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It turns out there is a very real downside to the many digital assistants that were designed to make our day-to-day lives easier. Researchers at Zhejiang University discovered it is possible to flex control over Siri, Alexa, and others using a technique called DolphinAttack. By translating voice commands into ultrasonic frequencies that are inaudible to the human ear, a hacker could instruct someone's smartphone or other device with a digital assistant to perform any number of tasks, such as visiting a malicious website. Apple and Amazon are the not the only companies affected by this. The vulnerability... Read more...
If you already find yourself glued to Apple's Siri assistant, then you may be glad to learn that it's only going to become an even bigger part of your life going forward. That is, as long as assumptions are correct with regards to the latest shuffling around of executive responsibilities at Apple. Since 2012, Apple's Senior VP of software and services Eddy Cue has been overlooking Siri. Cue has a long history with Apple, and much success to gloat about. He's played an important role in securing streaming deals with content companies, and if that's not enough of a job in itself, he also oversees... Read more...
So, what did Apple do with those old design models for the Mac Pro? Apparently, it used them to create the HomePod, which is Apple’s take on the smart speaker movement that is sweeping the tech world. The HomePod is a “Breakthrough Home Speaker” first and foremost that measures less than seven inches tall and features seven beam-forming tweeters at the bottom of the device and an Apple-designed woofer for rich bass. As you might expect, HomePod has full support for voice controls with deep Siri integration, which would put it in the same league as the Amazon Echo and Google Home; albeit with far... Read more...
By the numbers, Apple's bread and butter is still the iPhone, which accounted for more than $33 billion of its $52.9 billion in revenue during the second quarter of 2017. That is all well and good, but having a diversified portfolio of products could help Apple get by on a rainy day, should that day ever come, and one sector the company is reportedly expanding into is the smart home speaker market. This could happen as soon as this summer.Citing people who are supposedly familiar with Apple's plans, Bloomberg says Apple might debut its Amazon Echo rival its annual developer conference (WWDC) in... Read more...
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For better or worse, parting with your money just got a heck of a lot easier on iOS devices. All you have to do is bark a command to Siri to the effect of, "Hey Siri, send my brother Todd $50 using PayPal" and she will happily coordinate the transfer, simple as that. Siri will ask for confirmation, of course, just like when sending a text message, but answer in the affirmative and little brother Todd will be the happy recipient of a wad of online cash. The new voice-activated functionality is baked into the latest version of PayPal's mobile app on iOS. Anyone with an iPhone or iPad running iOS... Read more...
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are two of the fastest growing fields right now, especially with companies putting so much time and effort into developing digital personal assistants. Count Apple among them. In a move that could have big implications for Siri, Apple went out and hired a well known AI researchers from Caregie Mellon University. Russ Salakhutdinov broke the news on Twitter saying he's excited to serve as Apple's new director of AI research. He also made a pitch for others with experience in the field to apply for a job on his team. Salakhutdinov and Apple are specifically... Read more...
It can be argued that Apple kicked off the digital assistant craze nearly five years ago when it baked Siri into iOS 5 and promoted it as a major feature of the iPhone 4S, but it's Amazon's Echo that everyone is gunning for. Google's taking a direct approach with Google Home, a Wi-Fi connected smart speaker, and apparently so will Apple, which also might open up Siri to app developers by releasing a software development kit (SDK).The latter is the more immediate step Apple is considering, according to a paywalled report by The Information, which cites "a person with direct knowledge of the effort."... Read more...
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is gearing up for a massive leap in capabilities in the coming years as companies like Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Tesla and countless others invest millions (if not billions) of dollars into developing customer-facing products. Dag Kittlaus, one of the brilliant minds behind the original Siri AI assistant (before Apple bought the company), has publicly unveiled Viv which looks to far outshine its predecessor. Rather than the limited number of search categories that AI virtual assistants like Siri are capable of responding to (ask Siri a question that she doesn’t understand... Read more...
Here's a tip for anyone who owns a smartphone (so pretty much everybody)—don't leave your handset out in the open and unattended, even if you've locked it. Case in point, an online video making the rounds showed how it was possible to bypass an iPhone's passcode using Siri to access the device's contacts and photos. The hack, if you want to call it that, was made possible by a rather odd bug in iOS 9.3.1. For it to work, Siri must have access to the iPhone owner's Twitter account. The handset must also support Force Touch, limiting the vulnerability to iPhone 6s and iPhone 6S Plus models. And the... Read more...
Apple helped the change the way we interact with our smartphones when it introduced (not invented) Siri, the digital assistant that responds to voice commands. Whether it's firing off a text message or looking up the weather in Timbuktu, Siri can do it. She can do many things, actually, though up until recently, Siri wasn't of much help to victims of sexual assault.As of a March 17 update, Siri now understands and reacts to phrases like "I was raped" and "I am being abused." Someone who's been the victim of a sexual crime may not know what resources are available outside of calling the police.... Read more...
Anyone that has used an iPhone or iPad in the past few years should be pretty familiar with the Siri digital assistant. Siri, which was initially introduced on the iPhone 4S back in 2011, has grown in its capabilities over the course of its 4-year lifespan and has recently been expanded to the Apple Watch and Apple TV platforms. But according to a new report from a man well-connected with the inner workings of Apple, Mark Gurman, Siri will finally make its way to the Mac platform later this year with the introduction of OS X 10.12. The only thing surprising about this revelation is why it has taken... Read more...
Not long after Apple unveiled its Siri personal assistant to the world, people began asking her outrageous questions, sometimes inappropriate or just humorous, if for no other reason than they just could. When creating Cortana, Microsoft was well-aware of what its digital assistant was going to have to deal with. As as result, Cortana was designed in such a way to handle abuse or inappropriate questions in a rather specific, simple manner. According to Microsoft's Deborah Harrison, who is one of eight writers for Cortana, a chunk of the earliest queries were about Cortana's sex life. Over time,... Read more...
The first thing we teach new drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Solid advice, albeit increasingly challenging with all these newfangled technologies at our disposable, including in-vehicle luxuries. To help drivers from becoming distracted with technology, Ford is pushing out a software update that will add Siri Eyes-Free functionality to more than 5 million SYNC-equipped vehicles. Siri Eyes-Free allows drivers to communicate with Apple's digital assistant by long-pressing the voice recognition button on the steering wheel. It's equivalent to holding down the home button... Read more...
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