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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 17, 2013

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 17, 2013

Welcome to Thursday evening folks. Today we heard that Samsung may use MWC 2013 to unveil a new Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet, which is certainly exciting to say the least. According to new rumors, Verizon may be shipping the Samsung ATIV Odyssey on January 24, while a new Apple job listing suggests some major Siri improvements coming in the future. Instagram said today that it has 90 million monthly active users who are uploading 40 million photos per day, and even though Intel's earnings for Q4 2012 were down, the company still managed to pull in $13.3 billion in revenue.

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Apple job listing hints at major Siri improvements

Apple job listing hints at major Siri improvements

While Apple's Siri wasn't as great as advertised, the company has been committed to improving the voice service ever since its launch. So, it may come as no surprise then that Apple is looking for a jolly-good fellow to help the company make some changes to Siri and breathe more life into the service. A new job posting on Apple's website gives us a few details on what the future will look like for Siri.

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Chevrolet Sonic and Siri integration hands-on

Chevrolet Sonic and Siri integration hands-on

Chevrolet's 2013 Sonic is a spritely little city car, and as of the new year it will have a perky digital personal assistant in the shape of Apple's Siri. Targeted at cash-strapped but mobile-obsessed college leavers and first-car owners, the 2013 Sonic is the first in Chevrolet's line-up to feature the MyLink Siri integration, though it won't be the last. We caught up with Chevy ahead of the new Sonic's infotationment system making its debut at the LA Auto Show to see how iPhone and automobile play together.

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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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