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Cycorp is the most ambitious artificial intelligence project yet, and it’s been working secretly for 30 years

Cycorp is the most ambitious artificial intelligence project yet, and it’s been working secretly for 30 years

By 7 July 2014

Since 1984 a company called Cycorp has been quietly working on artificial intelligence. Now, as it nears real intelligence, its creators are beginning to talk about Cyc. Cyc is a machine intelligence that learns, and has been doing so for the last 30... >>

Cortana vs Google Now vs Siri: Battle of the personal assistants

Cortana vs Google Now vs Siri: Battle of the personal assistants

By 5 April 2014

Although voice-activated personal assistants are considered standard on smartphones, Microsoft has only recently stepped up to the plate with its Cortana offering on Windows Phone 8.1. And it's eager to trump Google's Google Now and Apple's Siri. Personal... >>

Siri may get smarter as Apple reportedly buys voice recognition pioneer Novauris

Siri may get smarter as Apple reportedly buys voice recognition pioneer Novauris

By 4 April 2014

Siri might have been the first smart assistant to listen to mobile phone owners' requests, but now it's not alone. The witty responses of Siri to questions about the competition aren't enough to keep users happy anymore. That in mind Apple has bought... >>

Apple's Siri voice assistant to add more third-party integrations, says report

Apple's Siri voice assistant to add more third-party integrations, says report

By 5 March 2014

Apple is in the process of expanding Siri integration to more third-party apps and services, it's claimed. According to a report from The Information, Apple wants to improve Siri’s search functions and feature capabilities. The report mentioned Siri... >>

Microsoft's Cortana assistant revealed in leaked video of setup process

Microsoft's Cortana assistant revealed in leaked video of setup process

By 4 March 2014

Microsoft's much-anticipated digital assistant, which is expected to rival Apple's Siri and Google's Google Now, has surfaced in a leaked video. We’ve heard all about what Cortana is capable of doing, thanks to many rumours and reports, but now we finally... >>

Apple could introduce a voice-based photo search using Siri

Apple could introduce a voice-based photo search using Siri

By 30 December 2013

An Apple patent hints at the next step for Siri where it can tag and search through photos using voice controls. The "Voice-Based Image Tagging and Searching" feature, as it’s referred to in the patent, would be able to find pictures based on strings... >>

Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 update to include Siri-like Cortana and notification centre?

Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 update to include Siri-like Cortana and notification centre?

By 16 December 2013

Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update will feature a swipe-down notification centre and a Siri-like personal assistant, according to the latest round of rumours. The Verge has reported - citing two unnamed sources - that Microsoft is currently... >>

Could you ever see yourself falling in love with Siri?

Could you ever see yourself falling in love with Siri?

By 4 December 2013

Does the sound of Siri's voice make you swoon? Well Joaquin Phoenix certainly feels something for his voice assistant in the upcoming film Her. It's a science-fiction romance movie set to hit US cinemas on 18 December. It is written, directed and produced... >>

Yahoo acquires natural language processing start-up SkyPhrase

Yahoo acquires natural language processing start-up SkyPhrase

By 2 December 2013

Yahoo has acquired SkyPhrase, a start-up with a focus on natural language processing. The acquisition appears to include technology and talent, as Yahoo revealed in a blog post that it is "exited to welcome" SkyPhrase's team of four. The SkyPhrase team... >>

iOS in-car mirroring to be unveiled by Honda in December for 2014 range

iOS in-car mirroring to be unveiled by Honda in December for 2014 range

By 25 November 2013

Honda and Apple have been working closely since 2011 with the well-established Siri Eyes Free integration. Now Honda is reportedly going to announce a new feature this December which, “is more than just simple mirroring”. The Siri Eyes Free feature... >>