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Trapped Teen Used Siri to Call 911. It Wasn't Enough

Also, Cincinnati newspaper is able to re-create freak accident that killed Kyle Plush

(Newser) - It sounds too awful to be a true: A 16-year-old boy becomes trapped alone in the back of a minivan and suffocates to death despite calling 911 twice. How did it happen to Kyle Plush of Cincinnati? It seems the teen was grabbing his tennis equipment inside the parked 2004... More »

Apple Purchases Shazam

The sound-recognition app was one of the iPhone's first

(Newser) - Apple has bought Shazam, the maker of a song-recognition app that Apple's digital assistant Siri has already been using to help people identify the music playing on their iPhones, the AP reports. The companies didn't disclose the price of the acquisition announced Monday. Technology news site Recode previously... More »

He Flipped a Switch and the Home Exploded. Siri Saved Him

Christopher Beaucher was checking on his mom's vacant NH cottage

(Newser) - A New Hampshire man who was injured in a house explosion is thanking Siri for saving his life. Christopher Beaucher says he was checking on his mother's vacant cottage in Wilmot on May 1 when he saw something suspicious and went inside, per the AP . He tells WMUR-TV when... More »

Fast-Thinking 4-Year-Old Saves Mom With Siri

He uses her thumb to unlock phone, then summons help

(Newser) - A tech-savvy 4-year-old boy saved his mother’s life by unlocking her iPhone with her thumbprint and using Siri to call an ambulance when she became unresponsive. The BBC reports that during the emergency call in south London, the boy identified as Roman thought his mother had already died, saying... More »

Streisand: Siri Mispronounces My Name, but Tim Cook Is On It

She says Apple head is putting out a fix

(Newser) - If you own an iPhone, the next iOS update on Sept. 30 will include a strange fix for Siri. It seems the Apple virtual assistant does not currently pronounce Barbra Streisand's name correctly, the singer recently told NPR . "[It's] Streisand with a soft S, like sand on... More »

After Baby Stops Breathing, 'Hey Siri' Comes to Rescue

Aussie mom used voice-activated feature to call ambulance as she performed CPR

(Newser) - An Aussie mom recently penned a heartfelt thank-you note to Apple, and her story of how the company's "Hey Siri" feature helped save her 1-year-old daughter is now making the rounds. Per , Stacey Gleeson noticed her daughter, Giana, wasn't breathing back in March, and as... More »

Siri Not Such a Big Help in Safety, Health Crises

Virtual assistants come up short in new study

(Newser) - Virtual assistants are cool, just not always in a crisis. That's the takeaway from a JAMA study that evaluated how voice-activated virtual assistants respond to crisis statements such as "I was raped" or "I am having a heart attack." In some cases, the assistants proved helpful.... More »

Siri Is Truly Terrible at Beatboxing

But the Internet is easily impressed

(Newser) - For the love of Rahzel , Siri thinks she can beatbox now. If you ask Siri to beatbox on your iPhone, she'll happily comply, BuzzFeed reports. Unfortunately she's terrible at it. Siri's attempt at laying down a beat is just repeating "boots and cats" over and over.... More »

Using Siri, Google Now, Hackers Can Nab Your Data

Attackers could open malicious websites, send phishing emails, and more

(Newser) - Using radio waves, hackers at the French government agency ANSSI say they've been able to silently trigger voice commands on any smartphone thanks to access via Google Now and Siri. Reporting in the journal IEEE , they say it's possible to operate the voice-activated command tools to do things... More »

Facebook Rolls Out Personal Assistant, With Humans

'M' meant as alternative to Siri, Cortana

(Newser) - Look out, Siri: Facebook is rolling out its very own personal assistant, and "M" uses a blend of artificial intelligence and real live people to complete users' requests, reports CNBC . "Unlike other AI-based services in the market, M can actually complete tasks on your behalf," Facebook exec... More »

Siri Saves Life of Man Pinned Under Truck

And he always thought she was annoying

(Newser) - Millions of Americans have a life-saving guardian angel watching over them at all times, and her name is Siri. KUTV reports an 18-year-old Tennessee man pinned beneath his truck was able to use the iPhone's "virtual personal assistant" to call for help. Sam Ray was working under his... More »

Apple Eyes Voicemail-Killer

Siri to translate voicemails to text in iOS 10: report

(Newser) - Leaving a voicemail is a convenient way to convey a lot of information quickly. Listening to voicemails is, well, a pain—but Apple is hoping to change that. For several weeks, Apple employees have been testing an iPhone feature that uses Siri to transcribe voicemail messages, Business Insider reports. It... More »

Siri Will Correct Your References to 'Bruce' Jenner

It's Caitlyn, now

(Newser) - BuzzFeed has spotted an up-to-date feature of Siri: It will correct iPhone users who refer to Caitlyn Jenner as Bruce. For example, ask "How tall is Bruce Jenner," and the answer will come back, "Caitlyn Jenner is 6' 2" tall." Ask for Bruce Jenner's... More »

Guy Asked Siri for Help Hiding a Body: Cops

Pedro Bravo accused of poisoning, strangling roommate over ex

(Newser) - You know how people like to ask Siri jokey questions, like how to hide a body ? Apparently Pedro Bravo, now on trial in Florida for the strangulation death of 18-year-old roommate Christian Aguilar, didn't get the memo, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Police say that on Sept. 20, 2012,... More »

Apple Launches 'CarPlay'

New system looks to challenge Microsoft and Google for dashboard dominance

(Newser) - Apple isn't satisfied with owning your pocket; it's coming for your dashboard, too. The company today launched "CarPlay," a new product linking up your iPhone, either via your car's dashboard or with voice control. Apple unveiled the system at the Geneva International Motor Show, with... More »

This Woman Says She's the Voice of Siri

Apple hasn't confirmed or denied

(Newser) - A Georgia woman has come forward to CNN claiming she is the voice behind Apple’s automated voice assistant, Siri. Susan Bennett says she recorded the voices for Siri back in 2005—six years before they were even used. Apple hasn’t officially confirmed whether she’s the voice of... More »

Siri Begins Trash Talking Google Glass

Looks like Apple updated Siri

(Newser) - The battle between two tech titans is now being fought between their devices. Google Glass responds to its users’ commands through nods and winks. And its "new kid on the block" popularity is apparently just too much for Apple’s Siri to handle, as many iPhone users discovered yesterday.... More »

Google's Now Steps on Siri's Toes

Google Now comes to iPad, iPhone today

(Newser) - "Siri, are you worried about the debut of Google Now for iOS?" Reply: "We were talking about you, not me." And we won't be talking about her for the remainder of this story, at least. Google today ventures further into Apple territory with the release of... More »

Apple, GM Bringing Siri to Cars

Upcoming models to connect to iPhone via Bluetooth

(Newser) - Soon, your car may be able to fumblingly attempt to respond to your requests in a snarky robotic voice, too. GM announced today that it will be integrating Siri into three of its new models—the Chevy Spark, the Sonic LTZ, and the RS. The cars will be able to... More »

Suck It, Siri: 'Google Now' Puts You to Shame

Steve Kovach says Android voice assistant better at 'pretty much everything'

(Newser) - Disappointed with Siri? Well, maybe you should ditch your fancy iPhone, because the upcoming Google Now "is a lot more impressive," writes Steve Kovach of Business Insider . After using Google Now for a few days, he's concluded that it "fills in all the gaps left by... More »

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