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CNN reveals the voice of Siri
Oh Siri, now we really know you. The woman behind that comforting and helpful voice on millions of U.S. iPhones and iPads has been revealed. CNN on Friday introduced Susan Bennett, who lives outside Atlanta, as the source of the recorded answers to everything from “What’s the weather like?” to “What is the meaning of life?” Bennett told CNN she started the journey as Siri’s voice in 2005, two years before the first iPhone was introduced, offering text-to-speech recordings for four hours a day. Bennett told CNN that the process of recording the voice that would later become Siri was speaking words and phrases that could be mixed together to form different answers.
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Easing rules for portable devices on planes delayed
If you’ve been looking forward to the day airlines ease the restrictions on the use of portable electronic devices on planes, you will have to wait a bit longer. A panel of representatives from the aviation and electronics industries submitted a plan Monday to the Federal Aviation Administration for lifting the limits on when you can power up electronic readers, tablets and other gadgets during commercial flights. But the FAA says it can’t begin to work on adopting the recommendations because key FAA staffers have been furloughed by the partial government shutdown.