iOS 14.5 Adds New Siri Voices, No Longer Defaults to Female

The sixth beta of iOS 14.5 that was released this morning introduces two new Siri voices that are available in English, plus it adds a new setup selection option that will let people choose their preferred ‌Siri‌ voice rather than defaulting to a female voice in the United States. The ‌Siri‌ changes were outlined by […]

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Lawsuit Accusing Apple of Recording of Confidential Siri Requests Without User Consent Dismissed

A Northern California judge today dismissed a class action lawsuit that accused Apple of the “unlawful and intentional” recording of confidential Siri communications without user consent. The class action lawsuit was first filed in August 2019 after it became known that Apple had employed contractors to listen to and grade some anonymized ‌Siri‌ conversations for […]

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Siri Setting in iOS 14.5 Beta Lets Users Select Default Music Streaming Service

Apple last week released beta versions of upcoming iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 updates to developers and public beta testers, and among a number of new features, Apple has added the ability to set a default music streaming service when using Siri to play songs. First spotted by Reddit users, the first time you ask […]

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$99 Speaker Showdown: HomePod Mini vs. Amazon Echo and Google Nest Audio

Apple recently released the HomePod mini, a new $99 version of the original HomePod that’s smaller, cuter, and, most importantly, competitively priced. At $99, the ‌HomePod mini‌ can better compete with affordable smart speakers from companies like Google and Amazon. The ‌HomePod mini‌ has been praised for its high-quality sound at its price point, so […]

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Apple Likely Expanding Siri Availability to Poland, Czech Republic, Greece, Vietnam, Indonesia and More

Apple is hiring Siri Annotation Analysts with fluency in a number of languages that are not currently supported by the voice assistant, suggesting that a major expansion of Siri‘s availability is in the works. Apple’s office in Cork, Ireland is hiring people fluent in Ukrainian, Hungarian, Slovak, Czech, Croatian, Greek, Flemish, Romanian, and as ThinkApple […]

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Assistants vocaux : la CNIL veut profiter des « frictions désirables »

Les assistants vocaux s’installent dans les habitudes numériques des utilisateurs, et la CNIL garde un œil sur l’évolution de ces technologies. Si on associe fréquemment ces nouveaux outils aux enceintes connectées types Homepod ou Amazon Echo, le rapport de la CNIL rappelle que ceux-ci sont embarqués dans de nombreux produits, notamment les smartphones, et que […]

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Speculation Over an Apple Search Engine Resurfaces, But Apple Likely Remains Focused on Siri and Spotlight

Multiple developers have seen increased activity from Apple’s web crawler Applebot in their website logs recently, reigniting speculation that Apple could be planning to launch a full-fledged search engine eventually. However, it’s more likely that any possible uptick relates to Apple’s efforts to improve Siri and Spotlight search results. Jon Henshaw, founder of digital marketing […]

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Enquête sectorielle sur l’internet des objets : Siri, Alexa et Google Assistant sous les feux de la rampe en Europe

L’Union européenne se penche à nouveau sur la question de savoir si les grandes technologies ne s’approprient pas une part trop importante du marché numérique, cette fois-ci dans le domaine des appareils connectés. La commissaire Margrethe Vestager a annoncé le lancement d’une enquête sectorielle pour s’assurer que les entreprises à l’origine des appareils intelligents et […]

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European Commission Launches Internet of Things Probe Targeting Siri, Alexa and More

Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant, and other voice assistants and connected home products are the target of a new Internet of Things probe the European Commission launched today. The European Commission says that it’s aiming to prevent big companies from becoming “gatekeepers” of the Internet of Things through market domination and data collection. The potential is […]

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Vidéo : un script pour filmer les interpellations policières sur iOS

Alors que les manifestations contre la brutalité policière se poursuivent aux États-Unis après la mort de George Floyd, trouvant un écho dans divers pays du monde, dont la France, voici qu’un raccourci personnalisé de l’assistant vocal Siri, créé en 2018, rencontre une fulgurante popularité. Son but : enregistrer une interaction avec les forces de l’ordre. […]

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Apple Acquires Machine Learning Startup Inductiv to Improve Siri

Apple has bought Inductiv Inc., a Canada-based machine learning startup, to work on Siri, machine learning and data science, reports Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman. The engineering team from Waterloo, Ontario-based Inductiv joined Apple in recent weeks to work on ‌Siri‌, machine learning and data science. Apple confirmed the deal, saying it “buys smaller technology companies from […]

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Apple Acquired Machine Learning Startup Inductiv for Siri Improvements

Apple recently purchased Ontario-based machine learning startup Inductiv for the purpose of improving Siri, reports Bloomberg. Apple confirmed the purchase with one of its typical acquisition statements: “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.” Inductiv’s engineering team joined Apple after the acquisition to […]

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