For example sometimes searching Apple Maps for an address like 123 Mountain View in a development where there are similar addresses like Mountain Drive or Mountain Glade it’ll often ignore what you typed (or correctly heard in the case of Siri) and give you the wrong location such as Mountain Wood. This is especially frustrating when it happens to be your home location.
For a compounded example I tried to use geofenced reminders on iOS. I had set my home and work addresses in Contacts but edited their location manually on the map because the postal address Apple offers isn’t correct and is useless when using the very useful autocomplete feature in safari. Searching for Home/Work on Apple maps goes to the incorrect location and jumps to the edited location. So when the Reminders App checks for the input location (Hey Siri remind me to do bla when I get home) it only goes to the incorrect location and sometimes another random Mountain location and never checks for the edit.
This is not the attention to detail Apple is supposedly known for.
It is the kind of annoying amusing malfunction Apple apps are known for. Autocorrect was another big offender for years. The funniest for me was when my iPhone insisted on changing “there” into “they’re” when “there” was correct
There are also obvious mistakes with location that just shouldn’t happen. If I am in Glasgow and ask Siri “how far to Loch Lomond?” it should be obvious that I mean Loch Lomond in Scotland and not Loch Lomond VA.
It’s interesting to note Woz’s current enthusiasm for the watch because he was very down on it when it launched.
I guess Google Maps calculates the probability a place will be looked for, and of course a small street in a not too big city in Mexico will be less likely to be searched than a popular place in Europe. But common if I wanted to look for something in Europe I'll zoom out and place the map in Europe. If my zoom is in my city I obviously want to look something in MY CITY!
Whenever I go visit back home in Slovenia my phone loses about 60% of its utility overnight.
At least then you can blame it for replacing "become" with "gotten"!
How many backspace keystrokes and seconds have been wasted due to autocorrect features on phones
The other one only the universe knows:
how much time has been wasted by humans untangling headphones which get tangled due to the grippy texture-finish of their rubberized coating
Similarly Google can't build hardware products and good UIs. Sure they can copy and be moderately successful, but they never matched Apple in terms of knowing how to build gadgets as art/fashion items, and not just gadgets. Again, it's just not in the company's DNA.
Wish there was a company with all that in one package... but no, nothing on the horizon yet.
I find no answer worse than a bad answer. Siri alternates between these two.
An anecdote of my favorite Siri incident. One night a couple weeks ago, we had an abundance of dragonflies in our yard. I said that they were there because they are bugs and it was the right time of day for that. She thought dragonflies ate something else, so she asked Siri, “what do dragonflies eat?”
Siri told us that we should consult a local zoologist before attempting to care for wild animals.
Alexa is probably the best, she rarely can’t answer basic questions like the one you posed. Siri 9 out of 10 times cannot perform a task or answer a question when asked.
We mainly use it for a shopping list (shared reminders list) and for setting timers. Occasionally I'll check the weather or sunset/sunrise times. I've tried to use it for hands free navigation with a bluetooth headset, but you still have to interact with the screen to start it.
The story was included with many other Woz tales in jl's book "Founders at Work"
Pure Woz! He says this at a Samsung event!
Mmm no. It gives you a list of web results, none of which has to do with real estate. Maybe Woz's Google results were influenced by his own real estate searches :)
It's still ridicolous that you don't get a straight answer, though.
I would consider that a correct response.
Works for me (at least for those where a surface area is maintained in the table). Do you have JS turned off?
Thanks for this idea. I just tried it, and Siri was able to do it successfully.
This is the challenge - to recognize our words, sounds, phonetics, and context. Rest is just commodity.
I don't get it. How is citing a decades-old date weeks before the real date a "prank"?
I once met an Englishman, who assured me he was from South Africa, after talking with him for like 10 minutes, he starts cracking up... when I asked why he said "Because I'm actually English!!"
When I was 21 in the US we played a mean game of seeing what we could make Americans believe - and we came up with some truly bizarre stuff.
I think that English people do this as a proxy test of intelligence - it is a continuous competition. Maybe an English person can correct me?
I dont care about pop culture celebrities but I eat up Steve Jobs reminisce pieces and Wozniak opinions like candy even if the particular article is banal.
What does "hard to do any other way on the Internet" mean here? I'm honestly confused because say you Google it then you get the results instantly. Unless he is talking about the definition of "large" which can be the area covered or the volume but then that's up to the question itself and not Siri.
Until a few years ago it could take multiple searches and some manual collating/filtering/calculating of results to get the answer to that question.
I think that's what he means.
+lakes +california +(largest OR "by size")
what are the 5 largest lakes in California
As much as we hate the new google that returns pages that don't contain our search terms, other people love it because it mostly just works for them.
The old Google, the Google where word order mattered and whereyou could use + or -, was hard to use for most people. AskJeeves' selling point was that you could just aski it natural language questions.
