Loup Ventures: Apple’s Siri answered 86% of 800 questions correctly

Loup Ventures: Apple’s Siri answered 86% of 800 questions correctly

Some of the criticism of Apple's Siri may be undeserved. Loup Ventures — a research-driven venture capital firm — recently asked Siri, Google Assistant, Alexa, and Cortana 800 questions each. This time, Google Assistant was able to answer 86% of them correctly vs. Siri at 79%, Alexa at 61%, and Cortana at 52%.

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Review Update: Ecovacs Deebot N79S loves Alexa, snubs Siri

Review Update: Ecovacs Deebot N79S loves Alexa, snubs Siri

Last August, I reviewed the Deebot N79 from Ecovacs, an iPhone-controlled robot vacuum with a bargain price and excellent cleaning capabilities. It gained a 5-star rating here on Apple World Today, and is still cleaning my floors -- carpet, hardwood and tile -- perfectly. The $225 Ecovacs Deebot N79 seemed like the perfect, fairly-low-cost robot vacuum, until Ecovacs updated the N79 to become the $250 Ecovacs Deebot N79S. What's the difference, other than the addition of the letter "S" to the name? Alexa connectivity.

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ABI Research: Apple, Google offerings pose serious competition to Alexa

ABI Research: Apple, Google offerings pose serious competition to Alexa

In a competitive study of smart home voice control platforms, ABI Research finds that Alexa currently leads the market. This is due mostly to the market deployment footprint and scale it enjoys. However, Amazon faces well positioned and strengthening challenges to its dominance, especially in multi-language support, according to the research group.

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Accessible Apple 2017-2018: The 12 Requests of Christmas - Day 12

Accessible Apple 2017-2018: The 12 Requests of Christmas - Day 12

This is the twelfth and final post in this year's edition of our annual 12-part series covering the accessibility features we would like to see Apple bring to its products in the coming year. This series is being put together by Accessibility Editor Alex Jurgensen, with the help of several contributors.

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AWT News Update: June 8, 2017

AWT News Update: June 8, 2017

 🎶 It's getting beta all the time 🎶 

Today we talk about new features in tvOS 11, delve into the fees associated with using Apple Pay's upcoming person-to-person payments, an Amazon VP who wants Alexa and Siri to be BFFs, and how NFC works in iOS 11 and watchOS 4.

  • Apple TV and AirPods are now best buddies
  • Debit card transactions will be free with P2P payments, but credit cards won't
  • Amazon and Apple seem to be cooperating more, but will Apple open up to Alexa?
  • NFC pairing of iPhone and Apple Watch is now possible with the new operating systems
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IFTTT adds iOS Calendar service, App Store applets

IFTTT adds iOS Calendar service, App Store applets

One of the best inter-application tools currently available is IFTTT (IF This Then That). It's been around for years, it supports hundreds of apps and services, and when it comes to making your own workflows to get diverse things to work together, there's nothing better. Today, IFTTT is introducing a new iOS Calendar Service to provide a way to create calendar events from other apps or have Calendar control other apps. In addition, the service has added new App Store Applets to kick off workflows when something new appears in the iOS App Store. 

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AWT News Update: March 16, 2017

AWT News Update: March 16, 2017

Steve was out making some tax accountants rich today, so we have a short version of the AWT News Update for your listening pleasure:

  • Swatch announces plans to create its own open-source smartwatch OS
  • Get an iPhone 7 Plus "Retro Edition" for only $1,899! It looks surprisingly similar to many Apple products of the 1980s
  • Alexa has sneaked onto your iPhone, provided you're using the Amazon app
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