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Google developing their own Siri

Even though Siri hasn't really taken off like Apple was expecting, its still causing the competition to come up with equivalent programs and Google is the latest to be working on a Siri replacement. It will be interesting to see what Google comes up with since there are already Siri-clones like S-Voice from Samsung and Evi. NBC has the story.

Even though Siri is technically still in "beta," its introduction is having a ripple effect on Apple's rivals — namely Google. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is scrambling to build its own voice assistant for Android devices.

According to the Wall Street Journal:

 "Google, meanwhile, has accelerated plans to launch its own Siri competitor that would work on Android-powered devices, people familiar with the matter have said."


The ongoing Google vs. Oracle saga

Over the past few months the Google vs. Oracle lawsuit has made for some interesting stories. Yesterday Oracle accepted the $0 worth of damages that was awarded to them which might look like the end of the case, however, Oracle is just doing this going they can get on with filing an appeal which could bring parts of the the case back in front of a judge again. It will be interesting to see how this all pans out, but I'm sure Google is hoping this is over and they don't have to pay. Arstechnica has more details on this never ending lawsuit.

Oracle has agreed to accept zero dollars worth of damages from Google, three weeks after losing the major portions of the case in which Oracle accused Google of violating Java patents and copyrights in Android.

After one partial victory on the issue of whether Google infringed copyrights, Oracle lost its argument that Google violated patents. Oracle then lost a ruling that held that the structure of the Java APIs asserted by the company couldn't be copyrighted at all. The rulings left Oracle little room except to appeal, and today in court the two sides agreed to a damages total of "zero." That's only a few billion less than Oracle originally sought.

Microsoft to open first store in Canada

Hot on the heels of the announcement of their Surface tablet, Microsoft has announced they will be opening their first store in Canada to give customers an opportunity to experience the Surface tablet (and other technologies) firsthand. The new store, which will be Microsoft's 26th store, will be opening in Toronto (Yorkdale) in the same mall as Apple's first Canadian store. The Star has the details and full story.

Microsoft will open its first retail location in Canada at Yorkdale, the Star has learned.

On Tuesday, the technology giant announced it would begin selling its new Surface tablet later this year, to compete with Apple’s iPad.

Building permit notices reveal Microsoft has also been approved to build a store in the Yorkdale shopping centre.

Apple already has a retail location at Yorkdale, one of 23 across Canada. Microsoft has 25 stores in the U.S. – six in California.

Cooling Collection

As we kick off the hardware news today, we've got a few cooling bits to share.  I'm sure that for the first day of summer, there is something relevant here.

Cooler Master GeminII M4 Low Profile CPU Cooler - HiTechLegion --=-- Deepcool Frostwin CPU Cooler - HardwareSecrets --=-- Spire TME III CPU Cooler - HiTechLegion --=-- Alpenfoehn Matterhorn PURE CPU Cooler - NikKTech --=-- Thermaltake Frio Advanced CPU Cooler - HardwareSecrets & HiTechLegion

Computing to Go

If you are looking for a good system to stick under your arm and take with you for some general business usage, the new Samsung Series 9 15" NP900X4C Ivy Bridge Ultrabook over at TheSSDReview is worth checking out.  It looks to be pretty fast is is wicked thin.  Speaking of thin, HardwareHeaven has the new MacBook Air on their bench and gives us the scoop on this refresh.

The AMD Trinity APU Reference laptop is certainly not thin, but it is interesting to see what AMD is up to and how they are trying (still) to break into the mainstream laptop market.

Wednesday Storage Stack

Google's Summer Solstice App Deals

Google celebrates the first day of summer with some App deals for those of you looking to install some new things on your favorite Android device.  For instance, they have games like Mass Effect: Infiltrator for $0.99 and other utilities and games marked down by as much as $6.  It's a good day - and a good day to buy Apps.  Check them out over at Google Play.

As Commander Shepard battles Reapers across the galaxy, veteran Cerberus agent Randall Ezno procures aliens for illicit experiments at a secret facility. But when the Director of the facility goes too far - Randall fights back and vows to bring Cerberus down!

Episode #164 - Microsoft Tablet "Surfaces"

Episode #164 of Weekly Tech Update is now available on iTunes and the Zune Marketplace.  This is our weekly podcast that covers the hottest stuff in tech - not only around BCCHardware, but also the world.  Check it out over here - as well as a free download in the iTunes store and the Zune Marketplace.

In this episode we will be discussing Microsoft’s BIG unveil, the Xbox 720 leak and stop using IE7!  We have those stories and more...

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Graphics Bits

We've got a few graphics card reviews in the bucket as well today.  Take a look and see what fits your budget.


Microsoft Tablet Surfaces

Microsoft had a big announcement yesterday where they showed off a completely new and innovative product - a tablet.  Now this isn't just any old tablet - it's a Microsoft branded piece of hardware and it's named after their "Surface" platform.  It will launch running Windows 8 RT on an ARM chip, but eventually move into something more powerful.  GeekSugar has a look at some stand-out features that make it different than the plethora of competition.

Surface is an eye-catching new option in the competitive tablet market. The 10.6 -inch tablet hosts some striking features that have us wanting Microsoft to announce the price and availability soon so we can claim our place in line.

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