Get Ready Siri, BlackBerry Is Bouncing Back With Voice-Enabled Assistant

Move over Siri, Google Now and Cortana! Blackberry Assistant is here. The app, together with Blackberry Passport smartphone, will be available starting this  fall.

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The Assistant can perform various voice-activated tasks such as searching your inbox and calendar, access the web or social networks, writing and sending emails as well as creating calendar entries or even checking the weather.  It is compatible with Bluetooth-enabled devices, making it suitables for hands-free car use. The new feature will also complete tasks using the Passport’s new touch-sensitive physical keyboard, usually without leaving the app.

Old Rivals Apple and IBM Team Up To Sell More iPhones and iPads

Steve Jobs hated IBM. And vice versa. But past is past. After all, business is business.

Apple turns to IBM to develop apps for iPhones and iPad aimed at business consumers.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook said “For the first time ever we’re putting IBM’s renowned big data analytics at iOS users’ fingertips, which opens up a large market opportunity for Apple. This is a radical step for enterprise and something that only Apple and IBM can deliver.”

Goodbye Siri in China?

Apple’s Siri may no longer be available in China as the U.S. company lost the lawsuit against Shanghai based Zhizhen Network Technology. The decision came after China’s State Intellectual Property ruled that Zhizhen’s patent of voice-controlled service, called Xiao i Robot is valid.

In its court filing,  Zhizhen claimed  that it has started with the speech recognition technology as early as 2003 and had applied for a  patent in 2004 and had been granted in 2006. However, Apple countered that Siri used a different process in its voice-recognition tech. It can be noted that Siri software has become available on the iPhone 4S model only in 2011, which  was developed by Siri Inc.in 2011.

Would Gear Live and G Watch Make You Buy A Smartwatch?

Wearable devices are the next big thing. And some experts say smartwatches will step up the game .  But so far, we have seen poor reception from consumers.  Globally, only 1.9 million units were sold in 2013. Could the recent release of Samsung’s Gear Live and LG’s G Watch change that fate?

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Samsung’s fifth version of smartwatch called Samsung Gear. Blink and you will get to six!

Warning: You Can’t Travel With Uncharged Phone Or Laptop

This is another reason why it is a big no-no to travel with uncharged phone or laptop.

In a bid to enhance security measures,  the U.S. through its Transportation Security Administration ( TSA ) has announced yesterday that powerless electronic devices will not be allowed onboard the aircraft. The ban is applicable to all travelers going to US  from certain airports in Europe, Africa and Middle East.

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Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones have been particularly scrutinized by airport security. In addition to other forms of screening, travelers will be required to turn on their gadgets.