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You might remember Jon Rubinstein as the Apple executive turned Palm CEO who helped spearhead development of the short-lived Palm Pre, a device which many initially thought might put Apple on the defensive.
The way things played out, however, couldn’t have been more different. Since the Pre first launched in 2009, Apple has gone on to sell millions upon millions of iPhones while the Palm Pre, not to mention Palm, are now all but non-existent.
I asked, “Siri: Is it safe to be driving and talking to you?” Siri conducted a web search and probably won’t be pleased with the results. In a recent AAA study, researchers found that letting drivers text and send email with voice commands is actually more distracting just simply talking on a cellphone.
“Compared to other activities studied, we found that interacting with the speech-to-text system was the most cognitively distracting,” wrote the researchers. “This clearly suggests that the adoption of voice-based systems in the vehicle may have unintended consequences that adversely affect traffic safety.”
Apple has released an update to its AirPort Utility app for the Mac, bringing it up to version 6.3. It adds the ability to extend a guest Wi-Fi network across multiple AirPort base stations, support for WPS-capable printers, and improved international support. It’s a free download, as always.
The 6.3 update requires an Intel-based Mac running 10.7.5 or later. You can grab it right now through Software Update, or head on over to Apple’s update site.
It’s time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring a handy list from Dealnews and our own hand-picked selections that include some sweet deals on iOS and OS X software (all prices are USD). Prices are subject to change.
Deals from Dealnews
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- Other World Computing: [Computer Accessories] OWC 2012 Featured Move ‘em Out Sale: RAM, accessories, HDDs, more
- Other World Computing: [Digital Video Capture Devices] Refurb Elgato EyeTV HD Video Recorder for Mac for $128 + free shipping
- MacUpdate Promo: [Mac Software] MoneyWiz for Mac downloads for $13
- MegaMacs: [23-Inch LCDs] Refurb Apple 23″ Aluminum Cinema LCD Display for $230 + $17 s&h
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- Monoprice.com: [24-Inch LCDs Or Larger] Monoprice 27″ IPS ZERO-G LED LCD Display for $352 + $21 s&h (updated)
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While watching Apple’s keynote earlier this week, I was particularly struck by Craig Federighi’s presentation. He was affable, felt comfortable on stage, was informative, interacted with the audience, and even had a few zingers to boot.
That said, it’s likely no coincidence that Federighi received the most stage time on Monday, handling presentation duties both for OS X Mavericks and iOS 7.