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Apple Looking to 'Refresh and Refine' Siri

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Company looking for potential applicant to expand voice assistant's functionality.

According to a job posting, Apple is looking to "refresh and refine" iOS' voice assistant, Siri.

The company is looking for a potential employee to "refresh and refine existing Siri dialog," according to the posting for a Siri writer/editor. In addition, Apple requires applicants to be able to expand the software's functionality.

"Siri's known for 'her' wit, cultural knowledge, and zeal to explain things in engaging, funny, and practical ways," reads the job listing. "The ideal candidate is someone who combines a love for language, wordplay, and conversation with demonstrated experience in bringing creative content to life within an intense technical environment."

Apple purchased Siri and incorporated it as an iOS application for the iPhone 4S in 2011. The technology has since been integrated to the latest versions of the iPad and iPod Touch, with Apple also looking to bring it to its OS X.

As for the inevitable revamped Siri, it may make an appearance in the iPhone 6 through iOS 7.

 

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    memadmax , January 19, 2013 4:34 AM
    nitriumSerious question. Does anyone actually still seriously use Siri, or was it always just a little bit of a gimmick whose novelty has now worn off? I don't have an iGadget, so I'm genuinely interested from iOwners.


    It's a gimmick...
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    nitrium , January 19, 2013 4:23 AM
    Serious question. Does anyone actually still seriously use Siri, or was it always just a little bit of a gimmick whose novelty has now worn off? I don't have an iGadget, so I'm genuinely interested from iOwners.
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    A Bad Day , January 19, 2013 2:22 AM
    If Apple really wants to improve Siri, maybe they could offer IBM's Watson team some hefty benefits in return for switching from IBM to Apple as their employer...
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    keither5150 , January 19, 2013 2:30 AM
    They could make it useful like Google Now. It should have a setting for shutting off the non relevant replies. After a while it's like listening to a guy who laughs at his own jokes. Google now works fantastic with google maps and navigation. It is also lightning fast. Also, I don't think that Google now is censoring it's results...... remember..... who has the best smartphone? I am shocked that Siri didn't end up on a Nokia lumina commercial.
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    fuzzion , January 19, 2013 2:49 AM
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    a love for language, wordplay, and conversation


    Why dont you just ask siri? Or will she feel offended that she isnt good enuf?
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    nitrium , January 19, 2013 4:23 AM
    Serious question. Does anyone actually still seriously use Siri, or was it always just a little bit of a gimmick whose novelty has now worn off? I don't have an iGadget, so I'm genuinely interested from iOwners.
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    memadmax , January 19, 2013 4:34 AM
    nitriumSerious question. Does anyone actually still seriously use Siri, or was it always just a little bit of a gimmick whose novelty has now worn off? I don't have an iGadget, so I'm genuinely interested from iOwners.


    It's a gimmick...
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    ojas , January 19, 2013 6:09 AM
    Refresh it huh? Why, i am disappoint, apple, nothing "revolutionary"? :p 
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    ben850 , January 19, 2013 6:31 AM
    nitriumSerious question. Does anyone actually still seriously use Siri, or was it always just a little bit of a gimmick whose novelty has now worn off? I don't have an iGadget, so I'm genuinely interested from iOwners.


    I use it to set timers and alarms while on the go. That's absolutely it though..
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    Anonymous , January 19, 2013 6:33 AM
    Needs to be quicker, in every test ive seen it takes twice as long to load something than google now or windows phone
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    doive1231 , January 19, 2013 7:20 AM
    Instead of Siri asking should it search the web, it should just do it without prompting. This is why Google seems quicker to me.
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    doive1231 , January 19, 2013 7:33 AM
    Also, she sounds more like a man on my device. Very low like Barry White.
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    danwat1234 , January 19, 2013 9:07 AM
    Either use Merle Dandrige (Alyx of half-life 2) or Majel Barret (ST:TOS nurse, Mr. Roddenberry's wife, ST:TNG computer voice)
    Ah sh!t she died in 2008! What the fudge how haven't I heard of that
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    Shin-san , January 19, 2013 12:47 PM
    A Bad DayIf Apple really wants to improve Siri, maybe they could offer IBM's Watson team some hefty benefits in return for switching from IBM to Apple as their employer...
    They could actually power it with the clone of Watson that got a hold of Urban Dictionary. That actually would get me to buy an iPhone
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    krowbar , January 19, 2013 2:36 PM
    Wonder whose technology they will use to 'innovate' this?
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    ibnmuhammad , January 19, 2013 3:37 PM
    krowbarWonder whose technology they will use to 'innovate' this?


    Wonder who's technology Google used to "innovate" Android?
    Wonder who's technology Google used to "innovate" Chrome browser?
    ... etc.

    It's intriguing, Google has some of the best scientists and engineers, yet they haven't seemed to innovate in any field except search (sort of, some argue that was from Lycos).
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    Anonymous , January 19, 2013 4:22 PM

    ibnmuhammad 01/19/2013 6:37 PM
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    krowbar :
    Wonder whose technology they will use to 'innovate' this?



    Wonder who's technology Google used to "innovate" Android?
    Wonder who's technology Google used to "innovate" Chrome browser?
    ... etc.

    It's intriguing, Google has some of the best scientists and engineers, yet they haven't seemed to innovate in any field except search (sort of, some argue that was from Lycos).


    Let me guess...you are a dumb brainwashed isheep?
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    computerguy72 , January 20, 2013 12:21 AM
    SIRI is mostly server side so no doubt they have been 'refreshing and refining' since it's release. They can certainly make improvements to the client app which could start with the ability to customize what launches via voice control and a decent system for passing siri generated perimeters to a target application.
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    house70 , January 20, 2013 1:39 AM
    Trying to catch up with Google Now, eh?
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    madjimms , January 20, 2013 1:52 AM
    Like another user said previously, the Urban Dictionary thing was the only reason I would buy an iDevice, for HUMOR! I could get my phone to talk like a sailor.
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    str8cuse , January 20, 2013 2:05 PM
    I think siri is a great feature especially while driving. I think some of the things you seem people using siri for is pretty remarkable if you look at using siri to open your garage door with raspberry pi etc. There is always room for improvement but I wouldn't say siri is a complete gimmick.
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    SirTrollsALot , January 20, 2013 5:59 PM
    You know what... You know what... iNeedtotakeadump
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