At the Ford Futures event in Belgium, the Blue Oval unveiled a pair of prototypes that could make cars of the not-too-distant future a fair bit more self-sufficient than they are today. First up is a system called the Fully Assisted Parking Aid. At first blush it seems a little more advanced than the self-parking systems currently available on modern cars, which scan the road for suitably large openings and slot themselves in. Ford's new system takes that idea a step further by letting the driver step out and walk away before the car parks itself. This certainly has … Read more
Apple's Siri might have finally found its true voice.
Susan Bennett, a voice actor from suburban Atlanta, told CNN in an interview published Friday that she's the voice behind Siri. To confirm her claim, CNN worked with an audio forensics expert who claims with 100 percent certainty that the voice of Siri is, in fact, hers.
The story behind Siri's voice starts in 2005, when Bennett was asked to recite words, phrases, and other "nonsensical" things in her home studio.… Read more
Less than a day after personal assistant service Cue announced plans to shut down, a new report points to Apple as the reason.
AppleInsider says the mobile service, which launched last June, was snapped up by Apple for a price as high as $35 million.
Seemingly confirming that a deal was made, an Apple spokesperson said it "buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."
Cue did not respond to a request for comment.
Cue provided quick information panels, similar to Google Now, which were compiled from e-mail, … Read more
The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday proposed fining five wireless service providers a total of $14.4 million for allegedly defrauding a federal phone subsidy program.
The goal of Lifeline, which offered hefty discounts on phone service to qualifying low-income households, was to ensure contact with families, employers, and emergency services. However, a review of the program conducted by The Wall Street Journal found that 41 percent of the 6 million people who benefited from Lifeline were unable to prove their eligibility or failed to answer requests for verification from their carriers.
The US government spent about $2.2 billion … Read more
Tesla chief executive Elon Musk is in a word, ambitious. He announced on Wednesday that his electric car company was embarking on the creation of a self-driving automobile within the next three years. On Thursday, he reinforced this announcement on Twitter by posting an open call for people to come work on the project.
Intense effort underway at Tesla to develop a practical autopilot system for Model S— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 18, 2013
Engineers interested in working on autonomous driving, pls email email@example.com. Team will report directly to me.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 18, 2013
Tesla's … Read more
Recently, smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S4 have come equipped with optical sensors that track users' eye movements, and scroll or pause text and images accordingly. Now, a similar approach is being employed on tablet-based training software.
Mindflash, which is marketing the online training solution, calls the new capability the "look-away feature." As the company puts it: FocusAssist monitors trainee attention and pauses a training course in the Mindflash application when trainees look away.
"Organizations concerned about trainee distraction and compliance during self-paced remote training can now have greater confidence that critical information is being reviewed and understood," Mindflash says. … Read more
Album Artwork Assistant for Mac doesn't automate the task of adding cover art to your iTunes library, but it's more accurate than some other utilities that do and much easier than doing it, manually.
We installed Album Artwork Assistant for Mac without issues and launched it to give it a try. Though the interface seemed intuitive, we were actually a bit befuddled with how to get started. The app window appeared and displayed the tracks of the last album we'd listened to in iTunes in the top half of the window. Below the track list was a … Read more
After purchasing a new hard drive or managing a corrupt one on an older Mac, you can install your current version of OS X even though you might not have a working Recovery option (on the drive or through Internet Recovery) present on your system.
New Mac systems built in 2010 and later support an Internet Recovery mode, which can be used to download the boot image generally stored on the OS X Recovery partition so you can run diagnostics. This mode is convenient to have, since errors with the hard drive or a blank hard drive could prevent the … Read more
Apple's Windows Migration Assistant for Mac lets users transfer network files from a PC to their Mac and offers all the ease of use and effectiveness you'd expect from a Mac tool.
Apple Windows Migration Assistant for Mac downloads as an EXE file and you'll need to install it on the PC you want to grab files from. Even though the app is around 5MB in size, the download took longer than expected. The installation was smooth, though, as there was a native installer present. For the transfer to work, both Mac and PC need to be … Read more