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We’re all about this ’80s-style instructional video for Apple’s Siri

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It may not be perfect, but we’ve certainly come a long way to get to a voice-activated assistant like Apple’s Siri.

It’d be difficult to imagine how Siri would work with the technology the 1980s, but if it did, this mock instructional video by YouTube channel Squirrel Monkey does a great job of hypothesizing how it’d all come together.

The wait time to hear what “Michael Jackson’s newest album” is really something, though. Read more…

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Apple’s HomePod is probably going to launch any day now

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Apple’s answer to the Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers, the HomePod, is almost ready for launch.

After missing its release last year, the $350 smart speaker has now been approved for sale by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which means Apple will probably start selling it very soon.

Following its delayed launch, Apple said it “needed a little more time” to get HomePod ready for customers.

Apple said HomePod would start shipping the U.S., UK, and Australia “in early 2018”. Well, it’s early 2018, and everyone’s still waiting for the Siri-powered speaker to show up.  Read more…

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This smart deadbolt uses Google Assistant to keep you safe

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In the future, Google Assistant could lock and unlock your door. 

That’s the idea behind Schlage’s Sense Smart Deadbolt, a heavy-duty lock enabled with Google Assistant

All you have to do to operate the Sense Smart Deadbolt is say “OK Google, lock my door,” or ask “OK Google, is my door locked?”

You can also operate the lock remotely through the Schlage Sense app, available for iOS and Android.  Read more…

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Samsung picks up another AI firm to boost Bixby’s brains

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Samsung’s not giving up on Bixby, despite initial lukewarm responses to its AI assistant.

Bixby is the South Korean firm’s answer to other voice assistants like Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa. But when it debuted, fans found it just wasn’t as smart as the competition.

To buff up Bixby’s brains, Samsung has now acquired Fluently, which makes an AI chatbot that can compose smart replies in English and Korean.

Fluently produced an app that plugged into messengers like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, and offered natural-sounding contextual responses.  Read more…

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Apple finally ditches Bing for Siri’s search results

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The next time you ask Siri a question, Apple’s AI will finally offer up search results to help you find an answer using Google, like the rest of the civilized world.   

Apple is dumping Microsoft’s Bing as the default search platform for Siri, Search inside iOS, and Spotlight on Macs in favor of Google, according to Tech Crunch

The iPhone maker said that the switch is being made in order to create a more “consistent web search experience” for its users, since Google is currently the default search engine on its Safari browser thanks to a reported $3 billion annual deal between the two companies.  Read more…

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Queen fans, say this to Siri right now

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Love Queen? Or Wayne’s World

Then you need to say this to Siri right now: “I see a little silhouette of a man.”

OK, we’re waiting. Yeah, she really goes on for awhile. 

Pretty cool right? 

But it appears the easter egg only works on Siri set to U.S. English. We tested the feature on other English editions such as British, and it didn’t work.

Still, the internet got pretty excited about it, including Vanity Fair writer Nick Bilton, who CCed the new White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, aka “Mooch.” Read more…

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This is the secret to how Apple is making Siri sound more human

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The next Siri won’t put the emPHAsis on the wrong sylLAble.

That’s more or less the promise Apple made during last week’s World Wide Developers Conference Keynote. Demonstrating onstage, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, asked Siri about the weather.  

“Here’s the forecast for the next three days: Sunny, sunny, and sunny,” replied Siri.

Each “sunny” sounded a shade different. Though Federighi declared it “very powerful,” the developer audience didn’t break into wild applause.

Maybe that’s a victory in itself. With the upcoming iOS 11, the now 6-year-old Siri will sound so natural that no one will notice, and by notice I mean those cringe-worthy moments when Siri (or really any voice assistant) attempts to pronounce a name, location, or offer a more natural reply and it sounds like they swallowed a fly mid-sentence. (My personal favorite is when Siri mangles the name of my hometown.) Read more…

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Banking with your personal assistant could be here soon

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It appears that asking your phone assistant for your bank account will soon be a reality.

Samsung recently partnered with three of South Korea’s largest banks to make voice command banking a reality for South Korean users.

Bixby — which is shipped with the Samsung Galaxy S8 — can make financial transactions by voice command via Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass, Samsung’s answer to Touch ID.  

It’s a concept that’s similar to the partnership Amazon made with Virginia-based Capital One — where Capital One customers could be able to check their account balances, recent transactions, and even pay bills just by speaking to Alexa. Read more…

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Apple’s answer to the Amazon Echo could be unveiled as early as June

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The only thing Apple fans love more than new product rumors is actual new products. 

Well hold on to your butts, ’cause it looks like we’re getting both. 

The Cupertino-based company has reportedly started manufacturing its Siri-powered speaker aimed at dethroning the likes of the Amazon Echo and Google Home. But wait, there’s more: Apple is moving quickly and may unveil the new device as soon as the June WWDC

Word of the possible reveal comes to us via Bloomberg, which hedges that news with the caveat that even if Apple fans attending WWDC are lucky enough to get a glimpse of the next shiny Apple device to fall from the Pegatron tree, the product won’t likely ship until the fall.  Read more…

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Hey, Siri, Google Assistant is coming to the iPhone — and it’s getting smarter

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Google’s Assistant isn’t just for Pixel phones anymore.

The company’s digital helper will soon be available for iPhones too, Google’s Scott Huffman announced during the keynote presentation at its I/O developer conference Wednesday. 

But the entry into the iPhone isn’t the only update for Assistant, as Google brings the AI into even more devices. The smart assistant is also getting much, much smarter. 

Of course, there will be some limits to the assistant’s capabilities on iOS, since it’s not embedded at the operating system level as it is with Android. The move to the iOS wasn’t totally unexpected, either — a source leaked the news yesterday. Read more…

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Siri rumored to get new competition — right on your iPhone

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Move over, Siri: your iPhone might soon welcome another AI assistant into the iOS fold. 

Google could throw the smartphone world for a loop at this week’s I/O developers conference and unveil new Google Assistant functionality for the iPhone, according to Bloomberg. The report, which cites “a person familiar with the matter,” claims the Assistant-to-iOS news could be announced as early as the first day of the event.   

Assistant will come to the iPhone in the form of a free iOS app, the source said, and will depend on voice commands to work with other Google apps installed on users’ phones. You’ll presumably be able to ask Assistant to queue up videos on YouTube or even read off emails from Inbox, to name a few potential uses.  Read more…

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