All items tagged with "Siri"

New Apple TV with App Store and Siri will debut at WWDC

We're finally going to get the TV experience we deserve.

Apple TV might be in for a massive upgrade.

The biggest Apple TV update ever could make an appearance next month at WWDC, according to a new report that claims the new set-top box will feature innovative new software features to go with the hardware upgrade.

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How to use Handoff with Apple Watch

An unfortunately named tech for Apple devices, that's what. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

An unfortunately named tech for Apple devices, that’s what. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

There are some things your Apple Watch just cannot (or should not) do, like sending emails or searching the web.

You can still ask Siri to do these things, but she’ll ask you to take your request elsewhere — namely, to your iPhone. Here’s how Handoff works with Apple Watch.

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What it would be like if Siri was actually your mom

Photo: Apple

Photo: Apple

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, which means that annual 30-minute phone call with mom is just around the corner. For me, it’s borderline unbearable to talk on the phone that long, but the folks over at Daily Dot have imagined how much worse it’d be if your mom was Siri — and misunderstood you just as badly as the digital assistant does on iOS.

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Apple wants Siri to give you navigation instructions like a human

Apple Maps instructions might get a lot more 'human' soon. Photo: Apple

Apple Maps instructions might get a lot more ‘human’ soon. Photo: Apple

Getting direction from a computer sucks, but that could soon change based on a new patent filed by Apple for “Humanized Navigation Instructions for Mapping Applications.

Rather than receiving instructions from an emotion-less robot, Apple’s new patent would make Siri’s turn-by-turn directions sound more like they’re coming from your buddy in the passenger seat by mixing in references to restaurants and landmarks.

Here’s some examples you might here, instead of just being told “in 500 feet, turn right”:

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Siri doesn’t like it when you confuse her with Google Now

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Just don’t make the mistake of calling Siri by the wrong name! Photo: Apple

Siri’s the O.G. (Original Gangsta) personal assistant, and she doesn’t like it when you confuse her with upstart rivals from Google or Microsoft.

The revelation was discovered by Twitter user and tech writer Danny Sullivan, who found that spurring his Apple Watch into action by saying “OK, Google” garnered the sarcastic response, “Very funny. I mean, not funny ‘ha-ha,’ but funny.”

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Siri refresh is known internally by geeky Iron Man reference

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Jarvis Siri, schedule a date with Pepper Potts. Photo: Marvel Studios

Apple is using a revamped, custom Apache Mesos scheduler to power its Siri search queries.

It’s been given the backronym “J.A.R.V.I.S.” — apparently standing for Just A Rather Very Intelligent Scheduler — and Marvel movie fans will likely recognize the name as a geeky nod to Tony Stark’s intelligent computer assistant from the Iron Man movies.

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Did ‘bug’ cause Russian Siri to be homophobic?

Photo: Jackee Chang / Twitter

Apple’s Russian virtual assistant had some Siri-ously outdated views. Photo: Jackee Chang/Twitter

Apple’s Russian version of Siri launched earlier this month, and while the presence of the virtual assistant in Russia is certainly welcome, its early bigoted views were not.

According to one YouTube user, Siri not only refused to answer questions about gay bars but went a step further, providing downright homophobic responses. In the video, Siri supposedly claims to be embarrassed by the topic, suggesting that gay marriage is a bit of a downer.

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How a sarcastic AI taskmaster came to rule the App Store

HAL 9000 is the spiritual antecedent of CARROT. Photo:

HAL 9000 is the spiritual antecedent of CARROT. Photo: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Most apps are way too nice to us. “Don’t worry that you missed your 10,000 steps today,” they say. “There’s always tomorrow.”

CARROT apps are different. Whether you’re using a CARROT calorie counter or a CARROT weather forecaster, all the apps in the growing line have one thing in common: an hilariously sadistic AI character that serves as your in-app guide, dishing out harsh punishments if you miss your targets.

“So many of the apps out there are just cloyingly sweet, CARROT creator Brian Mueller tells Cult of Mac. “They’re always telling you that you’re doing a good job, no matter what you’re doing. I wondered what would happen if you did the opposite and created a sarcastic, irreverent personality who would yell at you if you don’t get stuff done. And, to my surprise, people really, really responded to it.”

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Easter eggs reveal Siri’s Apple Watch obsession

Siri couldn't be more excited about the Apple Watch. Photo: Apple

Siri thinks it’s about time the Apple Watch arrived. Photo: Apple

The tech world is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Apple Watch and Siri, it seems, isn’t any different. With the launch of Apple’s debut wearable just a month away, the iOS virtual assistant is apparently just as obsessed with the device as we are — as a simple “What are you doing now, Siri?” question will attest.

Check out some of the amusingly geeky responses below.

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Siri and App Store will make Apple TV a game-changer

We're finally going to get the TV experience we deserve. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

We’re finally going to get the TV experience we deserve. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

A new Apple TV set-top box is set to arrive this summer at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference, according to a new report citing sources familiar with the situation.

The upgrade would represent a much-needed “significant overhaul” of the device, letting it go far beyond Apple’s current TV offering and crossing over into other areas such as music, apps and even home automation — with a nifty Siri-based interface, to boot.

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