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Jawbone Stops Production of Fitness Trackers ➝

Steve Kovach, reporting for Tech Insider:

Jawbone has stopped making its UP fitness trackers and sold its remaining inventory to a third-party reseller, sources familiar with the matter told Tech Insider. […]

To be clear (since some people are interpreting this report incorrectly), Jawbone is not exiting the wearables business. You can still buy the UP fitness trackers. Jawbone just sold its remaining inventory to a third-party reseller.

They’ve offloaded their entire inventory of fitness trackers to a third-party, but they will continue to be available in stores. One question, what happens when those units are all sold? Sure, they’re still technically in the wearables business, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that changes soon.

Apple Is Working on an AI System That Wipes the Floor With Google and Everyone Else ➝

Steve Kovach, reporting for Tech Insider:

Apple now has the tech in place to give its digital assistant a big boost thanks to a UK-based company called VocalIQ it bought last year.

According to a source familiar with VocalIQ’s product, it’s much more robust and capable than Siri’s biggest competitors like Google Now, Amazon’s Alexa, and Microsoft’s Cortana. In fact, it was so impressive that Apple bought VocalIQ before the company could finish and release its smartphone app. After the acquisition, Apple kept most of the VocalIQ team and let them work out of their Cambridge office and integrate the product into Siri.

I’m starting to get really excited about WWDC.