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Apple's acquisition of speech recognition company speaks to Siri improvements

Apple confirmed to TechCrunch that it bought U.K.-based speech-recognition firm Novauris last year, suggesting the company is focusing on improving its virtual assistant, Siri.

Fire TV, Cortana, HTC One, and the pains of cord cutting

Amazon's Fire TV and the battle for the living room, why cord cutting won't work for sports fans, the new HTC One phone, and Cortana versus Siri versus Google Now.

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Wall to wall Apple: How iOS could make its way into your home

Is Apple trying to launch a revolution in the world of home automation? The pieces are slowly falling into piece, says contributor Marco Tabini.

A loose interpretation

Facts, smacts. Don't let them get in the way of your carefully reasoned analysis.

Can't trust this: Inconsistencies shake faith in Apple

As much as senior contributor Lex Friedman would like to trust Apple, there are times when the company doesn't exactly inspire trust. And that's a problem for both Apple and its customers.

Apple's rumored PrimeSense buy may open Siri's eyes

If Apple absorbs perceptual computing pioneer PrimeSense, it could mean intriguing possibilities for future Apple products, including iPhones with computer vision and even wearable computing.

Vox technica: How Siri gets its voice

Thanks to some journalistic sleuthing, we now know the name of the actor whose voice was used as the basis for the speech of Apple's digital assistant. Marco Tabini consults with industry experts to find out how a person's voice becomes Siri's persona.

Teach Siri nicknames

Looking for a simpler way to tell Siri which of the many Dans, Jennifers, or Jasons in your contacts list you want to call? Nicknames can do the trick.

Teach Siri nicknames

Looking for a simpler way to tell Siri which of the many Dans, Jennifers, or Jasons in your contacts list you want to call? Nicknames can do the trick.

Cue personal assistant is Apple's latest acquisition

Cupertino continues its shopping spree with the addition of the personal assistant service and app, Cue.