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Apple Just Bought (Another) Personal Assistant Maker

Looks like Siri might be getting an upgrade after Apple bought Cue, an app that makes personalised agendas based on scanning emails. TechCrunch’s sources say that the purchase price was somewhere between $US40 and $US60 million, and that Apple plans to keep the company running.


Microsoft's Siri Is Based On Cortana, Halo's AI Character

Microsoft is next in line to build a mobile personal assistant, one that’s more than more than a robotic voice that obeys spoken commands. The feature will tie together all Microsoft products. So it’s probably appropriate that it’ll be named Cortana after the artificially intelligent character in Halo.


What If Spike Jonze's Movie Her Was Actually Voiced By Siri?

So though the premise of a man falling in love with the voice of his phone’s operating system is a little ridiculous, Spike Jonze’s movie Her actually looks wonderful and maybe even believable. But duh! Who wouldn’t fall in love with Scarlett Johansson’s voice?


Siri Gets Sassy If You Ask Her About Google Glass

Everybody knows that Siri gets silly from time to time and starts cracking jokes. Most of them are not funny (e.g. “Two iPhones walk into a bar… I forget the rest.”) But when Siri starts trash-talking Apple’s competitors, things start to get interesting.


Finally, An Apple iWatch Concept Built Around iOS 7

iOS 7 is finally on the cards for both iPhones and iPads, but all the iWatch mockups we’ve seen from talented designers have been trapped in the iOS 6 way of thinking. Gross textures abound. Until now. This ultra-fashionable iWatch concept runs iOS 7 and represents a the beautiful fiction we all hope to wear on our wrists one day.


Siri Actually Cares How Names Are Pronounced In iOS 7

In iOS 7, Siri’s voice is becoming less robotic and more human (we’ll have to wait and see if she’s more useful). One of those improvements will be how she pronounces names. Instead of butchering your name or choppily spelling out letters of your friends’ names, she’ll be able to be ‘taught’ what the correct pronunciation is.


Microsoft Is Using Siri Like A Hand Puppet Now

What better way to make a competitor’s product look ridiculous than to have it say stupid things, right? Microsoft has decided to use Siri as its own personal hand-puppet to advertise Windows RT tablets.


How Apple Is Taking Over Your Car

It’s no secret that late Apple CEO Steve Jobs was keen on bringing the company’s technology to the automotive world. In fact, according to longtime Apple board member Mickey Drexler, “Steve’s dream before he died was to design an iCar.” Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Phil Shiller, echoed those sentiments during the company’s copyright infringement trial against Samsung, saying there had been discussion of Apple making a vehicle.


Apple Keeps Your Siri Data For Two Years

You thought that time you asked Siri about the weird mole on your toe was just between the two of you? Wrong. According to Wired, Apple hangs onto your Siri data for two years.


Retro Mac 512K Can Talk To Siri Too

Some hacks exist essentially just because they can. It’s not particularly practical or fast to use Siri to send files between a Mac 512K and an iMac. It’s kind of fun, though.