By Christian Zibreg on Jan 14, 2017
Apple on Saturday shared four brief television commercials for AirPods on its official YouTube channel, running fifteen seconds long each. The videos showcase some of the key user features of the wireless earphones, like accessing Siri with a double-tap and seamless Bluetooth pairing on Apple gear made possible by the firm’s in-house designed wireless chip, dubbed the W1. Watch the new ads and let us know how you like them in comments.
In addition to the company’s first-ever AirPods ads, they also released a new fitness-focused Apple Watch advertisement which challenges you to close those Activity rings. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 9, 2017
You may be probably aware that there is already a feature in iOS that sort of lets you type in your questions to Siri instead of using voice commands. It’s quite handy for those situations when talking aloud isn’t an option or Siri fails to recognize repeatedly what you said. Starting with iOS 10, Siri includes a “Maybe You Said” feature.
Taking advantage of machine learning and artificial intelligence, it suggests corrections for mispronunciations or incorrectly recognized queries. In this post, you’ll learn how to leverage this feature to avoid having to manually correct any mispronounced words. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2016
It seems Apple’s partnership with Universal Pictures that uses funny Siri responses to promote the animated movie “The Secret Life of Pets” was just the beginning. As revealed by actress Evan Rachel Wood who stars in “Westworld,” Siri is a fan of the show.
In another major movie tie-in for Apple, this time with HBO, Siri has learned some amusing responses to queries related to the science fiction western thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy for HBO.
Here are some of them. Read More
By Steffen Reich on Dec 9, 2016
Since Apple introduced SiriKit with iOS10, a growing number of developers worldwide have worked out unique ways to intelligently embed Apple’s virtual assistant. When the likes of WhatsApp and Uber released their Siri compatible versions it was still hard to escape the flurry of news about it, but the novelty of Siri integration has certainly worn off a little in the interim.
With the newsworthiness of Siri-ready apps sinking, it is more likely than not that some of the apps on your iPhone have secretly acquired Siri capabilities that you are entirely oblivious of. If you want to bring yourself up to date on what you may have been missing out on, it only takes a few clicks within the Settings app to unveil which of your apps have lately taken to Siri. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 30, 2016
Starting with iOS 10, your Maps app can remember where you parked your car. You can configure it to do this automatically, but in circumstances where you don’t have a compatible head unit, this isn’t going to work.
On the other hand, whether you have a compatible head unit or not, you can alternatively use Siri to remember where you parked your car manually. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 29, 2016
It seems Apple has partnered with Universal Pictures to promote “The Secret Life of Pets” by updating Siri’s backend with a bunch of responses related to the animated movie. The company’s official iTunes USA Facebook page promotes Siri partnership with a nicely done teaser video.
We also spotted a dedicated “Siri, what do my pets do when I’m not home?” banner which briefly appeared in the iTunes Movies app on the Apple TV. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 10, 2016
About a year ago, a certain California firm quietly snapped up VocalIQ, a UK-based startup that used machine learning to build conversational virtual assistants. Subsequent reports noted that Apple kept most of the startup’s employees to work out of their unmarked Cambridge, UK office on integrating VocalIQ technology into Siri.
Citing sources with knowledge of the matter, Business Insider reports that Apple is now looking to increase the size of the Siri team in Cambridge. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 10, 2016
PayPal’s iPhone and iPad application was updated on the App Store this morning with support for iOS 10’s SiriKit integration for mobile payments, allowing you to send and request money in 30 countries around the world using just your voice.
With a simple voice command like “Send $20 to Dad using PayPal” or “Request $20 from John with PayPal”, Siri connects with the PayPal service and pulls up a custom sheet with details of your transaction before you authorize it. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 7, 2016
As we reported, Samsung last month bought Viv Labs, a San Jose startup co-founded by former Siri creators who have developed a brand new Viv artificial intelligence assistant. The Galaxy maker has now confirmed to Reuters that it will be integrating Viv technology into an advanced personal digital assistant of its own.
