New Siri Podcast News Feature Begins Rolling Out in iOS 11.2.2

A new feature that allows Siri to provide audio-based news updates appears to be rolling out to iOS users, allowing iPhone and iPad users to get audio news updates via the Podcasts app when asking Siri for current news info.

The new audio news feature has been previously seen in the iOS 11.2.5 beta, but until recently it was not available on devices running the current version of iOS. In our testing, the new Siri feature is now accessible on devices running iOS 11.2, iOS 11.2.2 (the current version of iOS) and iOS 11.2.5.

When you ask Siri about the news of the day via Hey Siri or another hands-free method, the personal assistant will provide Podcast news from NPR by default in the United States. You can, however, ask Siri to switch to news from Fox News, CNN, or The Washington Post.

In other countries, local news podcasts will be played instead. In the UK, for example, Siri will offer up audio news from BBC, Sky News, or LBC.

The audio news feature, which appears to have been developed primarily for Apple’s upcoming HomePod speaker, is invoked when using “Hey Siri” or asking Siri about the news when using CarPlay or headphones. It’s essentially designed for situations where you’re not looking at your iPhone or iPad’s display.

If you activate Siri using the Side or Home button of a device and ask about the news, Siri will instead provide standard text-based news headlines instead of audio news.

The Siri podcast news feature appears to be available on devices running iOS 11 at least as of today, and in our testing, it is confirmed to be working in the United States and the UK.

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Here’s an Exclusive Look at 2 Chainz’s Versace Sneaker

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Following a number of teasers, here we showcase an exclusive look at 2 Chainz‘s new Versace sneaker, dubbed the Chain Reaction. The shoe was officially debuted during the Italian fashion house’s FW18 runway show.


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The Chain Reaction is ultimately highlighted by a chainlink sole that according to Versace, “speaks to every side of the Versace man.”

For now, no specific launch date has been confirmed, but all signs are pointing to a release in March. We will however continue to update you with any new information as it arises.

Stay tuned for more.

In related news, Milan Men’s Fashion Week FW18 was all about statement sneakers.

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Apple in Bidding War for J.J. Abrams Sci-Fi Drama

Apple and HBO are embroiled in a bidding war for a new sci-fi drama television series penned by J.J. Abrams, reports Variety.

Little is known about the series at this time, but it’s said to deal with a “world’s battle against a monstrous, oppressive force,” and it marks the first television series Abrams has written since “Fringe” in 2008.

Most recently, Abrams wrote “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and he is working on the upcoming and as of yet untitled “Star Wars: Episode IX.” In the past, Abrams has worked on shows that include “Lost,” “Felicity,” and “Alias.”

Abrams would serve as executive producer on the sci-fi series, alongside Ben Stephenson, head of TV for Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions. The series would be produced by Warner Bros. Television, and while Variety says Apple and HBO are the top bidders at this time, the studio is open to other bidders.

Apple already has two other sci-fi shows in the works, including a revival of 1985 Steven Spielberg sci-fi series “Amazing Stories” and an untitled space drama developed by Ronald D. Moore, known for “Battlestar Galactica.”

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MAPLE Taps Vancouver Musicians to Debut Winter Accessories

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Canadian accessories label MAPLE gathered at Vancouver’s infamous Guu Kobachi restaurant to showcase its FW18 editorial, as the MAPLE family bond over savory izakaya and cold beverages — a typical winter night in the Canadian Riviera.

Featured on Blair Dobson, co-director of GWAR: Phallus in Wonderland and local Vancouver musicians SO LOKI, this season’s collection emphasizes an extensive array of silver jewelry, oversized bandanas, patterned socks and Casentino wool homewares.

Enjoy the campaign below and find the entire range directly at MAPLE’s website.

In other news, Balenciaga’s Triple S drops in stealthy and distressed colorways.

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adidas Fuses Classic Styles With Women Exclusive Everyn Sneaker

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Brands: adidas

Model: Everyn

Key Features: Premium leather upper, perforated Three stripes branding, contrasting heel patch, extra-thick rubber sole unit, textured rubber shell-toe

Release Date: Wednesday, January 24

Price: TBA

Buy: adidas

Editor’s Notes: adidas introduces a brand new women’s silhouette to its versatile lineup of footwear with the Everyn, which blends classic styles with contemporary perspectives.

Flaunting a design that looks to be inspired by the Stan Smith and Superstar silhouettes, the sneaker’s feminine profile is completed with gold foil branding on the lateral side and tonal laces, in addition to leather lining with a debossed logo detail.

Offered in clean white and black colorways with a contrast ash pearl nubuck heel patch, find this new silhouette at adidas retailers starting next week.

In other sneaker news, Parley and adidas Originals team up for an update to the NMD City Sock.

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