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Chevrolet adds Siri to 2013 Spark; Previews next-gen MyLink

Chevrolet adds Siri to 2013 Spark; Previews next-gen MyLink

Siri is hitching a ride in the 2013 Chevrolet Spark and Sonic LZ and RS, with support for the voice control system in the MyLink infotainment systems; meanwhile, an all-new version will debut in the 2014 Impala. The Siri functionality, announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2013, allows a Bluetooth-connected iPhone to play songs, switch sources from AM/FM/XM radio to iPod mode, trigger calls to contacts, handle messaging, and the calendar, all by verbal instruction. It's not the sole preserve of big-bucks Chevys, either, with the car company opting to debut the tech in its more affordable models.

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Apple mulling Siri and Apple Maps integration in OS X 10.9

Apple mulling Siri and Apple Maps integration in OS X 10.9

Apple is testing versions of OS X 10.9 that include Siri voice control and Apple Maps integration, sources claim, though it's unclear if both features will make it to the public release expected in 2013. Development of the new Mac OS was reportedly begun simultaneously with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, the current release, so 9to5Mac's sources claim, including a "MapKit" framework for coders to embed into their desktop applications much as they can do with iOS apps.

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Former Pixar and Siri developers join up for ToyTalk to make Teddy speak

Former Pixar and Siri developers join up for ToyTalk to make Teddy speak

It's time for a new kind of app for the smart universe, on that focuses on the child in you - or your child, of course - and brings your toys to life with augmented reality: it's ToyTalk! The three folks behind this project were all formerly at Pixar in different positions - Martin Reddy was a lead Software Engineer, Oren Jacob was CTO, and Bobby Podesta was a supervising animator, and with their combined expertise, we're about to see speaking toy enter the smart space. The whole project is set to launch at the start of 2013, but just today they've released their first cinematic trailer.

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Nuance Dragon Mobile Assistant brings Siri to Android

Nuance Dragon Mobile Assistant brings Siri to Android

Nuance has taken on Google Now and Samsung's S Voice with Dragon Mobile Assistant, a new Android app that attempts to bring Siri-style artificial intelligence to Google's smartphone platform. A free release, Dragon Mobile Assistant allows users to make calls and text messages, set up calendar events or Facebook/Twitter updates, get navigation help, and more, all using their voice and natural spoken commands.

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Apple pulls William Stasior away from Amazon to head up Siri

Apple pulls William Stasior away from Amazon to head up Siri

Today we're getting news of a pretty big hire for Apple - the iPhone maker has managed to pull William Stasior away from Amazon and has put him in charge of Siri. Stasior had been working at Amazon since 2003, and during his 9-year tenure there, he served as the head of search and navigation. More specifically, he was in charge of Amazon A9, which handles search and search advertising for the company.

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iPhone 5 Consumer Reports touts “best [camera] we’ve seen on a smartphone”

iPhone 5 Consumer Reports touts “best [camera] we’ve seen on a smartphone”

It would appear that Consumer Reports' look at the iPhone 5 has yielded a favorable collection of feedback bits, especially in the camera department. Though they do admit that the "phenomenal" 41-megapixel camera they tested on the Nokia 808 had a bit of an edge when it comes to delivering the highest quality shots, the iPhone 5's 8-megapixel camera was called "the best [they'd] seen on a smart phone." Consumer Reports also noted that the iPhone 5 "move[s] up the ranks, surpassing not only the previous iPhone 4S but also a number of other new Android-based smart phones."

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iOS 6 and iPhone 5 features availability listed by region

iOS 6 and iPhone 5 features availability listed by region

The iPhone 5 will be the first device to bring on iOS 6, the system from Apple that'll have the company's first mobile turn-by-turn navigation system as well as 3D mapping, and today Apple has listed the regions where each feature will be appearing. Traffic, 3D buildings (aka Flyover), and turn-by-turn navigation are limited to a certain set of countries at the launch of iOS 6 for not only iPhone 5 but the rest of the compatible list of Apple mobile devices as well. While 3D buildings is limited at the moment to the USA, traffic is open to a much larger list - and turn-by-turn navigation is ready for almost everywhere.

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iPhone 5 full details official as device hits Apple Store online

iPhone 5 full details official as device hits Apple Store online

It's time to take a peek at the entirety of the iPhone 5's specifications, top to bottom, as the device hits the Apple Store online and we get our first full taste of Apple's new smartphone hero (be sure to have a look at our wrap-up of Apple's big event). This device is the thinnest and lightest iPhone yet with a 4-inch Retina quality display up front and a new A6 chip under the hood. The iPhone 5 works with 4G LTE on a variety of networks both here in the USA and abroad and works with what Apple calls Ultrafast wireless or "LTE. The right way." The iPhone 5 has a new set of earbuds called EarPods, a new dock connector called Lightning, and a boosted 8-megapixel "iSight" camera as well.

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iPod touch refresh gains Siri and color collection

iPod touch refresh gains Siri and color collection

The iPhone 5 may have been the groundbreaking announcement at today's Apple event, but the iPod Touch is also getting a refresh, and it comes with a number of improvements over the iPod Touch that we're familiar with. For example, Apple is making some big changes to the camera, with Apple including a new iSight camera on the back of this bad boy. This new camera comes complete with autofocus, LED flash, a 5 megapixel sensor, backside illumination, and a five-element lens.

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