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Google Assistant Beats Out The Competition In Understanding Accents

Tyler Lee May 19, 2017

Just because you speak English it doesn’t mean that your English sounds the same compared to the person standing next to you. This is because there are variances like the timbre in your voice, your upbringing, your gender, and of course things like race and heritage play a part in the way you sound.

This clearly presents as a challenge when developing voice-based software in which developers need to ensure that their software can understand as many accents as possible. That being said, which software works the best? That’s what the folks at WIRED tried to found out in a test in the video above, where they took a bunch of participants with various accents and tested them out on the Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple’s Siri.

For anyone who’s used Google Now or Google Assistant, it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that Google Assistant came out on top in the test. Participants were told to deliberately mispronouncing words and names to see if the software could catch on, and for the most part Google Assistant held its own and stumbled a bit when it came to Italian accents.

Apple’s Siri came in second while Amazon’s Alexa platform performed the worst of the three, although we guess to be fair Amazon’s entrance into the voice recognition software was recent, so perhaps with time we can expect improvements to be made to Alexa.

Google Assistant Beats Out The Competition In Understanding Accents , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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News: Apple patents construction method for cylindrical device that could be Siri speaker

Dan Pye May 16, 2017

Apple has been granted a patent for techniques to mount multiple components inside a cylindrical device, fueling further speculation that the device in question is the rumored Siri speaker. The patent covers the methods used in mounting speakers, microphones, sensors, lights, touch displays and other electronic parts so that they will lay flush with an outer cylinder-shaped casing. Methods for using gaskets to surround components to seal them against…

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Apple Patent Hints At Plans For A Siri-Powered Speaker

Tyler Lee May 16, 2017

Following the success of the Amazon Echo and after seeing Google launch Google Home, it did not really strike us as a surprise to hear rumors that Apple could be working on something similar as well. In fact the latest rumors are suggesting that the company could be planning on unveiling something similar as early as next month.

Now whether or not a set of Siri-powered speakers will debut at WWDC 2017 remains to be seen, but according to a recently discovered patent by the folks at AppleInsider, it would seem that there are signs that Apple could be exploring such a device. Either that or the broad nature of the patent has lent itself to interpretation, like in this case a Siri-powered device that isn’t an iPhone.

According to the patent in question, it talks about an “Electronic device with radially deployed components”, and while the patent’s diagram certainly looks more like a Mac Pro than a set of speakers, AppleInsider notes various features that would be more suited towards a speaker, such as a microphone, touch displays, use of various sensors like an accelerometer, gyroscope, and more.

Now there is a chance we could be grasping at straws here, especially when you consider the fact that Apple has recently confirmed that they are rethinking the Mac Pro, so maybe this patent could be about a redesigned Mac Pro. In any case we’ll just have to wait and see, so check back with us during WWDC next month for the details.

Apple Patent Hints At Plans For A Siri-Powered Speaker , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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News: Analyst predicts new 10.5” iPad Pro will be revealed at WWDC

Dan Pye May 15, 2017

Respected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims there’s an “over 70 percent” chance that Apple will debut a 10.5” iPad Pro during its WWDC conference next month, AppleInsider reports. Kuo said suppliers are ramping up to begin mass production in early June for the new tablet, which sill be a similar size to the current 9.7” iPad Pro but feature a larger display because of narrower bezels. Other analysts claimed the 10.5”…

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Apple Acquires AI Company Lattice Data

Tyler Lee May 14, 2017

When Siri was first announced, Apple made a pretty big deal about it and its capabilities, but unfortunately Siri never did quite live up to all the hype. Apple has made quite a ton of improvements over the years, but in the meantime Apple’s competitors have since managed to get ahead of them with services like Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa.

That being said, it seems that Apple is still trying to improve upon Siri because in a report from TechCrunch, Apple has confirmed that they have recently acquired a company called Lattice Data. If you’re unfamiliar with the company, we guess you can’t be blamed, but basically Lattice Data is a company that relies on AI to help understand “dark” data, such as images and text.

The report from TechCrunch claims that Apple paid around $200 million for the company, which compared to other acquisitions isn’t really that big a sum. It is unclear as to what Apple plans to do with the acquisition, but reports are claiming that Lattice has been approaching companies to help enhance their AI assistants, which has led to speculation that the acquisition could be about enhancing/improving Siri.

Apple is rumored to debut their own Siri-powered set of speakers next month which will compete against the likes of Google Home and the Amazon Echo series of smart speakers.

Apple Acquires AI Company Lattice Data , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Siri Speaker And 10.5 iPad Pro Launch Likely Next Month

Adnan Farooqui May 14, 2017


There have been countless rumors so far about two new hardware products that Apple is expected to unveil in the near future. We’ve heard about the 10.5 inch iPad Pro time and again. Recently there have been rumors about a Siri-powered speaker that would be similar to the Amazon Echo. A well regarded Apple analyst is of the view that both products are going to be launched next month.

In his latest note to investors, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted that Apple is going to launch the 10.5 inch iPad Pro and the Siri speaker at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2017 next month.

Kuo predicts that due to a production ramp-up at the end of this quarter, it’s highly likely that Apple is going to announce a new iPad at its developers conference this year.

