06/24/2013, iOS 7 will introduce a way for Siri to learn how to properly pronounce names.
05/23/2013, Microsoft and their allies, Nokia, have not been shy at taking pot shots at their competitors, and in the latest Windows 8 ad, Microsoft seems to have taken Siri and turned it against Apple’s very own iPad! Basically the idea behind the ad was to show off what Windows 8 tablets can do, versus the iPad where we can hear Siri protest at how it can only do one thing […]
05/21/2013, IBM Watson smartphone apps made by various IBM partners are expected to be released in the next few months.
05/14/2013, Siri, Apple’s virtual personal assistant, has received a server side update allowing it to now prompt users to keep their queries short if they’re too long for it to deal with. Siri will not outright reprimand users for asking long queries, rather it will respond with quotes that subtly suggest to the user that their queries are a bit too long for Siri to manage. Siri will give such a […]
05/01/2013, Almost a week ago we reported on a study conducted by Texas Transportation Institute which claimed that voice-to-text activities can be as dangerous as texting while driving. Sending text messages while driving a car is without a doubt one of the most dangerous things a person can do inside a moving vehicle, not only is it distracting, it is one of the main causes of road accidents. One would think […]
05/01/2013, Yesterday we reported that a couple of details about iOS 7 were leaked ahead of its possible announcement at WWDC 2013. Basically those details involved the user interface of the software, and today the folks at 9to5 Mac have managed to get more information about the upcoming update, and unsurprisingly it seems that according to their sources, iOS 7 is expected to offer more integration with vehicles through the use […]
04/23/2013, Texting while driving is as big of a no-no as talking on the phone while driving, especially since both activities are distracting and could cause accidents. With the introduction of voice assistants, such as Siri and S Voice and etc. and their ability to convert voice to text, and text to voice and so on, logically it would seem like we might have found a safer alternative to reply and […]
04/18/2013, While voice assistant features like Siri have potential, it might not necessarily be the most efficient way to retrieve information, especially if you spend half the time repeating yourself so that it understands you. In any case that feature has also become something of a staple in smartphones these days, with Apple releasing Siri, Google has their own take, and Samsung with S Voice as well, so it’s not surprising […]
04/17/2013, [DEMO Mobile] Sherpa is currently the number one voice personal assistant for Android in the Spanish-speaking world, according to the company. Sherpa for the Spanish language was launched in October 2012 and today, it makes its debut in the US market both in English and in Spanish. Yesterday, I met with Sherpa’s founder and CEO Xabier Uribe-Etxebarria who built the algorithm that powers Sherpa, which is the result of his […]
04/02/2013, Apple’s Siri has always been a work in progress as she can keep up with many tasks we ask her to do, but at the same time she can certainly use some improvement when it comes to foreign languages or accents. It looks as though Apple agrees Siri could use some improvement, which is why they posted 12 new job listings specifically for their popular speech recognition software. Apple is […]
03/27/2013, Well, well, what do we have here? A company that has decided to take Apple to court? This is definitely something that most folks have taken for granted, considering how Samsung and Apple were trading barbs in the courtroom since last year. The latest lawsuit thrown in Apple’s direction does not come from the South Korean conglomerate, however, as it is a China-based company that decided to sue Apple for […]
02/13/2013, Chevrolet, a subdivision of General Motors, has announced that its Sonic and Spark models will be delivered with Siri integration in MyLink, Chevy’s infotainment system. The pledge was made in June 2012 .”The Chevy Sonic and Spark are the first vehicles to offer Siri Eyes Free integration,” said Cristi Landy, Chevrolet marketing director for small cars. “Safe, easy, reliable and portable connectivity is a top priority for our customers, and […]
02/11/2013, While my wife and I were busy watching Once Upon a Time and The Walking Dead last night, it seems everyone else was watching The Grammys. Because of that, it seems we missed out on a commercial for the Nexus 4 that was everyone crowing about it this morning. Google’s Nexus 4 commercial focused entirely on Google Now, which was introduced as a direct rival to Apple’s Siri. It also marked […]