The International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas doesn’t officially close its doors until tomorrow, but most of the buzz and excitement has already waned and life is getting back to normal for many. Over in China, the exact opposite is happening, with thousands having lined up outside Apple retail stores to grab the iPhone 4S, which went on sale at midnight local time there. In case you missed your daily dose of tech news today, read on to find out what else is making news for this Thursday, January 12, 2012.
Wow, another week has come and gone, just like that! By this time next week, the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show will be winding down in Las Vegas and we’ll all be giddy about the new stuff to look forward to later this year (or alternately, seriously depressed that we can’t afford it). But before you get a full-on dose of CES fever all next week, it’s time to hunker down and ingest some of the tech news that’s making waves on this fine Friday, January 6, 2012.
Apple has made a splash with the iPhone 4S in the final months of 2011 across many continents, but one of the biggest has been left waiting: China. On Wednesday, the company announced that mainland China will finally be getting the latest version of the iconic handset along with 21 other countries on Friday, January 13.
We may be an Apple-centric publication, but that doesn’t mean every once in a while, something comes along from a competitor which makes us stand up, take notice and even drool a little. We love our iPhone 4S -- seriously, you’d have to pry it from our cold, dead hand -- but the siren song of the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus proves too much to ignore, so we had to venture out and procure one for ourselves. How do the two best smartphones on planet Earth fare against each other?
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!