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.
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.
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). 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.
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.
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.
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.