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  • 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

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