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Digital assistant Sherpa looks to take on Apple’s Siri

Digital assistant Sherpa looks to take on Apple’s Siri

A new digital assistant has arrived in town, and she's looking to steal Siri's job. Her new name is Sherpa and she just arrived to North America today. Right now, she's only offering her services to Android users, but eventually, she'll be aiding Apple's iPhone users as well. You will be able to use her on both your phone and your tablet. After testing out her services, she's actually much more useful than I expected.

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iPhone 5S and the “budget” iPhone: should you wait for Summer?

iPhone 5S and the “budget” iPhone: should you wait for Summer?

This week it's become apparent that not only has Apple begun production on the next-generation iPhone model, they've already set a general date range for revealing said device. With the smartphone we must assume will be called iPhone 5S, Apple has been tipped to be going forward with a design that had definite Steve Jobs input, this suggesting the idea that the iPhone 5 body will remain in-tact.

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Apple looking to bolster Siri cred, according to job listings

Apple looking to bolster Siri cred, according to job listings

It's not surprising, obviously, but it seems Apple is wanting to boost the accuracy and performance of Siri, the company's voice-controlled personal assistant of sorts. Apple posted up 12 job listings over the weekend, all of which relate to Siri. Most of the positions are rather vague on what exactly the involvement is with Siri on a consumer level, but they hint at some features that may come to the voice-controlled personal assistant.

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Apple in court over Siri patent infringment claim

Apple in court over Siri patent infringment claim

Apple is dealing with another problem in China and this time it involves its personal assistant program, Siri. A couple of weeks back, Apple had faced criticism by the television program China's Central Television over issues people had with the company's warranty policy. Now Apple is now dealing with the patent infringement claims made by Shanghai's Zhizhen Network Technology company. The company filed the claims last July.

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Siri obeys real-life mind control

Siri obeys real-life mind control

This week over at Honda R&D Americas, senior iOS architect Duane Cash is showing off a new brainwave control device and custom Siri API working with the iPhone in the real world. The initial test shows the man using a wave of his hand and the EEG signals his brain generates to start up the app and activate several functions on the device. This isn't the sort of thing you're going to be able to run out and buy right this minute, but given the relative simplicity of the build - so to speak - we might be seeing something like this from 3rd party developers (namely Honda R&D Americas) bringing such solutions soon.

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