Technology new from ITZOO - Oct 8th 2019

Spotify rolls out Siri support and new Apple TV app

Spotify has launched the ability to play music with Apple’s Siri voice assistant on the iPhone and iPad. The new feature, only recently made possible in iOS 13, puts Spotify on more equal footing with Apple Music. It showed up in the company’s beta app in late September, but it has now rolled out to all users. Another new addition will automatically put Spotify into Data Saver mode when you activate Low Data Mode on your device.You can ask Siri to play music through Spotify on iOS and iPadOS. According to Spotify, Siri can also control the app in CarPlay, and you can use AirPlay to play music on your HomePod with voice commands as well.

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Amazon’s Kindle Kids Edition is way more fun than the regular one

Amazon’s made its first Kindle for kids and it’s really quite fun. We say made; the Kindle Kids Edition is a tweaked version of the regular Kindle with a year’s subscription to its Fire for Kids Unlimited library. For £100 all in, though, we’d say it’s worth it.So what’s different? Designed for children up to the age of 12, there’s fun lockscreen wallpapers to choose from – we liked the panda – as well as larger images in the main homescreen and what Amazon calls “fuzzy search” that recognises misspellings.

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Apple TV finally gets an official Twitch app, years after everyone else

It’s been a good day if you have an Apple TV — Spotify has released an Apple TV app, and now, Twitch has an Apple TV app as well (via Engadget). Before today, you had to rely on third-party apps like Twitchy if you wanted to watch Twitch on your Apple TV.It looks a lot like browsing Twitch, but on a bigger screen. There’s a “Home” tab that shows games and channels you follow, as well as a “Browse” tab that has the classic grid of game and section icons organized by viewer count.

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Microsoft Surface Pro X vs. Samsung Galaxy Book S: Arms race

The days of Windows and Intel walking mostly in lockstep may be coming to an end. Two high-profile new PCs this year have been announced using Arm processors, similar to the ones that power modern smartphones. They join a small handful of Arm-plus-Windows machines from the past two years.The Samsung Galaxy Book S claims to offer 23 hours of active battery life, while the Surface Pro X uses the phrase "all-day battery." If you look at the fine print, it reads, "Up to 13 hours of battery life based on typical Surface device usage." 

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