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Xbox TV puts Microsoft ahead of Apple and Google

Xbox TV puts Microsoft ahead of Apple and Google

Gaming has long been Microsoft's wildcard: while the company struggles to find its feet with Windows Phone, and faces a difficult tablet market when its Windows 8 slates finally appear, the Xbox 360 continues to sell strongly. Now Xbox TV has arrived to not only reassure 360-owning gamers that they made the right console choice, but broaden the 360's appeal to a whole new segment. It's not entirely fashionable to praise Microsoft, especially when it's over something that, buried in the company's history books, they've tried and failed at before. Smart TV has suffered the usual ignominies and from the usual flaws: sluggish hardware, confusing interface, dawdling internet connections. Now, with Xbox LIVE TV, all the pieces seem finally to be coming together.

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Rumor: Apple TV will come in three screen sizes by end of 2012

Rumor: Apple TV will come in three screen sizes by end of 2012

The rumors have been going around for a while now that Apple was working on a new TV that is an actual TV, not the Apple TV set top box we are familiar with. A new rumor is making the rounds today that comes from supposed sources in the major Japanese firm that is involved in making the TV. According to these sources, the Apple TV will come in three screen sizes.

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iPhone Siri vs. Windows Phone TellMe in fair comparison video

iPhone Siri vs. Windows Phone TellMe in fair comparison video

Apple's Siri voice-driven intelligent assistant app called Siri faces off with Microsoft's similarly capable Windows Phone TellMe app in a new YouTube video that claims to be a more fair comparison of the two. A video had previously compared Siri and TellMe but had mainly featured commands that TellMe does not yet understand.

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Apple explains Siri abortion ignorance

Apple explains Siri abortion ignorance

Apple has denied intentionally omitting women's health services and abortion clinics from its iPhone 4S Siri virtual assistant, highlighting instead the system's beta status. Controversy around the voice-controlled system - one of the key selling points of the latest iPhone - had flared when the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) pointed out reports that it would not locate abortion clinics even when such facilities were nearby. Meanwhile, so-called "pregnancy crisis centers" - which do not provide abortions but, the ACLU claims, are intended to force a "pro-life" message - were identified.

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Cluzee is the Android Siri alternative

Cluzee is the Android Siri alternative

If you are an Android user and have been wishing for something along the lines of Siri for your smartphone, Cluzee is looking like your alternative. Cluzee might lack the integration with some of the outside devices and services like Plex media and such that Siri offers. However, it will do the core voice functions Siri offers. Cluzee does have a few tricks that Siri is missing reports BGR.

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iOS 5.1 released early for developers

iOS 5.1 released early for developers

Apple has released the first developer beta for iOS 5.1, making it the first real update since iOS 5 was released last month. A minor update, 5.0.1, was released earlier this month with the goal of addressing user's poor battery performance. There is much speculation that 5.1 will include updates to Siri, the iPhone 4S voice assistant, that will let users give instructions like turning on off settings like Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

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Siri controls Spotify in new iPhone 4S mod

Siri controls Spotify in new iPhone 4S mod

The Siri hacks continue, with Apple's voice control system now capable - unofficially at least - of managing Spotify on your desktop. The handiwork of mobile developer Simon Maddox, the plugin reacts to natural artist requests, such as "Spotify, play me some Nirvana", and automatically queues up songs.

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Use Siri to control your Plex media

Use Siri to control your Plex media

You don’t need wait for Apple’s much rumored TV set to use iOS 5's most talked about feature, Siri, to control your media with Plex. There is a new tool available called SiriProxy that was created to control a thermostat, and has also been adapted to start cars and control other apps. SiriProxy will take your voice commands before they reach Apple's servers and use them in other ways.

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Trap it is like a web search version of Siri

Trap it is like a web search version of Siri

If you have been following Siri in the iPhone 4S closely, you might be interested in this. Siri sprang from a DARPA program that was looking into artificial intelligence. A new web discovery engine is set to debut that sprang form that same program that sired Siri. The web discovery engine is called Trapit. Trapit is an interesting concept that works by having the user type key words in rather than by voice like Siri.

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Developers crack Siri open to work on any device

Developers crack Siri open to work on any device

Developers at Applidium claim that they have cracked open Apple's Siri intelligent voice-controlled assistant feature to work on any device. Siri is restricted to the iPhone 4S, but has been hacked to work to some degree on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS. And now, Applidium says that it has managed to crack Siri open to be inserted into apps on other platform such as Android.

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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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