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2024-06-10 21:50:02| Engadget

After all the delays, studio switches and confusion, and following plenty of updates on those spinoff Prince of Persia games, Ubisoft's SGF 2024 presentation included a release... year for its troubled Sands of Time remake. We're not really getting any more details yet, but it's confirmation that the project is still underway. It's just years away, still.  Ubisoft Montreal, which worked on the initial Sands of Time. took over the project from Ubisoft Pune and Mumbai, scrubbing the launch date of January 2021 in the process. Back then, Ubisoft Montreal was apparently "building upon the work achieved" by its studios in India. Last year however, producer Jean-Francois Naud revealed that the project was still "in conception" so what exactly did those Ubisoft studios make? It sounds like a mess. And this is about a game that's a reboot of a reboot.  Catch up on all of the news from Summer Game Fest 2024 right here!This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/prince-of-persia-the-sands-of-time-remake-is-still-happening-and-its-coming-out-2026-195002200.html?src=rss

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2024-06-10 20:58:23| Engadget

A new app for the Apple Watch will help you get a better overall view of your health and fitness levels. It's called Vitals and it was announced on Monday at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), along with other features coming to watchOS 11. Vitals will synthesize data gathered as you sleep to give you a better understanding of your overall health. Using Apple Watch sensors along with data from the Apple Heart and Movement study it can track changes over time and give you a heads up when things look outside their normal range.  The Cycle Tracking app can now give you insights during pregnancy with applicable health data throughout the duration of your pregnancy. This includes a look at your heart rate, which typically rises during pregnancy.  In addition to the new Vitals app, the Activity app is getting new abilities like Training Load that measures the intensity and duration of your workout to see how it's impacting you over time. Using data like heart rate and pace, along with your personal details like age and weight, the app will determine a rating for each workout from one (easy) to 10 (all out). In a post workout summary, you can see if you're training above your average or below it.   Using your iPhone, you can set more customizations in the Activity app too. Now you can adjust your goals for the day of the week and set rest days while still hanging onto your streaks. The Workout app will now include a Check In button to let friends and family know when you're heading out and back home safe from a run.  Smart Stack the rolling list of active app widgets you access by swiping up from the bottom of the screen is getting some updates as well. Now instead of just active apps, the Smart Stack will include time sensitive widgets like precipitation alerts before it rains or the translate widget when traveling. Live Activities and Check In are also coming to the Smart Stack. Apple is also opening up access to the Smart Stack to third parties, with the example given of alerting you when your Uber is arriving.  If you like the Photos watch face, there's good news here too. Machine learning models will now help you find the best photos to feature by identifying and scoring the images of your friends and family based on facial expressions and image composition. It can even automatically crop and frame them for you.   Almost as an afterthought, Apple also mentioned the advent of turn-by-turn directions for hiking and walking routes you created yourself.  Catch up here for all the news out of Apple's WWDC 2024. This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/watchos-11-includes-a-new-vitals-app-to-see-all-your-key-health-metrics-175600647.html?src=rss

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2024-06-10 20:53:00| Engadget

Apple is going all in on AI in the most Apple way possible. At WWDC, the companys annual conference for developers, the company revealed Apple Intelligence, an Apple-branded version of AI that is more focused on infusing its software with the technology and upgrading existing apps to make them more useful. Apple Intelligence will be powered both by Apples homegrown tech as well as a partnership with OpenAI, the maker of ChatGPT, Apple announced. One of Apples biggest AI upgrades is coming to Siri. The companys built-in voice assistant will now be powered by large language models, the underlying tech that powers all modern-day generative AI. Siri, which has languished over the years, is set to be a lot more useful by being able to interact more closely with Apples operating systems and apps. You can, for instance, ask Siri to give you a summary of a news article, delete an email, or edit a photo. The assistant will also be able to take more than 100 actions based on your activity and device such as finding photos of a specific person wearing certain kind of clothing from your photo library, and extracting personal information from a picture of your ID, for instance, to automatically fill it in forms online. Finally, you can type your question into Siri instead of using your voice.  On supported devices, Apple Intelligence will be able to quickly summarize web pages in Safari, a feature that already exists on rival web browsers like Arc. Youll also be able to use Apple Intelligence to quickly catch up on priority notifications. And just like Gmail and Outlook, your devices will be able create fleshed out responses to emails and text messages on your behalf. Thanks to its partnership with OpenAI, Apple is baking in GPT-4o, the company's newest large language model across the system including in Siri. This means that features like the ability to generate text or ask questions of Siri using pictures can now be handled by GPT-4o instead of just Apple Intelligence.  Apples AI updates are a long time coming. The technology has shaken up Silicon Valley ever since OpenAI launched ChatGPT around the end of 2022. Since then, Apples rivals like Google, Samsung and Microsoft, as well as companies like Meta have raced to integrate AI features in all their primary products. Last month, Google announced that AI would be a cornerstone of the next version of Android and made major AI-powered changes to its search engine. Samsung, Apples primary smartphone competitor, added AI features to its phones earlier this year that can translate calls in real time and edit photos. Microsoft, too, unveiled AI-powered Copilot PCs, aimed at infusing Windows with AI features that include live captioning, image editing, and beefing up systemwide search. This is a developing story... Catch up here for all the news out of Apple's WWDC 2024. This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/apples-first-attempt-at-ai-is-apple-intelligence-181444846.html?src=rss

