Former head of Apple Siri team joins Microsoft’s AI division

According to a newly published report, Stasior is now joining Microsoft as a corporate vice president, reporting to Chief Technology Officer Kevin Scott.

Research: Alexa is dumber than Siri and Google Assistant

A recent research, taking a look at popular digital assistants Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, and Google Assistant reveals how they compete.
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Pocketnow Daily: Moto RAZR foldable design leak, Samsung Gaming Service & more (video)

On today’s Pocketnow Daily, we talk about the new renders of Motorola’s new RAZR foldable smartphone, the periscope camera in the Honor 20 Pro, and more.

Facebook Assistant planned to compete with Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant

A couple of recent reports are suggesting that Facebook might be working on what could end up being the Facebook Assistant.

Samsung Galaxy S10 variants confirmed, Whatsapp security & more – Pocketnow Daily

Watch today’s Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the fact that the Samsung Galaxy S10 variants confirmed, Whatsapp security & more

Apple Siri executive is stepping down

Apple is forced to find a new Siri executive to lead the team as Bill Stasior has stepped down, without leaving the company though.

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We are wrapping up the year in mobile tech news from Apple’s battery throttling bungle to the nightmare and adrenaline rush that was Techtober!

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Jacklyn Dallas (aka NothingButTech88) joins us to talk about folding phone branding, Black Friday deals and news of future flagships!

The Google Assistant for iPhone just got better thanks to Siri

Siri shortcuts in iPhones are going to help the Google Assistant be more useful to its users after its latest software update
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Is Apple working on making Siri multi-user?

A multi-user Siri that recognizes the person talking to it would allow the voice assistant to become even more useful. There’s a patent filed for that.

Apple Watch Series 4 rumors give us specs, price and release date

We may be less than a month away from the launch of the new Apple Watch Series 4 and rumors give us more information about its characteristics

Samsung to launch its Bixby smart speaker in August, cheaper than the Google Home Max

Find out when we could see Samsung’s first smart speaker with Bixby 2.0 and its price that will directly take on Apple’s HomePod, and the Google Home Max

Congress wants Tim Cook to answer questions on iPhone location data collection

With all the hullabaloo on what data gets collected from our phones and sent off to servers in China, what does Apple do to keep privacy in focus?

WWDC 2018 and BlackBerry’s KEY2 success | #PNWeekly 308

BlackBerry has a new phone to last a weekend, feature a keyboard and much more while Apple has surged in software in some places and lagged in others.

Siri lets users carve Shortcuts and suggests things to do

The digital assistant gets a bit faster and will help iPhone, iPad, HomePod and Apple Watch users get to their favorite tasks faster with just a hot phrase.

Apple’s WWDC 2018 to be entirely software-focused, no new iPads or MacBooks in store

No iPhone SE 2, no iPad Pros with Face ID, no refreshed MacBooks, and certainly no Apple Watch Series 4. Still, there’s plenty of exciting software stuff reportedly slated for WWDC 2018 announcements.

$250 Beats-branded Siri speaker tipped as Apple’s only WWDC 2018 hardware launch

Apple is reportedly keen on “advancing its digital assistant ambitions” at next week’s Worldwide Developers Conference, both with expanded Siri capabilities and a lower-cost Beats smart speaker.
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iOS 11.4 featuring AirPlay 2 roll out today, HomePod spreads

tvOS will be able to route Apple TV sound output to compatible AirPlay 2 speakers, such as the HomePod. Speaking of, it’s going to be available in three more countries soon.

WWDC 2018 takes top priority for Apple as press invitations are sent out

The homepage of its website has been completely plastered with WWDC. But there are only so many subtle hints we can get about what’s coming up.

Fewer than 600,000 HomePod shipments in first quarter

The overall market grew a fair bit with the most improvement coming from Google. Still, it’s Amazon that’s pummeling Apple.

Clamping down on Apple leaks: 12 leakers arrested last year

29 leakers were caught overall and Apple has assured all employees that these rogues will forever wear a scarlet letter if they ever wish to return to their industry.

KGI undercuts HomePod consensus with 2.5 million sales in 2018

The market expects 7 million sales in the calendar year and the best that Ming-chi Kuo, renowned Apple analyst, can muster is 2.5 million.

Apple’s HomePod is in trouble, with weak sales so far and inventory ‘piling up’

If it wasn’t already abundantly clear, suppliers and analysts have confirmed Apple’s HomePod struggles in a Bloomberg report, with sales significantly below internal expectations.

Google splits search and AI operations as ex-division chief joins Apple to reboot Siri

Apple is looking to step up its AI efforts with the help of Google’s former machine learning and search division head, while the search giant is splitting the two operations and promoting a couple of veteran employees.

Apple hiring more Siri-related positions this year

Most of the 161 positions that are currently posted are focused on software engineering. Could Apple finally be taking the shovel to building Siri’s intelligence?