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March 14, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
You've seen the commercials: Two good-looking kids in their 20s cross the country on the ultimate road trip with the helpful talking search robot Siri as their guide. She helps them find a rodeo in Amarillo, and barbecue in Kansas City. "Remind me to do this again," they tell her when the trip is over. "OK. I'll remind you," she says. In another commercial, Siri helps a teenage wanna-be rocker through all the steps of planning the ultimate high school show in his garage including finding the sheet music to "London Calling" and "Whole Lotta Love" and even texting his friends the time and date of the big show.
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September 12, 2012 | By Andrea Chang and Salvador Rodriguez
SAN FRANCISCO -- Besides the iPhone 5, Apple also announced an updated version of the iPod Touch, now with a more powerful processor and the same 4-inch screen as the iPhone 5. The new iPod Touch is getting Apple's A5 chip, which will make the device's CPU twice as fast. Siri is also making the jump to the iPod Touch. The iPod Touch will now be 6.1 mm and weigh 88 grams. Its battery has also been improved and it can get as much as eight hours of continuous video playback. Apple said the new iPod Touch will have graphics that are seven times faster.
BUSINESS
December 22, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google Maps recently made its long awaited return to the iPhone, and although it's received positive reviews, finding some of the apps' coolest features can be a bit difficult. That's why earlier this week, Google released a tip sheet explaining features of the new app. Here are several of those tips, along with a few others that should help you get well acclimated with Google Maps. Use Google Maps with Siri Typically when you ask Siri for directions, she'll give them to you but will use Apple Maps.
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January 5, 2012 | By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
Siri, how do you say profit in Chinese? One answer Apple's digital assistant might give is: iPhone 4S. On Jan. 13, Apple will start selling the device in China. The company said Wednesday that China would be among 22 new countries that soon would get the newest iPhone model, one of Apple's hottest-selling yet. The iPhone now accounts for nearly half of Apple's annual revenue, and some analysts believe it earns the company more than 60% of its profit. China is one of the world's largest mobile device markets, with close to a billion cellphone users by some estimates.
BUSINESS
June 30, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
It's Thursday afternoon and I know I have a morning meeting at nine, a work event at 6, and drinks with friends sometime after that. When it comes time for me to leave I will look for the address, directions and hope to get there in time.   Let's be honest, keeping track of everything is difficult. And, with most of our phones being “smart”, its only a matter of time that the virtual personal assistant apps take rise. Apple's Siri helps you get things done just by asking.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Shares of Internet radio giant Pandora Media Inc. fell Wednesday after an analyst said Apple Inc.'s technology will give it an advantage as it pushes into the market of in-car listeners. Richard Greenfield, an analyst at BTIG who has a “sell” rating on Pandora's shares, said Apple is making an “increasingly aggressive push” into the ever-critical car market with its coming iTunes Radio and an extension of its Siri voice control feature. Greenfield said he has been using the developer version of Apple's new service, and has noticed an increasing amount of content, improved Siri performance and no pop-up ads. The combined offerings present a fierce competitor for Pandora in cars, which is a huge market for the digital music industry.
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February 17, 1995 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
Strindberg as satirist? Believe it. In 2nd Stage's "Comrades," a biting sendup of emancipated women first published in 1888, Strindberg departs from his typically grim M.O. and tries for a lighter touch. Strindberg, however, can't escape being Strindberg. "Comrades" proves he can be witty--but never mellow. Try as he may for laughs, the misogynistic ire oozes between the wisecracks.
BUSINESS
June 17, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Apple Inc., said it received 4,000 to 5,000 requests for customer data from U.S. officials during the six months ending in May, as it became the latest high-tech company to provide some details on its involvement in the National Security Agency's Internet surveillance program. The requests involved 9,000 to 10,000 customer accounts or devices, the company said in a statement on its website. Not all the requests involved the NSA's controversial Prism program, which the company said it did not know about until revelations in the news media on June 6. The data requests came from federal, state and local authorities and involved national security matters and criminal investigations, Apple said.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
Ever yell at your TV? Well, someday soon, it's going to talk back. In what could be the biggest boost to couch potatoes since the remote control, Google Inc. is developing a technology that would allow a viewer to tell a TV, by voice, to change the channel or even seek out a favorite show or movie. No more having to get off the sofa to look for a remote. Soon, TVs may even reply to your commands, like the new Siri-enabled iPhones. The first steps of making all this a reality are already being taken by some of the biggest names in the tech industry: Google, Sony Corp., Samsung Electronics Co., LG Electronics Inc., Microsoft Corp.
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May 25, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated and corrected. See the note below for details.
Apple Inc. announced that Chief Executive Tim Cook would be passing up on $75 million by not participating in the Cupertino, Calif., company's quarterly dividends. With the company set to start giving out a quarterly dividend of $2.65 a share by the fourth quarter of this year, Cook decided not to collect the dividends for his 1.125 million shares, which would amount to $75 million before they each vested. Cook's decision to decline the payments was announced Thursday by the company through an SEC filing.
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