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Is Cortana a dangerous step towards artificial intelligence?

'Virtual assistant' software like Cortana is becoming increasingly important, but should we be more concerned about the sort of technology that brings us closer to true artificial intelligence?

Computing

Watch: Fiery Italian grandma tries and fails to use Siri

Oh Siri, accents are hard aren't they? Watch this funny video in which a fiery Italian grandmother tries to find out the time in the homeland, but is frustrated by Siri's inability to understand.

Mobile

Cortana runs rings around Siri — at least according to Microsoft

Confused by the differences between Google Now, Siri and Cortana? Microsoft is pulling no punches when it comes to helping you make a decision with its latest ad comparing Siri to Cortana.

Mobile

Amazon’s Echo Video Gets Drowned Out by Parody

Amazon released a video for its Echo speaker, and the parody version pokes fun at the digital assistant Alexa.

Home Theater

Siri in your dash: Apple CarPlay now available for Pioneer NEX-series receivers

Apple's CarPlay makes its debut in after-market car entertainment systems today. Via Firmware update, existing Pioneer NEX-series in-dash receiver owners can take advantage of all the new hands-free technology that has been developed to make using a smartphone…

Home Theater

What can I help you with? Ford bringing Siri to your dashboard with the help of Automatic

Automatic, the same company that brought you the Smart Driving Assistant and Web Dashboard, is bringing Siri into your car. If you drive a Ford or Lincoln newer than 2011, you’re in luck.

Cars

Siri’s tougher brother Vito will stop you from uploading those nude photos

Watch the sketch that showcases comedian Jimmy Kimmel's solution to iCloud's security problem: A tougher older brother for Siri who won't always let you have your own way with your revealing pictures.

Mobile

Florida murder suspect asked Siri how to hide a body, then used flashlight app 9 times

According to prosecutors, a Florida man suspected of killing his roommate in 2012 asked Siri for advice as to how to hide a body. In addition, his phone's location data did not match where he claimed to be that night.

Mobile

Siri may come to Mac OS X, an Apple patent suggests

An Apple patent published this week suggests we're edging ever closer to seeing Siri land on OS X. Titled "Intelligent digital assistant in a desktop environment," the document describes how the voice-activated feature could serve as a "third hand."

Computing

Samsung reportedly in talks to buy Nuance, the software firm behind Siri

Samsung has reportedly been in acquisition talks with Nuance, the firm behind the technology powering Apple's Siri. It's not clear, however, what effect a Samsung buyout would have on Nuance's relationship with the iPhone maker, if any.

Mobile

Hands on: Pioneer’s CarPlay-equipped stereo is like an iPad in your dash

Don’t have the cash for a new Ferrari or Mercedes? Pioneer has you covered with the AVIC-8000NEX, the first aftermarket receive to integrate Apple’s powerful CarPlay system. We took it for a spin in San Francisco to see how it performs.

Music

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.

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