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Woz newest comments favor iPhone or Android depending on who you ask

Woz newest comments favor iPhone or Android depending on who you ask

There's one fair tech mind out there in the world, at least, and his name is Steve Wozniak - and this week his words are being twisted all to heck, either saying that he's in love with iPhone or Android, depending on how you see it. Whilst speaking with the Daily Beast, Woz, (the co-founder of Apple, if you do not know,) said first that he's had greater success with Android's voice command system than he's had with Apple's Siri, but next that he uses the iPhone as his primary device anyway. He also notes how Android has slightly better navigation built-in, but that Apple is his preferred system with iOS.

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Siri puts more data strain on mobile networks, doubles iPhone data use

Siri puts more data strain on mobile networks, doubles iPhone data use

One of the coolest features of the new iPhone 4S is Siri. The virtual assistant will let the user do all sorts of things using their voice alone. Siri will text for you, find the local weather and lots more. Siri does use the data connection on the iPhone 4S to reach its servers back at Apple though. The heavy use of Siri has reportedly put a big strain on some mobile networks.

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Apple iTV 50 and 42-inch models tipped

Apple iTV 50 and 42-inch models tipped

This week we're hearing that Apple, best known for their innate ability to gain news fervor even when the most gigantic event of the season is coming up without them attending, is currently getting prepared to release a set of Apple TVs, or iTV models, as they're being nicknamed here. The first model will be a 42-inch model, a supposed former Apple employee noted to USA Today, the other being a massive 50-inch model. It's also been suggested that iTV in this form will use Siri-powered controls, iOS app support, iTunes integration of course, and iCloud support.

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Android Siri clone Iris teams with ChaCha for giant info database

Android Siri clone Iris teams with ChaCha for giant info database

Though we've seen our fair share of developers demanding that the world acknowledge the fact that Android has had voice-assistant capabilities for much longer than the iPhone 4S had Siri, apps like "Iris" have continued to pop up, and now show that they mean serious business by teaming up with competitors - ChaCha in this case. What ChaCha represents is a massive question and answer database that works with different ways for people to ask questions - this when tied with Iris' functionality, including using your microphone and Android to see what you're saying and type it out - makes for quite the combination.

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‘Ask Ziggy’, the Windows Phone rival to Apple’s Siri

‘Ask Ziggy’, the Windows Phone rival to Apple’s Siri

Well, Windows Developer Shai Leib has jumped into the fray, and has introduced a Windows Phone app, dubbed 'Ask Ziggy', that, for all intents and purposes, attempts to rival Apple's Siri personal assistant app for the iPhone 4S. Similar to Siri, Ask Ziggy uses voice recognition technology instead of conventional text entry for search queries. Users can search for directions, flight statuses, financial stock prices, weather, calculation results and other data, using the app on a device running WP7.

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Siri comes to jailbroken iOS 5 devices with Spire installer

Siri comes to jailbroken iOS 5 devices with Spire installer

Since Apple unveiled Siri on the new iPhone 4S there have been users of older iPhone devices that are frothing at the mouth to get their hands on Siri code and bring the virtual assistant to other devices. That had been illegal since the files needed for the port were encrypted by Apple and using them was a copyright violation. With a recent iOS update; those files were left unencrypted. That raised the possibility of a legal port without hacking encryption.

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Nuance set to acquire Vlingo for Siri-fighting combo breaker

Nuance set to acquire Vlingo for Siri-fighting combo breaker

When it comes to mergers of a grand scale, there's no lack of ambiance around the most recent: Nuance Communications Inc has announced just today that it has signed and agreement to acquire no less than Vlingo for a power combination of voice assistant and natural language understanding solutions for everything from TVs to phones to tablets to PCs and smart cars. This "$5 billion market opportunity" as they say will work to attain the masses hungry for such abilities since you-know-who incorporated Siri into their iPhone 4S earlier this year. Is this the combination the rest of the mobile world needs to keep the voice assistance ball rolling?

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Siri can now purchase electronics by voice utilizing Wolfram Alpha

Siri can now purchase electronics by voice utilizing Wolfram Alpha

What do you get when you combine two technically cool, existing services? Well, you get to shop for electronics by your voice, if those two services were Apple's Siri technology, and Wolfram Alpha's knowledge base. A new feature announced by Wolfram Alpha allowing its users to browse through Best Buy's electronics data provides iPhone 4S Siri users with another novel way to shop and compare products by using none other then their voice. That's a seriously cool mashup, I'd have to say.

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