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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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Google voice search heads to iPhone to take on Siri

Google voice search heads to iPhone to take on Siri

Apple has agreed with Google that their Google Now voice search engine will be allowed on the iPhone in the very near future. This announcement comes this week as Google also revamps the rest of their search abilities with a new initiative for "one million users" to join in and allow the company to integrate their Gmail search results with their regular worldwide search results - this doesn't mean your Gmail account it out for everyone to see, but does mean that you'll soon have one integrated system for yourself. As for the mobile version of voice search, Google's working with iPhone will make a huge splash on the Siri-loving fans across the globe soon, and very soon.

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Nuance’s Nina brings Siri’s smarts to customer service apps

Nuance’s Nina brings Siri’s smarts to customer service apps

Personal voice assistants such as Siri and S-Voice certainly help shift handsets, but their functions are limited in scope to what Apple and Samsung implement. That issue can be sidestepped thanks to Nuance, who have today introduced Nina, a voice recognition service designed to be implemented directly into customer service apps for iOS and Android. The service combines multiple technologies such as text-to-speech, voice biometrics, and natural language understanding, all processed in the cloud that helps carries out commands.

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Saga takes on Siri and Google Now in mobile context

Saga takes on Siri and Google Now in mobile context

Siri, Google Now and other digital personal assistants have a new rival in the shape of Saga, a mobile app that uses learns from users to provide contextual help, suggestions and more. A free app, currently iPhone-only, Saga pulls in data from Facebook, Twitter and other apps to build an understanding of the individual user, and then crunches that with schedules and preferences to produce suggestions as to nearby restaurants, when would be a good time in the day to run, where friends are (and who users might actually like to hang out with), and other recommendations. However, Saga's future is most definitely in wearables like Google's Glass.

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Apple sued for Siri tech by Taiwan University

Apple sued for Siri tech by Taiwan University

It appears that Apple is not safe from the continual downpour of patent cases as this week the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan is readied and filed an infringement case against Apple's use of Siri on the iPhone and iPad. The patents in question here have to do with speech recognition which the plaintiffs suggest was filed by them in 2005 as a "Method and system for matching speech data." This patent is available under patent number 7,707,032 in the United States.

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