How confident are you that your virtual assistant is only listening to your commands? Think there’s any chance Siri or Google Now could be duped into performing actions on iPhones and Android handsets that you haven’t actually asked for? Yes, it seems some smart hackers have found one more way to compromise the security of iPhones and Androids to either spy on users, or initiate secondary malware activities. More →
As we’ve seen in the past, there are good things and bad things about both iOS and Android. One of Google’s very best features is Google Now, its personal voice assistant that delivers capabilities Apple still has yet to match with Siri. Two former Android users who switched to iOS recently took to Reddit’s Apple fan page to vent their frustrations about how much they miss Google Now because Siri just hasn’t been getting the job done so far. More →
Siri got off to a rocky start in the early days. Apple decided to launch its voice-powered digital assistant as a beta and as a result, many people had bad experiences with Siri from the get go. Now, Siri remains an afterthought for a huge percentage of iPhone and iPad owners. Even people who do use Siri likely only use a small fraction of the service’s capabilities.
The truth is that Siri has grown to become an outstanding and comprehensive service with more features than any one user will ever discover. While it’s certainly impressive, Siri’s broad range of functionality also poses a problem: How are users supposed to know what Siri features might suit them best if it’s so difficult to even discover all of the things Siri can do?
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Apple purchased one more company that will help it bring more intelligent features to its iPhone and iPad in the future, after confirming last week it bought British start-up VocalIQ that might help it boost the powers of Siri. The new acquisition will also likely be used to expand further the iPhone’s smart feature, with a massive trick. Unlike Google, which needs access to a treasure trove of personal data to enable cool Google Now and other automated features, Apple might not require access to that much information about the user. More →
In iOS 9, Apple made Siri even smarter by giving its voice-based virtual assistant additional powers to aid iPhone and iPad owners. But Apple isn’t stopping there, as the company apparently plans to improve the quality of Siri in future updates, both when it comes to understanding human speech and predicting the user’s needs. More →
One of the more notable new features on the iPhone 6s is that users can now quickly access Siri with nothing more than a simple Hey Siri voice prompt. And thanks to the iPhone 6s’ new M9 motion coprocessor, Hey Siri functionality will even work when the device isn’t plugged in, all without having a discernible impact on battery life.
Siri probably isn’t the most frequently used feature on your iPhone. It’s occasionally hard of hearing, it’s rarely more convenient than simply unlocking your phone and finding the information you need, and it can be obnoxious to attempt to use it in public. But in a moment of desperation, Apple’s digital assistant could save your life. More →
I absolutely hate the concept of voicemails. I don’t want to leave you one or listen to yours. Texting is definitely a better way of exchanging messages. If you feel the same way and you’re an iPhone user, then you’ll be glad to hear that Apple is rumored to be working on fixing voicemail once and for all. And interestingly, Siri is involved. More →
When Apple first introduced Siri back in 2011, it was an interesting concept plagued by limited functionality. But in typical fashion, Apple over the years has quietly bestowed upon Siri all sorts of cool, unique, and interesting talents. Equally as important, Siri’s overall speed and ability to parse language has increased dramatically in just the last two years alone. More →
The following is a very crazy iPhone bug that you should be aware of, as it might come in handy in some situations – though hopefully you’re never going to have to use it. Apparently, asking Siri to charge your phone to 100% will trigger an emergency call to the police. That means you could use the command to ask for help without letting your assailant know that you’re about to call the cops on him or her. More →
Apple’s iPhone virtual assistant can be a very handy tool in a variety of situations. Just speak your request, and Siri will deliver a response or initiate the appropriate actions. In fact, beginning in iOS 9, Siri will be even more useful, as it’ll be more like Google Now than before.
However, there are things that Siri can’t do, and the voice-triggered assistant has been programmed to offer some hilarious responses in these cases. More →
SoundHound’s Hound voice-enabled assistant has proven to be quite a resourceful tool, managing to beat the significantly more famous Google Now, Siri and Cortana in all sorts of comparisons. A new test recorded on video shows that the beta version of Hound is ready to wipe the floor with Google’s, Apple’s and Microsoft’s voice assistants even though it’s just in beta version. More →
The past few weeks have been quite busy for developers and technology fans in general. First, Google’s annual Google I/O conference brought us a look at all the new software we can expect to see from Google in 2015. Then, Apple’s WWDC 2015 keynote gave us glimpses at iOS 9, OS X El Capitan, WatchOS 2, Apple Music and more.
Few people would argue that Apple came away the big winner when it comes to generating buzz, as expected. But that doesn’t mean Google’s announcements were duds — far from it. In fact, Google showed off some impressive new stuff at I/O, and now it’s time to see how one of the company’s most impressive new features stands up to iOS 9. More →