See how Alexa compares to Siri with Reverb

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 20, 2017

If you missed our post nearly a year ago about a web app at Echoism.io that lets you try out Alexa in a web browser, you’re going to like a new app, called Reverb, that brings Amazon’s personal assistant to your Mac desktop, as well as iPhone and iPad.

The brain child of developers at digital consultancy agency Rain, Reverb is available at no charge from App Store and Mac App Store or in your favorite web browser.

Reverb takes advantage of the fact that Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service is now available as a web service to access through a web browser and other thin clients, with the recent API 2.0 update having enabled a richer set of features. Read More

 

Video: Adobe shows off voice-based image editing on iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 16, 2017

How about editing photographs by voice commands alone? In a recent concept video, Adobe showed off performing basic image-editing functions on an iPad by conversing with a Siri-like digital assistant. The proof-of-concept clip gives us an interesting glimpse into a not-so-distant future when we’ll use our voice for complex tasks beyond simple things like scheduling reminders or creating alarms. Read More

 

Tip: quickly fix mispronounced Siri queries with “Maybe You Said” suggestions

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

 

You can now start Chrome in Voice Search or Incognito mode from Spotlight Search

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 5, 2016

Google added Spotlight Search integration to Chrome for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch back in January 2016, allowing you to search for your Google bookmarks using iOS’s Spotlight feature. Today, the Internet giant issued a small update to Chrome for iOS, bumping version number to 55.0.2883.79 and adding a pair of enhancements.

The first lets you start Chrome in Voice Search mode or open a new Incognito tab right from Spotligh.

As for the other change, Google has now removed the folder named All Bookmarks from your bookmarks view in Chrome “by popular request”. Read More

 

Amazon working on premium Echo model with 7″ touchscreen to “fend off competition”

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 29, 2016

Bloomberg’s well-informed Mark Gurman reported Monday that online retail giant Amazon is developing a brand new premium model of its Echo wireless speaker that will feature a built-in seven-inch touchscreen in an effort to “fend off competition” from Google’s Home device and Apple’s rumored entry into the connected home market with its own Siri-powered hardware.

Amazon may release a higher-end Echo device, known internally as “Knight,” early next year. It will target kitchens and cost more than the current Echo models. Read More

 

Apple is increasing the size of its Siri team in Cambridge, job ads reveal

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

 

Video hands-on: 10+ new features in iOS 10.2 beta 1

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 1, 2016

Apple yesterday issued beta 1 of the forthcoming iOS 10.2 software update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. For starters, iOS 10.2 beta 1 includes three new wallpapers, provides a bunch of new emoji as part of the Unicode 9.0 standard and gives Camera the optional ability to remember filter, Live Photo and mode settings.

Star ratings are back in the Music app and Videos has its own widget. Oh, and you can now annoy friends with a brand new animation in Messages.

Without further ado, here’s our video hands-on with iOS 10.2 beta 1 accompanied by a detailed description of all the new features and enhancements. Read More

 

How to turn VoiceOver off

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 24, 2016

Have you ever enabled VoiceOver on your iPhone or iPad either by accident or out of curiosity of what it was like and then had all the drama in the world trying to turn it back off again? Read More

 

This tweak makes Siri less impatient so you can take your time speaking

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 19, 2016

A lot of times while using Siri, you might have to repeat yourself or start over while you’re talking because if you speak too slowly, or pause while you’re talking, you’ll get the “I didn’t quite get that” message.

As frustrating as this can be, especially in louder environments, a new free jailbreak tweak called SiriKeepListening now available in Cydia helps remedy this problem. Read More

 

WhatsApp now lets you leave voice messages

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 9, 2016

WhatsApp Messenger was updated this morning with an interesting enhancement in the form of ability to leave other people voice messages on the service. “When placing a WhatsApp call, you now quickly leave a voice message if your call isn’t answered, just like voicemail,” read release notes accompanying WhatsApp’s 2.16.8 update on the App Store. Since enabling Voice over IP (VoIP) calling a year ago, more than 100 million voice calls are made on average every day via WhatsApp, or more than 1,100 VoIP calls a second. Read More

 
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