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Apple's push-to-talk Siri vs. Google's always-listening Now: Which is better?

Apple's push-to-talk Siri vs. Google's always-listening Now: Which is better?

With iOS 7.1 Apple's added a new feature to Siri, their personal digital assistant — the ability to manually control how long Siri listens. The concept is remarkably similar to the old push-to-talk systems, just hold down the Home button, start talking, and then let go of the Home button and Siri...
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Siri vs Cortana vs Google Now: The voice assistant showdown!

There's a new voice assistant in town, and it's called Cortana. With the release of the Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview today, Cortana is in public hands for the first time. It's new to the Windows Phone kids, but Cortana arrives to competition from not only Siri but also Google Now. So what'...

Do you really use Siri?

When Siri was introduced with iOS 5 on the iPhone 4S there was plenty of jokes made about the integration but just like iOS, Siri has grown quite a bit since the initial release. With that growth came a lot of new feature additions and improvements to Siri. It's a bit hard to gauge how many...
Siri gets extra sassy with Cortana on Arsenio

Siri gets extra sassy with Cortana on Arsenio

You think Siri is going to sit back and take whatever this imposter, Cortana, has to say? Pshh. Be sure to check out our real hands-on with Cortana to see what Microsoft's take on voice control is all about, and whether or not it stacks up to the original. Via: @gcaughey
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Apple snaps up speech recognition company Novauris, team now working on Siri

Siri is potentially going to get a lot stronger, as Apple has quietly acquired yet another speech recognition company — this time a well-known firm called Novauris. Founded in 2002 and spun out of the better-known Dragon Systems, Novauris is one of the early pioneers of modern voice recognition....
How to manually control when Siri listens to you with iOS 7.1

How to manually control when Siri listens to you with iOS 7.1

Ever had a time where you're using Siri and your iPhone or iPad doesn't stop listening when you want it to? Maybe someone else is talking or there's noise in the background, but you're done and the wave form just won't stop. Luckily iOS 7.1 solves that problem by letting you control not only when...
Wither the Siri API?

Wither the Siri API?

In 2011 Apple introduced Siri, their virtual personal assistant, with the iPhone 4s, and two years and two versions of iOS later, including this year's iOS 7, and no public application programming interfaces (API) have been surfaced for developers. That means customers like you and me still can't...
Wolfram Language gets shown off and I already want it bolted behind Siri!

Wolfram Language gets shown off and I already want it bolted behind Siri!

Wolfram Language is what powers the computational software suite Mathmatica and the computational knowledge service Wolfram|Alpha. All three are the brain children of Stephen Wolfram who, in the above video, shows off just what that engine looks like for the first time. And it's amazing. Like...
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iOS 7.1 makes British Siri more human, and female!

iOS 7.1 brought many things for many people, but for us British folks Siri got a noticeable update. Until now, we've been given only one choice for how Siri sounds over here; the robotic sounding male. With iOS 7.1 a few regions, the UK included, got improvements to the quality of the voice...

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Siri: How far has it come in two years, and how far does it still have to go?

A year ago I wrote about the challenges facing Siri and Apple's services. Over the last 12 months, not much has changed in terms of the big picture. Siri processing is still completely server-bound, allowing the network to serve as a single point of failure even for local operations like setting an alarm. Siri still isn't prescient either, providing information only when you ask for it, but not when it might be needed anyway. I hold to hope that some of the advances we've seen in OS X filter across to iOS 8, but there are a couple of things Apple has already done that are worth mentioning.

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Wither the Siri API?

In 2011 Apple introduced Siri, their virtual personal assistant, with the iPhone 4s, and two years and two versions of iOS later, including this year's iOS 7, and no public application programming interfaces (API) have been surfaced for developers. That means customers like you and me still can't use Siri with App Store apps (aside from Apple's own Apple Store app). There are likely both business and technical reasons for that...

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Siri turns up in The Simpsons causing trouble, how's it working for you?

