Posts tagged ‘Siri’

January 10, 2012

CES 2012: Samsung debuts its Siri TV


Samsung unveiled its newest TV at CES in Las Vegas. With a dual core processor and a 1080p resolution, the flagship ES8000 LED TV comes with Siri like voice control features and Kinect like motion sensor technology. The TV’s built-in cameras that use face technology to sign users into the personal profiles.  Extremely thin & good-looking, 3D, voice control, motion control, face recognition, web browsing, Apps .. Awesome right? Did Apple just get jumped? 

Gizmodo’s review just trickled in from the CES floor, and it’s not so good, but hey that’s just one review ..


December 18, 2011

Apple’s new Santa ad!


Apple’s new commercial has Siri managing Santa’s 3.7 billion appointments. Check it out. 

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October 26, 2011

Siri Accessory – Iris 9000


The latest in the string of iPhone accessories is the Iris 9000 – a voice control module to control Siri from across the room. Place the iPhone 4S in the Iris cradle and tap the remote control to trigger Siri. The built-in microphone picks up your voice from 50 ft away and amplifies Siri’s responses. And of course, you can also use it as a speaker phone.  In other words, we might be on the way to cut out some personal assistant jobs with this new accessory, except Siri can’t do a coffee run. On the plus side, you will get to hear Siri’s quirky responses 😛

Iris 9000 (that’s Siri spelt backwards) is expected to release in Spring 2012 for $59.99. If you are interested you can register with ThinkGeek today.

October 18, 2011

Just for kicks: A duet with Siri


Jonathan Mann, the guy known for his antenna gate song played at the Apple press conference, Apple patent song and the iPhone 4 song is back with a Siri song. 

Check it out. Siri is stealing the thunder from the Android voice assistant. More on this later.


October 15, 2011

Siriously entertaining!


Siri, Apple’s intelligent assistant built into iPhone 4S seems to be the talk of the town with the release of iPhone 4S. Siri’s quirky responses are quite entertaining. If Apple calls this beta, I’m really curious to see what the improvements are going to be. I think Steve Jobs and Apple gave artificial intelligence the much-needed popularity with Siri.

Wall Street Journal spoke with one of the co-founders of Siri, a company that Apple bought for $200M in 2010. 

“There were many conversations within the team about whether it should be gender neutral” or “should have an ‘attitude,’ ” said Mr. Winarsky, who didn’t go to Apple, and still works at SRI. The result, before the software was bought by Apple, was “occasionally a light attitude,” he said.

When Apple began integrating Siri into the iPhone, the team focused on keeping its personality friendly and humble—but also with an edge, according to a person who worked at Apple on the project. As Apple’s engineers worked on the software, they were often thinking, “How would we want a person to respond?” this person said.

There are sites like “Shit that Siri says” and  “Sirioiusly Weird” that have already begun collecting Siri’s smart responses. Check it out! Let us know some of your favorite Siri comments!

Source: MacRumors, Wall Street Journal

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October 9, 2011

iPhone 4S


On October 5th, a day before Steve Jobs passed away, Apple released the iPhone 4S, the latest in the line of iPhones. On the outside, iPhone 4S looks very much like the iPhone 4, but on the inside it’s got some cool features and hardware.

1. Dual core A5 chip: It’s the same chip that’s in the iPad 2. It’s said to deliver twice the power and seven times faster graphics. The Epic Infinity Blade 2 Demo at the Apple event was phenomenal. Sometimes, I feel my iPhone 4 is slower in opening up Apps as compared to the iPad2. Well, the A5 chip is going to fix that. iPhone 4S is expected to give up to 8 hours of battery life on 3G and 6/8 hours of internet usage on 3G/Wifi.

2. Camera: It’s unbelievable how many markets Apple is trying to occupy. In my opinion, it’s won the mobile market:). Then there is the camera market. Many people use their mobile phones as their primary camera, so Apple just made the iPhone’s camera much better. The iPhone 4S camera comes with a 8 megapixel camera, which is available on some Android phones already. But the iPhone 4S comes with all new optics to make the pictures sharper, a f2.4 aperture to let in more light. Apple also claims that the new A5 chip comes with a new image signal processor which is as good as on many DSLRs.

Doesn’t it bother you when you pull out your phone to take a picture, and it takes ages to take that first picture. You probably would have lost the picture perfect moment in those few seconds. iPhone 4S’s time to first picture more than halves the time taken by phone cameras and time to second picture is 1/4 the time taken by other phones. I think that’s quite a nifty feature. And of course, iPhone 4S comes with already existing feature,  HDR which captures 3 photos with different exposure in a single photo. With the iCloud feature in iOS 5, you get to send all the pictures automatically to the cloud and to all your iDevices connected to it. 

Apple also upped the quality on the video camera to 1080p HD video with image stabilization. All in all, I think Apple has done an excellent job with the camera. 

3. Siri: Siri is your personal assistant. It lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, search the internet and much more. Siri understands what you say and what you mean too. Apple has tried to make Siri intelligent such that you don’t need to use only certain keywords that most phones do. Siri is pretty cool and knowing how Apple does things, you can only expect an enriched Siri in the coming software releases. Right now,  Siri is only available on the iPhone 4S and wont be available for software upgrade on iPhone 4. 

4. Improved antenna system: What this means is that you can download anything faster than an iPhone 4. The download speed is 14.4Mbps as compared to 7.2 Mbps on iPhone 4. This is one awesome feature for all those who crib about slow downloads. 

5. World Phone: iPhone 4S is a dual technology phone. You can use the same phone on GSM and CDMA networks all over the world. 

6. iCards: Remember when I said, that Apple is going after a lot of big guys. Well, looks like Hallmark is also being served, because Apple introduced this feature called the iCards, where you can create an iCard right from your iPhone or iPad. With a few taps you can ship it to anywhere in the world.

7. iOS 5: is the latest in the software upgrades and is packed with some tremendous features such as iCloud, better browsing, twitter integration, newsstand, notification center and iMessage. Check out our iOS 5.0 blog for more details. 

iPhone 4S comes in both black and white. It costs $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB and $399 for 64GB, all with 2 year contracts. A contract free phone is going to cost $549. The iPhone 4S is available on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint in the US and will start shipping October 14th, although it is available for pre-order starting October 7th. Vodafone, O2, Orange, T-Mobile , Three will be carrying it in the UK. iPhone 4S is also shipped to Japan, Canada, Australia, France and Germany. 


iPhone 4S official video

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