“Alexa and Siri, rival voice assistants on Amazon’s Echo and Apple’s iPhone, don’t directly communicate with one another. But the Amazon executive in charge of Alexa and the Amazon Echo said he’d welcome the idea,” Edward C. Baig reports for USA Today. “‘You should be able to tell ‘Alexa, ask Siri X,” said David Limp, senior vice president of devices at Amazon.” “‘If Apple or Google want to come calling, my phone number is out there, they can call… I don’t know if I can envision it but I hope that will happen on behalf of customers,’ Limp told a Click Here to Read more
(WSB TV): Voice assistants like Siri, Google Home and Amazon Echo take convenience to a new level, but does that convenience come with a price? Channel 2 Consumer Advisor Clark Howard says the in-home technology could impact your privacy. The assistants work by listening for the “wake word.” For Echo, that word is “Alexa,” for Google Home it’s “OK Google” and for Siri it’s “Hey Siri.” After it detects the wake word it begins recording the interaction. As those recordings build up the device becomes more efficient, but with that convenience comes constant monitoring. What these devices record, accidental or otherwise, Click Here to Read more
(Eater): Starbucks is making it ever easier to order your $7 morning latte. Today the chain launches voice ordering on two platforms: its iOS mobile app and Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa. When utilizing the mobile order and pay feature on the My Starbucks app, users can now speak their full order instead of selecting it on-screen. Thanks to artificial intelligence, the app should in theory have no problem taking your order for an extra-complicated venti two-pump half-caf extra-hot skinny vanilla almond milk latte. The feature is currently in beta, and is currently only available to 1,000 customers nationwide; it will be rolled out Click Here to Read more
A report has come out saying that Apple is considering joining one of the leading A.I. organizations in order to help boost its falling behind Siri Virtual Assistant. The non-profit group also has members such as Google, FaceBook, and other major tech companies. According to Bloomberg, Apple was not a part of the initial formation of the group, but is expected to announce such membership sometime this or next week.
Did you know that you can get Siri to make a phone call and activate the speakerphone for you? Here’s how: Trigger Siri by holding down the Home Button or (if active in Settings) say “Hay Siri.” Then say “Call Jim Smith using Speakerphone.” If the name is in your Contacts, iPhone will dial the number. If the name is not in the Contacts, it may give you a list and ask which Jim Smith to call. That’s it.
Even though changing a setting on an iOS device is rare, it does happen. Normally, we would have to unlock the device, find the settings icon, and find the setting that we want to change. But not many people know that most settings can be changed and/or referenced via Siri. To do this, you’d activate Siri normally, and then ask it one of the below questions: Is Wi-Fi enabled? Is Bluetooth enabled? Is VoiceOver enabled? Is AirDrop enabled? Is Do Not Disturb enabled? Siri will report back with the answer as well as show you the toggle switch where you Click Here to Read more
One of the neat features of Sierra is the addition of Siri. Using Siri on MacOS is just like using it on iOS with the addition for it to help you with everyday tasks on your Mac. First, you should make sure that Siri is enabled. To do that, go to System Preferences > Siri. The below window will open: Make sure that the Enable Siri (left) has a checkmark in it. You should then close the window (⌘Q). Then, you should see the Siri icon in the upper-right of the screen (next to Spotlight search). Before I go over some Siri Click Here to Read more
“A month ago, Marcus, a 31-year-old man living in Springfield, Missouri, decided to go all in on the smart home. A diehard fan of the Apple AAPL -0.27% ecosystem, he began outfitting his house with gadgets certified as ‘Works with Apple HomeKit,’ Apple’s proprietary communication standard for controlling third-party smart home devices with iOS and its intelligent voice assistant, Siri,” Aaron Tilley reports for Forbes. “At first, everything worked flawlessly. His front door would automatically unlock as he walked up to his house when his phone got within a certain distance. The lights would brighten gradually after he woke up. Click Here to Read more
In a radio interview over the weekend, movie actress Barbara Streisand said that Apple is fixing how Siri pronounces her name and that the update will be on September 30th. Siri’s use of a “Z” sound in the middle of “Streisand” has annoyed the singer since Apple’s feature first launched in 2011, according to a talk on NPR. Only recently, however, did she call Apple CEO Tim Cook, who promised to fix the problem in a future update. In the interview, Streisand suggested that the change would happen with “the next update on Sept. 30,” giving an unusually specific time that’s likely inaccurate. Click Here to Read more
The popular game, Pokemon Go, has found its way into Siri’s vocabulary. The Siri team has found time to come up with some humorous answers for the game. To activate it, just say: “Hey Siri, do you like Pokemon Go?” To which Siri responds with one of the below answers: “I like playing peekaboo with Pikacu.” “PokéStop!” “Of course. That’s what it’s all about. Oh, wait, that’s the hoké Pokémon.” “Snorlax. Zzzz. Sorry, what was the question?” “Confining virtual beings inside powerful devices makes me feel funny for some reason.” “Oh, is that why everyone keeps asking what color a Geodude Click Here to Read more
“Apple has been working on speech and voice AI solutions for decades,” Tim Bajarin writes for TIME Magazine. “Only in 2011 did Apple believe the iPhone had enough horsepower to deliver the first generation of Siri. (Apple acquired the company behind Siri in 2010),” Bajarin writes. “Since then, Apple has been using new forms of AI and machine learning to expand that knowledge base. It has also tapped into other data sources to give Siri a much larger base of info to pull from when answering questions. The iPhone’s increasing processing power and Apple’s growing expertise at quickly answering questions Click Here to Read more
by Heather Kelly/CNN Money: Siri does not play well with others. You can launch Spotify, but you can’t ask it to play a song. You can schedule an appointment, but you can’t call an Uber to get there. The voice assistant has spent the last five years locked away inside Apple’s ecosystem, unable to integrate with the 1.5 million apps in the App Store. At first it didn’t really matter. When Apple acquired Siri and released it in the iPhone 4S, it was the only game in town. The fact that you could just ask your phone a question and Click Here to Read more
A Cairns mother has saved the life of her baby girl with the help of an unlikely hero – Siri, the iPhone voice-activated computer program. Stacey Gleeson saw on the baby monitor that her daughter had turned blue and discovered that one-year-old Giana had stopped breathing. “I picked her up and sat down with her on the floor and as I checked her airways .. I looked over and remembered my phone,” Mrs Gleeson told 7 News. In a panic, she had dropped her iPhone but thankfully remembered its voice activation function. “Hey Siri, call the ambulance,” she yelled, prompting Click Here to Read more