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Apple Allegedly Paying Contractors to Listen to Recorded Conversations of Its Virtual Assistant Siri

This comes weeks after the iPhone-maker took a swipe at arch rival and Internet giant Google by putting up a billboard reading "Were in the business of staying out of yours"

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According to a former contractor at the company, Siri interactions are sent to workers who listen to the recording and are asked to grade it for a variety of factors, like whether the request was intentional or a false alarm that accidentally triggered Siri, or if the response was helpful. Pixabay

Apple, which repeatedly takes a dig at Android over privacy, is now allegedly paying contractors to listen to the recorded conversations of its virtual assistant Siri.

“According to a former contractor at the company, Siri interactions are sent to workers who listen to the recording and are asked to grade it for a variety of factors, like whether the request was intentional or a false alarm that accidentally triggered Siri, or if the response was helpful,” The Verge reported on Friday.

This comes weeks after the iPhone-maker took a swipe at arch rival and Internet giant Google by putting up a billboard reading “Were in the business of staying out of yours”, right next to Sidewalk Labs’ new headquarters in Toronto.

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Apple, which repeatedly takes a dig at Android over privacy, is now allegedly paying contractors to listen to the recorded conversations of its virtual assistant Siri. Pixabay

However, Apple’s system may also be more concerning for a few reasons, like the pervasiveness of Apple products.

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While Alexa is largely limited to smart speakers, and Google Assistant to speakers and phones, Siri is also on Apple’s hugely popular Apple Watch, which is on millions of people’s wrists every waking moment. Plus, Siri on an Apple Watch activates any time a user raises their wrist, not just when it thinks it heard the “Hey, Siri” wake word phrase, the report added. (IANS)

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Apple Commits $6 Billion to Its Original TV Shows and Movies Budget for Its Upcoming Apple TV+ Service

One comedy-drama called "The Morning Show", featuring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carrell, has cost Apple hundreds of millions of dollars

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This is a huge jump in Apple's budget for original shows as the company earlier set aside $1 billion for bringing renowned creators and actors to its platform, The Verge reported on Monday. Pixabay

In a bid to give over-the-top streaming services from Netflix, HBO, Amazon and Hulu a run for their money, Apple has committed $6 billion to its original TV shows and movies budget for its upcoming Apple TV+ service, according to a new report from the Financial Times.

This is a huge jump in Apple’s budget for original shows as the company earlier set aside $1 billion for bringing renowned creators and actors to its platform, The Verge reported on Monday.

One comedy-drama called “The Morning Show”, featuring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carrell, has cost Apple hundreds of millions of dollars, said the report quoting the FT.

Apple announced its TV+ service at an event in March. The on-demand subscription service will come with brand new programming from the world’s celebrated artists including Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Apple said.

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In a bid to give over-the-top streaming services from Netflix, HBO, Amazon and Hulu a run for their money, Apple has committed $6 billion to its original TV shows and movies budget. Pixabay

While the company announced that the service will start rolling out from autumn this year, it did not disclose any exact release date or price for the service.

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The FT report indicates that Apple may release it before Disney+ launches on November 12. (IANS)