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Apple Announces Siri, An Intelligent Voice-Controlled Assistant

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Oct 4, 2011, 1:20 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Oct 4, 2011, 4:04 PM

Apple today announced a new voice-controlled application for the iPhone 4S called Siri: the intelligent assistant. According to Apple, Siri understands contextual directions, such as asking the device to set up an alert, or to check the weather, or to find out the time in Paris. The software uses voice recognition and a form of artificial intelligence to translate and process questions that it is asked. It then returns results or takes actions, depending on the request. The software can read back notifications or calendar appointments aloud without requiring the user to press any buttons. The software works with built-in iOS apps, and supports English, French, and German to start. Apple is calling Siri a beta product for now.

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phatmanxxl

Oct 4, 2011, 1:27 PM

Of course new and revolutionary.....

Practically the same thing as vlingo I been using for years. Rolling Eyes
It is new, revolutionary and magical...
This is what apple does tho. They take apps that have been on the market for years that dont advertise....make there version of the app then hype the hell out of it.

Thats why they make Billions! They know how to market the top selling apps in ever...
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Siri is "practically the same thing as Vlingo" in the same way that a Lexus is practically the same as a Kia because they are both automobiles.

Siri goes way above and beyond Vlingo by not restricting you to certain commands that it recognizes. Vl...
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Drdave25

Oct 4, 2011, 8:31 PM

Apple pulling Siri from iPhone 4 users

Those of us who have used Siri on our iPhone 4 get a little present when they open it today. It appears that Apple will be pulling it from our phones on October 15. A similar "gift" to when they pulled Shapewriter from the 4. Is there a reason to take back what was once purchased?
Poitier

Oct 4, 2011, 1:46 PM

Google Voice Actions Meet Your Daddy!

I hope this motivates Google to improve voice actions for android because I love using my voice to operate my phone. Gotta love competition!!!
It looks so much more intuitive then what I've seen for androids.
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bluecoyote

Oct 4, 2011, 3:38 PM

Siri Looks Amazing, and Props to Google

I think being able to say "Navigate to Brooklyn NY" has been one of my favorite things about Android. (Too bad the phone itself has a crappy GPS that can't get signal worth $@!T) .

Siri definitely takes it 10 steps higher. I saw the hands-on demos and this is phenomenal.
catch61

Oct 4, 2011, 3:09 PM

This looks sweet

Very Happy
Im not going to lie, the Iphone may have its boring body style making it look identical to the others but the "Siri" program looks amazing! Its like you are having a conversation with your Iphone. That alone has sold me.
catch61

Oct 4, 2011, 1:35 PM

Calendar Apartments?

The article said it can notify me of calendar "apartments" can it notify me of calendar Appointments too? or maybe change words? Confused
 
 
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