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According to a Piper Jaffray study cited by Forbes earlier this week, the investment firm conducted an extensive test of Siri’s accuracy both on a busy Minneapolis street and within a quiet room. The researchers conducting the study asked Siri 800 questions in each location and checked the accuracy of the responses.
One of the most interesting additions to Google’s Android platform at this week’s I/O Conference in San Francisco must be Google Now, a new voice-activated personal assistant that aims to put the most relevant information users want directly on their screens at precisely the time they want it. On one level, Google Now is a direct competitor with Apple’s Siri. After all, they can both interpret spoken commands and try to pull up real answers and information directly, rather than making users engage in a conventional Web search or fire up an app.
Now when you're looking for a great place to grab dinner, get your haircut, or find an awesome dog walker for your K9 companion, Siri can help – with ratings. With the launch of iOS 5.1 last week, Apple added deeper Yelp integration for the built-in personal assistant. Yelp business information has been integrated into Siri's search results since the launch of the iPhone 4S last year.
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Apple added Japanese support for Siri in its most recent software update, iOS 5.1, but it appears that the voice-activated assistant doesn't perform as well as competing service Shabette Concier from NTT Docomo .
A personal assistant app called Evi may soon be pulled from Apple’s App Store because the Cupertino company says it’s too similar to Siri, the Apple-owned app found on iPhone 4S handsets. Evi, which costs 99c (69p), can run on earlier versions of the iPhone too, as well as the iPad, and also works on Android-powered devices.
Last week, I wrote about how touchscreens are forcing the reinvention of keyboards , looking into how touchscreen keypads are easily updateable, yet can be cumbersome to type on. The post also highlighted a few solutions that tech companies are working on in this area. The piece elicited a variety of reactions — even Roger Ebert seems to think it might be too late to learn a new keyboard.
A small company in Arkansas is showing an unexpected side to Apple's voice-based intelligent assistant Siri . This YouTube video shows various home appliances being controlled via voice command on the iPhone 4S , from adjusting the thermostat and light dimmers to turning on Blu-Ray DVD players.
If you own an iPhone 4S, you will have undoubtedly spent many hours playing with Siri and Dictation to test the ability of your handset to search and display information and control the device. Apple might be working on bringing similar controls to the Mac, possibly integrating them tightly with the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, but there are already some very viable options available to users that will allow them to use their iPhone 4S to control their Mac computer — one of them being Vocal.
Google has pushed live a new update for its Google Voice iPhone application, bringing iPhone users up to speed with features that have been present in its Android equivalent.
The release of a Siri-hacking instruction manual has made it possible for developers to push the limits of Apple’s voice-controlled digital assistant.
A simple Siri hack essentially allows users to control their vehicles with their voices.