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This iPad App Wants to Be Your New Assistant


A new app called MindMeld listens to you talk and tries to butt in with helpful information. There’s a clever idea at the core of that, but I found that it often misunderstood words and failed to get the gist of a conversation, which made it more distracting than beneficial.

Imagine that you’re on the phone with a friend and talking about a new restaurant: one or both of you might go online to find reviews. MindMeld tries to do that for you automatically. Or if you are talking about buying a birthday present for under $15, it will pull up Web pages with inexpensive gift ideas.

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