The three main mobile operating systems all have their respective voice-based virtual assistants to help users with various tasks during the day. Apple’s Siri, Google’s Google Now and Microsoft’s Cortana have been compared in many tests since the latter was unveiled earlier this year, with most of them suggesting that all three assistants generally perform well, with Google Now having certain advantages when it comes to the things it can offer users, and Cortana being able to keep up with its older rivals. More →
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 →
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 →
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?
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 →
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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →