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10 years of Siri: the history of Apple's voice assistant


Has it really been 10 years of Siri? The Apple voice assistant was originally integrated into the iPhone 4S way back in October 2011, and we're now here to wish Siri a very happy 10th birthday. Sparking a trend for smart voice assistants across the board, Siri certainly changed how we all interact with technology these days, with the rise of Alexa no doubt helped substantially by the presence of Siri before it. It's possible that some of you won't remember the early beginnings of Siri – which is why we've taken a walk down memory lane and looked at the history behind how Siri came to be. We've also looked at just what it was like to use back in those early days, and considered what the next 10 years could mean for the (mostly) helpful voice assistant.

Use Google in the car? Google Assistant, Android Auto get fresh updates, and new partner in Honda

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Google is updating critical features for the millions of drivers who depend on its technology to help them get around. The tech giant announced the upcoming changes Thursday to Google Assistant and Android Auto driving modes and a new automaker, Honda, will have Google technology installed in its vehicles. Google said that drivers using Google Assistant on Android phones will soon see a new dashboard they say will reduce "the need to fiddle with your phone while also making sure you stay focused on the road." Instead of scrolling while driving, Google said drivers could tap to see who just called or sent a text and have access to several apps to listen to music with the new dashboard. The dashboard will also include a new messaging update where drivers can say, "Hey Google, turn on auto-read," to hear their new messages read aloud when they come in and respond by voice.

iOS 15 bug lets anyone bypass locked iPhone to access Notes app


Apple released iOS 15 on Monday and there's already a vulnerability making the rounds. Security researcher Jose Rodriguez published a video Monday detailing how he was able to bypass the lock screen on an iPhone with iOS 15 (and iOS 14.8) in order to access the Notes app. The vulnerability requires an attacker to have physical access to the targeted device. In the video, with his iPhone locked, Rodriguez asks Siri to activate VoiceOver, a feature that audibly describes what's on the screen. He then pulls down the Control Center and taps Instant Notes, which allows users to quickly jot down a note without unlocking the iPhone.

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The Morning After: Windows 11 will be available (for some) on October 5th


Microsoft has announced that Windows 11 will be available on October 5th as a free upgrade for qualifying Windows 10 systems, as well as on new PCs shipping after that date. But it isn't for everyone; a gradual rollout will prioritize newer hardware and use "intelligence models" to determine who gets the upgrade first. Microsoft will apparently factor in reliability and device age. It could be the case that friends and family utterly disinterested in an OS update could be offered it ahead of anyone champing at the bit for the latest edition of Windows. All supporting machines will get the update by mid-2022, if you can think that far ahead.

How to have Siri read your notifications via your AirPods


Some people pop in their AirPods for a pure musical escape, and want nothing else to bother them. Other people plug in their'Pods, but also want to stay tuned into what's going on with their phone's notifications. If you're in the second group, you may want Siri to read your notifications to you. For some time now, Siri's other "Announce" features like "Announce Calls" have made it possible to have caller ID spoken out loud, and have text messages read to you while you're wearing AirPods. But with iOS 15, iPhone users can now turn on "Announce Notifications" and allow Siri to read you every notification.

Actually keep track of your keys with a Tile Mate set on sale


SAVE $15: As of Aug. 23, get a four-pack of Tile Mate Bluetooth trackers for only $54.99 -- a 21% discount. "Phone, keys, wallet" is a great mantra to help you grab the necessities before you run out the door, but it only works when you actually know where those necessities are. If you're perpetually misplacing things, a Tile Mate tracker will be your new best friend. As of Aug. 23, you can grab a four-pack of the handy Bluetooth trackers for $54.99. Put one on your phone, your backpack, your wallet -- even on your dog's collar if your furry friend is an escape artist.

Talking Robots: Artificial Intelligence Audiobook Creation


If you know Siri, Cortana from Microsoft, Denise from Nextos, Alexa from Amazon or those handy voice GPS directions on smartphones, then congrats! This course will just help you bridge the gap through an ocean of knowledge with the power of Artificial intelligence based TTS tools. Text to speech, abbreviated as TTS, is a synthesis of speech that transforms text into voice output. Text to speech systems was first developed to help the visually impaired by providing the user with a spoken voice created by a machine that would "read" text. Text to speech enables content owners to adapt in terms of how they communicate with the content to the specific needs and desires of each user.

Why the app store model won't work for Alexa skill discovery


At Amazon's Alexa Live developers' event last month, the agent's steward took up the mantle of improving skill discovery. A perennial challenge in many marketplaces and an exceptional bane of many smartphone app developers trying to raise their profiles, it has proven particularly nettlesome for Alexa skills given Alexa's traditional reliance on audio-only devices that can provide only so much context. But that's changing as Alexa spreads its multimodal wings, building out its presence on displays through Echo Show devices that are growing faster than smart speakers. Promoting skills on these displays is but one way that Amazon is trying to raise the profiles of third-party skills as it creates more opportunities for skill-based commerce, including paid skills and skills that enable the sale of physical and digital goods. In contrast to the dawn of the iPhone's app store in 2008, though, that opened the floodgates for app-based commerce, Amazon is taking a more gradual approach to opening the commercial skill marketplace.

The NVIDIA Shield TV drops back down to $130


Android TV fans looking for something a bit more powerful than a Chromecast should consider the NVIDIA Shield TV. However, now you can grab the NVIDIA Shield TV for $130, or $20 off its normal price. That's almost a record low -- we saw it drop to $129 ahead of Black Friday last year -- but this is the best price we've seen in 2021, and it's only come around a couple of times so far. Despite being more expensive than streaming dongles of similar size, the NVIDIA Shield is worth the extra money thanks to its Tegra X1 processor. It's powerful enough to run the Android TV platform with ease, and it supports Dolby Vision HDR, Dolby Atmos audio, Chromecast 4K and AI-powered HD-to-4K upscaling. It also works with the Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa, so you can bark orders at it instead of using the triangular remote if you wish.