Everyone's talking to the iPhone 4S' personal assistant Siri and posting their favorite exchanges. From witty banter to borderline insults, Siri has us fascinated.
Musician Jonathan Mann, for example, managed to sing a hilarious duet with Siri, which is posted below. Mann uses some of the most popular questions people have been asking Siri, like "will you marry me?" and "what is the meaning of life?"
You'll have to watch the video to see Siri's snarky answers. … Read more
Editor's note: We used Cover It Live for this event, so if you missed the live blog, you can still replay it in the embedded component below. Replaying the event will give you all the live updates along with commentary from our readers and CNET writers Josh Lowensohn, Scott Stein, and Declan McCullagh. For those of you who just want the updates, we've included them in regular text here. To get the key points from today's announcement, you can check out our summary of what got announced, in our story here and see a complete list of … Read more
ChannelCaster for Android lets users create and publish personalized "channels" that aggregate news from thousands of supported news sources. In addition to all of the expected big-name publications and blogs, ChannelCaster can pull feeds from Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, and Twitter. Its design is clean and visually appealing with its sharp, vibrant thumbnails, and its navigation is incredibly simple with only three main tabs along the top of the app.
The Favorites tab is really the heart of the ChannelCaster experience. This is where you save your most frequently visited channels, and presumably where you'll spend most of … Read more
Editor's note: We used Cover It Live to cover CEO Mark Zuckerberg's opening address at the company's F8 developers conference today in San Francisco. So if you missed the live blog, you can still replay it in the embedded component at the bottom of this post. Replaying the event will give you all the live updates along with commentary from our readers and CNET reporters. You can also read our edited transcript below, or a summary story on the company's key announcements, including a revamped profile page it calls Timeline and changes in Open Graph that … Read more
The folks at Nielsen have confirmed what we've long suspected--we waste more time on Facebook than anywhere else. The famed media metrics and ratings company says in its latest social-media report that Americans spend more time on Facebook than any other destination on the Web--about 53 billion total minutes in the month of May 2011 alone.
That's even more time than we spend streaming Pandora, which last quarter ate up 1.8 billion hours of listening time, an activity that requires much less interaction, or even being in the room. The Facebook tally is also just short of the amount of total hours spent by gamers playing on XBox Live, which at one point last year Microsoft estimated to be a total of a billion hours a month. That's a global number though, so take away all those overseas game junkies, and odds are that Facebook is still bigger here in the land of the free and the home of the Liked.… Read more
One of the services that Apple offered when it initially released MobileMe was personal Web hosting, allowing users to create Web pages with Apple's iWeb program. While Apple will still be supporting its personal Web hosting service until June 30, 2012, the service will eventually be shut down. In addition, Apple's iWeb program has been discontinued, so while it still works, it too will sooner or later need to be replaced.
This situation will affect anyone who uses either iWeb or MobileMe hosting, but luckily there are a few options for people wanting to transition to alternative services … Read more
After a bloody public battle, TechCrunch's Michael Arrington has officially severed ties with the startup blog he founded.
In a statement posted on TechCrunch's site today, AOL said that Arrington "has decided to move on from TechCrunch and AOL to his newly formed venture fund."
AOL acquired TechCrunch last year for an undisclosed sum. Following the acquisition, the companies agreed to allow TechCrunch to have editorial independence, and keep its staff. However, following Arrington's recent announcement of the establishment of a venture fund, called CrunchFund, the media world debated the ethics of the co-editor of … Read more
Super-simple blogging tool Posterous is getting a major refresh today. The new system, while still dead simple, has more up-to-date social and sharing tools. The new Posterous encroaches on Facebook and Google+ in some ways, although with only 15 million users after three years running, it's not technically in the same league.
The new Posterous Spaces, as it's called, is "really trying to go after controlled and private sharing," CEO Sachin Agarwal told me. Your spaces (formerly sites) on the service can now have members (formerly you had to set up groups). And in contrast to Facebook and Google+ Circles, spaces memberships are symmetrical--everyone can see everyone else, and there's none of the lopsided sharing and following in your tight groups that you can get with Google+ and Twitter. You can set up as many spaces as you want, and each can have different members.
You can also follow (not author) other users' public Posterous sites, and there's a wall- or Twitter-like "Reader" tab now for doing that.
Posterous has always had a strong mobile app, as befits a super-simple, quick-and-dirty blog platform. Posterous Spaces gives you fine-grained and clear control of spaces and members from the app. There's a lot more in the mobile app now, and it's more complicated than the last app, but worth it for the flexibility.
Posterous is not insular, either: Posts on the service can get automatically pushed to existing social sites like Facebook and Twitter. This is a standard feature for a user-focused site today, though.
The company is still not making money, and I would say it's getting a bit old to still be living off VC funding (Redpoint and Trinity), but Agarwal says, "things are going so well, we've been able to focus on user growth instead of revenues." If his funders are happy, I'm not one to judge. And he does confirm that paid professional and business accounts are coming soon.
Posterous plans to roll out the new service from a paid exhibit space at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco today. … Read more
There are surprisingly few blogging apps for the iPad. Sure, you can access your preferred blogging platform through Safari, but why aren't there more apps tailored to the for bloggers? I've used three and have a definitive favorite among the trio. Below, I give a summary of each, and if you click the links, you'll get tutorials that walk you through using each app.