What if Siri had a French accent -- and an attitude to match?
If Apple (AAPL) ever opened up a Siri app store, a line of personality modules -- like the haughty Parisian Robin Williams trotted out on The Ellen Show -- could be a real money-maker.
Via boxerconan at Apple Sanity.Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 1, 2011 3:50 PM ET
Microsoft's claim that its voice command system is Siri's equal is put to the test
You might think that Microsoft's (MSFT) Chief Research and Strategy Officer would have spent some time playing around with Apple's new intelligent personal assistant before making the claim -- as Craig Mundie did earlier this week -- that there's nothing to Siri but clever marketing and the usual mindless fascination with anything Apple (AAPL) chooses to sell.
"As MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 26, 2011 9:48 PM ET
The question isn't whether Siri is a search engine that can replace Google's search box. It's a different kind of search -- one that could be the future.
By Kevin Kelleher, contributor
FORTUNE -- It sounded pretty good until Eric Schmidt said it: Siri, the so-called personal assistant app on Apple's iPhone 4S, is the new face of search. Siri is threatening to sideline the tried-and-true search box that Google turned into MORENov 9, 2011 11:27 AM ET
Bodes well for Friday's launch in 15 countries -- and maybe mainland China by December
Ticonderoga's Brian White, who has been keeping as close tabs on Apple's (AAPL) prospects in China as any Western analyst, reported Monday that pre-orders for the iPhone 4S ended almost as soon as they began in China last Friday.
According to his checks, pre-orders were sold out in Hong Kong 10 minutes after Apple started taking them. MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 7, 2011 10:24 AM ET
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* Google (GOOG) chairman Eric Schmidt told the U.S. Senate antitrust committee that the iPhone 4S's voice assistant, Siri, poses a "competitive threat" to his company's business. Confessed Schmidt: "Apple's Siri is a significant development -- a voice-activated means of accessing answers through iPhones that demonstrates the innovations in search." (Apple MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Nov 7, 2011 3:30 AM ET
Sanford Bernstein's top Apple analyst is dubious about Steve Jobs' television dreams
Analysts have been arguing for ages about whether Apple (AAPL) is ever going to enter the $118 billion/year flat-screen TV market. But two things have changed in the past month:
1. Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs quotes him as saying he's "finally cracked" the problem of controlling an integrated cloud-based television.
2. The Siri system that Apple introduced on MORE
The downside of server-based voice activated computing
Apple's (AAPL) Siri, to paraphrase Alan Kay's comment about the original Macintosh, is the first voice-activated artificial intelligent assistant good enough to criticize.
Good enough, in fact, that Asymco's Horace Dediu has suggested that voice-activation might be the next revolutionary user interface, as disruptive for future computing devices as the mouse, the scroll wheel and the touchscreen were before it. In his Critical Path podcast Wednesday (Back to MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 4, 2011 8:08 AM ET
Ten days after it aired the first Siri ad, the company launched three more
The focus, as usual with Apple (AAPL), is on the product and what it can do for you.
Via 9to5Mac.Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 31, 2011 8:03 AM ET
The solution Steve Jobs said he "finally cracked" could be a $6 billion business by 2014
In a note to clients released Monday, Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster seizes on remarks attributed to Steve Jobs in the biography published overnight as "another data point" to support a thesis he's been championing since 2009.
"I'd like to create an integrated television set," Jobs told Walter Isaacson, his authorized biographer. "It would be seamlessly synced MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 24, 2011 6:22 AM ET
In typical Apple (AAPL) style, the focus is on the product and what it can do for you.Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 21, 2011 7:04 AM ET
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