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.
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.
When Apple introduced Siri, its personal voice assistant featureÂ with the iPhone 4S, I was extremely excited about it. Unfortunately, it quickly becameÂ evident thatÂ 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 muchÂ slower than I expected, and I’m hoping Apple will address some of its shortcomingsÂ in iOS 8.
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.
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.
Apple has a lot of improvements planned for Siri, in the run up to the launch of the much-rumored iWatch, according to a report byÂ The Information.
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.