Though Apple (AAPL) continues to heavily promote Siri - it just hired John Malkovich to do some...

Though Apple (AAPL) continues to heavily promote Siri - it just hired John Malkovich to do some ads - the voice assistant service, which is powered by Nuance's (NUAN) voice recognition technology, remains a lightning rod for criticism. Disgruntled user Jon Friedman calls Siri a "gimmick for self-indulgent people with a tremendous amount of time on their hands." "Steve would have lost his mind over Siri," a former Apple employee recently told Adam Lashinsky.

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  • Night train
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    Weird, everyome I know loves Siri and have become reliant on her.
    25 May 2012, 07:13 PM Reply Like
  • deercreekvols
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    Two people have negative things to say about Siri and this becomes a Market Current?


    What happens when millions of Apple users who like Siri start to chime in?


    Better make more space for Market Currents.


    Where is Jon Corzine?
    25 May 2012, 09:26 PM Reply Like
  • yodster
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    Night Train, are you serious? Using the voice recognition is always a nightmare, and unfortunately SIRI isn't any different. I watch the commercials and all of a sudden she pops up with creative music making websites etc. COUGH COUGH BS!


    I like the company NUAN a lot, but voice recognition software still is lacking.
    25 May 2012, 09:55 PM Reply Like
  • darish
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    Says the disgruntled former employee who worked on MobileMe prior to leaving Apple
    25 May 2012, 10:01 PM Reply Like
  • Zach Te Winkel
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    I use Siri for text messaging all the time. If you speak slowly and clearly it is amazing and way faster then typing. Written by using Siri.
    25 May 2012, 10:32 PM Reply Like
  • TruffelPig
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    Why would Steve Jobs have "lost his mind" over Siri? I am sure he was alive when the development of this started. It is the first smart phone with such a gimmick - you do not have to use it.
    26 May 2012, 08:46 AM Reply Like
  • jazzybest
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    This is the first negative article I have read about Siri. Everyone I have talked to is glad to have it and fascinated by it. Easy for pundits
    to sit back and blast our criticisms without a clue of the technology and future implications.
    28 May 2012, 12:20 AM Reply Like
  • JohnLocke
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    Somebody ask SIRI what the working conditions are like for the folks at FOXCONN now, Guess what, nothing has changed, keep buying those slave made Apple products...
    28 May 2012, 10:08 PM Reply Like
  • TruffelPig
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    What product are you using to send this message?
    28 May 2012, 10:36 PM Reply Like
  • JohnLocke
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    Polywell Computers if it matters to you...


    Do you really think the argument that" you have a computer made at FOXCONN too" lets apple off the hook? Do you hear about the abuse and human slavery on Dells or Toshibas production lines, Nope.


    Apple users need to accept the fact that they are supporting the slavery through their purchases and wall street loves a company that has 40 Billion in the bank and we make Steve Jobs a hero?
    29 May 2012, 08:05 PM Reply Like
  • bob52r
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    I use a samsung nexus s which a current top android phone. the siri works better than the andriod equivilent. i have the newest operating system, dual processer and 1 gig of ram. the siri on the iphone 4s is a better dictation tool--more accurrate in a real world environment--with backround noise. i can only really use the dictation features on the android in a very quiet location. the voice commend system does not use natural language and doesn't work well enough to be more than an occasional plaything. I have played with siri and it is substantially better as a usable tool.


    voice recognition is improving and will improve more with time....even though I am an android user, I would bet that siri becomes more usable more rapidly than the google equivalent.
    30 May 2012, 01:10 AM Reply Like
  • rfpeck1
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    gee, johnlocke, i feel for those slaves who are underpaid for what they do as much as the next guy. but, do you apply your "apple standard" to all of your electronics, transportation modes, clothing, food stuffs, housing materials, etc? if you do, i say good for you, you walk the talk. if you don't, i say boohoohoo to you. btw, i have no apple products, but not because some are alleged to be made by slaves.
    30 May 2012, 01:16 AM Reply Like
  • Funkengruven
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    I expect to see positive growth outside of the average consumer use... I believe that voice recognition applications for the disabled, and the military, will spur that growth.
    I can only imagine how useful it would be in the studio... could make my one man operation so much easier when recording drum tracks!


    *Typed on my MAC Book Pro.
    30 May 2012, 01:38 AM Reply Like
  • dawgfish
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    Somebody's not thinking about the application to Apple TV as one example: Imagine saying : "when will there be a rerun of" (missed episode of favorite TV show) or "are there any George Clooney movies on tonight." Replacing all those remotes and channel listings would be awesome. Even "bring up slide show of Spain vacation" from photo albums.
    30 May 2012, 05:31 AM Reply Like
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    while it may not be perfect , give us a break, they will (Nuan) improve the product just like Apple does .
    30 May 2012, 09:08 AM Reply Like
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