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.
Loup Ventures’ Gene Munster is out with his yearly report card on the performance of Google Assistant, Siri, and Alexa. Siri has trailed behind Assistant in the test over the last year few years despite making noticeable improvements. The same story continues this year as well.
Apple Contractors Regularly Hear Confidential Medical Information, Drug Deals and More While Grading Siri
A report from The Guardian claims that private contractors working on Siri frequently hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex. They do this as a part of quality control a.k.a “grading” in which they listen to collected voice data and help improve the Siri voice experience.