Apple Acquires Artificial-Intelligence Startup VocalIQ

ENLARGE Photo: Xaume Olleros/Bloomberg News By Jack Nicas Jack Nicas The Wall Street Journal CANCEL Biography @jacknicas jnicas Google+ Jack.Nicas@dowjones.com Updated Oct. 2, 2015 4:09 p.m. ET 0 COMMENTS Apple Inc. AAPL 0.73 % has purchased an artificial-intelligence startup that could help make iPhone users’ interactions with the virtual assistant Siri more natural. Apple bought VocalIQ Ltd., a U.K.-based software maker working on ways to improve computers’ ability to understand human speech and to “speak” more naturally. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. An Apple spokesman confirmed the deal with the company’s standard statement after an acquisition, saying Apple “buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.” VocalIQ didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Related Reading The Virtual…


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