It’s looking like a green Christmas for those of us on the East Coast, so we can use all of the cheering up we can can get over here. Yeah, we won’t have that awful snow to shovel or plow out of our driveways when the family comes to visit, but there’s just something not quite right about a holiday weekend without the white stuff. With that in mind, let’s settle in for a short winter’s night with some tasty tech news for this fine Thursday, December 22, 2011.
With the Christmas holiday now less than a week away, Apple has pushed out the latest in their iPhone 4S television ads -- and it features an iconic character getting through a busy night with the help of the iconic handset’s latest “wow” feature.
Although still in beta, Siri has already proven to be a very able assistant. She’s so capable, in fact, that it’s common for those who try her to quickly turn from obvious commands to pointless questions in an effort to stump her, only to find that she has a lot more to say than many would have guessed (as evidenced by the current crop of blogs that catalogue Siri’s most comical comebacks). To get a good sense of the “personal” side of this personal assistant, Mac|Life editor-in-chief Chris Slate sat down with Siri for an enlightening one-on-one interview. Every question and answer that follows is written exactly as it was spoken, without so much as an “um” having been altered.
It’s been one of those busy days for tech enthusiasts: Rather than dreaming about the weekend ahead, we’ve had product launches all over the place in the mad pre-Christmas holiday rush before things start to shut down next week. If you’ve already played around with your Facebook Timeline update or nabbed that sweet new Roku iOS app and are waiting for your Apple TV to update, take a breather and see what’s new for this Thursday, December 15, 2011.
The iPhone 4S has a slew of new features -- a better camera, a faster processor, and everyone's new favorite companion, Siri. While the iPhone's newest personal voice assistant isn't always the most practical helper, she sure can be funny. Need some inspiration on what to ask Siri? Try these 10 questions -- the results are pretty hilarious. She won't actually tell you the meaning of life, but hey, who will?
Have you gotten any other funny answers out of Siri lately? Let us know in the comments!
Hooray, another Friday is here! It seems like they come faster and faster this time of year, which is a good thing for those of us who need to get out and do some Christmas (or other holiday) shopping, buy and trim the tree and start getting the apartment or house in order so those miscreant relatives have somewhere to stay. If the mere thought of all that has you exhausted, take a break for a few moments and catch up on all the tech news for Friday, December 2, 2011.
Like it or not, December is here, and in a few short weeks we’ll be saying hello to 2012 and another new year of Apple rumors and product announcements. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet -- there’s still plenty going on in the final days of 2011, including the discovery of Carrier IQ in iOS, a MacPaw Mac App Store bundle that expires at midnight and a new report claiming iPhone 4S users are even happier than iPhone 4 owners. All of this and much more for December 1, 2011.
In this week's Best Case Scenario, I review four very interesting iPhone 4/4S cases. Two of the cases hold your credit cards, two of them are made of genuine, real cow-hide leather, and one of them is scratch-resistant. Read on to find out who, what, where, and why!
It's Black Friday, and you might be sleeping off your pre-dawn shopping binge and missed the news; but it's also the day after Thanksgiving, so you might have been too busy stuffing cranberry sauce into your chops to keep up; and, last but not least, it's two days after you sat for hours in bumper to bumper holiday traffic, where you couldn't see these hot news stories. Luckily for you, we have a sweet leftover plate of the week's hottest newsflashes and we know you're going to gorge yourself on these awesome Apple stories.