Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Siri for Android Sucks Even Worse than Siri for iPhone [Android]

Want a digital personal assistant like Siri but without all that iPhone? You're not alone. Cluzee, a new app for Android, promises to fill that void. Unfortunately, Cluzee needs a little more time in temp school. More »


Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/qPZNX_7hTsw/siri-for-android-sucks-even-worse-than-siri-for-iphone

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Siri “pro-life bias” debunked

Siri “pro-life bias” debunked
TUAW‘s Chris Rawson did the inconceivable — actually looking into claims that Apple’s virtual assistant, Siri might have been programmed with a “pro-life bias” before posting them. And surprise, surprise, he found them to not even be worth the link-bait pixels they were posted with. Short version: Siri...


Siri

TUAW‘s Chris Rawson did the inconceivable — actually looking into claims that Apple’s virtual assistant, Siri might have been programmed with a “pro-life bias” before posting them. And surprise, surprise, he found them to not even be worth the link-bait pixels they were posted with.

Short version: Siri is a front end to internet search engines. It’ll return the results of those search engines however good or bad they may be. Now Apple can be blamed for side-stepping Google and using a search engine that returns poor results for these specific queries (and likely others), but they don’t run the search engine. So, sorry, if you’re looking for something to seethe about, turn your attention away from Apple and towards news outlets not doing their job.

Long version: See the source link below.

Source: TUAW




Mozilla publishes name and shame list of slow Firefox add-ons, cracks down on tardy devs

Firefox slow-addons list
Mozilla, continuing its year-long crusade to speed up Firefox startup and shutdown times, has published a name and shame list of the Firefox's slowest add-ons.

The list is just one part of Mozilla's new efforts to highlight slow add-ons, and to help developers make their add-ons more efficient. Over the next two weeks, 'slow performance warnings' will be introduced in the add-on gallery so that users can see, before installation, which add-ons will slow down their browser. If that isn't enough to spur developers into cleaning up their add-ons, Mozilla has also begun reaching out to developers of slow add-ons with tips on how to improve add-on performance. Finally, add-on developers will soon have the ability to perform 'on-demand performance testing,' so that they can test their add-on before it's deployed publicly.

Mozilla reports that the average Firefox add-on slows down Firefox's start-up time by 10% -- which means, if you install 10 add-ons, you will double your start-up time. On fast desktop PCs that kind of slowdown might be negligible, but on older computers, laptops and smartphones, it could be the difference between a 5 and 10 second startup. Mozilla has obviously realized that while massive performance gains might've been made with Firefox 4, the addition of third-party add-ons can destroy any user-perceived improvements.

In other news, Mozilla says that a future build of Firefox will block the installation of add-ons (such as toolbars) by third-party software. Add-ons and toolbars that are bundled in this way will require explicit approval when you next open up Firefox. Hooray!

Mozilla publishes name and shame list of slow Firefox add-ons, cracks down on tardy devs originally appeared on Download Squad on Mon, 04 Apr 2011 05:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Kindle Fire software Version 6.2 now available; update manually or over Wifi

Kindle Fire software Version 6.2 now available; update manually or over Wifi

Kindle Fire update

Don't blink. If you do, you might miss your Amazon Kindle Fire updating to software Version 6.2. Amazon's not really saying what's new in the update other than "provides improvements to the operation of your Kindle Fire." But know that it does break root, so you'll have to jump through that hoop again (which you should be more than willing to do if you did it once already.)

The update's available over Wifi, or you can download it directly from Amazon, move it to your Kindle Fire yourself (just plug it in and drag the file onto it in your favorite file explorer), and go into the device settings and hit "Update your Kinde." It'll reboot a couple times, then all is well.

Download: Software Version 6.2; More: Amazon




Fahrenheit 451 now available as an ebook, memorize at your own discretion

E-books may have caught on in a big way these past few years, but there have been a few big holdouts. The Harry Potter series' ebook future was only confirmed earlier this year (with the release of the books themselves now slated for sometime next year), and now Ray Bradbury has finally allowed his dystopian classic, Fahrenheit 451, to be made available in electronic form (the title remains unchanged). Bradbury himself has been a longtime critic of ebooks (and the internet itself, for that matter), but he reportedly relented when his publisher, Simon & Schuster, explained that a new contract wouldn't be possible without ebook rights.

Other Bradbury novels may also be released as ebooks eventually, according to his agent, but there's apparently no firm plans for those as of yet. There are plans for a new paperback edition of Fahrenheit 451 to be released in January, however, followed by new editions of The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man that are slated for release in March. We're fairly certain you can still consider those the Bradbury-approved editions.

Fahrenheit 451 now available as an ebook, memorize at your own discretion originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 30 Nov 2011 15:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Gingerbread for Cellcom's Milestone X is now available

Gingerbread for Cellcom's Milestone X is now available

Cellcom Milestone X

Cellcom customers patiently waiting for Gingerbread on their Motorola Milestone X will be pleased to know that the carrier has released its official update, which is pushing to devices as we speak. In addition to the usual Gingerbread-flavored goodies, update 4.5.604.en.US brings improvements to battery life, download management, the calendar, camera and contacts, as well as overall device security. It's 104.9 MB total and should be arriving on your device any minute now, though if you're not big on waiting, you can always pull it manually through the System Updates function in the settings menu. Hit the source link for Cellcom's official word.

Source: Cellcom; thanks gmonkey88!




Like Facebook, Spotify Now Has Its Own Apps [Video]

Spotify has grand visions for their streaming music service, which go beyond its current status as a self-contained, self-developed set of apps. They want to open the service up to any developer that wants to add content and functionality to the service. More »


Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/nOW5MMRhX0A/spotifys-apps-make-it-more-than-just-a-service-its-a-platform

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