Siri Tells Boy to ‘Shut the ____ up’

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UNITED KINGDOM — Who knew Siri could be so vulgar? Apple’s personal assistant on the iPhone 4S cursed at a 12-year-old boy after he asked a simple question.

According to the Sun, Charlie Le Quesne, 12, asked, “How many people are there in the world?” Siri responded with, “Shut the [expletive] up, you ugly [expletive].”

Whoops.

The boy’s mother thought it was a mistake, so they asked again and got the same response. The store manager said pranksters may have tricked Siri into thinking the vulgar phrase was the user’s name, which can be done in the set-up instructions. However, why Siri would respond with the user’s “name” when asked about the population of the world is another question altogether.

The demo phone was yanked from the shelf and sent back to Apple for testing.

But this isn’t the first time Siri has raised eyebrows. She has a whole blog dedicated to the offbeat responses she comes up with. S*** That Siri Says reveals the darker, more ‘corrupted’ side of Apple’s personal assistant. In the UK, Siri is actually a man with a British accent, who’s apparently as cheeky as his counterpart in the United States.

For those interested in a voice-activated assistant, but want to side-step the cost of an iPhone 4S, which is the only device that offers Siri, there are several free apps to choose from.

Vlingo has the capability of texting, calling, emailing, searching the web and finding directions. But Vlingo also interfaces with Twitter and Facebook, making it easy to update your status with your voice.

Other free alternatives include Dragon Go, Google and your phone’s voice control, which is a far cry from Siri or the other apps previously mentioned.

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