Remains of the Day: Tougher than diamonds
To paraphrase Huey Lewis, Apple products are a bit like the power of love: You don’t need money, don’t take fame—you just need a credit card to ride this train. Meanwhile, Canadians get on speaking terms with Siri and a centuries old publication bids adieu to the physical realm. The remainders for Wednesday, March 14, 2012 are strong and sudden and, yes, cruel sometimes—but they might just save your life.
Turns out Apple doesn’t play favorites: Celebrities have just as hard a time getting their hands on Cupertino’s hot new devices as we plebes do. I can almost hear them crying into their diamond tumblers and fancy Italian sports cars.
Apple Updates Siri in Canada with Improved Time and Weather Capabilities (iPhone in Canada Blog)
Good news, Canadians! Siri can now report the time and the weather in the great white north. There’s even a localized voice that ends every sentence in “eh?”
1080p video smackdown: iTunes vs. Blu-ray (Ars Technica)
How does a 1080p iTunes video file stack up against a Blu-ray disc? Pretty darn close, it turns out, at least to the untutored eye, though Blu-ray still comes out slightly on top. Really, though, the only sad part of this test is that they had to watch 30 Days of Night. Twice.
Using Mac OS X for the First Time (YouTube)
Chris Pirillo records his dad using Mac OS X for the first time. Pretty impressive: By the end of the video, he’s hacked into the Pentagon and diverted cash to his personal slush fund.
After 244 Years, Encyclopaedia Britannica Stops the Presses (New York Times)
Encyclopedia Britannica plans to stop producing its print version after 244 years. This is Wikipedia playing the long game, people—a paper version of the site will be on bookshelves just as soon as someone finishes printing it out.
Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.10 - Adds RAW image compatibility to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11 for a slew of cameras, including the Canon PowerShot G1 X, Nikon D4, some Panasonic Lumixes, the Samsung NX200, and the Alpha NEX-7 and NEX-VG20 from Sony. Free.