Oct. 5 marks the one-year anniversary of Steve Jobs' death. During that time, Apple has had some amazing successes and some spectacular failures.
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Miss: Apple unveiled its Siri voice-control software at the iPhone 4S launch on October 4, 2011, the day before Jobs died. Last month's iOS 6 upgrade included a collect of modest Siri improvements, including the ability to open apps, provide sports scores and movie show times, and make dinner reservations. As personal assistants go, Siri can be both efficient and witty--yet maddeningly clueless at times. Yes, it's still in "beta," but that's a bogus label designed to deflect criticism. A year after its arrival, Siri remains a novelty act. Let's hope that ongoing refinements to its speech recognition engine will lead to a smarter Siri's in future Apple devices.
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