Voice recognition on the Mac is nothing new. Years before Siri came to your iOS device — indeed, before there were any iOS devices — it was possible to control your Mac and execute commands by speaking them, Star Trek-style. OS X doesn’t provide all of Siri’s functionality on a Mac, but you can dictate text to it. Just as you can on your iPhone, you can sit at your computer, speak, and your words appear on the screen — here's how it's done.
The possibility of Siri coming to the iPhone is one of those subjects that's always been popular on the Apple rumor mill, but a new patent application suggests we may see it after all. Intriguingly, the features described in the application extend even further than the features currently offered for iOS. There's even a hint that future Apple desktop screens might feature screens support interaction via touch.
Apple today released the latest developer build of iOS 8, and while it's full of little tweaks and tips, it doesn't have any of the significant additions we've been seeing in previous releases. This new focus on polishing means that the Cupertino company's likely in the final stages of getting the operating system ready for release sometime this fall.
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.
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.
Say whatever you will about Siri's effectiveness, but at least she's got a sense of humor. That's even more apparent with the latest update, which adds some snarky responses whenever you say, "Okay, Glass," the voice command prompted associated with Google Glass.
There’s no denying that Siri is a great addition to the iPhone 4S, but now that Apple removed the free Siri Virtual Assistant app from the App Store, what’s an owner of older hardware to do? Enter Speaktoit, which promises to bring Siri-style technology to iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 users.
Previously only available to Android users with capable handsets, Google has now enabled users of its Chrome browser to search for directions through their computer's microphones. You know, because it's so cool to yell at your computer for directions to that All You Can Eat sushi place you're taking your significant other out to after work. Nope, not weird at all.