He also reiterates his belief that there’s a good chance that Apple is going to launch its much rumored Siri speaker next month. The device is said to feature a touch panel display and it’s believed that select Apple employees have been testing this device at home for several months now.

Since it’s meant as an Amazon Echo rival, the speaker will have Siri baked in which will provide users with a host of features, including but not limited to music streaming, smart home control, and more.

Siri Speaker And 10.5 iPad Pro Launch Likely Next Month , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Apple Employees Have Reportedly Been Testing Siri Devices At Home

Tyler Lee May 9, 2017

Word on the street has it that Apple has an Amazon Echo/Google Home competitor in the works that could very well be unveiled at WWDC 2017 next month. Whether or not that is true remains to be seen, but in a report from Mark Gurman over at Bloomberg, it seems that this device has been in testing for the past few months.

According to the report, Apple employees have reportedly been testing the Siri device in their homes for the past several months, indicating that things are progressing rather nicely and that we could be close to seeing it launch. However the report from Bloomberg can’t confirm if this device will have a screen similar to the recently launched Amazon Echo Show.

However Apple’s SVP of Marketing Phil Schiller recently mentioned that there are benefits to having a screen on a voice-activated device, so maybe it is possible that it could end up sporting a display, or maybe Schiller could simply be talking about a future model, or maybe just speaking generally.

In any case we guess we’ll have to wait and find out, but with Amazon, Google, and even Microsoft getting into the smart speaker game (with the launch of the Harman Kardon Invoke), what would be surprising is if Apple did not have an answer.

Apple Employees Have Reportedly Been Testing Siri Devices At Home , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Apple’s Siri Speaker May Have Entered Production

Adnan Farooqui May 3, 2017


There have been countless rumors over the past couple of months that Apple is working on a new product that will take on the likes of the Amazon Echo. The company is apparently building a smart speaker of its own which will be powered by Siri. Apple has obviously not said anything about it as yet but a new report suggests that the speaker may have already entered production.

The Economic Daily News reports that Taiwan-based Inventec, which has long been a supplier for Apple, has received orders for production of the company’s first smart speaker. The report suggests that Inventec may have already started production of the speaker.

What the report doesn’t clarify is that whether Inventec is merely going to be readying components for the Siri speaker or if it’s going to be assembling the device as well.

Inventec is currently tasked with producing Apple’s AirPods. It has been a supplier for Apple since the days of the iPod. This report seems to suggest that Inventec will actually be building the Siri speaker, which makes sense, given that Apple’s main supplier Foxconn is building the Amazon Echo.

Rumor has it that the Siri speaker is going to be a premium audio device with a custom ARM processor, one woofer, and seven tweeters. It may even have Apple’s W1 Bluetooth chip.

No word as yet on how much it’s going to cost. Some expect that the company will launch the Siri speaker at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2017 next month.

Apple’s Siri Speaker May Have Entered Production , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Fisherman Credit Siri For Saving Their Lives

Tyler Lee May 2, 2017

Sometimes certain software features were designed for a specific purpose, although sometimes they end up being used for something else that might seem unexpected. For example Siri was designed to offer up a hands-free experience when using an Apple device, but in recent times we’ve seen how it could be used to save lives.

Back in March we heard how a 4-year old managed to save his mom using Siri to call for help, and now according to a report from Fox 4 (via CNET), a group of fishermen are also crediting Siri for saving their lives. The report goes that three fishermen in Florida were out on the seas off the coast of Key Biscayne when the boat began to take on water and started to sink.

The fishermen tried to use their phones to call 911, but it seems that their cold and wet fingers would not allow them to interact with the phone’s touchscreen display, which is when Siri came into use where they used their voice to ask Siri to call for help. Thankfully a coast guard helicopter was able to locate the men who were eventually rescued by the Miami-Dade Police.

It also turns out that the iPhone that they were using was the iPhone 7 which is water-resistant, so talk about lucky!

Fisherman Credit Siri For Saving Their Lives , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Apple’s Siri Speaker To Be A High-End Audio Device

Adnan Farooqui May 1, 2017


It has been rumored for several months now that Apple is working on a new connected device that’s going to be similar in many ways to the Amazon Echo, however, Apple’s device will have the power of Siri. We recently heard more information about this unreleased device and if an analyst’s predictions are believed, Apple’s Siri speaker is going to be a premium device that provides high-end audio performance.

Apple’s new product is said to have the same computing power as a recent iPhone. It’s also said to feature “excellent acoustics.” Given that it’s likely going to be a premium product, it may cost a bit more than the Amazon Echo.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is of the view that there’s a good chance that Apple might launch this device at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2017 next month before actually releasing it in the second half of 2017.

The analyst also predicts that the device is going to feature one woofer and seven tweeters for a high-end audio experience. It may be powered by a custom ARM processor that will be equal in power at least to the A8 processor in the iPhone 6.

While no images of the device have been leaked online, it’s believed to be similar in appearance to the Mac Pro, with a cylindrical design and concave top. Apple has confirmed nothing about this product right now and we can’t expect it to until such time as it’s ready to unveil it.

Apple’s Siri Speaker To Be A High-End Audio Device , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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