Siri is turning out to be a great assistant for iPhone 4S owners.
Using Siri to compose e-mails or messages for you while on the go is fairly easy and straightforward. One thing that can be a bit of a pain, though, is the lack of punctuation used by Siri while composing those messages for you.
While Siri may not be able to insert punctuation automatically, you can tell Siri where and what type of punctuation you want to use in your messages.
To get Siri to use punctuation, you only need to speak the punctuation during the composition of … Read more
I'm usually pretty good at making decisions. Chocolate or vanilla? Easy: chocolate. Red wine or white? Easy: red. Coach or first class? Hey, this is the Cheapskate you're talking to, remember?
Today, however, I simply couldn't make up my mind. So many good deals, so little time. In no particular order:
1. Mwave has the Zonet ZNS8030 for $25.99 shipped. This little gizmo lets you attach a USB hard drive to your router, effectively turning it into network-attached storage. It's kind of like the Pogoplug, only smaller and cheaper.
2. Speaking of Pogoplug, last week … Read more
Are you the type of gamer who likes to get the perfect run before moving on to the next level? If so, then stunt bike games are for you. This collection of games challenges you to navigate past obstacles, avoid exploding barrels, and make death defying jumps--all while trying to get the best time possible.
This week's collection of iOS apps are all stunt bike games. The first gives you a wide view of the track so you know what's coming up. The second offers smoother graphics, and some nice effects that add to the game. The third … Read more
Cloud Engines' new Pogoplug Mobile is a small box that plugs into your home router and streams your media libraries to your Android or iOS device.
That may sound familiar to anyone already familiar with the Pogoplug line of products, but the Mobile adds one key feature to the mix: it automatically backs up photos and videos captured with your phone or tablet.
Its name and diminutive size notwithstanding, the Mobile is not a portable device. Instead, it resides alongside your router and relies on one of three sources for storage: your PC(s), a USB hard drive or flash drive plugged directly into the unit, or an SD card.… Read more
On October 23, a full 10 years will have transpired since the very first iPod was announced in 2001.
The original iPod earned mixed reactions after its debut, but it rapidly gained ground to steal popularity from other MP3 players. Some only saw the iPod as a me-too device, while others, such as CNET's Eliot Van Buskirk, foresaw it as the precursor to a new future of handheld computing. Ten years later, the iPod brand covers a whole family of products, each its own designs and functions. Click below for a look back at the iPod's biggest moments and its evolutionary transformations, some more successful than others. … Read more
iPad 2 owners who use the Smart Cover and Smart Cover unlocking in iOS 5 are exposed to a bug that can potentially leave sensitive information open to others, Apple blog 9to5Mac is reporting.
According to the blog, if users have Smart Cover unlocking enabled in iOS 5 and use a Smart Cover to protect the iPad 2, the last screen they left open before locking the tablet can be accessed with some trickery.
In order to recreate the flaw, 9to5Mac says users must have the iPad 2 password-protected. After the device is locked, those who want to gain access to data need to hold the power button down so the software reveals the slider allowing them to power the tablet down. On that screen, users must close the Smart Cover over the iPad 2, open it back up, and click the "cancel" key. Upon doing so, they'll be brought to the last screen that was open on the tablet.… Read more
Apple's iPad easily dominated the tablet market last quarter, but Android is coming on strong, a study from research firm Strategy Analytics has found.
During the third quarter, worldwide tablet shipments totaled 16.7 million units. Apple shipped 11.1 million iPads during the period, helping iOS secure 66.6 percent of the tablet space. Android-based tablet shipments hit 4.5 million in the third quarter, for a 26.9 percent share during the period.
All told, iOS and Android secured nearly 93.5 percent of the tablet market between them, easily overshadowing the 2.4 percent market share … Read more
Siri's legend goes before her.
She has a sense of humor. She knows when you're offering her innuendo. She answers in a way that you wish your lover--and even your Starbucks barista--would answer.
So how would Apple advertise its new frightfully sassy, intelligent concierge?
Disappointingly, with no humor whatsoever.
The new iPhone 4S ad, which I caught in the entirely humor-free World Series Game 2 between Texas and St. Louis, presents Siri in a highly secretarial way.
We see people asking her to help with many routine tasks. (Other than, perhaps, "What does a weasel look like?&… Read more
Steve Jobs felt that Android was a rip-off of Apple's iOS and wasn't going to settle any lawsuits with Google or its partners no matter what.
As details emerge from Walter Isaacson biography on Jobs--the Apple co-founder's decision to put off cancer surgery--his hatred of Android may be overlooked. Isaacson's bio launches on Monday and he will detail some of the book Sunday on 60 Minutes. The Jobs biography is published by Simon & Shuster, a unit of CBS, owner of CNET.
The Associated Press details Jobs' view of Android and his relationship with former Google … Read more