Posts tagged with: Siri
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    Apple just outdid itself by improving iOS in not one, not two or three or more departments, but ten to go nicely with the new platform’s name. Of course, at first glance, News and HomeKit upgrades are nowhere near as eye-catching as Siri’s reworked “intelligence”, but if you look deeper, you’ll actually find the latter a pretty big deal. A standalone new Home app now sits on your iOS home screen by default, working on iPhones, iPads and the Apple Watch to help you easily control all your HomeKit devices. You can turn your smart lights on and off, change the temperature and make ...

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    When you talk about "OS X," Apple's SVP of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, ribbed his engineers for going on some "inspired" tour around California. Well, now it's time to say hello to "Sierra," but bye bye to Mac OS X. It's "macOS Sierra". And there's no shortage of mobile-related features that will be introduced to the Mac for continuity purposes. Auto Unlock allows Apple Watch owners to unlock their Macs just by having their smartwatch nearby if both machines are on the same network. It's pretty much an analogue to Trusted Devices for your computer. With Universal Clipboard, you ...

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    Time for another Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, huh? No more wishlists, no more expectations, not even a single thought thread extra. We're about to get the straight stuff from Apple on where it plans to take its software on all fronts to through 2017. From user-side changes to Apple Music to the engendering of Siri, we have a checklist of what's going to pop up and we'll have stories up starting at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 5pm GMT. Shortly before then, you can hit up the WWDC livestream for yourself starting from this link. Most Apple devices will support Apple's HTTP Live ...

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    Big changes are expected at WWDC tomorrow. Mac OS X may just become macOS. Siri might be handling more things in your life like Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant will. And then there's the whole deal about Siri coming to said macOS. Well, one Brian Roemmele has surfaced some evidence about that last rumor simply by asking Siri herself. In several prompts to the service asking to open up settings in the window, sometimes she responds with a "It doesn't look like you have that app." Other times, it's "It doesn't look like you have an app named 'Finder'." Here is the video of Siri looking ...

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    It’s one thing to wish for a major imminent VR breakthrough from the world’s most profitable tech company, but it’s an entirely different kettle of fish to realistically expect Apple’s Daydream answer at the 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference next week. Let’s face it, it’s not going to happen. Not so soon, at least, and not at an event described as a “snoozefest” by our own Adam Doud. Of course, it’s even less likely we’ll be hearing a single word on iPhone, iPad or Mac hardware upgrades at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium keynote on Monday, at 10 am Pacific/1 pm ...

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    It's not even two weeks now until WWDC16 comes along. It's the Apple developer gathering that reveals everything new in the company's software. The big reveal we're looking out for? iOS 10. iOS X. iOS Twiddles. Whatever it's supposed to be called, it's supposedly coming. And in all seriousness, we haven't seen a completely new software feature for you iPhone or iPad that would seemingly justify turning the dial up to ten. While we do know that WWDC will take place between June 13 and 17, we have learned that it will start off with a keynote at 10am Pacific or 1pm Eastern on June 13 at ...

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    With Amazon's runaway pace found in Alexa and the products based on that service, the voice assistant has gotten very popular with other tech companies. Google Assistant (and Google Home) and Microsoft's army of bots are on their way for the future. If Apple announces its own measure, it will be the last to do so at this year's WWDC. The Information reports that Apple will indeed be opening up Siri with an SDK and announcing an Echo competitor at the conference. Siri will likely hook onto Apple's existing services such as iCloud, HomeKit, HealthKit (we think the company will find a way ...

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    In response to quite possibly some of Samsung’s best commercials not loaded with celebrities or Apple venom of late, Cupertino once again takes to YouTube to promote the always-on “Hey Siri” functionality of the iPhone 6s. This newest iAd practically slots between the bizarre “Onions” video from a couple of weeks back and adorkable Cookie Monster-headlined short film released almost two months ago in terms of humor and marketing message effectiveness. Entertainer extraordinaire Neil Patrick Harris returns to rehearse a natural-sounding and “spontaneous” acceptance speech for ...

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    Talking to my phone is probably one of my favorite things to do with it. Asking my phone's voice assistant to perform tasks such as giving me the weather, texting my wife, or looking up information is pretty cool, and so much more convenient than doing it “the old fashioned way.” What I mean is, launching an app from the app drawer, or typing I-L-L-B-E-H-O-M-E-I-N-2-0-M-I-N-U-T-E-S. People do crazy stuff on phones these days, and talking makes everything so much easier. So why don’t more people talk to their phones? I’ve asked that question and decided to delve. Childlike wonder ...

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    Every year, we look forward to the big developer conferences behind some of the most popular mobile platforms out there: Microsoft Build, Google I/O, and Apple WWDC. With Google I/O on our calendar about a month from now, and Build already in our past, that just leaves Apple to come through with WWDC 2016, but so far the company hasn't confirmed precisely when its conference will fall. And while we still haven't heard a formal announcement, Apple may have just gone public with WWDC 2016 dates, sharing them through Siri. Users asking Siri when WWDC will happen are being told that Apple's ...

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    Over the years, reports of Apple's home entertainment ambitions have ebbed and flowed. The Apple-branded television that once sounded like such a sure thing ended up being the stuff of vaporware, but at least we still had the Apple TV set-top box. That hardware's still been the subject of no shortage of rumors, especially concerning Apple's interest in producing its own video content, or selling access to major channels just like a cable company might. As Apple continues to work out just what it would like its role in app this to be, it's been giving Apple TV more and more features, ...

