October 9, 2013 |
She's helped Zooey Deschanel identify the sound of rain . She's helped Samuel L. Jackson find places that sell organic mushrooms for his risotto. Now Susan Bennett, the woman coming forth as the voice of Apple's steadfast assistant Siri, is going to answer our questions ( and yours ) at 3 p.m. PDT Thursday in a live chat. Apple recently updated its mobile operating software, iOS 7, replacing the original Siri voice in the U.S. with a male and new female voice. Bennett, a voice-over actress who hails from Atlanta, has become SEO gold after saying she is the robotic voice - and cultural phenomenon - that had given us directions and told us how many centimenters are in a foot since 2011.
October 4, 2013 |
Fiona Apple launched a month-long North American tour Thursday night in Portland, Ore., and though the show reportedly began well, things evidently devolved when a heckler provoked the famously irascible singer. "Get healthy -- we want to see you in 10 years," a woman in the audience at the Newmark Theatre called out near the end of the concert, according to David Greenwald of the Oregonian. That weirdly passive-aggressive comment led Apple to respond, "I am healthy," Greenwald wrote . Then the singer apparently unloaded on the woman, which in turn inspired another audience member to call Apple "a has-been.
October 4, 2013 |
For two years, she was the voice of Apple, giving directions to iPhone users and sometimes responding with quirky comments. At times Siri became butt of jokes on late-night TV, and all along, iPhone users wondered who was behind the voice. Ponder no more. Thanks to CNN , Apple fans finally know who voiced the feature. Her name is Susan Bennett, and she is a voice-over actress who lives in Atlanta. Bennett told CNN she has done countless voice gigs since the '70s, many of which have been used for commercial jingles, GPS systems and even as the voice customers hear at Delta Air Lines terminals.
October 3, 2013 |
Securities regulators filed a series of letters on Thursday in which they raised questions about disclosures by Apple Inc. of its Irish tax strategies. Ultimately, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission took no action against Apple, which agreed to change some of the language in its securities filings to provide more information for investors. Still, the review revealed in Apple's SEC filing is the latest round of scrutiny the company has faced for its controversial overseas tax strategies.
October 2, 2013 |
You know it's fall when all those colorful varieties of apples start showing up in the market. It's hard not to want to snag a few of each to try out in the kitchen. But how do you tell which apples are best for a specific use? Which apples are best for eating, and which ones are best for cooking and baking? Food editor Russ Parsons explored the often perplexing apple question in a column he did on heirloom apples just a few autumns ago: "The world of apples is supposedly divided cleanly in two: cookers and eaters.
October 1, 2013 |
Shareholder activist Carl Icahn broke bread with Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook on Monday to make his case that the company's record stock buyback program was still not enough. Icahn revealed in August that he had purchased about $1 billion worth of Apple's shares. Earlier this year, Apple announced that it had increased its dividend and stock buyback program to more than $100 billion, including $60 billion to buy back shares of the company's stock. Icahn said in his tweet Tuesday that he wants to see the buyback portion increased even further: Had a cordial dinner with Tim last night.
October 1, 2013 |
Apple certainly needs a new campus in Cupertino to fit its exploding number of employees. But that is only one of the two main objectives the company lists as the reason to build it. The other: security. Story: Is Cupertino sacrificing its core to Apple? In planning documents , Apple says its goal with the new campus is to: "Achieve the security and privacy required for the invention of new products by eliminating any public access through the site, and protecting the perimeters against trespassers.
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September 30, 2013 |
The saying "A picture is worth a thousand words" holds true for lots of things, but sometimes an explanation is still helpful. In today's photo, Sergey Sus captured this amazingly colorful, light-filled photo of ... just what, exactly? As it turns out, the photo is of a recent Apple store display, according to an email from Sus: "This photo was taken at the Apple store in the Americana at Brand. This display is in the main window, and I like the way all these color balls lined up, especially when looking at them straight on. " If you look closely, the background shows the line for the new iPhone.
September 30, 2013 |
Coca-Cola fizzled in 2013, falling two spots from its ranking as the world's most valuable brand, according to a closely watched report released Monday. Coca-Cola was replaced by Apple in the 2013 report by Interbrand, a brand consulting company owned by the Omnicom Group . The report ranks companies based on a factors including financial performance and brand loyalty. The global report ranks companies that have a presence on at least three major continents. In its latest rankings, Interbrand estimated the worth of Apple's brand to be $98.3 billion, up 28% from the year before. The introduction to Apple's description reads like a gushing tech review: "Every so often, a company changes our lives, not just with its products, but also with its ethos," the report begins.
September 27, 2013 |
Want to hand over your iPad so an author can sign your e-book? You might be able to soon. Apple has registered for a patent that would allow an e-book owner with an iPad get his or her book signed by an author. Readers might even be able to pose for a photo with the author as authentication to go with it -- a photo that would go right into the e-book on the traditional signature page. As Publishers Lunch tweeted Friday, the patent-following website Patently Apple has posted a description of the patent application . "On September 26, 2013, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new iBook autographing system and more specifically to techniques and systems for embedding autographs in electronic books," the report said.