The Woman Behind Siri's Voice Reveals Herself: 'It's Kinda Creepy'

One of the world's greatest, most enduring mysteries has finally been solved. No, we haven't figured out what Stonehenge is for, how the pyramids were built, who really killed JFK, what caused the Bloop, the identity of the man in the Taman Shud case, or why Jennifer Aniston keeps getting roles in major studio films —… » 10/04/13 11:50am 10/04/13 11:50am

Ten Life Lessons You Learn While Playing the Dots Game on Your iPhone

I'm addicted to Dots, the oddly simple iPhone game that's like an interactive Damien Hirst painting. You have sixty seconds to clear as many dots from the screen as you can; there are no bells or whistles, just dots. Still, Dots has lessons to teach. Here are ten. » 8/12/13 4:05pm 8/12/13 4:05pm

Guy Tricks Idiot Thief Into Bringing his iPhone Back By Posing as OK…

This might just be the Grand Guignol of petty thief dumbassery. As is wont to happen, a Brooklyn man named Nadal Nirenberg lost his phone in a cab at 4 AM on New Year's Eve. The next day, Nirinberg saw that whoever grabbed it later was using his OK Cupid profile (linked to his iPhone) to look for dates. So he set up a… » 1/05/13 5:30pm 1/05/13 5:30pm

John Malkovich and Siri Hit It Off, Probably Because He Doesn't Ask Her …

Siri may deny knowing Samuel L. Jackson and be irritated by certain members of the Deschanel family that insist on asking insipid questions about the weather, but she apparently does like some people. In the newest ad for Apple's iPhone 4S, she and John Malkovich seem to share quite a deep connection. Well, as deep a… » 5/24/12 9:30am 5/24/12 9:30am

Watch Zooey Deschanel's Hilarious Brother Jooey Push All of Siri's…

If you think Siri gets bitchy when you ask her about Zooey Deschanel, wait until you see what she does when confronted with Jooey Deschanel. He's Zooey's "brother," and he seems to be suffering from some kind of adorkable spectrum disorder that allows him to drive Siri over the brink. "Siri, you wanna take a soup bath?" » 5/17/12 11:15pm 5/17/12 11:15pm

Chinese Teenager Unwisely Sells His Kidney So He Can Buy an iPad

Teenagers are renowned for their love of electronic gadgets and their poor judgment, and it seems these two things have come together in a rather unfortunate way for one teen in central China. A 17-year-old high school student apparently traded his kidney for money to buy an iPhone and an iPad. Five people have now… » 4/08/12 11:55pm 4/08/12 11:55pm

Siri Goes Rogue, Tells A 12-Year-Old Boy To 'Shut The Fuck Up'


British tween Charlie Le Quesne and his mom were shopping at a store in England when he picked up an iPhone 4S on display and innocently asked Siri, "How many people are there in the world?" The 12-year-old, expecting the phone's automated assistant to give him a number, got a real shock when instead Siri answered, "Shut … » 1/01/12 3:45pm 1/01/12 3:45pm

Worth It: The Essential App For Getting Your Shit Together

Much unlike many a magazine editor who recommends you buy all sorts of crap that they most likely got for free, your Jezebel staff doesn't get jack shit (other than books, unsolicited). And that's how it should be. But on our own time, in our personal lives, we still buy stuff. So this is Worth It, our daily… » 11/01/11 1:00pm 11/01/11 1:00pm

Why Do So Many Robots Have A Woman's Voice?


Ever wonder why so many automated voices—think the iPhone's Siri, your GPS lady, the woman who gives you your voicemail—are female? NPR's Scott Simon did a little digging into this topic, and the consensus seems to be that women's voices are used because they're perceived as being more comforting. As one expert put… » 10/23/11 1:05pm 10/23/11 1:05pm