures in South Korea earlier this year and was finally confronted about using the enemy’s device at a CNBC’s Startup Fest in Amsterdam this week.

Schmidt admitted that he does use an iPhone and an Android device at the same time, but one is clearly superior.

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