If Apple's done something, there's a chance it'll be parodied at some point, and the latest is Siri which has turned up in Springfield for a cameo role in a new episode of The Simpsons. However, as you'll see in the video above, Siri doesn't come up with the goods.

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Siri just became the best Pokedex around, a perfect companion to Pokemon X and Y!

Pokemon X and Y is here, and if you have an iPhone or iPad, Siri might just have become the greatest Pokedex you could ever ask for. Thanks to Wolfram Alpha adding details of a staggering 649 Pokemon to its database, each and every one of them is at your fingertips with Siri, as TUAW describes:

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Chevrolet expands Siri Eyes Free support in more 2014 cars

Chevy announced last week that it is expanding the number of its car models that will ship with Siri "Eyes Free" support. After making a successful debut on this year's models of the Chevy Spark, Spark EV and Sonic, Chevy is expanding support to include more models, according to a press release.

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5 simple ways to increase security and privacy on iOS 7 and iPhone 5s

With iOS 7 - see our complete iOS 7 review - Apple has made the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad more convenient than ever, but also more secure. How is that possible? Well, in most cases you - the owner of the device - have to choose which one is more important to you - the owner of the device. You can set things up so that every major setting and notification is available at the glance of an eye, the swipe of a finger, or the sound of a voice. Or you can make it so that every bit on the box is locked away behind a strong password. There's no "security flaw" that can be taken advantage of, only tools that you can choose to use, or not, to provide the right balance on your device. Now, adding security does require more time and effort than going without, but nowhere nearly as much time and effort as it takes to recover after your stuff is spied, stolen, or otherwise violated. So, weigh the options and make your choice in the eternal battle between security and convenience. Here's what you need know!

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Siri's North American voice actress reveals herself

The voice actress who purportedly did the voice for North American Siri has stepped forward. Her name is Susan Bennett, and she was recently interviewed by CNN.

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How to use Siri to search Google instead of Bing

iOS 7 still uses Google for the default search engine in Apple's web browser, Safari, but Bing is the new default for Apple's virtual digital assistant, Siri. Yes, just like Open Table is the partner for reservations, and Wikipedia for general information, Bing and Microsoft worked out a deal with Apple for Siri search. So, while you can't change that, you can tell Siri to search Google (or Yahoo!) instead. Here's how:

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How to give Siri a sex change in iOS 7

With iOS 7, Siri gets improvements. It's no longer beta, and it adds new functionality thanks to deals with new partner services. The interface has changed, and for the first time, you can select the gender of Siri's voice. Here's how.

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iOS 7 appears to be bringing Siri out of beta

Siri is no longer flagged as "Beta" on Apple's Siri product page which may indicate that, two years following its launch alongside the iPhone 4s, the virtual assistant is finally ready for life in the release world.

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Top 5 secret Siri tips: How to add, find, delete, and do everything faster!

Yes, sure, Siri's had some lingering reliability issues over the last couple years, but when it works, it works so well that it can save you an incredible amount of time and effort in getting things done. Adding things to apps, typing out text, even searching for things can require a lot of tapping, and involve a lot of frustration. Sometimes it's just easier to have Siri do what you say, rather than taking the time to do it yourself. And when you master some of the lesser known Siri skills, it can seem almost like magic.

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Why Boston is a hotbed for speech recognition like Siri

In July it was reported that Apple was beefing up its in-house voice recognition team in Boston, possibly to improve Siri. Nuance, the company that provides the speech recognition used in Siri, is in the area, and Microsoft and Amazon are reportedly making a grab for speech recognition talent too. What makes Boston such a hotbed for speech recognition technology? To find the answer, you have to look back 40 years, reports Scott Kirsner for The Boston Globe.

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Would you want Siri to be 'always listening' for your voice commands? [Poll]

Both the upcoming Xbox One from Microsoft and Moto X from Google feature "always listening" functionality for their voice-controlled, natural language interfaces. So what about Apple and Siri? Should the next iPhone and iPads have the microphone that you can also choose to turn on and set to perpetually listen and process, and keep ready for everything and anything we say, waiting to key onto a command phrase that signals we want to use it - "Okay, Google Now!" - er... - "hey Siri!"?

