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All posts tagged "Siri"

  • Microsoft’s Cortana whips Apple’s Siri in this new Windows Phone ad

    Microsoft's not shy when it comes to tackling its competition head-on -- from openly pitting its Surface Pro 3 against the Macbook Air to all those Scroogled ads. The latest victim? That would be Siri. The company's new Windows Phone ad essentially simulates a showdown between Apple's personal assistant and its own recently-launched competitor, Cortana. It directly compares Apple's flagship device to the Lumia 635, assigning them both a series of tasks -- and the budget Nokia beats it every time. While the ad does state that the screens have been simulated and the sequences shortened, its a pointed dig...

  • 4 major components to finding success in a digital world: mobile [part one]

    It’s a fair statement to make that we are not living in the digital revolution. We are living and breathing the history that many will look back at in generations to come and see as the era that changed the fundamental way we interact. Forever. The world is changing, technology is changing, the way we communicate is changing and it's no longer about becoming digital, it’s about succeeding in a digital world. In order to succeed in a digital world, there are four key factors to consider. Over a series of four articles I will explore each of these factors:...

  • They aren’t just for our phones anymore: the coming virtual assistant revolution

    “Where can I hide a dead body?” With that esoteric question, Siri was launched on the iPhone 4S in October 2011, ushering in the era of the virtual assistant app (and the arms race between these app developers). The genre has come a long way in the past year and a half, and virtual assistant downloads for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone have remained high as new functionality continues to be added. The popularity of these apps, at least in its infancy, can in part be attributed to the novelty of interacting with a phone that has now taken on...

  • Meet Siri’s relative Lola, she’s smarter and likes banking

    So you're an iPhone 4S user. Your love for Apple's voice assistant Siri obviously knows no bounds. You'd never cheat on her right? What if we introduced you to her more intelligent, financially savvy cousin? Her name's Lola and Spain's second largest bank Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) reckons she could save it a ton in staffing costs. The voice assistant was built by the team behind Siri and, according to Technology...

  • Tim Cook: Apple needs social, Siri updates are coming

    Apple CEO Tim Cook has given hints that the Cupertino-based tech giant wouldn't exactly be averse to scuppering its social effort Ping. Speaking at AllThingsD's D10 conference Cook said that while Apple understood the need to integrate social elements into its products, that doesn't necessarily mean it needs to has to "own a social network". Answering a question raised by ABC's Joanna Stern, the Apple CEO said: Apple doesn’t have to...

  • John Malkovich uses Siri and it’s kinda creepy [Video]

    If there's one thing that John Malkovich excels at, it's playing John Malkovich. He reprises that role in two ads for Apple's voice assistant app Siri. The first features the logo of US carrier Verizon, and features the actor using Siri to find out about the weather, search for restaurants, and to tell a joke. Malkovich appears to find the joke hilarious, which is worrying. The second ad, which...

  • IBM bans Siri over fears that she spills secrets

    When IBM revealed that it had banned its workers from using Siri, it could easily have been a throwback the halcyon days of its rivalry with Apple. As it turns out however, Big Blue's fears -- that all those queries asked of Siri had to being stored somewhere -- are justified. According to Wired, the validation of IBM's fears is plainly visible in Apple's Software License Agreement: “When you use Siri or Dictation,...

  • Siri changes its mind on ‘the best smartphone ever’, Nokia isn’t impressed

    When you ask Siri "What is the best smartphone ever?", you'd expect it to spout some pro-Apple response like "the iPhone 4S, duh." So when Apple's personal assistant responded with "The Nokia Lumia 900", it was actually quite funny. Alas, the joke is over. If you ask the same question now, you'll be met with a response like "You're kidding, right?" or "The one you're holding." The Gearburn editor tried it out --...

  • Samuel L Jackson, Zooey Deschanel star in new Siri spots [Video]

    Apple’s not exactly renowned for using celebrity endorsements in its adverts (unless you count Santa’s Siri spot). Seems like that’s changing with Samuel L Jackson and Zooey Deschenel making appearances in the latest video spots for Siri. Jackon’s spot features him in sensitive date mode, rather than the badass action star we’ve all come to know so well: Deschanel’s spot meanwhile features her in archetypal, ridiculously cute mode, ordering soup on a...

  • Siri gets her Led out, sings ‘Stairway to Heaven’ [Video]

    We know Apple’s celebrated voice assistant Siri can do a whole lot, but did you know she could soon be the voice of the entire iTunes catalogue? Apple-centric parody news site Scoopertino has imagined a present in which Tim Cook and co. have become so enamoured with Siri that they decide to drop musicians entirely and let Siri take over on vocal duties for every song ever licensed to iTunes. “Apple started...

  • Gatfol: Google, Yahoo! and Bing are OK, we can make them better

    Search engines get you the results you want 80% of the time. That's according to a South African startup called Gatfol (pronounced Gat fole, not like the Afrikaans Gatvol) which will soon be launching its first product to help you get closer to 100%. Gatfol may seem like an odd name for a startup, but its US patented semantic search algorithm certainly isn’t. Rooted in natural language processing or NLP, the free Gatfol...

  • The ghost in the machine — Inside Siri

    It didn't take long for hackers to crack the Siri protocol and discover exactly how Siri works. The beautiful thing about the hack was that it used a weakness in SSL that Moxie Marlinspike talked about some years back. After forcing all of Siri's internet traffic through a packet-sniffer, it became apparent that Siri communicates over HTTPS with a server at Apple. By simply creating a certificate that looks like Apple's but...

  • Siri, Facebook, Twitter are challengers to Google dominance: Eric Schmidt

    Apple's voice-activated assistant Siri is a direct threat to Google’s search engine. That’s according to the internet giant's chairman Eric Schmidt. "Apple has launched an entirely new approach to search technology with Siri, its voice-activated search and task-completion service built into the iPhone 4S," Schmidt acknowledged in a written response to the Senate antitrust subcommittee. He also pointed out a number of other challengers to Google's internet dominance, including Facebook, Twitter and traditional search...

  • Will 2012 bring an Apple iPad Mini?

    It's really difficult to get into the mind of Apple. Every release of every product seems incredibly calculated and perfectly timed. Take the iPhone 4S, for example. While much of the world expected the release of the iPhone 5, the 4S was clearly targeted at iPhone 3GS users with their 24-month contract coming to an end. I suspect the iPhone5 will be released just before the 24-month contracts of current iPhone 4 users end. It seems, then, that 2011 was a year of mediocre releases for Apple, with the iPad2, the iPhone4S and only some minor changes to the Macbook...

  • Cheat Sheet: The Apple iPhone 4S event in a nutshell

    At its Cupertino campus on Tuesday, Apple unveiled a new iPhone as well as iPod updates, pricing and availability for iOS 5, iCloud and iTunes Match. Apple also announced two new apps, and introduced the world to its intelligent software assistant, Siri, that helps you get things done though speech. Here’s what happened, in a nutshell. iPhone 4S Same design, better internals. It has a dual-core A5 CPU with graphics that can be up to seven...