Have you ever wondered who the voice behind Siri was? Now we know that it is voice actress Susan Bennett. Bennett is a voice actor that lives in suburban Atlanta. CNN worked with audio forensics experts to confirm that Bennett is the voice actress.
Siri, Apple’s intelligent and virtual personal assistant, was launched a couple years ago. Siri users noticed that the service was not the best at pronouncing names though. When Siri is updated with the iOS 7 operating system, Siri will try to properly pronounce names. 9to5Mac reader RY discovered that Siri is going to ask for help pronouncing a name if it has trouble understanding.
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Today the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic and Spark vehicles with Chevrolet MyLink will be available with Siri, the intelligent assistant maintained by Apple Inc. “The Chevy Sonic and Spark are the first vehicles to offer Siri Eyes Free integration,” said Chevrolet marketing director for small cars Cristi Landy. “Safe, easy, reliable and portable connectivity is a top priority for our customers, and Siri complements MyLink’s existing capabilities to help deliver an incredible driving experience.”
There was a job posting on the Apple website for a position called “Siri UI Engineer.” The job posting was looking for an engineer that has experience with Unix (OS X). The position specifically mentioned OS X and not iOS. Siri has been released only on iOS so far. The posting has been removed after it received some attention from the press.
Adam Cheyer, one of the co-founders of Siri and Engineering Director at Apple’s iOS group, has stepped down from the iPhone-making company. Siri was one of the key features in the iPhone 4S and now comes in the third generation of the iPad and the iPhone 5. Cheyer co-founder Siri in March 2008 and stepped down from Apple according to Bloomberg. Cheyer wanted to spend more time with family and on other projects. Apple acquired Siri in early 2010. The company has built a voice assistant app that could turn voice commands into actions. This project was created as part of an A.I. project at SRI International. Cheyer is the second Siri co-founder to step down from Apple after the acquisition. Last October Siri co-founder and CEO Dag Kittlaus left.
Martin Scorsese, the movie director known for movie hits like Goodfellas and The Departed, is now the star of a new Apple Siri commercial. In the commercial, Scorsese asks Siri about his schedule and traffic. He also checks to find out where his friend Rick is using “Find My Friends.” He does all of this while sitting in the back of a cab in Manhattan. Check out the ad below:
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