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  • Siri was first, but Google’s AI now has a higher IQ

    10/10/2017 1:43:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 9, 2017 | Yoni Heisler, BGR
    When Siri first hit the scene in 2011 — as the flagship feature on the iPhone 4s, no less — it was a novel piece of software to say the least. The early version of Siri wasn’t terribly powerful, but it was able to answer relatively basic queries and handle rather simple tasks such as setting reminders. In subsequent updates, Siri became much more powerful, even adding contextual awareness along the way. Equally as important, Siri’s ability to parse and understand language improved by leaps and bounds as well. SNIP According to HotHardware, engineers at Cornell decided to stack a...
  • Siri and Alexa can be turned against you by ultrasound whispers

    09/07/2017 11:15:12 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 7 September 2017 | Nicole Kobie
    Did you hear that? You might not have, but Alexa did. Voice assistants have been successfully hijacked using sounds above the range of human hearing. Once in, hackers were able to make phone calls, post on social media and disconnect wireless services, among other things. Assistants falling for the ploy included Amazon Alexa, Apple’s Siri, Google Now, Samsung S Voice, Microsoft Cortana and Huawei HiVoice, as well as some voice control systems used in cars. The hack was created by Guoming Zhang, Chen Yan and their team at Zhejiang University in China. Using ultrasound, an inaudible command can be used...

    07/25/2017 10:59:25 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 58 replies
    Siri | July 2017 | Apple
    Invoke Siri and say this phrase, very exactly, clearly and slowly: "I see a little silhouette of a man". . . See what Siri says in return. . .
  • 4-year-old uses Apple’s Siri to save his mom’s life (999 Audio at source)

    03/24/2017 12:16:56 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | March 24, 2017
    Metropolitan Police in London have released a clip of a 999 call from a four-year-old boy who saved his mum’s life to remind parents the importance of teaching young children their address and how to use 999 in an emergency. The young boy called 999 from his mum’s mobile phone on Tuesday, 7 March and was put through to a police call handler.After the call handler asked him where his mummy was, the boy responded that he thought she was dead because “she’s closing her eyes and she’s not breathing.”Remaining calm, the call handler managed to keep the boy talking...
  • How voice technology is transforming computing

    01/09/2017 12:10:59 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 20 replies
    ANY sufficiently advanced technology, noted Arthur C. Clarke, a British science-fiction writer, is indistinguishable from magic. The fast-emerging technology of voice computing proves his point. Using it is just like casting a spell: say a few words into the air, and a nearby device can grant your wish. The Amazon Echo, a voice-driven cylindrical computer that sits on a table top and answers to the name Alexa, can call up music tracks and radio stations, tell jokes, answer trivia questions and control smart appliances; even before Christmas it was already resident in about 4% of American households. Voice assistants are...
  • ... Lonely truckers are falling in love with voice assistants like Siri, Cortana and Amazon's Alexa

    11/01/2016 4:51:49 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies ^ | 10/27/2016 | Shivali Best For Mailonline
    Ilya Eckstein, CEO of Robin Labs, whose platform helps drivers find the best route and handle logistics said: 'People want to flirt, they want to dream about a subservient girlfriend, or even a sexual slave. 'It may just be more for laughs, or something deeper underneath the surface.' ... Eckstein says that around five per cent of interactions in his firm's database are sexually explicit, and numbers are growing. Deborah Harrison, a writer for Microsoft's personal assistant, Cortana, added that 'a good chunk of the volume of early-on inquiries' were into Cortana's sex life. ... Eckstein told The Times: 'This...
  • Apple Fixed Bug That Exposed Your Photos and Contacts

    04/05/2016 9:03:20 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    Fortune ^ | April 5, 2016 | by Don Reisinger
    Well, that was quick.Earlier on Tuesday, reports surfaced saying that a bug in what appeared to be iOS 9 would have allowed hackers to access an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus owner’s contacts and photos. But that has issue has since been fixed.When users now try to use the hack published recently on YouTube, they’ll find that Apple’s virtual personal assistant Siri now asks them to unlock their device first. Previously, Siri would allow access to a person’s contacts and photos after users exploited a flaw in the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.As part of the latest fix,...
  • Y'all have a Texas accent? Siri (and the world) might be slowly killing it

