In Thursday's after-hours occurrences, Apple has released a statement defending Siri against claims it is anti abortion, while YouTube has debuted an entirely new homepage. Also, South Park: The Game is coming in 2012.
Apple defends Siri against anti-abortion claim
Following criticism from pro-choice groups and bloggers, Apple took the unusual step of releasing a statement to defend its personal assistant Siri against claims it was deliberately anti-abortion. Siri does not recognise abortion clinic requests and often diverts users to pregnancy advise clinics. Apple says the omission was unintentional and Siri is still learning her trade.
BBC iPlayer roll-out comes to Canada
The Beeb has continued the expansion of the iPlayer's global empire by opening up the Global iPad app to those living in Canada. The app, already available in Europe and Australia offers the best of BBC past and present for a monthly subscription fee, payable through iTunes. Next up for the iPlayer is likely to be an expansion to the United States.
Nokia Lumia 900 set for early 2012 launch
The next flagship Nokia Windows Phone device will arrive in the first few months of 2012, according to a report from BGR. The Nokia Lumia 900 will be the company's first Windows Phone device to launch in the US and will carry the updated "Tango" operating system. The Lumia 900 will have a 4.3-inch screen, but will likely be very similar to the 800 in all other respects. It is not clear whether this will be a UK launch.
YouTube's brand new look goes live
Google's all-powerful video sharing portal YouTube has a major new look, which brings your favourite videos front and center in the middle of the page. The new look, which can be viewed at YouTube.com. The new homepage boasts similarities to Facebook, with your information on the left-hand column and your feed in the centre. YouTube is calling the refresh, the biggest in its history.
South Park RPG coming to PS3, Xbox 360 and PC
Legendary animated sitcom South Park is coming to your consoles. South Park: The Game will see creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone work with THQ to produce a role-playing game set to launch in the second half of 2012. The creators will write the scripts and record the dialogue for the full-scale RPG which will allow you to explore the quiet mountain town like never before.