tvOS 10 turns Apple TV into a more serious gaming console

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Too bad a software update can't fix the remote.
Apple TV games are no longer required to use Siri Remote.
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You won’t be forced to use Apple’s teeny tiny Siri Remote to play games on Apple TV much longer.

Apple is turning its little black box into a more serious gaming console with tvOS 10 by giving developers the ability to require a third-party controller for games.

Apple to finally step up its AI game by opening Siri up to devs

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Siri popularized digital assistants, but it's quickly falling behind.
Siri won't be restricted anymore.
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We’re all stoked for our first previews of iOS 10 and macOS from WWDC, but according to sources familiar with Apple’s plans, it’s going to be Siri that steals the show.

The virtual assistant is expected to make the leap to the Mac for the first time, and could also open up to third-party apps and services — allowing users to check in for flights, book Uber rides, and do more using only their voice.

Apple’s Echo rival will always be watching you

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Can Apple top the amazing Amazon Echo?
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Details of Apple’s upcoming Amazon Echo competitor are starting to surface, and it sounds like it could be both Apple’s most futuristic and creepiest product yet. 

The iPhone-maker is considering adding a camera to its Echo rival, according to a new report that claims the device will be able to tell who is using it just by looking at you.

Apple TV could become an Amazon Echo rival

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Too bad a software update can't fix the remote.
A new Apple TV could be Apple's answer to Alexa.
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Apple is planning to open Siri up to third-party developers and it appears that Apple TV could be the biggest benefactor from the expanded platform.

In order to better compete with Amazon’s Echo devices, Apple reportedly plans to update the Apple TV with more Siri features that will hopefully turn the device into the hub of everything.