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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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Apple iOS 7 Review

Apple iOS 7 Review

Apple reinvented touchscreen smartphones; now it's reinventing iOS. The new iOS 7 for iPhone and iPad has no small legacy to live up to, and it's pulling no punches in doing so, refreshing not only the design but going deeper, streamlining commonly used features, paring back unnecessary bloat, and polishing up things like Siri. It's the iOS update that we've been waiting for, and it's coming not only to the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, but a brace of older iPhones and iPads. Read on for our full review.

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iOS 7 Siri gets serious: out of Beta at last

iOS 7 Siri gets serious: out of Beta at last

As of the 18th of September, iOS 7 will be out in the wild, and with it the final (or first, however you like to see it) full version of Siri. Up until now Siri has been labeled with a "Beta" tag by Apple for all of the devices that've used it - iPhone 4S, iPad 3rd and 4th generations, iPhone 5 and all. Now with the launch of iOS 7, this "supercharged" version of Apple's virtual assistant Siri will be sent out to the masses.

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Microsoft prepping Cortana to compete with Google Now and Siri

Microsoft prepping Cortana to compete with Google Now and Siri

Android users have Google Now, iPhone users have Siri and assuming these latest reports prove to be accurate, Windows Phone users will have Cortana. Well, more specifically, Windows Phone users will have a digital personal assistant that competes with Google Now and Siri. For now the Cortana name appears to be nothing more than a code, but final name aside -- the evidence does appear to be mounting.

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iPhone 5S specifications may hinge on local voice dictation

iPhone 5S specifications may hinge on local voice dictation

Apple's next release cycle for the iPhone will be an incremental one - if all goes per tradition, that is. As the iPhone 4 was released, the iPhone 4S upgraded with a few specifications that didn't exactly warrant a whole new name (thus the S). The same was true of the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 3GS, and now with the iPhone 5, it would appear that we're edging close to another half-step, this time bringing something slightly less awe-inspiring than Siri.

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iOS 7 Siri asks advice on pronouncing tricky names

iOS 7 Siri asks advice on pronouncing tricky names

If there's one thing we know about Siri, it's that she sometimes has a hard time pronouncing names that can be a bit tricky, like if you have a non-English name that might be either hard to say or difficult to spell correctly. However, Siri in iOS 7 is getting a new feature where she'll take the initiative to learn to properly pronounce tricky names.

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iOS 7 Siri supercharged: Twitter, Bing, Wikipedia & more with new voices

iOS 7 Siri supercharged: Twitter, Bing, Wikipedia & more with new voices

Siri is getting an upgrade, with the new iOS 7 bringing an updated, more intelligent version of the digital personal assistant. The new Siri fits in with the reworked iOS 7 graphical design, of course, with a flexing, flowing speech ribbon running across the bottom of the screen when you're speaking to the service. However, it also has a new voice, with new audio samples for more realistic interactions.

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Nuance CEO confirms Siri involvement

Nuance CEO confirms Siri involvement

Nuance has long been suspected of being the driving force behind Apple's Siri virtual assistant technology in iOS devices. However, neither Apple or Nuance have ever actually confirmed whether or not this is true, until now. Nuance CEO Paul Ricci said today during the D11 conference that the company is "a fundamental provider for Apple."

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Microsoft borrows Siri for iPad smack commercial

Microsoft borrows Siri for iPad smack commercial

Apple's Siri is known for its occasional blasts of snark, but Microsoft has co-opted the virtual assistant for its latest Windows tablet commercial. Billed "Less talking, more doing" the advert - which you can see after the cut - pits Apple's iPad against an ASUS VivoTab Smart running Windows 8, and which unsurprisingly enough is found lacking in Microsoft's opinion.

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Apple claims Google Now infringes on Siri patents in GALAXY S 4

Apple claims Google Now infringes on Siri patents in GALAXY S 4

A series of patent infringement claims have been filed by Apple this month surrounding both the Samsung GALAXY S 4 and the Android-centric Google Now system. Two "Siri" patents have been pulled up by Apple surrounding unified search, each of them originally attached to a suit that filed against the Android Quick Search Box in devices running Android 4.0 and lower. Apple has also claimed in a similar document this week that claims against past Samsung Galaxy devices continue to hold true with the Samsung GALAXY S 4, the company asking that this device be included in a suit they've already got on the books.

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