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Comic: Siri, I Love You, But You're Bringing Me Down

Happy Saturday, iMore! Because Rich is awesome, he's letting us run some of his Mac-themed comics from the Diesel Sweeties archive on weekends. Bonus comics, woo! We hope you enjoy.

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Siri 'crushing' competitors at language accuracy

Siri, Apple's virtual personal assistant, has been improving steadily since its introducing in 2011. Streaming text to speech is one of the most recent and obvious areas of improvement, but Siri has also been adding new features and better language support. In a recent test that spanned languages, Siri scored a remarkable 76% for accuracy. That's compared to 46% for Google Now and 42% for Microsoft Cortana.

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Google Now voice search edges out Siri and Cortana in comparison

Over the course of 3086 queries made by digital marketing consulting firm Stone Temple, Android's voice-activated search through Google Now returned 1795 results enhanced with custom content, while Siri on the iPhone served up 908 knowledge panels, and Windows Phone's Cortana gave 630. Knowledge panels are custom-built to answer specific types of questions, and do more than just shoot back web results.

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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's the best way to check it out? Why, with a head to head, of course!

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Apple's push-to-talk Siri vs. Google's always-listening Now: Which is better?

With iOS 7.1 Apple's added a new feature to Siri, their personal digital assistant β€” the ability to manually control how long Siri listens. The concept is remarkably similar to the old push-to-talk systems, just hold down the Home button, start talking, and then let go of the Home button and Siri goes to work. It's also remarkably different than the Moto X and Google's "always listening". But is that a good thing or a bad thing?

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Google Now breaking free of mobile, headed to Mac and Windows

Google Now is a pretty impressive mobile tool – perhaps still more so on Android than iOS – and it looks like its also headed to the desktop as well. In a new release of the Canary build of Google Chrome for Mac and Windows, the familiar cards based notification system is present. Canary is the developer version of Chrome, so it's not for everyone, but if you want to take a look, you'll need to enable it.

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Google Search for iOS adds notifications, reminders, and more!

Google has released an update to its Google Search application, bringing a number of enhancements to Google Now on the iPhone, including notifications and reminders. Google Search will notify you when it thinks you should leave for an appointment, or if your flight is running late. It will even tell you how to get home using public transportation if you need to.

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Future update to Google Search for iOS to include cross platform notifications

15 years on from the birth of Google Search, the folks from Mountain View have detailed a pretty interesting sounding update to the Google Search app for iOS heading our way soon. While iOS users get access to the pretty impressive Google Now service, it's nowhere near the experience our Android friends enjoy, but Google it seems has a treat in store for us on that front:

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The Xbox One hears all, sees all, and steals Google's dreams. But does it also leave the door open for Apple?

While Apple has iAd and aggregates traffic data, for the most part they've thus far been content to merely take our money, give us shiny boxes, and not really bother much about who we are and what we do. Not all companies make their money off of massive hardware margins, however. Google, for their part, wants to catalog the world's information. They want to bring you info before you know you need it. They want to build the Star Trek computer. That kind of omniscient service requires an omnipresent awareness that needs to know as much about who and what you are as possible. Microsoft has been transitioning from software powerhouse to services alternative for years now, and with the just-announced Xbox One, they've arguably about to take over the living room. With Google on one end and Microsoft on the other, will Apple become an oasis for the more privacy conscious among us?

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Google Now getting new cards for reminders, media, transit, messages, and more!

If you use Google's prescient assistant service, Google Now -- available for iOS in the Google Search app -- well it's about to get better. At Google IO today they've announced a set of new Cards, including reminders, music, TV, movies, public transit, and messaging.

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