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Will Beats go on? Looking back at Apple’s other A-list acquisitions

Beats may be Apple’s largest acquisition yet, but Cupertino has a long history of snapping up smaller companies. Here are a few of the most memorable ones – and what become of their products.

Music

Smarter hotel and restaurant searches coming to Android

Looking for somewhere to stop and eat? Or trying to find a room for the night? Google is rolling out a new voice search feature that makes it easier to filter through a list of results on Android.

Android Army

iOS code update indicates Siri will be added to Apple TV

Definitely useful for anyone that prefers speaking a command over hunting for letters on a virtual keypad, a recent update to iOS 7.1 code includes an entry for Siri support on the Apple TV set-top box.

Home Theater

How Cortana works in Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft's answer to Apple’s Siri and Google Now is being pushed as the “world’s first truly personal digital assistant.” Here's what Cortana can do and how to use her in Windows Phone 8.1.

Mobile

Which virtual assistant would you hire? Cortana vs. Siri vs. Google Now

Voice-activated digital assistants are an increasingly important feature for smartphones. Now that Microsoft has unveiled Cortana, we take a look at how it stacks up against Apple’s Siri and Google Now.

Mobile

Microsoft’s ‘Cortana’ Siri-competitor spotted ahead of Build conference

Microsoft's Siri-competitor, Cortana, will be finally announced at Microsoft's BUILD conference. We caught sight of it ahead of Build on a Bing webpage, suggesting serious integration with Microsoft's search technology.

Mobile

14 hidden features in iOS 7.1

iOS 7 is the biggest change to Apple's operating system in six years, and iOS 7.1 has just tweaked it even more, but finding things in its Settings menu keeps getting more difficult. Here are seven tips on how to get around the settings in iOS.

Mobile

Apple files new patent that could enable voice-based photo search in Siri

Apple has filed a new patent application describing the ability to search for and tag photos via voice, pointing naturally to Siri. The feature would utilize tags and other information associated with the photos.

Photography

Our Siri guide: How to merge your life with Apple’s witty virtual assistant

Find out exactly what Apple’s virtual assistant can do for you as we take a look at how to use Siri. We kick off with how to set Siri up, and then we check out supported commands, before looking at some handy tips.

Mobile

In 2014, Siri will be able to butcher your voice-to-texts in six new Chevrolet models

Chevy is expanding its Siri-compatible MyLink system to six new cars in 2014. The program has already shown its worth in the Sonic and the Spark, with good reviews from buyers. In an historically uncharacteristic move of foresight, Chevy has hitched itself to…

Cars

Apple’s (rumored) iPhone 5C won’t have Siri (according to rumors)

There may be a cost to a budget-friendly iPhone. According to analyst Gene Munster, Apple plans to exclude its Siri voice assistant feature from the lower-end iPhone, which is expected to debut on September 10.

Mobile

Siri Eyes Free, Big Data and goodbye Idiot Light: GM tech chief talks future car tech

General Motors believes connectivity is the future of cars, and it's preparing for that future with a barrage of tech.

Cars

Siri’s pronunciation to improve in iOS 7, thanks to new name learning feature

We already know Siri is set to be more helpful in iOS 7, but a new feature has been discovered which shows the virtual assistant is willing to learn too, as you'll be able to teach it how to pronounce difficult names.

Mobile

AAA study: Voice controls may keep drivers’ eyes on the road, but they’re still distracting

The American Automobile Association's researchers say that, whether it's hands-on or hands-free, in-car tech is a major distraction.

Cars

Siri for iOS 7 is a man! And he can now search Wikipedia or Bing…

Apple's personal assistant app Siri is getting a makeover, including a new voice. Siri can now have a male or female voice, search Twitter or Wikipedia, change settings on your phone, and more. Plus, Siri will be making its way to your car in the near future.

Mobile