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Microsoft has assaulted Siri with a wave of ads pitting the popular digital assistant against Windows Phone’s Cortana, and while Siri repeatedly gets topped in areas like traffic alerts and reminders, she’s got some secret rhyming skills Cortana can’t top.
To showcase Siri’s mad ability to flow like lava, hip-hop producer Skeewiff featured her skills on his latest track “Know How.” Turns out Siri had the busiest rhymes ever made by man after all, and she’s got some harsh words for Cortana and Google Now.
Check the rhymes below the break:
The launch of Apple Pay last month was seen by many as a possible deathblow to Square’s mobile payments service, but CEO Jack Dorsey told CNN today that he doesn’t view Apple Pay as a competitor at all. In fact, Dorsey says his company is open to all forms of payment methods, and they plan to start accepting Apple Pay next year.
A new batch of Apple rumors awaits you…
We get slammed 24/7 with new Apple rumors. Some are accurate, most are not. To give you a clue about what’s really coming out of Cupertino in the future, we’re busting out our rumor debunker each week to blow up the nonsense.
This week we’ve heard rumors that Apple could be readying the biggest iPhone camera upgrade ever with DSLR-quality photos. There’s also whispers that your next iMac could double as a smoke alarm, and other juicy bits. But you’ll have to step up to our crystal ball to find out if they’re likely to come true.
Your next Mac could be a fire alarm
The Rumor: You next Mac could double as a smoke alarm.
The Verdict: There's a 65% chance of this coming true. Apple recently patented a fireproof material for Macs too, so it seems like they're looking intently at connected-home solutions.
Samsung and Apple, attached at the hip
The Rumor: Arch-rival Samsung will remain Apple's top chip supplier.
The Verdict: Most likely. Apple's been trying to reduce its dependency on Samsung components and manufacturing for years, but the problem is there's just not another company that can compete with Samsung's chipmaking biz. TSMC tried but they're still not able to handle as much of the load as Apple would like, so Apple's stuck with Samsung, for better or worse.
Lightning connected accessories
The Rumor: Apple is going to let third-parties use its Lightning port on accessories.
The Verdict: Probably. Apple's proprietary Lightning port is so much easier to use than Micro-USB and other options, that it'd be a shame if Apple limited it to just iPhones. 9to5Mac reports that third-party accessory makers should be getting access soon. Expect to see a slew of Lightning port headphones and other goodies early next year.
Beats Music Bloatware, coming soon.
The Rumor: Beats Music will come preloaded on iOS devices next year.
The Verdict: Probably true, but we wish it weren't. My iPhone already has 23 pre-installed Apple apps that I wish I could delete. Adding a mandatory Beats Music app to the mix just weighs it down even more. Someone needs to tell Tim Cook that bloatware died last decade.
4K video on the iPhone 6s?
The Rumor: The iPhone 6s will get a gigantic 21MP camera upgrade.
The Verdict: This rumor looks very promising. We're still 10 months from the iPhone 6s reveal, but Sony (Apple's camera sensor supplier) announced a huge 21MP sensor that also does 4K HDR video. Adding to the rumor, John Gruber says he's heard from a birdie that Apple will use a new dual-lens system to give the iPhone 6s DSLR-like quality photos. It sounds almost too good to be true, but the "S" update usually comes with big camera upgrades, so we expect there to be some significant improvements. Especially since Apple didn't do much with the camera on the iPhone 6.
AMC’s highly anticipated prequel spinoff to ‘Breaking Bad’ is starting to come into focus this week, with news that the two-night premiere of ‘Better Call Saul’ is set for February 8th and 9th. AMC will broadcast back-to-back episodes starting at 10PM, and then settle into the Monday’s at 10PM slot for the rest of the series.
The show stars Robert Odenkirk as Saul Goodman, the crooked lawyer that helped Heisenberg build his Southwest meth empire, and is set six years before Saul met Walter White. To go with the premiere date announcement, AMC released a new 30-second trailer that’s hints of dark things to come.
Check it out below:
Current Valleywag EIC Nitasha Tiku is leaving the site next month, but after years in self-imposed exile, Lyons will take over the reigns to smatter the pending tech bubble implosion his sardonic wit. Lyons, who currently works as a ‘marketing fellow’ for Hubspot, also just helped write season 2 of HBO’s “Silicon Valley.” He’ll make his return as Silicon Valley’s #1 critic in January.
Lyons wrote his new Gawker Media co-workers the following after news broke of his hiring:
Apple and Xiaomi executives got into a little trash talk fight at the World Internet Conference this week in China. Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun described his company as a “small miracle” that’s ready to dominate the smartphone world. But Apple’s general counsel, Bruce Sewell, who was also at the conference, wasn’t impressed with all of Xiaomi’s boasting.
Xiaomi’s sudden rise to being the world’s third largest smartphone maker has been nothing short of miraculous. Executives at the Apple copy-cat are bullish on the company’s future and hope to become the top smartphone maker in 5 to 10 years, but Sewell thinks that’s much easier said than done.
The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a chilling warning to Apple executives as a response to increased privacy protections added to iOS 8: Children might die because we can’t hack into bad guys’ iMessages.
Deputy Attorney General James Cole met with Apple executives last month, reports the Wall Street Journal, to discuss privacy issues, but after making the ridiculous claim that the blood of dead children will be on Apple’s hands if it doesn’t give the NSA access to iMessages, the talks have ended in a standoff.
Apple took the wraps of WatchKit yesterday and revealed an entirely new font created just for Apple Watch called San Francisco. Designers are heaping praise on the sexy new typeface that condenses at larger sizes to take up less space, and becomes easier to read at smaller sizes, but we can’t help but wish it was coming to OS X soon.
For those that can’t wait to interact with San Francisco on the Apple Watch there’s good news though: A developer named Wells Riley has released a bundle on GitHub that swaps Yosemite Helvetica Neue system font for Apple’s new Sans Serif creation.
To make San Francisco your Mac’s system font, follow these steps:
When it comes to the App Store, there’s rarely such a thing as a “free” app. If you’re not paying for it upfront you’ll probably get hit up with exorbitant in-app purchase offers later. So in a move to change the way apps are advertised on iOS, Apple had decided to remove the “Free” download button entirely.
Google’s new Inbox app is a godsend for people like me who seem to teeter on the brink of inbox bankruptcy weekly, but there’s one problem with the killer Gmail manager: it’s not only available on iOS, Chrome, and Android.
The Inbox team might not be in a hurry to bring its service to Safari, but if you want don’t want to defect to Chrome just manage play with Inbox, our friend Rishi at Zinx has discovered how to access Inbox from Safari.
Here’s how to do it: