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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...

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...
Cortana v Siri

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

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

Siri provided a glimpse into an entirely new realm of human interface, and while it's now delivering more than ever before, it still faces significant, and lingering, challenges for the future A year ago I wrote about the challenges facing Siri and Apple's services. Over the last 12 months,...
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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Siri on iPhone 4S video hands-on reviews

Stuff.tv got their hands on an iPhone 4S at the Apple media event in the UK last week, and now applemastertouch got an early hands on as well, and both put Siri through its paces. Highlight:

Q: I love you. R: I hope you don't say that to other mobile phones.

Nice. Check out the videos below.

Source: iPhoneTicker.de, x2

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Apple, Siri and the customer insight play

Siri isn't a voice control system. Nobody uses those, and Apple wants something everybody will use. First, they value user experience, second they value differentiation from other platforms, and third, certain business models are predicated on having very large user bases. That's where the revenue streams become complex and the profit becomes really interesting.

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iPhone 4S hands-on video shows fast benchmarks and "Raise to Speak" for Siri

A video purportedly showing the iPhone 4S in action reveals a new "Raise to Speak" feature for Siri, letting users bring the iPhone up to their ear instead of holding down the home button in order to active the feature. The video also reveals benchmarks showing the iPhone 4S to be about twice as powerful as the iPhone 4.

Early Sunspider marks show a total score of 2222.1ms and a BrowserMark score of 89567. For comparison, it appears that the BrowserMark score for an iPhone 4 running iOS 5 is44856, so the new iPhone 4S benches twice as fast in the browser.

Additional features found in the video show more options for Siri, including language selection settings, voice feedback, user information and the ability to turn off the service system-wide.

These benchmarks are in-line with Apple's suggestion of the iPhone 4S being roughly twice as powerful as the iPhone 4 with its new A5 SoC powering the device.

Source: AppVV via MacRumors

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iPhone Live 173 & 174: Let's talk iPhone



A double feature this week as we did both live commentary and color of Apple's Let's Talk iPhone event with Rene, Georgia, Seth, Phil Nickinson of Android Central and Kevin Michaluk of CrackBerry.com, then came back later for a full on post-game show with Rene, Georgia, and Seth. That's close to 4 hours of iPhone 4S, iOS 5, iCloud, and Siri-powered goodness for your listening-- and viewing! -- pleasure! This is iPhone Live! (Twice!)

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The iPhone 4S only has 512MB of RAM, same as the iPhone 4?

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Let's Talk iPhone 4S: What we didn't get

The Let's Talk iPhone event is now over and we officially have the iPhone 4S, Siri, iOS 5, iCloud, and several other cool new features to be excited about.

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"Let's Talk iPhone" event video now available

Apple has posted their streaming video feed for the Let's Talk iPhone event. So if reading all the live blogs and news still isn't enough for you, you can hop on over to Apple's events page and watch the keynote address for yourself.

To summarize, here's what you can expect -

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Siri App Store app to be discontinued Oct. 15. iPhone 4S Siri not coming to Canada?

Looks like the old Siri app will officially be yanked from the App Store on Oct. 15, hot on the heels of Apple baking it into iOS 5 on iPhone 4S. It also looks like while Siri for iPhone 4S will be available in the US and UK, it won't be available in Canada at launch. At least Apple's Canadian website is completely devoid of any Siri mention at all.

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Apple posts "See how Siri works" video

Apple has posted a video guide to its just announced Siri service. It starts with a jogger using a wired headset to ask Siri to read his messages. He then he dictates a reply all without breaking stride. He then asks Siri to start to play his running mix to continue his run! If Siri works this well, it is going to be a really compelling feature on the iPhone 4S.

 

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Apple announces SIRI artificial intelligence voice control for iPhone 4S

As part of their Let's Talk iPhone event today, Apple showed off their SIRI acquisition as the new, artificially intelligent voice control system for iPhone 4S. It hooks into Wikipedia and Wolfram Alpha, and it's natural language interface will automatically perform a number of tasks, including:

  • Tell my wife I'm running late
  • Remind me to call the vet
  • Any good burger joints around here?
  • Call a taxi

It can converse with you:

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Apple working on system wide voice recognition "Assistant" for iOS 5?

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Nuance VoiceOver technology still coming to iOS 5?

It looks as if iOS 5 may still be coming packed with the rumored Nuance VoiceOver technology even though it wasn't given an official mention during Monday's WWDC keynote.

If you look closely at the image above presented during the iOS 5 portion of the keynote, you'll notice a few interesting tidbits pertaining to iOS VoiceOver integration.

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Apple in discussions with Nuance over voice recognition for iOS 5?

According to TechCrunch, Apple is in discussions with Nuance, makers of the widely popular Dragon Dictation voice recognition software.

Apple has been negotiating a deal with Nuance in recent months, we’ve heard from multiple sources. What does that mean? Well, it could mean an acquisition, but that is looking fairly unlikely at this point, we hear. More likely, it means a partnership that will be vital to both companies and could shape the future of iOS.

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Apple to include system-wide, artificial intelligence-powered voice control in iOS 5?

TechCrunch has been told that Apple will be integrating system-wide voice control technology into iOS 5 derived from their purchase of Siri last year. Apple is reportedly putting the finishing touches on the feature which will be demoed at WWDC in June.

A year ago, Apple bought Siri, a virtual personal assistant startup that had released a very cool iPhone app. The Siri team and technology are now said to be a big part of iOS 5.

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iPhone to get cheaper, better voice control, better MobileMe -- but nano a no go?

The New York Times is weighing in on the previous rumors published by Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal saying Apple may working on less expensive device with better voice control and MobileMe, but not an iPhone nano.

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Apple buys Siri voice-powered personal assistant

Apple's buying spree obviously didn't stop with chip wizards Intrisity -- they've snapped up voice-powered personal assistant Siri as well.

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