Siri Co-founder Tom Gruber Leaves Apple

· Jeff Gamet · News

Siri co-founder Tom Gruber

Siri co-founder Tom Gruber has left Apple to “pursue personal interests.” He was the last of the original Siri group to go.

The Voice Assistant War: Alexa and Google Assistant Versus Siri

· Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Apple HomePod, Amazon Echo, Google Home smart speakers

We’re still in the early stages of voice assistant technology so we can’t declare a winner yet, regardless of which you prefer. Based on what we’re seeing, however, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are putting Apple’s Siri in a serious catch up position.

How to Enable Alexa's Follow-Up Mode

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

Alexa app settings for Follow-Up Mode

Amazon added a new feature to its Alexa voice assistant platform that saves you from having to say the trigger word multiple times when you’re speaking a series of commands. The feature is called Follow-Up Mode, and here’s how to enable it.

Alexa is Laughing at You and it's Creepy AF

· Jeff Gamet · News

Amazon Echo with ghost inside

The idea of having a voice assistant device in your home is already creepy for some people, and now it’s even worse because Amazon’s Alexa is spontaneously laughing.

Here's Why I'm Tired of Saying 'Hey Siri'

· Jeff Gamet · Editorial

HomePod with Siri

Saying “Hey Siri” is an awkward way to invoke Apple’s voice assistant platform. It’s time to drop the “Hey” and make talking to Siri feel more natural, like Amazon’s Alexa.

Amazon's Alexa Super Bowl Ad is the Voice Assistant I Want

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Amazon is hyping its Alexa voice assistant in a new ad to air during Super Bowl LII this weekend after teasing that new voices may be coming. Turns out they’re celebrities filling in to “help out.” Regardless of what you think of Amazon’s efforts in the voice control space, it’s a pretty funny commercial—and I kind of wish this is how my Echo really worked.

CES – JBL adds Link 500 Voice-Controlled, Multi-room Speaker with Additional Woofer and Tweeter

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

LAS VEGAS – At CES this week JBL announced the new Link 500 voice-activated, multi-room speaker at the top end of the Link line. Link is JBL’s Wi-Fi-enabled, voice-controlled line of speakers, all with Google Assistant built-in. Besting it’s smaller sibling, the Link 300, the new 500 adds a second woofer and second tweeter and boosts the total output to 60 watts. We recently discussed the Link product line on Mac Geek Gab 685 and it’s the first set of speakers that makes me think someone could have multi-room audio from a company other than Sonos. Supporting both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the Link has some options many smart speakers don’t, including portability: the Link 10 and 20 both have batteries that can power them each for hours of synced, wireless playback. The JBL Link 500 is available today for preorder for US$399.95, and is expected to ship on February 1.

CES – JBL adds Link 500 Voice-Controlled, Multi-room Speaker with Additional Woofer and Tweeter

Shhh...Apple is Patenting a Way for Siri to Whisper

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple patent describes Siri whispering

Siri may be a little more private in the future thanks to an Apple patent filing that describes how the artificial intelligence voice assistant could whisper.

iOS 11: How to Type to Siri

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

Type to Siri in iOS 11

iOS 11 lets you type to Siri instead of speak, which is handy if you don’t want to disturb everyone around you by talking to the iPhone super computer in your pocket.

Siri, Alexa Susceptible to Ultrasonic Voice Commands

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone and bug

Apparently Siri, Alexa, and other voice assistants are susceptible to hacks from bats and dolphins—or maybe just hackers that know how to use ultrasonic frequencies.