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    After Apple had Siri abandoned for years since the departure of Scott Forstall, iOS 9 has changed that dramatically. Siri has mimicked Google Now's functionality of proactively suggesting content even before you ask for it. Now this wouldn't be Apple if it would just copy what Google does, and today we see some innovation to come. Apple hasn't made any noise, but we just learned that theres a nifty flight tracking service available for iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan. Yes, we know that Cortana and Google Now can already track flights, but Apple's service doesn't just provide timely information ...

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    The launch of the first-generation iPhone didn't just mark the reinvention of smartphones, but also a new concept for voicemail. Visual Voicemail became a thing after this launch as well, even though voicemail as a service continues to decline over the way text messaging has evolved. As such, it seems that Apple is planning another innovation in this department. Sources claim that Apple is working on marrying Siri and voicemail as a hot new feature for iOS 10. Given the fact that voicemail is on decline given its cumbersome experience when compared to text messages, it seems that Apple is ...

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    No, I'm not talking about their sound. I mean, sure, developers can definitely help relating voice assistants' with the average user by fine-tuning their voices to sound like people and not cyborgs. I think, though, that they should retain some robotic quality so that users clearly know what they're interacting with as opposed to who. How Google Now, Siri, Cortana, or any other voice service interacts with you is more important. Important to you, the person who wants data from the internet. It's most important to the companies behind the services which gain income off of you via data ...

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    Hound is SoundHound's new voice assistant to compete with the likes of Google Now, Siri, and Cortana. It, like the others, can launch apps, run search queries, identify songs, and more, but one thing that's caught wide attention for this service is its ability to process complex, multi-part queries in a manner similar to Wolfram Alpha. Questions like "What is the population and capital for Japan and China?" work without a hitch, and very quickly at that. But rarely will most people ask a voice assistant such complicated questions. Instead, most people use these services for quick searches ...

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    Nearly every member of the Pocketnow team uses digital personal assistants in some way. Whether it's Google Now, Siri, or Cortana, these systems offer voice commands, as well as personalized recommendations based on contextual information like location or emails. But while each service has its own unique features that set it apart from the others, none of them offer the same kind of fully fledged, natural language-based voice interface found on services like Wolfram Alpha. SoundHound recently demoed a new product, simply called Hound, that seems to offer similar functionality to these ...

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    A few years ago I was trying to find my way around an unfamiliar city with my friend and her husband, and I pulled out my Android phone to help us navigate the tricky terrain. Looking upon my then-new HTC Evo 4G, my friend's husband asked, "those phones are basically just iPhone ripoffs, right?" "No," I replied. "Android is totally different from iOS. In some ways it's better." "Yeah," the guy shot back, "but they're all just trying to be the iPhone, right?" If it sounds like he was trolling me, he was – but he also meant what he said. And while he was kind of a dirtbag (they later ...

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    Even though Apple has verbally been reluctant to compete with companies it can partner with for specific services, the story of Apple and Google is a different one. Apple didn't want to compete with Google Maps, up until it launched and failed with Apple Maps. The same can be said about Apple and search engines, but today things change drastically. Apple has just announced Applebot, its new crawler to help provide search results for Siri and Spotlight. In the past Apple would rely on either Google or Bing to provide Siri with search results, but it seems this will no longer be the case. We ...

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    Apple is famous for many things, including its flops, and a major one is definitely Apple Maps. We've seen the company try to pick up the pieces of the disaster that Apple Maps was at launch, by making it available to the Mac, but it's still not a service users trust when compared to Google Maps. A new Apple patent intends to change that though, and we hope it works this time. Apple has just been granted a patent that was filed back in October 2013 that provides users with more human-like directions to places while in navigation. For example, instead of telling you to "head north," the new ...

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    Even though Siri started the new trend of digital assistants on smartphones, it seems that Apple has completely neglected the service since the departure of Scott Forstall. We've seen all of its competing services getting better in every platform update, and the Siri saw very few improvements with iOS 8. Apple has a lot to fix when it comes to Siri's reliability, and it seems that its new plan is to do just that. Apple is now officially operating Siri on its third-generation system for handling queries, and this time it's using the open source Mesos platform that's already famous for ...

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    It seems that along with the departure of Scott Forstall as Apple's VP of iOS software, so did the company's focus on Siri. We've seen Apple launch updates to iOS 7 and iOS 8, and the most we've seen from Siri is a new "Hey Siri" function that doesn't necessarily work as current competitors like the Moto X do. Still, we do know that the Apple Watch will rely heavily on Siri, and it's only fair that Apple brings some updates. In the embedded video you'll notice two recordings of Siri, the first one with the current voice, and the second recording with a newer one that's apparently slated ...

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    Once a few years ago, my wife and I were sitting on the couch, and a commercial came on. In it were a few scenarios where a user would activate Siri and do…whatever. When the commercial was over, my wife turned to me and said, “That makes me want to get an iPhone.” More recently, Google has been running a series of “OK, Google” commercials in which people are asking Google to do various things, or look things up. On the Windows Phone side of things, Joe Belfiore has an unabashed love affair going on with Cortana. So it made me wonder, are digital assistants really the way to sell ...

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    Sometimes I ask my assistant to remind me about something, and when she's sitting in the same room as me and it's time to be reminded about something important, she claps her hands twice to get my attention. If I don't look at her right away, she won't tell me what the message is, and then she'll wait a few more seconds and then close her eyes and go to sleep. If this was a real person, that scenario would sound pretty ridiculous, but that's exactly how our smartphones behave these days. I'm sorry, I don't understand what 2 hand claps means. We're in the same room though. I can hear you. ...

