The Siri voice assistant from Apple is available in 11 languages across 37 countries. However, Apple’s new job listings suggest that Siri will soon support more languages and that it will be available in more countries.
Siri is a great way to get your things done without having to touch your phone. Recently, Apple’s digital assistant drew severe criticism after wrongly answering a question about terrorists.
When Apple announced iOS 14 at WWDC 2020 last month, it boasted about some notable improvements to Siri including being more aware of the on-screen content thereby making it smarter than before. Despite the improvements though, Siri is still nowhere near as good as Google Assistant. A video by In-Depth Tech Reviews has compared Siri in iOS 14 to Google Assistant in Android 11 which shows the former lagging behind in almost all areas.
The police killing of George Floyd has sparked protests across the U.S. In the recent past, many such incidents of police violence against people are surfacing. Many believe that police brutality existed for long, the only difference is that now it is being captured on the camera. A Siri shortcut will come to rescue if you are pulled over by cops. The shortcut is activated by saying “Hey Siri, I am getting pulled over.”
Apple launched Siri with the iPhone 4s in October 2011. While the original demo of Siri blew a lot of people away, the end product was not that impressive. Almost a decade later and despite some major updates from Apple, Siri continues to lag behind its competition. Among other things, Siri’s speech transcription is not as good as that of Google.
Apple stoked a controversy when it was caught allowing contractors access to Siri recordings. Now Irish regulatory authority, Data Protection Commissioner is once again investigating Apple’s Siri quality control process on the request of the former contractor.
Apple has acquired AI startup Voysis to improve Siri. The startup has developed a platform that lets virtual assistants better understand a person’s natural language and help improve interaction. The website of the startup has been taken down since the acquisition.
Siri is saving lives for a change. Mostly we hear about how Apple Watch saved people’s lives and now it is Siri that has saved a life. KIMT News has reported that an 18-year old college student by the name Gale Salcedo crashed his car into the Winnebago river. Apparently his car hit a patch of ice on the road and spun out of control.
Voice Assistants like Siri, Alexa and Cortana are becoming smarter with every passing day. However, digital assistants are often criticized for privacy issues. Now researchers have discovered that Amazon’s Echo dot, Google Home, Siri can be hacked by using lasers, yes you heard it right, lasers!
Earlier this year, Apple found itself in a spot when it was found that the company was using third-party contractors to manually grade personal Siri voice recordings of users. This led to quite a bit of an uproar as many users felt it violated their privacy. Following the backlash, Apple promised that it will allow users to delete their Siri recording and history and opt-out of the grading process altogether.