    02/10/2016 1:48:23 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 63 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10 Feb 16 | Tom Dart
    'People speak to machines differently than how they speak to people,' says language technology expert Alan Black. It was a simple enough question, at least in this part of the world. "How can we mosey on down to the rodeo?" my friend Ben Crook drawled, sat in a rocking chair on his front porch, a can of Lone Star beer in his left hand on a humid night in Houston. Only one thing jarred with this otherwise stereotypical Texas scene: Crook was asking Siri, the voice-activated digital personal assistant on his iPhone, rather than, say, a passing sheriff on horseback...
  • Apple’s Siri vs. Microsoft’s Cortana on an iPhone (comparison review)

    12/21/2015 6:23:51 AM PST · by dayglored · 12 replies
    TIME ^ | Dec 21, 2015 | John Patrick Pullen
    Cortana is good, but is it a Siri killer? Move over Siri, here comes something different. For the first time since its launch in April 2014, Cortana, Microsoft's voice-activated assistant, is now available on smartphones other than Windows devices. A surprise move that speaks volumes about Microsoft's newfound flexibility and willingness to abandon convention, the Cortana app works quite well on Apple's iPhone. But a Siri replacement it is not. Instead, Cortana makes it clear that there's room for two voices on the iPhone. There are some key differences between Siri and Cortana. Both can fetch web-sourceable information like weather...
  • Microsoft pitches lobotomized Cortana for iOS, Android handsets. Don't be jealous, Siri...

    12/09/2015 7:56:27 PM PST · by dayglored · 22 replies
    The Register ^ | Dec 9, 2015 | Shaun Nichols
    Not content to have Cortana controlling Windows Mobile, Microsoft has released a toned-down version of its personal assistant tool for iOS and Android handsets. Redmond said that Cortana will run in a diminished capacity on the Apple and Google smartphone OSs, but will still allow users to link up their handsets with Windows PCs to sync and automate tasks. "Cortana was created to be a truly personal digital assistant - available on the go, no matter where or when you need help, and on whatever device you carry," wrote Cortana group program manager Marcus Ash. "That's why it's important to...
  • Here's how hackers can remotely access, control Siri, Google Now from 16 feet away (iphone/android)

    10/16/2015 9:14:16 AM PDT · by Vision Thing · 8 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | October 15, 2015 | Khier Casino
    Apple's Siri will listen to anyone — even hackers. French researchers have discovered a way to remotely gain access to Siri and Google Now on iOS and Android, respectively. The research team from ANSSI — a French government agency specializing in information security — were then able to control the intelligent personal assistants by using headphones with built-in microphones as antennas. Hackers could use radio waves transmitted from the antenna of the headphones to eavesdrop on private conversations, send the device browser to a malware site or shoot spam and phishing messages through email and social media sites — such...
  • An Apple a day keeps Big Brother closer

    09/28/2015 3:37:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 59 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/28/15 | Rudy Takala
    Have you ever felt like no one was listening to what you had to say? Thanks to Apple's latest software upgrade, someone might listen to everything you say for the rest of time. Thanks to the iOS 9 upgrade, released Sept. 16, users can now set Siri to activate automatically when they say "Hey, Siri." The function isn't enabled automatically; system defaults have it turned off. However, for users who turn it on, it means that Siri will listen to every word spoken in its vicinity. That means the world is entering an era where more audio is going to...
  • Amazon's answer to Apple TV: a Fire TV box with Alexa and 4K video support

    09/17/2015 11:47:34 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 28 replies
    The Verge ^ | September 17, 2015 09:00 am | By Lauren Goode
    Last week Apple sucked up most of the air in the tech press with its newest gadgets, which included a long-awaited, new Apple TV. This week, Amazon has some TV box news of its own. The e-commerce giant just announced a variety of updates to its Fire TV product line. The newest Fire TV set-top box, a flat, plastic box that plugs into your TV and offers a variety of internet video content, now supports 4K Ultra HD video, a claim that Apple can't make with its own set-top box. (You'll have to be watching 4K content, on a 4K...
  • Apple unveils the all-new Apple TV with Siri Remote, tvOS, and Apple TV App Store

