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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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Apple Christmas commercial has Santa using Siri

Apple Christmas commercial has Santa using Siri

Christmas is nearly here with only a few more days before Santa comes slinking down chimneys all over the world. Apparently, Apple has Santa using Siri to find out how cold it is along his route. I've often wondered about the viability of an open-air sleigh for high altitude, fast flying. The Christmas commercial is actually kind of cool.

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iPhone 4 Siri port made legally possible by Apple with iOS 5.0.1 update today

iPhone 4 Siri port made legally possible by Apple with iOS 5.0.1 update today

Earlier today we reported that Apple's iOS 5.0.1 update today was the first iPhone 4S firmware build that’s both official and has an accessible encryption key for its main file system, thus meaning that browsing the device’s main file system with your PC is now possible. From a later tweet by iOS hacker @MuscleNerd, it seems that Apple has made a Siri port legally possible with today’s iOS 5.0.1 update by offering open access to system files that were previously encrypted.

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iPhone 4S Siri hack adds spoken settings control and battery status

iPhone 4S Siri hack adds spoken settings control and battery status

The Siri hacks continue, with the latest mod for the iPhone 4S granting voice control over settings like WiFi and Bluetooth, as well as the ability to summon verbal feedback on things like battery status while your phone is in your pocket or bag. Handiwork of Hamza Sood, this latest tweak allows Siri users to toggle wireless settings with their voice, set screen brightness to different levels, and even send dictated messages using emojis.

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Google grabs Clever Sense for Siri-beating local recommendations

Google grabs Clever Sense for Siri-beating local recommendations

Google's Majel Siri-rival could soon be delivering personalized entertainment suggestions on Android smartphones, with the news that the search giant has acquired AI recommendations service Clever Sense. The software company produces Alfred, an Android and iOS app that promises to curate nearby restaurants and make suggestions it believes fits with the user's tastes, with a combination of artificial intelligence and machine-learning improving results over time. Clever Sense's team will join Google's local services division, though the potential for future Android integration is huge.

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Google Android Siri opponent codename Majel, aka Star Trek Computer

Google Android Siri opponent codename Majel, aka Star Trek Computer

If you track this story all the way back to the source, you might find the actual factual bits to be less than brick solid, but just like the codename on which this Android-based Siri opponent is based, the reality of the situation might be much less important than what COULD be should the future unfold how this story reads. What we're to understand here is that Google's propensity to select much better codenames than the manufacturers who create phones based on their mobile OS Android continues here with "Majel," a voice controlled assistant made to compete against Apple's iPhone 4S-based Siri. Majel is short for Majel Barrett, both Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's wife and the voice of the computer on the starship Enterprise*.

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Early-Adopters Must Learn to Wait

Early-Adopters Must Learn to Wait

Early-adopter shouldn't mean beta-tester. The Jawbone UP saga is a great example of this: pushed out too soon, eagerly picked up by keen geeks, and now the subject of a huge refunds program that's costly both financially for Jawbone and in terms of their all-important reputation. Yet do we bring some of this post-purchase misery upon ourselves - as consumers, enthusiasts, geeks - in prioritizing and praising so doggedly the very first to market? Manufacturers have learned we'll gobble up what we're given, rough edges and all.

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Apple TV-enabled iMac tipped for 2012 television attack

Apple TV-enabled iMac tipped for 2012 television attack

Apple could ease itself into the TV market by integrating Apple TV and iCloud functionality into an iMac-style all-in-one, one analyst has suggested, using a hybrid TV/computer in 2012 as a bridging step before its true Apple Televisions go on sale. The existing 27-inch iMac is a likely launch point, Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair wrote in a note this week, with the suggestion that "Apple's redesign of the iMac in the first half of 2012 will likely usher in some … TV capability into the iMac offering first," AllThingsD reports.

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