ICICI has integrated Apple s voice assistant on its Money2India (M2I) app for international remittance service. This is a first for a bank in India to integrate Siri for internal remittances. ICICI Bank users living outside India can now activate Siri to send money to any bank in India. Money2India app is available for download on App Store for iPhones and iPads.
Amazon has launched its smart speaker range in India, and evidently, there needs to be some form of localization to help us relate to the US-born hardware. Amazon Alexa, which is like Siri for Amazon Echo speakers, boasts 10,000 skills available for the Indian market, and now, the company has added one key feature to the speaker range the ability to understand and respond in Hinglish.
I remember an evening six years ago. I was sitting with colleagues. The new iPhone around, we'd met this new tech marvel named Siri. She was witty and clever. We could throw any question at her, and she'd respond back with a witty response. As we Indians are used to describing our leisure activity, Siri was 'time pass'. But that was the beginning of our new found obsession of talking to machines, but more importantly see them respond. It's the ultimate fantasy of the '80s kid.
Apple s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2017 kicked off yesterday with CEO Tim Cook addressing the keynote. Apple made a host of announcements regarding software and hardware. In terms of software, the highly awaited iOS 11 was announced with its developer preview released, while the public beta set to release later this month. iOS 11 will be released this fall as a free update for iPhone 5s and later, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation, iPad mini 2 and later and the iPod touch 6th generation. Here s a look at the top features iOS 11 will bring forth to your iPhones and iPads later this year.
Apple is all set to kickstart its World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2017 tonight. Apple CEO Tim Cook will give his keynote address at 10:00 AM PDT in San Jose, California. The annual developer conference will be host to major announcements for Apple's hardware and software. Apple will be livestreaming the event and viewers in India can join in at 10:30 PM IST by clicking on this link. Apple however has a few requirements for livestreaming its WWDC 2017 event.
Apple s annual developer conference, WWDC 2017, kicks off tonight. Unlike previous years, this time the developer conference is not just about the software, but hardware as well. After all, both elements need to work in tandem and Apple has quite a good record of producing devices that have the right balance of software and hardware. There s a lot of chatter around Apple showcasing Siri-based smart home speaker tonight. If rumors are to believed, the smart speaker is unlikely to be disruptive, but perhaps better than the current speakers that Amazon and Google offer. Personally, I am not very keen on Apple s another effort of getting into a "me too" game, like it did with the phablet and wearable spaces. I am more interested in the software bit -- Siri s coming of age.
We are just a few hours away from WWDC 2017 where CEO Tim Cook is expected to announce upgrades to Apple's software and apps, and also a much-rumored hardware product. Prior to the mega conference, a Reddit thread by alleged Foxconn insiders has surfaced online revealing a trove of information about a range of Apple products including the iPhone 8, Siri speaker, and more.
Apple's bet on voice-assistant based speakers seems to be materializing now, as the Siri speaker reportedly goes into production. Made by the Cupertino giant, the Siri speaker is also expected to be showcased at the WorldWide Developer Conference 2017 (WWDC) scheduled to kick off on June 5. Although it is a developer conference centered more on software advancements, rumors have it that Apple might just break the trend this year and showcase the Siri speaker at the WWDC.
Actor Jeff Goldblum says he almost became the voice of the tech giant company, Apple when the co-founder Steve Jobs called him up "decades ago" to ask if he was up for the job. The 64-year-old actor says he did not recognize Jobs, as the company was not that famous then, reported The Independent.
Hey Siri, look it s Google Assistant. Even if humans are still embarrassed of seeking help from voice-controlled digital assistants, it won t stop companies from building an army of bots who are capable of answering your questions, sometimes with cheeky replies, helping you with shopping, and even going to the extent of nagging you with alerts for your daily chores. Google Assistant advanced version of the company s standard voice search tool has made its way to the iPhone, thereby intensifying the digital assistant war. With the arrival of a voice assistant from a popular, and unarguably much better search engine, should Apple s legacy Siri assistant feel threatened?
Artificial Intelligence is no longer a subject of science fiction movies or comic books. Perhaps, we haven t reached the stage depicted in those movies but we are definitely getting there. On one hand, we might fear the machines will take over humanity some day at certain levels. But we cannot overlook the advantages of the AI and most importantly how helpful it has been in improving productivity. Google s annual developer conference, I/O 2017, also reflects the same trend.
Artificial intelligence has arrived. After being a lore in comic books and science fiction movies, bits and parts of AI are making their way to our lives, especially on our mobile devices. For consumers, the most immediate transition will be catalyzed by the likes of Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Apple. Most of these companies have made giant strides in this segment. Apple s latest acquisition also indicates that the momentum will continue for the foreseeable future.
The new Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have a lot going in their favor. Right from the gorgeous design, and edge-to-edge bezel-less display, to one of the best smartphone cameras and top of the line hardware, both smartphones are fully loaded. But, to differentiate them from other Android counterparts, Samsung has included its own Artificial Intelligence (AI) based personal assistant, Bixby. But, is it any better than the already available Google Assistant?
Even as we are weeks away from Apple s developer conference WWDC 2017, new details have continued to pour in. The latest though is a prediction from KGI Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo about his expectations from the event. According to the analyst, the developer conference will focus on hardware as well as software. One of the highlights of his predictions is the launch of a 10.5-inch iPad.
WhatsApp has updated the iOS version of its messaging app with new features, bug fixes and performance improvements. One of the highlights, however, is that Siri gets the ability to read out your WhatsApp messages. WhatsApp has also added support for Persian language with the latest update.
Facebook today launched its digital assistant named "M" for US users of its Messenger application, ramping up the social network's efforts in artificial intelligence. For users of the messaging platform, M will pop up and suggest "helpful actions" in the chat window. The move is seen as the first step in a broader launch of the digital assistant to compete against services from Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Apple and Samsung, which is launching its new assistant with its newest smartphone.
It is easy to try to carry on a conversation with Siri, the virtual assistant on your iPhone, or Amazon's Alexa device from your living room. But if you are doing it more lately, please beware. Researchers suggest that frequent interactions with human-like products may indicate loneliness.
Recently, I finished binge-watching the first season of HBO s popular series, Westworld. The show sheds light on machines coming of age and the extent humans can go to exploit technology. From Matrix to Ex Machina, all these sci-fi movies reveal a darker side of not only humans but also the machines. I dread the idea of machines becoming smarter than us or a day when machines lead our lifestyles. But that might or might not happen in the next century, most probably I will not live to see that time.
US tech giant Apple is reportedly working on Siri-powered speaker just like Amazon Echo -- an artificial intelligence (AI)-based speaker that can be controlled by voice.
At WWDC 2016, Apple announced the iOS 10, which brings a slew of new improvements including UI changes and introduction of interactive widgets. One of the most important announcements that Apple has made is opening its digital assistant Siri to third-party app developers.