siri

  • How Siri’s Founders Could Have Built The Next Google

    How Siri’s Founders Could Have Built The Next Google

    It always breaks my heart a little when the startups with the most radiant potential hit their troughs of disillusionment and then cash out to a deep-pocketed buyer. This is not because I begrudge the founders of these startups the personal wealth or success that comes with their exits. Indeed, the wallets of everyone involved usually get a lot fatter, and that’s fantastic. But these… Read More

  • How People Are Filling In When AI Can’t Do The Job

    How People Are Filling In When AI Can’t Do The Job

    Despite the nifty-ness of having your phone tell you to leave work 15 minutes early to make it to your flight or Siri and Cortana cracking the occasional joke, the limitations to these assistants are clear. Siri can set a reminder, but she can’t help you schedule a meeting; Google Now can suggest some restaurants nearby, but it can’t book you a table at your favorite place. Read More

  • The Virtual Assistant Could Be The Next Interpreter Of Enterprise Data, Starting With Google Now

    The Virtual Assistant Could Be The Next Interpreter Of Enterprise Data, Starting With Google Now

    You can ask Siri, Google Now and Cortana about movies, weather and sports, but you can’t yet ask them about your company’s budget for the fiscal year, or your department’s sales performance last quarter. That may be about to change, however, as Google is said by The Information to be in talks with HP about giving Google Now access to enterprise data, effectively creating… Read More

  • Apple Patent Details A Siri For Mac That Acts As A Virtual “Third Hand”

    Apple Patent Details A Siri For Mac That Acts As A Virtual “Third Hand”

    Apple has a new patent application published by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider) which details a desktop incarnation of its Siri virtual assistant. The iOS Siri software has long been something observers have expected to make the jump to OS X, but so far, only its voice dictation component has crossed the virtual divide. Now, this patent articulates in great detail how Siri on the Mac… Read More

  • Google Acquires Emu, An IM Client With Siri-Like Intelligence

    Google Acquires Emu, An IM Client With Siri-Like Intelligence

    Google has acquired Emu, a new mobile messaging application that just exited beta earlier this year. Emu was at heart an IM client, but it differentiated itself from the crowded market with smart features that incorporated a virtual assistant not unlike Siri to automate tasks based on your conversations – meaning you could do things like schedule appointments to your calendar, set… Read More

  • Watch iOS 8’s Latest Beta Transcribe Voice To Text In Near-Real Time

    Watch iOS 8’s Latest Beta Transcribe Voice To Text In Near-Real Time

    Apple’s iOS 8 beta 4 just hit the interwebs today, and among the new features found therein, there’s a cool new visualization of the iOS dictation feature (seen in the MacRumors video above) that shows your words being transcribed almost in real-time as you say them. It’s a feature that previously appeared in Siri, but it’s new to the dictate option found in Messages… Read More

  • BlackBerry Gets Its Own Siri With BlackBerry Assistant

    BlackBerry Gets Its Own Siri With BlackBerry Assistant

    BlackBerry is trying to build up some steam for its upcoming BlackBerry OS 10.3 launch, and for its new BlackBerry Passport hardware, and today that means a new feature reveal: The company detailed BlackBerry Assistant on its official blog today, and the feature looks unsurprisingly like Siri and Cortana for iOS and Windows Phone respectively. The Assistant features the now-omnipresent… Read More

  • Siri Grows Up With Shazam, Streaming Recognition And 22+ Languages

    Siri Grows Up With Shazam, Streaming Recognition And 22+ Languages

    Three years ago, the name of the game at Apple’s WWDC was the introduction of Siri, the company’s voice recognition-based personal assistant integrated into the iPhone 4S. Today, while Apple is not giving Siri as big of a stage, it announced upgrades that show how the company is further building out the service, laying the groundwork for when it will become a more central part of… Read More

  • X.ai Lands $2.1M To Build ‘Amy’, An AI-Powered Personal Assistant For Meetings

    X.ai Lands $2.1M To Build ‘Amy’, An AI-Powered Personal Assistant For Meetings

    From the sometimes disappointing but often great reality of Siri to the complicated potential of Samantha, the idea of virtual personal assistants helping us with our digital-fuelled lives has captured the public imagination. Today, another not-quite real female is entering the fray: Amy, a personal assistant that has been built to help you schedule meetings — summoned not through… Read More

  • Apple’s Podcasts App For iOS Gets Siri And CarPlay Support

    Apple’s Podcasts App For iOS Gets Siri And CarPlay Support

    An update to Apple’s native Podcasts application for iPhone and iPad brings Siri integration to the app, as well as support for its new CarPlay mode for in-vehicle entertainment systems. You can can now voice command Podcasts, essentially, or interact with it from your in-car interface with your physical or touchscreen console controls. The app update also improves browsing with the… Read More

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