Siri: Features for Autism Patients

This incredible heartwarming story shows us how amazing Siri can be

By on October 20, 2014 at 1:24 PM.

This incredible heartwarming story shows us how amazing Siri can be

Siri, Google Now and Cortana are the three main voice-based virtual assistants available on competing mobile operating system from Apple, Google and Microsoft, respectively. While there’s fierce competition between them as each company tries to improve its own assistant solution and beat the others, there’s one way these advanced apps can help without necessarily having to be extremely accurate and fast.

For at least one autistic boy, Siri has become a best friend and a virtual companion that has all the time in the world to patiently answer all his queries, one way or another. More →

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Apple Pay Siri Functionality

Here’s one secret Apple Pay feature you didn’t see coming

By on October 14, 2014 at 9:05 AM.

Here’s one secret Apple Pay feature you didn’t see coming

Apple is about to rollout Apple Pay to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners, but also to 2014 Touch ID iPads (which will only get online shopping Apple Pay features), while certain older iOS devices will get Apple Pay support as soon as the Apple Watch is launched. Even though Apple Pay has been thoroughly explained, with a recent leaks revealing more details about how it’s supposed to work on iPhone 6 models, Bank Innovation has discovered a secret Apple Pay feature that wasn’t previously advertised. More →

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Google Now Siri Cortana Study

Which voice assistant is best for answering questions? If you guessed Siri, you’re wrong

By on October 9, 2014 at 1:39 PM.

Which voice assistant is best for answering questions? If you guessed Siri, you’re wrong

Depending on the type of smartphone or tablet you own, the chances are you’ll stick to one voice assistant app for answering your questions. If you have an Android, you’ll use Google Now. If you have an iPhone, you’ll use Siri. And if you have a Windows Phone, you’ll use the recently released Cortana. They’re all programmed to answer your questions as quickly and helpfully as possible, but which one of them is the best?

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Jimmy Kimmel Siri as Waitress Video

The funniest thing you’ll see today: Jimmy Kimmel and Siri the waitress

By on October 9, 2014 at 12:25 PM.

The funniest thing you’ll see today: Jimmy Kimmel and Siri the waitress

Apple has continued to improve its voice-based iOS virtual assistant since launching it a few years ago, but Siri still isn’t perfect and might cause some unexpected headaches. In fact, a recent study from AAA and the University of Utah found that Siri and similar hands-free voice-activated assistants can distract drivers rather than help them while on the road. And Jimmy Kimmel did not miss that opportunity to make fun of Apple’s Siri during Tuesday night’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” show. More →

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Is Siri Safe To Use While Driving

Friends don’t let friends use Siri and drive

By on October 7, 2014 at 4:24 PM.

Friends don’t let friends use Siri and drive

It has been widely accepted that hands-free voice commands are the safest way to interact with a cell phone while driving, and understandably so, but new research reveals that we might have been a bit too hopeful about our virtual assistants. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, hands-free technology is so complex and inaccurate that it can actually be mentally distracting enough to be considered a threat to driver safety.

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iOS 8 Tips Siri

Had trouble using Siri before? Try it on iOS 8 and you might find huge improvements

By on September 20, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

Had trouble using Siri before? Try it on iOS 8 and you might find huge improvements

If you’ve ever tried using Siri but have been frustrated by its accuracy, you should try giving it a new chance after installing iOS 8. In fact, according to one longtime iPhone user who has a motor speech disorder called dysarthria, Siri has improved so much with iOS 8 that he’s able to effectively use it for the first time ever. More →

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Cortana vs Siri HTC One M8

Cortana makes fun of Siri in brand new TV commercial

By on September 2, 2014 at 7:30 AM.

Cortana makes fun of Siri in brand new TV commercial

Microsoft is back at making fun of Apple products in a new TV ad that stars Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana, the two voice-activated virtual assistants available on iOS and Windows Phone, respectively. In the new commercial, Microsoft is actually using the verbal duel between the two assistants to promote the HTC One (M8) for Windows – a recently released high-end handset – by comparing it to Apple’s existing flagship handset, the iPhone 5s. More →

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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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