Apple is betting on Japan to fix Siri and get serious on artificial intelligence

Apple is once again looking to Asia to turbocharge its research and development process, this time to improve its artificial intelligence efforts. But will it be enough to make Siri less "dumb?"

Samsung is buying the new AI assistant from the masterminds behind Siri

Samsung has acquired Viv Labs, the company founded by the people who created Siri, with the plan on integrating the firm's new AI technology into future Galaxy smartphones and other Samsung products.

Want to make a Skype call on your iPhone? Now you can ask Siri!

Skype has just added a new feature that lets you ask Siri to place a call without even opening the app. The functionality has been made possible after Apple recently opened Siri up to third-party developers with the launch of iOS 10.
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Apple is reportedly making progress on its Siri-powered Amazon Echo competitor

Earlier this year, rumors surfaced of Apple working on a Siri-powered Amazon Echo competitor. Now that device has reportedly entered prototype testing, though that’s no guarantee the product will ever be made available to consumers.

Siri may open your smart lock-enabled doors to anyone who asks nicely

A Missouri man found out the hard way that his Apple HomeKit-enabled smart home could unlock his smart locks for strangers who simply ask Siri to do so. Luckily, it was only his neighbor who exploited this potential flaw.

Cortana befuddles car accident witness by calling police station thousands of miles away

Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana very nearly saved the day when a woman in Barnstaple, England witnessed a hit-and-run. Unfortunately, Cortana called the police in Barnstable, Massachusetts, a couple thousand miles away.

Thanks to Siri, you can now place calls, send texts on WhatsApp with just your voice

WhatsApp’s latest iOS update allows users to send messages and place calls using Siri. So talk to your mom or your friends. It literally couldn’t get any easier -- the process, we mean, not necessarily the conversation.

Siri inventor calls tech behind Amazon’s Alexa ‘incomplete’

Voice-controlled personal assistants have come a long way, but the man behind much of Siri’s technology is now taking issue with Amazon’s Alexa, calling the concept “incomplete.”

Google Deepmind develops most realistic sounding AI yet

When the robots finally do take over the world, at least they'll be able to tell us about it in a fashion that's much more pleasing to our ears. With Google's latest Deepmind WaveNet project, it has managed to generate much more realistic…

Apple Deals: Get the current generation Apple TV for up to $40 off

Thanks to a slick new OS and processor, the current generation Apple TV is faster, smarter, and more powerful than previous models. Now at Walmart it's also cheaper; save up to $40 on both the 64GB model and the 32GB 4th generation Apple…
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Take charge of your hotel room with your voice assistant, Siri

Voice-activated hotel rooms is the latest technology tweak for the Aloft hotel group. A pilot program in a Boston hotel enables control via Siri on an iPad. Occupants can adjust lighting, change the temperature, and even run the…

Report: Digital assistants held back by poor microphone technology

Your smart device's microphone hasn't gotten much better in over four years, which means your digital assistant won't get any better at understanding you. That could soon change, however.