Here’s how iOS 9’s Siri will push ahead of Google Now and Cortana

“Siri’s upgrade (revealed at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday) emphasizes proactivity and has achieved parity with the primary features of Google Now and Microsoft’s Cortana: time- and location-based reminders, hunting down videos that can be played within an app, identifying contacts via their phone number, or launching particular songs,” Mark Hachman writes for PCWorld. “But several of Siri’s promised features actually push the platform ahead of the competition: pulling useful data from your apps, controlling your smart home, and kicking off specialized tasks based on your habits or current needs.”

“Google’s grubby paws grab as much of your data as it can get, and makes no bones about it. Cortana also digs through your personal info,” Hachman writes. “Apple says it won’t tie any queries it makes on your behalf to your Apple ID, and any email mining will take place on your machine, not the cloud. That may be a convenient way to avoid stressing Apple’s cloud further, but it’s also going to appeal to average consumers and techies alike who worry about how much of their life is being compiled into a digital dossier. ”

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: For smart users, privacy is paramount.

I’m speaking to you from Silicon Valley, where some of the most prominent and successful companies have built their businesses by lulling their customers into complacency about their personal information. They’re gobbling up everything they can learn about you and trying to monetise it. We think that’s wrong. And it’s not the kind of company that Apple wants to be… We believe the customer should be in control of their own information. You might like these so-called free services, but we don’t think they’re worth having your email, your search history and now even your family photos data mined and sold off for god knows what advertising purpose. And we think some day, customers will see this for what it is. — Apple CEO Tim Cook, June 2, 2015


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Apple, others urge Obama to reject any proposal for smartphone backdoors – May 19, 2015
U.S. appeals court rules NSA bulk collection of phone data illegal – May 7, 2015
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Obama criticizes China’s demands for U.S. tech firms to hand over encryption keys, install backdoors – March 3, 2015
Apple CEO Tim Cook advocates privacy, says terrorists should be ‘eliminated’ – February 27, 2015
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DOJ warns Apple: iPhone encryption will lead to a child dying – November 19, 2014
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  1. I avoid ANY service that tracks me, just over the principle of the thing! I am 1000% behind Tim and the Apple approach to keeping my data on my device. The fact that Siri keeps the results of my queries on my device, and that Apple does not collect and sell that info, is a HUGE plus.

  2. It’s amazing the number of Google and Android users who live in a fantasy world and attempt to paint the tired picture that Apple is every bit as nefarious as Google, just to mollify themselves and their conscience. I tell them “A fool and his personal data are soon parted” with the Google choice. Among other things…

  3. Hey Siri…

    Show me a list of Christian bakers, Christian photographers, Christian wedding planners, and Christian wedding singers that Tim Cook would like to put out of business if they refuse to follow his personal dictates regarding the active support for sexual degeneracy.

    1. Glad you are back hill billy boy!

      Love reading you comments, kind of like going to see Elephant Man at the fair. Kind of macabre and curious at the same time.

      OK lets see if I can get you started…….er….how about this….”you are a fucked up moron probably living in your dead moms apartment talking to mummified skeleton of her in a rocking chair”.

      Roll up! Roll Up! See the hill billy mind laid bare in all it gory detail!

    2. I think boorishbop is on to something.

      HOWEVER, it’s important to note that the ten commandments say NOTHING about homosexuality. So I fully expect these fine Christians to refuse service to all who:
      – follow other gods
      – swear using the lord’s name
      – don’t remember the sabbath
      – don’t honor their parents
      – have committed adultery
      – ever stole anything
      – have lied
      – and, most especially, anyone who has EVER covet their neighbors stuff.

      That would be much more rational. (But, then, who the heck expects rationality from this crowd?)

      1. The 10 Commandments are not the complete Word of God.

        Christians do not have to justify who they will and will not serve to you. It’s NONE of your business.

        Liberals have the hardest time comprehending even the most basic things.

        1. No. But huge numbers of Christians think the ten commandments are core.

          Plus, if we want the complete word of god, we’re back to bringing together some good stuff with a huge amount of genocide, slavery, rape and mass murder.

          “It’s NONE of your business.”
          On the other hand, you you think what everyone else does is totally your business… Interesting.

          1. If you are in touch with your friend Pocahontas, please assure her of her special place in our hearts and minds. Courage and Love combin’d, succeeds over Sermon or Musket-ball.

          2. Uh, no, son, taking Biblical teaching in its totality does NOT bring back slavery, genocide, etc. This is one of the common ploys of the godless liberal. They speak from the abysmal depths of their rectums.

            Mosaic law was for a CERTAIN people during a CERTAIN time. A people which no longer exists, and a time which passed away long ago with the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

            Now then, suppose you tell me when and where, in fact, I said that “what everyone else does is totally my business.”

            Support your assertion. Show me, hotshot!

      2. Actually religion shouldn’t enter into it. Any commercial exchange where both parties do not consent but are compelled to complete the transaction by coercion legal and otherwise is a form of involuntary servitude and thus violates the Civil Rights of the non-consenting party.

        The only reasonable exception to this is if the service or product is the only one available which should also be illegal since monopolies natural and otherwise represent a moral hazard for both parties in any transaction.

    3. BOOM! CRASH! Reeeveeerrrrbbbbb.

      Testing, testing. Okay.

      Now listen up. Here are the rules:

      1. Men may BRIEFLY kiss one another on the cheek. But never on the mouth. And never, never with tongue.

      2. Men may hug one another briefly. Simultaneous handshake for separation is preferred. Shoulder slapping is good. Groins must, of course, be held as far apart as possible.

      3. Men may not touch one-another’s penises. They may slap one-another’s buttocks as long as it is in the context of a fine christian game of football.

      4. If a man is relaxing on a beach, by a pool or in bed and something touches their covered penis, the must jump up IMMEDIATELY in case it’s another man.

      and bonus rule:

      5. Real men don’t cry.

      Chortle. ha-ha. ROFL. I’M JUST KIDDING! I don’t give a big bang about any of this stupid shit. Grow up everybody. How could you POSSIBLY think that I, the omnipotent creator of EVERYTHING could possibly care about this picayune gibberish?

      1. By the way, God, you were just kidding with the Higgs boson, right? There has got to be more than just mass and energy. I suspect you have more surprises up your voluminous sleeves.

  4. This privacy rhetoric is seriously dumb. I have a bad feeling that Tim Cook’s comments are purposefully pandering to fears and misinformation regarding Google’s services. Hopefully I’m wrong.

    Without Cloud computing Siri will be at a serious disadvantage against Google Now. Google Now’s contextual awareness was phenomenal from what I watched in this year’s I/O.

  5. Future hilarity: Apparently, MS is going to poop out Windows 10 before it’s ready for prime time, at the end of July. I can testify that the current state of Cortana on Win 10 is awful. Unless there’s a miracle between now and then, we’re going to hear massive complaints about Cortana on Win 10.

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