Remains of the Day: Lost and gone forever
Siri’s losing time, Samsung’s losing the tablet race, and one law enforcement agency can’t lose its current smartphones fast enough. The remainders for Wednesday, February 29, 2012 once were lost, but now are found.
Apparently, the iPhone 4S’s virtual assistant reports that daylight savings time starts on March 7 when it doesn’t actually begin until March 11. Apparently Siri confused daylight savings time with April Fools' Day. Again.
I know it’s early in 2012, but I think we’ve got a candidate for Understatement of the Year.
The forthcoming blockbuster John Carter, directed by Pixar’s Andrew Stanton, is dedicated to the memory of Steve Jobs. Who once saved Mars from catastrophic destruction at the hands of evil.
More feds ditch BlackBerrys (Politco)
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is planning to trade in its agents’ BlackBerries for iPhones, in a process that should be complete in about a year. Hopefully they’ll be able to carry them in sweet shoulder holsters, like those ones on Mathnet.
The iPhone 4s being built in Foxconn’s Brazilian factories are now on sale to inhabitants of the country, though—as MacRumors points out—the prices for the handsets are still much higher than elsewhere in the world. Of course there’s no Apple Store in Brazil yet, but only because they can’t figure out how to sell iPhones by slicing them off giant skewers.
If you’ve ever wondered what it would look and sound like for a musician to play one of his songs on an iPad while being driven around in a black cab—and I know I have—wonder no longer. I don’t know, all I could think while watching this is that this guy needs to put his seatbelt on.
A Better Finder Rename 9 - The batch-renaming utility gets an interface overhaul, which puts everything—both files to be renamed and the renaming criteria—in a single window. It also adds the ability to reorder items within a file list via drag-and-drop, and can now use more than 100 metatags as sorting keys. Version 9 is a free upgrade for customers who purchased the app since January 2011 or who have purchased the Forever Upgrade option. Otherwise, it's $10 from the Mac App Store or from the publicspace.net store.
Checkout 3.1 - Acclivity NYC has released an updated version of its Mac point-of-sale software app. Version 3.1 includes a fix for bugs in the program’s Stock Room and rounding procedures, improves Enstore sync for larger stores, and incorporates AccountEdge Pro and Basic into Ledger export. Checkout 3.1 is a free update available to existing Checkout customers; otherwise, pricing starts at $500.