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Apple Ties up with Salesforce to Bring Siri to More Business Apps
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Apple Ties up with Salesforce to Bring Siri to More Business Apps

The technology giant Apple has entered into a partnership with an American cloud computing company Salesforce for the purpose of building the iPhone maker's features such as its Siri voice assistant deeper into Salesforce's own mobile apps. Salesforce apps are widely used in the sales and marketing industries.   This is a beneficial deal for Salesforce and in turn, the company will build software tools so that the big businesses that use its back-end technology to power their own apps can make better products with features specific to iPhones and iPads.   "If you look at enterprise in general, voice has not been used as much as in consumer," Apple CEO Tim Cook said. "We're going to be able to provide the sales rep instant access to things using your voice instead of c...
iPhone Siri, WeChat May Put You at Voice Hacking Risk
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iPhone Siri, WeChat May Put You at Voice Hacking Risk

Siri, WeChat and other voice- based smartphone apps can expose you to voice hacking, warn scientists who are developing a new app to stop the growing security threat. With just a few minutes of audio samples, attackers can replay your voice convincingly enough to trick people as well as top digital security systems, researchers said. The consequences, from impersonating you with your friends to dipping into your bank account, are terrifying, they said. Using only tools already on smartphones, a team of engineers led by University at Buffalo in the US is creating an app to stop voice hacking. A prototype proved highly accurate in stopping machine- based voice impersonation attacks, researchers said. "Every aspect of your life is now on your phone," said Kui Ren, director of t...
Google Bringing its Voice Based Digital Assistant to iPhone To Challenge Siri
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Google Bringing its Voice Based Digital Assistant to iPhone To Challenge Siri

Alphabet's Google is bringing its digital assistant to Apple's iPhone, making a play for the higher end of the smartphone market and challenging Apple's Siri feature on its own devices. The announcement heralds a step by Google, whose Android operating system runs on the majority of the world's smartphones, to get a foothold on Apple's phones, which have smaller market share but are used by people who tend to spend more on technology. It comes as Google, Apple and Amazon.com are competing to establish dominance in the voice-powered digital assistant segment, which many in the industry believe will supplant keyboards and touch screens as a primary way that users interact with technology. Speaking at an annual developer conference in Mountain View, California, Google Chief Executive S...
Now Speak to Amazon’s Alexa Through Your iPhone
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Now Speak to Amazon’s Alexa Through Your iPhone

Now you can speak to Amazon's Alexa through your iPhone. Yes, the company's voice assistance can connect to iOS 9.0 devices through an app named 'Lexi'. Lexi gives users the access to most of Alexa's useful functions, including smart home controls, re-ordering Amazon products and of course, the ability to ask for anything, the Verge reports. The app is available at the App Store for USD 4.99. Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather and more instantly.
Amazon Bolsters Voice Based-Platform Alexa With Investment in TrackR
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Amazon Bolsters Voice Based-Platform Alexa With Investment in TrackR

Amazon.com Inc is investing between $250,000 and $500,000 in Bluetooth technology company TrackR to extend the reach of its Alexa virtual assistant, according to a source familiar with the matter Alexa is the cloud-based system that controls the Amazon Echo, a speaker system launched by Amazon in 2014 that has emerged as a surprise hit. "Alexa" is the name the device responds to when users make requests, such as "turn on radio." Amazon and TrackR declined to comment on the size of the investment. Like Apple Inc's Siri and Google's Google Now, Alexa is designed to answer questions or take other actions in response to simple voice queries. Unlike its rivals, Amazon allows non-Amazon devices to integrate Alexa technology. The investment in TrackR came through Amazon's $100 million "...
The Story Behind Siri and The Man Who Made Her
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The Story Behind Siri and The Man Who Made Her

“If I were to anthropomorphize Siri, I would imagine that it would think of me somewhat like a father: someone who wants the best for them, who teaches them, who is occasionally demanding, annoying, or embarrassing, but who loves them and is proud when they do well.” A pioneer in Artificial Intelligence, Adam Cheyer has spent most of his life living by what he calls “Verbally Stated Goals” — that is, continuously striving to do and achieve more each year. As a child, he dreamed of becoming a magician and, in many ways, he did just that: in 2008, as inventor, computer scientist, engineer, and entrepreneur, he co-created the world’s first intelligent personal assistant, Siri, with Dag Kittlaus and Tom Gruber. Siri, Inc. was a technology company borne out of SRI International, a nonpro...