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Pioneer’s Rayz & Rayz Plus Headphones Get ‘Hey Siri’ Support

Tyler Lee July 18, 2017

With Apple choosing to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7 (and presumably future models), this means that users need to start looking for wireless headphones, or headphones with a Lightning connector, which admittedly are few and far in-between compared to “regular” models.

Now Pioneer is a company that makes headphones with the Lightning connector, such as with the Rayz series of earbuds. Now if you were considering the earbuds, you might be interested to learn that Pioneer has recently issued an update for the headphones in which the Rayz and Rayz Plus headphones will now support the “Hey Siri” command.

The headphones themselves will stay the same, but now with the Hey Siri command supported, users will be able to use their voice to make calls, send messages, control music playback, and more, all without having to touch their phone or reach for the headphone’s inline controls. The update will also introduce an AutoPause feature that will pause music when they are taken out of the wearer’s ears, and resumed when they are put back in.

There is also a SmartMute feature that will mute the headphones when you stop speaking, and will automatically unmute when you start speaking again. For more details about the Rayz headphones, head on over to Pioneer’s website.

Pioneer’s Rayz & Rayz Plus Headphones Get ‘Hey Siri’ Support , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Next-Gen Amazon Echo Could Be More Like Apple’s HomePod

Tyler Lee July 12, 2017

It probably goes without saying that Amazon led the way and kicked off the trend of smart speakers with their Echo series of devices. This led to companies such as Microsoft, Google, and even Apple to follow suit with their own devices, but now a report from Engadget has suggested that Amazon’s next-gen Echo could be taking some cues from Apple’s HomePod.

The HomePod is Apple’s answer to the Echo and its design is rather different from the competition, where it comes in a barrel-shaped design with mesh surrounding the speakers. According to Engadget, Amazon’s next-gen Echo will apparently look similar, where it is said to be shorter and slimmer, “almost as if it were three or four Echo Dots stacked on top of each other”.

Amazon is also rumored to be “softening” the design of the Echo by including rounded edges and a cloth-like covering. Sound-wise, Amazon is said to pack several tweeters inside the device, similar to the HomePod which packs seven tweeters inside of it, which in turn helps it to sound “better”.

So far the appeal of the Echo devices is that it is relatively affordable and functional, with Amazon opening up Alexa to third-party developers to create various recipes for different functions. Whether or not this particular device ends up being more of a premium remains to be seen, but take it with a grain of salt for now.

Next-Gen Amazon Echo Could Be More Like Apple’s HomePod , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Study Finds Siri Is The Most Popular AI Assistant For Mobile

Tyler Lee July 12, 2017

There are quite a few AI assistants for mobile available today. Most of them are made by companies who also make their own phones, and there are some third-party options as well. So in terms of popularity, which would you assume is the most popular? If you answered Siri, you would be correct.

In a recent study conducted by Verto Analytics (via AppleInsider), they have found that in the US, Siri is apparently leading the way in terms of popularity. The study found that Siri has 41.4 million users per month out of a total pool of users in the US of 71 million, meaning that more than half of AI assistants used a month are Siri.

However before Apple fans get too excited, it seems that Siri’s popularity is waning. The study claims that between May 2016 and May 2017, Siri lost 7.3 million monthly users, although they aren’t alone as Samsung’s S Voice has dropped quite a bit as well. However given that Samsung is now focusing on Bixby as its new AI assistant, we’re not sure if that’s an accurate representation for Samsung.

Verto also suggests that the rise of standalone products like Google Home and Amazon Echo could be the reason why the numbers are dropping. However Apple is poised to release the HomePod later this year, so we have to wonder what those numbers might look like then.

Study Finds Siri Is The Most Popular AI Assistant For Mobile , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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News: Siri use down, but it’s still the most popular digital assistant

Dan Pye July 11, 2017

A new research report by Verto Analytics shows use of Siri is down 15 percent over last year, but the personal assistant is still twice as popular as its nearest competitor. Siri’s 41.4 million monthly active users still dwarfs Samsung’s S Voice at 24.8 million, but last year Siri boasted 48.7 million users. Other services, like Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana, are growing steadily because of their ties to the rising…

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Analyst Thinks AirPods Will Be Bigger Than The Apple Watch

Tyler Lee June 28, 2017

Whenever Apple launches a new product, it’s almost guaranteed that there will be people who mock them for it, whether it be for the design, price, features, specs, and so on. The AirPods was such a product that was made fun of when it was first announced, especially given its price and design.

However fast forward to today, the AirPods appears to be selling well, so much so that in some markets it has become rather difficult to get yourself a pair. In fact analyst Gene Munster seems to believe (via The Loop) that in time, the AirPods could become a bigger hit compared to the Apple Watch that was launched to a lot of anticipation and hype, only to fall short.

By no means is the Apple Watch a failure, but it definitely did not deliver on the hype, which is actually the opposite of the AirPods which went on to be rather successful despite many being rather skeptical of it. According to Munster, “Over the next 10 years, we anticipate that AirPods will be bigger than the Apple Watch as the product evolves from simple wireless headphones to a wearable, augmented audio device. While both AirPods and Apple Watch should continue to grow, we see AirPods contributing about the same amount of revenue as Apple Watch by FY22.”

