Apple has suspended the grading program that used contractors to listen to Siri recordings for quality control purposes, but in a new report, The Irish Examiner (via The Verge) gives some additional insight into how it worked. According to one of the contractors who worked on Siri grading in Cork, Ireland, employees were expected to listen to more than 1,000 Siri recordings per shift. Most recordings were a few seconds in length,…

Samsung recently released its latest flagship smartphones, the Galaxy Note 10 and the Galaxy Note 10+, which will be two of Apple’s main competitors for the upcoming 2019 iPhones. The new Galaxy Note smartphones have impressive edge-to-edge displays with pinhole camera cutouts, S Pen support, and a long list of additional features that are designed to make them stand out. In our latest YouTube video, we go hands-on with the Note 10+…

Apple added new features and new functionality to most of its built-in apps, including Health and Activity, both of which have either changed significantly or have major new features worth noting. This guide goes over the changes that Apple made to the Health app and the Activity app in iOS 13. Health App Summary Apple in iOS 13 entirely overhauled the Health app, doing away with the iOS 12 interface which featured…

For this week’s giveaway, we’ve teamed up with Vessel to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a Signature 2.0 Backpack. Vessel makes all kinds of backpacks, briefcases, and bags, but the Signature 2.0, as the name suggests, is one of the most popular and was even named one of the top laptop bags of the year by Forbes. Designed to be an every day backpack that can carry all of your…

@philm wrote: Hello community, I am happy to announce another Testing Update. Mostly we have Nvidia, certbot and Steam updates with this one. Update news This update holds the following changes: Nvidia drivers got downgraded to 430.40 again. This brings back the CUDA regression, but was needed due other isssues with 435 series reported. updates to certbot and our steam clients The usual upstream updates Latest efforts by KDE can be reviewed…

Ahead of the launch of iOS 13, iPadOS, and macOS Catalina, Apple has updated its iCloud.com beta site with a fresh look and a new Reminders app (via Federico Vittici). The beta version of iCloud.com has a plain white interface with smaller icons, and rather than a Settings app, there’s now an “Account Settings” section. Most of the beta iCloud apps are identical to the iCloud apps available through the standard iCloud.com…

Bose today announced the launch of a new speaker, the Bose Portable Home Speaker, which is designed to work with Apple’s AirPlay 2 protocol. The Bluetooth-enabled Portable Home Speaker is designed to be compact, and it’s got a rather HomePod-like design with a cylindrical body that features speaker mesh at the bottom and an aluminum shell at the top to deliver 360 degree sound. It measures in at 7.5 inches high and…

A report yesterday from The Chicago Tribune suggested Apple’s iPhones were emitting radiofrequency radiation beyond federal safety limits following independent lab testing, and now, a law firm is capitalizing on that report and has announced the launch of an investigation into the claims. Fegan Scott, a Chicago-based law firm, has not yet levied a lawsuit against Apple, and it’s not clear what “investigation” will be conducted. Beth Fegan, a managing partner, said…

Taylor Swift revealed today on Instagram that she will be the next partner in Apple’s “Music Lab” sessions, which are available in Apple retail stores. The Music Lab session will focus on learning how to remix the song “You Need to Calm Down,” from Swift’s upcoming album “Lover.” According to Swift, these sessions will only be available in select Apple stores. Similar to previous Music Labs, customers will be able to find…

@philm wrote: Hello community, I am happy to announce another Testing Update. Mostly we have KDE-Git, Systemd and Kernel updates with this one. Update news This update holds the following changes: Kernel 5.3 series is now at RC5 KDE Frameworks ships in version 5.61 First release of KDE Apps 19.08 series Latest wine and qemu releases The usual upstream updates Latest efforts by KDE can be reviewed via our current KDE-Dev ISO…