Voice behind British Siri goes public despite Apple warning

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Voice behind British Siri goes public despite Apple warning

The voice behind the U.K.'s Siri speaks.

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Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET)

Former technology journalist Jon Briggs has revealed himself as the voice of Siri in the United Kingdom, despite a warning from Apple to keep silent.

In an interview with the U.K.’s Telegraph, Briggs outed himself as the voice behind Daniel, the name given to the U.K.’s version of Siri. iPhone 4S users who change Siri’s language in iOS 5 to English (United Kingdom) can hear the actual voice, which naturally carries with it a slight British accent.

Briggs spilled the beans even after a call from an Apple PR rep who told him not to speak publicly about Siri, warning him that Apple employees were not allowed to discuss the company’s product. But Briggs countered the rep, saying that he had actually recorded the snippets six years ago for another company and never even had a contract with Apple . That was the last he heard from Apple , according to the Telegraph.

The voice-over actor said he did the recordings for Scansoft’s text-to-speech services. Scansoft merged with Nuance in 2005, which event… [Read more]

Voice behind British Siri goes public despite Apple warning

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