The Rocking-With-Siri Edition Monday, July 24, 2017

New Apple Ad Does Some Voice-first Education With The Rock And Siri, by Matthew Panzarino, TechCrunch

The penetration of Siri as ‘that thing you ask things on your phone’ is incredibly broad but very shallow. And true, consistent, daily utility is how you get people hooked on a platform.

Put plainly: Apple needs to teach people how capable Siri is of helping them out on a daily basis.

This time around, it has enlisted Dwayne Johnson, AKA The Rock, our current action movie king and future President.

What Millennials Want From Their CEOs: Activism, by Jena McGregor, Washington Post

Forty-seven percent of millennials said CEOs have a responsibility to speak up on social issues that are important to society, compared with just 28 percent of Americans in older generations. And millennials were the only generation in the survey in which the percentage of those who said they view CEOs more favorably for taking public positions actually expanded since last year, rather than declined.


Telegram Encrypted Chat App Gains Self-Destructing Video And Photo Messages, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

The countdown starts the moment the recipient opens the photo or video that's sent, and the sender is notified if the recipient tries to take a screenshot of the disappearing media.

If You Need To Convert Between Graphics Converter You Need GraphicConverter, by Dennis Sellers, Apple World Today

If you need to convert from one graphics format to another, you need the aptly named GraphicConventer from Lemke Software. It's recently been revved to version 10.4.2, and supports image conversion from over 200 graphic file formats into almost 80 different file formats.

App Attack: Trick Your Kids Into Learning With Leapfrog Academy, by Brenda Stolyar, Digital Trends

The app — available for iOS and Android — offers curriculums in adventure form for preschool students through first grade. There’s a wide selection of more than 1,000 learning activities covering subjects like math, science, and reading, along with social-emotional skills and creativity. The app curates personalized content depending on the child’s progress throughout the different adventures.


Fiction: Who Killed Windows Phone?, by Jean-Louis Gassée, Monday Note

We know who/what killed Windows Phone, and it’s not Android. We could point fingers at one or more Microsoft execs as the culprits, but that misses the point: Microsoft culture did it. Culture is dangerous; under our field of consciousness, it sneakily filters and shapes perceptions, it’s a system of permissions to emote, think, speak, and do.

In the abstract, the Windows Phone failure was easily preventable. But Microsoft culture, made it unavoidable.

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Who is the better action movie star, Siri in Dominate the Day, or PowerBook in Mission: Impossible?

Or, perhaps, the virus-transporter in Independence Day?


Armchair quarterback-ing: Microsoft should have embraced Android for its Windows phone, the same reason that Apple embraced the Intel chip for Mac OS X.


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