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    Of all the rumored improvements Windows Phone 8.1 will bring, perhaps none is as important as Cortana. Not that a fully-featured voice assistant is a make-or-break qualification for a platform's success; rather, Cortana symbolizes a more important shift in Microsoft's priorities. With its leaked "Notebook" functionality, the new Windows Phone companion may bring the ability to catalog your personal information for later reference – an important component for any modern "digital assistant." But we've seen that kind of information mining put to good use before, in applications like ...

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    Apple's launch of Siri marked a turning point at what voice commands should be on a mobile device. It's far from perfect, and we do admit that it has become less and less reliable over the years, but that doesn't change the fact that it's stopped OEMs from forcing us to memorize commands in order to interact with our phones. That said, Apple was sued with the launch of the iPhone 4s since those affected considered the advertisement behind Siri to be misleading, even though the Judge now confirms to disagree. Judge Wilken ruled that the plaintiffs failed to prove that Apple's advertisement ...

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    As popular and successful as Samsung may be, the company has taken the spotlight over the last couple of years for ripping-off a lot of companies in their products, the most notorious being Apple. We've seen various lawsuits flying around between these two companies, precisely because of how the Galaxy line-up follows on the iPhone's footsteps, and yet, it seems that Samsung hasn't had enough. SamMobile has just leaked a screenshot of how S Voice will look on the future Samsung UI, and you guessed it, just like S Voice looked like Siri in its inception, this new update looks like the new ...

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    We've been talking to our phones since the very beginning -- or so it would seem. As we've said before, that's not entirely true. Although we use our phones to talk to other people, we haven't really been talking "to" our phones, but rather "through" our phones. That started to change years ago as manufacturers began to include various features that let us control our phones with our voices. At first these were very basic and required you to record the names of those who you wanted to dial -- sometimes multiple times. Others made you go through lengthy "training" processes during which ...

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    Years ago I used to commute to and from work. What was normally a 30-minute drive off-peak was easily three times that during rush hour. Luckily for me, I was a geek back then, too. I "read" so many Audible books back then that I quickly lost count. Often my mind would wander. I'd see cars and trucks, not as vehicles taking people and products from home to work then back again, but as packets flowing on a vast interconnected network of cement and asphalt. On-ramps and off-ramps were new requests or destinations. Everything flowed smoothly -- until it all got bogged down. Slow-and-go ...

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    Apple has Siri. Google has Google Now. So where's Microsoft's voice-controlled virtual assistant? It turns out the answer may have been right under our noses for a while now, as details of the company's efforts to develop the system it calls "Cortana" (yes, like in Halo) emerge. Back in June we told you about the discovery of a Lumia 920 found on eBay that was apparently still loaded with in-development Microsoft software, including an early Windows Phone 8.1 build. We were drawn to things like the notification center, but there was one app that largely went overlooked: Cortana (or, ...

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    Talking to a phone – or any piece of technology, for that matter – is gauche, awkward, and often alienating. There is very little that feels normal about asking your smartphone a question or telling your car stereo to call someone. However, the last two years have been a sort of resurgence for voice input for mobile platforms. Apple acquired Siri and integrated it into the core iOS experience; Google introduced Google Now and offline dictation software; Samsung introduced S Voice with TouchWiz Nature UX; and LG introduced what was virtually a direct copy of S Voice. It was only a ...

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    When Apple first announced the iPhone and revealed iOS to the world, it was truly groundbreaking and innovative stuff. And the flood gates were opened when App Store was finally introduced. Now with over 800,000 applications at every iOS user's disposal and 26.9 percent global smartphone market share, the operating system is certainly a force to be reckoned with. That said, it's no secret that iOS is showing its age, and it might even be slipping in mind share. Apple has released a major point update every year since 2007, currently bringing the OS to iOS 6. Each of these major point ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the new reports of more iOS domination in the United States. Then we do a little Siri talk, as it seems that Verizon was originally the company after buying the service before Apple did. A leaked Samsung roadmap is next and it's all about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 that's rumored for the next coming weeks. Nokia later takes the spotlight with some unconfirmed rumors of EOS Windows Phone devices coming with better camera technology. We end today's show talking about HTC Sense 5.0 and some recent leaks we came upon. All this and more after ...

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    Apple's voice-operated virtual assistant Siri seems so engrained with iOS culture at this point that it's difficult to imagine it as anything else. Despite how things ended up, apparently at one point there was some serious interest in an Android-based Siri, which Verizon was working to bring to its family of Droid smartphones. The Huffington Post has an exhaustive look it's put together at the development of Siri, from its roots in a Defense Department project, to the service we now know today. It tells the tale of the short-lived stand-alone iOS app, which quickly caught the attention of ...

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    On the last 2012 episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, recorded immediately  following the Christmas holiday, we spent a little time trading tales of gadgets wished-for and gadgets received from generous gift-givers. More importantly, we also swapped stories of an observational nature. The holidays are more than an opportunity to re-learn how to share a table with distant relatives; if you're lucky, they're also an occasion to observe how normal people interact with technology - often new technology. We talked about that more on today's episode of the Weekly -heavens, we do chat our ...

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    It happened so long ago, the memories come to me in vague shadows. It was an unremarkable weeknight in 2002. I was watching TV in my college dorm room, probably waiting for the then-new Star Trek: Enterprise to return from a commercial break. A 30-second spot for Nokia flashed onto the screen, the last frame dwelling on the image of a mobile phone amid a field of futuristic blue plasma. The model number escapes me, as does the sub-brand, but that doesn't matter. What matters is that closing product image, which made the phone look, on my 13-inch CRT TV screen, like it had no buttons. As ...

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    Like it or not, voice control on mobile devices is back, and this time it may be here to stay. That's a more complex introduction than it seems. I want to dissect it a little, piece by piece, and I want to do it out of order, just to keep you on your toes. The first prerequisite we need to cover is that voice control on mobile devices came about in the first place: for something to be "back," it needs to have first existed. For decades, talking to a piece of technology that was intelligent enough to understand you was the stuff of science fiction. 2001: A Space Odyssey's ...

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    There's no denying that the definition of what a smartphone is has shifted quite a few times in less than a decade. At first it was a phone with PIM functionality, later a PDA that had phone functionality, later a phone that was smart enough to handle anything developers could throw at it, and as of a few months ago, it's all about a phone that talks to you. I know many of you started reading this thinking that Voice Control is the big thing now, but as we've been going through the different alternatives in the market lately, it's clear that the technology is not there yet. Our first ...

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    There's no debating that Apple didn't invent voice command or text-to-speech. As much as Siri is their new crown jewel, it didn’t even come from their labs. All Apple did was buy a great idea and improve it dramatically if compared to what Siri was originally. At times when competition between smartphone OEMs is fierce, it follows a trend we’ve seen for at least half a decade now, where manufacturers have already mastered the art of how phone calls should sound on what’s intended to act also as a phone, and the challenge now is, how else can it be set apart from competitors. Sadly, ...

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