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2024-06-10 20:51:43| Engadget

Last month, Apple's tablets got a major revamp with the arrival of the M4 chip, two size options for the iPad Air, updates to the Magic Keyboard and a new iPad Pro packing a fancy Tandem OLED display. And now at WWDC 2024, Apple is looking to flesh out the iPad's software with the introduction of Apple Intelligence and a number of fresh features heading to iPadOS 18, which is due out sometime later this year.  To start, iPadOS is getting deeper customization options for your home screen including the ability to put app icons pretty much wherever you want. Apple's Control Center has also been expanded with support for creating multiple lists and views, resizing and rearranging icons and more. There's also a new floating tab bar that makes it easy to navigate between apps, which can be further tuned to remember your favorites. Next, Screen Share is getting the ability to draw diagrams on someone else's iPad or share their screen for times like when you need to help someone troubleshoot. Apple After years of requests, the iPad is also getting its own version of the Calculator app, which includes a new Math Notes feature that supports the Apple Pencil and the ability to input handwritten formulas. Math Notes will even update formulas in real time or you can save them in case you want to revisit things later. Alternatively, the Smart Script tool in the Notes app uses machine learning to make your notes less messy and easier to edit.  General privacy is also being upgraded with a new feature that lets you lock an app. This allows a friend or family member to borrow your device without giving them full access to everything on your tablet. Alternatively, theres also a new Hidden Apps folder so you can stash sensitive software in a more secretive way. Apple In Messages, Tapbacks are now compatible with all your emoji. Furthermore, you'll be able to schedule messages or send texts via satellite in case you aren't currently connected to Wi-Fi or a cellular network. Apple even says messages sent using satellite will feature end-to-end encryption. The Mail and Photos apps are also getting similarly big revamps. Mail will feature new categorizations meant to make it easier to find specific types of offers or info (like plane flights). Meanwhile, the Photos app will sport an updated UI that will help you view specific types of images while hiding things like screenshots. And to better surface older photos and memories, there will be new categories like Recent Days and People and Pets to put similar types of pics all in a single collection. Audio controls on iPads is also getting a boost with a new ability for Siri to understand gestures for Yes and No by either shaking or nodding your head while wearing AirPods. This should make it easier to provide Apple's digital assistant with simple responses in areas like a crowded bus or quiet waiting room where you might be uncomfortable talking aloud. Apple However, the biggest addition this year is that alongside all the iPad-specific features, Apples tablet OS is also getting Apple Intelligence. This covers many of the companys new AI-powered features like the ability to create summaries of websites, proofread or rewrite emails or even generate new art based on your prompts. Apple says that to make its AI more useful, features will be more personalized and contextual. That said, to help protect your privacy and security, the company claims it wont build profiles or sell data to outside parties. Generally, Apple says it will use on-device processing for most of its tools, though some features require help from the cloud. As its iconic digital assistant, Siri is getting a big refresh via Apple Intelligence too. This includes better natural language recognition and the ability to understand and remember context from one query to another. Siri will also be able to help you use your device, allowing you to ask your tablet how to perform certain tasks, search for files or control apps and features using your voice. Apple Some examples of what Apple Intelligence can do is highlight priority emails and put them at the top of your inbox so you don't miss important messages or events. Or if you're feeling more creative, you can use AI to create unique emoji (called Genmoji). And in photos, Apple Intelligence can help you edit images with things like the Clean Up tool. Finally, for those who want the freedom to use other AI models, Apple is adding the option to integrate other services, the first of which will be Chat GPT.  Catch up here for all the news out of Apple's WWDC 2024. Developing...This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/ipados-18s-smart-script-uses-machine-learning-to-make-your-handwriting-less-horrible-175306533.html?src=rss

