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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 Releases Dark Mode for its iTunes Remote App

iTunes Remote is a free app for controlling music libraries and other content on the Mac with the iPhone. It can be downloaded from the iOS App Store

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An Apple company logo is seen behind tree branches outside an Apple store in Beijing, Dec. 14, 2018. VOA

Apple has released a new version of its iTunes Remote app for iOS, featuring Dark Mode and enhanced support for the new Music and TV apps included with macOS Catalina.

Following new iOS update and the macOS 10.15.2 update, the iTunes Remote app can be used to control playback in the Music and TV apps in macOS Catalina.

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iTunes was formally launched in 2001 and its music store was launched two years later. Pixabay

“iTunes Remote is the best way to control Apple Music, iTunes and the Apple TV app from anywhere in your home. Simply download the app to your iPhone or iPad and connect directly to Apple Music, iTunes or the Apple TV app on your Mac or PC,” the company said in a statement recently.

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As per report, Apple probably also fixed some bugs and improved the overall performance of the app with the new update, although the release notes did not mention it,

iTunes Remote is a free app for controlling music libraries and other content on the Mac with the iPhone. It can be downloaded from the iOS App Store. (IANS)