Fed up with the hassle of being asked by the FBI to create a “backdoor” in iPhone software that would let them snoop on people’s private information, Apple took the unprecedented step of buying the law enforcement agency. “Normally, Federal agencies aren’t for sale,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “But we’ve got so much money, we can do what we want. Now at last we can find out how the FBI cracked that one guy’s iPhone in San Bernardino, and Apple customers will rest assured that never again will the FBI or any other law enforcement agency be able to repeat it.” Cook wouldn’t say how much Apple paid for the FBI, but it’s rumored to be around $5 billion. All Cook would say about the price was, “It’s worth it.”
Apple now makes powerful desktop computers, laptops, ultra-light laptops, tablets and new iPhones that are basically pocket computers. The only thing missing was a desktop machine that can make phone calls – until now. This morning Apple CEO Tim Cook announced in a special call to investors that the technology company will be introducing the iPhone Desk, the world’s first desktop smartphone. With its 27-inch screen and running the new Apple operating system called Mavericks, the iPhone Desk combines the versatility of an iPhone 5s with the raw power of a Mac Pro 12-core desktop computer, giving it unprecedented capabilities – such as the ability to make 1,200 FaceTime phone calls simultaneously. Cook wouldn’t say when the iPhone Desk would be on the market, but Apple watchers estimate that the device would be ready by Spring.
Siri, the voice-controlled computerized intelligent personal assistant app for iPhone is handy when you need information or directions. But what if you’re Amish? You still have questions and need answers, but you can’t have modern appliances of any kind. The answer is Sarah. Sarah is an intelligent personal assistant who actually follows you around and answers any questions you have. Want to know how far it is to the nearest church? Ask Sarah. Want to know which is the best kind of horse for plowing? Ask Sarah. Want to know what the weather is going to be, or if you have any appointments that day, or how rich was King Nebukadnezzer? Simply ask Sarah, and if she doesn’t know the answer, she’ll consult the Bible that she always carries with her. Finally, Amish people can have all the information that other folks have – and still not have to leave the year 1850!
Sarah, the Amish Personal Assistant, $5.95/month
Personal voice assistants for your smartphone – like Siri for the iPhone and Speaktoit for Android phones – are great for answering questions. But they use tremendous amounts of bandwidth as they search through the Internet for answers. Now there’s a personal voice assistant app that uses crowdsourcing for its information. Instead of searching online, the new Quiri™ app asks other smartphone owners for answers. When you ask Quiri, for example, “When does City Hall close on Thursdays?”, Quiri will ask a smartphone user in that area, who will then respond with the answer. That means every once in a while, you’ll be asked by Quiri to provide some information that another smartphone user has asked for. It might be “What’s the population of (your town)?” Or “How many hours of daylight are there on October 19?” Or “Who was kicked off Dancing With The Stars on Tuesday?” Or even “How many nanometers are there in a cubic hectare?” Simply key in the answer, and Quiri will provide that information to the person who asked. Quiri will provide more up-to-date information than other personal voice assistants, because it asks people in real time – and one of them could be you!
Quiri for iPhone and Android, $9.95
Thanks to a mathematical breakthrough, people are now able to get answers to questions that have never before been answered – or even asked! Like how long is 12%? How many hours until a gallon? These questions and more have eluded scientists and mathematicians for thousands of years. Now there’s a smartphone app that puts it all at your fingertips! The AskAway app utilizes new mathematical concepts to compare and calculate disparate subjects – so you can ask it anything and get an instant answer! Is a foot more colorful than a kilogram? Which is more valuable, 30 mph or the diameter of a circle? How many yards in a week? With the AskAway app, just ask away!
AskAway app for iPhone, Android or Simbian OS, $2.99
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