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  • Apps that fight our distracted driving habits

    Posted April 16, 2014 - 5:44 pm

    Here are some of the apps and tools I would recommend trying out if you want to try making your phone conscious of your driving.
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    Windows Phone Cortana vs Google Now vs Siri: The battle of the digital assistants

    Posted April 14, 2014 - 1:59 pm

    Even in beta, Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant has an impressive amount to say for itself.
  • Good luck getting Her attention until after the Oscars [CARTOON]

    Posted January 31, 2014 - 7:10 am

    Don’t be surprised if Siri is too busy to answer your questions anytime soon
  • Apple's rumored PrimeSense buy may open Siri's eyes

    Posted November 19, 2013 - 4:39 pm

    For years, technologies like Apple's Siri and Google's Google Now have been flying blind, awoken by the spoken command of their users. If Apple acquires PrimeSense, perceptual computing may finally open its eyes.
  • Can't trust this: Inconsistencies shake faith in Apple

    Posted November 19, 2013 - 4:37 pm

    When it comes to Apple, I'm a pretty trusting guy. I trust that Apple will protect my data the best that it can. I trust that Apple will continue to release new iPhones, iPads, and Macs every year. But in day-to-day practical terms, there are several important ways in which I don't trust Apple.
  • Vox technica: How Siri gets its voice

    Posted November 10, 2013 - 7:57 pm

    In early October, CNN revealed that veteran voice actor Susan Bennett was the voice behind Siri until Apple changed it in iOS 7. But how exactly is a person's voice transformed into a software program that can synthesize any text thrown at it?
  • 12 technologies that aren't living up to the hype

    Posted November 5, 2013 - 5:04 pm

    Sony Betamax ... the Apple Newton... push technology... Web TV... electric vehicles.... What do all these things have in common? They were all heavily promoted technologies that didn't live up to the hype surrounding them. And they are not alone.
  • The Weekly Hash - May 3, 2013

    Posted May 3, 2013 - 11:28 am

    Tip-toeing through the tulips of topical tech tales
  • The Weekly Hash - April 12, 2013

    Posted April 12, 2013 - 10:56 am

    Reviewing the week’s top tech stories, today featuring Austin getting hipper, NASA getting Armageddony and T-Mobile getting more desperate
  • Inside Siri's brain: The challenges of extending Apple's virtual assistant

    Posted April 9, 2013 - 2:21 pm

    The switch to a voice-based interface is going to be a hard one, with plenty of obstacles along the way; still, I look forward to the day when I will finally be able to stop typing on my devices and start communicating with them.
  • Four ways to get things done with Siri

    Posted March 9, 2013 - 8:45 am

    You can have a lot of fun with the little voice inside your iOS device, but Siri can also help you become increasingly productive.
  • Siri vs. Google Search

    Posted February 27, 2013 - 8:41 am

    Siri isn't the only speech-recognizing search-assistant available on the iPhone... and it may not even be the best one.
  • Apple's 15 boldest computer designs, 1976 - 2012

    Posted January 20, 2013 - 9:00 am

    Apple's computer hardware designs through the years have reflected the state of the company. Subliminal messages abound with each product release. Here are some of Apple's most bold, iconic computer designs and what we think they're telling us.
  • Reminders: how to quickly schedule tasks on your Mac

    Posted January 19, 2013 - 8:05 am

    I've written about--and even made videos about--the Reminders app before. While the app, built-in to both iOS and Mountain Lion, isn't as feature-rich as many third-party to-do list apps, I appreciate its simple iCloud syncing, Siri integration, and cross-device ubiquity.
  • Audiovox brings aftermarket Siri to your car

    Posted January 12, 2013 - 8:55 am

    Are you desperately craving Siri-integration in your vehicle, but you don't want to go out and buy a new Chevy Spark or Sonic?
  • 10 technologies that disappointed in 2012

    Posted December 24, 2012 - 9:00 am

    Here are 10 technologies that fell short of expectations in 2012
  • Get Siri to give you directions from Google Maps with this key phrase

    Posted December 21, 2012 - 3:57 pm

    Because relying on Apple Maps' directions are less than reliable
  • The Weekly Hash - December 14, 2012

    Posted December 14, 2012 - 12:01 pm

    A silly review of tech stories from this past week, today featuring the pope tweeting, a $30,000 TV and job openings for pot smoking IT professionals
  • Why isn't Microsoft's answer to Siri built into Windows 8?

    Posted November 10, 2012 - 8:25 am

    Windows 8 is supposed to be Microsoft's majestic OS reset—a dramatic overhaul designed to usher the Windows platform into the age of mobility. And Windows 8 is also Microsoft's bid to achieve feature parity with iOS and Android, the other two OS powerhouses in the mobile universe.
  • The Weekly Hash - November 9, 2012

    Posted November 9, 2012 - 11:09 am

    Examining, deconstructing and laughing at this week’s top tech stories, today featuring Priceline, Siri and Oprah
  • Google unveils free Siri rival for iPhone, iPad

    Posted November 3, 2012 - 7:25 am

    Hey, Siri, you better look behind you. Google on Tuesday upgraded its Google Search app for the iPhone and iPad, giving the feature a voice search functionality that poses a challenge to Apple's Siri.
  • My day with Siri

    Posted October 6, 2012 - 7:35 am

    I admit it: I love Siri. It helps that I work from home, so I can talk to my phone without inhibitions. It doesn't hurt that I generally crave pseudohuman contact. But the real reason is simply that I find Siri so useful. And in iOS 6, Siri has become even more useful than it was before.
  • Hands on with iOS 6: Siri

    Posted September 22, 2012 - 7:03 am

    Your favorite virtual assistant now knows a lot more than it ever did before. Beyond merely knowing answers to more kinds of questions, Siri in iOS 6 gains new functionality, simplifies some common tasks, and provides more useful results, too. And, for the first time, Siri in iOS 6 works on the iPad as well--provided the iPad in question is a third-generation model or newer.
  • Dumbest & craziest sports technology moments of 2012

    Posted August 29, 2012 - 8:00 am

    From phony websites to regrettable tweets to Apple Siri chatter, it's clear athletes and technology often don't mix well
  • What is Google Now?

    Posted August 10, 2012 - 10:22 am

    Google Now is this contextual voice search thing that can do some amazing things, can’t do some basic things, and is regularly getting better. Here’s an attempt to explain it.

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