One singer does some karaoke, Siri-style; Samsung reminds us that imitation is the sincerest form of plagiarism; and Apple holds its celebration of the life of Steve Jobs. The remainders for Wednesday, October 19, 2011 are ready to call it a day.
A Duet With Siri (YouTube)
Jonathan Mann, the musician perhaps best known for The iPhone 4 Antenna Song, has released a new Apple-themed track: A Duet With Siri. Somebody call the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Intelligent Assistants.
During a court hearing in the case between Samsung and Apple, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh raised a iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in each hand and asked Samsung's attorney if she could distinguish which was which--from ten feet away, she could not. Gee, this would be a great basis for a new vision test.
Now It's Just Getting Ridiculous (Daring Fireball)
Speaking of our friends over at Samsung, they apparently posted a page which showed off the Maps app on their phone. Well, not so much their Maps app as a screenshot Apple's Maps app superimposed on a Samsung phone. Also, be sure to check out the company's new virtual assistant, Syri. Motto: It's legally distinct!
Apparently, Tim Cook interrupted a meeting with Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son on the day the iPhone 4S was announced to field a call from Steve Jobs. The next day, the Apple co-founder passed away. Working up until the end--we'd expect no less from Steve and his passion.
Jobs biographer on 60 Minutes (Twitter)
Walter Isaacson, the man who literally wrote the book on Steve Jobs, will give a first look at the forthcoming biography on this week's 60 Minutes. The book, titled simply Steve Jobs, is due out next week--though we hear that it will be superseded in 2012 by a new volume, Steve Jobs S.
On the topic of Steve, we'll wrap up today with this shot from Apple of Tim Cook speaking on Wednesday afternoon during the celebration of Steve Jobs's life held on Apple campus. The event apparently featured musical performances from Norah Jones, Coldplay, and Randy Newman, as well as speeches from Cook, Apple chief designer Jonathan Ive, and Al Gore. Gore, we're told, was given the hook before he got a chance to sing.
Writing Kit 2.0 - Version 2.0 of Anh Do's writing app for iOS expands support from the iPad to the iPhone and iPod touch and adds word and character counts, more font choices, a font-size control, the ability to pull to refresh, task creation for Things and The Hit List, and integration with reference app Terminology. $5.
ReaddleDocs 3 for iPad - Readdle has updated its document viewer and file manager for the iPad to version 3.0. The major update includes a redesigned interface, full-text indexing and search, the ability to sync with FTP and SFTP servers, and a number of other bug fixes and feature enhancements. $5.
Folx 2.0 - Version 2.0 of Eltima Software's download manager and torrent client adds automatic transfer of downloaded videos and music to iTunes playlists, the ability to subscribe to an RSS feed directly from Folx and download attached files, and automatic tag assignment for download tasks. Free; $20 Pro version adds torrent search, download scheduler, up to 10 threads download splitting, iTunes integration, and automatic RSS attachment downloading.
500px - The photo-sharing site has launched its own iPad app, allowing users to browse photos, create a slideshow using music from their iTunes library, and share photos on Twitter, Tumblr, FaceBook, or via email. Those with 500px accounts can log in and see photos from their own stream, as well as their favorites and their friends' photos. Free.
1Password Extension 3.8.6 - Version 3.8.6 of the Safari Extension for AgileBits's password management app merges the Logins for This Site and All Logins panels, changes the behavior of the AutoSave bar so it doesn't cover the page, enhances the in-browser editing of items, and features a bunch of other improvements for filling in Credit Cards, Logins, and Identities. Available as part of the $50 1Password 3.8.6.
TextExpander 3.3.4 - Smile has updated its venerable Mac typing expansion tool to version 3.3.4, with improved Dropbox syncing, better interface display, cooperation with input methods, and other bug fixes and enhancements. $35; five-user family pack $45; five-user office pack $100; upgrade from earlier version $15.
Fantastical 1.1 - Flexibits has updated its menu bar calendar utility to version 1.1, adding the ability to edit and delete calendar events right from the app, as well as support for notes while creating new events or editing existing events. There's also support for iCloud calendars, and a number of bugfixes and improvements. $20.