Jun 4, 2018

Apple jams Facebook's web-tracking tools

Apple has overhauled its virtual assistant Siri to control third-party apps without users having to open them. Although Apple was one of the first tech firms to offer a smart assistant, Siri is widely seen to have fallen behind its rivals in recent years. "Voice assistants like Siri are critical because they are becoming a vehicle to a service," commented Ben Stanton, an analyst at the consultancy Canalys. Siri's new functionality appears to build on Workflow, an automation tool that Apple acquired last year. Another major addition announced for iOS 12 was Time Limit, which will allow users to pre-determine how much time they should spend using individual apps, and bring up a full-screen alert when an allowance is used up.

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