Who wouldn't fall in love with Scarlett Johansson whispering cinema listings in your ear? We're taking a step toward the Siri-with-added-personality portrayed in the movie "Her" with the next generation of natural language interaction: a virtual personal assistant that gives you more than just a list of search results and even learns what you like.
"Since the introduction of Siri, our world has turned upside down", said Lawrence Flynn, CEO of Artificial Solutions, the British company behind personal assistant app Indigo for Android and iOS. He describes how the company, founded in 2001, seeks … Read more
I'm aware that there's one reason why many people want the latest technology.
This may be roughly summed up as: Because technology.
But many forget, despite Edward Snowden's frequent reminders, just how much doo-doo technology can drop you into.
So there's something heartily honest about Chevrolet trying to sell you the Siri Eyes Free feature by revealing just how dangerous it can be.
Here we have a man driving along in his Chevy Equinox with his significant life-sharer in the passenger seat.
She wonders, quite casually, what he did last night, as he got in "… Read more
Video game fans became giddy last fall upon hearing that Microsoft was developing a Siri competitor for Windows Phone code-named Cortana, after the AI companion of protagonist Master Chief in the Halo series. Now, it looks like Microsoft is going all in on that sci-fi vision for its personal assistant: Jen Taylor, the actress who played Cortana, is onboard to become the voice behind the information service, Microsoft blog MSFTnerd reported Thursday.
Little else has been dug up regarding the progress of the Cortana project or its arrival other than that it would likely come in one form or another … Read more
"Siri, show me the photo of my wife and me taken at Rockefeller Center on December 20." That could eventually be a new way to locate a specific photo on your iOS device, at least according to Apple.
Published Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, an Apple patent application called "Voice-based image tagging and searching" envisions a method of tapping into a voice assistant, such as Siri, to tag and find photos through various words and phrases.
iOS currently lets you sort and view the photos on your device by album, by date, and … Read more
But as far as we know, those efforts aren't culminating in a personal assistant app. A video circulating around the Internet on Wednesday that showed what looked like a Yahoo-branded personal assistant app isn't directly connected to Yahoo, according to a source familiar with the company's projects.
Web site Android Police reported that the Sunnyvale, … Read more
Which is better: Apple's Siri or Google Now? Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster recently put them both to the test.
First, let's take a look at Siri's performance.
Based on the results of 800 different queries, Siri showed an improvement in iOS 7 when compared to its behavior under iOS 6. Apple's voice assistant answered 79 percent of all the questions and fared better in a noisy environment than it did in last year's test results. Specifically, the latest version of Siri got a higher mark than the previous version for its ability to interpret … Read more
Apple's Siri possesses many skills, but subtraction doesn't seem to be one of them.
Asking Siri "What's 3.23 minus 1.27?" resulted in an odd answer. Instead of responding with the correct value, Apple's voice assistant told me the current date. I tried again and got the same response. Delving further, I asked Siri to subtract a variety of other numbers with decimal points, such as "4.23 minus 1.27," "8.12 minus 3.23," "6.43 minus 2.41," and "5.25 minus 4.… Read more
iPhone owners who pick up a 2014 Honda Civic will be able to chat with Siri without taking their hands off the wheel or their eyes off the road.
Siri will be a key ingredient of Honda's new Display Audio in-car technology when the Civic goes on sale Wednesday, the automaker has announced. Drivers with Bluetooth-connected iPhones will be able to activate Siri by holding down a Talk button on the steering wheel, eliminating the need to tap on or hold the phone.
People behind the wheel can perform a variety of tasks via Siri, such as listening to … Read more
The startup's team of four will join the tech giant's Yahoo Labs department, and will be based out of Yahoo's New York office. "In Yahoo, we have found a company that not only shares our vision, but delivers a rich collection of information and services to a massive user base," SkyPhrase said in a statement on its Web site.
Neither … Read more