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.
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.
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.
March 17, 2013 |
Is it an app or a live travel agent? Desti is from the makers of Siri, and hot from South by Southwest Interactive in Austin, Texas. Name: Desti Available for: iPad What it does: Provides answers to questions you'd ask a travel agent, such as suggestions for kid-friendly restaurants near your hotel or girlfriend getaway ideas at five-star hotels with spas in San Francisco. Cost: Free What's hot: Desti's tips go well beyond hotels and restaurants.
January 28, 2013 |
Mobile movie ticket sales could get a big assist from Apple's Siri. At least that's the view among executives at Fandango, the online ticket service owned by NBCUniversal that announced Monday that the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system will allow consumers to purchase movie tickets through Siri voice assistant. "Fandango is committed to innovating across all platforms and helping shape the future of moviegoing,” Paul Yanover, president of Fandango, said in a statement.
January 28, 2013 |
Apple is updating iOS 6 for the iPhone, the iPad and the iPod Touch with a handful of useful features including allowing high-speed LTE connectivity with more carriers. The Cupertino, Calif., company released the iOS 6.1 update Monday morning. Users can access the update on their devices by going to the Settings app, tapping General and selecting Software Update. The software update is particularly useful for owners of devices that don't have 4G LTE connectivity. It'll allow the iPhone 5, the third and fourth-generation iPad and the iPad mini to have the high-speed data connection with more carriers.
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.
December 3, 2012 |
It's the news that launched a thousand headlines Monday across the pond: the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting! Thank goodness -- the British monarchy will endure. A future king or queen (as The Times reported, “The royal act of succession was changed last October to admit the eldest child whether son or daughter, rather than the eldest son to inherit the throne”) is on the way. Heck, they're so modern now, the news was announced on Buckingham Palace's website.