Siri

How Apple created Siri’s personality from Susan Bennett’s original voice work

Voice actress Susan Bennett revealed tidbits about becoming the voice of Siri in an interview with CNN back in October 2013.

In a new interview published Friday by Typeform, she offered some additional information about the origins of Apple’s virtual assistant, provided an insight into how the process of recording Siri voices worked, why she passed on a five-year contractual offer from the iPhone maker and more.

Siri could soon recognize your voice & let you customize “Hey Siri” hotword

The United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) recently published a patent application from Apple, uncovered by PatentlyApple, that’s interesting on many levels. It basically hints at a new security feature that may or may not come to Siri in the future. In a nutshell, Apple’s proposed solution would let Siri recognize the voice of the device owner.

The invention has the potential to prevent unauthorized Siri interactions on the Lock screen and across CarPlay and HomeKit devices.

Rumor: iOS 11’s Siri will learn from user behaviors, gain iMessage integration & iCloud syncing

A sketchy rumor released Monday by the Israeli outlet The Verified claims that Siri will gain some interesting new capabilities when iOS 11 launches this fall. For starters, Apple’s personal digital assistant will tap into machine learning deeper than ever before to learn from user behaviors within the context of individual apps. Moreover, Siri will integrate with Apple’s iMessage service and sync data via iCloud.

How to see the full history of songs Siri has identified for you

For quite a while now, Siri has been able to listen to and detect music playing from nearby sources courtesy of the integration of the wildly successful app Shazam. It has also become a lot smarter and seamless in terms of the process, and a quick request as simple as Hey Siri, what’s that song? will often yield the answer you were looking for.

A popular issue with this? Well, use the feature on numerous occasions and so long as you are not blessed with a razor sharp memory, song information of multiple tunes identified will quickly bleed into one irretrievable mess. Especially the day after or even later. So what can we do to review all song requests ever hurled at Siri on your iPhone? Luckily, there’s a tab for that!

How to teach your iPhone or iPad to recognize people’s faces

Organizing one’s photos by date or occasion is by far the most common methodology in photography, and of course why wouldn’t it be? The simple fact of the matter is that a chronological structure of photos satisfies most search requests because you pretty much know immediately where to look for a certain snapshot. With that said, more unconventional efforts such as accumulating every single photo taken by the beach or all shots of your family ever snapped, quickly render the chronologic album structure rigid and dated.

More than ever with iOS 10, Apple is trying to alleviate the issues outlined above by giving prominence to more forward-thinking photo organization algorithms, including improved facial recognition software to detect recurring faces in your photos. The result of which is the capacity of machine learning and smart album creation on the basis of the identified individuals. If this sounded grossly techy, let’s put it in plain language: with a little bit of your help, your iOS-powered device is capable of both learning who’s in your photos and filing away pictures old and new in one joint album for your reminiscing pleasure.

Without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about teaching your device of choice the names of the subjects in your photos. We’ll also explore how to help your iPhone identify additional photos in case auto-recognition fails, and everything else necessary for a much more intelligent way to organize your photo library in the future.

Samsung announces Siri rival Bixby

Samsung on Monday officially announced Bixby, its new personal digital assistant based on AI technologies from Viv Labs, a startup by Siri co-founders Dag Kittalus and Adam Cheyer that the South Korean company acquired last year. According to InJong Rhee, Executive Vice President and head of R&D, Software and Services at Samsung, Bixby is about completeness, context awareness and cognitive tolerance, aside from other features.

The personal assistant should launch alongside Galaxy S8 and will be “fundamentally different” than Siri, Cortana, Google Assistant and more.

Check out beautiful mockups imagining augmented reality Siri on iPhone 8

iPhone 8 could enable augmented reality features via a next-generation FaceTime camera outfitted with a bespoke PrimeSense chip for depth sensing, 3D scanning, advanced facial recognition and more.

The upcoming Apple flagship may also introduce enhanced Siri capabilities that may or may not benefit from built-in augmented reality support.

Designer Gábor Balogh has created some gorgeous mockups imagining an augmented reality Siri on an edge-to-edge iPhone.

Head of Apple’s speech team explains how Siri learns new languages

Just how exactly does Siri learn a new language? In today’s interview with Reuters, Apple’s speech team head Alex Acero offered a behind-the-scenes look at how Siri is being taught new languages, a process that involves script-writing, capturing voices in multiple accents and dialects and using machine learning and artificial intelligence to build and evolve new language models over time. The system requires a team of people tasked with reading passages of manually transcribed text.

Before actually updating Siri, Apple first rolls out Dictation support for a new language.

Siri currently speaks 21 languages in 36 countries. By comparison, Microsoft’s Cortana supports eight languages tailored for thirteen countries, Google Assistant speaks four languages while Amazon’s Alexa works only in English and German.

Apple may not be building Siri-powered Amazon Echo rival after all

Tim Bajarin, writing for Time magazine, is claiming that Apple may not be building an Amazon Echo rival after all. Instead, he said, the company could be more interested in turning Siri into a ubiquitous feature across its device lineup.

“After talking with Apple executives, I’ve come away with the impression that they’re more interested in turning Siri into an omnipresent artificial assistant across devices, rather than designing a single device specifically to serve as a Siri machine,” he said.

How to master the Scribble feature on Apple Watch

Scribble can be awesome. It allows Apple Watch users to discreetly scrawl text replies on their wrists, no iPhone keyboard necessary. For all its glory, in the wrong environment it can appear outright fiddly, especially on the smaller screen model and even more especially if uninitiated to the software. Oddly, there is not that much information out there on the sweet feature, which is inconsequential and not conducive to Scribble’s future place in watchOS.

Behind the curtain, Scribble has a couple of tricks up its sleeve that will appreciably lift your game at writing on the watch, both in terms of speed and technique. So no matter if you are a regular user of the feature or have abandoned it a while ago, let’s shine a light on a couple of knacks and see if it is going to better your relationship with Scribble.

Siri for Apple Watch is about to get much more useful

In addition to highlighting a new Theater Mode in watchOS 3.2, Apple yesterday announced that the upcoming software update will also enable support for Siri in third-party Apple Watch apps. As you probably know by now, the SiriKit framework made its debut in iOS 10.

It’s an officially sanctioned way for developers to enrich their apps for messaging, payments, ride-booking, workouts, calling and searching photos with Siri interactions.

With SiriKit support in watchOS 3.2, developers can add spoken commands to Apple Watch apps to let users ask the personal assistant on their wrist to do things like book a ride, send a message, make a payment or accomplish other supported tasks.

A guide to using Travel Time in Calendar on iPhone and Mac

Travel Time is a nifty addition to Apple’s Calendar, capable of precisely estimating the duration of your upcoming trip based on parameters such as milage and traffic. Used properly, it can notably ease some of your daily scheduling woes, but paradoxically, a large contingent of regular Calendar users still routinely overlook the feature.

Formerly introduced as frequent locations and traffic conditions widgets, the service has only slowly gained traction amongst users. Travel Time today however has come of age and is now neatly integrated into one of the most popular productivity applications both on iOS and macOS. So if you didn’t get the memo on the virtues of Travel Time in Calendar, here’s what you need to know.