On bad days (I'm assuming some A/B-testing going on) it also ignores the verbatim option.
If you get worse results than you usually get, try reporting it (or reporting basically any problem) on the page.
For me at least it seems that magically within hours the problem is now gone.
In the beginning I thought they had fixed the issue I reported really quick. But after seing this happen again (and again) I think a better explanation is they have a systen that opts you out of the tests once you report a problem.
Personally I have moved on to DDG (and I have one browser with Qwant as the default) but this trick helped me a few times.
I have the latest iPhone (well, it was the latest until this fall ) on the latest non-jailbroken firmware and have used an iPhone since the 5s. I go to coffee shops often. They're basically my second home.
I also use the default Apple maps when navigating, and have location turned on for a few services, including find my iPhone.
My phone definitely knows where I frequent. I recently moved cities and my iPhone recognizes my new "home" even though I never updated it. (it's where I sleep a lot, I guess).
Still, I have never gotten these location-based alerts, nor have I ever opted out of them.
If it matters I can agree that I’m not the smartest bulb in the room when it comes to the latest web-dev stuff, it just happened that by chance I got to work on this geo and web stuff taken together for quite some time now, just a little before Google decided to publish their Maps API (that’s early 2006, if I’m not mistaken). I remember the glorious days of writing Python scripts that would help connect in real time an external GPS unit to a N60 Nokia phone so that the images taken with the phone would be mapped to geo-coordinates written on a file somewhere that will later be used to display those images on a map. Because back in those days phones didn’t have GPS capabilities built-in. I was also the person who built the first google maps mashup around these parts of the world (a pale replica of the Chicago crime website adapted to my home city, extracting addresses from plain-text police reports automatically was fun) and ever since then I have been obsessed with geo stuff and maps on the web. But, as I said, I’m not the brightest bulb so maybe I’m missing something about “how the internet works” and as such I’d be happy to learn more.
But yes it can be disabled.
Or maybe this being a frequent location for you they already cached the map tiles from that one time you opened the map while in the neighborhood.
Or maybe they actually loaded all POIs in your home state at some point in the past. There aren’t that many out there.
From what I recall, Apple supposedly does not collect that data.
The thing is, Apple Maps was a screwup yes, but it's never been a paid feature and you could just install Google maps if you wanted to. I would agree that we do generally expect more from Apple, but as an iPhone owner that just stuck with other better free options anyway, I have difficulty working up any strong emotions about it.
Sure. There were growing pains, but being out from under the thumb of google is a good thing. Both _my_ user experience and my privacy as a customer has improved.
I don't know the details but I assume it was about money. If I ran Apple, I wouldn't be comfortable displaying ads on an app that is 1. installed for all users by default 2. the user cannot uninstall.
I am OK with a built-in app doing data collection for ads provided it only starts collecting said data after informed consent. However, displaying ads from Google's ad network would hurt me in at least two ways: 1. it ruins the default experience for the users (I think Google agrees that ads are bad for user experience or it wouldn't have things like YouTube Red or soon to be called YouTube Premium) 2. it ruins my relationship with advertisers who now have to go through Google to reach my customers.
Google, I assume, is also unwilling to provide Google Maps free of charge without 1. contributing data back to make Google Maps better (and serve better, higher paying ads) 2. allowing Apple to serve as the sole ad exchange for Google Maps for iOS
Once again, these are just my guesses. I know nothing about the industry. I thought it was strange that advertisers don't simply trust Google when it comes to data about advertising and want some kind of auditing (can you imagine yet another tracking script that phones home to some consulting company that is charged with keeping Google "honest"?) However, the recent reports that Facebook lied to advertisers shows that the concern is real (if not for Google but at least for some other people). Anyway, what I have learned is that the world of advertising is built on distrust. My understanding of advertising is very limited. It seems like the industry thinks there is value in advertising that does not immediately lead to user action like a purchase. The advertiser gets value out of an ad simply being displayed even if the user has no intention of eating a McDonalds or getting an Uber at this very moment. The problem I can't wrap my head around is how does McDonalds know if an ad display impression is legitimate and how does Google know that all legitimate ad display impressions get counted and paid for without using a third party arbiter (an arbiter is unacceptable to me if I were Google)?
I'd love corrections if I made any bad assumptions. Thanks
I've read other more recent accounts that also claim Google wanted to collect more location data from iOS users in order to license their scalable vector map tiles to Apple, but couldn't find the link.
I'm still amazed by these big numbers though because I just can't wrap my head around them.
Honi soit qui mal y pense...
No mapping application should, can, or will be 100% accurate its up to you as the user to ensure the directions given are sane and reasonable.
In Stockholm urban area it’s about the same, but the Apple Maps UI is anecdotally easier to use (my mom being the test subject)
If you're thinking in 'customer journey' terms (and I don't just mean maps), you don't want anyone holding segments hostage.
So, it shows they have some self-awareness of the problem.