A court in China has ordered Apple to pay compensation to eight Chinese writers and two companies for violating their copyrights.
They had claimed that unlicensed electronic versions of their books had been sold on Apple’s online store.
The court ordered Apple to pay them 1.03m yuan ($165,000; £100,000) in compensation, according to the official news agency Xinhua.
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Ever Since the launch of Siri in iOS smartphones has become more user friendly and funny for people.
After that Iris was launched a rival for Siri, this too was a big hit.
A little bit about Siri
The application uses a natural language user interface to answer questions, make recommendations, and perform actions by delegating requests to a set of web services. Apple claims that the software adapts to the user’s individual preferences over time and personalizes results, and performing tasks such as finding recommendations for nearby restaurants, or getting directions
A little about Iris.
Iris is a personal assistant application for Android. The application uses natural language processing to answer questions based on user voice request. Iris currently supports Call, Text, Contact Lookup, and Web Search actions including playing videos, looking for: lyrics, movies reviews, recipes, news, weather, places and others. It was developed in 8 hours by Narayan Babu and his team at Dexetra Software Solutions Private Limited, a Kochi (India) based firm.
Now about Evi
Evi was launched by True Knowledge Ltd. company in Cambridge, England.
Evi was launched on January 19th 2012
Evi is a cloud based Artificial Intelligence (AI) which builds upon the core semantic search technology first used on www.trueknowledge.com While she has an app for both Android and iPhone, these are merely portals through which users can communicate with her. Users can ask questions by speaking or by using text input.
The app is free for download on Android, but has a nominal charge of $1 (£0.69) on iPhone to cover the cost of the voice recognition service, Nuance, which is not needed on the Android OS.
Evi is able to provide users with information via different means:
A direct answer derived from her database of (at time of writing) nearly a billion facts
Calling a number of APIs for specialist services and dynamic information which include TV listings, train times, restaurant bookings and more
Referring the user to websites which are directly related to the specific question
Checking Q&A sites to see if the question has been asked previously
Performing a web search and presenting the top results within the app.
Evi also includes a built in browser which allows the user to make use of the information presented, booking restaurants and making online purchases within the app itself.