Apple’s first television advertisement for the iPhone 4S began airing on Thursday and it bills the new smartphone as Apple’s most amazing iPhone yet. Titled simply “Assistant,” the ad places Apple’s new virtual personal assistant Siri front and center as it rapidly passes through a montage of iPhone 4S owners calling on Siri for help. One man asks Siri how to tie a bow tie, while a concerned woman asks for the fastest route to Hartford Hospital. A businessman asks Siri to reschedule his meeting and a young girl asks what a weasel looks like. The commercial runs through a dozen scenarios where Siri comes in handy, wrapping things up with a woman who locked herself out of her home. The woman simply states, “I’m locked out,” and Siri quickly uses her GPS location and a web search to replies with “I found 3 locksmiths fairly close to you.” Siri is the gift that keeps on giving, of course, and this is the first of many ads we’ll see touting the iPhone 4S’ most compelling new feature. A video of Apple’s Assistant spot follows below. More →
Robino Films has posted a video which compares 1080p HD video samples captured by both the iPhone 4S and the Canon 5D Mark II side-by-side. The videographer said the iPhone 4S and Canon EOS-5D Mark II were set so that the frame rate, picture style, exposure and shutter speed were “as close as possible.” The Canon 5D Mark II was equipped with a 50mm lens, ISO was set to 160 ~ 640, shutter speed was set to 1/60th, auto-white balance was activated and the camera was set to record at 30 frames per second at 1080p. The iPhone 4S was simply set to AE/AF locked. The results are quite impressive and aside from some changes in color, the videos actually look quite similar. The Canon 5D Mark II with average lens runs around $3,000 and up. Be sure to catch the video after the break below. More →
Research In Motion co-CEO Mike Lazaridis on Thursday issued a public apology to BlackBerry subscribers around the world following a major service outage that has now entered its fourth day. “I apologize for the service outages this week,” Lazaridis said in a video posted to YouTube by RIM. “We’ve let many of you down.” He continued, “You expect better from us. And I expect better from us.” After initially believing the issue causing the outage was resolved late Monday, service interruptions in Europe, the Middle East and Africa persisted on Tuesday when RIM explained that the outage was due to a core switch failure. RIM said on Wednesday that a massive backlog of emails was causing tremendous strain on its systems as the service outage spilled over into India as well as North and South America. “We are working around the clock to fix this,” the Lazaridis said, continuing to explain that the company is now approaching “normal BlackBerry service levels” in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa. The co-chief warned that RIM is not out of the woods yet, however, and there may be some continued instability as the company works toward fully resolving the issues. Lazaridis’ video apology follows below.
UPDATE: Mike Lazaridis announced on a press call at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time Thursday morning that all BlackBerry services have been restored. More →
A short video showcasing Apple’s new iPhone 4S surfaced on Monday, and now we have our first full “YouTube review” of a handset that was seemingly delivered ahead of schedule. YouTube user applemastertouch has posted a video walk-through that is nearly 9 minutes long. In it, he shows off Apple’s brand new smartphone and gives us a thorough look at the device’s most highly anticipated new feature, Siri. Other iOS 5 features make appearances as well, but Siri is the clear star of the show as we see various commends that can — and cannot — be acted on by Apple’s new personal assistant feature. While over a million consumers anxiously await delivery of their iPhone 4S handsets, hit the break for a taste of things to come.
Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. Google’s upcoming flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, has leaked out in video form courtesy of Gadget.ro, and it’s almost a minute and half of pure Google. Ice Cream Sandwich looks like an evolution of Honeycomb, and it certainly does look like it will be at home on both smartphones and tablets. There are also thankfully some nice subtle design enhancements that start to make Android seem more cohesive. Video is after the break.
Samsung just cranked our anticipation meters up to 11. The phone maker on Wednesday posted a teaser video for the Nexus Prime, which is expected to be unveiled during Samsung’s Unpacked event in San Diego on Tuesday, October 11th, alongside Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The video does not reveal much about the phone or Ice Cream Sandwich, but we do see the Nexus Prime appears to be incredibly thin and it will sport a curved glass display similar to the one on the Nexus S. Additionally, there are three small metal dots on the side, which suggests it may support one or more dock accessories. Ice Cream Sandwich is expected to run on both tablets and smartphones, merging Honeycomb and Gingerbread features into a single Android build. BGR will be reporting live from the event, where we will hear all of the details on the new operating system, the Nexus Prime hardware and more. Samsung’s full teaser video follows below.
