Apple is introducing a new analytics section to its iOS privacy settings where it will ask for permission to analyze iCloud account data to improve Siri and other smart features.
Apple has been critical of Silicon Valley's addiction to harvesting and monetizing user data for ads, but it appears Apple sees some sense in accessing user data and will be seeking to use more of it in the near future. An iOS 10.3 beta released last week contained a note under the title 'iCloud Analytics & Privacy', explaining that Apple wants to analyze iCloud account data to improve intelligent features such as Siri.Read more
Setting a passcode on your iPhone is the first line of defense to help prevent other people from accessing your personal details. However, it's pretty much easy for anyone with access to your iPhone to bypass the passcode protection and access your personal photos and messages.
A new critical security flaw discovered in iOS 8 and newer, including 10.2 beta 3, allows anyone to bypass iPhone's passcode and gain access to personal information using the benevolent nature of Apple's personal assistant Siri. The security glitch has been discovered by EverythingApplePro and iDeviceHelps and now that they have gone public with a video.Read more
Siri may be your personal assistant. But your voice is not the only one she listens to. Siri also helpfully obeys the orders of any hacker who talks to her — even, in some cases, one who’s silently transmitting those commands via radio.
A pair of researchers have shown that they can use radio waves to silently trigger voice commands on any Android phone or iPhone that has Google Now or Siri enabled. Their clever hack uses those headphones’ cord as an antenna, exploiting its wire to convert surreptitious electromagnetic waves into electrical signals that appear to the phone’s operating system to be audio coming from the user’s microphone.Read more
"Hey Siri, it looks like I can activate you by voice whether or not my new iPhone 6S is plugged in." "Yes, that's right. Thank you for noticing." Well, that's not an actual conversation I had with Siri, but it could have been.
With the launch of the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, Apple's voice assistant has been beefed up with a helpful new feature, namely always-on voice activation. The "Hey Siri" feature lets you activate Siri just by saying, you guessed it, "Hey Siri," eliminating the need to hold down the Home button or raise the phone to your mouth to wake up the voice assistant. But "Hey Siri" has one limitation. Your current iPhone has to be connected to a power source for "Hey Siri" to work.Read more