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Why is Siri in beta?

Why is Siri in beta?

Why was Siri, the iPhone 4S intelligent assistant, launched as a beta, something very unusual for Apple? Benoit Maison published a blog post which might just explain the reason. I worked on speech recognition with IBM Research for nearly six years. We participated in DARPA-sponsored research...
Apple hiring more Siri engineers, working to expand API and features

Apple hiring more Siri engineers, working to expand API and features

Apple has posted a couple of job postings for iOS software engineers, and they describe work needed on UI elements for Siri, along with additional language support and a new API that could indicate Apple may be opening up the feature to 3rd party app developers. This is a broad-ranging task...
Siri ported to iPhone 4 via questionable jailbreak mod

Siri ported to iPhone 4 via questionable jailbreak mod

A new jailbreak mod by the name of H1Siri claims to allow a fully working port of Siri on the iPhone 4, but this one comes with a number of questionable aspects. First of all, the package is available via a custom Cydia repo from a relatively unknown group of hackers that also houses pirated...
iPhone Live 182: 2011 iPhone gift guide

iPhone Live 182: 2011 iPhone gift guide

Subscribe via iTunes: Audio | Video Subscribe via RSS: Audio | Video Download directly: Audio | Video Show notes Rene, Georgia, and Seth talk iOS 5.1, Siri hacking, iPhone 5 rumors, Infinity Blade II and iTether, and pick our favorite accessories and apps for 2011, gift guide style! This is...
Stephen Colbert interviews Siri, hilarity ensues

Stephen Colbert interviews Siri, hilarity ensues

"It's got all the convenience of talking to a woman without paying that annoying $2.99/minute." Nice. Source: Colbert Nation
iPhone 4S tops the iPhone 4 with 96% satisfaction rate

iPhone 4S tops the iPhone 4 with 96% satisfaction rate

ChangeWave has come out with a new survey polling customer satisfaction among new iPhone 4S owners, showing an overwhelming 96% satisfaction rating and propelling the iPhone 4S into "nosebleed territory". Overall satisfaction with the iPhone 4S showed 77% of users being Very Satisfied and 19%...

Robin Williams gives Siri some French attitude on Ellen

Comedian and iPhone user Robin Williams decided to give [Siri some snooty Parisian attitude on the Ellen show this week. Give it a watch and then let us know if Apple should be calling on Williams to provide some voice talent for Siri 2.0...
Siri "pro-life bias" debunked

Siri "pro-life bias" debunked

TUAW's Chris Rawson did the inconceivable -- actually looking into claims that Apple's virtual assistant, Siri might have been programmed with a "pro-life bias" before posting them. And surprise, surprise, he found them to not even be worth the link-bait pixels they were posted with. Short...
Android Cluzee not yet a Siri competitor

Android Cluzee not yet a Siri competitor

Rather than just throwing up a quick "#BREAKSCLUSIVE: Cluzee brings Siri to Android!" post, Android Central's Phil Nickinson actually took the time to test it out, and while it shows potential, it turns out it doesn't yet show anywhere near Siri's polish on the iPhone 4S. It's not quick to...
Siri dictation now available on other iOS 5 devices with Siri0us [jailbreak]

Siri dictation now available on other iOS 5 devices with Siri0us [jailbreak]

System wide voice-to-text dictation, once exclusive to iPhone 4S, has now been replicated on other iOS devices thanks to a Jailbreak hack called Siri0us. In order to use the dictation hack, you will need to have a jailbroken iOS 5 device. A point to note, the hack does not use Apple's servers, it...
Siri can now control Plex media playback using the Siri Proxy [video]

Siri can now control Plex media playback using the Siri Proxy [video]

Siri can now control Plex media playback using the Siri Proxy. In case you missed it earlier, a developer created a SiriProxy to control a thermostat and then made the code available for others to use. The SiriProxy stands in between your iPhone 4S and Apple’s servers. It then intercepts Siri...
Siri show and TellMe redux

Siri show and TellMe redux

Rene already commented on Microsoft's "We had TellMe before Apple had Siri" sob story, but it bears repeating: It’s amazing how decades later, Microsoft still doesn’t get it. A feature isn’t just a feature isn’t just a feature. It’s more than the sum of its technology and design. Android had...
Siri can now control third party apps and even start your car via SiriProxy [video]

Siri can now control third party apps and even start your car via SiriProxy [video]

Siri can now control third party apps and even open cars thanks to clever developers and the SiriProxy. In case you missed it earlier in the week, a developer created a SiriProxy to control a thermostat and then made the code available for others to use. The SiriProxy stands in between your...
iPhone Live 181: Apparently we're baristas

iPhone Live 181: Apparently we're baristas

Subscribe via iTunes: Audio | Video Subscribe via RSS: Audio | Video Download directly: Audio | Video Show notes Rene, Georgia, and Seth talk about the future of consumer electronics and the mythical Apple Television, Samsung vs. Sprint ads, top 10 apps for new iPhone users, POP phones and...
Microsoft comments on Siri, proves they still don't get it

Microsoft comments on Siri, proves they still don't get it

In an interview with Forbes, Microsoft's Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie poopoos Apple's Siri intelligent virtual assistant, saying it's nothing Microsoft's TellMe hasn't been doing since the introduction of Windows Phone 7 over a year ago. You can take these Windows Phones...
Daily Tip: How to quickly access birthdays with Siri

Daily Tip: How to quickly access birthdays with Siri

Need a fast way to find out about birthdays? Not a problem. With the iPhone 4S you can avoid faking a distraction, jumping out the window, racing to the car, and slamming down on the accelerator, Homer Simpson-style, because you forgot that special someone's special day. Assuming you have the...
PSA: Sharing iPhone 4S contacts also shares Siri relationships

PSA: Sharing iPhone 4S contacts also shares Siri relationships

Just a heads up -- if you send a contact via your iPhone 4S' built in sharing feature, you also share everything in that contact, including relationships set up by [http://www.imore.com/siri). For many this may not be a big deal, but if you value your privacy or you don't particularly want or...
Developer uses Siri to control home thermostat via a proxy server [video]

Developer uses Siri to control home thermostat via a proxy server [video]

A developer has managed to get Siri to control his home thermostat. The hack does not involve any jailbreaking but does involve setting up a proxy server which intercepts the Siri commands. This proxy server can then be used to add additional command functionality to Siri. Siri Proxy is a proxy...
Capture Siri-created reminders with OmniFocus for iPhone

Capture Siri-created reminders with OmniFocus for iPhone

The popular productivity app Omnifocus has been updated wit the ability to capture reminders created with Siri. When the app is launched, it will grab the tasks in your Reminders app and add them to your OmniFocus inbox. Location-based reminders have also been improved with this update. Here's...
TiPb Asks: What should Apple add next to Siri?

TiPb Asks: What should Apple add next to Siri?

This week on iPhone Live we discussed rumors of new Siri functionality coming in iOS 5.1 and what we'd like to see. Seth wanted easy access to settings -- "Siri, turn off bluetooth" "Siri, turn on Wi-Fi". Rene wanted the current services evened out -- "Siri, read email" "Siri, send tweet". I want...

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