Siri

Siri’s usefulness outlined in a letter to Apple’s intelligent personal assistant

Siri’s usefulness outlined in a letter to Apple’s intelligent personal assistant

Siri has always been an extension of the iPhone, within the iPhone. A way to set up calendar events, check sports scores, movie times, or call someone without even looking at the phone. But, as a love letter to the software expresses, Siri can be so much more than that, too.

Siri on iOS 8 includes limited integration with third-party music apps

Siri on iOS 8 includes limited integration with third-party music apps

Ever since Siri was launched, we have hoped that Apple would open up the virtual assistant to third-party developers, and let them develop apps taking advantage of a Siri API.

Virtual Assistant shootout: Siri vs. Google Now vs. Cortana

Virtual Assistant shootout: Siri vs. Google Now vs. Cortana

Apple launched Siri with iOS 5 three years ago, and since then, a every major mobile OS maker has made their own virtual assistant. Google launched Google Now, Samsung launched S-Voice and most recently, Microsoft launched Cortana.

A new study finds hands-free Siri interaction results in highest levels of distraction while driving

A new study finds hands-free Siri interaction results in highest levels of distraction while driving

Before CarPlay was announced, and even before it becomes a standard utility in some cars coming off the assembly line, using our smartphones in cars usually meant we had to directly interact with them in some way or another. According to a new report, Siri’s hands-free solution is still quite distracting while you’re driving.

How to recognize any song on your iPhone with Siri

How to recognize any song on your iPhone with Siri

iOS 8 brought a lot of neat little improvements that aren’t immediately apparent, and one that I’ve found especially useful is Shazam integration with Siri. This allows you to easily identify any track that’s playing on speakers near you, without having to unlock your device.

Nokia teases Siri in newest ads promoting Windows Phone’s Cortana

Nokia teases Siri in newest ads promoting Windows Phone’s Cortana

While Siri was the first digital personal assistant to really make a big impact on the mobile market, it’s been competitors that have really gone overboard in making sure their own alternatives are certainly worth considering. One of those is Windows Phone’s Cortana, and Nokia has published a pair of new ads highlighting the feature.

How to use ‘Hey Siri’ without connecting your iPhone to a power source

How to use ‘Hey Siri’ without connecting your iPhone to a power source

One of the coolest iOS 8 features is the Google Now-like “Hey Siri” feature, that allows you to activate Siri without having to press the Home button, which can be very useful while driving.

Unfortunately, the feature is available only when you’re connected to the power source. 

Siri: New features in iOS 8

Siri: New features in iOS 8

Siri was first introduced with the iPhone 4s in 2011 with iOS 5, and since then Apple has made significant improvements to the virtual assistant, making it more intelligent and functional.

How to activate Siri without pressing the Home button in iOS 8

How to activate Siri without pressing the Home button in iOS 8

iOS 8 comes with a Google Now like feature called “Hey Siri.

It allows you to invoke Siri without pressing the Home button.

Apple reportedly expanding Cambridge research team tasked with improving Siri

Apple reportedly expanding Cambridge research team tasked with improving Siri

With almost all of the attention on the highly-anticipated iPhone 6 and so-called “iWatch” that are expected to be announced tomorrow, perhaps a more quiet development is that Apple has reportedly been expanding its secretive research office in the Boston area devoted to improving Siri voice recognition.