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Topic: Siri

Research into Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant voice tech reveals bias in training data

03/24/2020, 11:03 am

Speech recognition systems from major tech companies have a harder time understanding words spoken by black people than the same ones spoken by whites, a new study finds.

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Apple's Siri can help triage users who ask about new coronavirus

03/22/2020, 12:03 am

Apple this weekend updated its Siri voice assistant with information and assets designed to triage users who believe they are suffering from COVID-19.

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Siri voices could be customizable by developers in iOS 14

03/10/2020, 09:03 am

Apple may allow developers to add their own voice synthesizers within iOS itself, a rumor claims, opening up the possibility of users being able to install custom voices that could affect how Siri sounds on an iPhone or iPad in the future.

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Researchers can hijack Siri with inaudible ultrasonic waves

03/04/2020, 10:03 am

Security researchers have discovered a way to covertly hijack Siri and other smartphone digital assistants using ultrasonic waves, sounds that cannot be normally heard by humans.

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Apple considering allowing third-party apps to replace defaults on iOS, HomePod

02/20/2020, 07:02 am

The HomePod may be opened up to third-party music services, and Apple may also allow iOS users to permanently swap the default email and browser apps for alternatives.

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Siri now answers your 2020 election questions

02/11/2020, 03:02 pm

Apple News is now handling readers' 2020 election questions in a new way -- with Siri.

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August 2019 in review: Apple Card arrives, Siri listeners, trade wars escalate

12/30/2019, 04:12 pm

In August, 2019, the Apple Card was officially launched. At the same time, the company had to re-evaluate having people listen to Siri recordings, and the US/China trade tensions got complicated.

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Apple and Salesforce release Trailhead Go education app for iOS, iPadOS

11/18/2019, 09:11 am

Tim Cook to talk at event launching a free education app that's solely for iOS and iPadOS, plus how Apple and Salesforce have together updated the mobile version of the Salesforce app and its developer SDK.

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Future versions of Apple's Siri may interpret your emotions

11/14/2019, 06:11 am

Future versions of Apple's Siri may go beyond voice recognition to enhance accuracy, taping into FaceTime cameras in the company's devices to simultaneously analyze facial reactions and emotions as users engages in dialog with the voice assistant.

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Walmart Grocery customers can use Siri to place online orders with their voice

11/12/2019, 06:11 pm

Walmart this week announced a new partnership with Apple that integrates the retailer's Voice Order technology with Apple's Siri virtual assistant, granting customers the option of shopping via voice command.

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Review: Apple's Beats Solo Pro are the best Beats yet

11/06/2019, 12:11 pm

Apple has continued to refine the Beats brand with new designs and features. Beats Solo Pro is the latest incarnation of that effort, and does a great job pushing the popular brand forward.

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How to set up multiple users on a HomePod

11/03/2019, 06:11 pm

At long last, up to six people can talk to your HomePod and get recognized. Their choice of music will play, and their HomeKit scenes will start. It just takes more setting up than you'd imagine.

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Apple rolls out tvOS 13.2 for Apple TV with Siri recording opt-in

10/28/2019, 01:10 pm

After a weeks-long beta process, Apple has released its tvOS 13.2 update for Apple TV with support for Siri recording opt-in and the AirPods Pro, ahead of the Apple TV+ debut.

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Siri quality assurance opt-in option & record deletion in the iOS 13.2 beta

10/10/2019, 02:10 pm

Apple has started to ask users if they wish to take part in the Siri quality assurance program in the latest beta for iOS 13.2, a change in policy following criticism about the iPhone maker using contractors to listen to a selection of Siri audio recordings.

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After Apple's iOS 13 update, Spotify adds support for Siri

10/07/2019, 07:10 am

It's now possible to ask Siri to play music on Spotify as easily as on Apple Music -- though only on iPhones and iPads, and not HomePod or Mac.

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Apple to lift restrictions on third-party apps using Siri

10/02/2019, 08:10 am

A future iOS update will have Siri use whatever app a user prefers, meaning apps such as WhatsApp could effectively replace the default Apple apps.

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Spotify iOS beta gains ability to make Siri music requests

09/27/2019, 09:09 am

Subscribers of Spotify will soon be able to ask Siri to play music using the iOS app, with the music streaming service testing out the function in the beta version of its app ahead of a release to the public.

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Ex-Workflow employee publishes library of 150 Siri Shortcuts

09/23/2019, 02:09 pm

An employee of Siri Shortcuts progenitor Workflow has shared a collection of over 150 Siri Shortcuts for people to use, providing a way for iOS users to get more out of the virtual assistant's automation toolkit.

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Apple's internal 'Overton' AI tool helps with Siri's development

09/14/2019, 11:09 am

Apple has offered details of an internal development tool titled "Overton," a system for monitoring and improving machine learning applications such as how Siri determines results for queries, by handling the lower-level tasks and allowing engineers to focus more on higher-level concepts.

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HomePod gains multi-user support, ambient noise generator, live radio this fall

09/11/2019, 10:09 am

The HomePod is gaining a number of new features later this year via software updates, including support for recognizing up to six different voices and personalizing the experience, radio stations, and a collection of ambient sounds.

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