Ask Ziggy has actually been on the Windows Store for right around a fortnight, but there's an updated version hitting soon that brings an astounding amount of Siri-ness to Microsoft's own Windows Phone 7 platform. Developed by Shai Leib, the app is a free (and even ad-free) program that can "translate human speech into transcribed text.
We already know Apple isworking on improving Siri, butgosh dangit, the folks in Cupertino just aren't moving as fast as some would like. That's why a quartet of freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania decided to try making Siri do more on their own... at a hackathon, no less.
Apple's iPhone 6 may still be several months out, but that hasn't stopped leaks and rumors about the new iOS smartphone, with the virtual personal assistant Siri likely to be a key feature.
Apple might be expanding the office it primarily uses to conduct research for the technology behind Siri, Scott Kirsner of BetaBoston reports. Commercial realtors reportedly told Kirsner that Apple has leased more than half a floor at One Broadway at Kendall Square in Cambridge, Boston.
Windows Phone 8.1 brings Microsoft's mobile operating system up to speed with its Google and Apple competitors by adding a handful of new features — the most significant of which being Cortana, a digital assistant similar to Apple's Siri and Google Now on Android phones.Microsoft claims that its virtual assistant gets to know you better the more you use it, just like a real-life assistant.
Now that Apple's newiPhone 6 Plusis ready to play in theGalaxy Note 4'ssize territory, Samsung is taking the competition on with afew new ads. It's revived the "It Doesn't Take A Genius" tagline, and first up is a segment making fun of Apple's glitchy live video stream duringyesterday's presentation.
Steve Milunovich suggests that voice messaging could actually be the key feature of the iWatch.Milunovich was recently able to talk to Apple CEO Tim Cook, who reportedly mentioned a trip abroad to China where he witnessed people walking down the street and dictating voice messages to their phone instead of texting.
We came, we saw, we barked orders into a phone. Though Microsoft'sannual developer conferenceis technically called "Build Windows," we actually spent far more time at this year's event playing with handsets -- almost no PCs, come to think of it. Indeed, the star of the show was a husky-voiced lady (fembot?) namedCortana, Microsoft's new Siri-like personal assistant.
I recently did something I thought I might never do, which was actually use Apple's voice assistant "Siri." I've had an iPhone forever, which means I've had Siri forever. But I've never had the slightest interest in actually using Siri, because I have no interest in talking to my phone. I've never understood why anyone else would actually want to talk to their phone and use Siri, either.
Two former Apple managers have revealed in a podcast exactly what it's like to work for Apple — and it doesn't sound pleasant.Speaking in the Debug 47 podcast transcribed by Ole Begemann , Don Melton, former Director of Internet Technologies, and Nitin Ganatra, former Director of iOS Apps, reveal just how demanding Apple executives could be. Staff get emails from their bosses at 1 a.m.
Just a few minutes into Apple's recent WWDC keynote, it was apparent that things were going to be a little bit different, a little bit more soulful if you will. After all, it's not too often that one sees a top Apple executive casually joke about calling the next iteration of OS X "OS X Weed.
If you're an iPhone user who's dying to try out the new auto-friendlyCarPlay interface, but can't quite shell out the big bucks for a newFerrari, Pioneer has good news for you: Itrecently announcedthat all of its2014 NEX head unitswill be CarPlay-compatible.
Google says that we glance at our smartphones 125 times per day, but it wantsAndroid Weardevices to take on much of that burden. During anI/O 2014 demo, it showed how smartwatches likeLG's G Watch-- paired with Android 4.3 or higher phones -- will display the most important info to you at any given time.
Starbucks is aiming to allow coffee drinkers to order ahead of time, with the cafe chain planning to kick off a pilot scheme later in the year. The trial was announced by Adam Brotman, chief digitalofficer at Starbucks, today, and would presumably build upon the company's existing mobile apps.
No proper Apple Watch would be complete without Siri, which is integrated into Apple's newly unveiled wearable. The feature works just the way you would expect: ask a question, and ye shall receive an answer. We've got some examples of it in action after the jump. Curious what movies are playing? Ask and you'll get the info, as an example.
Beacons are a new type of device that could change the way people shop in stores and revolutionize how retailers collect consumer data and interact with shoppers.Retailers can use beacons to trigger location-based features on customers' smartphone apps, including targetedA beacon is a small wireless device that constantly broadcasts radio signals to nearby smartphones and tablets.