Cortana vs Siri vs Google Now

Cortana vs. Siri vs. Google Now: The ultimate showdown continues

By on August 22, 2014 at 9:45 PM.

Cortana vs. Siri vs. Google Now: The ultimate showdown continues

All three major mobile operating systems now have a virtual assistant, but there still isn’t a final verdict on which is the best. In fact, with such frequent updates, it might be impossible to ever declare a winner, but that doesn’t mean we can’t constantly compare the three anyway. Earlier this year, WPCentral posed the same questions to all three assistants at once in order to see which was more effective. More →

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World's Stupidest Criminals Siri

Alleged idiot killer asked Siri to help him hide his roommate’s corpse [Updated]

By on August 13, 2014 at 9:40 AM.

Alleged idiot killer asked Siri to help him hide his roommate’s corpse [Updated]

Siri is a lot of things to a lot of people, but we don’t think we’ve ever seen it as a potential accomplice to murder before. 9to5Mac has a nice roundup of news surrounding the trial of a Florida man whom prosecutors are alleging murdered his roommate and then asked Siri for some advice on how to dump the corpse. More →

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Apple Siri Vs. Viv Labs

Siri’s creators are working on a ‘radical new AI’ that will blow Apple out of the water

By on August 12, 2014 at 11:50 AM.

Siri’s creators are working on a ‘radical new AI’ that will blow Apple out of the water

Siri was incredibly cool when it first came on the iPhone 4s out back in 2011 but times have changed and our expectations are much higher for what a digital personal assistant can do for us. Wired has a huge in-depth new report on a startup called Viv Labs, which was cofounded by three engineers who originally worked on Siri and who are now building a “radical new AI” that will make Siri look positively primitive by comparison. More →

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Siri for Mac OS X Assistant

This may be Apple’s best feature for the Mac ever

By on August 7, 2014 at 10:25 AM.

This may be Apple’s best feature for the Mac ever

Apple’s digital voice-based assistant has already been available on iOS devices for a few years, but the company has yet to introduce the Siri for Mac as many OS X users have been hoping for. However, a new patent discovered by AppleInsider reveals that a complex Siri for Mac assistant is in the works and Apple has been imagining even more useful ways Siri could assist users on a more powerful machine. More →

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Cortana vs Siri TV Commercial

Video: Cortana trolls Siri in new TV commercial

By on July 28, 2014 at 4:24 PM.

Video: Cortana trolls Siri in new TV commercial

Microsoft has a new TV commercial for its Windows Phone 8.1 Cortana assistant in which it’s taking new shots at one of its biggest competitors, Apple’s voice-based assistant Siri. The new ad, titled “Happy Anniversary,” shows a smartphone user issuing certain commands to an iPhone 5s (Siri) and a Lumia 635 (Cortana), with only the latter able to recognize them and deliver appropriate responses. More →

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How To Use Siri

The ultimate guide to using Siri includes everything you could ever need to know

By on July 15, 2014 at 12:12 PM.

The ultimate guide to using Siri includes everything you could ever need to know

Siri is one of Apple’s crown jewels. The intelligent virtual assistant was introduced in 2011 alongside the iPhone 4S and the software has seen tremendous improvements since then. Siri has also seen its functionality expand exponentially, which is obviously a good thing — but it also means there are so many features packed in that there’s no way we can remember them all.

Luckily, there is now a ridiculously comprehensive guide to help us out. More →

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Siri Vs. Google Now Vs. Cortana

Apple is going on a massive hiring spree to help Siri keep up with Google Now

By on July 1, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

Apple is going on a massive hiring spree to help Siri keep up with Google Now

Siri has gotten a lot of competition since its debut in late 2011 in the form of Google Now and Microsoft’s Cortana. Now it looks like Apple has started taking some more aggressive steps to make sure Siri keeps up with its other voice-enabled assistant rivals, as Wired reports that the company has been going on a big hiring spree aimed at improving Siri’s overall intelligence and reactivity. More →

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OkSiri iPhone Download

Terrific new iPhone tweak lets you launch Siri with your voice

By on May 30, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

Terrific new iPhone tweak lets you launch Siri with your voice

There are plenty of great features Android users enjoy that iPhone owners simply don’t have access to (and plenty of awesome Android apps that do amazing things the iPhone can’t). For iOS device users who don’t mind jailbreaking their handsets, however, the gap in functionality is significantly less wide. Now, thanks to one iOS developer, Apple device owners have access to yet another nifty Android feature that had previously eluded them. More →

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Siri Apple TV Remote

It looks like Siri is coming to Apple TV

By on April 23, 2014 at 10:34 AM.

It looks like Siri is coming to Apple TV

Apple is always working on ways to make both Apple TV and Siri more useful and now it looks like the company is planning to bring them together at some point. 9to5Mac reports that new code found in the iOS 7.1 software development kit indicates that Siri is going to get integrated with Apple TV in a future release. More →

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iOS 8 Siri Shazam Integration

iOS 8’s Siri will help you identify any song you hear

By on April 17, 2014 at 12:40 PM.

iOS 8’s Siri will help you identify any song you hear

Apple will integrate Shazam song discovery features in its upcoming iOS 8 mobile operating system, Bloomberg reports, in an attempt to further increase iTunes music sales. Shazam integration will be built within iOS 8 in a similar manner to Twitter integration, the publication says, which means iPhone and iPad owners won’t have to download a separate app to enable it. More →

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How To Make Siri Better

Hackers make Siri vastly more useful by modifying it to control Nest, Spotify

By on April 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM.

Hackers make Siri vastly more useful by modifying it to control Nest, Spotify

Siri is getting a lot of competition from Google Now and Microsoft’s Cortana these days, but some young hackers have just made Siri much more useful, even if they did so without Apple’s permission. Engadget draws our attention to GoogolPlex, a new hack for Siri developed by a quartet of freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania that lets you use Apple’s voice-enabled personal assistant to adjust the temperature on your Nest thermostat or to shuffle through your Spotify playlist. More →

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Cortana vs Siri vs Google Now

Video: Cortana, Siri and Google Now battle in extensive comparison

By on April 14, 2014 at 2:21 PM.

Video: Cortana, Siri and Google Now battle in extensive comparison

One of the main features of Windows Phone 8.1 is Microsoft’s voice-based virtual assistant called Cortana. While Microsoft has extensively demoed Cortana on stage during its Build 2014 opening event and in many videos it posted on YouTube, now that Windows Phone 8.1 is available the assistant can be tested in real life situations. That’s exactly what WPCentral did, comparing Cortana to its rivals from Apple and Google. More →

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Apple Novauris Technologies Acquisition

Apple isn’t taking Cortana’s challenge lying down

By on April 3, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

Apple isn’t taking Cortana’s challenge lying down

Microsoft finally got around to releasing its rival to Siri and Google Now this week and early impressions have been pretty strong. However, TechCrunch reports that Apple isn’t taking Cortana’s challenge lying down and has acquired speech recognition technology company Novauris Technologies to help make Siri better than ever. TechCrunch notes that while “Novauris may not have been a household name… its founders were internationally known speech researchers, and key members while at Dragon Systems, a company known for products like ‘DragonDictate’ and ‘Dragon NaturallySpeaking.'” This connection with Nuance and its Dragon NaturallySpeaking software isn’t at all surprising since Apple used Nuance’s technology to power Siri back when it launched in 2011. Just what the former Novauris team are doing to make Siri better remains a mystery, of course — unlike Google, Facebook and other big tech companies, Apple rarely tips its hand about what it’s really working on.

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