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Does the iPhone's Siri really respond the way it does in that Zooey Deschanel commercial?


Zooey Deschanel in an Apple iPhone ad

OK, fine, so I find Zooey Deschanel delightful and have seen her iPhone commercial numerous times and not fast forwarded past it.

But does Siri actually work the way the iPhone commercial would have you believe? One man put it to the test, asking his phone the same questions Zooey did, and the answer is, kind of!

The most striking part was that, yes, Siri appears to work a bit slower in real life. Still, it responded closer to the commercial response than I expect, so point to you, Apple!

(But really, if I ask Siri to set an alarm it will set it for 9 a.m.? If this is a weekend, Siri's getting thrown out a window. Oh, and Zooey, were you asking if it was raining because you were confused about what that water falling from the sky was?)

I'm also happy to report that the TV network upfronts where they talk about their fall lineups are this week, and "New Girl" is back for more (set in our fair city of Los Angeles). I will continue to watch the stories of life in an apartment way nicer than anything I will ever live in in this city (or likely anywhere).


The fashion of Steve Jobs - Not just black turtlenecks

Apple's legendary leader Steve Jobs became known for his trademark black turtleneck and jeans, but that wasn't the only version of Jobs' aesthetic. As Jobs steps down from his iconic run as Apple's CEO, a look back at the looks that defined the man.

In this 1970s photo of a young Steve Jobs with Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak, Jobs has a beatnik meets hippie look going on, but you can already see that turtleneck collar he would later make his calling card.

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Jobs has tried on a variety of facial hair, but while displaying the Apple II in 1977, he goes with a pretty standard business look with a shirt and tie.

Apple Computers Inc./AP

The height of 1980s business fashion sense, Jobs goes clean cut with a suit and a bow tie, showing off an early Macintosh in 1984. It was still black and white, and the early Macintoshes didn't even have internal hard drives the way we've come to know them, relying on diskettes.