Tech Today: Apple boss blasts Kindle Fire, iPhone 4 Siri hack blocked

In Tuesday's late-breaking tech news, Apple's Tim Cook has lashed out at cheap tablets like the Kindle Fire, while Apple has found a cure for those using Siri on unauthorised devices

Apple hits back at Siri hackers
It seems Apple meant it when it decreed that the Siri personal assistant was strictly only for use on the iPhone 4S. Hackers circumnavigated the company's wishes by porting the voice-control app to older devices, but Apple has hit back by adding a token, blocking third party apps from accessing Siri's database. It seems Apple is actively tracking the sneaky Siri stealers.
Link: CNET

HTC phones first to get PlayStation certification
Sony's plans to spread the wings of its PlayStation certification beyond own-branded devices is set to hit HTC first according to reports. Pocket-lint has been told by sources that the announcement will be made this year, perhaps as soon as Mobile World Congress this month. PlayStation certification would bring PSOne classics like Crash Bandicoot to HTC devices.
Link:Pocket-lint

LOVEFiLM to fall in Amazon's global video push?
Following the exit of two top LOVEFiLM executives, and growing talk of a standalone Amazon-branded video service, speculation is growing that the LOVEFiLM brand-name may be coming to an end. Amazon, which owns LOVEFiLM, is believed to be preparing to take on Netflix with an on-demand offering and could potentially ditch the UK's favourite rental service in the process.
Link:TechRadar

Tim Cook takes pot-shot at Amazon Kindle Fire tablet
Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook said: “Price is rarely the most important thing. A cheap product might sell some units. Somebody gets it home and they feel great when they pay the money, but then they get it home and use it, and the joy is gone. The joy is gone every day that they use it until they aren’t using it anymore. You don’t keep remembering ‘I got a good deal!’ because you hate it!”
Cook was answering a question about tablets, so his utterance surely has to be a dig at the Kindle Fire?
Link: Wired

Mobile to landline call costs to fall by 85 per cent
The Guardian reports that a ruling by the Competition Appeals Tribunal will see the cost of calling a mobile from your landline cut from 4.18p per minute to 0.65p per minute by April 2015. The tribunal's ruling comes in lower than a recommendation from Ofcom. Understandably, mobile networks like Vodafone are fuming and have accused BT and Virgin of failing to pass the savings onto customers.
Link:Guardian

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