MyAppleMenu - Thu, Jan 15, 2015

Thu, Jan 15, 2015 Day of the Talking Computer

"I know I've made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my work will be back to normal. I've still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission. And I want to help you."

Siri Improvement

Not only is Siri getting faster, it seems to be getting smarter too.

Jan Dawson has an example where Siri figured out where you are going without you telling Siri where you are going.


What John Gruber wrote 'yesterday': Siri Improvement

A Final Laptop

Matt Gemmell:

Will there be new laptops, tablets, phones, wearables, and even exotic new categories of machines in the future? Of course. Will I buy them? Some, at least - unquestionably. New is novel, and nothing lasts forever. I have no idea what’s to come.

I do know that I’ll no longer need a new laptop.

I totally get what Mr Gemmell is blogging. Right now, the only reason I'm still going to upgrade my MacBook Air is to get better battery life, both because of better technologies as well as dying batteries.

Photo by Whity (CC BY 2.0)

App Store Subscriptions Getting Cancelled by Apple's VAT Price Rise

Andrew Griffin, The Independent:

Auto-renewing subscriptions within Apps from the Apple Store have all been cancelled, as a result of last week’s VAT-related price change.

The company increased prices last week in response to an increase in VAT in the EU and currency changes, but in doing so appear to have cancelled all auto-renewing subscriptions.

Stuff For Your Computer

There is a lot to like about the new Mac mini, not least its lower pricing and modern processor. However, you should note that the older models from 2012 offer exceptionally good processors, and are upgradable, so if you can get your hands on one we recommend that you do.

Short Notes

  • Meet the New Artists Who Will Grace Apple Stores (Margaret Rhodes, Wired)
  • Getting the Most Out of Apple iOS 8 (Molly Wood, New York Times)
  • First Look: Apple's HomeKit Could Help Smarten Up Your Home (Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press)

Correction of the Day

Parting Words

Thanks for reading.