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253: Eatercising

Chris C.



This week's CultCast...

Tips, tricks, and techniques to take beautiful iPhone photos and build a following on Instagram. Plus: the crazy exploding Samsung Galaxy Note saga ends in a strange twist; rumors point to Macs with radically new e-ink keyboards;  and an honest look at Siri vs. the AI competition.

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On the show this week:

Intro - Freedom of choice!

Earin wireless earbuds

Apple may be working on keyboard with e-ink display keys

  • A Redditor namede Foxconninsider recently posted about a new Smart Keyboard claimed to be a working e-ink keyboard prototype potentially coming to both iMac and MacBook devices sometime in 2018.  

  • The Guardian is now corroborating the keyboard with a claim that Apple CEO, Tim Cook has met with Sonder founder Serra-Martins in while in China.

Samsung mercifully puts Galaxy Note 7 out of its misery

  • Samsung has permanently stopped production of its once-acclaimed new smartphone flagship. Owners will be able to return their phones for a refund or to swap it out for another Samsung device.

  • The handset was allegedly rushed to market due to Samsung’s confidence that the iPhone 7 would turn out to be a box office dud.

LOL: Galaxy Note 7 return kit includes fire-proof box and gloves

  • If you bought your Note online from Samsung,returning it could be tricky. In the United Kingdom, the Post Office won’t even accept packages that contain the device.

  • Fortunately, Samsung has a solution. Its special Note 7 return kit was designed with explosions in mind, and it includes thermally-insulated packaging with a ceramic fiber paper lining, and gloves that ensure you won’t suffer burns while handling the device.

Mossberg: Why does Siri seem so dumb?

  • When was the last time Siri delighted you with a satisfying and surprising answer or action?

  • Siri started as an iOS app in 2009, then was purchased by Apple and introduced again in the iPhone 4S

  • It seems to me that Apple has wasted its lead with Siri. And now Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and others are on the march

  • If you try and treat Siri like a truly intelligent assistant, aware of the wider world, it often fails

  • (Weather on Crete, Presidential Nominees) Google Now, on the same Apple devices, using the same voice input, answered every one of these questions clearly and correctly

  • Siri is too limited and unreliable to be an effective weapon for Apple in the coming AI wars. It seems stagnant

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