7 Siri Tricks You Might Not Know About

Apple's voice-activated assistant is now a well-known personality in his/her own right, but unless you've taken the time to dig into all the features that Siri offers you might not realize just now capable it is (particularly since the arrival of iOS 7). Here are seven ways to get Siri working harder for you. » 6/12/14 11:00am 6/12/14 11:00am

Microsoft's Cortana Could Combine the Best Parts of Siri and Google Now

Microsoft is late to the game when it comes to putting a digital assistant on its phones, but the wait might be worth it. Sources close to the project have revealed some of the specifics of Microsoft's upcoming "Cortana" service to The Verge, and it could be the very best of Siri and Google Now. » 2/20/14 1:11pm 2/20/14 1:11pm

Her Review: Loneliness Never Looked So Beautiful (or Futuristic)

On my way to the theater, I asked Siri about the movie Her, and she got confused. "What kind of businesses are you looking for?" Siri replied in her always off-kilter robotic murmur. I barked back some line about Siri being stupid. She cracked some stupid joke. And my phone went back into my pocket. » 12/18/13 11:00am 12/18/13 11:00am

Apple Just Bought (Another) Personal Assistant Maker

Looks like Siri might be getting an upgrade after Apple bought Cue, an app that makes personalized agendas based on scanning emails. TechCrunch's sources say that the purchase price was somewhere between $40 and $60 million, and that Apple plans to keep the company running. In other words, watch out Google Now. [… » 10/03/13 4:31pm 10/03/13 4:31pm

Microsoft's Siri Is Based on Cortana, Halo's Sexy AI Character

Microsoft is next in line to build a mobile personal assistant, one that's more than more than a robotic voice that obeys spoken commands. The feature will tie together all Microsoft products. So it's probably appropriate that it'll be named Cortana after the artificially intelligent character in Halo. » 9/12/13 12:00pm 9/12/13 12:00pm

What If Spike Jonze's Movie Her Was Actually Voiced By Siri?

So though the premise of a man falling in love with the voice of his phone's operating system is a little ridiculous, Spike Jonze's movie Her actually looks wonderful and maybe even believable. But duh! Who wouldn't fall in love with Scarlett Johansson's voice? Just hearing the huskiness makes you imagine the… » 9/09/13 10:00pm 9/09/13 10:00pm