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Apple has sort-of-confirmed that it recently snapped up another small company, called Novauris. The firm specializes in speech recognition and has historical ties to the core technology and patents underpinning Siri. TechCrunch reports that Novauris' experts are already working inside Apple to imp...

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Those of us who have been waiting for an Amazon Prime channel to finally show up on their Apple TV now have an explanation as to why it never arrived. Today Amazon introduced FireTV (US $99), an Amazon set-top box that seems perfectly situated to compete with Apple TV. Amazon cited a 350% growth...

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Microsoft has just announced Cortana, a new voice search tool for Windows Phone 8.1. Powered by Bing, it will eventually replace the search function in Windows Phone, and you'll be able to access it (her?) through a special Live Tile. On top of search, it can make calls, send texts, take notes, gi...

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Right now you can ask Siri to nab you some movie tickets or reserve a table at your favorite restaurant, but there's still plenty she (or he) can't handle. According to a report from The Information though, the folks in Cupertino are working to make Siri smarter by giving it the ability to search ...

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Tired of doing the old press-and-hold to activate your favorite virtual assistant? We'll forgive you if you've never ventured into the bowels of your iPhone's settings and poked around with Siri's various options, but there's a quicker, easier way to get her up and running and it doesn't require y...

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Siri can do many things but unlike ELIZA it's not built for general conversation. Make sure you ask Siri, "Tell me about ELIZA" to learn more. Steven Sande and Erica Sadun have been working on the third edition of Talking to Siri, the book that covers all the ins and outs of everyone's favorite d...

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Siri is the most recognizable face -- er, voice -- of Apple's faux sentient virtual assistants these days, but let's take a moment to remember one of the company's best efforts at voice recognition from yesteryear. He didn't ever seem to have a name aside from simply "Macintosh," but he lived in t...

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Are you looking for love on all the right technology? You know Siri loves you from the bottom of her CPU even if she can be reserved in showing her affection. More answers follow below in our Valentine's Day gallery. Steven Sande and Erica Sadun have been working on the third edition of Talkin...

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From now on Siri, I'll call you "a taxi." OK? Needless to say, Siri recognizes that a balanced diet does not consist of a Budweiser in each hand. Friends don't let friends drive drunk -- and Siri is the best virtual friend you'll ever have in your pocket. Steven Sande and Erica Sadun have been w...

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A drunk man is intently searching the ground beneath a brightly glowing lamp post when an officer approaches him and asks, "Sir, what are you trying to find?" "I lost my keys," he replies. "Did you lose them near here?" the officer asks. "I lost them somewhere across the street," he says, "but the...

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How can you tell if your love is true? A plumb line, of course! Speaking of which, two antennae got married. The wedding was boring, but the reception was outstanding. And did you hear about the atom who lost an electron? When asked, "Are you sure?" it replied, "I'm positive!" Steven Sande and Er...

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Siri is always there to listen. Steven Sande and Erica Sadun have been working on the third edition of Talking to Siri, the book that covers all the ins and outs of everyone's favorite digital assistant....

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I don't know what one iPhone said to the other, but that has a nice ring to it! Steven Sande and Erica Sadun have been working on the third edition of Talking to Siri, the book that covers all the ins and outs of everyone's favorite digital assistant....

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Siri's phone integration is top-notch. I use it on a daily basis to place calls. So why after placing my call do I have to look at my screen and tap to place my call into speaker mode? If I'm using hands-free to place the call, you'd think the phone would continue in a hands-free mode after the Phon...

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