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November 15, 2018
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Apple considering offline mode for Siri that could process voice locally on an iPhone

Apple wants Siri to become more useful to users when not connected to the internet, including the possibility of an offline mode that does not rely on a backend server to assist with voice recognition or performing the required task, … Continue reading

September 25, 2018
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Rachio 3 smart sprinkler system adds HomeKit and Siri integration with free software update

Elgato’s smart hose attachment led the way (reviewed) with sprinkler integration in HomeKit earlier this year. Today, Rachio is announcing the first smart sprinkler controller ($ 229) with HomeKit integration. After a simple set up process, users can control their sprinkler … Continue reading

July 27, 2018
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New patent lawsuit targets Apple over voice control tech in Siri- & HomeKit-enabled devices

A fellow Californian company, SpeakWare, on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Apple, accusing the iPhone maker of violating a U.S. voice control patent. AppleInsider – Frontpage News

July 19, 2018
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AI guru Tom Gruber, last of the Siri founders, retires from Apple

Tom Gruber, an artificial intelligence expert who cofounded Siri, Inc., prior to its purchase by Apple, has announced his retirement from the company, becoming the last of Siri’s three cofounders to leave Apple. AppleInsider – Frontpage News

July 11, 2018
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Comments Off on Take control of notifications in iOS 12 with Do Not Disturb Siri Suggestions

Take control of notifications in iOS 12 with Do Not Disturb Siri Suggestions

Siri is getting more proactive in iOS 12. When Apple’s next-gen operating system launches this fall, it will get a slew of fresh Siri integrations that include smart notification management via Siri Suggestions for Do Not Disturb. AppleInsider – Frontpage … Continue reading

July 7, 2018
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Comments Off on Hands-on: Shortcuts brings powerful automation tools, with support for Siri to iOS

Hands-on: Shortcuts brings powerful automation tools, with support for Siri to iOS

One of the more exciting things that users are looking forward to in iOS 12 is the new Shortcuts app. While it’s an invite-only beta via TestFlight, we’ve managed to get our hands on it, and this is what we … Continue reading

June 7, 2018
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Siri can interact with streaming media apps like Spotify in iOS 12

Apple appears to be relaxing its grip on Siri’s media capabilities, as the company is building a new "Play Media" integration into iOS 12 that opens the door to compatibility with third-party streaming services like Spotify. AppleInsider – Frontpage News

June 1, 2018
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Comments Off on Eight Siri features we want to see in iOS 12, macOS 10.14, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12 at WWDC 2018

Eight Siri features we want to see in iOS 12, macOS 10.14, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12 at WWDC 2018

Siri has grown by leaps and bounds after being acquired by Apple and launching in beta on the iPhone 4S. With WWDC in a week, let’s talk about what we’d love to see included in iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS … Continue reading

April 15, 2018
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Comments Off on Feature Request: Playing TV shows & movies on Apple TV using HomePod & Siri

Feature Request: Playing TV shows & movies on Apple TV using HomePod & Siri

Since HomePod was released last month, a spotlight of sorts has been put on Siri – more specifically, Siri’s weaknesses. HomePod has stiff competition in the smart speaker space, with companies like Google and Amazon having their own, more advanced, … Continue reading

February 12, 2018
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Comments Off on New test shows Siri on HomePod answer 52% of questions correctly, lagging behind Alexa & Google Assistant

New test shows Siri on HomePod answer 52% of questions correctly, lagging behind Alexa & Google Assistant

Now that Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is available to everyone, it’s being put through a slew of tests. Loup Ventures this weekend shared results from a detailed series of tests that it put the HomePod through, as well as how … Continue reading

January 26, 2018
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Comments Off on Latest HomePod hands-on praises sound quality & calls it an ‘excellent Siri ambassador’

Latest HomePod hands-on praises sound quality & calls it an ‘excellent Siri ambassador’

Following Refinery29’s hands-on earlier this morning, Lance Ulanoff has now published his take on Apple’s HomePod after spending some time with it. Ulanoff dives into the sounds quality of the speaker, Siri integration, physical hardware, and more… more… 9to5Mac

January 22, 2018
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Comments Off on iOS 11.2.5 Home app icons suggest HomePod will support HomeKit scenes for muting Siri, more

iOS 11.2.5 Home app icons suggest HomePod will support HomeKit scenes for muting Siri, more

New icons discovered in the latest build of iOS 11.2.5 have revealed some of the functionality that may arrive with the release of the elusive HomePod in upcoming weeks. Specifically, users may be able to create custom scenes with support … Continue reading

January 8, 2018
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Comments Off on Moen wants you to take a shower with Siri and Alexa

Moen wants you to take a shower with Siri and Alexa

Plumbing hardware giant Moen is building out its U by Moen smart shower system with the latest virtual assistant technology from Apple and Amazon, allowing users to turn on fixtures, adjust temperature settings and more with their voice. AppleInsider – … Continue reading