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[post] Scott Forstall talks with Siri on the Apple iPhone 4S - my transcript.

Starting from the 1:13:22 mark of the keynote for the Apple Special Event, October 2011.
What is the weather like today?
  Here’s the forecast for today:
  <displays current weather widget and the hourly forecast>

What is the hourly forecast?
  Here’s the weather for today:
  <displays current weather widget and the hourly forecast>
Do I need a raincoat today?
  It sure looks like rain today:
  <displays current weather widget and the hourly forecast>

What time is it in Paris?
  The time in Paris, France is 8:16 PM:
  <displays a live clock widget showing current time in Paris>
Wake me up tomorrow at 6 AM
  OK, I set it for 6 am:
  <displays an alarm widget showing 6.00AM, set to ON>

How’ s the NASDAQ doing today?
  NASDAQ Composite is down right now, at 2,321.70:
  <displays a stock widget with a 1 day graph and information>
Find me a great Greek restaurant in Palo Alto
  I found 14 Greek restaurants… 5 of them are in Palo Alto. I’ve sorted them by rating:
  <displays a Yelp widget with a list of restaurants with star ratings>

Give me directions to Hoover tower
  Here are directions to Hoover tower:
  <opens the Maps app with driving route shown>
<Scott received a message>
Read my message
  New message from Phil Schiller:
  When can we have lunch? (spoken by Siri but not displayed)
  You can ‘Reply’ or ‘Read it’ again.

Do I have any meetings Friday at noon?
  You don’t have anything on your calendar for this Friday at 12 pm.
Reply I can do Friday
  Here’s your reply to Phil Schiller.
  <displays an iMessage widget with Cancel and Send buttons>
  Ready to send it? (spoken only)
<Scott presses Send>
  OK, I’ll send your message.

Schedule lunch on Friday at noon with Phil Schiller
  OK, I set up your meeting with Phil Schiller for this Friday.
  <displays a calendar widget with Cancel and Confirm buttons>
  Are you ready for me to schedule it? (spoken only)
<Scott presses Confirm>
  OK, I scheduled your meeting with Phil Schiller for this Friday.
Remind me to call my wife when I leave work
  Here’s your reminder for when you leave work:
  <displays a Reminders widget with ‘Call Molly’ and with Cancel and Confirm buttons>
  Shall I create it? (spoken only)
<Scott presses Confirm>
  OK, I’ll remind you.

Search Wikipedia for Neil Armstrong
  Searching for ‘Neil Armstrong’…
  <opens Mobile Safari with wikipedia page> 
Define mitosis
  Let me think about that…
  I found this for you:
  <displays a WolframAlpha widget with the definition>

How many dollars is 45 Euros?
  Let me check on that…
  This might answer your question:
  <displays a WolframAlpha widget with the result>
How many days are there until Christmas?
  Let me check on that 
  One moment.. (this is displayed for a moment but not spoken)
  I found this for you:
  <displays a WolframAlpha widget with the answer>

<Scott shows a list of things you could say to Siri>
  Call Jason
  Play The Light of the Sun
  Tell Susan I’ll be right there
  Set up a meeting at 9
  Remind me to call mom
  How do i get home? (U.S. Only)
  Email Lisa about the trip
  What’s the weather for today?
  What is Apple’s stock price?
  Wake me up tomorrow at 7am
  What’s Michael’s address?
  Note that I spent $12 on lunch
  Search the web for Bora Bora
  How may calories in a bagel?
Who are you?
  I am a humble personal assistant.

Transcript of the conversation between Scott Forestall and Siri BETA on the Apple iPhone 4S

Starting from 1:13:22 of the keynote for the Apple Special Event, October 2011.
What is the weather like today?
  Here’s the forecast for today:
  <displays current weather widget and the hourly forecast>

What is the hourly forecast?
  Here’s the weather for today:
  <displays current weather widget and the hourly forecast>
Do I need a raincoat today?
  It sure looks like rain today:
  <displays current weather widget and the hourly forecast>

What time is it in Paris?
  The time in Paris, France is 8:16 PM:
  <displays a live clock widget showing current time in Paris>
Wake me up tomorrow at 6 AM
  OK, I set it for 6 am:
  <displays an alarm widget showing 6.00AM, set to ON>

How’ s the NASDAQ doing today?
  NASDAQ Composite is down right now, at 2,321.70:
  <displays a stock widget with a 1 day graph and information>
Find me a great Greek restaurant in Palo Alto
  I found 14 Greek restaurants… 5 of them are in Palo Alto. I’ve sorted them by rating:
  <displays a Yelp widget with a list of restaurants with star ratings>

Give me directions to Hoover tower
  Here are directions to Hoover tower:
  <opens the Maps app with driving route shown>
<Scott received a message>
Read my message
  New message from Phil Schiller:
  When can we have lunch? (spoken by Siri but not displayed)
  You can ‘Reply’ or ‘Read it’ again.

