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Topic: Siri

Tests find Apple's Siri improving, but Google Now voice search slightly better

07/22/2014, 07:07 am

The comprehension abilities of Apple's voice-driven personal assistant Siri continue to get better, but new testing shows that using Google Now for searching on Android has surpassed it in terms of accuracy when answering queries.

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Apple loses voice recognition patent suit in China, faces legal challenges over Siri

07/09/2014, 11:07 am

A Beijing court has affirmed the validity of a voice recognition patent -- held by China's Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology Co. -- that Apple is accused of infringing with Siri, clearing the way for the resolution of a long-pending intellectual property case that could see the personal digital assistant muted in China.

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Apple reportedly putting together team of speech recognition experts for neural network-powered Siri

07/01/2014, 02:07 am

A report on Monday claims Apple is putting together a team of A-list speech recognition researchers, including high-ranking employees from Nuance, to create an in-house Siri engine based on neural networking.

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Apple partner Nuance exploring sale, reportedly in talks with Samsung

06/16/2014, 03:06 pm

Nuance Communications, the voice recognition company whose technology helps to power Apple's Siri personal assistant, is said to be exploring a sale of the company, with Apple rival Samsung allegedly a potential suitor.

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Priceline to buy Apple partner OpenTable for $2.6 billion

06/13/2014, 09:06 am

Online travel behemoth Priceline has struck a deal that will see it pay $2.6 billion for OpenTable, a provider of online reservation technology for restaurants that underpins Siri's table booking functionality.

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New settings in iOS 8: Auto-delete texts, camera privacy controls, 'Hey Siri' voice activation

06/03/2014, 12:06 pm

Apple's upcoming iOS 8 update will give users better control over their mobile devices, with new customizable settings that address longstanding issues with old text messages, privacy concerns related to camera access, and the convenience of voice-activated Siri controls.

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Microsoft hopes to counter Apple with AI-driven 'invisible user interfaces' on future devices

04/08/2014, 09:04 am

Just days after officially announcing Cortana, a Siri-like personal digital assistant for Windows Phone, Microsoft has revealed a substantial and wide-ranging artificial intelligence program it hopes will leapfrog similar offerings from Apple and Google.

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Apple acquired speech recognition firm Novauris last year to improve Siri - report

04/03/2014, 01:04 pm

An Apple acquisition from 2013 may have quietly flown under the radar, as it was revealed this week that the Siri development team has added personnel from Novauris Technologies.

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Microsoft reveals Windows Phone 8.1 with Siri-like 'Cortana' personal assistant

04/02/2014, 01:04 pm

Software behemoth Microsoft on Wednesday showed off the latest update to its Windows Phone mobile operating system, refining several areas and officially unveiling Cortana, Microsoft's answer to Apple's Siri.

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Apple sues Chinese government agency over Siri patent dispute

02/24/2014, 09:02 am

Apple has targeted both a Chinese government agency and a Shanghai-based company in a new patent lawsuit related to the ownership of Siri, the voice-driven personal assistant found on iPhone and iPad.

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Court grants Apple's motion to dismiss Siri misrepresentation lawsuit

02/14/2014, 03:02 pm

After two years of legal maneuvering, U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken on Friday dismissed with prejudice a lawsuit alleging that Apple's iPhone 4S advertisements had misrepresented the capabilities of the company's Siri personal digital assistant.

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First listen: New 'natural-sounding' Siri voices for the U.K., Australia, and Japan

02/04/2014, 04:02 pm

New voice options included in iOS 7.1's latest developer preview make Siri's responses smoother and more lifelike for users in the U.K., Australia, and Japan.

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Apple begins testing new Siri voices in latest iOS 7.1 beta

02/04/2014, 01:02 pm

Apple on Tuesday released a new beta of the upcoming iOS 7.1 update for developers, bringing new voices for the company's Siri personal digital assistant alongside bug fixes and a new Safari property for web developers.

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Apple wants Siri to be able to search your iPhone photos

12/26/2013, 09:12 am

Starting with iOS 7, Apple began automatically sorting users' iPhone photos based on time taken and location. But a new patent application reveals the company is interested in taking it one step further, and allowing Siri to sort through iOS photos based on voice search and tagging.

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Tests find iOS 7 update improves Apple's Siri, but Google Now for Android closes the gap

12/10/2013, 12:12 pm

Apple has improved its voice-driven personal assistant, Siri, with the iOS 7 update for iPhone and iPad, though Siri's chief competition, Google Now, has improved enough to be on par, new tests have concluded.

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Honda announces Siri Eyes Free integration for 3 car models, promises more by December

11/26/2013, 04:11 pm

Coming through on a promise made nearly one year ago, Honda on Tuesday announced certain vehicles in its 2013 to 2014 lineup now feature compatibility with Apple's Siri Eyes Free mode, with the integration offered as a dealer installed accessory.

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Former director of Siri now working with Samsung on 'internet of things' initiative

11/10/2013, 08:11 pm

Former Apple software engineer Luc Julia, who was in charge of developing the company's Siri virtual assistant, is now working at Samsung on SAMI, a platform that looks to aggregate and distribute data from Internet connected devices.

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Chevy bringing Apple's Siri Eyes Free to six more 2014 models

10/15/2013, 10:10 am

Chevy is giving car buyers even more options to access Apple's digital assistant, as the automaker announced on Tuesday that Siri Eyes Free support will be available in six more of its 2014 models.

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Voice actor behind Apple's Siri comes forward

10/04/2013, 09:10 am

Georgia-based voice actor Susan Bennett has revealed in an interview that she is the original voice of Apple's voice-driven personal assistant in America.

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Apple acquires personal assistant app Cue for at least $35M [u]

10/03/2013, 03:10 pm

Apple is said to have purchased Cue, a startup company behind a personal assistant app for iPhone which shut down just this week, AppleInsider has learned [updated with confirmation].

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