These videos give you a rough idea of what talking to Siri from behind the wheel might look like.
Daily Fast Feed Roundup
Good morning Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today:
- Photos of the block-long lines for cronuts are an unsettling reminder of the NYC’s often-forgotten class/wealth divides.
- Motorola unveiled a patriotic ad for its new Moto X smartphone just in time for Independence Day.
- The death-toll is rising as Egyptian President Morsi refuses to step down. The Egyptian military has now forcibly taken over the state television network.
- Despite the $630,000 of tax-payer money a State Department bureau spent on Facebook “likes,” its social media promotions have been a flop.
- Two patients have been able to stop taking HIV drugs after bone marrow transplants seem to have cleared the virus from their bodies.
- Former Nirvana guitarist Jason Everman may represents some of the most amazing pivots ever
- Yahoo has purchased the movie-making app Qwiki. It is relocating the Qwiki team to NYC, where they will “reimagine the Yahoo storytelling experience.”
- Apple has poached Yves Saint Laurent CEO Paul Deneve as VP for special products… is this another sign of their move towards wearable tech?
- A Chinese firm is suing Apple over its iOS personal assistant software Siri, which the it claims was a copy of its Xiao i Robot.
- Michael Bloomberg announced yesterday that NYC is now at the “forefront of the digital revolution” with its new .nyc domain.
- On July 18 government agencies and a who’s who of Wall Street, including Citibank, Bank of America, and Homeland Security will host cyber war games in preparation for digital megathreats.
- An interesting stat from the first official Reddit survey: 11% of those without a high school diploma use Reddit.
Have a great day!
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“I was sitting on the plane waiting for the flight to take off, and I asked Siri, ‘How long will flight 927 be delayed?’ And Siri came back to me and said the flight would be delayed 15 minutes,” recalls Winarsky, who was the SRI executive on the spin-off company’s board before it was sold to Apple. “The guy next to me looked at me and said ‘Wow, I’ve never seen anything like that … why are you in coach?’”
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Back in February 2010, Fast Company was wowed by a neat little iPhone app called Siri. “As you can see, using Siri is a lot like talking to a really, really well-informed friend,” Dan Macsai wrote in a post, which we’ve dug up here. In April 2010, Apple bought Siri. Today, Tim Cook reintroduced Siri as a primary addition to iOS 5. Turns out what wowed us then is what wowed Apple watchers today, too.