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The Siri User Guide has posted a killer guide that will help you better control Siri when you're dictating. For instance, when you're dictating to Siri, saying "all caps" in the middle of your spiel will cause the next word to be in all-caps while leaving out the actual command. So, saying "I all caps love summer" will result in "I LOVE summer." There are 59 entires in the Siri Dictation Guide, and it's very handy. Check it out.
The folks at fournova Software GmbH have published An Illustrated History of Mac OS X. This a wonderful and whimsical collection of images that incapsulates each version of OS X from Mac OS X 10.0 Cheetah to OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Each one incorporates a cat (or other element, in the case of Mavericks and Yosemite) to represent the OS, but each one also includes other reference points that represent the major changes in that version of the OS. Looking at them was an excellent reminder of when things happened, like Safari in Panther and Intel in Tiger. The screen grab below is for Snow Leopard. There's a written description accompanying each image to fill in any gaps. For those keeping score at home, fournova makes Tower, a git client for version control in OS X.
Apple released iOS 8.1.2 Tuesday, an update whose main purpose is to restore ringtones purchased through the iTunes Store. The update also includes unspecified bug fixes.
MasterCard is now in the Apple Pay promotion business. The company launched a campaign called "Priceless Surprises" to promote Apple's new service. Gwen Stefani is the pitchwoman, but Apple Pay is arguably the star.
We have a great deal for you on HyperDrive, the device that allows you to turn your 13-inch MacBook Air's memory card slot into a microSD memory card. It's also available for a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. One of the things I like most about it is that when plugged in, it sits flush against your MacBook's body. It's a great way to expand your MacBook's storage because it supports any microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC card up to 128GB. This deal includes an 8GB microSD card, and it normally retails for $40. Through our deal, it's $29.99, making it a great gift for you or a loved on.
Apple posted a new commercial to its YouTube channel Sunday called "iPad Air 2 - Change" (embedded in full below). The spot highlights people doing and making things in new ways, all powered by their iPad Air 2. In the description, Apple said, "Change is in the Air. From the studio to the classroom, the field to the garage, iPad Air 2 is helping people discover new and better ways to do the things they love. Imagine what you’ll do with it." It features "Who Needs You" by The Orwells off of Disgraceland.
Bloomberg interviewed Steve "Woz" Wozniak about the early early days of Apple Inc., or Apple Computer, Inc. as it was known back in the day. It's a fantastic interview (embedded below), and interesting things include Woz talking about his own pursuit of artistic perfection in the Apple I circuit boards. He said that he threw his own designs out the window and red one circuit board when he realized how he could reduce the number of drilled holes needed from eight down to five. He also downplayed Apple's garage startup myth. While Apple did spend a few weeks doing some work in Steve Jobs's parent's garage, saying, "there were hardly ever more than two people in the garage, and mostly they were just sitting around doing nothing productive." He also talked about Steve Jobs in the early days. It's the most interesting interview with Mr. Wozniak that I've seen in years.
We have a fun deal for you today on MiP, the smartphone-controlled robot. Using a free app from the App Store, you can control MiP right from your iPhone or iPad (Android users can use it, too—check the deal for compatible Android devices). MiP balances on two wheels, and it has seven modes: MiP, tracking, dance, roam, tricks, cage and stack. You can also direct him using gestures. Praise him, and he'll be your best friend. But if you push him over, he gets angry. Come on, that's cool! MiP retails for $100, but through our deal he's yours for $89.99.
Apple has introduced a massive wrinkle in the class action lawsuit being tried over iPod and iTunes, questioning the standing of any plaintiff. The company filed court documents questioning whether any plaintiff bought or owned an iPod made between September of 2006 and March of 2009, the period covered by the class action.
Apple is spending US$161 million just to build a new theater inside its in-progress "Spaceship" headquarter, or Apple Campus 2. BuildZoom uncovered this Apple factoid through building permits filed with the City of Cupertino.