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Why Siri Is Just Better

  • October 29, 2011

Apple has made a big deal out of their roll-out of the Siri voice interface for the new iPhone 4S--and rightly so. I've heard a myriad of nay-sayers claim it's "just voice activation" and "Android has had this for [insert exaggeration here]" or "Vlingo does the same thing." Not so, sorry. See, you're completely overlooking the entire back-end processing ability of Siri, with an advanced AI engine that interprets, and even anticipates. It's not just some dumb parse-command-and-execute module. An example? Someone I know is devoted to his Android phone, and uses the voice commands often (and...

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Pregnancy Class

  • October 28, 2011

Blame my mother for sending me this... The room was full of pregnant women with their partners. The class was in full swing. The instructor was teaching the women how to breathe and was telling the men how to give the necessary help and assurance to their partners at this stage of the pregnancy. She said, "Ladies, remember that exercise is good for you. Walking is especially beneficial. It strengthens the pelvic muscles and will make delivery that much easier. Just pace yourself, make plenty of stops and try to stay on a soft surface like grass or a path." She looked at the men in the room,...

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  • October 6, 2011

It has been a roller-coaster ride for Apple fans this week. Hype, hysteria, widespread disappointment, then heartbreaking tragedy. I'm a relative newcomer to things Apple but, during the short time I've used their products, I've come to understand why they are such a draw and I felt myself caught up in this week's events like any long-time MacHead. I didn't know how to wrap my thoughts around the whole thing, but then this morning I read some words that seemed to do it for me. The author is Robert Scoble, a tech reporter of some renown. He originally posted the piece here on Google Plus. You can follow...

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