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  • Maluuba Presents During Startup Battlefield, Session Six: Disrupting Data

    Maluuba Wants To Challenge Apple’s Siri With Its “Do Engine”

    Ever since Apple launched its voice-driven personal assistant Siri, a slew of clones have appeared on the scene. Most of these, however, clearly show that Siri was the result of a massive research project that isn’t easy to replicate. Maluuba, which is launching at TechCrunch Disrupt today, is the closest thing I’ve seen to a viable Siri competitor on Android. In many ways, Maluuba… Read More

  • Siri, Why Are You Having Trouble Connecting?

    Siri, Why Are You Having Trouble Connecting?

    It would appear that Siri is down. We’ve tested five iPhone 4S models, all of which are running iOS 5.1. One of the iPhones in the TechCrunch office is running iOS 6, and Siri seems to be working fine on the newer OS. Twitter confirms, and there are some pretty funny tweets coming out of this very serious crisis. To be fair, Siri doesn’t work that well anyway, even when… Read More

  • 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

  • The Future Of The Virtual Personal Assistant

    The Future Of The Virtual Personal Assistant

    Editor’s Note: Norman Winarsky is the Vice President of Ventures and Bill Mark is the Vice President of the Information Computing Sciences Division at renowned research and technology development organization, SRI International. Norman and Bill helped found the Siri venture, of which Norman was also a Board member. Since its launch in the iPhone 4S, Siri has become a phenomenon, and for… Read More

  • Stay of Execution — Evi May Stay In App Store If It Doesn’t Look Like Siri

    Stay of Execution — Evi May Stay In App Store If It Doesn’t Look Like Siri

    Only yesterday we reported that Evi, a new iPhone (iTunes link) and Android app (link) which was incredibly Siri-like – and some say it’s better – had gotten a call from Apple that it was about to be pulled from the App store. Why? For being – as far as we could figure out – too much like Siri, and maybe, well, just too good. Today, the buzz at Mobile World… Read More

  • Apple Prepares To Pull Evi From App Store. Did It Slap-Down Siri?

    Apple Prepares To Pull Evi From App Store. Did It Slap-Down Siri?

    Last month we reported on the launch of Evi, a new iPhone (iTunes link) and Android app (link) which was very Siri-like in its capabilities. Maybe it was too good at acting like Siri? Yes, Evi can’t do Siri’s trick of adding things to your iPhone Calendar or hook into reminders. But, ask “How do I make apple pie?” and Evi provides a list of recipes with web links. Read More

  • Apple Strikes Back In Jailbreak-Siri Arms Race

    Apple Strikes Back In Jailbreak-Siri Arms Race

    When Siri was announced strictly for the iPhone 4S, the mod community likely took that as a challenge. Before long, the service had been hacked and shortly thereafter ported to a number of potentially compatible devices. The problem, of course, is that Apple gets to decide what devices are compatible, not the users. So they’ve taken steps to undo the work that hackers and jailbreakers… Read More

  • New iOS Hack Lets You Natively Tweet By Talking To Siri

    New iOS Hack Lets You Natively Tweet By Talking To Siri

    There’s no shortage of novel things you can strongarm Siri into doing for you these days, but sometimes it’s the little things that get me excited. While not as innately flashy as being able to start a car, a new (and currently nameless) tweak from developer InfectionFX does something that Siri should have been able to do from the beginning: tweet for you. Read More

  • Siri Sibling Trapit Raises $6.2 Million Series A From Horizons

    Siri Sibling Trapit Raises $6.2 Million Series A From Horizons

    Personalized web search tool Trapit, often called the sister to Apple’s Siri because both were built on the same artificial intelligence project from DARPA and SRI, has just raised $6.2 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Horizons Ventures, the Hong Kong-based venture fund that manages the investments for Facebook and Spotify investor Li Ka-shing. Horizons also… Read More

  • Announcing The 2011 Crunchies Finalists And Tickets On Sale Now

    Announcing The 2011 Crunchies Finalists And Tickets On Sale Now

    The nominations have been tabulated and the votes are in. Over 300,000 nominations were calculated across 20 categories. Along with our partners GigaOm and VentureBeat, we are very proud to announce the finalists for 2011’s best in technology. Voting begins now. For 2011, we’ve added some new categories. Best Location App, Best Cloud Services and Biggest Social Impact join the… Read More