Posts Tagged ‘Apple’

The iPod is 20 years old.

November 1, 2021

The iPod is 20 years old.

In honor of the iPod’s 20th anniversary a few weeks back, the Panic blog gave us a look at the first iPod prototype, which was almost as big as a MacBook. The big box was functional, but it was mostly full of air. Apple engineers diguised the original form factor to protect the design from leakers.

More:

“The original iPod ‘prototype’ was an Apple design to prevent leaks,” Emma Roth, The Verge

“20 years of the iPod: how it shuffled music and tech into a new era,” Eamonn Forde, The Guardian

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Hey Alexa, what are you doing with those recordings of me?

July 23, 2021

Do you have a smart speaker? At least 20% of U.S. households do. Those speakers are recording you and yours all the time. What happens to those files?

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iPhone 6S Breaks Sales Record

October 6, 2015

iPhone 6S Breaks Sales Record
Many New Yorkers faced a serious dilemma last month: Join the crowd to see Pope Francis or stand in line to buy an iPhone 6S at the Apple Store?

Many chose the latter. Frenzied fanboys and fangirls lined up early outside Apple Stores in San Francisco, Sydney, Syracuse, SingaporeColorado Springs, Chicago, London, and Rancho Cucamonga. In Palo Alto, a robot stood in line and bought an iPhone. Sales of 13 million broke a launch weekend record.

So is the phone any good? Who cares. Ooh, rose gold!

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The Voice of Siri

October 8, 2013

The Voice of Siri

CNN has identified the original voice of Siri, Apple’s voice-activated virtual “assistant” introduced with the iPhone 4S in 2011. It belongs to singer and voice actress Susan Bennett of Sandy Springs Georgia, co-owner of Audiocam Music recording studio. Her reign as Siri ended this year with the introduction of Apple’s iOS 7 operating system, which has new Siri voices.

More:

“‘I’m the original voice of Siri,'” Jessica Ravitz, CNN

The voice actress behind Siri had no idea she would become Siri,” Chris Gayomali, The Week

“Siri Toured as a Backup Singer for Roy Orbison, and Everything Else You Ever Wanted to Know About the Voice of Apple,” Julie Miller, Vanity Fair

“Siri Is a Middle-Aged White Woman From Atlanta, Just as We All Suspected,” Will Oremus, Slate

“You’ve met ‘the original Siri.’ Here are the others.” Caitlin Dewey, Washington Post blog

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Apple’s True Believers

July 18, 2013

Apple's True Believers

“As everyone knows, the world-religion of the educated and prosperous in the twenty-first century is Apple, with its Vatican in Cupertino and its cathedrals in the light-filled Apple Stores that draw pilgrims gripping iPhones and iPads like rosaries. Apple’s flock is secured against heresy by censors who rule the online App Store; only applications with Apple’s imprimatur are allowed on an iPhone. Programmers risk excommunication—with all their works condemned to being listed in an Index of Prohibited Software—if they violate canon law by bypassing Apple’s banking system or ignoring its infallible doctrine.”

— “Faith and Works at Apple,” Edward Mendelson, New York Review of Books blog

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iCat

May 28, 2013

iCat

The iPad as cat toy. Because your cat is bored with her iPod.

“Cat-App Fever: 3 Ways to Turn Your iPad Into a Cat Toy,” Lore Sjöberg, Wired

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Remember When iPads Were Hip?

November 2, 2012

Remember When iPads Were Hip?

Hey Granny, Zurich’s Micasa Lab makes a rocking chair with a built-in generator, speakers, and a dock for your iPad. Hot Diggity!

iRock: The Worlds first power generating iPad Rocking Chair.

On second thought, bet you youngsters down in SoHo and the Village wish you had one right now ….

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Steve Jobs: Simply Divine

September 6, 2012

Steve Jobs: Simply Divine

“For Apple fans still recovering from Steve Jobs’ untimely death last year, there is some hope yet. According to Phra Thepyanmahamuni, the abbot of the Wat Phra Dhammakaya in Thailand, Jobs was reincarnated into a divinity “of middle rank – half a Witthayathorn, half yak.”

“Jobs has long been compared to a religious leader himself, and Apple has been variously described as magical and religious. In 2011 the BBC went so far as to claim that Apple products evoked religious experiences in their fans.”

“Steve Jobs Reincarnated as Divine Half-Yak,” Andrew Aghapour, Religion Dispatches

“Steve Jobs Part 1 : where is he now?” DMCTV

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Your iPad 2 is History

March 27, 2012

Your iPad 2 is History

Apple has introduced the new iPad 3, featuring an outrageous display, so your iPad 2 is now totally obsolete. The tech-savvy folks at Wired have devised some ways to re-purpose that old iPad 2. One of our favorites: cutting board .

“20 Ways to ‘Recycle’ Your Obsolete iPad 2,” Christina Bonnington, Wired

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iPad 3 Invades Japan

March 16, 2012

iPad 3 Invades Japan

The new iPad 3 went on sale in Japan this week. When the Apple Store in Tokyo’s Ginza district opened on the day of its release, 450 people were in line.

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