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Do You Actually Use Voice Control?

Yesterday, Amazon announced Echo, a Bluetooth speaker slash voice-controlled personal assistant, an omnipresent Siri that sits in your living room and answers whatever questions you might throw at it. So, clearly, Amazon thinks that voice control is cool enough to warrant a standalone product. I’m just wondering who actually uses the damn thing.


This Short Film Explains Our Fascination With Talking To Computers

Using names like Siri, Cortana, and Google Now, advanced algorithms and technologies that would have baffled engineers and scientists half a century ago now rest in the palm of our hands. Talking with technology is the future of computing — mainly because that’s the way we’re built to communicate.


The Heartwarming Story Of An 11-Year-Old's New Technological Friend

For most of us, Siri or Google Now (or Cortana, if you swing that way) is a minor help at best, a first-world solution to the first-world problem of not being able to text and drive. But as Judith Newman illustrates today in a heartfelt and heart-warming piece in the New York Times, Apple’s digital assistant has become a lifeline for her autistic son.


Make Siri Better By Telling Her All About Your Relationships

If you really want to be able to emulate the characters in Apple’s promotional videos, then you need to be able to tell Siri to “call mum” and “email dad.” Thanks to the custom label field built into iCloud contacts, you can assign any kind of relationship to people you know. Tell Siri about your best friend, your boss, and your arch-enemy and you can control the virtual assistant more easily with your voice.


50 Things Cortana Can Do Right Now (Compared To Siri And Google Now)

Cortana is Windows Phone’s answer to Siri and Google Now: A voice-activated artificially intelligent personal assistant with an only slightly off-putting robot voice. Technically, she’s still in beta on Windows 8.1, but PhoneBuff is here to show us 50 things Cortana can already do.


A Murder Suspect Actually Asked Siri Where To Hide The Body

Answering “I need to hide a body” used to be one of Siri’s little jokes. She used to give suggestions. She doesn’t anymore. Why? We can’t be sure, but it miiight have something to do with an accused murderer who asked the question apparently in earnest.


The Creators Of Siri Are Building A New AI That Programs Itself

Siri was a forward-thinking addition to iOS when it was introduced in 2011. Then Google and Microsoft implemented their own (better) contextually aware virtual assistants to help navigate you through your day. But there was always room for improvement, and the original creators of Siri think they take it even further.


New Apple Patent Shows Off Smartypants 'Siri For Mac'

Given the gradual blurring of lines between iOS and OS X, Siri for Mac is a pretty safe bet. Now, a new patent filing details what the desktop version of the voice assistant might look like. As previous patents have also suggested, it’s going to be a lot more extensive than on mobile.


Microsoft Omitted An Important Point In Its Latest Siri Attack Ad

It’s a day ending in “y”, which means Microsoft is looking to loosen Apple’s stranglehold on the smartphone market again. This time it’s hammering Siri for not being as awesome as Redmond’s new voice assistant, Cortana. But in its haste to crow about how drop-dead awesome it is, Microsoft has forgotten one very important piece of information.


Apple Wants Siri To Better Understand The Australian Accent

Apple is refining Siri as part of its preparation for the iOS 8 update later this year. One of those refinements, alongside support for new languages like Arabic and Dutch, is getting the voice-to-text virtual assistant to better understand — and speak — the way Australians talk.


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