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Apple is turning Siri audio clip review off by default and bringing it in house

Apple is turning Siri audio clip review off by default and bringing it in house The top line news is that Apple is making changes to the way that Siri audio review, or ‘grading’ works across all of its devices. First, it is making audio review an explicitly opt-in process in an […]

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Apple suspends Siri response grading in response to privacy concerns

Apple suspends Siri response grading in response to privacy concerns In response to concerns raised by a Guardian story last week over how recordings of Siri queries are used for quality control, Apple is suspending the program world wide. Apple says it will review the process that it uses, called grading, to […]

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Google’s new version of Android Auto focuses on Assistant

Google’s new version of Android Auto focuses on Assistant Google is starting to roll out an updated version of its in-car platform Android Auto that aims to make it easier and safer for drivers to use. The version, which was first revealed during Google I/O 2019, has a dark theme, new fonts and […]

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The Google Assistant on Android gets more visual responses

The Google Assistant on Android gets more visual responses About half a year ago, Google gave the Assistant on phones a major visual refresh. Today, the company is following up with a couple of small but welcome tweaks that’ll see the Assistant on Android provide more and better visual responses that are […]

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Apple’s Shortcuts will flip the switch on Siri’s potential

Apple’s Shortcuts will flip the switch on Siri’s potential Matthew Cassinelli Contributor Share on Twitter Matthew Cassinelli is a former member of the Workflow team and works as an independent writer and consultant. He previously worked as a data analyst for VaynerMedia. At WWDC, Apple pitched Shortcuts as a way to ”take […]

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New Apple ad does some voice-first education with The Rock and Siri

New Apple ad does some voice-first education with The Rock and Siri  How do you teach people how to use an interface that’s invisible? That’s been the marketing communications problem for Apple since the day Siri became the first big mass-market voice assistant. They’ve taken stab after stab at it. The splash […]

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Microsoft unveils a Cortana-powered thermostat

Microsoft unveils a Cortana-powered thermostat {$inline_image}  The latest addition to the smart thermostat space is a product that includes Microsoft’s Cortana virtual assistant. We’re all familiar with the rise of the internet-enabled thermostats, thanks to the development of companies like Nest, and now Microsoft is entering the space after it partnered with Johnson Controls […]

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Microsoft unveils a Cortana-powered thermostat

Microsoft unveils a Cortana-powered thermostat  The latest addition to the smart thermostat space is a product that includes Microsoft’s Cortana virtual assistant. We’re all familiar with the rise of the internet-enabled thermostats, thanks to the development of companies like Nest, and now Microsoft is entering the space after it partnered with Johnson Controls […]

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Samsung’s Bixby assistant finally comes to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in the US

Samsung’s Bixby assistant finally comes to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in the US  After much delay, Samsung has begun rolling out it Bixby smart assistant to users in the U.S.. The company said today that an update will allow owners of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ to gain voice capabilities for the […]

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