Samsung’s Viv-based AI assistant will debut on next year’s Galaxy S8. According to The Wall Street Journal, the handset should have a dedicated button to summon the new service though the Galaxy S8 may be delayed until April following the costly Note 7 debacle rather than at the Mobile World Congress trade show in February. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 22, 2016
Siri continues to receive criticism over at times unreliable performance although Apple’s been advancing its personal digital assistant by leaps and bounds since its debut in October 2011.
Google, on the other hand, is regularly praised for its powerful knowledge graph and accuracy.
You probably know that the search company’s exciting new feature, Assistant, recently made its debut on the new Pixel smartphones.
With that in mind, YouTuber Marques Brownlee took it upon himself to pit the Pixel’s Assistant against the iPhone’s Siri in a cool side-by-side video comparison.
Let the battle of the smartphone voice assistants begin! Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 6, 2016
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman is reporting today that Apple is in the process of unifying its separate cloud services team in an effort to foster tighter collaboration between them, better compete with Google and Amazon in the cloud space and improve Siri, Maps, iTunes, iCloud and other services.
Eddy Cue, Apple’s boss of Internet Software and Services, will oversee the effort to move cloud service engineering teams to a single campus as Apple continues shifting its cloud to its own infrastructure. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 29, 2016
Microsoft today announced availability of freshly updated Skype for iOS apps. Bumped to version 6.25, both Skype for iPhone and Skype for iPad now include SiriKit support that lets them integrate with Siri so you can call people and send messages using just your voice. The apps also take advantage of CallKit, which allows VoIP Skype calls to behave like normal cellular calls with fullscreen contact images on the Lock screen and integration with Phone’s Recents and Favorites on iSO 10 devices. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 23, 2016
Bloomberg today published an article that shed more light on Apple’s rumored Amazon Echo-like Siri hardware, which has purportedly exited the research and development lab and is now in prototype testing. As part of the report, Bloomberg alleges that Apple has another secretive project in the works that would improve Siri on iPhones and iPads.
Code-named Invisible Hand, the project would give us the ability to fully control our Apple devices through “a Siri command system within three years”. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 23, 2016
Apple’s rumored Amazon Echo-like Siri hardware has exited the company’s research and development lab and is now in prototype testing, Bloomberg reported Friday. The project started more than two years ago, but Apple is now “pressing ahead” with the development of its unnamed Siri-driven smart home appliance after Amazon’s Echo proved a surprise hit, even to Apple engineers working on the project. Read More
By Timothy Reavis on Sep 22, 2016
Five years after its introduction in 2011, Siri finally made its debut on Mac with the release of macOS Sierra. Featuring much of the functionality that Siri contains on iOS, such as being able to check the weather forecast or set a reminder, Siri for macOS also has some exclusive abilities, such as handling documents in the file system and being able to pin results to Notification Center.
One feature that macOS’s Siri didn’t port from its mobile counterpart, however, is the ability to activate Apple’s digital assistant hands-free with the “Hey Siri” command. Fortunately, there’s a viable workaround available that enables users to invoke Siri in macOS with their voice to give commands from across the room. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Sep 20, 2016
Your favorite assistant has finally made its way to the Mac, starting with the macOS Sierra software update that was recently released.
If you have used Siri on your iPhone or iPad before, then you’ll probably feel right at home with the assistant on your Mac since it works in a similar way. However, unlike your iPhone, you don’t have the ability to invoke Siri on your Mac by saying “Hey, Siri.” Instead, you will have to click on the Siri icon in the Menu Bar, or in the Dock.
Another way to invoke Siri is by using a keyboard shortcut. Admittedly, this is my preferred way of activating the assistant as it feels faster and more efficient than reaching for the mouse or trackpad and clicking on the Siri icon. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 15, 2016
One of the new features that ships with watchOS 3 is a standalone Reminders app, and as you’ll soon learn, it can be just as functional as the iPhone app.
The introduction of an official Reminders app on the Apple Watch is great because this little app on your wrist will help you get through all your errands throughout the day and keep track of your busy life.
The app is used with Siri since there is no keyboard to input text on the Apple Watch like there is on your iPhone. With that being said, using the Reminders app may feel a little awkward at first, but it should become a second nature to you in no time at all. Read More