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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. 

Microsoft’s latest Siri vs. Cortana ad features HTC One M8 for Windows

Microsoft’s latest Siri vs. Cortana ad features HTC One M8 for Windows

Microsoft has released a new commercial called “Mirror Mirror” that provides a side-by-side comparison of the Cortana personal voice assistant and HTC One M8 for Windows with Siri and the iPhone 5s, demonstrating a number of different hardware and software features that aren’t possible with Apple’s offerings. 

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.