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Topic: Siri

Ex-Apple Siri chief Bill Stasior now a Microsoft vice president of technology

08/19/2019, 04:08 pm

Apple's one-time head of Siri development Bill Stasior has left Apple, and is going to be one of Microsoft's vice presidents of technology.

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Philips WiZ Connected Wi-Fi smart bulbs support Siri Shortcuts

08/08/2019, 01:08 pm

Philips has launched a new set of smart light bulbs under Signify's WiZ Connected ecosystem, one that works differently from the manufacturer's existing Hue range in that they connect directly with Wi-Fi, eliminating the need for an intermediary hub.

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First class action suit alleging damages from Siri recordings filed

08/07/2019, 04:08 pm

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Apple in regards to Siri quality control program recordings, alleging that the filer who may or may not have been recorded has been damaged by Apple's doing so, and that Apple never disclosed that recordings may be retained.

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Amazon, Google follow Apple's lead on voice assistant review policies

08/02/2019, 10:08 pm

Following Apple's decision to temporarily halt Siri grading as it evaluates the program's privacy safeguards, Amazon and Google this week followed suit and updated their respective policies on human reviews of recorded voice assistant audio.

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How to delete all of the Siri recordings that Apple may have of you on Mac or iOS

08/02/2019, 09:08 am

There is a way to delete the anonymized Siri recordings that Apple may have on file for you, but there are some consequences for doing so.

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Apple listens to Siri, Apple's $53.8B quarter & more on the AppleInsider Podcast

08/02/2019, 08:08 am

This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, Brian Roemmele joins us to talk about Apple listening to some Siri recordings and why they don't need to. William is back to talk Apple Earnings reports and why selling fewer iPhones doesn't spell doom.

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Apple suspends Siri quality control program, will let users opt out in update

08/02/2019, 12:08 am

Apple has temporarily suspended its Siri quality control program after a Guardian expose last week claimed private contractors are privy to "highly sensitive recordings," revelations that immediately raised the brows of privacy advocates.

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Siri 'whistleblower' details drug deals & sex heard during manual reviews

07/26/2019, 02:07 pm

A 'whistleblower' has taken issue with Apple's lack of disclosure that it has contractors listening to anonymized Siri queries -- but the company has said all along that it does.

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Apple's Siri is the first of four lawsuit targets over voice recognition technology

07/24/2019, 08:07 am

Apple's Siri has become the subject of a lawsuit from Parus Holdings, alleging the virtual assistant infringes on a pair of patents relating to the use of voice to browse for data, with practically all major products from the iPhone producer in the firing line in the legal action.

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'SiriOS' predicted for 2020 WWDC - here's what it might be

07/19/2019, 01:07 pm

Apple should produce a "SiriOS," a report into voice recognition and digital assistants by Mangrove Capital Partners suggests, but while the firm is certain the "voice community" expects it to be revealed by 2020, there is little detail on what it could be.

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Google Assistant voice recordings reviewed by humans include private conversations

07/11/2019, 12:07 pm

Some voice snippets uploaded by Google Assistant are being reviewed by human contractors, as with Amazon Alexa, and can potentially include sensitive conversations, reports say.

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HomePod 'Hey Siri' responses to AirPods ad prompts complaints

07/03/2019, 10:07 am

Apple device owners are complaining about the company's latest AirPods commercial, as a version of the ad spot triggers Siri in HomePods due to the actor saying the verbal prompt 'Hey Siri.'

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Apple's Seattle job listings show aggressive hiring for Siri work

06/25/2019, 02:06 pm

Although Apple has promised a diverse range of hires for its new Seattle offices, the emphasis is clearly on Siri above all else, checks show.

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Amazon sued because Alexa may be violating child privacy protection laws

06/12/2019, 10:06 am

Two class action suits were filed against Amazon on Tuesday, alleging that Alexa-enabled devices illegally record the conversations of children without parental consent, which would constitute a violation of the assorted state laws prohibiting recordings made of a minor without consent.

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Editorial: Siri is greatly improved in iPadOS and iOS 13, but we still need more

06/10/2019, 01:06 pm

Apple's Siri is always said to lag behind its competitors, but Apple has made giant strides with it. Even still, though, there are a few really key things we still long to see added.

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Apple's quiet update to Siri Shortcuts brings the niche tool into the mainstream

06/07/2019, 11:06 am

You're either a Siri Shortcuts fan, in which case the new features will absolutely delight you, or you've never looked at it. In which case, Apple wants to help you find out how useful Siri Shortcuts are for you.

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Spotify, Pandora, and other music apps could gain Siri playback controls

06/05/2019, 01:06 pm

Siri could be used to play music from third-party streaming services like Spotify in iOS 13, iPadOS, and HomePod, with a change to SiriKit enabling verbal control of tracks and podcasts being played in non-Apple apps via the virtual assistant, without requiring the use of Siri Shortcuts.

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Global Accessibility Awareness Day commemorated on Apple's homepage

05/16/2019, 10:05 am

Global Accessibility Awareness Day is May 16, and Apple has chosen to mark the occasion with a big section on the front page highlighting features in Apple's products.

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Apple's Siri ties with Google Assistant for most-used voice assistant

04/29/2019, 10:04 am

A Microsoft study suggests that Apple's Siri is on par with Google Assistant for worldwide usage, despite the latter being available on a wider range of devices.

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How to make the Apple Watch Raise to Speak feature work every time

04/19/2019, 01:04 pm

The ability to just raise your wrist and speak to your Apple Watch without the words "Hey, Siri," is brilliant. What was initially a convenience is now increasingly useful, too, and yet it's extraordinarily unreliable. Here's how to make it better -- and why you need it to.

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