Miss the days of a beautiful personal assistant?Â 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.Â Enter â€śDonnaâ€ť the iPhone personal digital assistant.Â She integrates your location, destination and travel method to keep you on schedule.
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.
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 theÂ ability to respond to your sports,Â restaurantsÂ and movie related queries, give you turn-by-turn directions, open apps and update your status on Facebook and Twitter.
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.
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.