Friday

Virtual Assistant Showdown

Siri - Apple's Digital Virtual Assistant - was a big hit when it launched in 2010. The software allows you to interact with your Apple phone or tablet in a natural way, by speaking questions or commands instead of typing. Google Now is the Android version of Siri, if you like - a similar product that allows you to ask questions of your Android phone or tablet. The natural question that probably pops up is "which is better?", and CNET has a video showing current versions of both products working side by side, so you can get a feel for the experience under the same conditions.
To make it as scientific as possible, both phones were disconnected from their mobile networks and connected to the same Wi-Fi network. With a couple of exceptions, the same question was asked at the exact same moment. And, both are muted so that we weren't distracted by these ladies competing for air time.
 

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