Verizon had deal to put Siri exclusively on Android phones before Apple bought the company

“In February 2010, three weeks after Siri debuted as an independently developed iPhone app, Dag Kittlaus, Siri’s co-founder and chief executive, received a call from a mystery number,” Bianca Bosker reports for The Huffington Post. “It was Steve Jobs and he wanted to meet. The next day.” “Siri’s co-founders spent three hours with Jobs at … Continue reading

CNET reviews Apple’s Podcasts app: All kinds of suck; the worst app Apple ever made

“Podcasts are all kinds of awesome. A Prairie Home Companion, This American Life, Wiretap, The Truth — there’s a virtually endless supply of great listening to be had free of charge,” Rick Broida writes for CNET. “Apple’s Podcasts app, on the other hand, is all kinds of suck,” Broida writes. “It’s so abysmal that I’m … Continue reading

Apple software designers sick of doing things Steve Jobs’ way; ‘civil war’ said breaking out

“It is a touch shocking that Apple, of all companies, has something of an internal riot on its hands,” Nicholas Carlson reports for The Business Insider. “The problem is something called skeuomorphism, which is when a software user-interface is designed in a way that mimics design from the offline, non-software world,” Carlson reports. “For example, … Continue reading

People are calling for this Apple executive’s head over half-baked Maps

“Who’s to blame for Apple’s disappointing Maps experience?” Alyson Shontell reports for The Business Insider. “Fingers are pointing at Apple iOS software Vice President, Scott Forstall, and some say he should be fired over the mess,” Shontell reports. “Maps isn’t Forstall’s first let down either. Last year he unveiled Siri on the iPhone 4S, another … Continue reading