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| June 18, 2013
Apple Updates Siri's Response To Possible Suicide Risks
Apple has updated Siri to offer a more appropriate response to possible suicide risks. As you can see in the above image, potential threats now result in the personal assistant offering to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for its user, in a change that is appearing on both iOS 6- and iOS 7-powered iDevices. Previously, Siri would provide users with contact information for the suicide prevention helpline. Now, however, the on board assistant offers to call up the service directly. In 2006, a World Health Organization (WHO) report indicated that almost 1 million people commit suicide every year. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline consists of 161 centers in the United States, and provides a 24-hour hotline available free of charge to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. See also: OS X Mavericks Expands On Dictation: Goes Offline, Offers Live Feedback, Siri, Show Me A Hands-On Preview Video Of Your New Features In iOS 7, and Siri Gets A New Voice With iOS 7.