Apple patents smart dock, Microsoft unveils smart thermostatIn today's tech news, Apple could produce a smart dock to turn your iPhone into a Siri smart speaker. Microsoft announces a Cortana-powered thermostat and a Russian man is jailed for developing Citadel Malware.
This is C/net, and here are the stories that matter right now. Apple has been granted a patent for a smart dock for activating a voice recognition mode of a portable electronic device, meaning we could see a product that will turn your iPhone into a smart speaker using the Siri voice assistant. In addition to the home pod announced last month, this could be evidence that Apple aims to provide stiff competition to the likes of the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Microsoft has debuted a brand new smart thermostat called Glass. Using the Cortana voice assistant, Glass has presence detection capabilities Registers air quality data and send customers daily usage reports. The thermostat will be manufactured by Johnson Controls and as yet we have no information on pricing or availability. A Russian man named Mark Vartanian has been to sentenced to five years in prison for helping to develop and distribute the citadel malware. Designed to steal personal financial information. Citadel recorded victim's key strokes when accessing their bank accounts online and blocked access to anti-virus sites, preventing users from removing the malware. Stay up to date with the latest by downloading the CNET Tech Today app available for iOS and Android. [BLANK_AUDIO]