Remains of the Day: The day the music died
Apple drove the Siri to the Chevy, but the Chevy was dry; Steve Ballmer sang for the king and queen in a coat he borrowed from Steve Jobs; and a verdict is returned on Apple’s latest power adapter. The remainders for Wednesday, June 20, 2012 caught the last train for the coast.
The Eyes Free car integration mode that Apple mentioned during its recent WWDC keynote looks like it will first arrive on domestic cars. The Chevrolet Spark and Chevrolet Sonic will be two of the first cars to boast the feature, which lets you control Siri by pressing a button on the steering wheel. That way you can say “Siri, give me directions to grandma’s house," or, in an emergency, “Siri, take the wheel!”
Microsoft kept PC partners in dark about Surface (Microsoft)
Someone really should tell Microsoft that secrets can hurt feelings. It seems Redmond wasn’t entirely forthcoming with its PC manufacturing partners about its plans to build the Surface tablet. Granted, those manufacturing partners now know exactly what we all know about the device’s price and availability.
Speaking of the Surface, the folks at ReadWriteWeb put together this video mash-up of Microsoft’s press conference with Steve Jobs’s iPad introduction in 2010. Man, looking at Steve Jobs and Steve Ballmer side-by-side—it’s like looking in a mirror. Well, a terrifying funhouse mirror, anyway.
Apple Summer Camp (Apple)
Are you an aspiring young filmmaker? Or a parent who would like to get an aspiring young filmmaker out of the house this summer? Sign them up for Apple’s three day in-store workshop, which helps kids record footage, edit it, and show their movie off to their parents and peers in a film festival. Now if only J.J. Abrams would stop submitting Super 8 every year.
The MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Adapter (One Foot Tsunami)
Still on the fence about picking up Apple’s $10 MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter? Rogue Amoeba’s Paul Kafasis has the only review you ever need to read.