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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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Siri is down, iPhone 4S users lament

Siri is down, iPhone 4S users lament

Apple's much touted voice-controlled intelligent assistant feature called Siri is apparently experiencing a major outage, affecting users across the country. The feature was introduced with the recent launch of iOS 5 and is currently exclusive to the iPhone 4S. But today, several iPhone 4S users tweeted basically the same question: Is Siri down?

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Siri doesn’t hog data, averages 63KB per query

Siri doesn’t hog data, averages 63KB per query

Siri was introduced with Apple's iOS 5 and iPhone 4S as a new intelligent assistant feature that performs certain tasks and retrieves information via natural voice commands. Since the service works by communicating with Apple's servers, the question has come up of just how much data does Siri consume and how that may affect folks on limited data plans. Well, tests have been done and thankfully Siri's on a lean diet.

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New iPhone 4S adverts highlight iCloud and Camera

New iPhone 4S adverts highlight iCloud and Camera

Apple's first iPhone 4S commercial focused on Siri, the company's digital personal assistant; now, with Siri firmly lodged into users' minds, Apple is hitting each of the other update points of the 4S and iOS 5 with its next three ads. Siri gets another showing, while the iPhone 4S' 8-megapixel f2.2 camera and the new iCloud mobile sync/stream service also get their chance to shine. Check out the videos after the cut.

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Siri iPhone 4 hack gets Apple server support

Siri iPhone 4 hack gets Apple server support

Apple disappointed many iPhone 4 owners with the news that Siri, the digital personal assistant technology, would only be available on the new iPhone 4S, and efforts quickly began to hack Siri onto the older smartphone. Developer Steve Troughton-Smith got the local app running with no problems, but faced Apple's servers refusing to play ball with anything but the newest iPhone. Now, with the judicious application of some validation tokens from an iPhone 4S, it's possible to get Siri on the iPhone 4 and iPod touch up and running, even without official support from Apple itself.

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Google says Siri like Star Wars, Android more like Star Trek

Google says Siri like Star Wars, Android more like Star Trek

While the rest of the world was running around crashing its head into a wall in excitement over the just-revealed Galaxy Nexus and finalized Ice Cream Sandwich from Google, we had a sit-down with several Android authorities, one of whom, Matias Duarte to be exact, had a rather interesting take on the difference between voice controls in Android and Apple's Siri. As you well know, one of the biggest features on the newest set of Apple mobile hardware and software is Siri, a voice-controlled assistant, where Android still totes several voice-activated features across the board. What we heard from Duarte in Hong Kong was that he's thought long and hard about this situation and has come up with the nerdiest explanation of all.

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Apple Siri Television “guaranteed product” says source

Apple Siri Television “guaranteed product” says source

Apple's television plans are a case of "when" not "if" the latest rumors insist, with Steve Jobs' well-quoted "I finally cracked it" comment believed to be referring to Siri replacing the traditional remote control rather than the TV hardware and design itself. "Steve thinks the [TV] industry is totally broken" a source told the NYTimes, one of several who apparently confirmed that Apple was experimenting with TV hardware and software. "Absolutely, it is a guaranteed product for Apple" was the message, with execs supposedly knowing the true Apple TV was on the roadmap as far back as 2007.

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