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Watch Cortana, Siri, and Google Now Yell at Each Other and Go Insane

Cortana is the newest member of the virtual assistant family, so we thought we'd get the whole crew together for a chat. Turns out getting a sit-down between Siri, and Google Now is not only funny, but also a great glimpse at how the world will work after the machines finally take over. Read More >>

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Cortana vs. Siri vs. Google Now: The Ultimate Voice Control Showdown

Windows Phone 8.1 is here, and with it comes not only with a notification centre but a brand new Halo-style voice assistant. But how does Cortana shape up against her competitors, who have a year or two of experience on her? Surprisingly well. Read More >>

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Google Now is Finally Rolling Out to Chrome

It's been months in the making, but Google Now is ready to take over your desktop. The newest build for Chrome will include the preemptive search and personal assistant services for all users. You can expect to see the Google Now cards start popping out the notifications area any day now. Read More >>

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The Android Wear Smartwatch Apps We Want the Most

The main concept of Android Wear is simple; it's a Google Now watch, which is awesome. But the right suite of compatible apps could make it even better, so long as they don't get in the way of the simple Google Now-ness we all want and deserve. Read More >>

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Android Wear Video Walkthrough: It's Got the Basics Down

Until Android Wear actually comes out on some real hardware, it's not much more than a bunch of promises, some of which are a little lofty. But if you look at the developer preview, there's some good news: Android Wear gets the basics right. Read More >>

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Android Wear is Just a Google Now Watch (And That's Great)

Google just announced its first real foray into the frenzied fray of the smartwatch world: Android Wear. That's an accurate name for a wearable, Android-powered device, sure, but it's also a little misleading. This is a Google Now watch. And that's excellent news. Read More >>

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Google Release Now Launcher for all Android Devices

Google just released its previously Nexus 5-exclusive "Google Now Launcher" for all stock Android devices. That includes the always-listening-at-least-when-you-are-on-the-homescreen Google Now functionality. You can get it on the Play Store. Read More >>

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Microsoft's Cortana Could Combine the Best Parts of Siri and Google Now

Microsoft is late to the game when it comes to putting a digital assistant on its phones, but the wait might be worth it. Sources close to the project have revealed some of the specifics of Microsoft's upcoming "Cortana" service to The Verge, and it could be the very best of Siri and Google Now. Read More >>

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Geography is Not Google Now's Greatest Strength

Our testing confirmed that a Nexus 5 returns the same results when you ask it "how many countries are in the world?" It's an easy mistake for a computer to make (although Siri doesn't seem to have the same trouble). Thank goodness it's not true, though; if it were, the parade of nations at the Sochi opening ceremonies could last for a decade. [YouTube via Laughing Squid] Read More >>

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Google Now Takes it's First Steps Onto the Desktop

Google Now is great, but it's only on your mobile devices. We've been waiting on a desktop version for what feels like forever. Now, finally, it's just starting to poke its head out in Chrome's beta builds. Read More >>

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Watch Siri and Google Now Battle it Out Across 50 Voice Commands

Watching the two videos, it's easy to get a sense of each voice assistant's strengths and weaknesses, and the differences between the two are almost as surprising as the similarities. Read More >>

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Google Now Is Finally As Good on iOS as Android

Google just pushed a major update to its search app that effectively makes Google Now as useful on iOS as it is on Android. That means iPhone users can finally enjoy all those cool features like Google notifications telling you who won the World Series and what time to leave your house to make that appointment. Read More >>

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Why Google's Secret Smartwatch is the First One You'll Actually Want

The smartwatches are coming. Whether you love 'em or hate 'em, there's no denying the coming onslaught. In fact, it's already started. Disappointed in the first wave? Don't worry. Google's entry is coming soon, and it's going to be awesome. Read More >>

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WSJ: Google's Smartwatch Could Be "Ready Within Months"

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google's smart watch is "in late-stage development", with the company in talks with suppliers to begin mass production of the device soon. Read More >>

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Apple Just Bought (Another) Personal Assistant Maker

Looks like Siri might be getting an upgrade after Apple bought Cue, an app that makes personalized agendas based on scanning emails. TechCrunch's sources say that the purchase price was somewhere between $40 and $60 million, and that Apple plans to keep the company running. In other words, watch out Google Now. [TechCrunch] Read More >>

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Google Search Is Getting Even Smarter

Today, 15 years after Google launched, the company's SVP of Search Amit Singhal let us know where the search giant is heading. Not surprisingly, the primary focus is the engine's ability to understand what you want, however you say it. Read More >>

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