A record number of visitors dropped by BGR on Tuesday for our coverage of Apple’s press conference, but there’s nothing like seeing all the action for yourself. As such, Apple has posted video of today’s “Let’s talk iPhone” event, during which it unveiled a new iPod nano, a new iPod touch, Siri and of course, the iPhone 4S. Curious to see how new Apple chief Tim Cook did in his first event at the helm full time? Interested in seeing Apple’s Siri demos? Wondering how the crowd responded when it realized there was no iPhone 5? A link to Apple’s video follows below. More →
We just saw the Amazon Kindle Fire in person, and it really is about as close as it comes to a BlackBerry PlayBook as far as the exterior goes. It’s nearly identical save for the Amazon branding, and the lack of a camera and microphone. The touch panel and screen are the same, and the exterior casing is almost an exact replica. As far as the software, Amazon’s heavily-customized Android OS looks to be just perfect for what Amazon intend for users to do with this tablet — watch movies, read books, play music, browse the web and spend money on Amazon services. We saw games being played, movies being watched, and the web browser in use, and while it was mostly smooth, there were notable hiccups and stutters when switching between apps and tasks. All in all, at $199, it’s an incredibly compelling offer, though the new Kindle or Kindle touch for $79 and $99, respectively, seem more attractive to us in addition to an iPad or Android tablet. Check the gallery below for our hands-on images and check out the video after the break!More →
Just a few months before Pixar CEO and NeXT founder Steve Jobs would rejoin Apple and eventually regain his position as its chief executive the following year, PBS aired an interview with Jobs that would end up being an insight into the strategy that not only propelled Apple in its early years, but also would help it to become the technology giant it is today. Louis Rukeyser conducted the interview and in his second question, he asked Jobs “What went wrong at Apple?” which at that point in time was in the midst of collapsing. Jobs’s response:
Oh gosh. You know I haven’t been there in a long time. My perception may not be complete. But from the way I see it, Apple was a company that was based on innovation. When I left Apple ten years ago, we were ten years ahead of anybody else. It took Microsoft ten years to copy Windows.
The problem was that Apple stood still. Even though it invested cumulatively billions in R&D, the output has not been there. People have caught up with it, and its differentiation has eroded, in particular with respect to Microsoft.
And so the way out for Apple — and I think Apple still has a future; there are some awfully good people there and there is tremendous brand loyalty to that company — I think the way out is not to slash and burn, it’s to innovate. That’s how Apple got to its glory, and that’s how Apple could return to it.
Several months after the interview aired, Jobs would sell what was left of his software company NeXT to Apple for $429 million — its NextSTEP operating system would become the foundation of OS X — and rejoin the company. A clip of PBS’s interview with Jobs follows below, and the full 9-minute interview can be found on the read link. More →
We’ve already seen an 11-minute walk-through video comparing a new Windows 8 beta tablet to an iPad 2 running iOS 5, but there are plenty of features Microsoft is cooking up that didn’t make it into the beta release of the OS. In a new video, Microsoft highlights a handful of currently unavailable applications that make use of the oft-praised Metro user interface Windows 8 borrowed from the Windows Phone platform. In the video, Microsoft shows off several apps including Mail, Calendar, People, Messaging and Photos, which features seamless Facebook and Flickr integration. The People application also features Facebook integration, pulling Facebook friends and address book contacts into a single stream. Microsoft’s full demo video follows below. More →
Microsoft’s OS of the future will make its way to a range of devices, but all eyes are on one market in particular: tablets. Microsoft is beyond focused on proving that it can compete in the tablet space, which is currently dominated by Apple’s iPad line. WinRumors sat down with an Apple iPad 2 running the latest iOS 5 beta and a Windows 8 tablet prototype on Thursday, and spent nearly 11 minutes comparing the two slates on camera. The video runs through a wide range of functions, giving users a good idea of how the two devices match up. Of course, the Windows 8 build on the tablet in the video is an early beta that is likely about a year away from release, but Microsoft chose to make the build available to the public so it’s obviously open season for showdowns. WinRumors’ full head-to-head video comparison follows below. More →
BGR exclusively reported last week that AT&T’s 4G LTE network has gone live in both Chicago and Atlanta, and at that time it was unclear if LTE was only available intermittently for testing or if the network had been soft-launched. Here we are a week later and the network is still live in both of these markets — and in the Dallas/Forth Worth area as well as in Houston, BGR has learned — so it is likely safe to say the latter is the case. More importantly in light of the fact that Labor Day is behind us and AT&T has been touting a summer launch for months, the carrier should make the launches official any day now. Considering AT&T’s network was recently ranked worst in the nation by J.D. Power, 4G LTE service can’t come soon enough. In the meantime, however, BGR was sent a video of AT&T’s new $700 Jetstream tablet running on the carrier’s LTE network in Chicago. A speed test shows that downloads peaked at over 22Mbps while upload speeds climbed above 6Mbps. AT&T’s previous-generation fourth-generation HSPA+ network is hardly lacking in the speed department, but it looks like LTE will top its performance and then some. A video showcasing a live test of AT&T’s 4G LTE speeds on the HTC Jetstream follows below. More →