There's a power concerns, of course. Xbox One is plugged in and therefore has no battery life to worry about, but the iPhone or iPad, like the Moto X, would absolutely have to do everything it can to conserve power. Beyond the technical issues, however, are privacy concerns. The news is already filled with stories of governments and companies allegedly spying on our communications, do we really trust them with constantly enabled mics? And what about simple system errors? I've had bits of conversation accidentally sent to me from Google Glass glitches, imagine the potential for mistakes with mainstream systems?

On the flip side, "always listening" can also be incredibly convenient. When your hands are full, or your device is out of reach, being able to command it with words alone is beyond useful. Likewise, Siri is already behind Google Now when it comes to functionality, including localized voice parsing, predictive responses, and more, and not doing "always listening" would put it one more feature down on the parity list.

Do you think the upcoming iOS 7 on the rumored iPhone 5s should start playing catch up? Apple's offered exclusive new features on hardware before, so would an extra processing core for onboard and persistent voice processing be interesting to you? Would you want your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad mic to be flipped on all the time, and Siri to be "always listening" for your commands?

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Top 5 secret gesture tips for: How to make Siri, Mail, Safari, Calendar, keyboard, faster!

See a button. Tap a button. That's easy. Does just what it says on the tin. But when it comes to long-presses, more complex gestures, and other advanced multitouch controls, they can be hard to discover, challenging to remember, and otherwise a pain in the apps. But man alive, can they make using your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad faster! And once you get the hang of their multi-touch magic, not only won't you stop using them, you won't be able to wait to wow your friends and family!

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Apple reportedly beefing up in-house voice team in Boston, hopefully for a better Siri regardless of Nuance

Apple has reportedly put together a team of voice parsing specialists in Boston, including former Nuance employees, which has led to some speculation that Apple is looking to roll their own engine for Siri. Google did this from the beginning with Google Now, and the power and flexibility that gave them is often thought to be one of the reasons for it being better, faster, and more localized than Apple's Nuance relationship allows. According to Xcomomy:

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iOS 7 preview: Siri gets a new look, access to settings, more services, still no predictive results

Apple introduced Siri, their personal digital assistant, in iOS 5 as a secondary, natural language interface for the iPhone, and later iPad, and iPod touch. With iOS 7, Apple has continued to add new partner-based services, but also given Siri its first redesign. Gone is the linen and beautifully rendered sports, movie, and other widgets, and in their places is the starker, more objectified and gamified look and feel that permeates the rest of system.

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Vauxhall now shipping the Adam with integrated Siri connectivity, current owners get a free upgrade

The Vauxhall Adam -- or OPEL, if you're in mainland Europe -- hasn't been on the market for long, but from today each Adam that drives out of the showroom will have Siri connectivity. But, current owners aren't left out, as they can take their car back to Vauxhall for a free update to their Intellilink to give them Siri in their car as well.

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iOS In the Car tightens Siri integration, iPhone in-car display

iOS 7 is bringing tighter integration with automobiles starting with the 2014 vehicle model year. One of the ten features of iOS 7 shown off at WWDC today is iOS in the Car, which brings more features into the displays built in to an increasing number of cars from major manufacturers.

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Siri updated for iOS 7, new UI and answers more questions

Just demonstrated at WWDC 2013, Siri has had a makeover and an upgrade for the newly announced iOS 7. Now included in Siri is Bing results, Wikipedia, Twitter, and Siri can control more of the device than ever before. It can adjust your screen brightness, turn on and off Bluetooth, and more besides. Siri also has a new male and female voice, and has had a UI overhaul in fitting with the rest of iOS 7.

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Siri "Eyes Free" mode coming to 2014 BMWs

BMW announced this week that 2014 models equipped with its iDrive 4.2 interface will include Siri Hands Free mode, making it possible to pair an iPhone with your car and use Siri without ever taking your hands off the wheel.

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