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2024-06-10 20:50:26| Engadget

As rumored, Apple confirmed at WWDC 2024 that its made a deal with OpenAI to bring ChatGPT to the iPhone and other devices. GPT-4o will power cloud-based Apple Intelligence queries in iOS 18, iPadOS 18 and macOS Sequoia. Apples Craig Federighi said the new AI-powered Siri can (with your permission) tap into ChatGPTs knowledge base when it might be helpful. Examples include asking for menu ideas for an elaborate meal with specific ingredients. You can also include photos with your questions, like asking for advice based on a detail in the picture. In addition, you can ask Siri about documents, presentations and PDFs. ChatGPT will integrate with Apples system-wide writing tools with Compose. You can tap into ChatGPT to create content for anything youre writing about. One example Apple included was creating a custom bedtime story that incorporates a childs specific interests. Notably, Apple mentioned that youll want to check important info for mistakes. Apple says you can access ChatGPT for free without creating an account, and the company says your requests and user info wont be logged. If you already subscribe to ChatGPT (Pro, Teams or Enterprise), you can connect your account and access extra paid features via Apples experiences. Apple hammered home the point that the user is in control of when its used, and youll be required to grant explicit permission for each cloud-based ChatGPT request. ChatGPT integration will be available in iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia  but none of it arrives until later this year. Apple said it will add support for other AI models in the future, which apparently confirms that it doesnt have a long-term exclusivity deal with OpenAI. Developing... Catch up here for all the news out of Apple's WWDC 2024. This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/chatgpt-is-baked-into-apple-intelligence-185026662.html?src=rss

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2024-06-10 20:44:22| Engadget

