January 31, 2012 |
D'ye want me tae spaek more clearly, Siri? Aye, ye would. The Scottish have long been accustomed to ridicule and bafflement over their accents from their fellow Brits, who strain to decipher words like "cannae" and "daftie" (for the record: "can't" and "fool"). But you'd think that Siri, the voice-activated virtual assistant in Apple's latest iPhone, would take a nice Scottish brogue in its stride. Think again. Since the phone debuted in October, many of the Scots who rushed to buy it have discovered that their new "smart" gadget can't understand them.
January 5, 2012 |
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.
September 19, 2013 |
Apple's iOS 7 is a big change. It comes with a bright new look and a whole lot of major new features , but there are also several hidden features you might not have yet noticed or heard of. Here are our favorites. Focus photos using volume button In iOS 7, you can now take square-size pictures and add filters to your pictures, but did you know that you can now also press on the iPhone's volume down button to quickly focus the camera and take a picture? You can also hold down the volume buttons to quickly shoot a burst of photos.
February 17, 1995 |
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.
July 10, 2013 |
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.
February 21, 2012 |
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.
May 25, 2012 |
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.
June 20, 2012 |
The Samsung Galaxy S III is set to make its U.S. debut Thursday for T-Mobile and for Sprint a week later. And we have in our hot little hands the Galaxy S III from T-Mobile. The things that jumped out at us and made notable first impressions were its huge screen, sleek design and S Voice. Clearly, the very first thing you can't help noticing is that expansive 4.8-inch screen, whose largeness seemed to be offset by the phone's light weight and slim design. It never became too difficult to navigate, although it could take some getting used to for fingers accustomed to stretching across a 3.5-inch screen.
June 17, 2013 |
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.
July 15, 2013 |
Google's upcoming Motorola Moto X smartphone might be taking voice assistance to the next level by making it possible to control your device without ever touching it. A video of the Motorola smartphone, purportedly made by Canadian cellphone carrier Rogers, leaked over the weekend and highlights some of the Moto X's unique features. The most intriguing of the features shown is that users can use their voice to activate the Moto X and give it commands. By simply talking to the phone, users can ask for directions or set calendar reminders and alarms without touching the phone.