How to use Siri News on iPhone & iPad

If your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch runs iOS 11.2.5 or later, Siri in hands-free mode can read out the news to you. You can even ask your smart digital assistant to read aloud news stories limited to specific domains, such as sports, business or music, here's how.

Apple to pay lower streaming rates to Warner Music as the two companies reach new deal

Apple has reached a new deal with Warner Music Group that will allow the company to lower the rate it pays the music giant for proceeds from its catalogue of songs, reports Bloomberg on Thursday. This new deal marks a first for Apple who is trying to renegotiate with music labels as Apple Music becomes more popular, and a growing source of revenue for the music industry. 

IBM’s new Garage initiative aims to accelerate development of iOS enterprise apps

Building upon the Apple-IBM enterprise mobility partnership established three years ago, Big Blue (that's a nickname for IBM) today announced a new initiative to help accelerate the development of MobileFirst enterprise apps for iPhone and iPad.

Upcoming app development studios, called Garages, will soon go online in Shanghai, China and Bucharest, Romania, in addition to IBM's existing MobileFirst for iOS studio in Bangalore, India.

IBM's other app studios and Garages can be found in US cities Atlanta, Cupertino, Toronto and Chicago. Plus, the company has committed to establishing new app studios in Shanghai, China and Bucharest, Romania. Lastly, mobile enterprise apps designed by IBM can now be embedded with the cognitive capabilities of its Watson cognitive system.

Bridget van Kralingen, Senior Vice President, IBM Industry Platforms, said:

Four years ago, we made enterprise mobility a reality, and we’ve seen how transformative mobile can be. Today, companies are now reigning in mobile faster than ever, creating a critical need for powerful innovations that will reinvent how they do business. We’re combining the power of mobile with cognitive and analytics to continue to push the market forward.

IBM has officially named some of the clients adopting iOS enterprise apps for their own employees, such as Lufthansa Group, City Furniture, Singapore Airlines and Japan Airlines.

Since its introduction three years ago, the partnership between Apple and IBM has resulted in several billion dollars in signings with more than 3,800 client engagements supported by market-ready and custom iOS apps designed for professions across all industries, including store associates, flight attendants and field technicians.

Apple, routers, external displays, and spreadsheets

For a while now I’ve had this sentiment that there is a growing lack of focus or care at Apple, which has led me to feel pretty concerned about some of the company’s decisions. Yet one thing is helping alleviate these concerns and it’s Apple’s recent decisions to discontinue two major product categories: its family of AirPort routers, and its Thunderbolt display business.