But in the Windows tablet ads that debuted this week, Microsoft used Siri to badmouth the iPad, and some Apple (AAPL) aficionados were not amused.
AppleInsider's headline set the tone: Microsoft caught lying about tablet size in comparison to Apple's iPad.
Among the complaints we've seen:
In a quiet room, the latest version understood 91% of questions, correctly answered 77%
FORTUNE -- Siri is a little like the weather. Everybody complains about it, but only Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster seems to do anything.
In June he put the iOS 5 version of Apple's (AAPL) voice-activated personal assistant to the test -- asking her 1,600 questions, 800 in the streets of Minneapolis and 800 in a quiet room.
The results MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 20, 2012 9:05 AM ET
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FORTUNE -- "Siri could change Apple's fortunes like iTunes and App Store … or end up being like the useful-but-inessential FaceTime or the essential-but-difficult Maps or the desirable-but-dead Ping."
So begins a piece titled Is Siri really Apple's future? by Kontra, the anonymous author of an increasingly influential blog called Counternotions.
Nobody seems to know who Kontra is -- MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 15, 2012 8:34 AM ET
The song-a-day man celebrates her anniversary nine days early
FORTUNE -- Jonathan Mann has been writing an original song and posting it on YouTube every day since Jan. 1, 2009. On Tuesday he sang his second duet with Siri, Apple's (AAPL) artificially intelligent personal assistant. (His first was posted two weeks after the release of iOS 5). Siri will be one year old on Oct. 4, and she still has a MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 26, 2012 6:10 AM ET
Samsung plans to fight court injunction of its products; the Winklevoss twins splurge on $18 million L.A. mansion.
IBM envisions Watson as supercharged Siri for businesses [BLOOMBERG]
Bernie Meyerson, IBM's vice president of innovation, envisions a voice-activated Watson that answers questions, like a supercharged version of Apple Inc. Siri personal assistant. A farmer could stand in a field and ask his phone, "When should I plant my corn?" He would get a reply in seconds, MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Aug 28, 2012 12:22 PM ET
Also: The fireworks fly between Peter Thiel and Eric Schmidt at this year's Brainstorm Tech conference.
New Yahoo CEO Mayer is pregnant [FORTUNE]
Marissa Mayer, the Google executive who today was named Yahoo's new chief executive, is pregnant. Mayer told Fortune exclusively that her first child is due October 7. It's a boy! "He's super-active," Mayer told me in a phone call tonight, three hours after Yahoo announced her appointment. "He moves around a lot. My MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jul 17, 2012 6:00 AM ET
1,600 questions -- 800 in a quiet room, 800 in a noisy street
FORTUNE -- Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster is nothing if not methodical. When customers queue up for a new Apple (AAPL) product, he's the analyst who goes to the line and counts heads. When programmers gather at an Apple developers conference, he'll stop three or four dozen to ask if they are writing apps for Mac, iPhone or Android MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 29, 2012 6:42 AM ET
More than a dozen thumbs up. Two thumbs down. Egg on a couple of faces.
FORTUNE -- The Street's reactions to Monday's keynote are flooding in. The verdicts were mostly positive, but Apple (AAPL) analysts whose predictions outpaced reality had a little backtracking to do.
RBC's Amit Daryanani: Increasing Ecosystem Stickiness. "We attended Apple's World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco and came away impressed with the new MacBook Pro Retina Display laptop, MacBook refresh, additional Siri capabilities, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 12, 2012 11:00 AM ET
Is Wall Street expecting AAPL to get a post-conference bounce? You be the judge.
FORTUNE -- Apple's (AAPL) World Wide Developers Conference -- its only remaining public event not explicitly linked to a product announcement -- is set to open in San Francisco Monday, and several analysts issued notes Friday telling their clients what to expect.
Merrill Lynch's Scott Craig: Clockwork-like software innovation is often overlooked. WWDC mainly serves to showcase the latest MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 8, 2012 10:44 AM ET
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Facebook explores giving kids access [THE WALL STREET JOURNAL]
Facebook is developing technology that would allow children younger than 13 years old to use the social-networking site under parental supervision, a step that could help the company tap a new pool of users for revenue but also inflame MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jun 4, 2012 1:04 PM ET
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