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 →
Dag Kittlaus, one of the co-founders of Siri, didn’t stay in Cupertino for too long following Apple’s $200 million acquisition of Siri back in 2010. Since then, Kittlaus has largely stayed under the radar, but he recently re-emerged at SXSW last week where he provided the tech press a teaser regarding his next big project.
Put simply, Kittlaus is working on an AI system dubbed Viv (aka The Global Brain) that promises to be much smarter than anything else currently available on the market, including Siri and Cortana.
While Siri on the iPhone has improved dramatically over the past five years, Apple’s intelligent personal assistant has remained conspicuously absent on the Mac, a curious omission given that Apple had no problem implementing Siri on both the Apple Watch and the recently released Apple TV. With the next release of OS X, however, Siri will finally be available across the entirety of Apple’s product line.
Nuance, the company behind some of the voice technology used for Samsung’s S Voice and Apple’s Siri, is ready to go where no other digital assistant has gone before. The company wants to bring voice control to apps and hardware other than smartphones, tablets or PCs, in a move that should help users use their voices to control computers even more than they do right now.
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 →