July 10, 2013 |
This just in: Asiana Airlines Flight 214's pilots tell investigators that the plane's automatic throttle system failed to keep the doomed jetliner at the proper speed for landing. This also just in: In a historic first, the Navy's X-47B drone successfully takes off and lands on an aircraft carrier . Isn't technology great? Is this a wonderful age, or what? (For further proof, there's this: An Apple I computer, the first computer model sold by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in the 1970s -- original price $666 -- just sold for $387,750.
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.
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 28, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before considering a new air conditioner. The Skinny: After writing the words News Corp. for my entire career, I now have to start writing 21st Century Fox when describing the company that houses Rupert Murdoch's entertainment assets. How many times do you think I'll screw up until I get that one down pat? Friday's headlines include the weekend box office preview and a review of "The Heat. " Daily Dose: Aereo, the startup company that offers customers broadcast signals via the Internet, said it will debut in Chicago next.
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.
May 22, 2013 |
Google Glass isn't likely to be released to the general public until next year, but eager users can start practicing how to control it with Apple's Siri voice assistant. When users want to control Google Glass, they have to first tap on the device and then say "OK Glass" before instructing the high-tech eyewear to do something, such as take a photo or send someone a message. That command will also surprisingly work with Apple's Siri voice assistant, a feature on the latest versions of the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
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.
April 23, 2013 |
Apple's stock is on a tear following the electronics giant's announcement it would buy back $60 billion in stock and boost its dividend 15% to $3.05 a share. The huge buyback plan and dividend increase eclipsed a somewhat disappointing second-quarter earnings report in which profit dipped for the first time in a decade. The company also forecast that its earnings in the current quarter would be lower. Apple shares are up more than $20 to $426.79 in after-hours trading. The stock closed at $406.13, up $7.64, in regular trading.
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April 23, 2013 |
If you think your smartphone's fancy voice recognition software lets you text safely while you are driving, think again. A new study by Texas A&M University's Transportation Research Institute suggests that far from making drivers safer, the practice takes longer than manually texting and does nothing to reduce distracted driving. The study was reported in PC magazine: “Texting,” concluded the study's author, Christina Yager, “is not an activity that should be coupled with driving.” Yet who among us - meaning, me - has not texted while behind the wheel, all the while promising to stop ... right after I send just one more text?
April 19, 2013 |
Siri isn't just a pretty voice with the answers. It's also been recording and keeping all the questions users ask. Exactly what the voice assistant does with the data isn't clear, but Apple confirmed that it keeps users' questions for up to two years. Siri, which needs to be connected to the Internet to function, sends all of its users' queries to Apple. Apple revealed the information after Wired posted an article this week raising the question and highlighting the fact that the privacy statement for Siri wasn't very clear about how long that information is kept or what would be done with it. Technically Apple keeps Siri user data for six months, associating that data with the user.