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Apple TV remote app for iOS to get Siri features in 2016

Apple TV remote app for iOS to get Siri features in 2016

Apple just released tvOS 9.1 for the new fourth-gen Apple TV this week, not only allowing users to take advantage of the Siri Remote's voice capabilities for searching music, but also making the device compatible with the Remote app for iOS. The latter means that users can enter text and navigate menus on the Apple TV from their iPhone or iPad. However, since Siri is already built into the iPhone, what about an iOS Remote app that took advantage of voice input just as the Apple TV's physical remote does?

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Apple CEO Tim Cook & Siri support ‘Just Say Hi’ disabilities awareness

Apple CEO Tim Cook & Siri support ‘Just Say Hi’ disabilities awareness

Apple CEO Tim Cook, along with iOS voice assistant Siri, have appeared in a new video for the Cerebral Palsy foundation's 'Just Say Hi' awareness campaign. The initiative has released a number of PSAs with celebrities promoting the message that the best way to communicate with someone with a disability is to talk to them like any other person, or 'just say hi' to start a conversation.

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New iPhone 6s ads spotlight attentive Siri, ridiculous power

New iPhone 6s ads spotlight attentive Siri, ridiculous power

The "6s" in its name might suggest that the iPhone 6s is a small bump up from the iPhone 6, but names can be deceptive and Apple wants to make sure you understand what that means. As part of its "not much has changed" reverse psychology marketing campaign, Apple has released two new video ads for the iPhone 6s. One capitalizes on the fact that now, Siri can be activated hands-free at any time. The other focuses on just how powerful the new smartphone really is.

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Siri tops Google Now, Cortana in user satisfaction, accuracy

Siri tops Google Now, Cortana in user satisfaction, accuracy

A recent study carried out Experts Exchange has compared the user satisfaction ratings between the three main virtual assistants, Apple's Siri, Google Now, and Microsoft's Cortana. In survey covering a number of different aspects, including accuracy in answering questions and completing requests, along with overall satisfaction, Siri came out on top, followed by Google Now, and then Cortana.

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Philips Hue 2.0 Review with HomeKit and Siri

Philips Hue 2.0 Review with HomeKit and Siri

Challengers for the throne of connected lighting have come and gone, but Philips' Hue system remains the best-known of the wireless bulbs. It's color-changing and white lamps are now available for a number of sockets and fittings, but one thing has proved consistent: the central bridge that controls them all.

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Siri Universal search on Apple TV to extend to music

Siri Universal search on Apple TV to extend to music

One of the most loved features on the new Apple TV devices is the Siri-enabled universal search that allows fans to search for the video or movie content they want to see across multiple video platforms. That makes it easy to find content without having to go into each app and perform a search. Apple has announced that it is working on plans that will extend that search capability to music.

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Siri answers music chart questions, but only for Apple Music subscribers

Siri answers music chart questions, but only for Apple Music subscribers

With Apple's release of iOS 9 earlier this year, Siri was given the ability to answer and take action on more requests from users, such showing photos from a specific time and place, or search through email content. However, iOS users this week have discovered one thing that the virtual assistant won't answer unless a condition is met: questions about top songs from past or present music charts.

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New iPhone 6s ads focus on camera, Siri, and Jamie Foxx

New iPhone 6s ads focus on camera, Siri, and Jamie Foxx

Apple is usually known for video ads that are subtle, artful, tastefully done, and entertaining. These latest ones for the new iPhone 6s are perhaps no different, though some might be scratching their heads at the point that Apple wants to make in some of them. Beyond their entertainment value, that is. Three videos make up this latest batch, one focusing on the smartphone's new camera and the others on Siri. Well, perhaps on Jamie Foxx more, with Siri acting as an obedient, hands-free assistant.

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AAA study finds hands-free smartphone features still distract drivers

AAA study finds hands-free smartphone features still distract drivers

Google, Apple, and Microsoft have worked hard to implement hands-free features when it comes to safely using their smartphones while behind the wheel, allowing drivers to keep their eyes on the road. While these settings are certainly better than physically holding and interacting with a phone while driving, it turns out they're not quite as safe as we all thought. A new study from the University of Utah and AAA (American Automobile Association) has found that voice commands can still be very distracting.

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Facebook Messenger’s “M” assistant is scarily smart

Facebook Messenger’s “M” assistant is scarily smart

Siri and Google Now might soon have some competition, and this is just as smart as the others. Maybe even smarter. Facebook already revealed that indeed has plans for a virtual "shopping" assistant simply called "M", but it seems there isn't anything simple about it. A lucky Facebook Messenger got the rare chance to play around with the virtual helper, and to his surprise, "M" proved to be quite up to task in making sure all your purchasing and booking needs are met, right inside Facebook's chat app.

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Siri, Google Now activated by silent radio waves

Siri, Google Now activated by silent radio waves

Although they haven't become the widespread and always used features they were meant to be, voice controlled virtual assistants like Siri, Google Now, or Cortana can be found in almost every mobile device in the market. In some cases, they are even enabled by default. While convenient and useful, this may lead to some serious security and privacy issues, as some researchers from the French government agency ANSSI have discovered. They have come across a way to call Siri and Google Now into action with neither user nor hacker uttering a single word.

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August’s new Access lock works, but trust may take longer

August’s new Access lock works, but trust may take longer

The smart home can't just be clever, it needs to be impeccably designed, but while August's expanded range satisfies both criteria it may be user trust that really needs an upgrade. I spent some time with the Smart Keypad, Doorbell Cam, and the HomeKit version of the Smart Lock today, as well as talking with August's exec team about whether even committed automation fans are ready to hand over the digital keys to the cable guy.

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