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The Terrible Truth About Alexa

This week, I read through a history of everything I’ve said to Alexa, and it felt a little bit like reading an old diary. Until I remembered that the things I’ve told Alexa in private are stored on an Amazon server and have possibly been read by an Amazon employee. This is all to make Alexa better, the company keeps saying. However, to many people, it’s not immediately obvious how humans interacting with your seemingly private voice commands is anything other than surveillance. Alexa, these people say, is a spy hiding in a wiretapping device. Read More >>

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Yes, Apple. Siri Is Extremely Terrible

Apple is hiring an analyst, but not just any old analyst. It’s hiring someone to sift through the social media hellscape and parse just how customers really feel about its voice assistant Siri. Read More >>

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We Didn’t Want Cortana Smart Speakers Anyway, Says Microsoft

As smart assistants go, there are the favourites: Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, and then there are the also-rans: Bixby and Cortana. Read More >>

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How to Make Siri Less Garbage by Linking It to Google Assistant

Hey Siri, how do I make you suck less? Turns out the answer is to link it to Google Assistant. A new update to Google Assistant for iOS adds support for Siri Shortcuts, so you can actually get some decent voice assistant action on your iPhone. Read More >>

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Sonos Speakers Finally Get the Airplay 2 Support We’ve Been Waiting For

After its somewhat premature announcement of Airplay 2 support, Sonos is finally updating a few of its speakers to actually support Airplay 2. That means your iOS device can now bring the music management and multi-room audio feature to a few more of its smart speakers, including its newest Beam soundbar. With Airplay 2 on Sonos speakers, now you can tell Siri to turn the volume down instead of doing it with those clumsy fingers of yours. Read More >>

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Siri Erroneously Told People Stan Lee Was Dead

For a few brief moments, comic book fans around the world were shocked to hear some tragic news. But luckily, the panic didn’t last long. As first reported by CinemaBlend, Siri spent a little time this week telling people that Stan Lee had died on July 2. Why would a computer program falsely report a famous figure’s death? You can blame a Wiki user for that. Read More >>

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iPhone Confuses ‘Syria’ for ‘Siri’ During UK Defence Secretary’s Speech

For modern smartphone owners, it’s a common enough of an occurrence. You’re just sitting there, talking about whatever, when suddenly you say something that triggers the digital assistant on your phone. Now normally, you’d probably get annoyed for a second, tap a button to dismiss the interruption, and then continue with whatever you were doing. Read More >>

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How to Play Google Podcasts Everywhere – Including iOS

Do you podcast? Google has a new app out for Android that’s ready to download and play all your favourite pods. While the functionality is a little on the bare-bones side for now, it does have one ace up its sleeve — the ability to play your podcasts across all your devices with the help of Google Assistant. Here’s how it works. Read More >>

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Shortcuts Is Apple’s Solution to Making Siri More Useful

According to Apple, Siri is the most-used digital assistant on the planet. But for anyone who has ever used Alexa or the Google Assistant, that doesn’t mean Siri is always the smartest. To give Siri more ways to help you out, Apple has created a new app called Shortcuts that will debut with iOS 12. Read More >>

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Siri Easter Egg Hints It Will Be Less Terrible After WWDC

Siri easter eggs can range from dorky to almost fun, but a new one is hinting that Apple’s voice assistant is about to get a major upgrade. Read More >>

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Ask Siri to Define ‘Mother’ and You’ll Get a Surprisingly Explicit Response

Siri has been known to produce some absolutely bizarre answers to requests from time to time, but iPhone users recently discovered perhaps the strangest—and definitely the most explicit—response yet. Read More >>

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Google Assistant is Smarter Than Alexa and Siri, but Honestly They All Suck

Amazon has managed to make Alexa the brand people think of when it comes to digital voice assistants, but the Google Assistant is the smartest of the bunch according to a new study. Read More >>

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Apple Recruits Google’s Search and AI Chief John Giannandrea to Help Improve Siri

Apple has managed to snag Google’s chief of search and artificial intelligence John Giannandrea, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, in a fairly significant victory for a company that has lagged behind its rivals in the AI arena. Read More >>

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Siri Can Expose Your Hidden Notifications Even When Your Phone Is Locked

There’s a new thing to worry about in iOS 11, and this time it involves Siri. Read More >>

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Apple’s HomePod Can Apparently Damage Your Furniture

While it produces fantastic audio, Apple’s new HomePod smart speaker has also annoyed early users with obtuse software limitations, a lack of real Bluetooth connectivity, and missing multi-room playback support that won’t come until later this year. And now there’s one more irritation to add to that list, as it seems the HomePod can damage your wood furniture. Read More >>