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Yahoo Voice Assistant may join in Siri war – or hoax battle

Yahoo Voice Assistant may join in Siri war – or hoax battle

After acquiring the company known as SkyPhrase earlier this year, it would appear that Yahoo is ready to roll with an early iteration of its own personal assistant app. The presentation you're about to see appeared first on the video hosting website Dailymotion, but was subsequently pulled - now we're seeing it proliferated through other video sites like YouTube. Could this be Yahoo's real Siri/Google Now competitor, or does it smell like a fix-up?

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Windows Phone 8.1 Siri-rival and Notification Center teased for BUILD

Windows Phone 8.1 Siri-rival and Notification Center teased for BUILD

Windows Phone 8.1 will gain a Siri-style virtual personal assistant in an update expected in the first half of 2014, sources claim, with the new version also said to bring the much-anticipated notification center. Currently being internally tested though not expected to be publicly detailed until BUILD 2014 in April, The Verge reports, the update will supposedly see Bing search replaced with Microsoft's "Cortana" digital assistant, details of which leaked earlier this year.

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Apple patent application shows always-listening smart docking station

Apple patent application shows always-listening smart docking station

An Apple patent application has cropped up on the United States Patent and Trademark Office's website showing a smart docking station for the iPhone, something that will make using Siri from across the room a simple matter. According to the patent, the docking station has an integrated microphone that is always listening for voice commands, as well as a connector that will wake the device up when necessary.

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Honda bakes Siri Eyes Free and HERE Maps into 2014 Civic

Honda bakes Siri Eyes Free and HERE Maps into 2014 Civic

Honda has baked both Apple and Nokia technology into its latest infotainment system, bringing Siri Eyes Free and HERE Maps with remote route planning support to the 2014 Civic. The new car - and the 2015 Honda Fit which will follow it - gets an updated version of HondaLink, with a 7-inch multitouch-capable display in the dashboard for navigating through audio, phone, directions, Pandora, and web-based points of interests using the Aha app. However, the 2014 Civic will also be the first car to get Siri Eye Free technology, Apple's integration of its personal digital assistant into the dashboard.

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Honda 2014 Civic first to iOS 7 mirroring with Siri update in the works

Honda 2014 Civic first to iOS 7 mirroring with Siri update in the works

The folks at Honda have made it known that they’ll be first off the blocks in the 2014 Civic with full iOS mirroring for iOS 7. This push will begin on the 4th of December, and will include full touch-friendly integration with the vehicle’s 7-inch touchscreen on its center console. The features here will be launched with the 2014 Civic Coupe right out the gate when it goes on sale next month.

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Apple’s former Siri chief now building SAMI for Samsung

Apple’s former Siri chief now building SAMI for Samsung

Luc Julia was director of Apple's Siri project. This was a role he held for roughly 10 months, however he left Apple last year. Julia ended up going over to Samsung. Officially, Julia is a vice president at Samsung's innovation lab and while the natural thought would be that he is working on improvements to S-Voice, there is a bit more. Julia is actually working on something called SAMI (Samsung Architecture for Multimodal Interactions), which takes things a bit further.

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Siri vocals recorded in 2005 says voice over artist Susan Bennett

Siri vocals recorded in 2005 says voice over artist Susan Bennett

Apple introduced its voice activated assistant software called Siri with the iPhone 4S back in 2011. Siri has been offered in each iteration of the iPhone since then and is widely used by number of iPhone fans. Previously, Apple attempted to silence voice actor Jon Briggs, whose voice is the default Siri voice in the UK when he tried to come out and say he was the voice actor.

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Apple buys Cue for Siri’s next Google Now assault

Apple buys Cue for Siri’s next Google Now assault

Apple has reportedly acquired Cue, a social search engine which indexed email and other user details to construct a dynamic, personalized calendar, in a move that's seen as taking on Google Now. Cue, which launched as Greplin back in early 2011 and then rebranded last year, is widely expected to be integrated into Siri as an Apple-exclusive feature; the company withdrew its app recently, refunding premium subscribers and shutting down the service.

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