    09/09/2015 4:31:47 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 174 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | Wednesday, September 9, 2015
    Apple today announced the all-new Apple TV, bringing a revolutionary experience to the living room based on apps built for the television. Apps on Apple TV let you choose what to watch and when you watch it. The new Apple TV’s remote features Siri, so you can search with your voice for TV shows and movies across multiple content providers simultaneously. The all-new Apple TV is built from the ground up with a new generation of high-performance hardware and introduces an intuitive and fun user interface using the Siri Remote. Apple TV runs the all-new tvOS™ operating system, based on...
  • Apple Event Live Stream

    09/09/2015 10:00:22 AM PDT · by zeebee · 34 replies
    Analysts and industry insiders predict that Apple will unveil updated iPhones along with an Apple TV revamp that may signal a push into the online television streaming sector, dominated by Netflix.
  • Apple announces Sept. 9 event for 'iPhone 6s,' updated Apple TV at massive new venue

    08/27/2015 11:57:12 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 60 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | Thursday, August 27, 2015 | By Neil Hughes
    Apple on Thursday sent out invitations to members of the media, making official its anticipated Sept. 9 event at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. It's expected to showcase not only a next-generation "iPhone 6s" handset, but also a new Siri-enabled Apple TV set-top box. via CNBC. This year's event comes with the tagline "Hey Siri, give us a hint," likely alluding to the voice input expected to be a part of this year's revamped Apple TV. The new set-top box is also widely anticipated to feature a redesigned controller with touchpad, as well as a dedicated App Store for...
  • Cardinal Siri's 1963 interview on the ongoing Council -- and the shortcomings of its "pastoral" tone

    06/28/2015 9:05:57 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 1963 | Fr. Walter Abbot, S.J.
    Fr. Walter Abbot, S.J. interviewed Cardinal Siri after the first (1962) session of the Second Vatican Council as part of a larger work of 12 interviews with Council Fathers, that was published in 1963, before the second session. As far as we are aware, this is the first online transcript of the exchange. *** Giuseppe Cardinal Siri, Archbishop of Genoa and president of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, was grave and thoughtful the day I visited him. The day before, he told me, he had been surprised to discover in an Italian newspaper an account of a speech he had delivered...
  • Was Siri programmed to be homophobic in Russian?

    04/15/2015 12:03:59 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 44 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 14 Apr 2015 | Tom Parfitt
    The new Russian-language version of iPhone's “personal assistant” has been accused of providing homophobic responses to questions about gays and lesbians. One Russian man in London, Alex, posted a video on YouTube in which Siri responds in a woman's voice to his questions about gay marriages and whether they are “normal”, by saying, “Alex, you are so rude!” Asked in Russian, “How do you register a gay marriage in England?” Siri replies on an iPad, “I will pretend I didn't hear that.”. The Russian LGBT site,, noted that when told “Lesbianism is normal”, Siri came back saying, “There’s no...
  • Russian version of the Siri app was accused of homophobia

    04/14/2015 3:02:07 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 8 replies
    LNR Media ^ | 04/14/2015
    Owners of smartphones and tablets from Apple complained about homophobia in the Russian version of personal assistant Siri. This was reported by one of the users of the video hosting site YouTube. According to him, those interested in the topic of homosexuality are called 'rude' by the Siri. [...]In a video (in Russian) posted on YouTube, the user talks with a smartphone. "I'd blush if I could," replied Siri in the video to the request "gay clubs around me". On the request to talk about same-sex marriage, Siri remained at first silent, then said: "I'm gonna pretend I didn't hear...
  • Murder Suspect Asks Siri Where to Dump His Dead Roommate's Body

    08/13/2014 3:54:26 PM PDT · by eldoradude · 23 replies
    Betabeat ^ | 8/13/14 | Jordan Valinsky
    Who says Siri is useless? A Florida man accused of killing his roommate found a novel use for Siri. Police say 20-year-old Pedro Bravo allegedly kidnapped and strangled his friend in 2012, but didn’t know where to dispose of the body — that was, until Siri helped him out. According to his iPhone’s records, Mr. Bravo allegedly asked Siri “I need to hide my roommate.” The personal assistant app kindly responded by asking “What kind of place are you looking for?” and then offered him four ideal places, including metal foundries, dumps, swamps and reservoirs.