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.
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.
One more week to go! By this time next Friday, we’ll all be waiting anxiously for the fat man in the red suit to sprint down our chimneys and leave some (hopefully Mac-related) goodies under the tree. In the meantime, the tech news is showing no signs of letting up, with plenty of rumors and product news to keep you busy on this fabulous Friday, December 16, 2011.
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 was a big week for app updates and for iPad apps to migrate down to the iPhone (the reverse of the usual direction). There were also rumors, as there always are, and there was Google, stealing someone else's idea (as usual).
The little black box known as the second-generation Apple TV must be feeling mighty neglected of late, with speculation running rampant that Cupertino is in the throes of creating an honest-to-God, full-fledged television set -- or at least a baby step by introducing television functionality to the iMac. But what would a true “Apple TV” (“iTV”) need to succeed? Journey with us now as we join the speculation.
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!
Probably the coolest hack we've ever seen went down this week, as well as Apple letting a tethering app slip through the store before AT&T and pals whined like little babies and had it pulled. But that wasn't all, there was just about the biggest game of the year and more in the hottest stories of the week.
Happy Cyber Monday! Here’s hoping our MacLife.com readers have been able to find a bargain or two while browsing around today… seems to us that most of the good deals were blown out last Thursday and Friday, but we confess to spending a few hard-earned dollars here and there today. Oh, and hey, there’s still some news happening in the cyberworld, so here’s the latest for (Cyber) Monday, November 28, 2011.