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Topic: Siri

Siri learns to play news podcasts automatically

01/16/2018, 07:01 pm

Now you can stay informed about the events of the day without ever touching your phone, thanks to a new podcast tweak to the hands-free mode in Apple's personal digital assistant.

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Siri adds tennis and golf data integration ahead of Australian Open

01/10/2018, 08:01 pm

Apple continued to build out its Siri virtual assistant this week with new data integrations for golf and tennis, additions seemingly timed to coincide with next Monday's start to the Australian Open.

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Moen wants you to take a shower with Siri and Alexa

01/07/2018, 11:01 pm

Plumbing hardware giant Moen is building out its U by Moen smart shower system with the latest virtual assistant technology from Apple and Amazon, allowing users to turn on fixtures, adjust temperature settings and more with their voice.

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First Alert debuts Onelink Safe & Sound smoke alarm/speaker with HomeKit, AirPlay 2 support

01/07/2018, 10:01 pm

Smoke detector manufacturer First Alert is getting into the premium speaker business with its Onelink Safe & Sound smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, an in-ceiling device that boasts integration with Apple's HomeKit platform.

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As Apple acquires Shazam to deepen music knowledge, Microsoft's Cortana loses ability to recognize songs

01/04/2018, 12:01 pm

The shutdown of Microsoft's Groove Music service has eliminated music recognition capabilities in the software giant's Cortana personal assistant, giving Apple's Siri -- and its tight integration with Shazam -- a leg up on the competition.

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Why Apple's Siri needs to become an 'ambient' ecosystem to compete against Amazon & Google

12/26/2017, 02:12 pm

The HomePod -- now due in 2018 -- will mark Apple's first real attempt at making Siri an "ambient" voice assistant. Arguably, though, the company needs to push a lot harder if it wants people to choose Siri over alternatives from Amazon and Google.

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10-core Vega 64 iMac Pro first impressions video posted by prominent YouTuber MKBHD

12/12/2017, 09:12 am

Apple has granted YouTube video creator Marques Brownlee an iMac Pro, and he has published a video about his first week with the high-end device.

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Apple's iMac Pro model number pegged as 'A1862' ahead of expected Dec. launch

12/07/2017, 10:12 am

While little else solid is known about the iMac Pro's shipping configuration with only a matter of days before it ships, it appears that a regulatory filing associated with the device calls it model A1862.

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Apple's HomePod isn't about Siri, but rather the future of home audio

12/02/2017, 03:12 pm

Introduced this summer at WWDC17, Apple's HomePod was immediately positioned next to Amazon Echo and Google Home by bloggers as a "smart speaker" serving primarily as a way to chat with a voice assistant. But that's not how Apple introduced it.

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Video: 'Hey Siri' might come to the iMac Pro thanks to an A10 Fusion coprocessor

11/20/2017, 07:11 pm

Developers Guilherme Rambo and Stephen Troughton-Smith have found "Hey Siri" functionality in the macOS code base with support for multiple user accounts all driven by what appears to be the A10 Fusion processor, according to the pair. AppleInsider talks about why Apple might do that, and what it would mean for the iMac Pro.

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'Hey Siri' may come to iMac Pro with rumored inclusion of A10 Fusion co-processor

11/19/2017, 09:11 am

The iMac Pro may have an A10 Fusion processor running it's own iOS, called BridgeOS, to handle some functions -- notably 'Hey Siri'.

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HomePod will pass Siri queries beyond music playback to linked iPhone or iPad for processing

11/01/2017, 03:11 pm

A delve into the new HomePod firmware, and developer documentation shows that Apple's forthcoming smart speaker will process full Siri queries on a synchronized iPhone or iPad rather than refusing them, or processing them on-device.

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Watch: 50 most useful Siri commands

10/30/2017, 07:10 pm

Apple's Siri understands a huge number of commands and queries, from relatively simple tasks like turning on HomeKit-connected lights to more complex requests like translating words into foreign languages. AppleInsider went through the list and picked out 50 of the most useful.

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iOS 11.2 beta brings SiriKit commands to Apple's unreleased HomePod

10/30/2017, 04:10 pm

The first iOS 11.2 beta -- launched earlier on Monday -- enables SiriKit for third-party developers working on HomePod support, according to Apple.

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How to use and train Apple's Siri for Messages, Calendar, and iTunes Music on your iPhone

10/24/2017, 12:10 pm

Between new users, and long-time iPhone owners just getting into Siri, there are a lot of people trying out Apple's voice recognition technology every day -- and getting upset that it's not exactly like a Star Trek computer. Siri does need training to be as good as it can, and to assist in that endeavor, there are a series of phrases and query construction tips to get started with.

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How to: teach Siri to correctly pronounce names on your iPhone

10/22/2017, 08:10 pm

Asking Siri to text or call contacts is one of the virtual assistant's basic functions, but some names can be hard for the system to understand and pronounce. AppleInsider shows you how to ensure correct pronunciation, and contact retrieval, in this video.

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How to teach Siri to pronounce names correctly on your iPhone

10/19/2017, 11:10 am

Some names can be hard for Siri to pronounce, and if you don't correct the matter won't be accurately retrieved by Apple's voice-powered assistant. Here's how to fix them.

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Apple reveals secret sauce behind 'Hey Siri' detection in latest research paper

10/18/2017, 01:10 pm

Apple's latest contribution to its machine learning blog is a dive into how the software behind the "Hey Siri" command works, and how the company uses a neural network to convert the acoustic pattern of a voice to filter it out from the background.

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How to personalize Siri's voice response settings in iOS 11

10/18/2017, 10:10 am

There's a good chance that if got an iPhone or an iPad for Christmas, you've probably still using Siri's default voice settings -- but as AppleInsider can show, there are a few ways to personalize Siri's sound and functions in iOS 11 [now with video].

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Apple's head of iCloud infrastructure leaves company, report says

10/06/2017, 05:10 pm

An Apple executive tasked with managing backend infrastructure for the company's iCloud products, including the iCloud Drive cloud storage service, has left the company, potentially signaling a dramatic shift in favor of in-house data centers, according to a report on Friday.

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