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Apple’s New Siri Technology Has a (Hilarious) Mind of Its Own

Apple’s voice-recognition technology, Siri, has been lauded for its groundbreaking ability to understand natural human language rather than just simple commands. In the past, most people have used it for various mundane activities — finding the nearest sushi restaurant or theater showtimes for a movie, for example.

In its most recent incarnation, you can even ask it questions (“Will it rain today?”) and it’ll use GPS to spit out an accurate answer. But some creative folks have tested Siri’s abilities on the new iPhone 4S with rather amusing results.

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Online Schools
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The Scary Statistics on How Much We Use Phones and Computers [INFOGRAPHIC]

It’s no secret that a lot of us these days practically live on our computers and smartphones — but what exactly do we do with them?

According to this infographic created by Online Schools, the answer is “practically everything.”

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Category: Photos, Technology
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Freddie Mercury’s Birthday Honored With Google Doodle [VIDEO]

To commemorate what would have been Queen singer Freddie Mercury’s 65th birthday this weekend, Google published a Mercury-ized doodle on their homepage, along with an accompanying animated video. The clip imagines the late star (who passed away in 1991 due to AIDS complications), cavorting through a heavenscape packed with 8-bit objects and some of his most iconic outfits.

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Category: Music, Technology
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Brendan Smialowski, Getty Images
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Apple Loses Another iPhone Prototype in a Bar

In a replay from an incident last year, another Apple employee lost another iPhone prototype in yet another Bay Area bar. If this keeps up, they’re going to start surgically implanting new phones into developers’ arms.

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Category: Technology
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Woman Conned Into Paying $180 for iPad That Was Just a Block of Wood

Ashley McDowell of Spartanberg, South Carolina probably thought she was a master negotiator when she haggled with two men a McDonald’s parking lot for a new iPad, getting the price down from $300 to $180. But when McDowell got home and opened the box, she instead found a plank of wood.

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Category: Technology, Weird News
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Justin Sullivan, Getty Images
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Facebook Costs American Companies a Staggering $280 Billion a Year

Checking your Facebook status could lead to your company’s downfall.

Okay, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but tech blogger Michael Fitzgerald was able to calculate that workers wasting time on the social networking site costs US companies $280 billion in annual productivity losses.

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Category: Technology
YouTube
YouTube
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Bridesmaid Attends Friend’s Wedding Via iPad [VIDEO]

Despite being chosen as a bridesmaid, Rene wasn’t able to make the trip to Colorado for her friend Jamie’s wedding. Thanks to technology, she was still able to take part in the big day in more than just spirit — by virtually attending the nuptials via iPad.

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Category: Technology, Weird News
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Study Finds Decreased Social Media Use Among Many Younger People

A study by technology research firm Gartner, which recently surveyed 6,295 people between the ages of 13 and 74, reveals almost a quarter of 18- to 29-year-olds use social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter less than when they first signed up for the services, with many saying the services simply aren’t that much fun anymore.

“The trend shows some social media fatigue among early adopters,” says Brian Blau, research director at Gartner. “And the fact that 31 percent of younger consumers indicated that they were getting bored with their social network is a situation that social media providers should monitor, as they will need to innovate and diversify to keep consumer attention.”

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YouTube
YouTube
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This Super-Tiny Computer Actually Works [VIDEO]

With the latest Macbook Air weighing in at just over two pounds, it seems that computers just keep getting smaller and smaller — and this one, smaller than a human finger, is positively byte-sized.

The coolest part? It actually works.

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NBC
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Chimp Attack Victim Charla Nash Reveals Her New Face on ‘Today’ [VIDEO]

It’s been more than two years since Charla Nash was savagely attacked and mauled by a chimpanzee. Nash received terrible wounds at the hands of the 200-pound animal, which tore off her nose, eyelids and hands and she was forced to cover her face with a veil.

But Nash’s recovery took a groundbreaking turn when she received a full face transplant in May. Her new face was revealed for the first time on ‘Today’ this morning.

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An Arcade Racing Game That Actually Drives [VIDEO]

Remember going to the arcade as a kid and playing those driving simulation games? Well, what if instead just sitting there when we revved the engines and hit the gas, the things actually moved?

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YouTube
YouTube
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Couple Has Their Wedding Officiated By a Computer [VIDEO]

Miguel Hanson and Diana Wesley of Houston, Texas had planned on having a friend officiate their wedding. But when that fell through, the two self-professed geeks simply coded a program for a virtual minister — named Reverend Bit — and had a computer do the job instead.

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Category: Technology, Weird News

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