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Report: Amazon acquires Siri clone Evi for $26M, rekindling smartphone buzz

Amazon reportedly has acquired voice recognition technology startup Evi. Sources told TechCrunch the deal is valued at $26 million.

Apple expands Siri, iTunes Match with iOS 6.1 update

Apple is rolling out its iOS 6.1 update to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices, extending international LTE support and adding new functionality to core operating system features like the Siri voice assistant and iTunes Match music service.

Amazon acquires text-to-speech firm Ivona to rival Apple's Siri

Amazon has acquired text-to-speech technology firm Ivona Software, which powers accessibility features optimized for its Kindle Fire tablets. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Apple seeking to give Siri more personality

A LinkedIn job ad posted by Apple is seeking writers to help make the iOS platform's Siri voice assistant technology more conversational and colorful.

Apple's Siri raises profile of mobile virtual agents

Siri, that sweet-sounding personal assistant on Apple mobile devices, has raised the profile of mobile virtual agent technology, noted Forrester analyst Kate Leggett.

Chevrolet adds Apple's Siri voice controls to in-car infotainment system

General Motors is the first automaker to integrate Apple's Siri voice assistant technology into its vehicles, enhancing its Chevrolet MyLink in-car infotainment system to offer drivers a hands-free option for accessing mobile communication and multimedia services.

Apple, Fandango teaming for Siri-enabled movie ticket sales in iOS 6.1

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is collaborating with movie ticketing platform Fandango to introduce Siri voice-activated ticket purchasing options with the next update of its iOS mobile operating system.

Apple poaches Amazon exec Stasior to lead Siri unit

Apple has hired Amazon executive William Stasior to lead its Siri software unit,  All Things D  reports. Amazon declined to comment on Stasior's exit.

Google expands voice search for Apple's iOS in latest threat to Siri

Google is bringing its revamped voice-enabled search software to Apple's iOS mobile operating system, where it will go head-to-head with Apple's own Siri voice recognition tool.

Samsung Galaxy S III is biggest challenger yet to iPhone 4S

When you start using the Samsung Galaxy S III, it's just like using any other well-designed Android phone. It has the usual configurable home screen, the pages of app icons and the usual Google features, such as requiring you to have a Gmail account in order to use the phone. But then you notice the differences.