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Apple sued for deceptive Siri advertising

Apple sued for deceptive Siri advertising

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Apple, claiming that the company used "misleading and deceptive" advertising for its Siri voice-activated intelligent assistant feature on the iPhone 4S. The lawsuit was filed by New York resident Frank M. Fazio in the US District Court of Northern California.

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Microsoft app translates foreign languages in your own voice

Microsoft app translates foreign languages in your own voice

Microsoft researchers have created a prototype universal translation software that not only translates your speech into foreign languages but uses your own voice to output the translation. The software preserves your accent, timbre, and intonation while translating between 26 languages. The software has been developed at Microsoft's labs in Beijing and was unveiled at TechFest 2012 by chief research officer Rick Rashid along with researcher Frank Soong.

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iPad 3 gets voice dictation but not quite Siri yet

iPad 3 gets voice dictation but not quite Siri yet

The iPad 3 will not be getting Siri as some had speculated, but it will give a good taste of the voice-controlled feature before a full on Siri implementation sometime down the road. Apple revealed today that the next-gen tablet now offers voice-dictation, a feature you'll notice from the addition of a microphone icon to the software keyboard.

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Motorola with Android Voice Actions battles Siri in comparison video

Motorola with Android Voice Actions battles Siri in comparison video

Motorola has decided to take a jab at Apple's Siri intelligent voice assistant app by pitting it against Android's Voice Actions feature running on an Atrix 2, Photon 4G, and Electrify. In all three comparison videos, Siri gets beat down complete with the knockout bell sound effects. However, the video does come direct from Motorola, not exactly an unbiased source, so some rigging or editing isn't completely out of the question. Continue after the cut to watch and judge for yourself.

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Evi one-ups Siri for iOS and Android

Evi one-ups Siri for iOS and Android

There's a new voice assistant warrior in town, and it's name is Evi, bringing nothing less than a Siri contender using True Knowledge tied with Nuance voice recognition for a one-two punch that will give the rest of the fighters in the ring a run for their money. As Techcrunch writer Mike Butcher notes, the team at True Knowledge have been working on a Siri competitor since the iPhone 4S was released, and probably before that as well. What's out today is not only an iPhone application (that also works on iPad, mind you), but a Beta version of an app for Android.

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Google Android Siri opponent codename Majel, aka Star Trek Computer

Google Android Siri opponent codename Majel, aka Star Trek Computer

If you track this story all the way back to the source, you might find the actual factual bits to be less than brick solid, but just like the codename on which this Android-based Siri opponent is based, the reality of the situation might be much less important than what COULD be should the future unfold how this story reads. What we're to understand here is that Google's propensity to select much better codenames than the manufacturers who create phones based on their mobile OS Android continues here with "Majel," a voice controlled assistant made to compete against Apple's iPhone 4S-based Siri. Majel is short for Majel Barrett, both Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's wife and the voice of the computer on the starship Enterprise*.

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Evernote explains how it works with Siri

Evernote explains how it works with Siri

Evernote has posted a tip today on how to use its note-taking service with Apple's new Siri intelligent voice-assistant feature on the iPhone 4S. Siri is still a beta service at the moment and doesn't integrate with third-party apps, but you can make it work with Evernote for convenient hands-free note dictation and here's how.

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Siri hacked to work on iPhone 3GS

Siri hacked to work on iPhone 3GS

We've previously seen Apple's much raved about Siri intelligent assistant feature hacked to work on an iPhone 4, but now developers have managed to hack the feature to work on an old iPhone 3GS. The hack comes from developers Grant Paul and Steve Troughton-Smith, while a video demoing the hack was posted by Ryan Petrich.

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