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  • 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

  • True Knowledge sets out to find the most boring day in recent history

    True Knowledge, the Cambridge, UK-based natural language search company, has set out to find the most boring day of the 20th century. Or, technically speaking, the most “uneventful” day, since the term boring is far too subjective for even the most sophisticated computer program to understand. That day, apparently, is April 11th 1954. Read More

  • Natural language Q&A engine True Knowledge hits 3m users and 300m facts

    True Knowledge, the natural language search company, has announced a milestone today. In the month of August, its site, where users get answers to questions asked in plain English, surpassed three million unique visitors, 26 times what it was a year ago, apparently. While its database has grown to 300 million facts or 31% in 2010. Many of those facts come from existing structured data, but… Read More

  • Google's Norvig Is Down On Natural Language Search

    Don’t expect to see natural-language search at Google anytime soon. Despite the buzz of startups like Powerset and, to a lesser degree, true knowledge, Google’s head of research Peter Norvig pooh-poohs the notion that people are clamoring to write full sentences in search boxes. In a Q&A with Technology Review, he says: We don’t think it’s a big advance to be able… Read More

  • True Knowledge looks for API beta testers

    Search startup True Knowledge, reviewed here, is seeking beta testers for its API service. The UK startup, which recently won Angel funding, has developed an application which (deep breath) represents facts as entities within a broad knowledge-base that computers can understand and process. It answers question through deduction and cross-referencing to produce what looks, to all intents… Read More