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Siri 'crushing' competitors at language accuracy

Siri 'crushing' competitors at language accuracy

Siri, Apple's virtual personal assistant, has been improving steadily since its introducing in 2011. Streaming text to speech is one of the most recent and obvious areas of improvement, but Siri has also been adding new features and better language support. In a recent test that spanned languages...
Secret Siri commands: Twelve cool questions you can ask right now!

Secret Siri commands: Twelve cool questions you can ask right now!

Siri launched in 2011 and can now be found on all modern iPhones and iPads. It's a virtual digital assistant that uses natural language voice control and sequential inference to listen to what you want and provide the best possible information or answer it can provide. It can help you stay...
Here's what Siri can do on your Apple Watch

Here's what Siri can do on your Apple Watch

Siri, Apple's voice-activated digital assistant, is a huge part of the Apple Watch — and we're oh-so-thankful it is. Wrist-sized screens don't do so well with digital keyboards; instead, you can use pre-built text suggestions, dictation, and Siri to accomplish the majority of the tasks you'd...
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How to send a message with Siri on Apple Watch

How to send a message with Siri on Apple Watch

Want to dash a quick message off to your friends? Use Siri on your Apple Watch to get the job done. When you're on the go and want to quickly reply or initiate a conversation to a friend, family member, or passing contact, you can use Siri on your Apple Watch to take care of it all. How to...
Cortana is coming to the iPhone, but it won't have all of its Windows Phone features

Cortana is coming to the iPhone, but it won't have all of its Windows Phone features

Microsoft is bringing its Cortana digital assistant to the massive audience of iPhone users later this year. Microsoft says it will bring its Cortana digital assistant that was originally developed for Windows Phone 8.1, and later for Windows 10, to the iPhone sometime later this year The app...
16 Siri commands to save you time on your Apple Watch

16 Siri commands to save you time on your Apple Watch

Siri is a voice-controlled virtual personal assistant, and it's built right into your Apple Watch. On the iPhone, Siri is a secondary interface used when talking is more convenient than tapping. On the Apple Watch, Siri is a primary interface. It's not just the only way to enter text and a much...
'Hey Siri!' and the need for alternative activation phrases

'Hey Siri!' and the need for alternative activation phrases

"Hey Siri!" is an incredibly convenient way to activate your iPhone, iPad, and now... Apple Watch. Update: The Apple Watch is here, which makes "Hey Siri!" even more convenient but can lead to even more collisions. Have your iPhone plugged in and your Apple Watch on, say the magic words, and how...
Siri 'third generation' architecture includes Apache Mesos and, yes, JARVIS

Siri 'third generation' architecture includes Apache Mesos and, yes, JARVIS

During a recent meet-up, a slide showed that Apple considered Siri to be on its third generation architecture. Like any major online service, Siri is constantly being updated behind the scenes to improve stability, scalability, and performance. This presentation is specific called out Apache Mesos...
Here's what Siri can do on your Apple Watch

Here's what Siri can do on your Apple Watch

Siri, Apple's voice-activated digital assistant, is a huge part of the Apple Watch — and we're oh-so-thankful it is. Wrist-sized screens don't do so well with digital keyboards; instead, you can use pre-built text suggestions, dictation, and Siri to accomplish the majority of the tasks you'd...
How to use Siri on your Apple Watch

How to use Siri on your Apple Watch

Siri is Apple's virtual personal assistant and, with the Apple Watch, it's available right from your wrist. Because Siri is voice activated, it doesn't require a keyboard or a lot of screen space to use. Because it's contextually aware, it can handle complex questions and commands. That makes it...
Apple's refreshed Siri website serves as a primer for the digital assistant

Apple's refreshed Siri website serves as a primer for the digital assistant

Apple has launched an updated version of its Siri page today, detailing all of the digital assistant's capabilities and features. The updated site features a number of different categories with details on how Siri can provide information on things like sports and entertainment, as well as tips...
How to view all the songs you've identified with Siri

How to view all the songs you've identified with Siri

Ever identified a song with Siri and then forgotten what the name was? If you do several songs in a row, or it's been a while since you identified the song, it can be tough to remember. Luckily, when you ask Siri to identify a song, it keeps a record. In fact, it keeps an entire list right in...
Siri and the potential for 'Voice ID'

Siri and the potential for 'Voice ID'

Yell "Hey, Siri!" on podcast — or out loud at an event — and you'll get dozens of complaints from people whose phones suddenly went into voice mode. That might sound like an edge-case for Siri, Apple's personal digital assistant, but here's something more common — a family charging station with...

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