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.

Boy Arrested After Telling Siri He Wanted To Shoot Up A School

These days there are certain things that you should not joke about if you don’t want to get into trouble with the law. For example joking about having a bomb on board an airlines could get you kicked off the flight and arrested. More recently a 13-year old boy was arrested after telling Siri he wanted to shoot up a school.


Developer Warns Siri Shortcuts Could Steal User Information

With iOS 12, Apple introduced Siri Shortcuts which was basically the company’s take on the Workflow app that they had previously acquired. Siri Shortcuts allows users to create shortcuts for certain actions, kind of like macros. The best part is that anyone can create a Siri Shortcut and share it with others.

iOS 12.2 Beta Hints At ‘Hey Siri’ Command Coming To The AirPods

We’ve heard that Apple could be working on a new set of AirPods. It is anyone’s guess as to what these new AirPods could feature, but if there is one feature that has more or less been confirmed, it would be support for the “Hey Siri” command where users can speak to Siri directly from the AirPods without having to tap on them.

Jabra’s Elite 85h Noise-Cancelling Headphones Comes With Alexa, Google Assistant

#CES2019 – A couple of years ago, the headphones scene was very different. We were mostly treated to wired headphones that did pretty much what it was intended for. However these days with digital assistants being more commonplace, and with handset makers ditching the headphone jack, it is a very different scene.

Amazon’s Hiring Rate For Alexa Is Faster Than Apple For Siri

Amazon was definitely “late” to the digital assistant scene, choosing to launch Alexa years after companies like Apple, Google, and even Microsoft entered the fray. However it seems that despite being late, Alexa has quickly caught up thanks to Amazon’s launch of the Echo smart speakers and also making Alexa available to developers very early on in the game.

Hebrew Voice Of Siri Sues Apple For Using Her Voice Without Permission

There are a variety of voice options for users to choose from when it comes to Siri. These voices also vary from language to language, and it seems that in the case of the Hebrew version of Siri, the voice actress behind the voice, Galit Gura-Eini, is suing Apple for using her voice without her permission, which apparently has made her say undesirable things.

Smart Speaker Test Finds Google Assistant To Be The Most Accurate

There are a variety of smart speakers in the market today, although for the most part it is dominated by the likes of Amazon and Google. Both companies have the advantage of having a large number of third-party companies adopting their tech, but does that mean that they are better?

4-Year Old Boy Uses Siri To Call 999 To Help His Mom

Thanks to Siri being a voice-activated digital assistant, it means that users can get it to activate and perform tasks without needing their hands. In the case of Beau Austin, the 4-year old managed to get Siri to call 999 to help his mom who had fallen unconscious due to the side-effects of her morning sickness medication.

Siri Shortcuts Now Lets Users Check Apple Store Product Availability With Voice

One of the new features Apple introduced in iOS 12 is Siri Shortcuts. This allows users to make shortcuts that can perform multiple actions at once, like a macro. For example you could create a shortcut that lets you enter expenses without having to launch a separate app, all from a widget on your home screen.

Apple To Launch Its HomePod In China & Hong Kong Early 2019

Apple’s HomePod is the company’s take on the smart speaker which other companies such as Google and Amazon have helped to popularize. Unfortunately the availability of the HomePod is somewhat limited, meaning that Apple’s reach isn’t quite as long as they would like. However it seems that is set to change in 2019.

Siri Can Now Be Programmed To Launch Google Assistant

Apple does allow third-party voice assistants on its platform but they don’t get deep integration with the system. That’s served for Siri, Apple’s own voice assistant, even though its rivals are now capable of doing much more than it can. Google is now relying on a Siri feature to let iPhone users summon Assistant by simply asking the native voice assistant.