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All posts tagged "siri"

  • Next-gen Xbox gains Siri-like voice capabilities

    Care of the ever-popular Verge, we now know that the next-generation Xbox will have “Siri-like” capabilities. “Sources familiar with Microsoft’s Xbox plans” say that the new Xbox, code-named Durango (I like the way you die, boy) will activate when words like “Xbox on” are spoken, will have text-to-speech conversion and support a natural tone of voice. The Xbox, in its current state, even with Kinect voice, doesn’t use  natural voice in any of its commands. The new Siri-like voice feature will apparently let users speak phrases such as “what are my friends playing” to pull up the online friends list....

  • 9 more languages for Siri? Apple job ad drops vague hint

    Are you fluent in Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Korean, Norwegian, and Swedish? Well if you are, Apple wants you. A job listing from Apple, spotted by Belgian site “Apple Nieuws Vlaanderen“, is asking for interns fluent in the above mentioned languages, giving the idea that the language support for Siri is to be extended. Join the team responsible for delivering Siri in different parts of the world for an exciting 6 month internship in Cupertino, California. Currently Siri is available in eight languages and was first launched as an iOS app, but has been a standard addition since the...

  • Siri and Maps rumored for OS X 10.9, we’re excited about one at least

    Early indications hint at Apple’s Siri and Maps applications being integrated into the latest version of OS X, 10.9 for Mac devices. The applications have appeared in the initial testing stages according to 9 to 5 Mac. The apps seem like a natural addition to the desktop and laptop Mac’s following the heavily touted integration of iOS 6. Siri currently inhabits many newer iPhone models, iPads and iPod touches and has garnered its fair share of praise and criticism. The Maps app however, has suffered mass criticism straight out the gate, with users highlighting its poor interface...

  • Windows Siri alternative Ask Ziggy aims for iOS and Android

    Every OS has its own Siri-like service. Windows has Ask Ziggy, and soon Android and iOS users will be able to ask it questions too. Windows is only the beginning, next, the world. It can answer most questions that you throw at it, besides things like, “what’s the meaning of the answer ’42’?” But now, sources have found that with a generous injection of US$5 million from an undisclosed multinational corporation, it is looking at expanding into Apple and Android territory within Q3. With the deadline looming, developers will be hard-pressed to produce a product that will work properly in...

  • Get Siri for iOS 5.1 iDevices, care of Spite

    Running a jailbroken, non-A5 iDevice with iOS 5.1? Want Siri? Then you need Spite, the only app (care of Cydia) which delivers the full Siri experience for non-iPhone 4S users. We talked about Jailbreaking iOS 5.1 devices earlier this week. One major setback was that Spire, a build of Siri made especially for iPhones, no longer worked. Digital faith and the hacking community have delivered Spite, the “faster, more reliable” version of Spire. It’s...

  • Five apps which challenge Siri’s domination

    With Windows Mobile introducing TellMe, the world is bracing for another voice assistant which can go head to head with Apple’s Siri. What alternatives are there to Apple’s almighty offering — the current benchmark of voice recognition apps? TellMe (Microsoft, Windows Phone and compatible products) Microsoft calls its Siri-competitor “Technology that’s human, not frustrating”. Others call it “incomparable to Siri”. Where TellMe may have the advantage is in its multi-platform uses. TellMe will bring its voice-powered goodness to Windows Mobile, TV, cars and the upcoming Windows 8. Interaction is the similar to Siri, but limited to Bing-powered search results. According to...

  • Revealed: Why Siri is made for the iPhone 4S

    When the iPhone 4S landed and Siri started yammering away on millions of phones across the country, those with iPhone 4’s and 3GS’ bemoaned the lack of the powerful digital assistant. The real reason for Siri being an iPhone 4S exclusive is overwhelmingly simple: it’s all about the hardware. As reported by CNet, the issue revolves around “special noise-reduction circuitry”: Apple’s A5 processor includes noise-reduction circuitry licensed from a start-up called Audience, and a...

  • Ask Ziggy — Siri’s Windows Phone equivalent

    Siri was the saving grace of the iPhone 4S, and now there’s a Windows Phone equivalent in the form of “Ask Ziggy“. Ziggy, a free app available now for download from the Windows Marketplace, is one user’s attempt to usurp Siri. Although impressive, Ask Ziggy does not have the vocal chops of Siri but makes up for it by offering many of the functions which iPhone 4S users have been privy to: status...

  • Siri-like competitor understands ‘Singlish’

    Siri, the Apple iPhone 4S personal assistant now faces a rival from Singapore-based telecommunications giant, SingTel. The primary reason for development? Singaporeans needed a device which could understand “Singlish”. Singlish is a localised form of English, with words that have been taken from various Asian languages. SingTel’s new app, called DeF!ND will assist citizens of Singapore who wish to use a Siri-like application which actually understands them. When the iPhone 4S was released in...

  • Japan and Australia first to get iPhone 4S

    Australia and Japan were the first countries to receive the new iPhone 4S, with eager fans queuing in their hundreds to get their hands on the latest Apple device. At both Sydney and Japan’s biggest iPhone stores a carnival-like atmosphere prevailed, with Apple fans recording and uploading their experiences via various iDevices including iPads and iPod touches. One young customer waited three days to get his hands on the iPhone...