What the Heck Happened to Siri?

Open mouth, insert foot: Siri apparently did something like that yesterday, responding to iPhone 4S owners’ questions with decidedly un-savvy answers. Answers like: “Sorry, I’m having trouble connecting to the network” and “Sorry I’m not able to connect right now” and “Sorry, I don’t have a network connection.”

But users actually did

WATCH: Siri Has Trouble Recognizing Scottish Accents

Bad news for tech-loving Scots—the iPhone 4S doesn’t understand what you’re saying. Siri, Apple’s personal assistant, can recognize accents everywhere from Australia to London (and respond in-kind). It can even understand you if you speak to it in French or German.

But live in Edinburgh or Aberdeen? Sorry, you’re out of …

Siri Co-Founder Bids Apple Adieu (It’s Not What You Think)

Siri says hello, one of its creators says goodbye? That’s the story, according to the good folks at AllThingsD. Dag Kittlaus, whose name you’ve probably missed with all the laser-like focus on Steve Jobs, was the co-founder and CEO of the company that put the iPhone 4S’s acclaimed voice assistant software on the map.

But let’s get the …

Catfight! Siri, Meet Iris, Your 8-Hour-Old Android Rival

For all Steve Jobs’ grousing about rivals trying to pinch his thunder, you know what they say: only run-of-the-mill creators borrow—great ones swipe ideas wholesale. That includes Apple’s iPhone 4S-dwelling Siri, by the way, which is just Apple’s take on much older (and, some might say, smarter) natural language chatbots like

Siri Tricks and Tips: Do More with the iPhone 4S Virtual Assistant

In a phone with lots of evolutionary qualities, Siri is the iPhone 4S’s most revolutionary feature. Simply by speaking to this virtual assistant, you can set reminders, send text messages, look up information and schedule meetings.

But with a bit of extra effort, Siri can do even more. Here are some tricks and tips for getting the …

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