Apple Dropping YouTube from iOS
Apple has removed the YouTube app from the base installation of iOS in the latest beta version distributed to developers. The app has come standard with iOS since the original iPhone, before Apple allowed third-party apps. Apple has confirmed that Google will offer a standalone YouTube app that users will be able to download from the App Store. Apple has been distancing itself from Google apps and services since Google launched Android, making itself a major competitor with Apple. iOS 6 also includes an Apple-developed Maps app to replace the Google Maps app included with previous versions of iOS.
First Look: Apple iOS 11
Apple debuted iOS 11 during the June 5 keynote of its annual developer conference. The refreshed mobile operating system is primed to hit iPhones and iPads later this year with improvements to the App Store, Apple Maps, the camera, Control Center, Files, keyboard, iMessage, Live Photos, Siri, screenshots, and much more.
Apple Debuts HomePod, Its Competitor to Google Home and Amazon Echo
Apple today announced the HomePod, a new in-home speaker similar to the Google Home and Amazon Echo. It features the Siri voice-based assistant and can act on spoken requests with a focus on music.
Facebook to Make Its Instant Articles Compatible with Google, Apple Formats
Facebook wants content to be more readable across the web and took steps this week toward that goal by tweaking the SDK for its Instant Articles. Facebook's Instant Articles give publishers a way to streamline content for consumption on mobile devices, but Instant Articles aren't compatible with the mobile-first styles used by Google and Apple.
Google Uses Machine Learning to Tweak Sheets
Google today rolled out new features for its Sheets spreadsheet application. Most of the new features target the desktop-based version of Sheets.
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