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iOS 9 includes ‘Hey Siri’ voice training to help Siri better recognize your voice

The iOS 9 GM includes a new feature for Siri to help it better recognize your voice when using the automatic ‘Hey Siri’ activation feature. On all current iPhones, you can activate Siri by saying ‘Hey Siri’ when the device is plugged in to power. On the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, the ‘Hey Siri’ …

iOS

'iPhone 7' Thickness Likely to Approach iPod Touch

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a new report that suggests next year's "iPhone 7" could be Apple's thinnest smartphone yet, with a thickness of somewhere between 6.0mm and 6.5mm, which Kuo mentions is a near similar measurement of the current iPod touch's 6.1mm. As a comparison, the …

Mobile Technology

15-Year-Old Boy Discovers New Planet 1,000 Light-Years From Earth

This is Tom Wagg. He’s an avid space buff, and at the age of 15, he achieved something most astronomers can only dream of.<p>He discovered a new planet.<p>According to the U.K.’s Keele University, Wagg was engaged in a work-experience program at the college two years ago when “he spotted the planet by …

Hunting For Big Planets Far Beyond Pluto May Soon Be Easier

On a mountaintop in Chile, excavators have just started work on a construction site. It will soon be home to a powerful new telescope that will have a good shot at finding the mysterious Planet X, if it exists.<p>"Planet X is kind of a catchall name given to any speculation about an unseen companion …

Universe

Rivals launch “Don’t Comcast the Internet” to oppose TWC merger

Image copyright Gigaom/Thinkstock/Devonyu.In the current debate over how the U.S. should oversee the internet, the worst case scenario for many is …

Net Neutrality

Teenagers sleep less when they have more computer screen time says study

Investigation in Norway involving 10,000 teenagers showed more screen time means less rest and more difficulty getting to sleep<p>Parents have long suspected it, but now doctors have proof: the more time teenagers spend on computers or mobile phones, the less they sleep - especially if the gadget is …

YouTube star PewDiePie criticises Nintendo's new revenue-sharing plans

Games company’s new Creators Program aims to share advertising income, but the owner of YouTube’s biggest channel isn’t impressed<p>Nintendo’s launch of a “Creators Program” to share YouTube advertising revenues from videos featuring its games has been criticised by the platform’s biggest star, …