HomePod OS 12 private beta reportedly includes Siri multiple timers, make and answer phone calls, more

Apple has seeded a private beta for HomePod to Apple corporate and (some) retail employees for a while. iGeneration is reporting that the HomePod OS 12.0 beta, presumably set to be released alongside iOS 12 in the fall, has several major new features for Siri on the HomePod.

The beta reportedly includes phone call features, allowing the user to start and answer calls from the HomePod, as well as Find My iPhone Siri command, and perhaps most dramatically — support for multiple timers are apparently on the cards.

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What’s the best podcast app for iPhone?

When it comes to listening to podcasts on iOS, there are so many great options. The Apple Podcast app comes built into every iOS device with syncing. It’s certainly a great app, but is it the best? On iOS, users have countless third-party options as well. My goal for this article is to break down some of the major podcast apps, and then determine which is best. more…

In response to privacy concerns, Venmo says default public transactions are a social feature

Earlier this week, we highlighted data from a security researcher who analyzed over 200 million Venmo transactions and was able to “learn an alarming mount” about users simply through those transactions.

The issue stems from the fact that anyone can track a Venmo user’s purchase history thanks to the app’s default public setting. Now, in a statement, Venmo is defending itself…

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