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Siri butt-dial and 911 call saves a teen’s life after his truck falls on top of him

An 18-year-old in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, couldn’t use either of his arms to reach for his iPhone when the 5,000-pound truck he was working under fell off the jack. So he butt-dialed Siri to call 911 for help.

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Apple is reportedly prepping a Siri-powered voicemail transcription service

Apple is reportedly prepping a Siri-powered voicemail transcription service not unlike Google Voice. It may debut in 2016, but contingent on its reliability -- accurate voice-to-text conversion is notoriously difficult to achieve.

Apple

My Surrey, the ‘Siri for cities,” is powered by IBM’s Watson

IBM's Watson is helping some city residents find out more information about their homes and environments in a program known as "Siri for Cities." The new app is being tested in Surrey, Canada.

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Not so fast: Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay have a dashboard full of downsides

Despite the beauty of being able to access your calendar or the angriest of birds on the go, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren't all sunshine and roses. Here’s why.

Cars

Siri gets sassy when you ask, ‘What’s zero divided by zero?’

In what is likely the first of many instances of snark to be expected from continued advancements in the realm of artificial intelligence, Siri gives us a rare glimpse of her sassy personality when asked, "What's zero divided by zero?"

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This voice-to-text app translator makes Siri look dumb

Voice to text is great, in theory. If only it could do more, like put that text in relevant places, like your calendar, or your shopping list, or maybe even figure out how many calories are in the meal you just described. MYLE can do that and more. SIRI, eat…

Wearables

Now everyone can buy Amazon’s Siri-like Echo smart speaker

Amazon's finally opening orders of its Echo personal assistant beyond Prime subscribers. It costs $179, performs similar functions to Siri and Google Now, and offers the added convenience of always being within reach.

Music

Apple TV confirmed as the main hub for its smart-home platform HomeKIt

Today Apple confirmed the Apple TV will serve as the hub for HomeKit, its smart-home platform, allowing users to control their homes via their iOS devices synced with the Apple TV from anywhere in the world.

Apple

Your ‘OK Google’ questions are kept on file, so be careful what you ask

Not only can the search engine Google store information you write online, it can also keep records of audio recordings, including all the "Ok Google" inquiries you may have had over the years.

Web

HomeKit devices finally arriving next week, according to reports

Apple's smart-home revolution has been a long time coming, but a new report says the first HomeKit-compatible devices are going to hit the market next week, just in time for WWDC 2015.

Home

Google Now expanding to third party applications

Google is opening up its Google Now voice command feature to developers for use in third-party applications. While current implementation is limited, Google Now will be expanding in the coming months.

Mobile

Apple hopes its new Siri website will get you chatting to your phone more

Apple launched a revamped site for Siri on Wednesday, showing iPhone and Apple Watch users all of the things – or at least, some of them – that the voice-driven virtual assistant can do.

Web

To make your smart TV safe from spying, manufacturers need to up their game

Your smart TV is just as much a security and privacy liability as your laptop – more so in some cases. Here’s what needs to be done before they become a major hacking target.

Home Theater

Siri is really into the Apple Watch and aluminum

What is Siri's opinion of the Apple Watch? She seems pretty excited about it. A new line of answers from the digital assistant talks up the new Apple Watch.

Mobile

Everything you say to Siri, Cortana and Samsung phones may be heard by a human being

A Reddit user recently shared a firsthand account of starting a new job that required her to listen to recordings of voice commands people gave to their smartphones to check for accuracy. “Guys, I'm telling you, if you've said it to your phone, it's been…

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