Apple has acquired AI startup Voysis to improve Siri. The startup has developed a platform that lets virtual assistants better understand a person’s natural language and help improve interaction. The website of the startup has been taken down since the acquisition.
Siri is saving lives for a change. Mostly we hear about how Apple Watch saved people’s lives and now it is Siri that has saved a life. KIMT News has reported that an 18-year old college student by the name Gale Salcedo crashed his car into the Winnebago river. Apparently his car hit a patch of ice on the road and spun out of control.
Voice Assistants like Siri, Alexa and Cortana are becoming smarter with every passing day. However, digital assistants are often criticized for privacy issues. Now researchers have discovered that Amazon’s Echo dot, Google Home, Siri can be hacked by using lasers, yes you heard it right, lasers!
Earlier this year, Apple found itself in a spot when it was found that the company was using third-party contractors to manually grade personal Siri voice recordings of users. This led to quite a bit of an uproar as many users felt it violated their privacy. Following the backlash, Apple promised that it will allow users to delete their Siri recording and history and opt-out of the grading process altogether.
Google users will now be able to use Google Voice with Siri on iPhones. Yes, the feature seems to be a bit complicated. The latest Google Voice update adds Siri support to iOS.
Leaked internal papers from Apple detail an internal project to rewrite Siri on how it handles sensitive topics like feminism, #MeToo movement, and more.
Nike’s original Huarache shoe was designed by Tinker Hatfield and released in 91’. Over the years Nike has overhauled the lineup with innovative features. The company has taken it to the next level by adding a slew of gadgetry and connectivity option to the neoprene covered Huarache lineup. Nike Adapt is an intelligent system that adapts according to usage patterns and allows you to choose from an array of preferences. The best part is that Nike Adapt connects with Siri and Apple Watch.
Apple has made some changes to how it handles Siri recordings from users. The company will no longer be retaining audio recordings of Siri interactions.
Apple is testing a more useful and insightful search result format for Spotlight web queries. While one can use Spotlight to make search queries, it is only able to directly link to Wiki pages or show a generic list of results. However, in the new format, just like Google’s Knowledge Graph, Siri Spotlight can directly show answers to some questions.
Earlier this month, it was revealed that as a part of Siri grading process, many third-party contractors employed by Apple used to listen to personal Siri recordings of users. This led to quite a bit of backlash especially since Apple heavily uses privacy in its marketing campaigns. Eventually, Apple suspended the grading program. The Irish Examiner spoke to some contractors who worked on grading Siri which has revealed more details about the entire process.