Siri

Florida man accused of murder asked Siri where to hide the body

Florida man accused of murder asked Siri where to hide the body

When Apple launched Siri on the iPhone 4S nearly three years ago, the personal voice assistant became an instant hit for some of the pre-programmed responses that it provided users when told, for example, “where to hide a body” or “open the pod bay doors, HAL.” 

Siri co-founders working on Viv, a self-learning personal voice assistant

Siri co-founders working on Viv, a self-learning personal voice assistant

Following its acquisition of Siri in April 2010, Apple integrated the personal voice assistant on the iPhone 4S in late 2011. Within eight months, both Siri co-founders Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer left the company to pursue other opportunities. Enter Viv Labs. 

Microsoft’s latest ad pokes fun at Siri by highlighting Cortana’s Context-Aware Reminders

Microsoft’s latest ad pokes fun at Siri by highlighting Cortana’s Context-Aware Reminders

Microsoft has launched a new TV ad, entitled “Happy Anniversary,” that demonstrates a side-by-side comparison of Siri and Cortana on the iPhone 5s and Lumia 635 respectively. The 30-second spot is centered upon how Cortana can perform contextually-aware tasks across a number of services, while Siri cannot. 

Siri report card from analyst Gene Munster indicates distinct improvement over the years

Siri report card from analyst Gene Munster indicates distinct improvement over the years

When Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S, they included Siri to make the “S” variant of their popular device stand out. Since then, the digital personal assistant has seen plenty of improvements to make the feature more helpful. A new report wants to show just how much better Siri is doing since 2012.

Apple fails to get Siri-related patent invalidated in China

Apple fails to get Siri-related patent invalidated in China

In June 2012, the Chinese company Zhizhen Network Technology filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple in China that accuses the iPhone maker of violating its voice recognition patent with Siri. Apple responded by attempting to have the patent invalidated through China’s State Intellectual Property Office, but a new report claims that request has been denied. 

Siri could see a big upgrade thanks to neural networking

Siri could see a big upgrade thanks to neural networking

Siri, which became an integral part to iOS back in 2011, has seen plenty of improvements over the years, but according to a new report, the feature’s biggest update could be right around the corner.

Siri could be getting additional language support, Siri engineers being brought on board

Siri could be getting additional language support, Siri engineers being brought on board

Apple’s iOS 8 is right around the corner, more or less, and in due course it looks like Apple’s gearing up in a big way to give Siri some more skills in the language department.

Samsung in talks to acquire Nuance, the speech-recognition service that powers Siri

Samsung in talks to acquire Nuance, the speech-recognition service that powers Siri

Nuance, the speech-recognition service that powers Siri, is reportedly in acquisition talks with Apple rival Samsung, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

The Ultimate Guide to set up and start using Siri

The Ultimate Guide to set up and start using Siri

One of the coolest things about your new iOS device is that you can do so many things with it using just your voice, thanks to Siri. As a voice command-controlled personal assistant, Siri can quickly phone your contacts, send a text, tweet or email, search the web, tell you about the weather, launch your favorite apps, set alarms and organize your calendar, play music and even read you a book — and all you have to do is ask.

New Siri features announced; iOS 8 brings ‘Hey, Siri’ hands-free activation

New Siri features announced; iOS 8 brings ‘Hey, Siri’ hands-free activation

Apple today, with the announcement of iOS 8, has introduced a wide variety of new features for the famed voice assistant. Headlining these is a new capability dubbed “Hey, Siri” which allows you to activate the feature completely hands-free.