Do I have any meetings Friday at noon?
  You don’t have anything on your calendar for this Friday at 12 pm.
Reply I can do Friday
  Here’s your reply to Phil Schiller.
  <displays an iMessage widget with Cancel and Send buttons>
  Ready to send it? (spoken only)
<Scott presses Send>
  OK, I’ll send your message.

Schedule lunch on Friday at noon with Phil Schiller
  OK, I set up your meeting with Phil Schiller for this Friday.
  <displays a calendar widget with Cancel and Confirm buttons>
  Are you ready for me to schedule it? (spoken only)
<Scott presses Confirm>
  OK, I scheduled your meeting with Phil Schiller for this Friday.
Remind me to call my wife when I leave work
  Here’s your reminder for when you leave work:
  <displays a Reminders widget with ‘Call Molly’ and with Cancel and Confirm buttons>
  Shall I create it? (spoken only)
<Scott presses Confirm>
  OK, I’ll remind you.

Search Wikipedia for Neil Armstrong
  Searching for ‘Neil Armstrong’…
  <opens Mobile Safari with wikipedia page> 
Define mitosis
  Let me think about that…
  I found this for you:
  <displays a WolframAlpha widget with the definition>

How many dollars is 45 Euros?
  Let me check on that…
  This might answer your question:
  <displays a WolframAlpha widget with the result>
How many days are there until Christmas?
  Let me check on that 
  One moment.. (this is displayed for a moment but not spoken)
  I found this for you:
  <displays a WolframAlpha widget with the answer>

<Scott shows a list of things you could say to Siri>
  Call Jason
  Play The Light of the Sun
  Tell Susan I’ll be right there
  Set up a meeting at 9
  Remind me to call mom
  How do i get home? (U.S. Only)
  Email Lisa about the trip
  What’s the weather for today?
  What is Apple’s stock price?
  Wake me up tomorrow at 7am
  What’s Michael’s address?
  Note that I spent $12 on lunch
  Search the web for Bora Bora
  How may calories in a bagel?
Who are you?
  I am a humble personal assistant.
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[post] My Short And Simple Apple Event Recap #iPhone4S

Apple has announced the iPhone 4S (available to buy on October 14).
It is the same as the iPhone 4, but with a faster A5 CPU, a new aerial, a 64GB option, and an upgraded camera.
It can take a photo in 1.1 seconds and then take another 0.5 seconds after that.
The new camera sensor takes in 73% more light, is 8 megapixel, and does video 1080p recording.
The new iPhone 4S can do both CDMA and GSM in the one model.
Apple announced some software news, also.
iOS5 and iCloud will be out on Wednesday October 12.
Cards is an app that lets you create a greeting card that is then snail-mailed out to the recipient.
Find My Friends is an app that lets you track other people on a map while they are sharing their location, like during an event you are all at.
Siri is a voice recognition app that will allow you to control things via voice and do some amazing interactions with your iPhone.  Available on the new iPhone 4S only.

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[Pic] Visualising the HDD usage on my Mac with Space Gremlin. Really really nice.

I had not previously realised that iPhoto was taking up 100 GB of my internal HDD. I’ve moved it now, and my Mac is happy again.
Spacegremlin

[Post] The full list of new iOS 5 features. #iOS5 #WWDC

1. Notification Centre = Swipe down from the top. Shows a list of notifications. Can review on Lock Screen without unlocking. 2. News Stand app = Standard platform for magazines and newspapers. Finally!

3. Twitter integration. No need to keep logging in to Twitter. Can Tweet from many Apple apps like Camera and Safari. 4. Safari app. Tabbed browsing. Safari Reader will parse a page for better reading. Reading List saves content for later reading.

5. Reminders app. Basically a todo list. Can link a reminder to a geo location so it comes up when you arrive or leave that location. 6. Camera app. Can go directly to take a photo from the lock screen, and use the volume button to take the photo. Includes photo editing.

7. Mail app. Built in dictionary to look up definitions of words. Rich text formatting. 8. Post PC. No need to connect to iTunes to set up a new iPhone. Software updates delivered over the air. The iPad can be your only device (no PC).

9. Game Centre. Many social and integration updates. Can download games from Game Centre. 10. iMessage. Basically free MMS between iOS devices.

11. Air Play 2 - Screen Mirrors the iPad 2 to your TV wirelessly 12. Wireless iTunes syncing. Leave your computer on at night, your iPhone will find iTunes and sync (including backup).

