Roku Hires Apple’s Chief Siri Architect For Software Role

(Bloomberg) — Roku Inc. has hired a Siri executive at Apple Inc. to lead advanced technology development.



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Brian Pinkerton has joined the San Jose, California-based maker of TV set-top-boxes and software where he will focus on “technical innovation and strategic software development across the platform,” the company said on Tuesday. His work will be broader than voice control, which was his specialty at Apple, where he was the chief architect of Siri until November, according to his LinkedIn page. Pinkerton was also previously chief technology officer for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

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Roku sells several streaming video players to access video content as well as sound bars, but the company has increasingly focused on expanding its software platform and the Roku Channel streaming service. It has also been pushing for its software to be built into lower-end TVs, ceding

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Roku Hires Apple’s Former Chief Siri Architect for Software Role

(Bloomberg) — Roku Inc. has hired a senior manager for Siri at Apple Inc. to lead advanced technology development.



Roku streaming stick


© Photographer: Monica Schipper/Getty Images North America
Roku streaming stick

Brian Pinkerton has joined the Los Gatos, California-based maker of TV set-top-boxes and software where he will focus on “technical innovation and strategic software development across the platform,” the company said on Tuesday. His work will be broader than voice control, which was his specialty at Apple, where he was the chief architect of Siri until November, according to his LinkedIn page. Pinkerton was also previously chief technology officer for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Roku sells several streaming video players to access video content as well as sound bars, but the company has increasingly focused on expanding its software platform and the Roku Channel streaming service. It has also been pushing for its software to be built into lower-end TVs,

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Save up to $100 on Apple’s M1 Mac mini: is this your next music production computer?

While Apple’s new M1-powered MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro have hogged a lot of the limelight since their launch, it’s worth sparing a thought for the new M1 Mac mini, which has the potential to be a great little music computer at a great price.

This is particularly true this Cyber Monday, because the M1 Mac mini is currently available at a tidy discount courtesy of B&H Photo. 

Apple M1 Mac mini 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD: $699 $639 at B&H
Get the cheapest version of the new M1 Mac mini for a super-low price and with a $60 saving. You can save even more if you add more RAM and/or storage.

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Follow Apple’s “One More Thing” Event Live On November 10

“A few more exciting things in store”. This is how Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, speaking to analysts during the most recent earnings call, set the stage for one last batch of product announcements this year. The company has scheduled the unveiling of the new devices for November 10, at 1 p.m. EST.

As usual, the Apple Maven will follow the event live, with coverage starting at 12:45 p.m. EST, this coming Tuesday. I invite you to join the real-time blog by visiting thestreet.com/apple.

Ahead of the announcement, let’s take a look at what investors should expect to see.

Mac will be the star

Consensus suggests that the most likely products to be unveiled next week will be a series of Mac devices. The laptop computers will feature Apple-designed processors, a move that was telegraphed by Apple itself during this year’s WWDC event, which took place in July.

One of the

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Leak reveals three new MacBooks with Apple’s own processors to launch next week



a screenshot of a computer: MacBook Pro 2020


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  • Apple will reportedly launch next week three laptops powered by the same type of chip as the iPhone 12.
  • The Apple Silicon-powered 13-inch MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, and the 16-inch MacBook Pro are already in the works, with the smaller laptops being further ahead in production.
  • Apple is also designing new desktops with iPhone chips inside, although the new iMac and Mac Pro aren’t expected at the Mac-centric virtual press event.

Apple confirmed at WWDC 2020 this summer that it will start transitioning its MacBooks from Intel to Apple Silicon chips or processors similar to the ones powering the iPhones and iPads. Apple has been making its own processors for its mobile devices, and the A-series chips were always well ahead of the competition. The A14 Bionic that powers the iPhone 12 and new iPad Air is just the latest example in

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Apple’s Classical Storytelling Style Reveals Radical MacBook

Apple has announced a press event for Tuesday November 10th, and it has deplored its biggest totemic phrase, ‘one more thing’, as the slogan. This call to Cupertino’s livestream on November 10th is surely the long expected and keenly awaited reveal on the new MacBook and the public display of macOS on ARM.

It’s also an absolutely straight down the middle ‘rule of three’ that Steve Jobs built his keynotes around, but spread out over many months.

2020 has been a curious

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Apple’s Clips App Gains Brilliant Upgrade With 2 Crucial New Features

Apple Clips is a lot of fun. It’s an easy-to-use app which lets you create, edit and share quick videos on your iPhone. But, until now, it’s been missing something you’d have thought would have been there since day one: vertical video. I mean, it’s the most natural way to hold the phone, right?

MORE FROM FORBESNew iPhone Upgrade Delivers Feature Apple Users Have Wanted For Years

It’s one of two big updates to the free app, though there are more, and they mostly apply to both iPhone and iPad. Here’s all you need to know.

Portrait, landscape or square

Until now, the videos were only available in square format, which isn’t the way with TikTok and Snapchat, for instance. So, square was quickly becoming a

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Notes of interest from Apple’s Q4 2020 and annual earnings report

Apple has published its fourth fiscal quarter of 2020 results, breaking all of the company’s fourth fiscal quarter records. Here are some notes of interest from the report, including remarks from Apple CEO Tim Cook and Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri surrounding the particulars of the report.

Apple’s third fiscal quarter of 2020 earnings

On Thursday afternoon, Apple posted record September quarter revenue of $64.7 billion and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $0.73. International sales accounted for 59 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

“Apple capped off a fiscal year defined by innovation in the face of adversity with a September quarter record, led by all-time records for Mac and Services,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Despite the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, Apple is in the midst of our most prolific product introduction period ever, and the early response to all our new products, led by our first 5G-enabled

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Despite A Post-Earnings Plunge, Apple’s Future Is As Bright As Ever

Michael Kramer and the clients of Mott Capital own AAPL

Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) shares were trading lower in the after-hours session by about 4% following weaker than expected iPhone revenue. However, that weakness should not come as a surprise. Consumers were likely waiting for the new iPhone, which introduces the fifth generation of wireless technology (5G) to the brand.  

If anything, it may be the disappointment that the company did not provide first-quarter 2021 guidance. After all, the 5G iPhone launch is the most highly anticipated release since introducing the iPhone 6, giving investors expectations of a multi-year upgrade cycle.

Mixed Results

The company reported total revenue of $64.7 billion, which was about 1.6% better than consensus analysts estimates of $63.7 billion. Additionally, earnings were about 4.3% better than expected, coming in at $0.73 per share versus estimates of $0.70. iPhone revenue missed the mark at $26.4 billion versus estimates

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Previewing Apple’s Week: It’s Earnings Time

Apple stock has lost momentum lately, dipping back to late September levels.

But what has happened in the past couple of weeks will be forgotten as soon as the company’s earnings release crosses the wire, this coming Thursday.

What to keep an eye on

There will be only one main topic of conversation for Apple this coming week: earnings.

The Cupertino company is set to report fiscal fourth quarter results on Thursday, October 29. Last time I checked, analysts were projecting sales to decline minimally over 2019 levels. Worth noting, experts seem to be all over the place, as the estimate range looks wide.

On EPS, the Street projects a decline of 8%. This would be quite a disappointment compared to last quarter’s 18% increase in earnings. I will look at projections again later this week, and see how consensus estimate might have changed days ahead of earnings.

Want to

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