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Topic: Siri

Amazon buys voice recognition startup Yap to counter Apple's Siri

11/09/2011, 04:11 pm

As competition between Amazon and Apple in the mobile devices market continues to grow, the online retailer has purchased a voice-to-text company called Yap.


Siri raise-to-speak feature uses modified iPhone 4S proximity sensor

11/09/2011, 03:11 pm

One previously undiscovered change in the iPhone 4S versus the iPhone 4 is a new infrared proximity sensor that enables the raise-to-speak feature used by Siri voice recognition.


Apple confirms no current plans to bring Siri to older devices

11/08/2011, 10:11 pm

Apple's engineering unit has reportedly confirmed that the company currently has "no plans" to support its Siri personal assistant feature on older devices, according to a person familiar with the matter.


iPhone 4S preorders sell out in Hong Kong after 10 minutes

11/07/2011, 10:11 am

After becoming available for preorder in Hong Kong last Friday, the iPhone 4S sold out almost immediately, once again demonstrating Apple's continued success in China.


Google Chairman tells US senators Apple's Siri could pose 'competitive threat'

11/05/2011, 10:11 pm

Eric Schmidt, Google's chairman and former chief executive, admitted to the U.S. Senate antitrust subcommittee that Apple's new Siri personal assistant technology is a "significant development" in search and could pose a threat to his company's core business.


Apple's Siri seen cutting Google out of valuable mobile ad views

11/04/2011, 03:11 pm

Apple's new Siri voice control on the iPhone 4S can answer questions, access information and deliver search results without displaying any advertising, which one analysis says will hurt search providers like Google.


iPhone 4S restart appears to resolve Siri availability for some

11/03/2011, 06:11 pm

iPhone 4S users suffering from an inability to access Siri voice assistance can try to resolve the issue by performing a device restart, something that has helped some users to fix temporary issues.


Apple says Amazon Kindle Fire will further fragment Android

11/03/2011, 12:11 pm

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook and Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer recently indicated they are not concerned by Amazon's forthcoming $199 Kindle Fire tablet, as they believe it will only serve to fragment the Google Android platform.


Apple's Siri personal assistant a driving force in selling iPhone 4S

11/02/2011, 05:11 pm

Apple's sales records in selling the new iPhone 4S, accompanied by record launch figures announced by AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, is largely attributable to its signature Siri feature for natural voice processing, an analyst notes.


Tests find Apple's Siri uses average of 63KB in data per query

11/02/2011, 08:11 am

Though Siri on the iPhone 4S requires a data connection to operate, testing of Apple's new voice control service has found that it uses a small average of 63KB per query.


Jailbreak hack enables Siri on iPhone 4, 4th-gen iPod touch

10/30/2011, 01:10 pm

Hackers have succeeded in bringing a limited port of Apple's new Siri voice assistant feature onto "jailbroken" versions of the iPhone 4 and the fourth-generation iPod touch, though they have noted that the workaround is not ready for a public release.


Apple rumored to take on Google's 3D maps with superior technology

10/29/2011, 11:10 pm

Evidence continues to point to Apple actively developing a 3D mapping surface through a combination of acquisitions and in-house development, with recent rumors suggesting that the iPhone maker has acquired a Swedish 3D mapping company.


Siri co-founder leaves Apple following iPhone 4S launch

10/24/2011, 11:10 am

The co-founder and CEO of Siri, responsible for developing the voice recognition technology in the iPhone 4S, has departed Apple on "amicable" terms.


Apple focuses on Siri with first iPhone 4S TV ad

10/21/2011, 12:10 am

Television networks have begun airing the first commercial for the iPhone 4S, with the advertisement focusing primarily on the new device's Siri virtual personal assistant feature.


Android, Windows Phone bosses downplay Apple's Siri threat

10/20/2011, 01:10 am

Google Android boss Andy Rubin and Microsoft's Windows Phone head Andy Lees have both publicly criticized Apple's new Siri voice assistant and questioned its usefulness.


In depth review: Apple's iPhone 4S running iOS 5

10/19/2011, 09:10 am

Apple's iPhone 4S, at first glance, seems largely to be a refreshed iPhone 4. It is, but it also is not, thanks to three powerful new features that transform what has been the world's most popular smartphone into a vastly improved new version of itself.


Siri development team one of the largest groups at Apple

10/17/2011, 08:10 am

The personality and sense of humor of Siri, the new voice control technology found in the iPhone 4S, was a carefully thought out decision made by one of the largest software teams at Apple.


First Look: Using iPhone 4S with Siri voice assistant (with videos)

10/14/2011, 11:10 pm

Most of the new features in iOS 5 simply run faster on the iPhone 4S, but one major new feature is exclusive to the new model: Siri voice assistant. Here's a look at how it works in action, responding to a variety of requests.


Siri functionality limited outside US, but Apple promises updates in 2012

10/14/2011, 03:10 pm

Though the iPhone 4S launched in a total of seven countries on Friday, only users in the U.S. have access to Siri's Maps and businesses integration, while international users will gain more functionality in 2012.


Inside Apple's iPhone 4S and its A5 CPU: 'S' is for Speed

10/12/2011, 04:10 pm

The voice recognition technology and improved camera in Apple's iPhone 4S are made possible by the custom-built dual-core A5 processor that powers the handset.