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Topic: Siri

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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Apple confirms existence of Cambridge Siri R&D lab with new office sign

02/22/2017, 10:02 am

Apple is no longer keeping its Siri research and development office in Cambridge, U.K. a secret, revealing the facility's existence by constructing a sign bearing the company logo beside the building's front door.

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Apple unlikely to develop an Echo-like standalone Siri speaker - report

02/20/2017, 02:02 pm

Apple doesn't appear interested in developing a standalone Amazon Echo-like speaker utilizing Siri, as the company's vision is instead linked to devices like the iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods.

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Apple's Siri gets 'LEGO Batman Movie' tie-in with custom Bat-phrases

02/14/2017, 08:02 pm

In a rare promotional tie-in, Apple has quietly updated its Siri virtual assistant with a series of comedic phrases that relate to the recently released "LEGO Batman Movie" from Warner Brothers.

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Quickly adjust AirPods volume by percentage and check listening levels with Siri

02/09/2017, 06:02 pm

Due to its distinct lack of physical controls, setting sound levels on Apple's new AirPods requires the use of either Siri or the volume buttons on a paired iPhone, both of which operate on preset magnitudes. For greater control, use Siri to raise or lower the beats by percentage.

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Must-know Siri commands for Apple's wireless AirPods

02/08/2017, 01:02 am

To keep AirPods as hassle-free -- and aesthetically pleasing -- as possible, Apple opted to completely replace physical controls with Siri voice commands, a first for the company. AppleInsider compiled a few key phrases new AirPods owners should know in order to get the most out of their purchase.

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Apple updates Siri on iOS, Mac & Apple TV with Super Bowl-related commands

01/30/2017, 04:01 pm

Apple on Monday announced a collection of Siri updates designed to get people using the AI assistant for Super Bowl LI, which will be played this Sunday between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots.

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Apple's 'differential privacy' policy invoked for opt-in iCloud data analysis in iOS 10.3

01/27/2017, 02:01 pm

Apple's upcoming iOS 10.3 update will include an opt-in for collecting data from iCloud accounts, which will in turn be used to improve "intelligent features and services such as Siri," according to people testing the current beta.

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Apple officially named as founding member of Partnership for AI, Siri founder named to board

01/27/2017, 09:01 am

As expected, Apple has been formally inducted into the Partnership on AI as a founding member, naming Siri-founder and Apple exec Tom Gruber to the board of trustees for the group.

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Apple reportedly close to joining Partnership on AI industry group to boost Siri, other tech

01/26/2017, 08:01 am

Apple could help further research efforts in the field of artificial intelligence in the future, with a report claiming it will be joining the Partnership on AI, a non-profit group that counts, Google, Facebook, other major tech companies in its membership.

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