Jun 112012

During the WWDC keynote that you were no doubt glued to today, Apple announced that Siri had gained some considerable intelligence. On display was new functionality for launching apps, checking sports scores and stats, making reservations at a restaurant (in partnership with OpenTable) and the ability to check movie times at your local theater and read reviews through Rotten Tomatoes.  The breadth of new functions struck me, especially when thinking about Siri’s applications for anything Apple decides to do with television.

When I was screwing around with the notion of Apple making a play in the television market last week, I scribbled some illustrations for the remote device I described in this post. I devoted a page to Siri requests – specifically, what are the kinds of things I’d want to be able to do with Siri functionality? Here’s my hacked-up page detailing my dream questions for Siri, questions that she’d be able to handle with her characteristic grace:

I'm geographically obligated to watch Buffalo sports team. Pity me.

Watching Scott Forstall ask Siri about various sports scores and standings, I’m convinced that this technology has a future as the cornerstone of Apple’s vision for television. Although Apple gave away nothing regarding the future of the AppleTV, the beefed-up Siri demo has me licking my chops and wondering what else is possible.

 Posted by at 3:06 pm
Jun 112012

When OEMs attempt to defend themselves against Apple’s patent lawsuits, their approach is usually “take whatever patents we have, however they may apply” and throw them at Apple in an attempt to jam up the gears of the justice system. If you ask Samsung, the tactic works remarkably well. Taking the tactic to the extreme, last year HTC attempted to defend itself from Apple with five patents it acquired from Google.

The business model for Larry's Lemonade and IP Stand just took a hit

Unfortunately for HTC, the ITC just threw them out, claiming it didn’t have the standing to use them. Apparently, Google attempted to “assign the rights” for HTC to use them, but didn’t actually give them anything. This is the level of support you’d expect Google to give to its OEMs. I guess it’s the thought that counts.

 Posted by at 11:15 am
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