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Apple's idea for a smarter home
File this one under major speculation, but a new Apple patents hints at one idea the company has had for the future smart home. Titled the 'Modular Wall Unit System', it outlines a concept whereby outlets and other technologies could detect the location of a user within a building, and could then activate appliances when they enter a room.
HomeKit already has geolocation tracking, but only to determine when you're home or out. Apple's proposed system would pinpoint your more specific location within the home. The outlets in the patent also each have a communication module that would allow them to share information such as power usage and whether something is plugged in. More over on Apple Insider.
Alexa, I'm lovin' it
McDonald's has announced a new way for people to apply for jobs ‚Äď through Alexa and Google Assistant. Called 'Apply Thru', the initiative only covers the first part of the job application, where you'll be asked a series of questions by your smart assistant, before being texted a link to complete the application online.
It's part of other moves made by the food chain as it attempts to be more "down with the youths", and although we're not convinced anyone will apply for a job using their smart speaker, we're happy to be proven wrong.
Apple Music on Android now works with Chromecast
It was a rare moment for Cupertino when it launched Apple Music on Android, but until now it's been missing one key feature: Chromecast support. That changed this week with an update to the app, letting anyone running Apple Music on an Android phone or tablet to connect it to any Chromecast dongle or speaker. More over on Android Police.
Tidal brings sweet sounds to Roku
It was a bad week to be Tidal, which has just had its lossless music service significantly undercut by Amazon's own. It remains to be seen if Amazon can attract some of those subscribers away, but Tidal is ploughing ahead, this week announcing it's bringing its high-fidelity audio to Roku devices.
Tidal is available right now as an app on Roku, and gives you access to the entire library of music, videos and podcasts. It helps gives Roku a bit of an image boost too, bringing a premium audio service to a platform better known for its affordability.