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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.

Apple Acquires Speech Recognition Company Novauris, Puts Them to Work on Siri

Apple Acquires Speech Recognition Company Novauris, Puts Them to Work on Siri

According to a new report, Apple quietly acquired speech recognition company 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 working on opening up Siri SDK to third-party developers for iWatch

Apple working on opening up Siri SDK to third-party developers for iWatch

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 by The Information.

Apple attends US Senate summit on distracted driving

Apple attends US Senate summit on distracted driving

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.

Assistant Unrestrictor is a jailbreak tweak that takes over when Siri is offline

Assistant Unrestrictor is a jailbreak tweak that takes over when Siri is offline

Do you have constant reliable cellular data access? Well this Cydia tweak may not be for you. However, if you are like a lot of iPhone users, where data is not reliable then Assistant Unrestrictor could be quite useful to you. The tweak, available for Free, via Cydia, detects whether there is an internet connection and if not disables Siri and replaces it with Voice Control. When internet access is restored Siri is automatically re-enabled.

Siri might soon be able to search your iPhone photo library

Siri might soon be able to search your iPhone photo library

Finding photos in your iPhone’s photo library isn’t easy, and Apple plans to tackle this problem by letting you find your photos using Siri.

Siri accuracy increases considerably with iOS 7

Siri accuracy increases considerably with iOS 7

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, who had last year assessed the accuracy of Siri, has today followed up with another round of his Siri “report card”, noting that with iOS 7, the virtual assistant has become a lot more reliable.

Meet Steeri, Driverless Car app powered by Siri [Video]

Meet Steeri, Driverless Car app powered by Siri [Video]

Apple has been adding features such as Siri Eyes Free and iOS in the Car to bring Siri and other Apple services to your car.

We’re not sure if these are baby steps to Apple eventually launching their self-driving car like Google, but Filmmakers John Dabrowski and Mark Odlum have created a spoof video, which gives a glimpse of what it would be like if Siri was to drive your car.