Siri loves to give answers — often snarky — but she doesn’t do much outside of create reminders. The voice assistant for iOS is handy, but lacks a lot of curcial control that some have been wanting. Four fast-talking, enterprising freshman at the University of Pennsylvania successfully hacked Siri, creating an exploit that intercepts your queries and redirects them to apps called GoogolPlex.
This week there’s been more than one "leak" of the digital natural-voice assistant Cortana for Windows Phone 8. This assistant is akin to Apple’s Siri for iPhone and iPad as well as Google Now and Google Search for Android. Here we’re seeing Cortana in action in a sort of hands-on video presented by a leakster who has had his hand in several Windows Phone 8.1 build-related fishings.
If what’s said today about Microsoft turns out to be true tomorrow, Windows Phone users may be following the bouncing ball sooner than later. Foretold in 2013 by a lost Windows Phone, a personal assistant by the name of Cortana may be hitting the Microsoft software ecosystem very, very soon. This assistant has been suggested by The Verge to be hitting Microsoft devices "in the coming months."
Intel will rely on local processing grunt not cloud crunching for the voice control its Jarvis wearable will use, using a specially-created voice recognition system designed to run on the compact earpiece. Revealed at CES 2014, Jarvis aims to usurp Apple's Siri and Google Now by reacting to spoken commands and remotely controlling a smartphone, as well as delivering contextual information direct into the wearer's ear. However, unlike both of its rivals, Jarvis will be able to do that even if it doesn't have an internet connection.
Coming out of CES 2014, Samsung is heading further into the home. With the Samsung Smart Home setup, there will be an initial focus on Device Control, Home View and Smart Customer Service. But more than just the three services, Samsung's Smart Home setup will allow the user to take care of this with an app that will run on a variety of devices.
Samsung's 2014 Smart TV line will be a step up from the 2013 models. The company described a few of the details in an announcement today, one of which is "finger gestures" -- a fine-tuning of the gesture controls already included in the Smart TVs. Samsung will demonstrate the features in full at CES 2014 in early January. For now, here's a sneak peek.
After acquiring the company known as SkyPhrase earlier this year, it would appear that Yahoo is ready to roll with an early iteration of its own personal assistant app. The presentation you're about to see appeared first on the video hosting website Dailymotion, but was subsequently pulled - now we're seeing it proliferated through other video sites like YouTube. Could this be Yahoo's real Siri/Google Now competitor, or does it smell like a fix-up?
There's an Xbox One software update coming your way that includes a collection of feature fixes and performance boosts. Because this is one of the first system updates to arrive for the relatively new console, the folks responsible for the update at Microsoft have made clear the methods with which users will need to be familiar with to get the update live for themselves. Two different modes exist, in this case, one for "Instant On" users, one for those that have opted out.
Yesterday, Google Search for Android was updated to include results from select apps and to pull up app results from the Google Play Store. Today the Internet giant has rolled out a similar update, this time adding voice search support for three additional languages: Japanese, French, and German, opening up the ability to speak one's search term to a wider range of users.
An Apple patent application has cropped up on the United States Patent and Trademark Office's website showing a smart docking station for the iPhone, something that will make using Siri from across the room a simple matter. According to the patent, the docking station has an integrated microphone that is always listening for voice commands, as well as a connector that will wake the device up when necessary.
Shouting at your smart home like it's the Starship Enterprise is one step closer, with the ivee Sleek internet connected hands-free digital assistant finally on sale. Born of a Kickstarter earlier this year, and headed to Staples this month, the $229.99 clock-radio-lookalike aims to be the Siri of the smart home with support for voice commands across 33 categories including wireless plugs and lighting, temperature control, weather reports, and alarms.