[Post] My anxious first encounter with the Asus Eee Pad Transformer

Scroll down to the last paragraph for my opinion of the Transformer, or read on for the full experience. I finally found a store with the Transformer in stock and on display.

The first thing to understand is the tablet display shelf. It’s in a narrow corridor with people brushing past you whilst you are inspecting them. Then, it’s at an odd height meaning you have to stoop a bit to use them. Then, they have those cord things attached so you can’t pick it up properly. And then, the shelving unit has a deeper bottom shelf, so you cannot stand right up against it. Thus, I always feel a bit uncomfortable checking out the tablets at this store. Note that they have a separate (and very nice) display area for the Apple products. The tablet shelf is reserved for the Acer Iconia, the Motorola Xoom, and the Asus Eee Pad Transformer. Anyway, at least they had one and it worked. So I picked it up and had a go. It is very nice and felt basically the same as my generation one iPad. The shifting background picture as you swipe through the Android screens is a fun feature and kept me entertained for a few seconds.

The main objective of this visit: prove that an Android device could run Facebook games. That my wife could pick it up and update her Restaurant City or Farmville. That it could do things the iPad could not. So, I found the browser, typed in the URL, and logged in. This was an interested exercise in using the Android onscreen keyboard. Not bad, just different. This was also an additional layer to my anxiety. I was now logged on to Facebook on a public device and had to remember to log off later.

I tried to run Restaurant City and got an error. Either I had to enable javascript or update flash. With some random pressing, I found the browser settings and confirmed javascript was enabled. So I browsed to the Adobe site to see what would happen. The OS then prompted me to set up a Google account on the device. I cancelled that and looked for another solution. I somehow found an update button and then the Transformer was updating it’s firmware (I really don’t know how I managed that). This took a long time. My anxiety grew. People seemed to be staring. Perhaps they wanted to try it out. Then some guy wanted to look at iPad covers that were displayed in front of my crotch, so I had to weave around him. The update was taking ages. As the progress bar slowly filled up, I worried that I was still logged in to Facebook. I worried that I had limited time as I was meeting someone in 20 minutes. I tried to pass the time by checking my email on my iPhone.

Finally it finished, but with no result. I was hoping this update would deliver the required new Flash version. So I took a deep breath and created an account on the Transformer. Perhaps I will create a second Google account for occasions like this. But for now, I used my main account. This allowed me to access the Google Market and download the new version of Flash. Restaurant City now got further in it’s loading process. But was still flashing the initialising message at me. For several minutes. This was getting too much. I logged out of Facebook and went to remove my Google Account. But of course, I couldn’t work out how to. I could find my account in a settings screen, but all I seemed to be able to do was turn on or off syncing. It was then I also realised it had been syncing my contacts with the device. Doh. So I Googled the problem on my iPhone. I was really anxious now. I wanted to go right now, but my Google account was now the main account of this public device. But, thankfully, I did eventually find the button I was looking for and I deleted my account from the Transformer (at least, I hope I did!).

With that small win, I had renewed hopes that Restaurant City would run. So I logged back in to Facebook. Long story short, I didn’t get it running. I spent long minutes watching it attempt to load and checking the time on my iPhone. I seemed to be getting Facebook badged timeout errors, which was odd. So I refreshed a few more times, then tried to log out. I’m still not sure if I really did log out. I closed the browser tab, so hopefully that did the job. I hadn’t asked Facebook or the browser to remember me. I finally wandered away from the tablet to find a salesperson. The staff told me they didn’t know when the 32 Gig model with keyboard would be available. They seemed very vague. So I left.
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer seems like a good device. I’m fairly confident that it can actually run Flash based games, and that I was just unlucky. I’ll almost certainly buy one when I can find the 32 Gig with keyboard in stock somewhere. But I now know to expect a return of that anxious feeling. That feeling delivered by the Android operating system. The feeling you get when you are trying to get the device to do something but you can’t work out how. The feeling I’m hoping will dissolve once I work out how the darn thing fits together. The feeling that I have never experienced using an iPhone or iPad. But, perhaps that’s the price for longing for the forbidden Flash and being thrown outside the walled garden of Apple.

New video of the HTC Flyer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzn9LkvKM8E

This tablet looks great for work. I can imagine it in a nice leather folder. I hope the stylus allows for accurate handwriting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzn9LkvKM8E

[Pic] The physical buttons on iPad 2 don’t stick out anymore. #nice

The first generation iPad has buttons that stick out.
On iPad 2, you cannot even see the buttons when viewed from the front.
Ipadipad2