Apple has made some changes to how it handles Siri recordings from users. The company will no longer be retaining audio recordings of Siri interactions.
Apple is testing a more useful and insightful search result format for Spotlight web queries. While one can use Spotlight to make search queries, it is only able to directly link to Wiki pages or show a generic list of results. However, in the new format, just like Google’s Knowledge Graph, Siri Spotlight can directly show answers to some questions.
Earlier this month, it was revealed that as a part of Siri grading process, many third-party contractors employed by Apple used to listen to personal Siri recordings of users. This led to quite a bit of backlash especially since Apple heavily uses privacy in its marketing campaigns. Eventually, Apple suspended the grading program. The Irish Examiner spoke to some contractors who worked on grading Siri which has revealed more details about the entire process.
Loup Ventures’ Gene Munster is out with his yearly report card on the performance of Google Assistant, Siri, and Alexa. Siri has trailed behind Assistant in the test over the last year few years despite making noticeable improvements. The same story continues this year as well.
Apple Contractors Regularly Hear Confidential Medical Information, Drug Deals and More While Grading Siri
A report from The Guardian claims that private contractors working on Siri frequently hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex. They do this as a part of quality control a.k.a “grading” in which they listen to collected voice data and help improve the Siri voice experience.
iOS 13 is expected to be unveiled at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, and, with it, a variety of new features. Today we have a report outlining several rumors, which see not only an expanded role for Siri in third-party apps, but much more.
A day after Apple’s big “It’s Show Time” event, things are going back to normal, including updates to iOS. And now apps, too.
Back in February, Apple quietly updated the male Siri voices in the United Kingdom and Australia.
Siri has its strengths. However, when compared to some of the other digital personal assistants out there it has plenty to learn.