Apple to fix bug that allows Siri to read hidden notifications

Earlier today, we told you about the Siri-based security flaw discovered in Brazil that allows Siri to read your notifications, even if they are hidden from the lock screen. The notifications that are most vulnerable come from third party apps including Facebook and Gmail. Holding down the home button (or the side button on the Apple iPhone X) will put Siri into blabbermouth mode.

Apple does know about this issue. In fact, in a statement published today, the tech titan said, “We are aware of the issue and it will be addressed in an upcoming software update.” Apple could decide that this …

Ex-Apple employees dish out dirt on Siri; vision for the virtual assistant lost with the death of Steve Jobs

As we’ve pointed out before, Siri has been losing ground in the virtual assistant race, surpassed by Alexa and Google Assistant. Last weekend, we told you that Siri co-founder Norman Winarsky blames Apple for taking what was originally devised as a travel and entertainment concierge app, and turning it into a digital helper for all iOS users. This morning, a published report contains comments from former Apple employees commenting on Siri.

The report gives the late Steve Jobs credit for having the vision to put Siri on the iPhone. Apple purchased Siri on April 8th, 2010 for $200 million, …

Siri co-founder says Apple is asking too much of its virtual assistant

When Siri debuted on the Apple iPhone 4s back on October 14th 2011 (tap on the above video), it gave Apple a huge lead in the virtual assistant race. And while Apple has improved Siri over the subsequent seven years, Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant are considered the top two virtual assistants currently available. Ironically, Siri co-founder Norman Winarsky says that the problem is that Apple is asking Siri to be too many things to too many people.

According to Winarsky, before Apple bought Siri on April 8th, 2010, the plan was to use the virtual assistant as a travel and entertainment …

Splash-resistant Apple AirPods 2 tipped to arrive later in 2018 with always-on Siri functionality

Word on the street is Apple is preparing a rather substantial second generation of its famed wireless AirPod earbuds. According to industry sources that refuse to be named (as usual), the second-gen AirPods that go by the model number B288 internally will be splash-resistant similarly to many of its more notable rivals on the wireless earbuds market. 
Fully water-proof should probably not be expected yet, but resistance to splashes and sweat is probably just up Apple’s alley. The current iteration of the AirPods is unofficially quite capable of surviving short …

Siri finishes last in test against other smart speaker virtual assistants

A smart speaker is made up of a speaker and a virtual assistant. Apple finally got around to launching its HomePod smart speaker yesterday, and while it delivers what users are calling a premium audio experience, the device is apparently falling short in the virtual assistant department according to a test run by a venture capital firm named Loup Ventures. The test featured four virtual assistants including Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant and Microsoft’s Cortana.

In a report released on Saturday written by former Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, it was disclosed that the …

Google declares war against Alexa and Siri at CES 2018


It’s an artificial intelligence showdown.

This year at CES, the world’s largest electronics trade show (running Jan. 9-12), thousands of companies will travel to Las Vegas to show off their newest products and build new partnerships. But this time around, one exhibitor stands out from the rest: Google.

It’s the first time in many years that Google will have its own, large, standalone booth in the middle of the convention center. But the search giant has gone far beyond buying space on the showroom floor. It’s also commissioned several large advertisements around the city, including one you simply can’t miss. Read more…

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Google Assistant and Siri wins and fails: Smart assistants are the comic relief we need in the AI era

Voice assistants are now virtually present on almost any device you could pick. Heck, some even have two or more voice assistants on deck though that provides little to no additional benefit.
Now that the Google Assistant has broadened its reach to any contemporary Android device and Siri has been a staple of all iPhones for more than half a decade, it’s only natural that they have become an almost natural part of our everyday lives. We might not use them on the regular but communication with your virtual butler is getting more and more natural. Given …

Siri vs Bing vs Google AI: experts score the most artificially intelligent assistant

Talks about artificial intelligence and AR are all the rage in the Silicon Valley these days, and if you are looking for a fresh example, just watch Google’s Pixel products presentation from the other day, which was peppered with those terms more than with specs for the actual gear it announced. 

While most of the time these are just buzzwords for improvements in existing technology, scaremongering about the robotic overlords which will come to take our jobs, or simply “put a chip in it” undertakings, there are some useful consumer-oriented applications, like the virtual …

Apple drops Microsoft's Bing in favor of Google for Siri web search results on iOS

Ok, so Samsung may not the be only company taking Google’s money to use its search engine on their products. Apple has just confirmed that it has decided to switch from Bing to Google for Siri web search results on iOS.

Switching to Google as the web search provider for Siri, Search within iOS and Spotlight on Mac will allow these services to have a consistent web search experience with the default in Safari. We have strong relationships with Google and Microsoft and remain committed to delivering the best user experience possible, reads Apple’s press statement.