It's a slow news day for Apple folks, but that doesn't mean there's not some noteworthy stuff lurking out there in the data streams. For one, Cult of Mac reports (via Business Insider) that you if you ask Siri what the fox says, she'll give you a number of responses from the insanely popular viral video made by Norwegian comedy group Ylvis.
Siri has improved considerably since her (or his) first appearance back in 2011, but what happens when she improves to the point of self-awareness? As Cult of Mac reports, that's the joke behind the latest short released by the Austin, Texas-based Alamo Drafthouse chain of indie theaters, which is directed at rude moviegoers thinking about sending texts while attending screenings of Spike Jonze’s film Her.
Only a few minutes with the iOS 7 version of Siri is enough to demonstrate that Apple's voice command software has much improved with the latest release, and as MacRumors reports, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has some new information on why that's the case.
Siri has much improved with the release of iOS 7, and the option to have a male voice instead of the female voice first encountered on the iPhone 4S marks only the beginning of the changes. There are so many features, in fact, that even seasoned users such as myself don't know the full range of options available. As 9to5 Mac points out, that's why PhoneBuff's roughly eight-minute video showing different commands seems so handy.
For the time being, at least, Apple has turned its acquisitions ambitions away from mapping in favor of social media. As the Wall Street Journal reports (via 9to5 Mac), Apple's latest purchase is Topsy Labs Inc., which established a name for itself by pulling data from posts on social media venues such as Twitter and Google+. Apple is thought to have bought it for approximately $200 million, according to the report.
Even though it was a week of travel, feasting, and shopping like fools for a good number of Americans, that doesn't mean things weren't percolating in the Apple news department. We've got new games, new gear, and new market dominance. That's right, Apple might be pretty popular in America, but they're big in Japan. Like huge. Meanwhile...
Apple's taken some heavy strides in an attempt to make Siri more appealing to iOS users, but it seems that the majority of users favor simple typing over voice commands. How much is a majority? As Cnet reports, research from a firm called Intelligent Voice suggests that as many as 85 percent of iOS users haven't even used Siri yet.
One of the biggest items in recent general gaming news was the release of Pokemon X and Y for the Nintendo 3DS, and while we unfortunately can't play the smash hit on our iPhones, The Verge reports that enthusiasts of the popular franchise can now access a "huge set" of Pokemon data through the Wolfram Alpha engine used to power Siri.
It's the week of glitches, rush jobs, security breaches, and the voice behind the curtain--or at least behind the little round button we call Home. Who got hacked, who dropped the ball, and why don't levels work like they're supposed to? And did you get my text? I sent it like an hour ago….
Siri celebrates her second anniversary today, two years after first making a splashy debut with the iPhone 4S — and to celebrate, users can now get a peek at the voice actress behind the virtual assistant.