Google challenges Apple's Siri
New voice search in Android 4.2 keeps Siri on her toes, Microsoft sells more than 4 million copies of Windows 8, and Roku makes it easier to search the streams.
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- Google introduced new gadgets: The
will go head-to-head with the iPad. It has a 10-inch screen with higher resolution than the iPad. (But these screens are so good, the difference may be imperceptible to most of us.) And Google released new versions of the Nexus 7, the tablet to take on the iPad Mini. Google's
Nexus 4 smartphone
will also be available with the tablets on Nov. 13.
- Google's new devices will have the updated Jelly Bean operating system, which among other upgrades, has
improved voice search.
Google has also made this feature available in the Google Search app for iOS and it's proving to be a much faster alternative to Siri, going so far as to transcribe queries as users speak. There's also a new camera option called
- Microsoft says it
sold 4 million copies of Windows 8
since Friday's launch. For those that took the leap, be sure to check out CNET's list of the
top 12 Windows Store apps
- Searching for a show just got easier for Roku owners. A software update lets users
search for a program across multiple services
at once, incuding Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus, HBO Go and Vudu.
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