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Apple’s Echo rival could make Siri the master of your home

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Amazon is sitting pretty on top of the smart home with its Alexa voice-controlled Echo devices, and Google will close in later this year with its own Home assistant device. But what about Apple?

While iOS 10’s much-needed Home app for controlling all your HomeKit-compatible smart home devices is a step in the right direction, the company may need an Echo rival of its own.

Apple is reportedly working on an Echo-like smart home device according to Bloomberg

This report corroborates a earlier one from The Information earlier this year that Apple was developing its own Echo-like product based around Siri.  Read more…

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Apple drops iCloud prices, matches rival storage services from Google and Microsoft

For the second year in a row, Apple reduced prices for its expanded iCloud storage plans, putting costs in line with rivals like Google, Microsoft and Dropbox.

Apple announced changes to iCloud extra storage pricing earlier this month at the event where it unveiled new iPhones, the larger iPad Pro and a revamped Apple TV.

Although the Cupertino, Calif., company did not boost the amount of free storage space — as Computerworld speculated it might — and instead continued to provide just 5GB of iCloud space gratis, it bumped up the $ 0.99 per month plan from 20GB to 50GB, lowered the price of the 200GB plan by 25 percent to $ 2.99 monthly, and halved the 1TB plan’s price to $ 9.99.

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Uber’s enemies unite: its top American rival teams up with its biggest China rival

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If you can’t beat em, join forces with another company who can help run em off the road.

Lyft, the friendlier, mustachioed alternative to Uber in the U.S., announced Wednesday that it has entered into an “alliance” with Didi Kuaidi, Uber’s better positioned competitor in China, that will effectively launch Lyft in China and help beat back Uber in two key markets

Didi Kuaidi has invested $ 100 million in Lyft as part of an earlier round of private financing. The two companies will also collaborate on technology and product development, making it possible for Lyft passengers to access Didi Kuaidi in China without changing apps and vice versa as part of the new strategic partnership. Read more…

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