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Sony “four screen” revolution to preempt Apple Siri TV

Sony “four screen” revolution to preempt Apple Siri TV

Sony is working on its own revolution in the TV market, with engineers rushing to develop the company's "four screen" strategy before Apple can release its own television set. "There's a tremendous amount of R&D going into a different kind of TV set" CEO Howard Stringer told the WSJ, referring to the "four screen" potential once Sony controls not only its own TV, computer and tablet businesses, but Sony Ericsson after buying out its partner.

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Apple tries to silence Siri’s voice

Apple tries to silence Siri’s voice

One of the original voice actors Apple used for its Siri service has spoken of his surprise at hearing of his involvement, only discovering he was the UK voice default when he saw an Apple advert on TV. Although Jon Briggs was asked by Apple not to discuss Siri, the voice actor agreed to talk text-to-speech with UK paper The Telegraph as he isn't under contract with the Cupertino firm; his recordings, performed 5-6 years ago, were done for Scansoft, a company that later merged with Siri-powering Nuance.

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Amazon quietly buys Yap to build Siri competitor

Amazon quietly buys Yap to build Siri competitor

Amazon may have quietly snapped up a voice-to-text and speech recognition software company called Yap that could help it keep pace with Apple's Siri intelligent voice-controlled assistant feature. Although the purchase was made back in September, neither Amazon nor Yap have made any announcements.

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Apple: “No plans” for Siri on older devices

Apple: “No plans” for Siri on older devices

Apple has reportedly confirmed to developers that it has "no plans" to bring Siri, the voice-controlled personal assistant service available on the iPhone 4S, to any older device. Arguing that developers would attempt to implement unofficial access to Siri on iPhone 4, iPad 2 and other earlier iOS devices, one coder contacted Apple with a suggestion that it release a paid upgrade for users to get official Siri support, Michael Steeber reports. Apple's response, however, was clear on the matter.

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Evernote explains how it works with Siri

Evernote explains how it works with Siri

Evernote has posted a tip today on how to use its note-taking service with Apple's new Siri intelligent voice-assistant feature on the iPhone 4S. Siri is still a beta service at the moment and doesn't integrate with third-party apps, but you can make it work with Evernote for convenient hands-free note dictation and here's how.

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Siri hacked to work on iPhone 3GS

Siri hacked to work on iPhone 3GS

We've previously seen Apple's much raved about Siri intelligent assistant feature hacked to work on an iPhone 4, but now developers have managed to hack the feature to work on an old iPhone 3GS. The hack comes from developers Grant Paul and Steve Troughton-Smith, while a video demoing the hack was posted by Ryan Petrich.

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Pioneer reveals Zypr as free, open alternative to Siri

Pioneer reveals Zypr as free, open alternative to Siri

Pioneer launched a free platform today called Zypr that will offer intelligent voice-controlled assistance features similar to Apple's Siri. Whereas Siri is currently limited to only the iPhone 4S and will likely still remain limited to iOS over time, Zypr isn't limited to only one mobile operating system and can be used on smartphones, tablets, and other consumer electronic devices, including in-vehicle entertainment systems, smart TVs, and more.

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Siri a “competitive threat” says Google in antitrust downplay

Siri a “competitive threat” says Google in antitrust downplay

Apple's Siri voice control system is a "significant development" and a "competitive threat" Google chairman Eric Schmidt has admitted, though the concession to the iPhone 4S feature may be more a strategic one than true admiration. Schmidt made the comments during a Senate Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee, questioned around Google's competitiveness and whether it was so large as to be subject to antitrust measures; the former CEO also claimed that Google is not, in fact, dominant in search, praised Microsoft's Bing, PCMag reports, and repeated denials that the company prioritizes its own products in search results.

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