The iPad mini rumour gains some steam, even as the current iPad gets ready for cold weather. Meanwhile Siri bones up on sports and plane-spotting.
That might be overstating the case by, oh, about 162. Long story short: A 7.85-inch iPad would have the same pixels per inch as a pre-Retina iPhone and the same resolution as a pre-Retina iPad. Synergy! (It's not just for putting on your toast any more.)
Everest Climbing Gear--Then and Now (National Geographic)
The iPad will be making its way to the top of the world this spring, as part of a National Geographic trek up Mount Everest. Good thing those puppies run a little warm.
Why Sports Scores Are Coming Natively to Siri (Evan Coleman)
"Siri, who's winning the Red Sox-Yankees game?" Right now, that query will just prompt the iPhone 4S's virtual assistant to run a Web search for you. But in the future--the future!--Siri might actually be able to give you that score, if developer Evan Coleman is right. Hopefully, Siri will also be able to use geolocation to add, for the virtue of us Boston natives, that the Yankees suck.
Let Siri Find Airplanes Over Your Head (52tiger)
Speaking of Siri, here's a neat tip: You can ask Siri to search Wolfram Alpha for planes overhead, and it'll tell you which flights are passing over your current location. I wonder if Siri speaks jive?
Steve Jobs Posthumously Honored by Cupertino Chamber (PaloAltoPatch)
Cupertino's Chamber of Commerce posthumously honored Steve Jobs with the President's Award at the organization's Service Teamwork Achievement Recognition (STAR) awards this past weekend. Apple senior manager for state and local government affairs, Michael Foulkes, accepted the award on Jobs's behalf, saying that the former CEO "hated awards, especially awards about him."
If you've been waiting to read the Harry Potter books until you could (legally) download them onto your e-reader, now is your chance. Also, who the heck are you?
Avira Free Mac Security - Avira's latest antivirus solution is aimed at both consumers and businesses. The software can perform scheduled scans of your Mac, and can update itself automatically so that it can catch the latest virus and malware threats. Users can create different scan profiles so that specific files and folders are inspected. The included Avira Management Console lets you use the software on a server to provide protection to clients on the network. Free.
Logic Pro 9.1.7 - Apple has released the latest version of its music writing, recording, and editing software Logic Pro for Mac. Logic Pro 9.1.7 resolves issues related to downloading and installing content. It also updates compatibility with GarageBand for iOS projects and fixes a bug that produced an error message when editing fades. £139.99; upgrade is free for Logic Pro 9 users.