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Siri VS. Google Voice Search – Infographic

The mobile wars are heating up again with Google and Apple going head to head in what many believe to be one of the most important technology battles yet: Apple’s Siri vs. Google Voice Search. Think you know everything about this battling duo? Check out this infographic to find out how it all began, the incredible amount of money spent on mobile patents, and some of the key differences in their approach to delivering mobile solutions. We even pitted Apple and Google against each other in a head-to-head match. Who came out on top? The results might surprise you! Continue reading

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The Wingman Goes Digital – Personal assistants were once relegated to top executives and celebrities. But with the advent of technology like Apple’s Siri and Google Now, anyone with a smartphone now has a wingman.

Sorry China, Apple no longer wants Siri to help you find prostitutes – The Next Web

Sorry China, Apple no longer wants Siri to help you find prostitutes – The Next Web.

Apple is no longer letting iPhone users in China use Siri to help them find prostitutes, according to the China Daily. Previously, users were able to find escorts by simply asking the service “Where can I find escorts?” or “Where can I find hookers?” Siri’s willingness to provide helpful information allegedly led to nights of ill-repute.

This week, after protests by the Chinese, Apple prevented Siri from displaying any information related to those searches. Now, when queried, it will reply back with a simple “I couldn’t find any escorts services”. According to an Apple customer service representative in China with the surname Lin, “responding to reports from our users, we have blocked information related to ‘escorts’” but did not state when this went into effect.

But in a twist, an officer with the Information Office of the Shanghai Municipal Public Security Bureau told Xinhua that they couldn’t verify that the claims of prostitution were actually true. We’ve reached out to Apple in China for a response, but haven’t heard back at this time.

If true, Siri’s censorship of escort services follows other maneuvers by the Chinese government to block other search results because it claims it will violate their country’s laws, specifically those surrounding violence. In a poll conducted by Sohu.com, 36% of those surveyed said that Siri should be used by law enforcement to pursue anti-vice campaigns, while also saying that the software is quite powerful.

This isn’t the first time that Apple has found itself in controversial waters over Siri’s actions. Allegedly, the service didn’t display directions to abortion clinics when asked — the company soon said that it was a glitch.

Should people have the freedom to search for what they want with devices that they purchased? Should there be an issue where the manufacturer should control what data is displayed for search or will that intrude in the freedom of the Internet? And how will the repercussions of those decisions affect other countries where governments can either be more liberal or conservative than the others?

In the case of China, it looks like Siri will need to mind her manners. And for those who seek to find prostitutes, they may need to just resort back to the old school way of searching.

Photo credit: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Source: The Next Web

 

Apple Hires Amazon Exec to Take Control of Siri

Apple Hires Amazon Exec to Take Control of Siri

Siri is about to get a new boss.

Apple has tapped William Stasior, an executive at Amazon, to take over the Siri department, according to Kara Swisher at AllThingsD. For the past six and a half years, Stasior has run A9.com, an Amazon subsidiary that powers product search for the e-commerce giant.

Stasior is taking control of Siri at a crucial time. Siri was acquired by Apple in 2010 and has lost both of its co-founders in the past year. The product has been criticized on and off for its inaccuracy ever since it launched with the iPhone 4S a year ago. Meanwhile, some of Apple’s competitors are rolling out their own voice-operated assistants.

Apple’s new hire may just have the chops to improve Siri’s functionality and keep the feature competitive with others on the market. Stasior has spent much of his career working on new search technologies, a skill set that should help him with the most immediate task at hand: Get Siri to pull up the relevant result to a user’s query.

Going forward, Stasior could also be instrumental if Apple chooses to turn Siri into a full-fledged mobile search product that customers use instead of Google.

Image courtesy of Flickr, vasile23

Source: Mashable.com

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Siri – Are You Happy With Your Voice Activated Personal Assistant? – Infographic

Siri is a loyal mistress, following you wherever you go — but is she a good listener? Since the iPhone 4S began coming standard with Siri last October, the voice activated personal assistant has become a cultural phenomenon. Samuel L. Jackson and Zooey Deschanel star in Siri-themed ads for the phone. A creepy iPhone case forces you to interact with Siri. A different project enables Siri to destroy your phone if it’s lost or stolen, and a viral video shows what happens when Siri goes psycho…Read More

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