With iOS 10, ‘Hey Siri’ intelligently activates on just one nearby device at a time [Video]

Apple is bringing some clever intelligence for Siri with iOS 10, in addition to the publicly-announced features like third-party app integration. Thanks to a reader tip, we’ve discovered a clever enhancement for Siri on iPhones and iPads running iOS 10. When using ‘Hey Siri’ voice activation in a room with multiple nearby devices, only one device will respond. For example, with iOS 10 installed, an iPhone 6s is smart enough to stop listening for voice input if an iPad Pro is also listening.

Although both devices initially wake up, once one starts recognizing voice input, it appears to send a message to other nearby devices to cancel out the operation. This means that only one device keeps listening and prevents the naive havoc that happened on iOS 9, where all devices would try to answer the ‘Hey Siri’ question causing a confusing cacophony of sound from every nearby iPhone and iPad. You can see an example of this behavior in the video after the jump …

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Spotify claims Apple rejecting latest version of its app, anticompetitively favors Apple Music

Spotify has become very vocal in recent weeks about Apple’s business practices for its App Store. Apple recently revamped its subscription policy for iOS developers, offering a 85/15 split if developers keep customers for more than a year, but Spotify is still not happy with proceedings.

In a letter to Washington seen by Recode, the company now says Apple is being anti-competitive by rejecting its latest update to the Spotify app in order to encourage sales of its own $9.99 Apple Music subscriptions. Spotify is making a lot of noise to suggest Apple is using illicit business practices to elevate the success of Apple Music, by crippling Spotify and other third-party services.

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9to5Toys Last Call: 12.9″ 128GB iPad Pro + LTE $800, Amazon Echo from $140, UE Roll Bluetooth speaker $50, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

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App Store Free App of the Week: Mimpi Dreams puzzle-platformer goes free for the first time (Reg. $2)

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Review: Mophie’s new Charge Force line brings carefree wireless charging to iPhone [Video]

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Apple’s monstrous 12.9-inch iPad Pro 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular is on sale for $800 (Reg. $1,079)

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Daily Deals: Amazon Echo (Refurb) $140, Insignia 39-inch LED 720p HDTV $150, more

ue-roll-bluetooth-speakerThe UE Roll is one of the best Bluetooth speakers you can buy and it’s on sale for $50 (Reg. $80+)

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Amazon Prime Day 2016 revealed: Tons of deals, increased inventory and Alexa specials for Echo owners

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MacBook Air is the best Apple laptop for most everyday users, save $200 today on a pair of the latest models

Save nearly $300 on Apple’s latest 13-inch 256GB Retina MacBook Pro: $1,200 shipped (Reg. $1,499)

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PowerTime Apple Watch Charging Dock w/ 3 USB Ports: $39 shipped (Reg. $49)

Just $9 Prime shipped for a new Apple Watch band? Sounds good to me.

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Apple offering free download of sketching app Procreate via Apple Store app

One of the best sniper titles on the App Store just went 50% off: Hitman Sniper $1 (Reg. $2)

LEGO Star Wars titles for Mac matching all-time lows: Saga & The Clone Wars for $5 each (Reg. up to $20)

One of the best RPGs of all-time just went 50% off on iOS: Secret of Mana $4 (Reg. $8)

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Apple’s Thunderbolt Display has been put out to pasture, here are the best alternatives at every price point

Vansky’s $23 USB LED light strip gives you multi-color mood lighting

Review: Jaybird’s new Freedom Wireless headphones score high marks on design, sound [Video]

How-to: Put a USB Charging port just about anywhere, without AC power for as little as $50 (Solar+Battery) 

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

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Monoprice has gone off the deep end with this additional 20% off sale – Bluetooth/NFC Speaker $35 shipped (Reg. $44), more

MORE DEALS STILL ALIVE:

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mophie’s 1840mAh Battery Case will help your iPhone 6/s make it through the day: $40 (Reg. $60)

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The Nest Learning Thermostat will help lower your energy costs throughout the summer: $199 (Reg. $249)

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Comment: AppleCare+ to the rescue if you rely on Apple Watch

Fitness tracking with the Apple Watch really kicked in for me a few months ago, and now I’m obsessed with filling the Activity rings and improving my health. So when I woke up Tuesday morning and discovered what looked like a small blotch of blue ink under the glass of my Apple Watch, I sort of freaked out. I have a Move streak going and just a few days left before the Perfect Month achievement in the Activity app kicks in, so I really didn’t want to go a day without my Apple Watch.

Apple Stores still don’t swap out Apple Watches on location even with AppleCare; unlike iPhones, every Apple Watch has to be mailed off for repair or replacement. Thanks to some helpful chat support and AppleCare+, however, I learned a few things and managed not to wreck my streak…

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