Today's keynote for Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference teased a lot of what users can expect later this year when all of its major software updates roll out. Big changes coming to iOS 18, macOS Sequoia and watchOS 11 include RCS support, a new Passwords app, a revamped Calculator app and a bunch of artificial intelligence (AI) infusions across the board thanks to the new "Apple Intelligence" system. If you weren't able to catch the news live, here's a rundown of everything announced at WWDC 2024. Apple Intelligence Apple Apple revealed its plans to incorporate AI into its operating systems at WWDC this year. Dubbed "Apple Intelligence," this new generative AI system will appear in iOS and iPad 18 and macOS Sequoia in the form of (what Apple believes to be) practical tools that most people can use regularly. Those features include new writing tools that can help you rewrite, proofread and summarize things like emails and other messages, original emoji and image creation and more. The company emphasized the importance of "personal context" with Apple Intelligence, which will enable things like more specific actions such as using natural language to search for photos that contain only you and a specific family member. Going hand-in-hand with original image generation is a new feature called Gemoji, which allows users to create their own unique emojis by typing in descriptions and requirements like "T-rex wearing a tutu on a surfboard." Siri is getting an AI infusion now that it will be powered in part by large language models. In addition to asking Siri to delete an email or edit a photo, users will also be able to ask the virtual assistant to summarize articles and webpages in Safari and even extract personal information from a picture of your ID so it can fill out an online form for you. Apple highlighted how most of the actions involved with Apple Intelligence will be done on-device, to make the system as privacy-focused as possible. But also, the company detailed how those with the latest Apple devices can use ChatGPT for free to answer queries that cannot be done on-device. Much of that involves users providing permission for Apple to share their query with ChatGPT in the moment. ChatGPT integration with iOS 18, iPadOS 18 and macOS Sequoia will roll out later this year. iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 Apple The next iPhone software update will roll out to users in the fall and, as expected, one of the biggest changes is support for Rich Communication Service, or RCS. The more-secure messaging protocol offers many improvements over SMS including end-to-end encryption, better media sharing and support for proper group chats. Apple previously stated it would adopt support for RCS in 2024 to comply with EU regulations, so it's unsurprising to see it highlighted in iOS 18's forthcoming features. Also new to Messages will be the ability to "tapback" reply using emojis and stickers, text formatting and effects and the ability to send messages via satellite. iPhone users will have more control over their home screens in iOS 18 thanks to the fact that it will not be a locked grid system anymore. Users will be able to move app icons a more of a freestyle way, plus they'll be able to change app icon colors as well using a tint color picker. In terms of design and layout, this is one of the biggest changes to come to the iPhone's home screen in years and it gives iOS users similar features that Android users have had for a long time. The Calculator app is getting a big overhaul in iOS 18, including improved unit conversions, a sidebar showing recent activity and integration with the Notes app. But what might be even more notable is the fact that the revamped Calculator app will not only be available on iPhones and Macs it's coming to iPads for the first time as part of the iPadOS 18 update. Embedded within the iPadOS Calculator app is a new feature called Math Notes, which lets users write out math equations with the Apple Pencil and the app will solve many of them instantly. iPadOS 18 will also feature a new Tab Bar, which looks similar to the Dynamic Island on iPhones. This bar makes it easier to access essential controls even when you're in apps, and depending on what you're doing, it can show up at the top of the screen or as a sidebar of sorts on the left of the display. The Notes app is getting another new feature called Smart Script, which will make users' handwriting more legible and less messy automatically. macOS Sequoia Apple The next iteration of Apple's computer software will be called macOS Sequoia. In addition to many of the AI features also coming to iOS and iPadOS 18 as part of Apple Intelligence, the next macOS update will include iPhone mirroring, which lets users see and control their iPhone screen on a Mac screen. They'll be able to use their keyboard and trackpad to intact with the iPhone screen on their laptop, and they can even open iOS apps directly on their computers. A new Passwords app builds uon the technology of iCloud keychain to save all of users' passwords and login credentials across devices and platforms (it will be available on Windows in addition to all Apple platforms). Along with standard passwords, the new app can save passkeys, verification codes and more, and give users the ability to securely share passwords with others. watchOS 11 Apple The next software update for the Apple Watch includes two big changes: Training Load and a new Vitals app. Training Load in watchOS 11 essentially uses many of the health and fitness metrics collected during workout tracking to estimate your effort level each time. Each workout will receive a rating from one (easy) to ten (all out) that estimates how hard the user worked during that particular session. The new Vitals app will show Apple Watch users how their vitals captured, including heart rate, compare to baseline measurements. This will hopefully allow users to better understand when something might be off and outside the normal suggested range. The Activity app on iPhone is also getting an update to accompany watchOS 11, and will allow users to customize the data they see on the homepage so they can put the most important stats to them front and center. Cycle Tracking will also get an update to include more detailed pregnancy insights, including gestational age and information about the user's health metrics that may related to pregnancy (like heart rate fluctuations).  visionOS 2 Apple Until now, Apple's Vision Pro headset has only been available in the US. That's changing soon as the company announced the device's rollout in additional countries including Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore and the UK. As far as the headset's software, visionOS goes, Apple announced that visionOS 2 will add spatial photos, which adds depth to images in the Photos app, new UI gesture controls and improved Mac screen mirroring with support for higher resolutions and display sizes. AirPods Pro audio updates Apple Apple briefly mentioned some software updates coming to AirPods Pro, including improved Voice Isolation, which should help the buds better pick up a users voice in noise environments. A new Siri Interaction is coming to AirPods Pro as well: a silent head-nod will allow users to answer an incoming call without saying a word out loud to Siri, and contrasty, a shake of the head will decline a call. These silent interactions will also be applicable to messages and notifications, in addition to calls. Developing... Catch up here for all the news out of Apple's WWDC 2024.This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/wwdc-2024-everything-apple-announced-today-including-ios-18-ai-with-apple-intelligence-and-more-184422477.html?src=rss

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2024-06-10 20:41:16| Engadget

As expected, Apples assistant is about to get much more helpful thanks to a load of new AI-powered capabilities. During WWDC, the company previewed a new version of Siri that can take actions on your behalf and understand a wide range of new queries. The new version of Siri has a better understanding of the apps on your phone and will be able to take more than 100 actions based on your activity and device. For example, you could ask Siri to show you specific photos or memories in your Photos app or to find tracking details for an expected delivery from an email in the Mail app. Siri will also be able to perform some tasks for you, like adding an address to a contact card, tweak a photo, or share a summary of your notes in an email. Third-party developers will also be able to take advantage of these new capabilities with a new app intents framework that will allow them to tap into Apple Intelligence and make certain actions compatible with Siri. Apple said that Siris new AI powers could be a major time saver for otherwise tedious tasks. One example offered by the company was the need to fill in a drivers license number in an online form. Instead of searching your photos yourself, you could ask Siri and it would be able to find the image of your license, grab the number and fill in the form. Siri can also answer questions based on details from your messages and emails, like remembering your dinner reservations or providing up-to-date flight tracking for a previously-shared reservation.  Another major change is that Siri will no longer be only a voice-activated assistant. Apple is adding a type to Siri feature that makes it a bit closer to the experience of other generative AI chatbots. When you do chat with Siri, the experience should feel more natural as the assistant will be better able to respond to queries when the command isnt spoken perfectly. Apple demoed how Siri could respond to a request about weather conditions even when the speaker stumbled over their words and misspoke. Additionally, the assistant can provide help and answer about iPhone capabilities, like I need to scan a document. Apple didnt specify when all of the new Siri capabilities will launch, but said the new version of its assistant will be coming to iPhone, iPad and the Mac. The revamped Siri is part of Apples push into personal intelligence, which Tim Cook described as the next big step for the company. Developing... Catch up here for all the news out of Apple's WWDC 2024. This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/apples-new-ai-powered-siri-can-use-apps-for-you-184116016.html?src=rss

