Tag: Siri

Issa Rae Has Lent Her Voice to Google Assistant. Yes, You Can Ask Her About Lawrence

Issa Rae as Google Assistant cameo voicePhoto: Courtesy of Google Siri has an awkward black counterpart. Google has announced Issa Rae as the new cameo voice of Google Assistant, following in the footsteps of John Legend. The new feature is available on any device with Google Assistant, including Google Home speakers, Smart Displays and on […]

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Apple will let Siri open third-party iOS apps by default

Apple’s iOS operating system has increased its included collection of apps over the years, growing from 17 in 2007 to just under 40 in 2019 — all while guaranteeing that everything included is the iPhone’s or iPad’s “default” app for its own functionality. Now Apple is set to loosen the latter restriction, Bloomberg reports, as […]

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You Will Soon Be Able to Set WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger as the Default Messaging App for Siri

Apple will release a software update later this year that will allow Siri to set third-party messaging apps as default and allow users to directly send a message to their contact from the voice assistant. While it is possible to use Siri to send messages via WhatsApp, Telegram, Skype, etc, it requires one to specify […]

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Apple study suggests chattier users prefer chattier AI assistants

How might you characterize the conversational style of a digital assistant like Siri? No matter your impression, it stands to reason that striking the wrong tone could dissuade users from engaging with it in the future. Perhaps that’s why in a paper (“Mirroring to Build Trust in Digital Assistants“) accepted to the Interspeech 2019 conference […]

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Apple researchers improve Siri’s ability to match commands with domains

It’s no great secret that Apple’s voice assistant has plenty of room for improvement. The Cupertino company is aware of this — in June, it debuted an improved neural text-to-speech model capable of delivering a more natural-sounding voice without the use of samples. And in a newly published research paper on the preprint server Arxiv.org, […]

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Apple Rewrote Siri to ‘Deflect’ Questions About Feminism, Me Too Movement

Leaked internal papers from Apple detail an internal project to rewrite Siri on how it handles sensitive topics like feminism, #MeToo movement, and more. The documents show that Apple wants Siri to engage in one of the three ways: “don’t engage,” “deflect,” and “inform.” As a part of the project, Siri’s responses to such controversial […]

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Apple wants Siri to discuss health problems and translate speech in 2021

After Apple’s digital assistant Siri was revealed to be sharing extended recordings of users’ private audio with contractors hired to grade response accuracy, Apple responded by firing the contractors and promising to bring grading in-house. Now one of the former contractors has leaked internal Siri documents to The Guardian, including details of several surprising upgrades […]

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Capgemini: Consumers increasingly prefer voice and chat assistants to humans

The human touch apparently doesn’t mean as much as it once did. A new report says consumers are rapidly embracing automated assistants as the underlying technology becomes more powerful. The Capgemini Research Institute today released a report titled: “Smart Talk: How organizations and consumers are embracing voice and chat assistants.” While the technology still faces […]

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New Nike Adapt Huarache Self Lacing Shoe Supports SIRI and Apple Watch

Nike’s original Huarache shoe was designed by Tinker Hatfield and released in 91’. Over the years Nike has overhauled the lineup with innovative features. The company has taken it to the next level by adding a slew of gadgetry and connectivity option to the neoprene covered Huarache lineup. Nike Adapt is an intelligent system that […]

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Apple apologizes for Siri privacy issues, changes recording policies

Facing questions regarding its actual commitment to user privacy in light of revelations that contractors were listening to extended audio samples from Siri devices, Apple today apologized for not “fully living up to our high ideals,” and said that it will change its Siri-related privacy policies as a result. Like other providers of digital assistants, […]

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