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Does Siri sound different today? Here’s why

 Did you notice that Siri sounds a little more sprightly today? Apple’s ubiquitous virtual assistant has had a little virtual work done on her virtual vocal cords, and her newly dulcet-ized tones went live today as part of iOS 11. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

September 19th

Gadgets

Mobile

Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant can be controlled silently, without you even realizing it

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The smarter our gadgets become, the more likely hackers will try to exploit them at any cost. With virtual assistants being all the rage these days, it's not surprising that someone would find a way to control them remotely without the user having any idea, and that's just what researchers from China's Zheijiang University have managed to accomplish.

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Mike Wehner

September 7th

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Hackers send silent commands to speech recognition systems with ultrasound

 Security researchers in China have invented a clever way of activating voice recognition systems without speaking a word. By using high frequencies inaudible to humans but which register on electronic microphones, they were able to issue commands to every major “intelligent assistant” that were silent to every listener but the target device. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

September 6th

Gadgets

Siri summons Coast Guard to save sick girl from Harvey flooding

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Most of us will (hopefully) never be in a situation where we have to rely on virtual assistant to save the lives of our entire family, but if that unfortunate circumstance ever does arrive, it's nice to know that Siri can step up to the plate. 14-year-old Tyler Frank found herself and her family stranded by flood water from Hurricane Harvey and, with nowhere else to turn, she summoned Apple's cheery helper to get her family to safety. It worked.

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Mike Wehner

September 4th

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Watch the completely over-the-top Rock and Siri commercial that was teased as a movie

The Rock Siri Movie

It looks like Apple really, really, really wants you to acknowledge Siri. Apple wants you to know it exists on the iPhone and it can do wonderful things as soon as you ask for help. Oh, and this completely over the top Rock and Siri ad seems to suggest Apple is somewhat afraid and/or annoyed with the increasing popularity of Amazon’s Alexa.

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Chris Smith

July 24th

Apple

Mobile

Think Siri is no match for Google Assistant? Watch this video showdown

Siri Vs Google Assistant

Ahead of WWDC 2017, there were rumors indicating that Apple with iOS 11 was going to introduce a completely enhanced and revamped version of Siri. Specifically, it was reported that the next-gen version of Siri was not only going to be better at making sense of user queries but that Siri's capabilities would be expanded as well. Alas, Apple executives had so much ground to cover during the WWDC keynote that there wasn't much time spent on Siri at all, though we did see a nifty little demo highlighting Siri's ability to translate queries into a handful of different languages.

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Yoni Heisler

June 15th

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The inside story of how Apple’s Siri lost its lead over rivals

Apple Siri vs. Amazon Alexa How Apple Lost the Lead

Siri may have been the first virtual assistant, but Apple failed to turn it into a leader. Google came out with Google Now and then Google Assistant, and Microsoft followed suit with Cortana. But Amazon dropped in, seemingly out of nowhere, with a voice-based virtual assistant that won the early fight of the voice assistant war. A new report revealed what went on at Apple since it first introduced Siri, and why Apple is now playing catch-up in this particular business.

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Chris Smith

June 8th

Apple

Apple HomePod speaker favors sound over Siri

 Apparently Apple knows Siri kinda sucks, because it was the last thing mentioned in the unveiling of the new HomePod speaker. That’s why it’s dumpily named as a successor to the iPod, not Apple’s old-but-unwise voice assistant. Read More

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Josh Constine

June 5th

Apple

Gadgets

Apple HomePod speaker favors sound over Siri

 Apparently Apple knows Siri kinda sucks, because it was the last thing mentioned in the unveiling of the new HomePod speaker. That’s why it’s dumpily named as a successor to the iPod, not Apple’s old-but-unwise voice assistant. Read More

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Josh Constine

June 5th

Apple

Gadgets

Apple’s upcoming Siri speaker may be a big problem for Sonos

WWDC 2017 Siri Speaker

After months of speculation, rumor has it that Apple at WWDC today will introduce a new Siri-based smart speaker designed to compete with Amazon's Echo and Google Home. Though the device may not actually ship for a few more months, there's mounting evidence which suggests that a product announcement is in the cards for today's keynote.

Apple of course never enters a new product category solely because it happens to be taking off. Rather, Apple enters a new product category when it can bring something different to the table, as previously demonstrated by both the iPod and the iPhone. With regards to Apple's rumored Siri speaker, there are a few things Apple can do to differentiate it from competing devices, one of which is to provide a vastly superior audio experience.

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Yoni Heisler

June 5th

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