Apple’s Siri voice assistant is great, but it’s simply limited and incapable in comparison the likes of Google Now (and now, Microsoft’s Cortana). FourÂ college kids from theÂ University of Pennsylvania have hacked together a solution for this called GoogolPlex, which extends Siri functionality to do things like control a Nest thermostat, Philips Hue lights, and more.
According to a new report, Apple quietly acquired speech recognition companyÂ Novauris at some point last year–and they’ve put the team behind the company to work on Siri, the Cupertino corporation’s virtual assistant. Pieces of the company’s many software innovations include local voice recognition, requiring no internet connection to perform more intricate tasks with voice commands.
John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation, held a summit with technology companies to talk about distracted driving. The summit is broken down into round tables featuring tech companies such as Apple, Google, Samsung, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and more.
Do you have constant reliable cellular data access? Well this Cydia tweak may not be for you. However, if you are like a lot of iPhone users, where data is not reliable then Assistant Unrestrictor could be quite useful to you. The tweak, available for Free, via Cydia, detects whether there is an internet connection and if not disables Siri and replaces it with Voice Control. When internet access is restored Siri is automatically re-enabled.
Apple has been adding features such as Siri Eyes Free and iOS in the Car to bring Siri and other Apple services to your car.
We’re not sure if these are baby steps to Apple eventually launching their self-driving car like Google, butÂ FilmmakersÂ John Dabrowski and Mark Odlum have created a spoof video, which gives a glimpse of what it would be like if Siri was to drive your car.
You have to admit that Siri is a wonderful addition to iOS. She may often Â apologize because sheÂ “can’t take any requests right now,” but she is always there for a joke, a trick or an unexpected flub up. Lance Whitney of CNET recently discovered a new Siri faux pas when Â trying to subtract decimals.