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Battle of the digital assistants: Windows Phone Cortana vs Google Now vs Siri

Even in beta, Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant has an impressive amount to say for itself. But is it enough to keep up?

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Google Search makeover ditches underlined links and downplays ads

Google Search just got a mobile-mirroring makeover.

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Google's latest search feature lets you know what's cooking

Type "Show me the menu for" in front of the name of a restaurant, and your Google search results will now let you know what's for dinner.

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Google now listens for your voice in Chrome beta

Google's voice search is steadily gaining power—it's now in a new Chrome beta. But do you really want Google's ears in your office and home?

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Google adds pop-up website bios to search results

A new feature dishes out details about major sites before you follow that link.

Wolfram Alpha working to challenge gadget blogs with searchable database

Want to know what 15-inch laptops are available for less than $1500? We can tell you. But soon, so will Wolfram Alpha.

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Report: Windows Phone update to add Siri-like personal assistant

According to reports, Microsoft's "Cortana" is a go, as are notifications, which will put Windows 8.1 on par with rival mobile OSes.

Bing boosts Satori on eightfold path to search englightenment

Bing's search results are now closer to what you'd expect from Google. And in some cases, Bing now turns up data that Google doesn't.