Apple Acquisition Might Lead to A Better Siri
Apple has acquired a company called Novauris, which develops automatic speech recognition technology. Novauris was founded by several employees from Dragon Systems, a more well-known speech recognition firm. The acquisition took place last year, and Apple would only confirm that it occasionally buys small companies. Novauris told TechCrunch that it is no longer a stand-alone company and now works for Apple. The company's main project was to develop a speech recognition system with a large vocabulary that could be stored locally on devices such as smartphones or tablets, as well as operate from the cloud. The acquisition could boost the performance and availability of Siri, Apple's voice-activated personal assistant.
Apple to Make Siri Available to Third-Party Apps
Apple today said third-party developers can now access Siri and add Siri to their own applications. This means iPhone and iPad owners will be able to ask Siri to perform a much wider range of actions.
MacOS Sierra Works Better with iOS and Adds Siri
Apple says the next version of its desktop operating system, renamed MacOS, will work better with iPhones and iPads. Apple has made improvements to its Continuity feature so its is easier to pass stuff between iPhones and Macs.
Siri May Get a Boost Thanks to Apple's Acquisition of VocalIQ
Apple today said it has purchased a startup called VocalIQ. The U.K.-based firm has been working on artificial intelligence and human-computer interactions.
Apple Buys Another Navigation Company
Apple confirmed that it has acquired a small, high-precision navigation company called Coherent Navigation. "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time," said the company in a statement, "and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans." Apple did not say when it bought Coherent, and neither did it say how much it paid for the company.