October 4, 2013 |
Joining the ranks of famous disembodied voices of the world, such as Mr. Moviefone and Don LaFontaine, Atlanta voice actress Susan Bennett has stepped forward as the voice of Siri. Yes, that's the often-mocked, sometimes helpful voice assistant on Apple Inc.'s iPhone. Finally satisfying the curiosity of tech geeks, Apple obsessives and pop-culture bloggers, Bennett told CNN that she provided the original talents for the feature that first appeared on the iPhone 4S in 2011. Bennett's intonations have also been heard in commercials, on phone systems and in airport terminals. PHOTOS: Biggest tech flops of 2013 - so far The Siri voice has been the subject of wide parody.
September 19, 2013 |
Apple's iOS 7 is a big change. It comes with a bright new look and a whole lot of major new features , but there are also several hidden features you might not have yet noticed or heard of. Here are our favorites. Focus photos using volume button In iOS 7, you can now take square-size pictures and add filters to your pictures, but did you know that you can now also press on the iPhone's volume down button to quickly focus the camera and take a picture? You can also hold down the volume buttons to quickly shoot a burst of photos.
September 16, 2013 |
Two years after launching, it appears Siri has finally exited beta mode. The Apple voice assistant's beta label was removed from the company's website in preparation for its next update, which comes Wednesday as part of the iOS 7 software release. 9to5Mac reports all references to Siri being in beta were dropped late last week. As you may recall, Siri was a bit of a mess when it was launched in 2011. Apple unveiled the feature and marketed it like crazy, raising expectations for the voice assistant to levels Siri couldn't possibly reach at the time.
August 26, 2013 |
With two weeks to go until Apple's scheduled Sept. 10 event, fresh rumors about what the company's next iPhone will look like and do are emerging daily. Photos reportedly leaked by an employee of an Apple supplier last week added more evidence that a cheap, plastic-frame iPhone 5C will be released in six colors (white, black, green, blue, pink and yellow). Besides the lack of a metallic outside, the 5C may not have the Siri assistant app. A top-of-the-line version, which would be called 5S if Apple follows previous naming conventions, is also reportedly in the works.
July 15, 2013 |
Google's upcoming Motorola Moto X smartphone might be taking voice assistance to the next level by making it possible to control your device without ever touching it. A video of the Motorola smartphone, purportedly made by Canadian cellphone carrier Rogers, leaked over the weekend and highlights some of the Moto X's unique features. The most intriguing of the features shown is that users can use their voice to activate the Moto X and give it commands. By simply talking to the phone, users can ask for directions or set calendar reminders and alarms without touching the phone.
July 10, 2013 |
Shares of Internet radio giant Pandora Media Inc. fell Wednesday after an analyst said Apple Inc.'s technology will give it an advantage as it pushes into the market of in-car listeners. Richard Greenfield, an analyst at BTIG who has a “sell” rating on Pandora's shares, said Apple is making an “increasingly aggressive push” into the ever-critical car market with its coming iTunes Radio and an extension of its Siri voice control feature. Greenfield said he has been using the developer version of Apple's new service, and has noticed an increasing amount of content, improved Siri performance and no pop-up ads. The combined offerings present a fierce competitor for Pandora in cars, which is a huge market for the digital music industry.
July 10, 2013 |
This just in: Asiana Airlines Flight 214's pilots tell investigators that the plane's automatic throttle system failed to keep the doomed jetliner at the proper speed for landing. This also just in: In a historic first, the Navy's X-47B drone successfully takes off and lands on an aircraft carrier . Isn't technology great? Is this a wonderful age, or what? (For further proof, there's this: An Apple I computer, the first computer model sold by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in the 1970s -- original price $666 -- just sold for $387,750.
June 30, 2013 |
It's Thursday afternoon and I know I have a morning meeting at nine, a work event at 6, and drinks with friends sometime after that. When it comes time for me to leave I will look for the address, directions and hope to get there in time. Let's be honest, keeping track of everything is difficult. And, with most of our phones being “smart”, its only a matter of time that the virtual personal assistant apps take rise. Apple's Siri helps you get things done just by asking.
June 28, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before considering a new air conditioner. The Skinny: After writing the words News Corp. for my entire career, I now have to start writing 21st Century Fox when describing the company that houses Rupert Murdoch's entertainment assets. How many times do you think I'll screw up until I get that one down pat? Friday's headlines include the weekend box office preview and a review of "The Heat. " Daily Dose: Aereo, the startup company that offers customers broadcast signals via the Internet, said it will debut in Chicago next.
June 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Apple Inc., said it received 4,000 to 5,000 requests for customer data from U.S. officials during the six months ending in May, as it became the latest high-tech company to provide some details on its involvement in the National Security Agency's Internet surveillance program. The requests involved 9,000 to 10,000 customer accounts or devices, the company said in a statement on its website. Not all the requests involved the NSA's controversial Prism program, which the company said it did not know about until revelations in the news media on June 6. The data requests came from federal, state and local authorities and involved national security matters and criminal investigations, Apple said.