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Best Low-Key iOS 11 Features Apple Didn’t Talk About At WWDC

Apple’s latest Worldwide Developer’s Conference made quite a bit of noise out there. It was full of new software and hardware reveals, including iOS 11, but a lot was also left unsaid. In the end, there is only so much you can tell in two hours, and smaller features don’t always get to shine. Especially when you want to show off your newest techs and features, like a smart speaker or augmented reality. One of the most curious moments of the conference was when Apple decided to include several dozen new features in just one slide. A lot of people probably missed it, and, in fact, there weren’t too many details, hiding in that slide. Yet it might just be enough for us to sneak a peek of some of the low-key features iOS 11 will bring to the table. A new way to interact with Siri Talking to digital…

This Drone Spots the Fish and Drops the Bait

The Humanity is very tired. Tired of all the hassle of living, tired of enjoying life with all her quirks and peskiness, tired of its frequent lows and seldom highs. Tired of all the bullshit. It used to be that fishing was one of the steady and reliable remedies for that exhaustion but now, turns out, we’re even tired of fishing. Indeed, throwing in a line and waiting a bit for a reward had become a bit too cumbersome for our age of complete certainty. Not to worry, says the Beijing visionary Wally Zheng. There’s an app for that now. Form and function The PowerRay, a submersible drone attached to a fishing line, can take a lot of the guesswork out of fishing. The fish finder spots fish relays their position to the user and attracts them with a built-in light and a bait drop. Innovator: Wally Zheng Age: 39 Chief executive…

WWDC 2017: You Knew This Was Coming, Right?

• Apple gave a sneak peek of HomePod, a speaker, to rival Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home. It’s the first brand-new hardware product for Apple since the Apple Watch. • The company also showed new iPads at its annual developer conference, which typically focuses on software instead of hardware. • Also unveiled: a new iMac Pro, as well as upgraded iMacs and MacBooks. • And Apple announced updates to the iOS operating system that underlies iPhones and iPads, as well as updates to the operating system for the Apple Watch and Mac computers. Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, discussing Apple’s new HomePod speaker. Jim Wilson/The New York Times Hello HomePod, Apple’s new speaker. Amazon, with the Echo, pioneered a device that lets you play music, look up basic information and control your lighting and other home accessories. Now Apple’s answer to the Echo — the HomePod — is here,…