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 I hate to say it, but while Siri has expanded what she can do, her natural language interface has pretty much languished under Apple. It is FAR from being any sort of natural language interface. For instance, I tried finding the number to the local pet store, Claw Paws, the other day. Siri heard it as "call Paul" and stated that it couldn't find a Paul in my contacts. No big, people mishear all of the time, so I treated Siri like I would any other natural language...
Something strange was going on.   I went to update my iPhone. Connected to my computer and told it to download and update.   Estimated time to completion: 12 hours.   So, I let it run for an hour to see if it got better. It didn't so I canceled that and told it to simply download. I figured I would let it download overnight and update the phone the next day.   Estimated time to completion: 30 minutes.   It downloaded in that time and installed in a little...
If this bill actually requires this for smartphones, then I am wondering what all of the next batch of phones will be called. Because, I am guessing that within a year nobody in the world will be making smartphones.   Perhaps, ultra mobile cellular computers? Sorry, California, we got out of the smartphone business.   As long as a smartphone can be parted out then there will still be a theft problem. Someone mentioned car radio thefts. Thieves moved from stealing the...
 Straight from the article, "The OpenSignal data breaks down mobile operating system installations based on new application programming interfaces made available to developers ..." So, it doesn't work that way. The API is what is really important since if you use a new API released in 4.4 it won't work on anything lower.
I am sure that is a large part of it for Apple. Although, I am sure that the NSA is not happy. However, I am sure that the Chinese equivalent to the NSA is very happy.
I am afraid that the change in leadership at Microsoft doesn't seem to give Microsoft any more forward vision.   Are these similar to the "I'm a Mac" commercials? Yeah, in a way. But in a much more important way they are nothing like the "I'm a Mac" commercials.   The "I'm a Mac" commercials were never about selling a particular Mac. They were about building the perception of all the Mac products, and honestly all of Apple's products. These Microsoft ads aren't about...
I always love how Apple is blamed for stupid school systems. Our school system started a one-to-one iPad program from 5th through 12th grades last year. We must have a genius school system, although I suspect average intelligence they just seem like geniuses when compared to the nimrods in this story, because they spent over a year visting schools that had implemented iPads, talking to Apple representatives, talking to textbook publishers, and sending representatives to a...
 The fact that the MacBook is banned and the iPhone isn't says a lot about the validity of their reasoning for the ban. Funny how concerns about iOS tracking led to a ban on a product that doesn't use iOS, but left the most widely selling iOS product untouched. This is another BS shakedown by the corrupt Chinese government. It is another example of why I think that non-Chinese companies who pin too much hope on China are fools. They would be much better off moving their...
 This is where your analogies fall flat on their face. Yes, we pay more if we use more gas or electricity, but that is because these are utilities with a usage cost. In other words for each liter of gas that I use in my home the gas company has to buy that liter. For each kilowatt of electricity that I use the electric company has to buy coal, oil, gas, etc. This is not the case with the internet. If I download a song it doesn't cost the ISP anything per bit. The ISPs have...
Don't worry people. Cotes is a true upstanding political judge. I even heard she is thinking of retiring soon. After all, I am pretty sure that she has been told that she has a job as an Amazon lobbiest making ten times what she is making now.
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