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All posts tagged "siri"

  • Apple HomeKit: Google’s big challenger to your smart home

    A decade after delivering the iPhone to the masses and changing the communications landscape forever, Apple is at it again. This month, at Apple's WWDC 2016, company executives unveiled ambitious plans for Apple’s HomeKit smart home system. According to reports, HomeKit will have an AI component far better than anything in the works at Google and Facebook, Apple’s two principal competitors in the smart home space. This push dovetails with Apple’s long-awaited Siri upgrade. According to previous reports, Apple will allow Siri to interact with apps made by other companies (including Google) and is experimenting with a concept known as differential...

  • Apple stealthily announces Siri for South Africa, Ireland

    Apple's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) kicked off this evening, and there was plenty of news at the keynote. However, during the iOS 10 presentation, one interesting feature in a word cloud caught our eye, it must be said... Siri is officially coming to South Africa, an #iOS10 word cloud reveals. Have a quick screenshot. #WWDC2016 pic.twitter.com/jkpj4vBPOX — memeburn (@memeburn) June 13, 2016 Yep, if you look at the bottom-right of our admittedly blurry screenshot, you'll notice that Siri is officially coming to South Africa (as well as Ireland). The smart voice assistant can technically be accessed in the country, but official support from...

  • Apple readying Google Home, Amazon Echo rival report suggests

    Well, that didn't take long. Less a week after Google announced its Home smart hub speaker system, rumours suggest that Apple's about to do exactly the same at its own developers conference, WWDC. The news comes courtesy of The Information and "a person with direct knowledge of the effort," Apple's competitor to Google Home and the originator Amazon Echo, will use Siri. The company is said to be working on an open SDK for the personal assistant too, which will allow third party companies and developers to craft additional features to the service. Additionally, it's not farfetched to imagine that Apple's...

  • New Apple TV coming to South Africa early November

    After the iPhone 6S, the iPad mini 4 and the Apple Watch have arrived in the country, Core Group, Apple's major local importer, has announced that the Apple TV will reach South African shores early November. The device, one of the big surprises at Apple's September launch, features a more intelligent Siri, a new touch remote that integrates with the voice assistant, and better hardware. And of course, Apple was also quick to note that you can game a fair bit on it too. The 3rd generation Apple TV as a result, will also see a price drop, now sitting at...

  • Missed Apple’s iPhone 6S launch last night? Here’s the video recap

    If you haven't heard by now, Apple held some type of event or something in downtown San Francisco yesterday. It launched some gadgets (we believe), and invited a band to play a few songs. If that sounds like previous Apple events, you wouldn't be ridiculed for saying so, but the company really did pull out all the stops last night, especially when it came down to its new primary offerings. While many missed the launch last night, Apple has graciously published its entire video reel on its YouTube page. So, grab a coffee, sit back and enjoy the videos you missed out...

  • Microsoft’s Einstein-boosted Cortana coming to Android and iOS too

    This genuinely brings a smile to my face, especially considering Apple's staunch closed ecosystem mentality and Android's Google Now dependency. Microsoft has announced that its Bing-powered personal digital assistant Cortana is flying the Microsoft coup, and coming to Android and iOS in the near future. In a Reuters exclusive, "people familiar with the matter" noted that Cortana will be rolled out to mobile devices running Apple's and Google's prized operating systems. But this doesn't quite stop there. Microsoft is also working on a more "advanced" version of Cortana to rival Apple's Siri, dubbed the Einstein Project. The MD of the company's research division...

  • Amazon Echo crams a voice assistant into a $199 Bluetooth speaker

    After the Fire Phone became this year's biggest hardware gaffe, Amazon felt it necessary to follow it up with the Echo -- a speaker with a tiny voice assistant trapped inside. No one saw this one coming. The Amazon Echo is basically a Google Now or Siri clone encased in the mould of a Bluetooth speaker. You ask it a question, it spits out an answer (except it's slightly cooler than that). For some reason, "Alexa" is the keyword that allows users to request music from Spotify, iTunes and Pandora, weather information, news, and other commands like adding events to a calendar...

  • 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...