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2024-06-10 20:16:07| Engadget

The rumors are true. Apple is adding a dedicated passwords manager app to most of its operating systems. These include macOS, iPadOS, visionOS and iOS. Itll even work on Windows by accessing the Passwords app via iCloud. Thats pretty neat. There are way too many passwords out there. The first-party service is powered by iCloud Keychain and will compete with some heavy hitters in the space, like LastPass and 1Password. The simply-named Passwords app will be able to list various user logins and categorize them based on service type. For instance, banking passwords would be grouped differently than social media passwords. The app will also allow users to bypass manual password input by leveraging Face ID, Touch ID and autofill. Its worth noting that Apple already had a password manager, but its not exactly beloved and has been buried in the settings page. This new app, however, is quite a compelling option for those tied into the Apple ecosystem. The company didnt say if the app was free or if it would require a monthly subscription. Catch up here for all the news out of Apple's WWDC 2024. This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/apple-brings-a-full-featured-passwords-app-to-the-mac-iphone-ipad-and-windows-181607490.html?src=rss

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2024-06-10 20:15:08| TRENDWATCHING.COM

In the UK, around 250,000 tents are left behind on music festival grounds every summer, with most ending up in landfills. Addressing that colossal amount of waste, sporting goods retailer Decathlon has relaunched No Tent Left Behind, a campaign incentivizing customers to buy one of its tents and return it for a full refund.Festival-goers who purchase a tent from the retailer's MH100 range and return it before 13 September 2024 will get their money back in the form of a digital gift card. They can use the tent as often as they like, as long as they don't damage it. The buy-back expands on a scheme initiated by Decathlon in 2023, which only applied to a GBP 29.99 tent.While eco-friendlier choices often come with higher price tags, Decathlon's initiative aims to make a sustainable option not just accessible but more or less free of charge. The brand is also solving a problem it helped cause with prices as low as GBP 29.99, consumers are inclined to view cheap tents as single-use items. As for the returned tents? They'll be refurbished and resold through Decathlon's Second Life program.

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2024-06-10 20:02:15| Engadget

Apple's macOS 15 update is called Sequoia. The 2024 Mac software, coming this fall, includes iPhone mirroring and notification, a new passwords app and Safari upgrades. The new software was announced at Apples WWDC 2024 keynote at Apple Park. iPhone mirroring lets you use your Mac to view, control and interact with your phone. It lets you access iOS apps and receive notifications from your nearby handset. Your iPhone screen stays locked in Standby mode (one of iOS 17s updates) while you work on your computer. macOS Sequoia also adds a new Windows-like snap window arrangement tool. Drag an app near the screens edge, and macOS will automatically suggest where to tile it. You can quickly place them side by side or in corners. Sequoia will also include new keyboard and menu shortcuts to arrange tiles even faster. Apple highlighted new video conferencing features in its WWDC keynote. Presenter Preview lets you see what youre about to share with your call partner(s) before they see it, potentially saving folks some mistakes or embarrassment. Meanwhile, Background Replacement (as its name implies) lets you swap out your real background for built-in ones or your own photos, similar to features in many calling apps. Apple 1Passwords developers are likely squirming today with the introduction of Apples new Passwords app. Building on iCloud Keychain and the passwords previously buried in Safaris settings (and system settings on iPhone and iPad), the standalone app will include all your saved credentials, verification codes and security alerts. It syncs across devices and will also appear on iOS, iPadOS, visionOS and even Windows (via iCloud for Windows). Safari also gets some upgrades. These include Highlights, which automatically detect relevant info from webpages, and Summaries, which provide AI-fueled recaps of web content in a redesigned Reader mode. macOS Sequoia has some gaming advancements, including improved Windows porting capabilities in Gameporting Toolkit 2. Apple said it will also be easier to port Mac games to iPad and iPhone, potentially giving developers an extra financial incentive to make or port titles for the Apple ecosystem. Catch up here for all the news out of Apple's WWDC 2024. This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/macos-sequoia-will-let-you-see-your-iphone-mirrored-on-your-macs-screen-180215857.html?src=rss

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