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Apple reportedly working on a rival to Amazon's Echo

Engadget Engadget 24/05/2016 Nicole Lee
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While much of Silicon Valley has been duking it out with each other in the artificial intelligence wars, Apple has been strangely silent. But it might not be for much longer. The Information has just reported that Apple is working on two bold new strategies to broaden its AI strategy. First, the Cupertino firm will supposedly open up Siri to third-party developers, so that the voice assistant can be used with anyone's apps, not just Apple's own. More interestingly, however, Apple is also apparently working on a smart Bluetooth speaker not unlike Amazon's Echo or Google Home. It'll have a microphone and is supposedly Siri-powered, so you'd be able to use it to turn on music, get headlines or do a variety of other tasks, just like you can on the other smart speakers. There's no official word from Apple about the news just yet, but we're betting we'll hear more about this at Apple's WWDC event in a couple of weeks.

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