Testing Japanese Siri

Summary:Apple used the iPad 3 — sorry, the iPad HD — no, pardon me, the "new iPad" announcement this week to update its Siri product with better international language support. We turned Japanese to find out whether the service is up to scratch.

Apple used the iPad 3 — sorry, the iPad HD — no, pardon me, the "new iPad" announcement this week to update its Siri product with better international language support. We turned Japanese to find out whether the service is up to scratch.

We sat down in the studio with Brian Haverty, CBS Interactive's editorial director and fluent Japanese speaker, to challenge Siri's linguistic capabilities.

Challenges included, "what's the weather like in Osaka?", "read my new text message" and "what is the meaning of life?".

Needless to say, the service works well, but it still shows signs that it's a beta product, given its inability to look up directions or understand "how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood".

Watch the video to see two grown men try to make a machine say "domo arigato, Mr Roboto".

Topics: Apple, iPad, iPhone, Mobility

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