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  • Siri Co-Founder Amicably Bolts From Apple


    The list of key players who have left Apple this year just got a little bit longer.

    According to published reports Monday, Dag Kittlaus, the co-founder and CEO of Siri, has left Apple. Kittlaus is widely credited with developing the voice recognition technology that has quickly become the hottest new feature of the iPhone 4S.

    Kittlaus has led the speech recognition efforts for Apple since Apple bought Siri in April of 2010. He had been Siriís CEO since 2007. Before that, the Norwegian-born Kittlaus was an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Stanford Research Institute and had also worked at Motorola.
    Kittlaus, however, is believed to be leaving on good terms with the tech giant, says Kara Swisher of All Things D. "There were several reasons for the departure, which was amicable and has been planned for a while, sources said," Swisher revealed. "They included Kittlaus' family being in Chicago, a desire to take time off and an interest in brainstorming new entrepreneurial ideas."

    According to the report, Kittlaus has already left Apple. His departure came just days after the iPhone 4S was formally introduced earlier this month. Although Kittlaus is out, other top hold-over executives from Siri remain on board with Apple. And there are no rumors of further departures at this time.

    Source: All Things D
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Siri Co-Founder Amicably Bolts From Apple started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. Mlitz69's Avatar
      Mlitz69 -
      Could Siri be short lived
    1. SergeantMAC's Avatar
      SergeantMAC -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mlitz69 View Post
      Could Siri be short lived
      I highly doubt it since they paid a pretty penny for it and it is becoming pretty popular. But who knows with apple somedays. I sure hope not though.
    1. FoneWeasel's Avatar
      FoneWeasel -
      Cofounder of the company that Apple bought but it was originally a DoD project so you wouldn't have a "founder" and "co-founder".
    1. Teban's Avatar
      Teban -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mlitz69 View Post
      Could Siri be short lived
      Doubt it, if you've used Siri for more then 20 mins you can just tell this is the future. I'll put up a 100 buck (payable upon death), if apple comes out with a tv, it has no remote. 100% Siri controlled.
    1. SergeantMAC's Avatar
      SergeantMAC -
      Quote Originally Posted by FoneWeasel View Post
      Cofounder of the company that Apple bought but it was originally a DoD project so you wouldn't have a "founder" and "co-founder".
      Really? That's what you took from the article? Lighten up.

      Quote Originally Posted by Teban View Post
      Doubt it, if you've used Siri for more then 20 mins you can just tell this is the future. I'll put up a 100 buck (payable upon death), if apple comes out with a tv, it has no remote. 100% Siri controlled.
      Wouldn't surprise me much. Still want a remote for my tv though.
    1. Teban's Avatar
      Teban -
      Yeah but it's apple, you'll get the remote on the second gen tv!!!!
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      iPad 3 will most definitely have Siri, but I would also expect Siri to make its way into OSX too.
      Although I'd expect Apple to limit Siri on OS X to only new hardware.

      This dudes invention has proven to have paid off so might as well move on to something new.
    1. STM127's Avatar
      STM127 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Teban View Post
      I'll put up a 100 buck (payable upon death), if apple comes out with a tv, it has no remote. 100% Siri controlled.
      How would I use Siri to pause the movie when it's blaring in 5.1?
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by STM127 View Post
      How would I use Siri to pause the movie when it's blaring in 5.1?
      Or when the show or movie has a scene where the character is using Siri :-p
    1. mallenass's Avatar
      mallenass -
      Quote Originally Posted by STM127 View Post
      How would I use Siri to pause the movie when it's blaring in 5.1?
      TROLOLOL

      iDied
    1. vavi's Avatar
      vavi -
      I'll put up a 100 buck (payable upon death), if apple comes out with a tv, it has no remote. 100% Siri controlled.
      it will be weird talking to your TV
      How would I use Siri to pause the movie when it's blaring in 5.1?
      this Guy ^^
    1. jordbrett's Avatar
      jordbrett -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      How would I use Siri to pause the movie when it's blaring in 5.1?
      Either a handheld microphone or via an iPhone or maybe kinect and Siri will have a baby and you can just gesture then speak.
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Teban View Post
      Doubt it, if you've used Siri for more then 20 mins you can just tell this is the future. I'll put up a 100 buck (payable upon death), if apple comes out with a tv, it has no remote. 100% Siri controlled.
      can u imagine channel hopping at 1am? divorce could go up 70%
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mlitz69 View Post
      Could Siri be short lived
      No this is only 1 of 3 things pushing ppl from the 4 to the 4s
      1.Siri
      2.Faster Processor
      3.64gig
    1. jordbrett's Avatar
      jordbrett -
      Quote Originally Posted by se23 View Post
      can u imagine channel hopping at 1am? divorce could go up 70%
      Hahaha or laying in bed next to the wife quietly trying to change channels
    1. blondelefty's Avatar
      blondelefty -
      Quote Originally Posted by STM127 View Post
      How would I use Siri to pause the movie when it's blaring in 5.1?
      Ask it nicely?
    1. bfan's Avatar
      bfan -
      cool, siri suck anyway
    1. Mlitz69's Avatar
      Mlitz69 -
      I have no use for it I don't even use the voice rec on my I4 😱
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      So he didn't really, "bolt" as the title suggests, it sounds like this was in the works for awhile. Anyway, Siri is awesome and its definitely here to stay.
    1. iPhonePutz's Avatar
      iPhonePutz -
      The buy out contract likely required him to stay on through product launch to ensure success. Now that's checked off the list, he's moving on to making his next $100M. Shouldn't come as a shock...