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Stories, stories, everywhere a plethora of Apple-related stories. We’ve collected some of the more prominent floating around the Web on Tuesday.
Reports suggest that Apple is building up an internal speech-recognition team, perhaps to reduce its dependence on Nuance, the company whose technology currently powers Siri. A lot of the discussion in this Wired piece revolves around using neural networks to enhance speech recognition, something that other companies like Microsoft, IBM, and Google are using, but that Apple does not seem to at present.
Speaking of bringing more things in-house, a survey comparing ads produced by Apple’s in-house team versus the spots made by longtime partner TBWA\Media Arts Lab shows that Apple’s own ads may not be performing as well. That said, it’s early days yet, and not every ad’s going to be a home run.
Apple’s reportedly starting to roll out two-step authentication for its iCloud services. The company previously enabled the high-security option when managing one’s Apple ID, but had not yet brought it to its other online offerings. Macworld will have more on this story as it develops.
Sure, what you want to know are the hard details: Apple will reveal its third-quarter financial results on Tuesday, July 22 at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET. But don’t forget to enjoy the fact that the company’s finally redesigned its long-in-the-tooth investors’ page, which no longer looks like something out of the 1996 version of the Web.
Monday’s update to iOS 7.1.2 did not apparently fix the exploit being used by the latest iOS jailbreak, so if you want to update and keep your iOS device jailbroken, that’s still an option—though you do so at your own risk.