Microsoft's Cortana Could Combine The Best Parts Of Siri And Google Now

Microsoft is late to the game when it comes to putting a digital assistant on its phones, but the wait might be worth it. Sources close to the project have revealed some of the specifics of Microsoft’s upcoming “Cortana” service to The Verge, and it could be the very best of Siri and Google Now.

Siri To Sound More Naturally Australian In iOS 7.1

iOS 7.1 is on its way, with Beta 5 seeding to developers recently. Included in the update looks to be a tweak to Siri to make her sound more Australian.

Wow, Siri Does Not Like Being Asked About Spike Jonze's Her

Is Her a beautifully rendered near-future vision of what life will be like when we start falling in love with artificial intelligence? Not if you ask Siri. She doesn’t like Her one bit, and she’ll let you know that in no uncertain terms.

Her Review: Loneliness Never Looked So Beautiful (Or Futuristic)

On my way to the theatre, I asked Siri about Spike Jonze’s new movie Her, and she got confused. “What kind of businesses are you looking for?” Siri replied in her always off-kilter robotic murmur. I barked back some line about Siri being stupid. She cracked some stupid joke. And my phone went back into my pocket.

Watch 50 Siri And Google Now Voice Commands In Action

Not sure which virtual assistant/life-partner to entrust with your personal well-being? PhoneBuff newest videos should make that choice at a least a little easier, showing you 50 different commands using both Apple’s Siri (above) and Google’s Google Now (below).

Can Siri Answer Questions Asked By The Movies?

And here we thought we’d done every gimmick we could with Apple’s Siri personal assistant. Not so. This time, Siri is answering questions posed by movie characters for no reason whatsoever.

Has Jetstar Fallen Into The Uncanny Valley With Ask Jess?

In an age of virtual assistants running our phones, it makes sense that brands would plant a robot of its own into its website to help customers, but has Jetstar entered the uncanny valley with its new tool, Ask Jess?

What Are The Best Tech Support One-Liners Your Parents Have Asked You?

I’m at my parents’ house for the weekend. Loosely translated, I’m doing some minor tech support for the next few days. My mother just implored: Siri now hates me. Can you help me? Sure, mum.

'I'm The Actor Who Provided The Voice For Siri'

Siri has provided iPhone users around the planet with everything from weather forecasts to restaurant reviews, whilst fending off dumb-arse questions along the way. But if you ever wondered who whispered all those sweet nothings, here’s your answer.

Apple Just Bought (Another) Personal Assistant Maker

Looks like Siri might be getting an upgrade after Apple bought Cue, an app that makes personalised agendas based on scanning emails. TechCrunch’s sources say that the purchase price was somewhere between $US40 and $US60 million, and that Apple plans to keep the company running.

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