Overall, Siri still mostly keeps to itself, but the last few months have seen Apple start to integrate its voice activated digital assistant to third parties. During the Worldwide Developers Conference held back in June earlier this year, the tech giant had confirmed that creators of mobile apps could allow owners of iPhone and iPad devices to send and even receive cash by way of Siri, with a couple of apps (Monzo and Square Cash) becoming the first to take full advantage of that particular capability. This time around, some of the bigger names in the payments business are now joining in on the fun.
Apple is working on a competing product to Amazon’s Echo smart speaker, and sources familiar with the iPhone maker’s plans are saying that the device come with built in technology that can scan and recognize the user’s face. With this capability, Apple’s smart speaker would be able to see who is in the room, and play that person’s preferred music, and even set the lighting according to mood.
And the bugs keep coming. Yet another issue has surfaced in iOS 9, the latest version of Apple’s iOS mobile operating system. This time around, this particular bug makes full use of Siri, iOS’ digital assistant, as well as the pressure sensitive 3D Touch feature in order to allow unauthorized access to saved photos and contacts list on Apple’s current flagship devices, the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus.
AT&T is the latest to join the digital assistant club. The second biggest wireless carrier in the United States has announced that is indeed working on a voice assistant that functions similarly to Siri and other popular digital assistant services out there. However, AT&T is doing it by way of a mobile app to subscribers of its Digital Life service. The wireless carrier is planning to roll out the mobile app within six months.
To open Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant, normally one only needs to speak the words “Hey Cortana” and the mobile app would just launch. But the version of this feature that runs on the Android mobile operating system in the United States apparently can no longer be launched with that specific voice prompt.
Apple will be introducing the newest iPhone models on September 9th Wednesday at an event to be held at the city of San Francisco, California. Invitations for the event have already been sent out, bearing a statement that teases: “Hey Sirim, give us a hint.” Since September has traditionally been considered the month for new iPhones, everyone can safely assume that Apple will be unveiling the latest iterations of its best selling mobile device tomorrow.
As reported by the Business Insider, Apple is purportedly planning to launch a voice mail and transcription service that would turn its digital assistant Siri into a personalized answering machine for mobile users.
The annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) has always been the venue wherein Apple announces a new version of its iOS mobile operating system. This year's WWDC is no exception. As expected, iOS 9, the latest version of Apple's iOS, was officially unveiled by the company. Here is a rundown of some of the new features.
First off, Siri has been improved with a new feature called PROACTIVE. This enhancement helps optimize iOS-run smartphones depending on what their users are doing at the moment. For example, if a user loves listening to audiobooks while driving, the OS can automatically start an audiobook as soon as he or she gets inside the vehicle.
According to a report by Reuters, Microsoft's Cortana will be coming to both Android and iOS platforms after Windows 10 rolls out a new and improved version of the virtual assistant.
This updated Cortana is expected to be deployed as a standalone app, which will be made available in Google Play as well as in Apple's App Store. Plus, it will work the same way on Android and iOS as it already does on Windows.
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