• Siri and Apple iPhone4S called serious data hogs

    Posted January 9, 2012 - 12:27 pm

    OTT, or Over The Top, is the term wireless carriers use to describe device data traffic, such as streaming video. Siri may be the newest OTT bandwidth hog
  • Google pulls 'official' Siri app from Android Market

    Posted January 1, 2012 - 10:10 pm

    Google has reportedly yanked an app masquerading as Siri, Apple's voice command personal assistant software, from the Android marketplace.
  • Jailbreak tool brings Siri to unsupported devices

    Posted December 31, 2011 - 8:31 am

    A jailbreak hacker known as chpwn, has developed Spire, a tool that allows those with jailbroken iOS devices to use Siri, Apple's personal assistant voice-control technology. With the help of Ryan Petrich (a jailbreak developer responsible for the popular DisplayOut app, among others), chpwn has created a tool, available via the Cydia repository, that downloads the Siri components to the iOS device directly from Apple (approximately a 100MB download).
  • Android blog buzz: Google prepping Siri killer dubbed Majel

    Posted December 13, 2011 - 6:29 pm

    The Android blogosphere is abuzz that Google might have a Siri killer called Majel out by year-end.
  • Siri features we'd like to see

    Posted December 6, 2011 - 3:30 pm

    The more you use Siri, the more obvious its shortcomings become. Here are a few improvements we'd like Apple to make in Siri 2.0—or whenever it decides to pull down that unsightly "beta" label.
  • Enterprises slow to join voice-recognition surge

    Posted December 5, 2011 - 5:50 pm

    Questions remain about whether or when enterprises will start widely deploying voice-recognition technology on mobile devices, partly because internally developed, specialized apps would have to be built to overcome issues like background noise that could corrupt its operation.
  • Siri can unlock your car, can't drive it just yet

    Posted December 3, 2011 - 9:02 am

    Last week, GeekTech explained how hackers had managed to get the iPhone's new voice assistant Siri to do more than just take notes and tell you the weather. Since then, more hackers have come forward with other ways Siri can control things via the proxy server. The newest and most interesting though is Siri's ability to control your car.
  • Hackers use Siri to set the thermostat and more

    Posted November 25, 2011 - 7:19 am

    Siri is one of our favorite new pieces of technology, but sometimes we just wished we could use it for something outside of its Apple widget shell (weather, mail, and the calendar) and Web searching. A group of intrepid hackers are doing just that, starting with setting the thermostat.
  • Want Siri on your Android phone? Try these apps

    Posted November 12, 2011 - 9:14 am

    Wouldn't you like to have your very own gofer dedicated to doing all the menial tasks you hate? That's a big part of the appeal of the iPhone 4S: Siri, the voice-driven virtual assistant, turns anyone with a couple hundred bucks into a CEO attended by a full-time lackey. But can you get the same kind of slavish devotion from an Android phone?
  • Speech recognition through the decades: How we ended up with Siri

    Posted November 5, 2011 - 7:59 am

    Looking back on the development of speech recognition technology is like watching a child grow up, progressing from the baby-talk level of recognizing single syllables, to building a vocabulary of thousands of words, to answering questions with quick, witty replies, as Apple's supersmart virtual assistant Siri does.
  • Apple's iPhone 4S Siri goes mum for hours

    Posted November 4, 2011 - 12:11 pm

    Siri, the honey-voiced AI interface on the Apple iPhone 4S, took a break on November 3 for a few hours. Reports started coming in around 11:00 AM Pacific Time, and lasted for five or more hours around the country.
  • Hacking Apple's Siri: Not so easy

    Posted October 29, 2011 - 8:14 am

    Hackers looking to port Apple's Siri digital assistant to iOS devices other than the iPhone 4S claim to have a rudimentary version of Siri running on the original iPad. Twitter user Jackoplane recently posted screenshots online showing Siri fully integrated into the iPad's operating system. The only problems is Siri can't do much on the iPad right now since most of Siri's processing takes place on Apple servers. Similar to the version of Siri on the iPhone 4 that hacker Steve Troughton-Smith had up and running earlier in October, the iPad doesn't appear to be able to interface with Apple's servers.
  • Video

    Siri gets the auto-tune treatment

    Posted October 25, 2011 - 5:04 pm

    The Siri video onslaught continues, as people find new ways to create videos out of the Siri personal assistant feature on the new iPhone 4S. So why not auto-tune her?
  • What Google's Rubin doesn't understand about Siri

    Posted October 20, 2011 - 6:18 pm

    The head of Google's Android mobile OS, Andy Rubin, doesn't think your smartphone should be your personal assistant. In comments made during an interview at the AsiaD conference this week, Rubin downplayed the impact of Siri--the voice interactive personal assistant included with the iPhone 4S.
  • Siri's security hole: The passcode is the problem

    Posted October 20, 2011 - 4:25 pm

    Siri, the virtual assistant built into the Apple's iPhone 4S, has a security problem: By default, anyone can use Siri to send e-mails or text messages from a locked phone, without having to enter a passcode first.
  • Video

    A conversation with Siri on the iPhone 4S

    Posted October 13, 2011 - 2:11 pm

    Macworld's Jason Snell talks with the iPhone 4S's new Siri technology.
  • Apple's iPhone 4S Siri does funny but not knock-knock jokes

    Posted October 13, 2011 - 11:33 am

    While the outside of the iPhone 4S doesn't differ from the iPhone 4, the inside does. Besides faster processor, the iPhone 4S includes Siri, the natural language-based Personal Digital Assistant. Turns out Siri is a bit of a wit.
  • Video

    Siri is set to answer a lot of dumb questions

    Posted October 12, 2011 - 10:21 am

    Some of the early reviews are coming out on the iPhone 4S and the coolest feature, the Siri personal assistant. Of course, people are trying to show either how "cool" the feature is, or they're just trying to come up with the weirdest or dumbest questions to ask
  • Dropped from App Store, Siri Assistant to stop working Oct. 15

    Posted October 6, 2011 - 2:24 pm

    Siri may be coming to the iPhone 4S, but Siri Assistant's days as an iOS app are numbered.
  • Is Apple's iPhone 4S digital assistant Siri really Knowledge Navigator from 1987?

    Posted October 5, 2011 - 11:02 am

    Some are claiming the new Apple iPhone 4S with natural language-based voice assistant Siri are the realization of a video from 1987 demonstrating the Knowledge Navigator. Was John Sculley seeing 24 years into the future?
  • With Siri, Apple's iPhone 4S gets a voice

    Posted October 5, 2011 - 10:49 am

    If you thought talking to your friends with your iPhone let you bond with the device, wait til you talk to it -- and it responds in kind. Ryan Faas takes a look at what Tuesday's iPhone 4S unveiling means.
  • In hilarious practical joke, Apple assembles world's media to not announce iPhone 5

    Posted October 4, 2011 - 4:37 pm

    Shares of Apple fell more than 5% on Tuesday after the company confounded expectations by not announcing the iPhone 5.

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