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More Apple Opinion

  • Opinion: Siri Can Now Control Your Mac, Will Control Your Vacuum Next

    Love it or hate it, Siri is quite a hit, and not just for it's general voice assistant capabilities. If you're not content with it helping you control your iPhone 4S (or jailbroken iPhone), it can also start your car, play the piano and set the thermostat. Sadly, your laptop was left out of all the voice control fun, until now. Enter Air Dictate.

  • Opinion: 2012 predictions: What to expect in technology in 2012

    Our special 200th issue of PC Advisor includes a look back at the ground we’ve covered over the past 16 years. But let’s briefly look forward to the immediate future of computer technologies we can expect to see over the coming year.

  • Opinion: Uses for a 'blind' MacBook Pro

    Reader Sigil has an interesting question regarding a MacBook Pro with ailing i-sight. He (or she, I suppose) writes:

  • Opinion: New Humble Indie Bundle Includes Great Games, Breaks $1 Million In 24 Hours

    Confession time: I just bought the fourth Humble Indie Bundle, and you should too. Not because Humble Bundle Inc. is offering you an opportunity to pay whatever you please for five great games, including Shank, Super Meat Boy, NightSky, Bit.Trip Runner and Jamestown. And not because you get to choose where your money goes, whether straight to the developers, the Humble Indie Bundle team or established charity organizations like the American Red Cross, Child's Play Charity and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

  • Opinion: Nokia Exec: 'Kids Today Fed Up With iPhone, Confused by Android'

    Kids today! You just can't satisfy them. Well, Apple and Google can't--but, apparently, Nokia can.

  • Opinion: 5 Apps Banned from Apple's App Store in 2011

    Apple gave the app, Drivers License, the boot this week after concerned politicians claimed it encouraged identity theft. Drivers License joins a short list of apps that Apple gave boot in 2011 because Apple either didn't get the joke, offered too much functionality, or that Apple felt was downright dangerous.

  • Opinion: Channel your negative thoughts

    Being connected allows us to take advantage of all sorts of things: above all else, the web is an exceptional source of information. But it also lets us channel our negative thoughts.

  • Opinion: Microsoft releases Xbox Live app for iPhone and iPad

    In a rather surprising move, Microsoft just announced the release of an official Xbox Live app for iOS. The universal app is free and formatted for both iPhone and iPad. The ability to access Xbox Live has been a distinguishing characteristic of Windows Phone 7 since its launch, and while there have been plenty of third-party apps to allow partial Xbox Live access on Android and iOS devices, this is the first time Microsoft has directly supported a competitor's product with Xbox Live.

  • Opinion: H1Siri Brings Siri to iPhone 4, But Is One Hack to Avoid

    Jailbreakers and hackers will want to stay away from the H1siri hack that promises to bring Siri voice command functionality to the iPhone 4 and the fourth-generation iPod Touch. Several users and other developers have discovered that the hack actually contains illegal code, could break your device in several ways, and sends your personal information through questionable servers.

  • Opinion: Track Business Receipts with Shoeboxed for Android, iPhone

    Business receipts are a sad fact of life, like taxes and Justin Bieber. Shoeboxed helps you capture, organize, and file your receipts, and does so through the magic of apps, photography, and real-life humans.

  • Opinion: Use a Mac? Camino 2.1 Is an Open Source Browser Alternative

    Apple's Safari may be the most commonly used browser among users of Mac OS X, but that's not for any lack of alternatives. As in the Windows and Linux worlds, there are numerous other contenders out there--it's just that many users often never hear about them.

  • Opinion: Siri Dictation Comes to Older iPhones; Only Jailbreakers Invited to the Party

    Ever since the iPhone 4S first hit shelves, the hacking community has been busy trying to bring Siri to other devices. But now, a jailbreak-friendly program dubbed Siri0us promises to brings Siri's voice dictation to not only the iPhone 4, but the fourth generation iPod touch and the two-year old iPhone 3GS as well.

  • Opinion: Start dictation by lifting your iPhone 4S to your ear

    Fresh out of the box, your iPhone 4S can launch Siri in one of two ways: You can press and hold the Home button, or you can simply lift your phone up to your ear, and Siri should start listening. An anonymous hints reader discovered that Siri’s Raise to Speak feature works for text-entry, too.

  • Opinion: Get the iPhone 4S to Work on T-Mobile Without Hacking

    In the US, the iPhone 4S comes on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon, but one major carrier is noticeably absent: T-Mobile. But a method has surfaced to unlock the iPhone 4S that allows it to be used on the T-Mobile network. A video showing the process has been posted to YouTube, though it won't tell you how to do it. While it has not been completely confirmed, several users have reported success with the process.

  • Opinion: iPhone User Calls 911 5 Times to Report Broken Phone

    An Illinois man who was arrested after repeatedly calling 911 to complain about his broken iPhone is a fine illustration of the dangers of drinking and dialing.

  • Opinion: A good, cheap laptop? Make it a tablet

    A 'good, budget laptop' is the device we're most often asked to recommend. But what's cheap for one person is out of the reach of another. And anyway, the best cheap laptops are... tablets.

  • Opinion: Siri Outages Indicate Apple Still Doesnt Get the Cloud

    For the moment, at least, Apple’s new Siri feature is back online and cheerfully responding to instructions, but it’s hard to say how long that’s going to last. I had trouble getting Siri to respond to my requests from 10am to 2pm Pacific time on Friday and that’s in addition to the long block of downtime the service experienced on Thursday. All the trouble raises the question: Why can’t Apple get cloud services right?

  • Opinion: Science diction

    Don’t you just love the way science fiction has foretold our future? Mind you, I’m still waiting for my personal hovercar to fly me to the office each morning, and a robot Jeeves to take care of washing up and repartee

  • Opinion: Apple Didn't Just Change The World, Its Apps Did Too

    Apple’s late founder Steve Jobs often talked about changing the world, and now one of the apps used on Apple mobile devices is being recognized for doing just that.

  • Opinion: Samsung Passes Apple in Smartphone Shipments

    Apple's position in the catbird seat for global smartphone shipments has been short-lived. Just a scant three months ago, the maker of the iPhone knocked Nokia out of the top spot. Now Samsung and its lineup of Android smartphones are top dog.



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