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    A hilarious iPhone 6s commercial starring the adorkable Cookie Monster might feel like a very tough act to follow for Apple’s marketing department, but Cupertino sure knows how to pander to cinema, TV and sports-loving audiences. The tech giant’s latest publicity stunt celebrates one of the greatest basketball players of all time, now just one NBA game away from retirement after winning five championships and four All-Star Game MVP titles. Ever wondered who could play Kobe Bryant in a Hollywood biopic? This new Apple TV ad has the answer, and it’s perfect for so many reasons. Only ...

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    In case you can't tell, we're in sort of an Apple wrap-up mode right now, bringing you tidbits on stories from multiple sources that all add up to something that's hopefully a little more interesting than their constituent parts. We just told you the latest on what's going on with the FBI's interest in iPhone hacking, and now we're turning our attention to Apple's own efforts to fix some iOS bugs, as the company corrects some buggy Siri behavior and releases its very latest iOS beat for developers. Siri's voice control can be a great way to easily access disparate parts of Apple's ...

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    Smartphone security is all about balance, finding ways to deliver the functionality and convenience we desire while taking reasonable steps to keep our data secure: go too nuts with the security precautions and the phone becomes a pain to use (or maybe worse, only performs the most basic operations), but dial things back too far and you've got a wide-open phone that's not doing enough to keep private information private. Apple's long struggled with how to deliver the convenience of Siri voice control while still enforcing device security, and over the years we've seen no shortage of ...

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    Who could ever resist real-life Danish heartthrob Nikolaj Coster-Waldau or his on-screen Westerosi heartthrob persona Jaime Lannister from HBO’s hit TV show “Game of Thrones”? Apparently, a very charming young lady by the name of Alison Brie. Best known for her starring role on NBC and later Yahoo sitcom “Community”, as well as a recurring part in AMC period drama series “Mad Men”, she’s never sold on the passion and chemistry shared with his typically irresistible co-star. The poor Kingslayer, here in possession of a full set of limbs, tries everything he can think of, ...

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    While Apple would probably never admit to it, there’s clearly a high-stakes publicity war going on between its iDevices and Samsung Galaxy phones for several years now. Need fresh proof? Well, it was only a few weeks ago that the king of Android handheld shipments rolled out its newest celebrity-packed GS7 ads, and already, Cupertino strikes back. But this time, the iPhone 6s is marketed to a slightly different demographic than the one typically responding to Jon Favreau, Penelope Cruz or Jamie Foxx endorsements. That’s because Apple fights lavishness and rapper self-deprecation with ...

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    Voice-powered virtual assistants may no longer be the headlining, phone-selling features they were just a few years back, but that's not because we didn't love the heck out of them. Far from it, and instead their near-ubiquitous availability on mobile devices has rendered them a bit normalized – at this point we'd only really be paying attention if they suddenly stopped working so well. But while they may have their mobile game on lock, there's still progress to be made on the less ambulatory side of things, like we've seen with Cortana's move to the PC, or Siri coming to last year's ...

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    Voice assistants tend to be pretty helpful in getting you what you want to know. Google Now seems to be one of the more matured services that can get more than the basics down to an art. Cortana, being one of the newer players, is getting there quick — especially with cross-platform access. We refer to these types of services, however, as Siri, almost by second nature. Says a lot about what Apple does. But this is about what Apple didn't do for five years. Since 2011, it was reported to Apple when Siri fielded queries about where one could find an abortion clinic that she instead would ...

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    If you want to take a stab at doing more on your phone in 2016, make sure you have an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, first of all. It has 3D Touch. Rimshot aside, iOS is getting another point upgrade and we now know more about what goodies are going into the bump. Since we mentioned it first, 3D Touch menus will be available for the Weather, Settings, Compass, Health ("Don't worry, I'm a medic"), App Store and iTune Store apps. We already talked about Night Shift, the Touch ID lock for Notes as well as improvements to News. Other major improvements include jumps between Apple Pay and Wallet ...

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    It's been years since Apple launched Siri with the iPhone 4s, and so far the user adoption of the service has been polarizing. For some Siri is something nice to have for setting an alarm or a reminder, and for others it's actually more important or less. That level of importance is what a recent study tried to prove, and competing services were also included. A survey conducted claims that 81% of users feel satisfied with using Siri, which reportedly beats 68% of users claiming the same for Google Now, and 57% for Cortana. According to the study, participants were asked to try seven ...

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    What gadget geek doesn't want his or her own combadge? Somewhere at the intersection between virtual digital assistants and wearable hardware there's the dream of being able to access a powerful voice-controlled computer wherever you go; just ask it something, and it answers. We've already got shades of that with Android Wear and the Apple Watch, and now Microsoft may be planning its own spin on the idea, as a source discusses the company's plans for a Cortana-based wearable device. Supposedly in development under the name Clip, the unit would provide users with a dedicated path to ...

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    Cupertino's new Apple TV has so far gained some mixed reactions from the media. While it is cool to have an expensive set-top box that can play games and that listens to your voice, so far it hasn't proven to be much different to anything else out there, at various price tags. One major caveat with the service is that even though Siri is being sold as its primary asset, it can't really do much right now, and Apple plans to address that. So far the new Apple TV can help you find the content that you want through Siri. You can simply ask for something to watch and Siri will suggest, but the ...

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    Digital assistants like Cortana, Google Now, and Siri are supposed to make accessing the world's information easier than ever before, right? You need do little more than wonder aloud, “What's icing made out of?” (the answer's “deliciousness”) for a synthesized voice to immediately start giving you your answer. At least, that's the way we expect things to work, but as some Apple users are noticing, Siri appears to be acting a little less helpful than she could be … unless you're willing to pay up, that is. Ask Google Now something about popular music charts – say, the number-one ...

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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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