Leap Motion acquired by Ultrahaptics

The 2010 founded AR and VR company, that was leading in hand tracking devices for VR usage had a few moments that made the tech-headlines. According to many sources, Apple tried to acquire the company twice, with the second attempt as recently as 2018. Past week, the company sold for $30 million.

Today, we’re announcing a strategic deal with Ultrahaptics that combines the two companies and solidifies our collective role as the world’s leading spatial interaction company.

Source: Leap Motion and Ultrahaptics Join Forces – Leap Motion Blog

Apple’s 2019 WWDC announcements

Good & Quick summary of everything announced at this years WWDC edition. A little bit of everything for everyone.

Apple kicked off its annual Worldwide Developer Conference in San Jose this morning with a two-and-a-half hour keynote, showing off everything the company has been working on for the past many months. Want to know everything they announced, but don’t have time to watch the whole thing yourself? We’ve wrapped it all up for you […]

Source: TechCrunch

Supreme Court rules against Apple

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against Apple on Monday on a case involving whether or not a group of iPhone users will be allowed to bring an antitrust lawsuit against the company regarding its App Store practices. The iPhone owners allege that Apple’s 30 percent commission on App Store sales is passed along to […]

The supreme court ruling against Apple allows an App Store antitrust case to proceed, possibly having huge impact for customers and the App Store business.

Source: Supreme Court rules against Apple, allows an App Store antitrust case to proceed | TechCrunch

Apple considering offline mode for Siri

Not sure about how you use Siri or other voice assistants. For me, it’s in the car mostly or in other locations that just don’t have connectivity in that moment I’d need assistance. Local voice processing – in other words no cloud required – would indeed be a huge step for Apple or the technology as such. It’d also be an improvement looking at it from the privacy perspective.

If only Siri became better in understanding me.

Apple wants Siri to become more useful to users when not connected to the internet, including the possibility of an offline mode that does not rely on a backend server to assist with voice recognition or performing the required task, one that would be entirely performed on the user’s device.

Source: Apple considering offline mode for Siri that could process voice locally on an iPhone

Alphabet Passes Apple as World's Most Valuable Company With Google's Help

Google reported profit and sales that topped estimates, lifted by robust sales of online ads and tighter cost controls, putting parent Alphabet Inc. on track to overtake Apple Inc. as the world’s most valuable company.

via: Alphabet Passes Apple as World’s Most Valuable Company With Google’s Help

An Android Peeing On Apple

Meanwhile on Google Maps, the Android expresses himself. The coordinates are somewhere in Pakistan.

There’s something weird going on over on Google Maps today. A user on Hacker News spotted what appears to be the Android logo peeing on Apple in satellite view. At these…

Source: There’s An Android Peeing On Apple On Google Maps

(I still prefer iOS.)