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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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Nuance borrows Siri tech for mobile helpdesk assistant

Nuance borrows Siri tech for mobile helpdesk assistant

Nuance isn't content to let Apple's Siri and Jelly Bean's Google Now grab the voice interface spotlight; the company has a voice-controlled personal assistant of its own in the pipeline, Nina. Billed as having the potential to "change the face of mobile customer service forever," Nina isn't targeted at harried users wanting to set calendar appointments and call their spouses, but at companies hoping to put a more friendly, intuitive face on their product support.

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RIM’s BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha adds Siri-like voice command

RIM’s BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha adds Siri-like voice command

After years of believing that it didn't need to follow in the footsteps of the iPhone or Android (because people obviously prefer mobile operating systems based on a 20-year-old platform), it looks like RIM is now going after the most talked-about feature of the iPhone - Siri. The new alpha version of BlackBerry 10 contains a similar voice-controlled assistant.

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Apple sued in China over voice recognition patents

Apple sued in China over voice recognition patents

Apple’s legal troubles in China continue. This time Cupertino is being sued by a company called Zhi Zhen Internet Technology over voice recognition patents. Zhi Zhen claims it holds patents for a Chinese voice language assistant used for its Xiao i Robot service, and that Siri infringes those patents. There's quite a big gap between Siri's introduction in October and the lawsuit that's just been filed, although the company says it reached out to Apple back in May and heard no response.

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Samsung demands Apple’s Galaxy Nexus ban be frozen

Samsung demands Apple’s Galaxy Nexus ban be frozen

Samsung has appealed against the preliminary injunction blocking US Galaxy Nexus sales, arguing Apple cannot prove that iPhone market share is legitimately threatened by the Android phone. Apple secured the early injunction late last week, convincing a US judge that the Galaxy Nexus is likely to be found infringing on at least one of four patents the Cupertino company holds. However, Samsung insists that Apple's case fails to prove that the potential loss of market share caused by the third-gen Google phone is as "substantial" as the Federal Circuit's requirements.

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Jelly Bean Google Voice Search challenges Siri

Jelly Bean Google Voice Search challenges Siri

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has introduced a Siri-battling voice feature, a super-speed recognition tool that produces results in a streamlined infographic-style UI. The new GOogle voice search system can recognize naturally spoken queries, pulling up Wikipedia entries, Google Image Search results and other data. Best of all, it looks considerably faster than rival systems.

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HTC teases own Siri-like voice assistant app

HTC teases own Siri-like voice assistant app

HTC looks to be working on its own version of Apple's Siri intelligent voice assistant app. The Taiwanese manufacturer posted a teaser image today revealing both an odd sense of humor and a potential Siri rival. Posted to both Facebook and Twitter, the image depicts what appears to be HTC's own assistant app interacting with a dog.

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