iOS 13.2 Will Give Users More Privacy Controls Over Siri

A couple of months ago, Apple found themselves in a bit of hot water. For a company that prides themselves on protecting and valuing the privacy of their customers, Apple was found to have shared user recordings with Siri with outside contractors. It was later revealed that Apple would be suspending the program and that they will soon be giving users the option to better control Siri’s privacy settings.


Spotify Now Supports Siri In The App’s Latest Update

If you use Spotify as your primary music service on your iPhone or iPad, then you might be interested in checking out the latest update to the app. This is because in the latest update to Spotify, the company has finally added support for Siri, which means that you’ll be able to use your voice to control the app and playback.


You Will Soon Be Able To Choose Siri’s Default Phone And Messaging Apps

Considering Apple’s walled garden approach with iOS, it’s not surprising that it took the company this long to open Siri up to third-party apps and developers, but even then it’s still not quite as open compared to Alexa or Google Assistant. However, in a report from Bloomberg, it seems that Apple will soon allow users a bit more freedom and choice when it comes to Siri’s apps.


HomePod To Gain New Features This Fall

With the HomePod, Apple has dipped their toes into the smart speaker waters. However, judging from the reports we’ve seen, it has barely made a dent in the market which is still largely dominated by the likes of Amazon and Google, who have launched smart speakers that are decidedly more feature-rich.


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Apple Announces Plans To Improve On Siri’s Privacy Protection

For a company that prides itself in protecting its users’ privacy, we imagine that Apple must have been mortified when a report surfaced that revealed that Apple had sent Siri recordings to outside contractors for analyzing. Following the report, Apple suspended the program and last we heard, they terminated the contractors that worked for them.


Apple Reportedly Terminates Contractors Who Were Hired To Analyze Siri Recordings

In July, a report from the Guardian revealed that Apple was sending Siri recordings to outside contractors. The company initially defending their decision, claiming that the analysis of the recordings were done to improve Siri, which we get, but the fact that they did not tell anyone kind of made it feel a bit shady.


Apple Will Be Bringing The HomePod To Japan On August 23

Apple’s rollout of the HomePod has been a bit slow, where unlike its iPhones and iPads and Mac computers, the availability of the HomePod is still very much limited to a handful of countries. However, the company has been slowly expanding its availability and come 23rd of August, it seems that the HomePod will finally be making its way to Japan.


Apple And Spotify Reportedly In Talks For Deeper Siri Integration

If there is a reason why digital assistants such as Alexa and Google Assistant have a much bigger reach compared to Siri, it is because of companies like Amazon and Google who opened up their digital assistants to third-party developers pretty early on. Apple is slowly doing the same, and according to a report, Apple and Spotify are apparently in talks for deeper Siri integration.


Apple Suspends Siri Response Grading Program Over Privacy Concerns

A couple of weeks ago, a report from the Guardian revealed that a small percentage of Siri’s conversations were sent to outside contractors to analyze for improvement and quality control. The problem with this program is that it also sent in recordings users made while accidentally triggering Siri, meaning that these are not queries that users wanted to make in the first place.


Report Claims Siri Accidentally Overhears Us More Than We Think

These days a lot of our digital assistants can be activated using our voice and a trigger phrase. This is good because it no longer requires us to press a button to activate it, but at the same time, it has created some privacy issues, as per a report from the Guardian who claims that Siri accidentally overhears us more than we’d like.


Analysts Predict Apple Will Launch SiriOS At WWDC 2020

Apple was the first to the market to launch a digital assistant for our smartphones. However, the feature did not exactly work as advertised at launch, and the fact that it was closed off to developers meant that Siri was extremely limited in its use. This led to competitors such as Amazon and Google to pull ahead of Apple in the digital assistant market.


Facebook Wants To Challenge Amazon, Apple, Google With Their Own Voice Assistant

At the moment, most of the major tech companies have their own digital voice assistants. Amazon has Alexa, Apple has Siri, Google has Google Assistant, Microsoft has Cortana, and Samsung has Bixby. Unsurprisingly, Facebook now wants in on the action and according to a report from CNBC, they have heard from their sources that the company is indeed developing its own voice assistant software.


Apple Reportedly Acquires Voice Assistant Startup Pullstring

When it comes to the digital assistant space, Siri is clearly behind the likes of Google Assistant and Alexa, both of whom are commanding pretty large market shares, largely thanks to their smart speakers. However it seems that Apple has plans to help improve on Siri with their latest acquisition.


Waze For iOS Updated With Support For Siri Shortcuts

If you use Waze on your iPhone, you might be interested in the latest update to the app in which it finally adds support for Siri Shortcuts. What this means is that with Siri Shortcuts, users will be able to record shortcuts for their drive home, drive to work, drive to their favorite locations, and more, all with a simple voice command to Siri.