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Old Apr 28, 2010, 12:06 PM   #1
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Apple Purchases iPhone 'Personal Assistant' Company Siri



Robert Scoble reports that Apple has purchased Siri, a company that has developed a free personal assistant application for the iPhone and iPod touch. Selected as the Most Innovative Web Technology in a contest at this year's SXSW festival, Siri offers automated personal assistant services by integrating a rapidly growing number of third-party services such as OpenTable, FlightStats, and Google Maps with voice-recognition technology from Nuance Communications.

Scoble discovered evidence (PDF) of the deal through a notification given by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission announcing an early termination of the standard waiting period for corporate mergers to allow the transaction to proceed. Mashable and ReadWriteWeb are also confirming that they have heard about the acquisition from their sources.

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Old Apr 28, 2010, 12:09 PM   #2
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This is an awesome app and has incredible potential. Apple could do well with this
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Old Apr 28, 2010, 12:12 PM   #3
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It could really help in hands free navigation, etc
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Old Apr 28, 2010, 12:12 PM   #4
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This is pretty sweet! Very intersting!
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Old Apr 28, 2010, 12:13 PM   #5
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Looks too good to be true!
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Old Apr 28, 2010, 12:13 PM   #6
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Apple could implement this well into their 3G S voice feature.
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Old Apr 28, 2010, 12:15 PM   #7
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that's amazing ... it can even interpret when you are drunk hahaha!
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Old Apr 28, 2010, 12:15 PM   #8
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Steve, thanks for reading my thread on February 5th (third paragraph).



http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=860404

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Old Apr 28, 2010, 12:17 PM   #9
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that's amazing ... it can even interpret when you are drunk hahaha!
I'm sure Apple engineers can appreciate that
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Old Apr 28, 2010, 12:17 PM   #10
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The app isn't available in the UK store sadly. I would like to have tried it out!
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Old Apr 28, 2010, 12:17 PM   #11
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Old Apr 28, 2010, 12:18 PM   #12
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I'm sure Apple engineers can appreciate that
ouch too early..
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Old Apr 28, 2010, 12:21 PM   #13
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Apple Purchases iPhone 'Personal Assistant' Company Siri

"Take me drunk I'm home"!!

Oh yeah, been there done that.

Now all I need is an app that says: "Taxi for Dr G immediately"!
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Just saw this video yesterday.

I hope Apple is gonna leave the app in the store until they implemented it into the iPhone OS.
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Old Apr 28, 2010, 12:25 PM   #15
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Smart buy! Make it native to compete with android.
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Steve, thanks for reading my thread on February 5th.



http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=860404
Good call. Voice recognition in general is a big part of the future. I think that the personal assistant stuff is just the tip of the iceberg. I am expecting a new maps program from apple to include this, this could be used for security purposes (vioce activation) as well as just about every other mudane task on the iphone. Maybe apple is going to make an in car navigation kit? That could also be cool.
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ouch too early..
I'm sure if Steve announced that feature during a keynote, we'd all have a chuckle.
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Huh? Yet another "find stuff nearby" and "book me a..." app? Why? There weren't enough already? And now Apple needs to have their own built-in?

Sorry to go against the grain here. But I just don't get it.
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I guess that means the Blackberry version is never coming
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Does this mean we'll finally have iCal integrated To-Dos?
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Old Apr 28, 2010, 12:34 PM   #21
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Man, Apple is like Pacman, just gobbling up companies.

It will be interesting to see what they use this technology for.
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Old Apr 28, 2010, 12:35 PM   #22
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Because this one is really really good.

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Huh? Yet another "find stuff nearby" and "book me a..." app? Why? There weren't enough already? And now Apple needs to have their own built-in?

Sorry to go against the grain here. But I just don't get it.
It is almost scary good and the context aspect is simply spooky.
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Huh? Yet another "find stuff nearby" and "book me a..." app? Why? There weren't enough already? And now Apple needs to have their own built-in?

Sorry to go against the grain here. But I just don't get it.
And then Apple will block the other ones due to "duplicating functionality"
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Huh? Yet another "find stuff nearby" and "book me a..." app? Why? There weren't enough already? And now Apple needs to have their own built-in?

Sorry to go against the grain here. But I just don't get it.
This is those apps + the star trek voice computer put together.
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Old Apr 28, 2010, 12:37 PM   #25
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Does it have a feature to tell you that you might be getting too drunk and subsequently misplace the phone?
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