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Hound can outsmart Siri, Google Now with voice-search tricks

A new voice-assistant app outshines the competition in some areas, but it's not perfect. Meanwhile, Google's self-driving car shares some blame in a minor crash, and the encryption battle between Apple and the FBI heads to Capitol Hill.

If you have complex search questions about restaurants and hotels, you're better off asking Hound over Siri.

A new voice-assistant app is set on outsmarting Siri, Cortana and Google Now. Watch CNET Update to discover more about Hound, now available for free in Android and Apple app stores . Changes are also coming to Google Maps, and Google's self-driving car is taking part of the blame in a recent minor crash:

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Also in this roundup, get caught up on the latest iPhone encryption drama between Apple and the FBI, as both groups make their case to lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

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Hound can outsmart Siri, Google Now with voice-search tricks