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Scottish Speech Recognition a Wee Problem for Siri, Really

The Apple iPhone 4S launched in October 2011 with its voice recognition innovation feature Siri. Siri allows users to operate the device with voice commands to create text messages, emails, notes, reminders, searches and make calls. Siri was designed to understand normal speech, but Scottish users have found Siri is struggling to understand the Scottish accent.

PBS UK Launched on Sky and Virgin Media

On the first of November, the award-winning American public television broadcaster, PBS, began airing in Britain with its new tv channel, PBS UK. In the USA, PBS is watched by 233 million Americans a year.

Lima Echo Alfa Help - The Phonetic Alphabet Intro

I had known of the phonetic alphabet when I lived in the USA of course, the military, police and aviation industry used them, we all saw it on TV and film. I had never before been asked to spell anything over the phone with this system, until I moved to the UK.

Your Expatriate Tax Return and the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative

What are the IRS’s thoughts on your expatriate tax return?

“Tax secrecy continues to erode. We are not letting up on international tax issues, and more is in the works. For those hiding cash or assets offshore, the time to come in is now. The risk of being caught will only increase.”

- IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman

Greenback Expat Tax Services Warns American Expats

With the June 15th Expat Tax Deadline Looming, The US Government is Lending you a Second Chance at Compliancy. With the IRS’s focus on US expat taxes on the rise, Americans living abroad should take advantage of a second (and maybe last) opportunity to become compliant.

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