As Dave Mark at The Loop writes, the keyword here is “augmented”. There is no doubt that Apple believes that Siri will play a huge part in their future (hence the launch of the HomePod), and as Siri’s capabilities grow, so too will the need to interact with it in more ways than an iOS device, and the AirPods will be one of those mediums. Whether or not Munster’s predictions will come true remains to be seen, but what say you?

Analyst Thinks AirPods Will Be Bigger Than The Apple Watch , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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New Siri Icon Could Hint At iPhone 8’s Virtual Home Button

Tyler Lee June 21, 2017

One of the rumored features of the iPhone 8 is that it could finally be ditching the physical home button, a hardware feature of the iPhone that has been around since its inception. While there’s nothing wrong with the home button, removing it could free up more screen real estate, plus one less moving part means one less problem to fix.

Of course it’s hard to determine if this rumor is true, but in a recent report from AppleInsider, it seems that there could be signs of that being true, and this comes in the form of the new Siri icon in iOS 11. As you can see in the screenshot above, Siri will be getting a new icon/design in iOS 11.

Siri has actually undergone a couple of redesigns since it was first introduced, but the size and placement of the latest icon has some speculating that it could be alluding to the iPhone 8’s virtual home button. If you were to take away the Touch ID ring, the size and shape of Siri’s icon appears to be roughly similar to that of the home button, don’t you think?

That being said it could be a bit of a stretch to think that this could be a sign of things to come, but what do you guys think? Could Siri’s new icon design be hinting that an iPhone 8 feature?

New Siri Icon Could Hint At iPhone 8’s Virtual Home Button , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Amazon Open To Bringing Siri Onto The Echo

Tyler Lee June 8, 2017

As it stands the Amazon Echo and other Echo-related devices are powered by Amazon’s Alexa AI. With Google, their devices use Google Assistant, and Apple’s recently launched HomePod is powered by Siri. This makes sense as all these technologies are proprietary to the company that made them.

However it seems that Amazon isn’t opposed to the idea that maybe one device could house more than one AI software. Speaking to CNET, Amazon’s senior vice president of devices David Limp stated that the company is open to the idea that maybe other software such as Siri or Google Assistant could be installed in the Echo.

Limp was quoted as saying, “We’re open to that. If Apple or Google want to come call, my phone number is out there. They can call. I hope there is a day when that happens. I don’t know if I can envision it, but I hope it happens, on behalf of customers.” Given how in the past Apple has been accused of having a walled garden strategy, it’s hard to imagine that they would want to encourage customers to buy another company’s product to access its services.

Google might be a different story, although there is no indication that the company plans on collaborating with Amazon anytime soon. It’s an interesting approach but what do you guys think? Do you like the idea that you could buy an Echo speaker that came with Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant?

Amazon Open To Bringing Siri Onto The Echo , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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iOS 11 Will let You Text Siri Instead Of Speaking To It

Tyler Lee June 6, 2017

With Amazon pushing its Alexa AI technology pretty hard and doing a good job at it, and with Google having launched Google Assistant, we guess Apple might have been feeling the pressure to step up their game, which is why with iOS 11, it seems that there is a lot of focus on improving upon Siri.

One of these changes comes in the form of the HomePod which is a Siri-powered speaker that lets users speak to Siri and get it to do things for them, but if you’d rather not talk to Siri maybe because it isn’t convenient or maybe because it isn’t picking up on your accent properly, not to worry because iOS 11 has a pretty nifty feature that lets you text Siri instead of speaking to it.

For some reason this was a feature that was not mentioned during the iOS 11 announcement but was later discovered during the beta of the software. Basically what users can do is text their requests to Siri instead of speaking. We’re not sure if this will be more convenient than using your voice, but it appears that the feature is inside the Accessibility menu.

This suggests that it could be meant more for users with speech impairments and allow them to interact with Siri in text form, but either way it’s still a pretty cool feature that you could check out in the future with iOS 11’s release.

iOS 11 Will let You Text Siri Instead Of Speaking To It , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Apple HomePod Siri Speaker Promises Amazing Sound Quality

Adnan Farooqui June 5, 2017


We had been hearing rumors that Apple was going to announce a Siri speaker at WWDC 2017 and that’s precisely what it has done today. Apple introduced its new product called HomePod at WWDC 2017. The company says that this product is going to do for music in homes what the iPod did for music on the go. That’s a pretty tall claim.

Apple HomePod speaker has been designed to work with Apple Music. It can wirelessly access over 40 million songs from the service. HomePod has a large, Apple-designed woofer for deep and clean bass aside from a custom array of seven bean-forming tweets with pure high-frequency acoustics and enhanced directional control.

With an array of six microphones, HomePod has been designed for voice control. Users can interact with it by saying “Hey Siri, I like this song.” It can also tackle advanced searches within the music library by responding to queries like “Hey Siri, who’s the drummer in this?”

HomePod doubles as a home assistant since it’s powered by Siri. It can be used to send messages over iMessages, receive updates about news and weather, control smart devices, and more.

The speaker itself is just under 7 inches tall and features a custom A8 processor which enables bass management through real-time software modeling. HomePod has automatic room-sensing technology which enables it to quickly learn its position in the room and perfectly optimize sound output for that room.

Apple is going to release HomePod in white and space gray colors in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia this December for $349.

Apple HomePod Siri Speaker Promises Amazing Sound Quality , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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