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  • Chinese Manufacturers, Carriers And Developers Form An Alliance To Block Apple’s Siri In China

    Chinese Manufacturers, Carriers And Developers Form An Alliance To Block Apple’s Siri In China

    Chinese companies don’t view Siri in a favorable light, hence the creation of the Speech Industry Alliance of China (SIAC). They are willing to offer an alternative that is supposed to work better with Mandarin and Cantonese. In fact, iOS 6 will include a new version of Siri that understands and speaks Mandarin and Cantonese. It is a threat for Chinese mobile phone manufacturers… Read More

  • Nuance’s Nina Brings Siri-Like Voice Recognition Features To Mobile Apps

    Nuance’s Nina Brings Siri-Like Voice Recognition Features To Mobile Apps

    Nuance, the company that powers a large number of tools that use voice recognition (including Apple’s Siri) launched its own Siri-like voice-powered “virtual assistant” today that developers can add to their mobile apps. The Nuance Interactive Natural Assistant (Nina) uses the company’s speech recognition technologies and combines them with voice biometrics and an… Read More

  • The Future Of Customer Experience – 3 Examples Of Virtual Assistants, Biometrics And Siri-Style Services

    The Future Of Customer Experience – 3 Examples Of Virtual Assistants, Biometrics And Siri-Style Services

    The future of customer service is less about the people than it is the sound of a person or even the virtual image of an individual. Humans are just so inefficient. But they can be improved, too, through interfaces that provide them more automated capabilities. Salefsorce.com is on the edge of this trend. It continues to acquire companies that makes it easier for agents to become more… Read More

  • To Be Clear, Siri Is Not Coming To The iPhone 4 Or iPad 2 (Update)

    To Be Clear, Siri Is Not Coming To The iPhone 4 Or iPad 2 (Update)

    It’s understandable why you might have been confused. Apple made Siri’s expansion about as clear as mud yesterday at Apple’s WWDC keynote. She learns more, moves to the iPad, gets all kinds of new integrations in iOS 6 (which most certainly will come to your iPhone 4/3GS), but does she actually hop on over to the new hardware and chat at you like the condescending… Read More

  • Dawn Of The Mac Button? Siri Comes To BMW, GM, Land Rover, Audi, Toyota, Honda & More

    Dawn Of The Mac Button? Siri Comes To BMW, GM, Land Rover, Audi, Toyota, Honda & More

    Siri is getting a whole mess of new updates, and she looks to be a whole lot smarter than she used to be. Beyond her ability to open apps and arrival on the iPad, soon Siri will also be your co-pilot while you’re riding in your whip. “We want to integrate Siri even better in the car,” Scott Forstall said on stage at WWDC today. To that point, an important tidbit that was… Read More

  • Siri Finally Learns How To Launch Apps, Lands On The iPad

    Siri Finally Learns How To Launch Apps, Lands On The iPad

    Just moments after Apple officially pulled back the curtains on iOS 6, Apple’s Scott Forstall announced a slew of compelling new updates to Siri, their mobile intelligent assistant. First up, Siri is much smarter than she used to be — she can now easily cull information from multiple new sources to provide (among other things) detailed sports, restaurant, and movie… Read More

  • Siri-ing John Malkovich

    Siri-ing John Malkovich

    Apple is continuing its “famous person uses Siri” commercials by bringing in famous person John Malkovich to add a soupçon of Old World weltschmerz and philosophizing to what is, in short, a way to schedule a wake-up call without unlocking your phone. The commercials feature Malkovich in what appears to be the house above the nasty places in Hostel where he muses on fine meats and… Read More

  • iOS 6 “Sundance” And The Sunsetting Of Google Maps

    iOS 6 “Sundance” And The Sunsetting Of Google Maps

    For Google Maps, winter is coming. Potentially. As you’ve undoubtedly seen by now, with the upcoming iOS 6 software, Apple intends to replace the Google Maps aspect of their default Maps application with their own, in-house version. Mark Gurman of 9to5 Mac was the first to report this news, and dives into more of the detail behind it, including the 3D aspect. John Paczkowski of… Read More

  • Another Siri-Like App, Voice Answer, Hits The App Store For Those Of Us Without The iPhone 4S

    Another Siri-Like App, Voice Answer, Hits The App Store For Those Of Us Without The iPhone 4S

    Looks like Apple might be loosening its grip even more on voice recognition apps? Or, it simply just feels that the competition is not as good as its own native Siri. We’ve just gotten word from Netherlands-based developer Sparkling Apps that its voice-response app, Voice Answer — rejected by Apple for nearly three months — has been approved by Apple and is now live in the… Read More

  • Friday: A Personal Assistant That Remembers What You’ve Done

    Friday: A Personal Assistant That Remembers What You’ve Done

    In the spirit of connecting your phone’s activity to the cloud, a trend that has inspired one of this week’s more interesting launches, Phonedeck, there now comes another application that wants to automatically track your activity in order to provide a history of your communications, additional analysis, and even a search engine for your own life. The app is called Friday, and… Read More

  • Steve Jobs Was Against The Name “Siri” Before He Was For It

    Steve Jobs Was Against The Name “Siri” Before He Was For It

    A palate-cleanser for the four course meal that will be your long and fruitful day: Yoni Heisler recounts a talk by Siri co-founder Dag Kittlaus in which he describes the naming process. Siri means “beautiful woman who leads you to victory” in Norwegian and Kittlaus owned the siri.com domain. He was planning on naming a child after said beautiful woman but his first child was a boy. Read More

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