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With Nuance up for sale, should Apple be the one that buys them?

With Nuance up for sale, should Apple be the one that buys them?

Earlier this week rumors surfaced that Nuance Communications is up for sale. Apple is reportedly a huge customer of Nuance, using the firm's voice recognition software to help power Siri. So, if Nuance really is up for sale, should Apple be the ones who close the deal? When voice services first...
Samsung was reportedly in talks to buy the company behind Siri's voice

Samsung was reportedly in talks to buy the company behind Siri's voice

Nuance Communications stock prices are rising as speculations of a potential sale of the company to Samsung Electronics are heating up. Nuance provides speech and voice recognition software for many products in the market, including cars and GPS, Samsung's own line of Galaxy phones and tablets,...
How to create, view, update, and cancel calendar events using Siri

How to create, view, update, and cancel calendar events using Siri

The complete guide to managing your Calendar events and appointments on your iPhone or iPad with Siri Since Siri is meant to be your personal assistant, it only makes sense to have it schedule and manage your meetings and events on your iPhone or iPad. Asking Siri to create a calendar event...
How to make restaurant reservations on iPhone and iPad with Siri

How to make restaurant reservations on iPhone and iPad with Siri

Siri integrates directly with OpenTable in order to let you easily make restaurant reservations right on your iPhone or iPad. All you've got to do is ask Siri and then tell it where and when you'd like your reservation for. How to book a restaurant reservation with Siri Press and hold the...
How to get pricing, hours, and general restaurant information with Siri

How to get pricing, hours, and general restaurant information with Siri

Siri can provide a lot of information about restaurants both around you and in other locations. If you're going somewhere you've never been before, you may want to know what to expect price wise. Luckily Siri can do even better than that. Along with pricing, you can also get general contact...
How to look up game schedules for your favorite sports teams with Siri

How to look up game schedules for your favorite sports teams with Siri

While there are lots of sports apps available in the App Store, sometimes it's just easier to ask Siri a simple question than to have to launch apps and search for things. So next time you're wondering when your favorite baseball or football team has a game, just ask Siri instead! How to look...
How to look up player stats with Siri

How to look up player stats with Siri

If you have a favorite athlete, Siri makes it easy to get up to date statistics on them whenever you want. Sure this is something a lot of third party apps can show you too, but if you ever need to look something up quickly, try asking Siri instead! How to look up statistics on your favorite...
Siri features hands-free activation, Shazam integration in iOS 8

Siri features hands-free activation, Shazam integration in iOS 8

iOS 8 will feature some important updates for Siri. This includes some hands-free functionality, the rumored Shazam functionality, and streaming voice recognition. When you plug Siri in, in your car, for instance, you will be able to activate Siri simply by saying "Hey Siri". Additionally, the...
How to set up, configure, secure, and start using Siri

How to set up, secure, and start using Siri

Siri is Apple's virtual, personal, digital assistant with a personality straight out of a Pixar film. With Siri, your iPhone or iPad can help you do all sorts of amazing things, from keeping in contact, to keeping on time, to keeping informed. But first, you may need to get Siri set up and up to...
How to edit text you have dictated to Siri on iPhone and iPad

How to use Siri with typing instead of your voice on iPhone and iPad

Siri can answer hundreds of questions, respond to dozens of commands, and scour the web for information on a myriad of topics. Unfortunately Siri may not always understand you correctly or you may simply want to adjust your command or query. Luckily, you can easily edit the text Siri's responding...
How to change Siri's language on iPhone and iPad

How to change Siri's language on iPhone and iPad

Siri is available in dozens of languages throughout the world. Just like you can change Siri's gender, you can also change its language. This is a great feature to remember if you or someone you know lives in a bi-lingual home, or if your iPhone or iPad didn't come out of the box with Siri...
How to search for movie theaters in specific areas with Siri

How to search for movie theaters in specific areas with Siri

Sometimes you may not want to go to the movie theater that is closest to your current location. Perhaps you'll be out of town but want to be sure you know where you can catch that movie you're dying to see while you're away. Whatever the reason, Siri can not only find nearby theaters, it can also...
How to get directions to a movie theater with Siri

How to get directions to the movie theater with Siri

No matter where you are, you can almost always find one thing, and that's movie theaters. Perhaps you're traveling or on vacation and decide you want to catch a movie. Once you find one you like, you'll probably need to figure out how to get to the theater. Luckily, Siri can not only help you...
How to get information about a movie, director, or actor with Siri

How to get information about a movie, director, or actor with Siri

Looking for detailed information about your favorite movie? Perhaps you'd like to know exactly how many movies a certain actor has starred in? No matter what you want to know, Siri makes it simple to find the information you want. How to use Siri to get information on a movie, director, actor...
How to look up sports scores and game information with Siri

How to look up sports scores and game information with Siri

If you need to check the scores for your favorite sports teams, there's no faster way to get quick information than with Siri. Want to know what the current score is to a game you can't watch live? No problem. How about the score for the last game? Not a problem either! With Siri, you can calm...
How to get Siri to tell you a bedtime story

How to get Siri to tell you a bedtime story

Siri, Apple's personal digital assistant for iPhone and iPad, can do far more than make calls or appointments, send texts or set alarms — it can read children a bedtime story. It takes a little work to coax Siri into doing it, but the smiles you get in return make it more than worthwhile. To get...
Apple TV

iOS 7.1 code suggests Siri coming to the Apple TV

Digging around the iOS 7.1 software developer kit has revealed that we may be seeing Siri integration with Apple TV. The code refers to Assistant, which is Apple's internal name for Siri, in relation to device family 3, which is Apple TV. It's unclear exactly how the feature might be...
How to secure your iPhone or iPad with a strong alphanumeric password

How to secure your iPhone or iPad with a strong alphanumeric password

If a simple 4-digit passcode isn't secure enough for you, you can choose to protect your iPhone or iPad Lock screen with a longer, stronger alphanumeric password. That greatly reduces the chances that anyone can guess or brute-force their way into your device and access your data without your...
Cortana v Siri

Siri vs Cortana vs Google Now: The voice assistant showdown!

There's a new voice assistant in town, and it's called Cortana. With the release of the Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview today, Cortana is in public hands for the first time. It's new to the Windows Phone kids, but Cortana arrives to competition from not only Siri but also Google Now. So what'...
How to get Wolfram|Alpha results using Siri

How to get Wolfram|Alpha results using Siri

Wolfram|Alpha can compute and calculate almost any mathematical equation you could possibly think of. Whether you want to know how many pints are in a liter or you need to know solve a quadratic equation, the Wolfram|Alpha service can do it all. As luck would have it, it's also built right into...

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