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The dirty little secret about in-car voice control

The dirty little secret about in-car voice control

Speaking to your car's dashboard has been hailed by many as the answer to driver distraction, but most systems are flawed, respond poorly, and motorists don't really care about their features, research indicates. Automotive survey heavyweight J.D. Power went digging through reported vehicle quality, and found that lackluster infotainment - substandard voice control systems in particular - was a frequent complaint.

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Microsoft smacks Siri in Cortana comparison ad

Microsoft smacks Siri in Cortana comparison ad

Microsoft may be playing catch-up with Windows Phone, but it clearly believes it has an ace in the hole with Cortana, pitting it against Siri in a new commercial. The ad isn't quite a side-by-side comparison, rather Microsoft's attempt to highlight exactly what a Windows Phone 8.1 device with its virtual assistant can do that an iPhone's counterpart service can't.

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Chinese court says Apple’s Siri infringes on patent

Chinese court says Apple’s Siri infringes on patent

A patent case against Apple in China two years in the making has almost come to a close and, unlike its victory over Samsung in the US, things aren't looking good for the Cupertino-based company. A court in Beijing has ruled that Apple's popular voice-controlled virtual personal assistant Siri uses speech recognition technology in violation of the patents held by a a Chinese tech company.

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Siri will be smarter soon as Apple forms its own speech team

Siri will be smarter soon as Apple forms its own speech team

It’s not the sort of speech team that’d win tournaments in high school, but the sort that’d replace Apple’s reliance on Nuance speech recognition software that’s forming behind the scenes. Word from several sources suggests that Apple’s creation of a speech research team means big things for Siri. After Microsoft released Cortana and Google’s speech recognition has hit Android Wear, it’s high time Apple stepped up their game.

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Ferrari FF CarPlay hands-on plus Pioneer’s Apple upgrade

Ferrari FF CarPlay hands-on plus Pioneer’s Apple upgrade

CarPlay is coming, and Apple's push to put iOS and Siri in the dashboard could be one of the most significant plays from the Cupertino firm since the iPhone itself. Breaking away from the multitude of different infotainment UIs, CarPlay pushes out a customized iOS interface instead, with familiar apps like Apple Maps, iTunes, and Messages, all controlled by voice. I spent some time in three demo vehicles - Ferrari's eye-widening FF, Chevrolet's latest Spark EV, and a beautiful classic Mustang - to see how CarPlay works.

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