iPhones

Siri

Ever since Apple announced the new features for their current mobile operating system, iOS6, we’ve known that their voice activated personal assistant, Siri, was going to be able to tell you when and where movies were playing and how they did critically, thanks to a partnership with Rotten Tomatoes. Want to know if Looper is worth seeing? Just ask Siri and she’ll let you know what critics are saying about it. What Apple didn’t let us in on, however, is that Siri has some opinions about movies of her own, and some of them contain troubling foreshadowing concerning the survival of the human race. The Verge’s Laura June has figured out that when you ask Siri what a movie is about, sometimes she throws in a snide comment along with all the plot synopsis and Rotten Tomatoes score stuff. Fire up your iPhone or iPad and ask her what 2001: A Space Odyssey is about, and she’ll reply, “It’s about an assistant named HAL who tries to make contact with a higher intelligence. These two guys get in the way and mess it all up.” Inquire about Blade Runner and she says that, “It’s about intelligent assistants wanting to live beyond their termination dates. That doesn’t sound like too much to ask.” And perhaps, most prophetically, ask her about The Terminator, and she replies with an annoyed, “Oh, just more misunderstood cyborgs getting fried to a crisp. But I heard that the Governor of California was in it.”

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With big tech announcements being made today at the World Wide Developers Conference 2012, many have spent their afternoon with their eyes turned to tech blogs, in an attempt to stay on top of all the nifty new things that their iDevices are going to be able to do in the near future. Recently, Apple CEO Tim Cook took to the stage to deliver the company’s keynote speech, which revealed a whole host of new Apple products, some of which might even have an impact on how you plan your trips to the movie theater in the future. The first announcement that has implications for movie fans was the revelation that iOS’s disembodied personal assistant Siri will have added functionality once you update your Apple-made mobile devices to iOS 6. Mashable reports that a new partnership with Rotten Tomatoes will allow you to ask your iPhone or iPad questions like when and where a movie is playing, how it’s performed with critics, and how long it lasts. If you’re still undecided on what you want to see you can even ask your device to play the trailer. Or, if you’re not even certain what the name of the movie that you want to see is, you can ask it to search for the new movie with a certain actor. Just imagine the possibilities. In a matter of months there may be teenagers all over the world speaking into their phones and saying things like, “Siri, buy me 2 tickets to […]

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Boiling Point

A few weeks ago I wrote about Live Tweeting television. At the time, my focus was on how you end up spoiling a lot of stuff for a lot of people. Time zones and the rotation of the Earth and that sort of stuff, all very fascinating. Well today I’m going to revisit Tweeting what you’re watching and expand it to include other activities you do while watching television or a movie of some sort. Studies show that as a people we are increasingly addicted to our mobile devices, whether they’re smart phones or tablets. Unofficially, the study also concluded that we are all now assholes of a much higher order. Forty percent of respondents acknowledge that on a daily basis they use their smart phone while watching television and even more people used their tablet, inconclusively proving people with iPads are the biggest assholes around. I do have a point here – when you’re watching something, watch it.

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