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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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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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