SAN FRANCISCO — Siri may be feeling a little job insecurity. The sometimes droll assistant that answers questions and helps people manage their lives on Apple Inc.’s iPhone and iPad is facing competition from a rival made by Google Inc.
The duel began Monday with the release of a free iPhone and iPad app that features Google Now, a technology that performs many of the same functions as Siri. It’s the first time Google Now has been available on smart phones and tablet computers that don’t run on the latest version of Google’s Android software.
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