Troy Wolverton, provided by Published 9:31 pm, Wednesday, June 6, 2018 Apple Since it launched Apple's Siri voice assistant has promised to transform the way we use our devices, but has never lived up to its potential. But some new updates to Siri that are due out this fall could transform it, making it much more capable and useful. With the updates, Apple could regain ground lost to Google and Amazon in race to popularize voice computing. Recommended Video: Now Playing: Adobe recently launched automotive-focused analytics in the Adobe Experience Cloud to bring unique consumer experiences to connected vehicles. Cheddar's Hope King spoke with Adobe Systems Vice President Amit Ahuja about what interfaces of the future willl dominate consumer experiences. Ahuja said Adobe is working with platforms including Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, Google Assistant, and Samsung's Bixby to analyze voice data. Adobe Experience Cloud is a bright point for Adobe, generating $495 … [Read more...] about Apple is overhauling Siri — and the voice assistant may finally catch up with Amazon’s Alexa (AAPL, GOOGL, AMZN)
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caption Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, discusses one of the new features in Siri, Apple’s voice assistant, at the company’s WWDC developer conference on Monday. source Apple Since it launched Apple’s Siri voice assistant has promised to transform the way we use our devices, but has never lived up to its potential. But some new updates to Siri that are due out this fall could transform it, making it much more capable and useful. With the updates, Apple could regain ground lost to Google and Amazon in race to popularize voice computing. Apple may be about to transform Siri from being the butt of numerous jokes into the capable, powerful, and competent digital assistant it’s long promised. If Apple can pull it off, the move may help the company re-establish itself as one of the leaders in fast-growing market for voice-based computing and … [Read more...] about Apple is overhauling Siri — and the voice assistant may finally catch up with Amazon’s Alexa
In case you haven't noticed, voice-activated gadgets are booming in popularity right now, and finding their way into a growing number of homes as a result. That's led security researchers to worry about the potential vulnerabilities of voice-activated everything. Now, per the New York Times, some are claiming that those vulnerabilities include recorded commands at a frequency beyond what humans can hear that can be hidden inside otherwise innocuous-seeming audio. In the wrong hands, they say, such secret commands could be used to send messages, make purchases, wire money -- really anything that these virtual assistants can do already -- all without you realizing it.All of that takes things a step beyond what we saw last year, when researchers in China showed that inaudible, ultrasonic transmissions could successfully trigger popular voice assistants like Siri, Alexa, Cortana and the Google Assistant. That method, dubbed "DolphinAttack," required the attacker to be within whisper … [Read more...] about As voice assistants go mainstream, researchers warn of vulnerabilities
“Siri, where is the nearest Starbucks?” “Alexa, order me an Uber.” “Suki, let’s get Mr. Jones a two-week run of clarithromycin and schedule him back here for a follow-up in two weeks.” Doesn’t sound that crazy, does it? For years, voice assistants have been changing the way people shop, get around, and manage their home entertainment systems. Now they’re starting to show up someplace even a little more personal: the doctor’s office. The goal isn’t to replace physicians with sentient speakers. Quite the opposite. Drowning in a sea of e-paperwork, docs are quitting, retiring, and scaling back hours in droves. By helping them spend more time listening to patients and less time typing into electronic health records, voice assistants aim to keep physicians from getting burned out. It’s a problem that started when doctors switched from handwritten records to electronic ones. Health care organizations have tried more … [Read more...] about Does Your Doctor Need a Voice Assistant?
Xiaomi has uploaded an English-subtitled video demonstrating Xiao AI, a voice assistant built specifically for Xiaomi phones. As you’ll see, it’s pretty similar in scope to the likes of Siri and Google Assistant, but is clearly tailored for the Chinese market with hooks into WeChat and so on. Xiao AI is preloaded on the new Mi Mix 2S, according to a Xiaomi spokesperson, and can also now be used on other Xiaomi phones with an update to the Chinese version of the MIUI software. For now, Xiao AI isn’t coming to India or any of the other regions outside China where Xiaomi has a strong presence. While Xiaomi did recently announce a partnership with Microsoft that at some point may include integrating the Cortana voice assistant with the Mi AI Speaker, that doesn’t appear to cover phones. Instead, Xiaomi phones in India can use Google Assistant, which of course isn’t available in China at all but does now work in Hindi as well as English. … [Read more...] about Here’s Xiaomi’s voice assistant, Xiao AI