links for 2010-04-30

  • Apple has snapped up Siri, which makes an "intelligent assistant" application for mobile devices. The start-up company's software can perform all sorts of useful tasks based on simple voice or text commands. The iPhone version can, for example, be used to find upcoming local events, make reservations at a restaurant, or check the weather.

    Now that Apple has acquired the company, it's unlikely that we'll see a version released for Android, or other phone platforms. But Norman Winarsky, who is on Siri's Board of Directors, says the research project that spawned Siri will soon be the foundation of another startup company.

  • Apple has a long relationship with Adobe. In fact, we met Adobe’s founders when they were in their proverbial garage. Apple was their first big customer, adopting their Postscript language for our new Laserwriter printer. Apple invested in Adobe and owned around 20% of the company for many years. The two companies worked closely together to pioneer desktop publishing and there were many good times. Since that golden era, the companies have grown apart. Apple went through its near death experience, and Adobe was drawn to the corporate market with their Acrobat products. Today the two companies still work together to serve their joint creative customers – Mac users buy around half of Adobe’s Creative Suite products – but beyond that there are few joint interests.

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