November 6, 2012 |
The next update to Apple's mobile operating system may include a way to buy movie tickets by just talking to Siri. The website 9 to 5 Mac is reporting that users will be able to ask Siri to purchase movie tickets in iOS 6.1, according to developers who already have access to the upcoming update. Users can say phrases such as "Three tickets to see 'Brave,' " "Buy four tickets to see 'Toy Story 3' tonight in San Jose," or even "Two tickets to that new Pixar movie," according to a screen shot of Siri's information menu by 9 to 5 Mac. The new Siri feature works through Fandango.
September 12, 2012 |
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.
December 22, 2012 |
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.
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.
June 30, 2013 |
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.
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 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.
May 22, 2013 |
In tech, when you're the first to do something it's usually a good thing, unless you're the first person to lose a $1,500 Google Glass device. But that's exactly what purportedly happened to Luke Wroblewski, one of the early owners of Glass, which began shipping to developers last month who pre-ordered the device at the Google I/O conference last year. He shared the unfortunate news on Twitter. So according to @ googleglass support, I have the dubious honor of being the first person to lose a Google Glass.
March 22, 2012 |
So you have one of the 3 million -plus new iPads sold over the last week. What's not to love about it? We've got a running list: Say what, no Siri? Most people thought that Siri on the new iPad was a gimme. Nope. Instead it has a scaled back version -- dictation. The feature is quite good, but you can't tell your iPad to look anything up or schedule appointments. Matt Peckham of Time's Techland surmised that Siri just wasn't ready for the iPad. Jason D. O'Grady at ZDNet, however, thinks it comes down to making sense of dollars , that Apple may be reserving it for the phone: "If you want Siri, buy an iPhone.
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.