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Topic: Siri

Amazon could unveil touch screen Echo device on Tuesday, report says

05/08/2017, 08:05 pm

Looking to stay ahead of competitors in the smart home appliance game, online retail giant Amazon is expected to announce a new touch-screen version of its popular voice-first Echo device as early as Tuesday, a report said.

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Microsoft & Harman Kardon take aim at Apple, Amazon & Google with 'Invoke' smartspeaker

05/08/2017, 11:05 am

Microsoft and Harman Kardon on Monday officially revealed the Invoke, a device that will take on the Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple's rumored Siri-based device in the smartspeaker market.

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Apple's Phil Schiller makes argument for screens on voice assistant devices like Amazon Echo

05/05/2017, 07:05 pm

Amidst rumors of a Siri home speaker, Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller in an interview published this week offered his thoughts on dedicated voice assistants like Amazon's Echo, saying the lack of an onboard screen is a hindrance in many situations.

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With Apple rumored to launch Siri home speaker, Amazon preps flagship touchscreen Echo

05/05/2017, 01:05 pm

As rumors continue to heat up regarding a Siri-driven personal home assistant with high-end audio, Amazon is preparing to expand its own Alexa lineup, with a new leak revealing a touchscreen flagship Echo with camera.

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Inventec allegedly tapped for Apple's rumored standalone Siri speaker product

05/03/2017, 09:05 am

Long-time Apple supplier Inventec has been selected by Apple to churn out Apple's rumored Siri speaker, if supply chain reports out of China are to be believed.

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Apple's Siri-based Echo competitor to carry premium price, feature high-end audio with 1 woofer & 7 tweeters

05/01/2017, 10:05 am

Apple's anticipated personal assistant accessory is expected to be a powerful and capable device, boasting "excellent" acoustics and computing power similar to recent iPhone models, positioning it for the high-end market with pricing higher than Amazon's Echo. And there's apparently a good chance it could be announced next month.

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Apple's Siri-based Echo competitor rumored to borrow design cues from Mac Pro, could arrive at WWDC

04/28/2017, 11:04 am

More details on Apple's anticipated standalone Siri speaker have emerged, suggesting the device could look similar in some ways to the company's cylindrical Mac Pro desktop, and could be released as soon as WWDC in June.

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Apple 'finalizing' design of Amazon Echo rival based on Siri

04/27/2017, 09:04 am

Apple is said to be "currently finalizing" designs for its long-rumored Amazon Echo competitor, featuring support for Siri and AirPlay and boasting Beats technology, a well-known leak source claimed on Thursday.

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Amazon Echo Look and iOS app judges your wardrobe choices with machine learning

04/26/2017, 12:04 pm

On Wednesday, Amazon expanded its Alexa family of devices with the Echo Look -- a voice recognition device with a camera tailored to snapping a shot of your outfit, rating it, and giving you alternate choices in conjunction with an iOS app.

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Apple AI guru Tom Gruber speaks of artificial intelligence's 'inevitability' at TED

04/25/2017, 04:04 pm

Speaking at the TED conference, Siri co-founder and Apple AI expert Tom Gruber declared that artificial intelligence should be used less to replace humans, and more to enhance aspects of humanity that are unreliable or fail with time, like memory.

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Actress says credit for Siri's personality belongs to Apple programmers, not voice work

04/14/2017, 11:04 am

The attitude displayed by Apple's Siri assistant can really be attributed to programmers, not voice work, according to the actress responsible for Siri's U.S. female voice, Susan Bennett.

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Amazon allowing Alexa software, far-field microphone technology use by other companies

04/14/2017, 09:04 am

Amazon's core hardware and software technologies that it uses in its Alexa voice recognition products are available for use for free by hardware manufacturers -- but not to everyone.

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Koogeek Smart Plug converts regular light socket into Apple HomeKit light

04/05/2017, 11:04 am

Smarthome vendor Koogeek has updated its line of HomeKit products, and has released the Smart Socket -- a device that plugs into any Edison-style lightbulb receptacle turning it into a Siri-controllable light.

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Rumor: Siri to get iMessage integration, adapt to user habits in 'iOS 11'

03/27/2017, 12:03 pm

Apple is planning a slate of Siri updates for "iOS 11" which should include things like more adaptive AI and integration with iMessage and iCloud, according to a rumor stemming from an Israeli site.

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4-year-old saves mother's life by asking Apple's Siri to call emergency services

03/23/2017, 09:03 am

A four-year-old boy in the United Kingdom saved his mother's life after she collapsed, the Metropolitan Police has confirmed, by unlocking his mother's iPhone and asking Siri to contact the emergency services.

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Marriott likely to decide on Apple Siri or Amazon Alexa for hotels later this year

03/22/2017, 10:03 am

Marriott is currently testing both Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa at an Aloft hotel in Boston to gauge which assistant, if either, might be best for letting guests control their rooms through voice commands, a report said on Wednesday.

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Siri competitor Alexa comes to iPhone via Amazon's official app

03/16/2017, 01:03 pm

Amazon on Thursday began updating its official app for iOS to bring support for Alexa, its voice-driven personal assistant, officially to the iPhone, allowing users to ask questions, shop, play music and more.

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Apple exposes how it teaches new languages to Siri, staying ahead of competition

03/09/2017, 09:03 am

A report on Thursday offered a behind-the-scenes look at how Apple introduces new languages for Siri, suggesting that broader language support is one of the few things keeping the voice assistant competitive in the face of rivals from Amazon and Google.

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RBC iOS app update adds pay-by-voice commands to Apple's Siri

03/08/2017, 01:03 pm

Customers of the Royal Bank of Canada can now perform money transfers with Siri, with an update to the bank's mobile app for iOS adding the ability to make payments from their checking accounts to individuals and companies using a verbal command.

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Server firmware security incident in 2016 forced Apple to sever ties with vendor Super Micro [u]

02/23/2017, 08:02 pm

While there appears to be no breach of Apple's security, the company terminated its relationship with hardware vendor SuperMicro because of concerns about firmware update security, and an update that potentially compromised a Siri server bank, plus the App Store's search server development environment. [Updated]

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