Apple will open Siri to developers and launch Amazon Echo-like smart speaker, report says

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Apple has big plans for Siri that will make the company’s famous assistant a lot more useful, according to a new report.

The company will soon open up Siri to developers with new software tools that will allow Siri to tap into more third-party services, according to a new report in The Information. Apple is also working on a new pice of a hardware, an Amazon Echo rival that will work with Apple’s smart home platform.

Apple plans to put Siri in the hands of developers with a new software development kit (SDK) that will reportedly be called the Siri SDK. The Siri SDK could launch at next months’s World Wide Developer Conference, where Apple typically previews the newest version of IOS and its latest developer tools. Read more…

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In pictures: Apple faithful already forming lines in front of Friday’s iPhone 6s launch

Marcus Barsum waits outside the Apple store in central Sydney Thursday. Reuters/David Gray

Yes, it’s that time again, when the Apple faithful/crazy line up way early to buy the next version of the iPhone, this time the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

This year, people are standing out in the elements — and sleeping there overnight — to buy a phone that looks identical to the one they already have, but with, um, an updated camera and a new kind of screen press.

Here are the lines, in cities around the world.

New York

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Above: Waiting in line in NYC (Eli Blumenthal ‏@eliblumenthal)

Apple fans line up at the "Church of Apple" in New York to buy an iPhone 6s Friday.

Above: Apple fans line up at the “Church of Apple” in New York to buy an iPhone 6s.

Image Credit: Eli Blumenthal ‏@eliblumenthal

San Francisco

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Above: (Justin E. Harris @envisionwithj)

Periscoper Justin Harris reported that around 16 people were already camped out at the downtown San Francisco Apple Store Thursday night. Check it out here.

Boston

(Image: MacRumors)

Above: (Image: MacRumors)

Hamburg, Germany

"Oh man wie arm ist das denn. Wegen einem Telefon?" Daniel Knott ‏@dnlkntt )

Above: “Oh man wie arm ist das denn. Wegen einem Telefon?” (Daniel Knott ‏@dnlkntt )

Sydney, Australia

Marcus Barsum waits outside the Apple store in central Sydney Thursday. Reuters/David Gray

Above: Marcus Barsum waits outside the Apple store in central Sydney Thursday. (Reuters/David Gray)

This buyer, a media exec in Australia, sent a robot proxy to wait in the line. (photo: Mashable)

Above: This buyer, a media exec in Australia, sent a robot proxy to wait in the line. (photo: Mashable)


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24 hours of the new iPhone 6S launch: Follow live

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For Apple fans, nothing is bigger than iPhone launch day.

Every year, lining up at stores for the new iPhone is a major event for the Apple faithful. And this year’s release of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus is no exception.

But the mold has changed. While people still line up, an iPhone launch in 2015 looks a lot different than it did in 2007. Mashable will be reporting ’round the clock from Sydney, Singapore, London, New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles to capture the glorious anticipation. Read more…

Sydney > Singapore > London > New York >
San Francisco > LA

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Netflix is reportedly planning to launch in South Korea in January 2016

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Video-streaming service Netflix is reportedly planning to enter the South Korean market in January 2016, with an official announcement due in the coming weeks, according to a report by The Korea Times on Sunday.

Netflix only just launched in Japan last week, where it partnered with local carrier SoftBank to have its app pre-installed on phones in the country — and it looks like it may be counting on a similar strategy to navigate South Korea.

According to the newspaper, the company is “seeking to form strategic partnerships with Korean mobile carriers and leading terrestrial broadcasters.” The three largest carriers in the country are SK Telecom, KT, and LG Uplus.

Netflix seems to be locked in a fierce expansion race with rival Amazon, which offers its own video-streaming service, and recently also announced a September launch for Japan — though Amazon’s service is not yet available in South Korea.

The newspaper cited its sources as saying:

Korean carriers and broadcasters are underway to discuss licensing their content to Netflix in Korea. For Netflix, the main issue is how to cut costs in content delivery and lower its spending for network usage… Conditions in Korea are as favorable or better than they are in Japan for acceptance of Netflix’s on-demand services because the infrastructure in networks in Korea is already in place with households having easy access to broadband lines and mobile services.

And on why Netflix needs to strike deals with the South Korean carriers to succeed there:

When you see more data traffic, then Netflix will pay more for the delivery of content. However, charges of its main services were low, and that’s why Netflix needs substantial help from Korean carriers which operate networks. Netflix is on track to narrow differences over content licensing… Netflix’s advance in Korea will be helpful to local carriers to help them set up strategies in content business and also allow Korea’s media content to reach a global audience.

The sources also predict an impending doomsday for local broadcasters in South Korea — which will face growing competition from services such as Netflix and possibly Amazon — if they “fail to catch up with such changes.”

Netflix also has upcoming launch plans in a number of other markets including Italy, Portugal, Spain, Iceland, and the Czech Republic. It has previously said that it plans to be available in more than 200 countries by the end of 2016.

We’ve reached out to Netflix for comment, and will update you if we hear back.

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