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In under half of a typical day, Apple pulls in enough money to purchase the indoor-location company that it just purchased. So when you hear of a $20 million acquisition price for WifiSLAM, don't fret -- it's not like Apple is really digging deep into its cash coffers to cut the check. That said, it's always... Read more...
While the total number of apps available for Windows Phone 8 still lags behind Apple's App Store and Google's Play store, Windows Phone 8 users should be happy to see more and more developers pay attention to the Windows Phone 8 platform. Recently, the Windows Phone store received a couple of additions in the form of... Read more...
A new voice search technology known as Veveo has some capabilities that could make Siri jealous. Veveo's website poses the question, "So what if we could talk to our devices like we normally do with other people?" With its conversational interface, Veveo brings predictive search to devices and combines it with... Read more...
Apple's Siri voice recognition software gets around, and later this year, it will be integrated into 2013 model Honda Accord, Acura RDX, and ILX models as a dealer installed option, American Honda announced. Using Eyes Free mode, drivers with a compatible iPhone running iOS 6 will be able to chat with Siri without... Read more...
Amazon on Thursday announced the acquisition of Ivona Software, a text-to-speech firm out of Poland. Ivona Software's voice recognition technologies are already utilized by Amazon's line of Kindle Fire tablets, and the company also provides text-to-speech products and services for thousands of developers, businesses, and customers around the... Read more...
Apple's Siri voice assistant software for iOS devices is an evolving persona, one that creates the illusion of having a real-life secretary at your beck and call. She's able to find restaurants, set reminders, jot down notes, and plenty more, and occasionally gets sassy. It's all very charming, though there remains plenty of room for improvement.... Read more...
Google Now is getting even smarter. Widely viewed as, in many cases, superior to Siri, Google's own intelligent assistant has taken Jelly Bean owners by storm, offering them news and suggestions without them even needing to ask for it. Now, the product is seeing its first major update, and travelers are going to love it. Before you even leave... Read more...
According to 9to5Mac’s sources, the version of Mac OS X due next year will likely have Siri and Apple Maps integration. Specifically, the same essential Siri voice command software found in newer iOS devices is present in these early OS builds. If Siri indeed ends up as part of Mac OS X 10.9, it’s unclear... Read more...
You have to love the ideas that spill forth from a good futurist such as Ray Kurzweil, who recently remarked at an event that the cloud is potentially capable of expanding human brain capacity. The “cloud” is a computing revolution (or evolution, or devolution, depending on who you ask) wherein data, programs, and more are decentralized... Read more...
They’re calling it “anticipatory computing”, and it’s a big step forward in the way we’ll interact with our computing systems, or at least that’s what Expect Labs will be working on with the $2.4 million it received in investor funding today from Google Ventures and Greylock... Read more...
There was plenty of speculation and suspicion when Apple’s Siri launched that it was using Nuance technology; many assumed that Nuance was involved with Siri, at least on the back end, but both Apple and Nuance were strangely vague and evasive about it. All of that seems irrelevant now, though, with Nuance’s announcement of Nina.... Read more...
With the final item in the deluge of Apple posts, the company debuted iOS 6 and many of its over 200 new features. Predictably, Siri got plenty of attention in this OS update. She is now available in the iPad as well as the iPhone, and she speaks English, French, German, and Japanese, with new support for Spanish... Read more...
Not content simply to launch a new iPad today, Apple announced various other new, slightly less exciting but certainly noteworthy items, as well. First off, Siri now speaks more languages; with iOS 5.1, she now supports English, French, German, and Japanese. The upgrade is available stateside today and will roll out... Read more...
Anytime the tech world eagerly awaits some new exciting technology, rumors swirl about the what, where, and when of it. For that matter, the rumor mill churns up conjecture about everything from the color of the impending thing to the price tag. Accordingly, speculation about Google’s inevitable answer to Apple’s Siri artificial... Read more...
Apple's Siri has clearly convinced a lot of people to upgrade, or buy into the iPhone universe altogether. Apple's had no issues selling the iPhone 4S, and while there are a few slightly similar solutions for Android, Windows Phone 7 has largely been left out. But a revised version of Ask Zippy may get WP7 into that conversation. It's clearly... Read more...
Same song, different verse: Google is trying to keep pace with Apple by developing a similar competing product. This time, it’s a competitor to Siri, which is codenamed “Majel”, according to a pair of reports from AndroidandMe. Ever since Apple announced Siri, the iPhone 4S’s personal digital assistant that understands... Read more...
What if there were a way for Siri to do more than it does? What if it could control everything? We're getting there. Siri has been tweaked to enable voice controls of third-party applications. It's a proxy setup that catches instructions, converts them, and eventually sends the final dictations to the app. FastPdfKit is the first app to have... Read more...
Everyone's been kvelling over Siri since the iPhone 4GS was released a month ago. But Apple's "virtual personal assistant" is just the natural evolution of technology being built around our needs, wants and desires. That's exactly why so much popular science fiction has been written around the idea that one day robots... Read more...
While Siri has been on the tip of the tech world's tongue lately, it's Sirius XM making moves today. The company has released their first piece of hardware in quite some while, with the new Edge radio becoming the first to receive an expanded lineup of commercial-free music channels, sports, and comedy, as well as SiriusXM Latino, a new suite... Read more...
Having trouble with your "virtual personal assistant," as Apple likes to refer to its Siri voice recognition software? You're not alone. Here we are three days after the iPhone 4S launch and users are still taking to Twitter and Apple's support forum to voice their frustration that Siri is experiencing network connectivity quirks. It's been... Read more...
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