Apple Purchases iPhone 'Personal Assistant' Company Siri

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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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G58

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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"!
 

Friscohoya

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Steve, thanks for reading my thread on February 5th.

:p

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/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.
 

jtara

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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.
 

D0rk

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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.
 

Bruizer

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Because this one is really really good.

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.
 

Nebrie

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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.
 

mcmlxix

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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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