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    How often do you use your digital assistant every day? Some may think that Siri, Cortana and Google Now are just gimmicks, but according to some recent studies, that highly depends on how old you are. If you're wondering how different usage patterns are when it comes to voice search, it seems Google asked itself the same question, and the answers are not shockers at all. According to a new study commission by Google, 55% of users under 18 will use any voice search service, be it Google Now, Siri or Cortana, more than once a day in comparison to 41% of grownups. This number grows to a ...

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    The debate of which voice assistant came first is still a shady topic. While many agree that Siri was the service that made the idea mainstream, we do know that Google's Voice Search has existed for a bit longer, and even though Microsoft's Cortana is the newest in the crowd, we all remember Microsoft's Voice Command from the Pocket PC days. Still, if you leave history aside and ask yourself which service is currently better, some experts claim to have a winner. A marketing consulting firm by the name of Stone Temple claims to have found Google Now's voice search to be significantly ...

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    It's hard to imagine somebody willing to switch from one smartphone platform to another just because of the exiting features of a voice assistant, especially because either of these can evolve over time. Siri was much less capable than it is today, and the same can be said about Google's Voice Search, but Microsoft seems to believe that Cortana is mature enough to make you want to switch in its new ad. Microsoft's "Siri vs. Cortana - Happy Anniversary" commercial shows us some of the neat tricks that Cortana can do, that you currently can't with Siri. Having Cortana remind you to do ...

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    Who's your virtual assistant of choice? Are you a die-hard Siri user, running the app since even before Apple bought it up? Or have you been won over by Google Now and its tight integration with your phone's launcher? Maybe you're a new Cortana fan, eager to spend more time seeing what Microsoft can bring to this race. That last one's still a little too new to be included in this study, but a recent analyst report took a look at the performance of Google Now and Siri, evaluating a number of factors, and while both exhibit improvements, Google Now looks like it's just barely starting to ...

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    Apple's launch of the iPhone 4s was met with much praise because of one particular feature, Siri. Ever since then, competing companies have evolved what we previously knew as simple "voice command" into something that can actually assist you with certain tasks. There is still much work to be done in order to improve these services, which still remain in beta for the most part, and it seems that Apple has a master plan that could be executed soon. A recent article by Wired magazine points to all of the recent efforts that Apple has been commanding in order to improve Siri's reliability. ...

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    Ever since the launch of Siri back in 2010 on the iPhone 4s, it has set the bar for what digital assistants have become ever since, mainly because you'll remember that back then everything was just about voice command. Still, one of the biggest disappointments with Siri on its launch is that it only supported one language, and its eventual support for other languages has been quite limited when compared to how well it works in English. Apple's new Job posting hints to the company wanting to expand Siri's capabilities in foreign languages. The posting reads: Come and join the team that ...

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    Many of you may not remember the old days of voice command, or even services like Dragon Dictation, which were quite famous years ago. All of these services came from a company called Nuance, which was merely a start-up back then, and which found its biggest break in 2011 by powering Siri. Surely Siri was already a service on its own, but it didn't respond to you like it does today, and Nuance's technology was the missing link to make Apple's Siri what it is today, though things might get a tad difficult for Cupertino very soon. Reports have it that Nuance has been on sale for quite a bit, ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the new Google Maps update, the services included and the new lane guidance system. OnePlus is next as the company's One now seems to hit a change in plans on launch dates, but actually good ones this time. HTC follows the news as we go through the rumored specs of the One M8 Prime. Siri and Apple follow as there is this new security bug that could expose your address book to anyone. We end today's show talking about how Swatch plans to fight Apple in the iWatch trademark. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Google Maps update ...

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    Even though Apple has doubled-down on patching the reported security flaws of iOS 7 with iOS 7.1 and also with version 7.1.1, there always seems to be an extra bug that nobody noticed. The purpose of any lock screen with a passcode is to restrict anybody from accessing your information without your consent, and yet, Apple does give you the option to use Siri in some limited functionality. Sadly it seems that the limited functionality does allow a back door to your information if you play your cards right. In the attached video from renowned Egyptian neurosurgeon and part-time hacker ...

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    On last week's edition of the Pocketnow Weekly (093: NEVER SETTLE), we shared with you a piece of listener mail asking us about our preferences when it comes to voice assistants - not the service itself, but the voices. Right now, there's not a lot of variety out there for our choices for how our phone sounds when it speaks to us: maybe we can select between male and female, or choose from a few accents, but even that represents more options than many users have. But this piece of listener mail wasn't about what we prefer among available options: what if we could have our phone speak to us ...

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    Most of you already know that I began my digital life as a Newton guy. To this day my MessagePad 2000U could do things that even the latest smartphones running the most customized ROM still can't do. When it was later rolled back into Apple then killed off, I switched to Pocket PC. It was hobbled together and didn't come close to how well integrated Newton was. Not until Voice Command came along. Instead of a feature, MS Voice Command was a purchased app that you could install on your PDA. This had advantages and disadvantages, but brought with it a whole new way of interacting with your ...

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    It’s funny. Steve Jobs always used to talk about giving the people what they want before they knew they wanted it. In my experience with mobile technology, nothing has proven this concept more than voice control. It started with Windows Mobile voice control years ago. It came to the mainstream with Siri a few generations ago – generations from a mobile tech perspective that is. It continued forward with Google Now. Today, in addition to the aforementioned assistants, we have Cortana finally gracing the last platform hold-out. Being the Windows Phone fan that I am, I haven’t really ...

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    Apple was definitely not the first company to provide the world with a "voice command" service, but the company sure improved the concept. Siri may not be the best service out there, but it has pioneered a trend that we can now find in Google Now and Cortana. Obviously Siri is the result of multiple acquisitions that Apple has done in the last couple of years, and even though it's not common for a company to get acquired silently these days, it seems that Apple has been doing just that. Novauris is one of the pioneers of speech recognition software, or at least was as the company got ...

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