The Latest: Siri updated in artificial-intelligence rivalry

The Latest on Apple (all times local): 1:20 p.m. Analysts are saying that Apple’s upcoming updates to its Siri voice assistant should help the company address criticisms that it can’t compete on artificial intelligence. Apple is now opening Siri to apps made by other companies, and like Google and Microsoft, it’s bringing the digital assistant to desktop and laptop computers. It’s also making Siri smarter by using what Apple calls differential privacy. Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy explains it as Apple using non-personal information in aggregate to teach Siri new tricks, then having all the personalization take place on the individual device. It’s in contrast to Google’s approach of doing everything over the internet — that is, in the “cloud.” Analyst Jan Dawson of Jackdaw Research says the…


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