Siri

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.

iOS 8 Wishlist: Siri improvements

iOS 8 Wishlist: Siri improvements

When Apple introduced Siri, its personal voice assistant feature with the iPhone 4S, I was extremely excited about it. Unfortunately, it quickly became evident that it still needed a lot of work. To be fair to Apple, it did launch it as beta, and has been making steady progress in improving its reliability and speed.

However, the progress has been much slower than I expected, and I’m hoping Apple will address some of its shortcomings in iOS 8.

Hacker claims Siri bypasses passcode to allow access to iOS 7 contacts

Hacker claims Siri bypasses passcode to allow access to iOS 7 contacts

Egyptian neurosurgeon and part-time iPhone baseband hacker Sherif Hashim appears to demonstrate a privacy failure in iOS 7 that allows a user to access the contact list on an iPhone even when the phone is locked. The trick takes advantage of a glitch in Siri that occurs when the voice assistant is available on the lock screen of the device.

New GoogolPlex Siri Extension Makes Apple’s Voice Assistant Far More Powerful

New GoogolPlex Siri Extension Makes Apple’s Voice Assistant Far More Powerful

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). Four college kids from the 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.