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Competition among digital assistants heating up, but users not impressed

While competition is intense among vendors offering digital assistants, users are not impressed, according to Bob O'Donnell, founder and chief analyst at Technalysis Research.

Cortana for iOS beta now in hands of testers

While Cortana is seen by many as the poor cousin to Apple's Siri, Microsoft is charging ahead anyway with its Cortana app for Apple's iOS devices, offering the beta version to testers recently.

Google steps up mobile digital assistant game

Google is stepping up its efforts in the mobile digital assistant game, according to a post on the official Google Search blog. The voice assistant found in the Google mobile application now better understands the natural speech of humans and is smarter when it comes to the context of questions people ask.

Apple's Siri: First to market and still most popular

Apple's Siri – the first mobile digital assistant to the market – is still the most popular, beating out new comers Microsoft's Cortana and Google Now in a survey of users by Expert Exchange.

Spotlight: Apple faces criticism for AI secrecy

While Google, Microsoft and IBM jump at the chance to present their artificial intelligence findings, Apple tells its AI workers to not even put who they work for on LinkedIn.

Recent acquisitions see Apple bolstering digital assistant Siri

Apple continued to gird its artificial intelligence portfolio recently with the acquisition of a startup called Perceptio. Add that to another recent acquisition, natural language-focused VocalIQ, and it seems that the company is trying to make a push in the increasingly heated mobile digital assistant space.

Spotlight: Apple reportedly buys VocalIQ speech recognition startup to improve Siri

Apple has purchased VocalIQ, a speech recognition startup that uses artificial intelligence to improve computer-human communication, the Financial Times reported, citing sources close to the transaction.

AI 'just an ordinary part of our lives,' already optimizing business operations, says researcher

While the uninitiated might think artificial intelligence as a business tool is still a ways off, researchers are already using AI and machine learning in ways with definite enterprise use cases, according to an AI expert.

Microsoft pushes Cortana open beta testing to Android, squares up against Google Now on its home turf

Microsoft today released an Android public beta for its virtual assistant Cortana, according to a blog post from the company. The release will pit Cortana squarely against Google's own voice-activated assistance offering Google Now.

Parallels brings Windows 10 to Mac with Cortana along for the ride

Virtualization software provider Parallels today made the whole of Windows 10 available to Mac users with its latest offering, Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac. The new product also gives Mac users access to a virtual assistant, Microsoft's Cortana, a function that has long been strangely absent from Apple computers.