Many people criticize Apple’s voice-based assistant since Siri tends to run into problems on the iPhone and other devices. Some even worry that Apple might have a tough time combating Google’s artificial intelligence, and even potentially face a fate similar to BlackBerry in the event that its AI can’t compete. But it turns out that Apple is working on an advanced AI product of its own, which could be unveiled in the very near future. More →
For those who think that Google and Amazon have effectively already won the market for AI home assistants, you might not want to sleep on Apple just yet. Though Siri is not without its fair share of limitations, its functionality and feature-set has improved by leaps and bounds over the past few years. And looking ahead, a report from The Information earlier in the week claimed that Apple has some grand and ambitious plans for its intelligent assistant.
Artificial intelligence and voice-based computing are likely two of the main components of the smart devices of the future, and Amazon’s surprisingly popular Echo is certainly one device to beat. The home assistant can offer fast responses to some of your immediate needs, like playing music, or giving you the information you require the most, including weather, traffic, sports scores, to name just a few.
To many people, the Alexa assistant that powers Echo is about as robust as Siri. Apple’s voice-assistant that resides inside the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and iPod touch, can easily do the same things. But Alexa does things better and faster than Siri not because Amazon is better than Apple at processing voice requests, but because the devices offer vastly different experiences.
Apple’s virtual personal assistant Siri started a revolution. Shortly after the feature was released, every other big consumer tech company jumped on the bandwagon and started work on voice-controlled digital assistants of their own. But as we’ve seen in the past in certain areas like mobile display quality, Apple doesn’t always hold onto the lead when it’s the first to debut exciting new technology. Such is the case with Siri, which had fallen far behind some rivals even before Google unveiled Google Assistant earlier this week at Google I/O 2016.
Siri might not be at the head of the pack anymore, but it definitely still has a few tricks up its sleeve. More →
Though Siri is now more user-friendly and capable than ever, its functionality seems frustratingly limited when compared to competing intelligent assistants from the likes of Google and Amazon. Siri’s relative shortcomings were on full display yesterday when Google showed off Google Assistant at the company’s annual I/O developers conference yesterday.
We’ve known for a while now that Apple might bring Siri to the Mac. It certainly feels like the next logical step, considering that Siri is already available on iPhone, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. The update is rumored to arrive later this year, and will be one of the main features of the upcoming OS X 10.12 update.
Even though we’ll have to wait for WWDC to see the full details, the first user interface elements for Siri for Mac have leaked, including the dock and menu bar icons. More →
Next week at Disrupt NY 2016, Dag Kittlaus, a former Apple employee and one of the co-founders of Siri, will take the stage to discuss the future of artificial intelligence. Kittlaus’ appearance, however, will be notable for another reason: the world will finally get a glimpse at a new and potentially revolutionary AI system that Kittlaus and his team at Viv Labs have been working over the past few years.
The forthcoming AI system is called Viv and it is already touted as being more advanced than Siri or any other intelligent assistant out on the market. Whereas a service like Siri can handle simple queries like What’s the weather like in Miami or What year was Michael Jordan born in?, Viv can process and answer multi-layered questions. As a quick example, Kittlaus a few weeks ago explained that Viv can handle a more complex query like, “Find me a flight to Dallas with a seat that Shaq could fit in” or “What’s the weather near the Super Bowl?”
We’re surrounded by voice-enabled personal assistants these days, but what if we could make them all talk to one another? That’s the ambition of Leon Nicholls, who recently activated Siri on an iPhone by going through three different voice-enabled assistants first. As you’ll see in the following video, the chain reaction among all the computerized assistants is a pretty amusing sight. More →
We all know Apple’s big annual developers’ conference typically takes place in June but it seems that Siri is now giving us the official dates. 9to5Mac notices that if you ask Siri to tell you when WWDC 2016 is, it will respond by informing you that this year’s conference will kick off in San Francisco starting on Monday, June 13th and will wrap off on Friday, June 17th. Apple hasn’t sent out any official invites for the show yet, however, so it looks like Siri’s “announcement” of the show’s official dates might be premature. More →
With the season 6 premiere of Game of Thrones now less than two weeks away, HBO has begun ramping up its promotional efforts. Just a few days ago, for instance, HBO released a riveting trailer for the upcoming season that provides us with many clues about what we can expect to see once the popular show returns to air on Sunday, April 24.
But HBO isn’t the only entity with Game of Thrones on its mind. Even Apple appears to be getting in on the action, albeit in a much smaller and far-removed way. According to a report from MacRumors, Apple has queued Siri up with a number of canned and quirky responses.
Just a few weeks ago, Apple released an iPhone 6s ad that quickly went viral. Starring the Cookie Monster muppet from Sesame Street, the ad focused on the hands-free “Hey Siri” feature in the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Titled Timer, the commercial is about baking cookies – practically a given since the Cookie Monster is in it – and Apple has now released a hilarious making-of video that contains plenty of bloopers. More →
Apple refused to unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone for the FBI, but the Bureau might be interested to learn that there’s some seriously sensitive information that can be accessed on an iPhone without even having to unlock it. In fact, you may be shocked to learn what anyone and everyone has access to on your iPhone without knowing your PIN or passcode.
There’s some good news to be had as well, though: Switching one simple setting will plug up this potentially serious flaw and ensure that your data is safe and secure. More →