Apple's Siri is the AI poster girl for the iPhone 4S, and she's charming and clever—if limited. But based on the original tech Apple bought to make Siri work, we can say that in 2012 she'll charm your socks off, internationally.
Stephen Fry owned what was possibly the first Apple Mac in Britain (Douglas Adams had the other) so it's fitting that his new autobiography is published as a fully interactive iDevice app that hints at the future of e-biographies by letting you read it however you prefer.
Google's revealed it's working on extensions to its smartphone voice-control powers, debuted in the Nexus One, that'll automatically translate between languages. It's the stuff of pure utopian science fiction. But is it a good idea?
Microsoft has announced that it's terminating its encyclopedia effort Encarta after 16 years in the business of collecting and publishing knowledge and historic information. The reasons for Encarta's doom are obvious: it's become increasingly technologically irrelevant—in a wonderful parallel to a theory on encyclopedias crafted by sci-fi master Douglas Adams.