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Siri sire exits Apple

Siri sire exits Apple

Siri co-founder Dag Kittlaus, who set up the intelligent digital personal assistant company that went on to be acquired by Apple in April 2010, reportedly left Apple shortly after the launch of the iPhone 4S earlier this month. Although yet to be confirmed by Apple, Kittlaus' decision to leave was "amicable" and had been planned for some time, AllThingsD's sources say. Other "key" members of the Siri team are expected to stay with the company.

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Siri pours a beer with the help of Beeri

Siri pours a beer with the help of Beeri

It's time to get real with iPhone 4S's Siri, ladies and gentlemen, finding the one truly important use for the voice assistant in an app by the name of Beeri. It is here that you'll finally, after all this time, be able to tell your iPhone to get a beer for you. Apple I can't believe you guys didn't think of this earlier! It's the greatest set of commands and execution in the history of computers - and beer!

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Iris voice control app is dev’s 8hr attempt at Siri for Android

Iris voice control app is dev’s 8hr attempt at Siri for Android

Apple's Siri system is one of the flagship features of the iPhone 4S, but a team of Android developers reckoned they could match the voice command system - or at least rival it - with just eight hours work. Dexetra came up with Iris for Android, a tongue-in-cheek reversal of the Siri name, and pulling together Android's existing voice input and text-to-speech capabilities with some online search and a dash of arch humor.

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iPhone 4S advert puts focus on Siri

iPhone 4S advert puts focus on Siri

Apple's first TV advert for the iPhone 4S has been revealed, with the focus of the spot being on Siri, the company's digital personal assistant. The thirty second clip - which you can see after the break - cuts between multiple possible uses of Siri, the voice recognition system being used to find local locksmiths, check weather reports and adjust calendar entries, all by naturally-phrased commands.

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Andy Rubin asks: Should smartphones be assistants or tools?

Andy Rubin asks: Should smartphones be assistants or tools?

We're right in the midst of a possible rift in the way smart devices function and act, ladies and gentlemen, and though the functionality has been there for some time, it is Apple that's brought the idea that the smartphone should be your assistant rather than just your tool for communicating to the forefront. I'd like to concentrate today on a statement made by Andy Rubin (SVP of Google) this week at AllThingsD's AsiaD conference, he here asking (or telling, rather) whether or not it makes sense for a system like Siri, currently planted on the iPhone 4S, to turn your smart device into a personal assistant rather than just allowing the device to act as a tool for communication. I invite you, the reader and the user, to lay down your opinions as well.

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iPhone 4S Siri insecure says security team

iPhone 4S Siri insecure says security team

Apple's Siri has come under fire from security researchers, over concerns that the voice control system can, by default, be used by anybody even when your iPhone 4S is passcode-locked. Since Siri's settings out of the box allow it to be instantly triggered from the lock-screen, researchers Sophos highlighted, and bypass the PIN-entry, anybody with physical access to your iPhone 4S can send emails and SMS messages, access the calendar and do anything else the digital personal assistant is capable of.

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Siri, can you make me dump Android?

Siri, can you make me dump Android?

Until now I've been inured to the iPhone's charms. iOS has its strengths, but - barring three months of iPhone 3G ownership - Android has always been my daily driver. My dedication to Google wavered, though, when Apple unveiled Siri on the iPhone 4S: not just voice recognition, but the promise of the first real artificial intelligence (AI) on a mobile platform. Was Siri really as good as Apple made out - and as Vincent found it to be in our iPhone 4S review - and more importantly could it wean me off Android? I grabbed a 4S to find out.

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iPhone 4 Siri hack suggests Apple not hardware behind 4S exclusivity

iPhone 4 Siri hack suggests Apple not hardware behind 4S exclusivity

An unofficial port of the iPhone 4S' Siri voice recognition system to the iPhone 4 has been revealed, though it's unclear whether Apple will ever enable the speech control tech for the older handset. Currently the port - the handiwork of developer Steve Troughton-Smith and 9 to 5 Mac - is capable of loading the Siri interface and controls; however, since Apple's server-side processes are integral to Siri's interaction with the iPhone hardware, right now any spoken commands won't be followed.

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iPhone 4S Siri international maps and local info due 2012

iPhone 4S Siri international maps and local info due 2012

The iPhone 4S' Siri personal assistant system is one of the new smartphone's headline features, but buyers outside of the US have been discovering not all the functionality is present. Currently - as we mentioned in our iPhone 4S review - Siri cannot access Maps or Yelp business functionality outside of the US, but according to Apple's FAQ those services will be added "in additional countries" come 2012.

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MacBook Pro refresh tips Bluetooth 4.0 and faster CPUs incoming

MacBook Pro refresh tips Bluetooth 4.0 and faster CPUs incoming

Apple is readying a refreshed range of MacBook Pro notebooks, it's rumored, with Bluetooth 4.0 and faster processors each tipped to be included in the new line-up. Supplies of the existing versions are currently constrained, 9 to 5 Mac's source tells them, but the updated versions have already shown up in Apple's inventory systems ready for imminent release. It's possible that Apple's changes could pave the way for broader Siri voice control support across the desktop.

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iPhone 4S: The Opinions Are In

iPhone 4S: The Opinions Are In

With the iPhone 4S hitting stores and mailboxes this week, it becomes one of the most vital times for reviews of this newest member of the legendary smart device family. Only a select few hand-picked people were given the iPhone 4S with enough time to review the device at length, and you KNOW that they're going to go just about as in-depth as you could possibly want them to go. That said, what we're going to try to do here is to soften the immense blow that would be the hours of reading you'd normally have to do to get through all of them. What's the general consensus amongst the first reviewers of the iPhone 4S? Let's take a look!

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