Weekend Long Reads – October 18, 2014

To Siri, With Love

It’s not that Gus doesn’t understand Siri’s not human. He does — intellectually. But like many autistic people I know, Gus feels that inanimate objects, while maybe not possessing souls, are worthy of our consideration. I realized this when he was 8, and I got him an iPod for his birthday. He listened to it only at home, with one exception. It always came with us on our visits to the Apple Store. Finally, I asked why. “So it can visit its friends,” he said.

Mac OS X Yosemite Reviews

Apple’s new desktop operating system was released this week and there are plenty of great reviews. Here are my favorite, starting with none other than the canonical review by John Siracusa.

OS X 10.10 Yosemite: The Ars Technica Review

Six Colors: OS X Yosemite Review

With OS X Yosemite, Aqua’s All Grown Up