Donna your Personal iPhone Assistant [Review]

Donna your Personal iPhone Assistant [Review]

Miss the days of a beautiful personal assistant?  Whether it is the momentous Money Penny from James Bond or the joyous Joan Harris from Madmen, every person wants a personable person to help them.  Enter “Donna” the iPhone personal digital assistant.  She integrates your location, destination and travel method to keep you on schedule.

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Siri mocks Google Glass when you say “Okay Glass” [Updated]

Siri mocks Google Glass when you say “Okay Glass” [Updated]

Google Glass (styled “GLΛSS”), the wearable device with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD), is easily one of the coolest gadgets of the year.

So what does Siri, your iPhone personal assistant think about it?

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Apple has a secret Boston office working on Siri’s voice recognition technology

Apple has a secret Boston office working on Siri’s voice recognition technology

For the last few months, Apple has been manning a secretive office in the Boston, Massachusetts area. What are they doing there? Today, Xconomy says they have an answer. According to industry sources, the Cupertino corporation has assembled a remote team of “notable names” in the speech recognition space, purportedly to work on improvements to Siri, Apple’s voice assistant technology.

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iOS 7 Preview: Siri

iOS 7 Preview: Siri

Apple launched Siri, the virtual assistant feature in 2011, and was initially only available on the iPhone 4S. However, Apple has added Siri to the iPad 3 with the release of iOS 6, and is included on the iPhone 5, iPod touch 5, iPad 4 and iPad mini that were launched last year.

In iOS 6, Apple introduced a number of improvements to Siri such as the ability to respond to your sports, restaurants and movie related queries, give you turn-by-turn directions, open apps and update your status on Facebook and Twitter.

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Video demo of Siri’s clearer, more natural-sounding voice in iOS 7

Video demo of Siri’s clearer, more natural-sounding voice in iOS 7

Apart from visual changes, Siri’s also got an all-new voice in iOS 7 that sounds less robotic and more realistic, making whatever Siri says easy to understand.

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You can teach Siri how to pronounce names in iOS 7

You can teach Siri how to pronounce names in iOS 7

Does Siri pronounce your name incorrectly? In iOS 7, you will finally be able to tell Siri it is pronouncing your name wrong.

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How to get detailed weather information using Siri

How to get detailed weather information using Siri

In addition to all of the other things that Siri can tell you, you can even use the virtual personal assistant to tell you the weather. That may not sound so remarkable, but there are probably a set of weather command that you didn’t know were there too. Join us as we explore the weather.

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How to use Siri to generate strong, unique passwords

How to use Siri to generate strong, unique passwords

Coming up with unique passwords all the time can be a struggle with you’re supposed to be doing a hundred and one other things. If only Siri, your in-phone digital assistant, could help. Fortunately, it can. As you may already know, Siri takes many of its answers from the Wolfram Alpha knowledge engine, and that includes generating random passwords.

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Siri now prompts you to ask questions in fewer words when they’re too long

Siri now prompts you to ask questions in fewer words when they’re too long

The next time you ask Siri a question that is too long, it may prompt you to ask the question again with fewer words along with quotes from famous people like William Strunk and Thomas Jefferson.

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How to use Google voice recognition with Siri

How to use Google voice recognition with Siri

I prefer using Google’s Search app instead of Siri for couple of reasons, Google’s voice recognition technology does a better job of translating and I also love the way the text is streamed on the fly, so I can quickly figure out if it has translated what I saying correctly.

However, one of the disadvantages of using Google Search is the lack of integration with stock iOS apps like you have with Siri.

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