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9/20/2017

Apple's iOS 11 is now available for all compatible iPads and iPhones, and it includes updates to the App Store and to Siri, Apple's virtual assistant. Siri has been redesigned to allow for rapid translation and a more natural voice, while the App Store was reorganized to better differentiate between apps and games.

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9/20/2017

Hilton's Honors app, introduced in 2014, now accounts for 20% of all bookings for all the company's brands. The loyalty app offers a range of conveniences, including the ability to find and book rooms at more than 5,000 Hilton properties globally.

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9/20/2017

Apple's introduction of iOS 11 also brings a new, perkier voice for Siri. Importantly, the voice sounds more natural and human, albeit with a bit of a California accent, writes Rob Verger.

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9/20/2017

Developers and business executive can work together on consumer engagement apps using Twilio's new Twilio Studio. The company claims Studio can cut development time for apps such as messaging bots and interactive voice systems from weeks to a matter of minutes.

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9/20/2017

Uber is alerting US officials to payments said to be made by staff in Indonesia amid a federal investigation into whether the ride-hailing company broke laws against foreign bribery. Uber is also reviewing its operations across Asia and is cooperating with investigators.

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Bloomberg
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9/20/2017

While LG and Samsung have strategies for using smart home awareness and adoption, the companies' plans are quite different. Samsung is using its Bixby interface for smart home control, but LG has no plans for a brand-based assistant and instead will enter partnerships with Google and Amazon.

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9/20/2017

Google's Pixel 2 will feature a two-tone appearance with a combination of glass and aluminum making up the body, per early specifications released on the device. The company will offer more details at a Pixel 2 event scheduled for Oct. 4.

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9/20/2017

China's major smartphone-maker, Xiaomi, has no plans to expand to the US and intends to focus on higher-growth markets, such as India, per managing partner Jenny Lee. She says of the strategy, "If you are Xiaomi you are looking at where is that big market. ... You're gonna be looking at markets like Indonesia, like India."

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9/20/2017

Bridgefy, a platform launched at Disrupt SF Battlefield, is designed to make it easier to develop mesh networks for mobile apps. The network allows users to continue using their apps without an internet connection, with Bluetooth providing connectivity.

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9/20/2017

Older 32-bit apps may not work with iOS 11. Mike Wright walks through the steps to determine which iPhone and iPad apps won't make the cut before consumers consider upgrading.

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