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Feeling ill? Google will now help you find some relief

When you're feeling ill, chances are you turn to Google for help, searching for your symptoms to find some relief. According to Google, 1 percent of all searches are people doing this so it has created a special experience to help you find aid faster.

Do you use Siri in public? 97% of Americans are too embarrassed

A survey of American iPhone users has found that over 98 percent of all owners have tried out Siri, Apple's preinstalled digital assistant. Of that figure, just 3 percent have done so in public though, with the overwhelming majority too embarrassed.

Google is building an Amazon Echo rival called 'Chirp'

Google is building a new consumer hardware device to rival Amazon's Echo, according to reports. The product will be an always-on voice controlled digital assistant, powered by Google Now. Amazon has seen a sales success with the Echo.

Google's new speech recognition works offline, powered by a phone

Google is building a speech recognition system that can run on a smartphone even while it is offline. The company has substantially trimmed down its speech libraries to maintain accuracy while running on a phone's limited processor and memory.

Google: Smartphones to see three 'big shifts' by 2020

A key Google director has explained where mobile tech is going and what changes we can expect to see in the next five years. The future apparently consists of an emphasis on digital assistants and "getting stuff done," instead of finding things out.

Google removes always-on 'OK Google' voice search from Chrome

The latest version of the Google Chrome web browser, released earlier this week, removed support for always-on listening for the 'OK Google' hot-word to start voice searches. Google says it is hardly ever used but the move has upset those who do.

Microsoft's Cortana comes to Android as a public beta

Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant, previously exclusive to Windows devices, has arrived on Android in public beta form. The app can be downloaded and used as a Google Now replacement, although some of its features remain available on Windows only.

Cortana will kick Google Now and iOS off their own platforms

In a video uploaded to the Windows YouTube channel today, Microsoft has announced its digital voice assistant Cortana, already known by Windows Phone fans, will be coming to Android, iOS and PC with the launch of Windows 10 this summer.
 

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