Just like thousands of Apple fans across the globe, we were in line first thing this AM to get our hands on the new iPhone 4s. We couldn't wait to have our first meeting with Siri, the personal assistant that, according to Apple's Website "lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. Ask Siri to do things just by talking the way you talk. Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back. Siri is so easy to use and does so much, you’ll keep finding more and more ways to use it."
Understands what you say, knows what you mean! OK, we felt confident she could help us find good Thai food or know to retrieve text messages, but would she grasp some of the most important questions in all of pop culture? We put her to the test, asking her the following:
Who Let the Dogs Out?
What's My Age Again?
What Is Love?
Where Is My Mind?
Who Are You?
Why So Serious?
Why Don't We Do It In The Road?
How's It Gonna Be?
Should I Stay Or Should I Go?
How Can We Be Lovers If We Can't Be Friends?
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
What About Bob?
Who Can It Be Now?
Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?
The answers to most questions? "I do not understand." Apple has said that Siri will improve over time, because she can adapt to you and Apple will also upgrade her brain. We plan on putting her to the test again soon here in our Newsroom. Please leave suggestions for other pop culture mysteries we can pose to her below or on our Facebook page.
It's a sad, sad night as we reflect on the genius of Steve Jobs, who left us today at the just-too-soon age of 56.
Many of us grew up hearing stories of the wonders of Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell and wondered "what was life like before a light bulb or a telephone." But we were lucky enough to experience that change first hand as Jobs and his wizards at Apple created products that not only changed the way we lived everyday, but the way we saw the world.
As the news broke across Twitter, we stopped and realized that everyone in the newsroom had either an iPhone, iPod or iPad at the ready. White headphones were everywhere. One editor yelled "my first mixtape to a girl was actually a playlist on an iPod." Someone with a few years on him had made a mixtape on an actual cassette but admitted that the first movie he showed his young son had actually -- and fittingly -- been a Pixar film on an iPad. One actually remembered the first book report he had typed on his Apple IIe.
It's hard to think about just how much the products from this visionary seep into our lives. And we are sure they are major parts of yours. Please share with us just how Jobs and his universe play a part in yours. We'll be highlighting your thoughts in the coming days across MTV.
Violence has stretched into its fourth day in London and other English cities. Looting and violence -- initiated over the death of a man in an incident involving armed police in north London -- now has turned into what the police are calling "copycat criminal activity."
Countless citizens and multiple businesses have been affected and now our friends at MTV Hive bring to our attention to how the British music industry was affected by the rioting. A massive 200,000-square foot warehouse fire engulfed at Sony/PIAS’s main distribution center in London and hundreds of labels that rely on the facility for UK album deliveries and are coping with devastating losses and emergency contingency plans. What will it mean to the music biz overseas? Read More at Hive >>>
Sony Corporation announced Tuesday (August 5) that it will buy out Bertelsmann's 50 percent ownership in Sony BMG for $1.2 billion, giving the Japanese electronics and entertainment company complete ownership of an extensive roster of artists (including Alicia Keys and many others) and record labels like Arista, Jive and Epic.
The newly dubbed Sony Music Entertainment Inc. will be owned by Sony Corp. of America, while Bertelsmann will control portions of Sony BMG's European music catalog. The split marks the end of a four-year venture made in August 2004.
Seems like those long-standing rumors about Kanye West and fiancee Alexis Phifer splitting up are true, according to "a source close to the couple" who spoke with Usmagazine.com.
The source told the site that "Kanye is possessed by the tour and everything going on and just couldn't keep it going. They are still friends and have broken up and gotten back together before, so it could work out."
A rep for West had no comment, said the site.
Sources close to West had previously told Us that he would tie the knot with Phifer to honor his late mother Donda’s wish that they make their relationship official.
So as those of you under the legal drinking age are well aware, Miley Cyrus and her bud Mandy have posted a response to Madonna's "4 Minutes" video. And not only are the kids talking 'bout it, but it looks as if Madge herself may have been watching.
But something happened on the way to the party: While the Material Dance Queen was having a good time feeling relevant with today's youth, her album leaked. Well, most of it. And she is so going to kill somebody. Lola, get in your room and take the Malawian kid with you! I'm gonna eat a carb!!
Or something like that. Anyway, we're here in New York, faaaaaar away from her 46-bedroom LA cottage, so we're safe -- until her army of publicists finds us. But here at MTV News (well, at least at Newsroom), we can't help but give these tracks a listen. I mean, the ten Madonna fans who still haven't found the leak online (big chunks of all the album's completed songs) need someone to tell them about it. So, here's our free-associative track-by-track, after the jump. Read More...
Viva los emos!!
After weeks of harassment and violence, Mexican emo kids can rest a little easier -- their heroes have come to the rescue.
When My Chemical Romance took the stage in Mexico City (this past Saturday at Zero Fest), Gerard Way spoke to the crowd:
“I want to say something today before we continue. Recently we’ve been hearing a lot of stuff about some violence here in your country having to do with kids who want to wear black t-shirts...or some kind of bulls--- stuff like that. We don’t want to see any f---ing violence! We came here for one reason, and that’s to be at the f---ing rock show!”
MTV News was on the scene reporting on the recent rash of emo bashings. Our producer's experience talking to local emo kids after the jump. Plus, more pics of MCR at ZeroFest... Read More...
We were getting crazy text messages last night from an eyewitness at the N.E.R.D. video shoot for their single, "Everyone Nose," saying that all hell had broken loose on the set.
The video, which was being shot in New York's Flatiron District, apparently got shut down at around 9pm when two people were rushed to the hospital after being slashed on their arms. It's unclear who slashed whom - and with what - but our eyewitness says that two extras got into an altercation on the set, which resulted in the two injuries.
The video not only featured the three primary guys in N.E.R.D. - Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo of the Neptunes, and their childhood friend, Shay - but also Lindsay Lohan, who, we were told (again, via txt), left as soon as the dust-up occurred. Oh and since the song alludes to a certain narcotic typically ingested via one's nostrils, there was also a guy in a giant nose costume with a big white smear hanging out on set.
So good to see Lindsay staying out of trouble.
We'll certainly have more on this story as soon as we get more details...
[UPDATE: Turns out production went on, but with a scaled-down crew. Pictures of the coke nose, designed by famed artist, KAWS, can be found here at the BBC blog.]
[UPDATE 2: More info up now at mtvnews.com]
Here's the video. This is F-R-E-S-H.
That cable-access show host looks familiar. Hmmm...