Apple has revealed that its servers store iOS user search queries, messages and commands leveraging its Siri voice assistant technology for up to two years.
Amazon reportedly has acquired voice recognition technology startup Evi. Sources told TechCrunch the deal is valued at $26 million.
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 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.
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.
Siri, that sweet-sounding personal assistant on Apple mobile devices, has raised the profile of mobile virtual agent technology, noted Forrester analyst Kate Leggett.
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 (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 has hired Amazon executive William Stasior to lead its Siri software unit, All Things D reports. Amazon declined to comment on Stasior's exit.
Speech-recognition software developer Nuance--the company behind the Siri personal assistant who lives inside the iPhone from Apple and helps famous people like Martin Scorcese navigate Manhattan traffic--is taking its talents to the enterprise communication sector.